Ecuador has acquired a well-deserved reputation as a centre for adventure activities - not suprising considering it's inviting Andean mountains and volcanoes, mysterious Amazon jungle, and exhilerating wild waters. This tour is an adrenalin-ride from start to finish ...certainly not for the faint-hearted!!! In just 1 action-packed week we manage to pack in all of the following:
- Mountain biking down the world's highest active volcano
- Trekking in the heart of the Andes
- Horse-riding through lush forest
- Grade III to III+ white-water rafting
- A full day exploring the Amazon Rainforest
BIG CHALLENGE, BIG ADVENTURE, BIG FUN !!!!
||Arrival Quito - our driver will meet you in airport arrivals and transport you to Hotel Vieja Cuba - a relaxed hotel close to the vibrant newtown part of the city. Free time to relax and acclimatise to your new surroundings.
||Mountain biking: Cotopaxi - a full day of downhill adventure in the beautiful Cotopaxi National Park. The action starts just below the volcano refuge with a series of switchbacks, and then takes you along mostly flat or descending trails in the park. After a day of exertion we retire to a cosy old farmhouse just outside the park.
||Trekking: Corazon Volcano - still in the heart of the Andean mountains today is all about endurance. The Corazon climb is non-technical but strenuous and takes approximately 5 hours to the 4788metre summit where on a clear day you are rewarded with stunning views of the valley of volcanoes. Another relaxing night at the farmhouse.
||Horse-riding: Tena - morning transfer to our rustic lodge in the Amazon rainforest equiped with rustic-style, comfortable cabñas and hammocks to relax in. After lunch an excursion horse-riding through rivers and brooklets, up hills, and through forest of beautiful flora with wonderful views along the way. Accommodation at the rainforest lodge.
||Amazon exploration: Tena - an unforgettable experience in the rainforest begins in a small community on the Arajuno River aboard a motorized dugout canoe. Expect to be introduced to the flora and fauna of the region and learn about medicinal plants during walks and canoe trips. Accommodation at the rainforest lodge.
||Rafting: Tena - today is white-water fun all the way. The Jatunyacu River is graded class III / III+ taking you alternately through exhilerating rapids followed by quiet stretches to catch your breath and take in the scenery. Note - today's itinerary may change depending upon weather conditions and water level. Accommodation at the rainforest lodge.
||Return to Quito - after breakfast we leave the lodge for return journey to Quito. Optional stop on-route at the Papallacta hotsprings to soothe away the efforts of the week in the rejuvenating natural waters. Overnight at Quito.
||Tour end - after breakfast our driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight out.
All activities are run with the very best operators in the country using the highest standards of safety equipment available. The tour is designed to run starting on any day of the week desired.
Past Clients Feedback
"We are exhausted after the week but it was SOOOOO worth it! what a riot!!! We were a group of 6 friends travelling together and it was a true bonding experience for us all that we will not forget in a long time! Thanks to all of the Happy Gringo crew for you help - the itinerary was perfect and you made all of it possible for us." (Max Howells, USA)
"The rafting and jungle part of the trip were top-notch. Although we found the mountain part tough we did manage to hit the summit of Volcano Corazon and complete the biking. We would definately recommend this trip to others!" (Kit Carson, Canada)
"Overall this tour was amazing - never a minute lost, and at the end a great Ecuadorian experience! It was very easy to work together with Happy Gringo throughout." (Emmanuel Vieillard-Baron, France)
Prices (per person)
|# OF PASSENGERS
|| $1165 Regular / $1425 Comfort
||$1010 Regular / $1230 Comfort
||$940 Regular / $1160 Comfort
||$890 Regular / $1100 Comfort
|6 or more
||$860 Regular / $1075 Comfort
- Accommodation in double rooms, or triple for odd-numbered groups who prefer not to pay a single supplement.
- Transport with local driver throughout tour
- Meals as listed in itinerary
- Activities as listed in itinerary
- All specialist equipment required for activities
- English-speaking guide for all activities
- International flights
- Meals and activities not listed as part of itinerary
- Local entry fees (Papallacta hotsprings $6, Cotopaxi National Park $10)
- Single supplement (applies for a single room for somebody travelling within a group). If you are travelling alone then please ask our staff for a solo traveller price quote.
RECOMMENDED ADD-ON TOURS
Clients on this tour may also be interested in the following add-on trip options:
Cotopaxi climb - for those with energy to spare at the end of this trip it is easy to add on a 2-day climb of the Cotopaxi Volcano. The trip takes you up to the crater at 5897metres on a non-technical but extremely strenuous climb equiped with ice-pick and crampons. The altitude makes this a tough expedition that not all aclimbers complish, but for those that do hit the peak it is a memorable victory of willpower and endurance.