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It was a wonderful trip, well organized with wonderful people. An unforgettable experience. Thank … read more
Anita & Elmar Perler
Amazonian Indian Ecuador

Amazon & Eastern Andes Walking Holiday in Ecuador

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Activity Level: Moderate
Highlights: Papallacta Hot Springs - Amazon Rainforest - Baños - Cotopaxi National Park
Itinerary: Day 1 Papallacta Lakes Hike
Day 2 Guango Nature Reserve
Day 3 Amazon Rainforest Walk
Day 4 Pailon del Diablo Waterfall Hike
Day 5 Leito - Banos Hike
Day 6 Cotopaxi National Park Walk
Day 7 Pita Canyon Hike

Day 1          Papallacta Walk          4000 – 3600m          8km – 4hrs
Today's walk explores the beautiful glacial landscapes around Papallacta, passing mountain lagoons and discovering elfin forests where we can learn more about the distinct flora & fauna of this region. Great views. After a picnic lunch we can relax in the thermal waters of the local hot springs.
Dinner & overnight in Guango Lodge.

Day 2          Guango Nature Reserve          2700m          3km – 1.5hrs
A short walk this morning within the Guango Reserve to a secluded waterfall, the abundant & colourful hummingbirds are mesmerizing. Later we continue our journey onto the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. Box lunch included.
Dinner & overnight in Hakuna Matata Lodge.

Day 3          Amazon Rainforest Walk          600 – 850m          3 hrs
Our path today takes us on a route through the Ecuadorian jungle, both primary and secondary forest, where we learn about the Amazon flora & fauna including how the native people utilize plants and herbs for medicinal reasons. After lunch we have some free time to relax or bathe in the crystal clear waters of the local river.
Dinner & overnight in Hakuna Matata Lodge.

Day 4          Pailon del Diablo Waterfall Walk         1600m         3km - 1.5hrs
Leaving the rainforest behind we travel onto Baños, visiting the famous Pailon del Diablo waterfall en route. Here we follow the trail through the forest before reaching this powerful and beautiful waterfall. Picnic lunch included. Then we continue onto the town of Baños.
Dinner & overnight in Hacienda Leito.

Day 5          Leito - Baños Walk    2700–3050–1800m   12km – 3.5 hrs
Today's morning walk through cloud forests and Andean farmlands can offer spectacular views of the smoking Tungurahua Volcano and striking Pastaza Canyon. It brings us down into Banos where we lunch and have time to explore the streets of this pretty mountain spa town.
Dinner & overnight in Hacienda Leito.

Day 6         Cotopaxi National Park  3800 – 4000m   10km – 4hrs
Our route today is located within the Cotopaxi National Park. Beginning at the Limpiopungo lake, our walk takes us through striking Andean landscapes, in the ever-present shadow of one of the world's highest active volcanoes – the snow-capped, perfectly cone-shaped Cotopaxi. Picnic lunch.
Dinner & overnight in Hacienda La Cienega.

Day 7         Pita Canyon Walk  3650m   6km – 2.5hrs
Today we undertake a circular walk to Pita Canyon, which offers spectacular views of the canyon itself, along with the Sincholagua & Ruminahui Volcanoes. Along the way we will visit a pucara – an ancient ruin of an Inca fortress – found within the Cotopaxi National Park. After lunch we return to Quito where, on arrival, the tour ends. We can also take care of your Quito hotel reservations and airport transfers, if you need assistance with these services please let us know.

Guango Lodge, near Papallacta

Guango-Lodge-PapallactaGuango Lodge lies at an elevation of about 2,700 metres on the eastern slopes of Ecuador's Andes, just outside the town of Papallacta. The lodge is surrounded by humid temperate forest, an area with a cool climate brimming with bird and plant life. Guango Lodge offers guestrooms with private bathrooms, hot water and excellent homemade food.

Hakuna Matata, Tena

Hakuna-Matata-ArchidonaHakuna Matata lies on the shores of the crystal-clear Inchillaqui River in Ecuador's Amazon Rainforest region. The lodge is based in a 150 hectare private rainforest reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon and is dedicated to real ecotourism working in harmony with the local community and the natural environment.
• Spacious rooms & cabins with hot water, comfy beds & en suite bathrooms
• Restaurant serving delicious meals from all corners of the world
• Bar area offering soft drinks, fresh juices, cocktails, wines, beers & spirits
• Outdoor deck area and private swimming pool fed by warm spring water.
• White sand beach along the banks of the crystalline river.

Hacienda Leito, near Banos

Hacienda-Leito-BanosHacienda Leito is a hotel in Patate - near Baños. It's location offers fantastic views across the valley to the Tungurahua Volcano.
The historial hacienda is located in a natural setting, offering comfortable rooms with fire places, good food and a peaceful environment perfect for contemplation.

Hacienda La Cienega, Cotopaxi

Hacienda-La-Cienega-CotopaxiHacienda La Cienega is a 300 year old hacienda located in the heart of the Cotopaxi region. With the current threat of eruption from Cotopaxi Volcano, please remember that La Cienega is considered to be located in a safe zone, an area which will not be directly affected by lahars in the case of an eruption. La Cienega offers spacious and comfortable, boutique style rooms with private bathrooms, lovely restaurant facilities along with extensive gardens and social areas.

Prices 2017

No of People Accommodation Price per person
1 single room $3050
2 double room $1810
3 - 4 double/triple rooms $1490


Price includes:
Private transportation, top English speaking naturalist guide, all accommodation as specified with breakfast, 7 lunches & 6 dinners, entrance fees to Papallacta Hot Springs, Guango Reserve & Pailon del Diablo, local guide in Cotopaxi National Park.

Not included:
International flights, personal travel insurance, alcoholic and soft drinks, extra activities at the haciendas, tips and personal expenses.

Notes:
Prices are stated in US Dollars.
Prices are valid until 31st December 2017.
A single supplement fee of US$190 will apply for those requesting single accommodation.
Special group rates apply for groups of 5 people or more. Please contact us for more details.
Extra nights: We recommend that you visit Quito and can help with hotel reservations and activities in the city.

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