Ecuador Multisport Tour: Swing at the End of the World!
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Pailon Del Diablo Waterfall
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Biking in the Cloud Forest
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Cloud Forest Picnic
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Pailon Del Diablo Waterfall
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Amazon Jungle Canyoning
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Kichwa Blow Dart Gun Lesson
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Making Fondue with Kichwa Family
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Jatunyacu River Rafting
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Bird Watching

Ecuador - Hiking, Biking, Canyoning Tour

from US$1,162

Welcome to Ecuador! Beautiful Ecuador is a relatively small country next to some better-known giants but it is a stand alone destination, a GIANT in terms of sites, experiences, and unique places! Ecuador is mountains, and not any mountains - volcanoes - as well as mighty rivers, the ocean, the ... Read More

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  • Difficulty
    Fit: 3/5
  • Tour Type
    Guided Multi Activity Tour
  • Availability
    September through March are best - subject to lodging availability
  • Duration
    8 days / 7 nights
  • Distance
    varies by activity

Day 1 | Arrival

Welcome to Ecuador! After your arrival at the airport, your guide will pick you up and drive south through the "Avenue of The Volcanoes." This name was aptly given to the region by Alexander Vond Humbold in the early eighteen hundreds, when he explored the Ecuadorian Andes and became so passionate about the beauty of these mountains and volcanoes. The drive is about 3 hours and if it is during the day, your guide will stop at special look-outs so you can take some incredible photos. He will also stop along the way to try some traditional food. Once you arrive at the lush and lovely Casa de Luis, enjoy a leisurely morning and in the afternoon we will explore the town of Baños or go for a short hike in the nearby trails.

Note: In case you are arriving late at night the day before, it is possible to stay at the airport Wyndham Hotel (cost not included.)

Optional services:
Spa Treatments at El Refugio - located just next to Casa de Luis

Meals: breakfast (at airport hotel or Banos if driving there in the night)
Overnight: Banos

Casa de Luis


Casa de Luis

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Swing at the End of the World!

Ecuador Multisport Tour: Swing at the End of the World!

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Day 2 | Cloud Forest Biking & Waterfalls

After a delicious homemade breakfast we will head by car up to the Llanganates National Park. The drive will be around 30 minutes and from here we will start biking on a paved road. The first hour is uphill and then 2 hours more of downhill. Along the way we will enjoy the amazing views of the Tungurahua. This sacred volcano has been active since 1999 and with some luck you might be able to see some fumaroles coming out of the crater!

While riding our bikes we take in views of colorful Andean farms, where people cultivate passion fruit, tree tomato, mandarins and avocados. The expedition will end at the Pastaza River Canyon, where we will have some free time in town for lunch and in the afternoon we will go for a short hike to the majestic Pailon Del Diablo Waterfall. This place is truly magical -such an awesome experience- and is located in the Sangay National Park, a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site of Ecuador.

On the way back to the hotel we will stop at Bride’s Veil Waterfall to take a cable car ride, locally known as Tarabita. This is a mode of transportation the local people use to avoid the long hikes down and up the canyon trail that goes to their farms. For us, this is a great attraction and a fantastic way for having the best views. Here we also have the opportunity to go zip-lining, which is optional for an extra cost. So worth it and teenagers love this! (We tested!)

Optional services:
Spa Treatments at El Refugio - next to Casa de Luis
Zip line

Included Meals: Breakfast
Distance: 11 km / 7 mi
Highlights: cloud forest bike, waterfall hike & zip line
Overnight: Banos  

Casa de Luis


Casa de Luis

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';

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Ecuador Multisport Tour: Pailon Del Diablo Waterfall

Ecuador Multisport Tour: Pailon Del Diablo Waterfall

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Day 3 | Cloud Forest Hiking

Today we go by car up to the Llanganates National Park and start hiking at high elevation in the ecosystem known as the Cloud Forest. Your guide will lead the way and teach you about the many colorful flowers he finds along the way. It is common to see blueberries, blackberries as well as exotic orchids. This is also the habitat for some animals such as the spectacled bear, Andean fox, whitetail deer, and several species of exotic birds. The hike is on a wide dirt trail and then becomes very narrow, like tunnels through the forest but also open areas with great views of the clouds hitting the high mountains. Local people talk about the legend of Rumiñahui, who was a very important Inca Soldier. Legend says that 500 years ago, he came into this forest with a huge treasure that he hid somewhere. However, this is all we know as he died without telling his secret. Lunch will be provided along the way and in the afternoon there is an optional 2 hour hike through some jungle/farm trails. In the late afternoon, your guide will take you to the foothills of the Tungurahua Volcano to visit “The Swing at the End of The World,” a famous place and winner of the NatGeo Photo Contest in 2014. At night your guide will take you to town so you can enjoy a delicious dinner and enjoy drinks by the fire.

Optional services:
Spa Treatments at El Refugio - next to Casa de Luis

Meals: breakfast, lunch
Distance: 13 km / 8 mi
Highlights: Cloud Forest hiking, volcano visit and swing
Overnight: Banos
 

Casa de Luis


Casa de Luis

Air Conditioning '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';

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Ecuador Multisport Tour: Biking in the Cloud Forest

Ecuador Multisport Tour: Biking in the Cloud Forest

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Day 4 | Kichwa Lodge & Jungle Canyoning

 This morning we say goodbye to this breathtaking region but continue our adventures, driving into the Amazon Basin. The drive is a bit longer but incredibly scenic, as we will descend to 1,500 feet. This time we will enter in the other side of the Llanganates National Park and we will stay at a special lodge run by an indigenous Kichwa Family. They will prepare lunch for us and in the afternoon, we will go canyoning right in their backyard; the jungle! This forest is full of magic and is sacred for the local people, as there are many waterfalls along the way that bless every person that visits them. The canyoning takes about 3 hours total and later back home, we will prepare some fresh chocolate fondue, made entirely from scratch. Truly an incredible (and delicious) experience! In the evening, we will have a traditional dinner and share some stories about this forest and its people.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Distance: 6 km / 4 mi (canyoning)
Highlights: Amazon Jungle canyoning, Kichwa visit & fondue
Overnight: Kichwa Lodge

Home Stay


Llanganates

Home Stay

Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';

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Ecuador Multisport Tour: Cloud Forest Picnic

Ecuador Multisport Tour: Cloud Forest Picnic

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Day 5 | White Water Rafting

After a delicious homemade breakfast, our local Kichwa guide will teach us about the ancient craft of blow-gun hunting. Later, we drive for just 10 minutes to the Jatunyacu River, a Class III, which is known for its fun and safe rapids. This white water expedition takes about 3 or 4 hours, depending on how high the water level is. Along the way and on the river's shore, it is common to see fishermen and gold miners panning for gold. After this splashy and exhilarating rafting adventure we will have a picnic near the river and then continue to our Jungle Lodge. The rest of the afternoon is open to enjoy the pool or just relax in the hammocks while drinking some tropical beverages.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner
Highlights: Jatunyacu River rafting
Overnight: Cotundo
 

Huasquila in Cotundo Town


Cotundo

Huasquila in Cotundo Town

Swimming Pool '; Air Conditioning '; Open Parking '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Internet Access '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Pailon Del Diablo Waterfall

Ecuador Multisport Tour: Pailon Del Diablo Waterfall

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Day 6 | Hummingbird Reserve & Hot Springs

Today after our final breakfast in the Jungle, we leave and drive to the Andes. We will stop at the very special Guango Hummingbird Reserve and have some time to view these beautiful little birds while drinking some traditional hot chocolate. After visiting the reserve, we drive to nearby Papallacta Hot Springs and enjoy soaking in the volcanic water pools amidst beautiful scenery, high in the clouds. This is a stunning setting and the perfect place to relax. (Use of the many pools is included.)

Optional services:
Papallacta Spa - spa treatments

Meals: breakfast
Highlights: hummingbird reserve & hot springs
Overnight: Papallacta
 

PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS


Baeza, Papallacta

PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS

Swimming Pool '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Amazon Jungle Canyoning

Ecuador Multisport Tour: Amazon Jungle Canyoning

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Day 7 | Hiking & Wildlife

In the morning we will go hiking, deep into the Cayambe Coca Reserve for about 3 hours. The trails are next to the Papallacta River and we can find several species of orchids and colorful flowers; a plant lovers dream! This is also considered the main habitat of the Andean Condor in Ecuador, which has a 10 ft wingspan and is the second largest flying bird on the planet. If you see one, you should consider yourself among the lucky ones as there are less than one hundred in the whole country! The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the relaxing pools in front of your cabin or do an optional visit to the spa.

Optional services:
Papallacta Spa - spa treatments

Meals: breakfast
Distance: 6 km / 4 miles (hiking)
Highlights: nature reserve hiking, flora & fauna, hot springs
Overnight: Papallacta
 

PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS


Baeza, Papallacta

PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS

Swimming Pool '; Non-Smoking Rooms '; Seminar Room '; Internet Access '; Mini-Bar '; Hotel Lounge/Bar '; Room Service '; Restaurant ';
Ecuador Multisport Tour: Kichwa Blow Dart Gun Lesson

Ecuador Multisport Tour: Kichwa Blow Dart Gun Lesson

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Day 8 | Departure

After breakfast, our tour ends. Make sure you arrange your transfer to the airport at least 3 hours before your flight.

Optional add-ons, advance booking required:
Galapagos Extension Trip - inquire within

Meals: breakfast  

Ecuador Multisport Tour: Making Fondue with Kichwa Family

Ecuador Multisport Tour: Making Fondue with Kichwa Family

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.

- Trekking in the Llanganates National Park
- Road Biking in the Llanganates National Park
- Hiking to Pailon del Diablo Waterfall
- Cable car at the Bride's Veil Waterfall
- Visit to the Swing of the End of the World
- Canyoning, White water rafting class III
- Hike in the Amazon lo learn about Medicinal Plants
- Bird Watching at Guango Hummingbirds Reserve
- Soaking at the Volcanic Hot Springs in Papallacta
- Hiking in Cayambe Coca Reserve

Lodging

Accommodation: 7 nights unique lodging of different standing. All accommodations include private bathroom (except jungle stay) and a variety of other amenities. Hotels included:
- Casa de Luis
- Basic Lodge – Jungle home stay
- Huasquila
- Papallacta Hot Springs
** Please see Itinerary tab for more information **

Following our ethos, we use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall adventure travel experience, inns, hotels, and guest houses that are adapted to host travelers.
Ecuador - Multisport Tour (start any Saturday)
 
Standard Hotels
Upgraded Hotels
Other Fees
Based on 2 participants1750USD 1958 USD Zip Line $x/p
Based on 4 participants1515USD1705 USDAdd on $520
Based on 6 participants 1245 USD1645 USD
Based on 8 participants 1162 USD 1593 USD
Single Supplement585 USD975 USD


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Tour Details

Experience Ecuador in a way like no other! Cloud forest biking, canyoning deep in the Amazon Jungle, visit with an indigenous Kichwa family, white water raft through exciting rivers, wildlife viewing, and more! There is so much to see in this incredible country and we love how just a slight shift in location gives you a whole new set of scenery and experiences! This is truly one of our most exciting new trips and has been tested as good for all ages and also, family-friendly!

 
Need to Know:
- you arrive at altitude and finish at altitude, above 9000 ft asl
- mix of activities are moderate strenuous but require overall good fitness and health
- biking experience required, ability to swim required,
- jungle stay is in the rainforest, possible to see jungle creatures
- rates vary according to group size; adaptations possible

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
This is a guided trip with support transportation included. Departure dates are available on request for parties of 2 and up. Custom trips for groups of 6+ are our specialty - please inquire

Level: Level 3 Fit: Activities are different each day but all are graded from Moderate-Fit. Canyoning and rafting requires use of ropes and ability to swim. Jungle stay is in a remote lodge with basic services; overnight under a mosquito net.


Dates: This trip can go any Saturday from September through March; subject to availability.

Best Time To Go: September-April

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  • Local Coordinator

    Jose Naranjo
    My name is Jose Naranjo. I’ve been passionate about tourism all my life. I studied eco-tourism in college and my first real job in the field was at Grand Canyon, AZ. It’s an honor for me to be able to show my country to our visitors, I have been guiding for more than 16 years, and I enjoy sharing my passion every day; I love sports, nature and culture. Ecuador is a magical playground!

    Paul Aguilar
    Since I was a kid I've always been amazed by mountains and here in our country I think we have some of the most beautiful mountains in the world. The geography, along with the all the nature in Ecuador makes it a fantastically diverse country. I combine the beauty of my country with my job, being outdoors all the time, doing all the sports I like and sharing the adventure and amazing things that our beautiful country can offer with all the visitors coming here. I've being guiding in the outdoors adventures for 14 years now. I graduated from college as a certified national guide in 2001 and the best way to live, is to love what you do for a living. I like to make sure the tourists enjoy all the beautiful characteristics of Ecuador, so they can have the best traveling experience possible.

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    For the cycling activities we use a Trek X-Caliber 9 hybrid. Sizes available for most people from 5-2 to 6-4.
    Aluminum frame, Bontrager wheelset, Shimano Deore and Bontrager components.

    We include helmets and water bottles. Support is close by for any other needs.

    Other equipment on this tour is all supplied: rafting/kakaking and water sports with PFD, helmets, etc. Canyoning includes helmets and boots and any ropes and harnesses.

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