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Ecuador – Guided Hiking, Biking & Canyoning Tour

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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 Amazon rain forest, indigenous peoples, delicious and fresh cuisine, with plenty of international flair. This ‘mainland Ecuador’ tour explores some of the top highlights, beginning with high elevation capitol city of Quito, where you arrive. From there it is an odyssey of mountains, rivers, biking, hiking, canyoning, rafting, and more and more adventures. Bike in the cloud forest, go canyoning and paddle in jungle, learn about the nature of some of the richest ecosystems on Earth and experience the culture of true indigenous people that have amazing stories to tell. This trip is great for active individuals of all ages, with variations possible as needed. Family travel at its most exciting!

Arrival & Departure Location

Fly in and out of Quito.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights of unique lodging
  • All airport transfers
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches & 3 dinners
  • English speaking guide throughout trip
  • 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
  • Hiking & canyoning in the Amazon jungle
  • White water rafting class III
  • Bird Watching at Guango Hummingbirds Reserve
  • Soaking at the Volcanic Hot Springs in Papallacta
  • Hiking in Cayambe Coca Reserve


Included Standard Hotels:

  • Banos: Casa de Luis
  • Amazon Jungle: Basic Lodge – Jungle home stay
  • Contundo: Huasquila Amazon Lodge
  • Papallacta: Papallacta Hot Springs & Spa

About: Following our ethos, we use unique accommodations that enhances the overall adventure travel experience, with inns, hotels, and guest houses that are adapted to host travelers. All accommodations include a private bathroom (except jungle stay) and a variety of other amenities. Upgraded hotels may be available for a supplement; please inquire within.

Optional Add-Ons

  • Spa Treatments at El Refugio or Papallacta Spa
  • Zip Line $15
  • Galapagos Extension Trip (booking required in advance)
  • Nights & Excursions in Quito - please contact us for special rates
  • Travel Insurance

Guides & Local Support

Local Expert: Our local expert has grown up exploring all of the special places of his country – he is passionate about nature and discovering new things. He has been guiding for many years and speaks excellent English. You will be captivated by his knowledge and enthusiasm and feel safe on your adventure! 

Tour Highlights
  • Experience Ecuador in a way like no other – one of our most exciting trips
  • Cloud forest biking, waterfall hiking, panoramic views
  • Canyoning & hike deep in the Amazon Jungle
  • Visit with an indigenous Kichwa family
  • Try using a blow dart gun (safe environment)
  • Make delicious fondue from raw, freshly collected cocoa beans
  • White water raft through exciting rivers
  • See and learn about wildlife and native plants
  • Eat traditional and regional Ecuadorian food
  • 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

Day 1Arrival Day

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.

Meals: breakfast (at airport hotel or Banos if driving there in the night)
Overnight: Baños
Note: In case you are arriving late at night the day before, it is possible to stay at the airport Wyndham Hotel (US $140.)

Day 2Cloud 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: Baños

Day 3Cloud 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: Baños

Day 4Kichwa 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

Day 5White 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

Day 6Hummingbird 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

Day 7Amazon 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

Day 8Departure

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


Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)

Standard Hotels

  • 2 persons:  1750 USD/person
  • 4 persons:  1515 USD/person
  • 6 persons:  1245 USD/person
  • 8 persons:  1162 USD/person
  • Single Supplement:  585 USD/person (applies when 2 or more traveling but in separate single use rooms)
  • Solo Travelers: ask us to join other group departures

Upgraded Hotels:  

  • 2 persons:  1958 USD/person
  • 4 persons:  1705 USD/person
  • 6 persons:  1645 USD/person
  • 8 persons:  1593 USD/person
  • Single Supplement:  973 USD/person (applies when 2 or more traveling but in separate single use rooms)
  • Solo Travelers: ask us to join other group departures

Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!


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Sherri Goodwin

Couple Traveller

We had an amazing time on our trip with Pure Adventures. It was quite active but Dean and I were able to accomplish all the tasks and didn’t have a problem keeping up with the group. Those good Colorado workouts paid off!

It would be hard to determine what activity we enjoyed most. All the hikes were great, biking in the clouds was a special experience, river rafting, going up the waterfalls was tough but we all cheered each other on to accomplishment. The hotels offered variety and we all bonded with the shared bathrooms at the one in the rain forest. I felt that, due to the activity level needed for this trip, that everyone got along well, shared with each other and were respectful of each other. There weren’t any “divas” and lots of hugs and positive vibes.

We had such a great guide, keeping us busy, always with a new adventure. He was lots of fun and very professional. Worked the group to make sure all felt included and helpful when needed. He shared with us the local fruit and food (yes, I tried guinea pig), the diversity of the itinerary and what needed to be done for the following day. Great guy and guide. We are so happy that we did this trip – thank you, Pure Adventures!!!

December 20, 2019

Lauren Woodsman

Family Traveller

We took our two teenagers on this trip and it was the perfect trip for our family. Everything was planned to meet our needs, the activities were so much fun (eye opening) and the kids had a blast, guides and transportation were knowledgeable and fun. Pure adventures handled all details for us making this trip just right for us, which we really appreciated. Family vacations can be hard to plan but this was easy and we would recommend to anyone interested in the area.

March 19, 2019