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Ecuador

Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, and Canyoning

Trip Ecuador
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The very best of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, all in one trip.

Hike volcanoes, bike through rainforests, kayak to prime snorkelling hotspots, canyoneer in the Amazon and raft the rapids of the Jatunyacu river. Be led by local expert guides from our local partners, ActivExpedition, and explore this magical place above and below land. From hiking the glaciers of Cotopaxi volcano, biking through jungle bush trails to sandy white beaches, snorkelling through laval tunnels, rafting the rapids of Jatunyacu river to canyoneering in the Amazon, this is an expedition for adventurers wanting to explore the best of Ecuador. 

From the famed Galapagos archipelago to the Andes highlands to the Amazon jungle, discover a wealth of wildlife, some of which is found nowhere else on the planet. Seek the white-tip reef sharks, rays and penguins that occupy lava tunnels, the iguanas that sunbathe at Playa de Amor, the bright pink Galapagos flamingos and the giant tortoises from the tortoise breeding centre at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Immerse yourself in the culture while spending time with the local indigenous people and know that your travels are directly benefiting local families and sustainable tourism efforts. 


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Nov. 21 - Dec. 2, 2021
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December 18 - 29, 2022
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Itinerary
Itinerary
Note: Even though we have a detailed itinerary, changes can be made by your guides, due to weather or safety reasons.
  • 1
    Day number 1
    Day 1: Arrival

    Welcome to Ecuador! Spend your first day exploring the beautiful city of Quito at your own leisure. Being one of the most historically preserved areas within Latin America, Quito has plenty of cultural and architectural sights to keep you entertained. However, if you would like to have a guided day tour to learn about the city and the surrounding areas in more depth, please feel free to contact us ahead of time and we will be more than happy to arrange this (additional cost would apply). There will be a meeting at 6:00pm in the hotel lobby, for you to meet your guide and the other members of the group, and to discuss what adventures await you during your expedition.

    Overnight: Dann Carlton or similar
    Meals included: None
  • 2
    Day number 2
    Day 2: Travel to Galapagos

    In the morning, we will be picked up and taken to the airport for the three-hour flight to Baltra. We will then take a ferry to Isabela Island, the largest island of the Galapagos Islands, and home to a variety of amazing wildlife. So, watch out - you might be able to see some giant tortoises or penguins when you come to shore! We will check in to our hotel, and relax for the evening as we watch the sunset.

    Overnight: Cormorant Hotel
    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 3
    Day number 3
    Day 3: Biking Wildlife Excursion

    After breakfast, we will bike along the road that spans across the coast of the island. We will take stops along the way, walking along trails that will reward us with magnificent views of the surrounding jungle, and immerse ourselves within the incredibly diverse ecosystems that coexist within the tropical landscape of the island. A notable highlight of our ride stops is Playa de Amor, also known as the Beach of Love, and is home to the largest population of iguanas on the island. Another highlight will be the Tortoise Breeding Centre, where we will learn about the preservation of the tortoise population from the workers at the National Park. We will also visit the Flamingo Lagoon, where we will find Galapagos flamingos, well known for being genetically unique and for having even brighter pink feathers compared to most others of the species on the planet. We will conclude the day by enjoying the beautiful golden sunset amidst the gentle sounds of crashing waves.

    Overnight: Cormorant Hotel
    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 4
    Day number 4
    Day 4: Lava Tunnels

    Enter the marine paradise of Los Tunneles! Formed millions of years ago, these arched volcanic formations have created a prime snorkelling location for you to explore the vast network of lava tunnels that are home to a variety of marine life animals. Possible sightings include white-tip reef sharks, penguins, golden and eagle rays, among many others. We will explore the area by boat, with plenty of chances to snorkel, as well as on foot. Once lunch has been served on board the boat, we will then return back to the town.

    Overnight: Cormorant Hotel
    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 5
    Day number 5
    Day 5: Kayaking Wildlife Excursion

    Take the morning to relax and explore the island on your own terms. Get ready for an afternoon of kayaking to Tinteroras, a small islet of jagged volcanic rock that formed small underwater canyons thriving with wildlife. Be on the lookout for feisty penguins and blue-footed boobies! Want to get the view from above and below? Get up close and personal by submerging in the serene crystal waters, and swim with a variety of fish, turtles and sea lions.

    Overnight: Cormorant Hotel
    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 6
    Day number 6
    Day 6: Charles Darwin Research Station

    Seize the day with an early rise and a two hour boat ride to the Island of Santa Cruz, home to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Here you will be able to see many different types of tortoise at the breeding centre, and witness the tireless efforts of conservationists and researchers in the mission to repopulate the island with different species of tortoise. We will then travel up to the highlands, to the ‘El Chato’ reserve, where we will get to experience these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. This wildlife sanctuary is unique as it also features a network of lava tunnels that you can explore whilst watching the gentle giants lounge around in the mud. We will conclude the day with an evening stroll through Puerto Ayora, the beautiful town of Santa Cruz.

    Overnight: Galapagos Inn Hotel
    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 7
    Day number 7
    Day 7: Return to Quito

    In the morning, we will be transferred back to Baltra for our return flight to Quito. Depending on whether your flight is direct or including a stop in Quayaquil, the average time back to the city is 2-3 hours.

    Overnight: Dann Carlton
    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 8
    Day number 8
    Day 8: Canyoning in the Amazon

    We start the day with a scenic drive from the Andes to the Amazon, travelling through beautiful landscapes spanning from volcanos to an immensely diverse ecosystem full of different species of plants and animals. Once we arrive at the lodge, we will enjoy a traditional lunch and set off our next adventure! We will trek through the tropical Amazon rainforest, explore one of the many spectacular canyons in the area and refresh ourselves in the glorious waterfalls that run through the basin. Later that afternoon, we will experience a local treat and custom; a bonfire to learn how to make chocolate fondue. Cacao is an important commodity export of Ecuador, which produces some of the finest chocolate in the world. The sweetest way to end the day!

    Overnight: Basic Lodge
    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 9
    Day number 9
    Day 9: Rafting Jatunyacu

    Day 9 brings us to one of the most action-packed days of our expedition as we paddle down the Jatunyacu River. This class III river, sourcing from the Llanganates Mountains, has great volume rapids and beautiful surrounding landscapes, perfect for both beginner and experienced adventurers. Legend says there is a hidden Incan treasure in this area and although many explorers venture in trying to find it, it has yet to be discovered. A yummy picnic will be served on the river’s bank and then we will drive to the Sangay reserve. Here we will see the Pailon del Diablo, which translates to the Cauldron of the Devil, a magnificent 80-meter waterfall tucked between canyon walls. We will take a cable car ride across the Pastaza river canyon, where we will experience extraordinary views of the canyon, river, waterfalls and tropical rainforest. In the evening we will take you out for some delicious traditional cuisine and salsa dancing!

    Overnight: La Floresta Hotel
    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
  • 10
    Day number 10
    Day 10: Biking Llanganates

    We begin our day by driving up high into the Llanganates National Park for a day of biking. Our first hour will be a nice gradual uphill followed by two hours of rolling downhill, giving you the chance to catch the breeze and enjoy the fresh Andean mountain air. The total descent is five thousand feet and has spectacular views of the Tungurahua Volcano, which has been active since 1999. In the afternoon, we will go to the famous Casa de Arbol “swing at the end of the world”. Dare yourself to take a swing and fly high over the trees and into the clouds. Time permitting; there may be the option of zip lining as well!

    Overnight: La Floresta Hotel
    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 11
    Day number 11
    Day 11: Trek Cotopaxi

    Northbound, we head to Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes on Earth, and is one of Ecuador’s highest summits, standing at a height of 5,897m. It is part of the chain of volcanoes that are known as the Pacific Ring of Fire, and so this perfectly conical mountain and the surrounding views are truly a sight to behold. Once reaching the National Park, we will trek upwards to the base of the glacier, nearly 17,000 feet! While this is not a technical ascent, it is steep and well worth the effort. In the afternoon, we will return to Quito.

    Overnight: Dann Carlton
    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch
  • 12
    Day number 12
    Day 12: Departure

    Say goodbye to new friends, pack up, and head out. As you depart we thank you and wish you safe travels! If you wish to continue exploring more of Ecuador, we can help you organize an extension trip to places you did not see during this trip. Hasta luego!

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Package Includes
  • Experienced, certified English-speaking guide
  • Private ground transportation
  • Accommodations for eleven nights
  • Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner 
  • Water and snacks at all times
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Biking gear rental: hybrid bikes, certified helmets and gloves
  • Paddling gear rental: two-person sit-on-top kayaks and paddles, 8-10 person rafts
  • Snorkelling gear rental: masks and fins
  • Trekking gear rental: Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Canyoning gear rental: harnesses, helmets and rubber boots
  • All fees to reserves and museums 
     
Trip Package Does Not Include
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers (we will meet at the hotel lobby in Quito on Day 1)
  • Single supplement
  • Travel insurance (mandatory, we recommend World Nomads)
  • Extra fees .e.g. Galapagos Transit Control Card INGALA, Galapagos National Park fee and Isabela Island fee
  • Meals not included in the itinerary 
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional activities
  • Tips for guides and drivers
     

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Area Information

Ecuador


Situated along the Northwest coast of South America, Ecuador is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, and is home to a vast variety of magnificent land and marine animals. Here we will travel through beautiful landscapes of the Andes, to the magical tropics of the Amazon rainforest. We will have the opportunity to canyoneer across spectacular gorges, bathe in enchanting waterfalls, raft the rivers at the heart of the jungle, bike through national parks and hike volcanoes for spectacular views of the landscapes that encompass this beautiful country. As well as being enriched with an array of wildlife and landscapes that allow for plenty of outdoor activities, Ecuador is equally rich and diverse in its cultural heritage, with 14 Indigenous nationalities as well as deep-rooted African and European influences that make for colorful markets, traditional villages, and cosmopolitan cities. This adventure really does have it all!

 
Trip Planning

Trip Planning

In Ecuador the weather can be extremely variable depending on which side of the Andes you are traveling to, so it is highly recommended to come ready for all kinds of weather. When they say “Ecuador, All in One Place” they mean it! It may feel like winter at 15,000 feet in the Andes while the coastal lowlands in the western part of Ecuador are typically warm with average temps of 77 °F. The weather in Quito is consistent with that of a subtropical highland climate (average daytime temp day of 70 °F and an average of 50 °F at night). The dry season runs from June to September and the wet season is from October to May.

In the Galapagos, during the season known as the garúa (June to November), the temperature by the sea is 22 °C (72 °F), a steady and cold wind blows from south and southeast, frequent drizzles (garúas) last most of the day, and dense fog conceals the islands. During the warm season (December to May), the average sea and air temperature rises to 25 °C (77 °F), there is no wind at all, there are sporadic, though strong, rains and the sun shines.

We recommend travelling light for this expedition. A duffel bag of 50 liters for your luggage and a backpack of 20 liters for daily activities should be sufficient. In Ecuador the weather can change drastically especially when you are moving from the Andes into the cloud forest, so make sure to pack layers for both warm and cold weather.

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FAQ
FAQ
  • Are departures guaranteed?
    There is a minimum of 2 people required per departure date. Please wait to make travel arrangements until you have received confirmation.
  • Can you accommodate other date requests beyond those that are listed?
    Yes, with a minimum of 2 people this trip can be offered every week, all year-round (with Day 1 always starting on Fridays). If you have other dates you’d like to request, please let us know.
  • What are the accommodations like?
    We strive to use small and charming places throughout this adventure, including local hotels and haciendas. Haciendas are historical farm houses or Ecuadorian estates that date back to the 16th century and have been renovated into first class hotels, lodges and inns. Most of the haciendas are family-run and offer charming amenities, historic relics, traditional home-cooking and cozy, intimate settings. Haciendas are a major part of Ecuadorian culture and a highlight of the region. For our night in the Amazon, we stay in a basic jungle lodge as is typical for this more remote region, where our goal is to tread lightly in this sacred, natural environment.
  • Is there a single supplement if I am a solo traveler? Can I book my own room?
    There is a minimum of 2 people required per departure date. Generally a single supplement fee is not incurred, as we match you with another person of the same gender in a twin room. If you prefer not to share and have your own room, no problem. In this case a single room supplement will be needed to cover the extra costs associated with not sharing a room.
  • What skill/experience level is required for this trip?
    This trip is rated as 3 out of 5 difficulty. No prior experience is required, and your guides will always brief you about safety and proper use of gear on every leg of the trip. The biking on Isabela is on mostly flat terrain along the coastline and the biking in Llanganates is on a paved road with light traffic. The kayaking is on calm water, and the rafting is on class III. There will be transport support for the majority of the activities in case someone wants to take a break or just wants to relax.
  • What are the guides like?
    All guides have a professional background from Ecuador’s University of Tourism; meaning they have a degree in guiding, with top-notch skills and knowledge. Each guide has many years of leading experience, including additional courses taken for other outdoor activities and International First-Aid certifications. On top of all of this, all guides are extremely personable and strive to deliver exceptional travel experiences for each guest.
  • How do you address sustainability on your trips?
    We do our best to not produce any trash; we believe that recycling is not enough so we try to avoid using any plastic or materials that pollute our environment. Every day we work towards being a zero waste tour operator and our staff is well trained to leave the least impact possible in our service areas. We also work with local indigenous communities in the different regions. By doing so we are able to teach our guests about the rich culture of Ecuador, all the while helping the people preserve their traditions and lands. By working directly with local peoples we are able to create a sustainable touristic income for the community.
  • What if I need to cancel?
    evoTrip upholds Activexpedition’s policies regarding cancellation, which have been made more flexible given the challenges we know are presented by Covid-19. Guests may postpone their existing trip to a future trip, at no extra cost, up until 30 days prior to departure. For cancellations, guests have: 72 hours to cancel with no fee 3 days after the booking until 60 days before the trip; $100 USD cancellation fee would be charged 59 days until 30 days before the trip; 50% of the trip cost would be charged 29 days or less before the trip; 100% of the trip cost would be charged
  • When and how do I meet up with the group?
    Please be ready to meet the group on Day 1 at 6 PM in the hotel lobby.
  • What will the food be like?
    Pork, chicken, beef, and cuy (guinea pig) are really popular in the Andean regions of Ecuador, and are served with a variety of carbohydrate-rich foods, especially rice, corn, and potatoes. A popular street food is hornado (roasted pig), which is often served with llapingacho (a pan seared potato ball). Some examples of traditional Ecuadorian cuisine generally include Ecuadorian ceviche (shrimp, lime and corn), hearty quinoa soups, patacones (unripe plantains fried in oil), llapingachos (fried potato pancakes), and seco de chivo (a type of stew made from goat). In the Galapagos, seafood dishes are more common due to the abundance of fresh, locally sourced fish and shellfish. A wide variety of fresh fruits are available, particularly at lower altitudes, including granadilla, passionfruit, naranjilla and several types of bananas. Another local favorite are fresh juices, including the tree tomato or a colada morada (a traditional Ecuadorian drink made with fruits, spices, and purple corn flour).
  • Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?
    As Ecuador has a great variety of cuisine and gastronomy, vegetarians, vegans and gluten free options are widely available and welcome. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform Activexpedition prior to your departure. Our guides are always ready to coordinate with chefs and restaurants for substitute meals and allergy needs.
  • What is the minimum and maximum number of guests per trip?
    Minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 10.
  • Is there a minimum age required for this trip?
    Yes, 8 years old.
  • What is transportation like?
    Driving time can take more than expected in Ecuador, as it is a small country with many people and consists of both dirt and paved roads. We assure your comfort during transit no matter the size of the group. While in the Galapagos, the speedboat from Santa Cruz to Isabela can be a bit challenging for those prone to sea sickness. We recommend carrying some Dramamine or similar anti-nausea medication with you.
  • Do I need a visa, passport and vaccinations?
    A valid passport for at least six months past the planned date of departure is required. Make sure you check your passport validity and expiration date prior to travel. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Ecuador and travelers can stay in Ecuador for up to 90 days without a visa. However, sanctions including fines and deportation can occur if you stay past this time period. No vaccinations are required for this trip, however we recommend checking with your doctor prior to travel.
Testimonials
This was my first trip to South America and I would not have changed a thing. If you can handle: biking, climbing, rafting, hiking, zip lining, dancing, and waterfalls then this is the trip for you… it was really the incredible people who work on this program that made this an unforgettable experience.
Nick M.
evoTrip guest
Katty was our highly educated Galápagos guide, and she is spectacular on many levels. She is fun, funny, kind, knowledgeable, & happy, and a life-long Galápagos local. She knew the shortcuts, processes, best seats, & best plans for EVERYTHING. She gave us insider tips on what to do and where to eat in our spare time. She took great photos and shared them all with us. I cannot recommend her any more highly.
Sherry
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