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Itinerary Details

Upon your arrival at Quito airport (UIO), a Rahhalah representative will welcome you and drive you to the hotel, located in the picturesque historic center.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, before the welcome dinner.

Accommodation: La Casona de la Ronda or similar.

In the morning, you will explore the old town of Quito: one of the largest and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas and one of the first cities in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Enjoy a journey back in time as you stroll around intricate 16th-century plazas, cathedrals, and churches, getting acquainted with the history of Ecuador’s capital city and its impact on the identity of the locals.

After a delicious lunch overlooking the Pululahua crater, you will experience one of the most iconic activities in Ecuador: a visit to Mitad del Mundo – the middle of the world – where the equator runs through Ecuador. Ecuador means equator, after all! Have your photo taken while standing simultaneously in the northern and southern hemispheres and explore the secrets of the Intinan Museum. Also, remember to bring your passport with you so that you can acquire a unique stamp to remind you of your visit.

City Tour: 3-4 hours.
Middle of the World expedition: 2 hours.

Driving time: approx. 1 hour to Pululahua / 15 min from Pululaha to Middle of the World / approx. 1 hour return to Patio Andaluz.

Accommodation: La Casona de la Ronda or similar.

After breakfast, you will head north into the highlands of Ecuador, enjoying, on the way, scenic routes and quaint villages built in the foothills of the Andes.

You will first stop at the beautiful Cuicocha Laguna, a turquoise crater lake surrounded by mountains and volcanos. If the weather allows, you might even see the magnificent snow-capped peak of Cayambe Volcano. You will spend 2-3-hours in the area, hiking on the trail that follows the periphery of the lake. You may not manage a full circuit, but you will definitely enjoy the views of the magnificent landscape.

After Cuicocha, you will stop at the small town of Cotacachi, famous for its handmade leather goods. You can visit the local workshops, observe the traditional craftmanship, and perhaps purchase a gift or two to take back home.

From Cotacachi, you will head Otavalo: home to one of the largest indigenous markets in South America. Countless talented craftsmen from Otavalo and the surrounding areas bring their products (from textiles, scarves, sweaters, ponchos, and blankets to hand-crafted jewelry, ceramics, and paintings) to trade at this market. Besides the colorful stalls and the exciting commodities, the market offers a sneak peek at the authentic culture of the Ecuadorian highlands.

Driving time: approx. 2.5 hours to Cuicocha / 20 mins to Cotacachi / 2 hours return to Quito.

Activities: Trekking at Cuicocha: 2 -3 hours / Cotacachi visit: 45 - 60 min / Otavalo Market: 30 - 45 min.

Accommodation: La Casona de la Ronda or similar.

After breakfast, you will head south to Baños de Agua Santa, visiting on the way the Pasochoa Nature Reserve and Cotopaxi National Park.
The Pasochoa Nature Reserve is situated 1 hour south of Quito, at the beginning of the Avenue of Volcanoes, featuring, among other things, the Pasochoa Volcano (4,200 metres above sea level) and some great hiking trails. The highlight of the Reserve is its humid cloud forest, where one can find over one hundred species of birds and fifty species of native Andean trees. You will have the opportunity to see some of these treasures as you enjoy a short hike on one of the lush trails of the area.

From Pasochoa, you will continue south for 1 more hour to the Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi Volcano is considered the second-highest active volcano on the planet and an iconic place in Ecuador. Today, the volcano and its surrounding area have been designated as a National Park, offering several exciting sites for exploration and adventure sports. Weather permitting, you will stop for 10-15 mins to enjoy the Park’s beauty.

You will then continue further to the south, reaching, after 2 hours, Baños: a beautiful spot famous for its adventure sports.

Driving time: approx. 1.5 hours to Pasochoa Reserve/ 60 mins to Cotopaxi National Park / 2.5 hours to Baños de Agua Santa.

Activities: Hiking at Pasochoa duration: 2 hours / Cotopaxi National Park: 10 - 15 mins.

Accommodation: Sangay Spa Hotel or similar.

You will start the day with a hike around the foothills of the Southern Andes, passing by villages such as Sucre, Poato, Mundug, and Lligo. On the way, you will enjoy the changes in the Andean landscape as you move from a dry, paramo climate to a cloud forest ecosystem, with various microclimates in-between. The hike will end after approximately 2.5 hours at Hacienda Leito, surrounded by incredible views of the active Tungurahua volcano.

You will then visit one of Baños' most famous attractions: Casa del Árbol. Once up in the mountain, you will have incredible views of the valleys and rivers that lead to the Amazon. You will also see the active Tungurahua Volcano that often sends out fumaroles and lava. The main attraction at Casa de Arbol is “the swing at the end of the world,” which you will have the opportunity to ride and get a glimpse of how it feels to swing over an abyss.

After Casa de Arbol, you will drive to the Upper Amazon town of Tena, exploring, on the way, the iconic route of the waterfalls. This is a beautiful drive that allows you to pass by numerous waterfalls, including the impressive Cascada El Pailon de Diablo, which means the Devil's Cauldron (the name inspired by the large volume of water cascading into the river below). You will finally reach the town of Tena, located in Ecuador's Upper Amazon Basin, where you will spend the night.

Driving time: approx. 1 hour to Casa del Arbol/ 35 mins to Pailon del Diablo Waterfall / 2h15 to Tena.

Activities: Trekking: 2.5 hours / Casa del Arbol: 60 min / Pailon del Diablo Waterfall:1.5 hours.

Accommodation: Hamadryade Lodge or similar.

In the morning, you will embark on a rafting adventure in the Upper Amazon. You will first drive to the town of Cando in the Llanganates National Park: the starting point of the activity. After gearing up and listening to a safety briefing, you will begin your 3-hour excursion down the Jatunyacu River, which means “big water” in Quichua. The activity is suitable for all ages, and no previous experience is required. The Jatunyacu River (one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River) has Class III rapids and roller-coaster waves and takes you through a hidden canyon, surrounded by the exotic rainforest. Halfway, you will stop at a beach near a Quichua community to enjoy a delicious homemade lunch and the opportunity to meet with the locals living in the area. At the end of the activity, you will bid the Amazon goodbye as you will head back to Quito for your last night in Ecuador and a farewell dinner.

Driving time: approx .1h15 hours to Cando Town into National Park Llanganates/ 3.5 hrs return to Quito.
Activities: Rafting: 3 hours.

Accommodation: Casa Ilayaku or similar.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flights.

Note: If you need a PCR test before your departure, you may need to stay an extra night as the PCT test results require, as of today, 24-48 hrs. We can help you with such arrangements (cost not included in the price below).