Pick up at the airport and private transfer to a homestay or B&B in Quito
We will leave early and drive to Papallacta – well known for its hot springs – located high up in the Andes for a little relaxation time. After this, we will continue our way towards the border of the Amazon Rainforest and close to Mishuali where we will visit a small Kichwa community, see the monkeys and make our way to our homestay in the Amazon Rainforest
Today we will hike in the Amazon rainforest where you will see vast biodiversity with a focus on ethnobotany. The local guide that will accompany you as well on this hike can explain how the indigenous people have been using these plants to cure illness.
We will leave our homestay and go on our way to Banos, very well known for being the adventure capital of Ecuador. We will take the “Ruta de Cascadas” (waterfall route) and have stopped for a hike and photography (this hike will also take you to the places used to shoot the movie “Proof of Life” with Meg Ryan and Russel Crowe). For the next 2 nights, we will make Banos our home.
This is a day of leisure. We can assist you in making arrangements for rafting, biking, rappelling, spa treatments, or anything else you would like to do today.
We leave Banos and continue our way to Antisana. This snow-capped volcano close to Quito is home to the mighty Condor and many other birds, the most bio-diverse National Reserve in the Ecuadorean Highlands, where we will hike and do our best to spot the Condor. Overnight will be in Quito.
The last day of the tour. A city tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site (the historical city center of Quito) will be the last activity on this fully packed tour. You can choose to either have a late.