Ecuador 5 Day Andes Adventure

ECUADOR 5 DAY ANDES ADVENTURE

Description

The Ecuador 5 Day Andes Adventure is sure to get your heart racing. This multi day adventure tour takes you through the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes where you will experience the most scenic and wildest places such as Lagunas de Cuicocha, Volcan Cotopaxi and Baños. We limit this small group tour to six guests to ensure you enjoy an intimate and comfortable experience. Enjoy the thrill of hiking around crater lagoons, whitewater rafting and down hill biking from the Cotopaxi refuge at 4,800 m!

Highlights

  • Hike around Cuicocha Lagoon
  • Visit the famous Otavalo Market
  • Visit to Mojanda Lagoon
  • Climb a 4000m volcano Cerro Fuya Fuya
  • Down hill mountain bike in Cotopaxi National Park
  • Enjoy whitewater rafting or similar activities in Baños

Quick details

  • Date: 21-25 October 2019
  • Tour duration: 5 days/4 nights
  • Effort level: Combination of easy to strenuous activities
  • Technical level: No previous experience necessary.
  • Tour limit: 6 guests only

Tour Cost

  • 695 per person - Twin room (Sharing basis)
  • 755 per person - Single room supplement
  • 30% deposit required to make a booking
  • Balance to be paid by EFT by 1 October 2019
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Is the Ecuador 5 Day Andes Adventure suitable for you?

You should be someone who…

  • Enjoys adventures in exotic destinations 
  • Loves outdoor activities like biking, hiking and white water rafting
  • Is interested in learning about new cultures
  • Prefers small intimate groups to large conventional tourism

Style of adventure tour

Activities

Ecuador might be a small country, but it is big on adventure. Here you will experience awesome activities like mountain biking down near volcanoes, whitewater rafting and hiking in beautiful locations.

Accommodation

We make use of hostels on shared basis of 2 guests per room. This means you will share a room with one other guest as each room will have two single beds. All hostels have been handpicked by the general manager. However, we may not always be able to book our regular hostel as per the schedule. In such circumstances we will book a hostel of a similar standard. Please note: Should you wish to have your own private room, the cost will be an additional $60.

Transport

Only private transport is used on this tour. Just sit back and enjoy a comfortable ride in a private mini van. 

Meals

Breakfasts are included in the price as well as a box lunch on days 1 & 2. Usually breakfast is scrambled eggs, fruit salad, juice, bizcochos (type of a rusk) and Andean cheese. Box lunches are typically sandwiches, cake, fruit and juice. On the other days, we will stop at a restaurant or cafe where you can purchase a ‘menu del dia’ (menu of the day) or similar. In the evening, we can dine out together at one of the restaurants in the town or at our accommodation. Lunches on day 3,4,5 and evening meals will be for your own expense. 

Tour Guide (Spanish and English speaking)

Private transport (mini van)

Accommodation (on a shared room basis)

Breakfasts

Box lunch on days 1 & 2

National park entrance fees 

Hikes (Cuicocha, Fuya Fuya and to Cotopaxi refuge)

Gratuities (optional)

Activities in Cotopaxi (Half day downhill MTB biking = $50) 

Activities in Baños (half day white water rafting canyoning = $50)

Day snacks 

Alcoholic beverages

Hydration (water, cool drinks etc)

Evening meals

Lunches on day 3, 4 and 5

It is compulsory for guests to have medical & travel insurance. 

Please inform us of any current medical issues.

This tour is NOT recommended for travelers with heart, lung or back problems.

Your fitness levels should be above average. Please do not hesitate to email us if you are in doubt or have any questions.

Warm clothing for evenings in Cotopaxi National Park

Thin down jacket or fleece jacket, long trousers, thin gloves, beanie, scarf.

Acclimatization hikes and activities  
Wear loose comfortable clothing, comfortable walking/hiking shoes, rain jacket, fleece or soft shell jacket, buff, cap and sunglasses.
Personal clothing
Denim trousers or similar, t-shirts etc are fine for days when you are relaxing. The temperature in the towns is fairly warm during the day, and cool to cold at night. For nights pack a hoodie or soft shell jacket to wear when relaxing. 
  • High factor sun protection cream 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Camera 
  • 2 x 1.5 L water bottles
  • Personal toiletries

Please email us if in any doubt.

Tour schedule

Morning

We leave Quito around 7 am and take the Pan American Highway to Otavalo. Transit time is around 2 hours. From Otavalo, we head to one of the most beautiful lagoons in Ecuador, Laguna de Cuicocha. Cuicocha is regarded as a sacred place and is famous for its twin islands and turquoise color. Here, you will be able to take a spectacular 5 hour hike. You can either walk at you own pace or walk with the guide as he explains the fascinating history and geography of the region. 

Afternoon/evening

Later in the afternoon, you can briefly visit the town of Cotacachi town and stroll down 10 de Augusto or ‘leather street’. Evening accommodation at the Riviera Sucre Hostel (or similar) in Otavalo. Dinner in Otavalo.

Included: Breakfast and box lunch. 

Morning

Today we will hike up a 4000m volcano called Cerro Fuya Fuya near Laguna de Mojanda. The lagoon is located in a wilderness area high above Otavalo at an altitude of 3800m. The hike is fairly strenuous and takes around 4 hours and includes 400m of vertical ascent. If the weather is good, you can have a picnic on the summit and view the surrounding volcanoes. 

Afternoon/evening

Later in the afternoon, you can choose to explore the Otavalo market, visit the Peguche waterfalls or just relax in the hostel. Accommodation at Riviera Sucre Hostel (or similar) in Otavalo. Dinner In Otavalo.

Included: Breakfast and box lunch. 

Morning

We leave Otavalo after breakfast and head towards the most famous national park in Ecuador, Cotopaxi. Transit time is around 3 hours. We arrive in time for lunch. 

Afternoon/evening

After lunch, we take a short hike in the park. Accommodation at Llulu Llama Hostel (or similar). Dinner at our hostel in Cotopaxi.

Included: Breakfast.

Morning

Today you will take a short hike up to the refuge on Cotopaxi at 4,700 m. You should be fairly acclimatized by now so it should not be too hard. From the refuge, you can take an exhilarating downhill MTB bike ride to Laguna de Limpiopungo a 1,000 m below! 

Afternoon/evening

After lunch, we head towards the town of Baños. Transit time is around 2 hours. Accommodation in Community Hostel (or similar) in Baños. Dinner out in Baños.

Included: Breakfast. 

Morning

Baños is the adventure capital of Ecuador. Here you can choose many fun half day activities such as white water rafting or canyoning. If you would rather relax and unwind, then you can visit one of the many hot springs in the town. Speak to your tour guide about for assistance or advice about adventure activities. There are a few great adventure agencies we prefer to use. 

Afternoon

We meet at our hostel at 2pm and then head back to Quito where the tour ends at around 19h00. Transit time (4 hours).

Included: Breakfast

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about this adventure tour.

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