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Speed is the watchword for this high-adrenaline active tour around Ecuador. Across nine action-packed days, you’ll bike near Cotopaxi (an Andean stratovolcano), raft down rushing rivers, trek the lush foothills of Baños, and much, much more. Best of all, you’ll always travel with an experienced and passionate CEO who knows the quickest and most scenic routes to wherever you’re headed. Remember, you’re here for a great time, not a long time; slather on that sunscreen, strap on your helmet, and hit the road/trail/surf!

Latin America
  • Duration: 16 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SEID.B/208702
  • Starts: Quito, Ecuador
  • Finishes: Cusco, Peru
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Tena
  • Baños
  • Llanganates National Park
  • Lasso
  • Lima
  • Cusco
  • Ollantaytambo
  • Cuncani
  • Kuyoc
  • Aguas Calientes

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.

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Day 2: Quito/Tena

Travel by bus into the Amazon Basin and enjoy the incredible scenery en route to the jungle town of Tena. Watch as it changes from towering mountains to lush jungle, passing by waterfalls and deep river valleys.

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Day 3: Tena

Navigate the wild Jatunyaku River in the surrounding lush cloud forest. The cool water and air make this an excellent change from the tropical Amazon climate. Return to Tena for the night.

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Day 4: Tena/Baños

Travel by bus to Baños, a town surrounded by lush cloud forest. Enjoy a free afternoon for optional activities like canyoning, ziplining, visiting local waterfalls, or exploring the town on foot.
The town is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, including horseback riding, canyoneering, hiking and rafting on the Patate River.

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Day 5: Baños/Llanganates National Park

Transfer by private vehicle to the start point of the trek into Llanganates National Park. Enjoy spectacular scenery of the Tunguragua Volcano while trekking into the park through lush cloud forest. Spend the night camping under the stars enjoying nature at its best.



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Day 6: Llanganates National Park/Baños

Rise early and continue trekking in Llanganates National Park before returning to Baños in the evening. Opt to visit the local hot springs.
Continue trekking and return by foot to the entrance of Llanganates National Park to take a transfer back to Baños. Enjoy a delicious lunch waiting for you upon your return. Opt to visit local hot springs to relax and rest aching muscles.

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Day 7: Baños/Cotopaxi

Free morning in Baños for optional activities like horseback riding or another visit to the hot springs. Travel by bus from Baños to a hacienda near Cotopaxi Volcano.
Enjoy a free morning in Baños to explore the area on foot or take on one of the many optional activities that the region has to offer. After lunch, the group will travel by public bus through spectacular Andean scenery arriving at a hacienda, near the base of Cotopaxi Volcano. Enjoy a choice between a biking excursion through Polilepys forest or horseback riding with views of the volcano.

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Day 8: Cotopaxi/Quito

In the morning, head into Cotopaxi National Park for a guided tour and spectacular views. After lunch at Limpiopungo lake return to Quito for for a final night in the city.
First thing in the morning, travel by private van into the national park to start the trek up to the refuge. Take in changing park scenery, and keep an eye out for wildlife along the way. Visit Limpiopungo lake for a boxed lunch. Enjoy lunch and catch your breath before transferring back to the capital city for a final night out on the town.

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Day 9: Quito/Lima

Fly to Lima and enjoy the coastal city and wander through the neighbourhood of Miraflores.
Your transfer to the airport and your flight to Lima are included in this trip. Please note that this flight is unescorted and your transfer will be waiting for you at the Lima airport and will bring you to your hotel.

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Day 10: Lima/Cusco

Hop on a flight to Cusco. Enjoy a free day of shopping and exploring the city. Opt for a city tour.
Take a transfer to the airport for the flight to Cusco. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring this fascinating city, and getting used to the altitude.

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Day 11: Cusco/Ollantaytambo

Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley. Stop at the G Adventures-supported women's weaving co-op before visiting a local pottery making community. Break for lunch at the G Adventures-supported Parwa community restaurant in Huchuy Qosco. After lunch, opt to head out on a hike to the Ollantaytambo storehouses and look out over the ruins. Or, wander around the cobblestone streets and visit a local Chicheria (corn beer bar).

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Day 12: Lares Trek

Depart Ollantaytambo by van to Lares town where the hike begins. Spend the first night at a G Adventures-supported campsite in Cuncani.
The Lares Trek is a scenic, less touristic route to hike through the Andes. It is one day shorter than the Inca Trail but higher in elevation. Enjoy G Adventures-supported handmade biodegradable soap products for use on the Lares Trek.

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Day 13: Lares Trek

Start early to hike from the foothills of Sicllaccasa Mountain to its high pass (4,750m/15,583 ft), providing scenic views of lagoons and the snow-capped Chicon Mountain. Celebrate after reaching the highest point by making an offering of coca leaves to the Andean gods. After the morning hike, stop to rest and take in the amazing view. Continue hiking downhill to our second campsite near the stream for the night.

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Day 14: Lares Trek/Aguas Calientes

Enjoy the last few hours of hiking before travelling by van to Ollantaytambo and train to Aguas Calientes. Spend some time relaxing in town or visiting the nearby hot springs.

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Day 15: Machu Picchu/Cusco

Enjoy a guided visit to Machu Picchu at sunrise. Use some free time to explore the ruins on your own. Later, travel back to Cusco.
Rise early to catch the first bus up to Machu Picchu with your guide. Enjoy a guided visit to the ruins followed by free time to explore. Opt to walk up to the Sun Gate or Inca Bridge.

When ready, head back down by bus to Aguas Calientes to meet up with the rest of the group. Take the scenic train back to Ollantaytambo to meet the van for the ride back to Cusco.

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Day 16: Cusco

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • G Adventures for Good: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo G Adventures for Good: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay G Adventures for Good: Cuncani Community Campsite, Cuncani
    • Whitewater rafting excursion on the Jatunyaku River in the Amazon Jungle (full-day)
    • Trekking in Llanganates NP
    • Mountain bike excursion
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (12 nts), camping (3 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, private van, hiking, biking, rafting
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), local guides, G Representatives in Lima and Cusco, specialist Lares Trek CEO on hike
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Tour Highlights:
  • Go whitewater rafting in the Amazon
  • Marvel at an active volcano
  • Soak in mountain hot springs
  • Explore the trails around Cotopaxi Volcano by mountain bike
  • Sample seafood in Lima
  • Explore ruins and haggle at local markets in the Sacred Valley
  • Hike the Lares Trek
  • Marvel at Machu Picchu
  • Learn ancient traditions at the G Adventures-supported Women's Weaving Co-op