Ecuador Tours

Discover the beauty of Ecuador in a 21-day tour! Join us for an unforgettable adventure, where each day brings new discoveries and lasting memories.


It was exhilarating at times & so peaceful at others. I lost myself in the beauty of it all. We laughed & had so much fun. I’d highly recommend this tour company to anyone interested. They’ll help cater to what you want your experience to be while ensuring your safety.


Embark on a captivating journey starting in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest port city.

Continue to Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site with charming cobblestone streets and impressive architecture.

Experience the majesty of Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain, and enjoy breathtaking views from its snow-capped peak.

Explore the Amazon Rainforest, observing exotic wildlife and learning about indigenous communities’ way of life.

Relax in hot springs before venturing to Mindo, a cloud forest with diverse flora and fauna, perfect for hiking.

Discover vibrant markets in Otavalo for traditional crafts before reaching Quito, Ecuador’s capital, with colonial architecture and a lively atmosphere.

This Ecuadorian adventure promises a perfect blend of natural wonders, cultural experiences, and moments of relaxation.

What’s included?

  • Transportation
  • Tour Guide
  • Overnight stays
  • Three meals per day (except on the first and last day)
  • Drinking water on the way
  • Entrance fees for museums, parks etc. according to program
  • Equipment for special tours (e.g. rafting)

What’s not included?

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • All excursions and optional activities not listed
  • Voluntary tips
  • Travel, health and accident insurance
  • Flights

What to bring

  • Warm clothes for in the Andes
  • Thin, long clothes for in the jungle
  • Personal luggage
  • Good rainwear
  • Swimming gear
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent
  • A water bottle for the road


Upon arrival at Guayaquil airport, you will be accompanied to your hotel.

After a short tour of the port metropolis on the Rio Guayas, you first drive through rice and banana fields towards the Andes. You’ll visit a small cocoa plantation along the way at the El Cajas National Park with its numerous lakes and impressive mountain landscape to the colonial city of Cuenca.

You spend the morning in Cuenca and visit a Panama hat factory, where you can learn more about the production of the finest straw hats in the world and also purchase them.

After lunch, you will continue your journey north and reach the largest and most important Inca ruins in Ecuador. Your accommodation for today is at the comfortable Posada Ingapirca, located not far from the Inca site.

On a tour of the beautiful temple and fortress complex of Ingapirca, you will learn a lot about the history of the site and the culture of the Incas and the Cañaris.

On the way to Riobamba, you will visit the oldest church in Ecuador, the Inglesia de Balbanera on Lake Colta.

The journey continues through the picturesque landscapes around Chimborazo (6,268 m above sea level), the highest volcano in the country. In the Arenal, a desert-like landscape, you will see beautiful vicuñas (wild relatives of alpacas). Drive to a parking site at an altitude of 4,800 m, from where you can hike up to the Edward Whymper refuge at 5,800 m in 45 minutes.

In the afternoon you will reach Baños de Aguas Santas, the gateway to the Oriente in the subtropical Pastaza Gorge.

Fortify yourself with a hearty breakfast before you set off on today’s excursion to get to know the Road of the Waterfalls, which leads along the Pastaza Gorge towards the Amazon lowlands. At the Rio Verde river, walk along the path through the gorge and the subtropical forest to the thundering waterfall “Pailon del Diablo” (Devil’s Pan). Take a ride on a tarabita, a small open cable car, over the Pastaza River.

In the afternoon, you can explore the small pilgrimage town of Baños and relax in the large public thermal baths.

Today you set off on your journey into the Amazon lowlands. The landscape gradually changes. You will find deep gorges and numerous waterfalls. Finally, the still hilly Amazon lowlands lie before you. In Puyo you can visit a balsa wood factory.

You reach Liana Lodge by canoe from Puerto Barantilla on the Arajuno River.

Explore the rainforest under the guidance of a nature guide with extensive knowledge about the nature and culture of the Amazon rainforest. Choose two of the following activities to do in the two days: a jungle hike, a visit to the AmaZOOnico (animal sanctuary), a visit to a Kichwa community or a rafting tour.

Today you travel to Papallacta in the eastern Andes. The magnificent Papallacta thermal baths are located at an altitude of 3,300 m in bizarre surroundings. In fine weather, the snow-capped Antisana volcano (5,753 m) can be seen. In the afternoon, you can optionally enjoy the comfortable spa area of the thermal hotel (not included in the price).

In the morning you will have the opportunity to enjoy the thermal baths once again and take a short hike through the mystical landscape along the wild and romantic mountain stream of Rìo Papallacta. Trees overgrown with orchids, bromeliads, mosses and lichens line the path.

Alternatively you can take a trip to the Antisana reserve. It is the fourth highest volcano in Ecuador, which also has a snow-covered peak visible from Papallacta when the weather is good. There’s a short hike to the mountain lake Mica in the typical Pàramo vegetation. Here you have the best chance of observing the mighty condor in the wild and, with luck, the shy spectacled bear, the white-tailed deer and various other bird species, such as the mountain caracaras and the Andean ibis birds.

Continue south on the Panamericana to the “Avenue of Volcanoes”.

On a natural road through the magnificent landscape to the Cotopaxi volcano (5,897 m). You will reach a bizarre and barren landscape at an altitude of 4,500 m by vehicle. From there you have the option of climbing up to the Jose Ribas refuge at 4,800m. Close to the refuge is an impressive glacial chasm and you’ll take a short hike to the mountain lake Limpiopungo, which lies between Cotopaxi and Rumiñahui.

After breakfast, you first drive south on the Panamericana and then on winding side roads through one of the most beautiful cultural landscapes of the Ecuadorian Andes. In this barren region, farmers farm up to an altitude of 4,000 meters. High above the deep Toachi Canyon, you reach the deep green crater lake of Quilotoas. On your return to Lasso, you can visit a traditional naive painting studio in Tigua and a rose plantation near Lasso.

Today you drive via Quito through spectacular landscapes of the Andean highlands to the “Mitad del Mundo” monument, which was built on the equator line about 20 km north of the city of Quito. You suddenly find yourself with one foot in each hemisphere. Visit the interesting museums or the planetarium and get to know the southern night sky better.

As you continue your journey, the flora becomes richer in vegetation until you finally arrive at an altitude of around 1,500 m above sea level. During your journey, you will of course be informed about the diversity of the ecosystem. The village of Mindo, situated in a subtropical basin, is known for its butterflies, orchids and over 400 bird species. With a bit of luck, you will have the opportunity to spot rare bird species, butterflies and plant species along the way.

The Mindo-Nambillo cloud forest is one of the best areas in the world for international birdwatchers. Its abundance of hummingbirds and many other bird species and orchids make this area a biological sensation. Birdwatching is therefore an essential part of this program. We set off at dawn for bird watching. A unique natural spectacle awaits you here. With a bit of luck, you will spot hummingbirds, toucans, herons, parrots, woodpeckers, owls, tanagers, kingfishers and the very interesting “red cock of the rock” (optional tour, not included). As if that were not enough, you will then drive to an orchid garden and the butterfly house, where you can marvel at a large variety of different and rare butterfly species.

Today you travel to the Lakes Province in the north of Ecuador.

On the way, you have the option of visiting either the ruins of Tulipe near Pacto or the pyramids of Cochasqui, ruins from the pre-Inca period. You cross the equator near the town of Cayambe. The journey takes you past the mighty and extinct Imbabura volcano, at the foot of which lies the picturesque San Pablo Lake. Finally, you reach Otavalo, a city whose indigenous markets are among the most important in South America.

In the morning we continue to the azure blue Cuicocha crater lagoon. On a short hike along the steeply sloping crater rim, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding volcanic giants Cotacachi, Imbabura and Cayambe. You will then continue to Cotocatchi, where you will be introduced to the local Andean life of the Otavalo natives. The town of Cotacachi is known beyond Ecuador for its leather goods, many of which are handmade here. The tour continues to Peguche with its weavers, who still produce the typical wall hangings in the traditional way using naturally dyed wool. And the music studio, where you can see demonstrations of Andean instruments. Take a walk to the Peguche waterfall, an important place in the Andean cosmovision.

Today you will visit the famous Otovalo market which has been around for 400 years. Colorful fabrics, clothing, jewelry, wall hangings with various motifs, knitted sweaters, colorful belts, hammocks and other wool and fabric items as well as carvings made of stone, wood or jade are just some of the goods that are haggled over here. Saturday is the main market day and all the streets of Otavalo are filled with market stalls.

Afterwards, we’ll drive to your hotel in the old town of Quito.

On Saturday, many Quiteños are out and about in the old town and all the churches hold masses almost every hour. Visit the interesting museum La Casa del Alabado – Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, which brings together some of the most representative works of pre-Columbian art in Ecuador. Observe around 5000 archaeological pieces, 500 of which make up the permanent exhibition. This privately-owned museum with contemporary exhibits is located in an elegant colonial-era house and presents an impressive collection of pre-Columbian artefacts, organized thematically by topics such as shamans and pigmentation.

Today you will go on a city tour of Quito’s historic, charming old town, one of the most beautiful capitals in South America. The city, whose name means “center of the world”, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Discover the Independence Square, which is lined with the Government Palace, the 16th century cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace. Continue the tour with a visit to the baroque church “La Compaña de Jesùs”, which is decorated all over with gold leaf.

The afternoon is at your leisure.

Depending on your flight time, the driver will take you to the airport.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Rafting, your health and experience level

What classes of rapids do you offer tours on, and how do you determine a participant’s suitability?

We offer tours on rapids ranging from Class 2 to Class 4. Children under 12 years old are limited to Class 2 tours. We recommend Class 4 tours only for experienced participants. Additionally, Class 4 rapids are not suitable for SUP.

How should I prepare for a day of white water SUP?

You should be well-rested and have had a good breakfast. Alcohol consumption before and during the tour is not permitted.

Are there any specific health requirements for participation?

The following requirements should be met:

  • Have a basic level of physical fitness to cope with the physical demands of the tour.
  • Be able to swim or at least have basic water skills.
  • Be free from serious health issues that could impair their ability to safely participate in the tour, such as heart problems, asthma, or epilepsy.
  • Refrain from consuming alcohol or drugs before or during the tour, as this could impair reaction times and judgment.
  • Be willing to follow the guides’ instructions and adhere to safety precautions.

Payment Questions

How do I book a tour and what is the cancellation policy?

You can book directly through our online form. Alternatively, you can contact us via WhatsApp, and we’ll reserve the desired tour for you. Cancellations can be made up to 24 hours before the tour. If you cancel after this time, 50% of the cost will be refunded.

What payment options to do you accept?

We accept cash or transfers to an Ecuadorian bank account (transfer fees must be covered by you).

Are there any additional costs not included in the price?

Not included in the price are alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, and tips. For half-day tours, lunch is not included.


Are meals and refreshments included in the price? What are the dietary options?

For full-day tours, lunch and non-alcoholic beverages such as tea and water are included in the price. We always provide a vegetarian option as well. For half-day tours, only beverages are included.

Jungle Questions

What is the optimal clothing and equipment for the tour in the jungle?

In the jungle, it’s advisable to dress in long clothing to shield yourself from both insects and the sun’s rays. Apply insect repellent generously to both your skin and clothes, and don’t forget to use sunscreen. As rain is common in the rainforest, it’s wise to carry a rain cover. Don’t overlook the importance of staying hydrated during the tour; bring along a water bottle, which you can conveniently fill with water at our office. Additionally, we’ll provide you with rubber boots for the tour.

What animals and plants can we expect during the tour in the jungle?

During the tour in the secundary rainforest of Ecuador, you can expect to encounter a diverse array of plants and animals. Some common plants include towering trees like the Kapok tree and the Ceiba tree, lush ferns, orchids, and various species of palms. You may also come across medicinal plants like the Sangre de Drago (Dragon’s Blood) tree, which has healing properties.

As for animals, the rainforest is home to an abundance of wildlife. You might spot colorful birds such as toucans, parrots, and hummingbirds flitting among the trees. Keep an eye out for monkeys swinging through the canopy, including species like the capuchin, howler, and spider monkeys. Other potential sightings include various species of frogs, spinders and insects, as well as reptiles like snakes, lizards and caimans.

It’s important to remember that wildlife sightings can vary depending on factors like time of day, weather conditions, and the specific location of the tour.

Is there an age restriction for participating in the tour in the jungle?

There is no specific age restriction for our tours. However, please be advised that our tours are not suitable for individuals with strollers. It’s important to recognize that jungle tours can be physically demanding due to the challenging climatic conditions.

Are there any special behavioral rules for the tour in the jungle?

1. **Respect nature: Leave no trace and avoid disturbing wildlife and plants. Be mindful not to damage natural habitats.
2. **Follow the guides’ instructions: Listen to the guides and follow their recommendations regarding safety and behavior in the jungle.
3. **Stay on the trails: Stick to marked paths to avoid getting lost or disrupting the environment. Pay attention to warning signs and notices.
4. **Stay hydrated: Keep hydrated, especially in hot and humid environments like the jungle. Always carry a water bottle with you.
5. **Wear appropriate clothing and equipment: Dress according to the weather conditions and the requirements of the activity. Don’t forget to apply insect repellent and sunscreen.
6. **Stay with the group: Do not stray from the group and always maintain visual contact with other participants to avoid getting lost.
7. **Stay alert: Watch out for potential hazards such as steep slopes, slippery surfaces, or poisonous plants and animals.
8. **Respect culture and traditions: When interacting with local communities, respect their culture, traditions, and rules.
9. **Have fun: Enjoy nature and the adventure, but stay safe and responsible throughout the entire tour..

What happens on each day?

What languages do the guides speak?

Our guides speak Spanish and English.

How long is the tour and what is the daily schedule?

Typically, the tours start at 9:00 AM at our agency or at your accommodation in Tena. However, for private tours, the start time can be adjusted according to your preferences.

How do participants get to and from the starting point of the tour?

The tour includes transportation to the starting point and return to Tena via a private transport.

Where can I leave my belongings during the tour?

Your guide will be able to take small belongings in a dry bag and larger items can be left with the driver.

What should I bring with me on the tour?

You should bring the following items with you on the tour:

  • Swimsuit or shorts
  • T-shirt to protect you from the sun
  • Shoes for the water
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Change of clothes

Can I bring my own equipment?

You can bring your own equipment. However, we do not accept liability for any damage or loss. Additionally, we cannot offer a price reduction.

Will I receive photographic memories during the tour?

Our safety kayaker will take photos during the tour, which you can then download for free.

Weather & Safety

What happens if the weather turns bad during the tour?

In the rainforest, rain is always a possibility. Tours proceed as scheduled regardless of rain. However, in the event of severe weather posing a danger to participants, the tour will be postponed, or refunds will be issued. If a Class 4 rafting tour cannot be conducted due to high water levels, a Class 3 tour will be offered instead, with the difference in cost refunded.

What safety measures are in place for your tours?

Before every tour, we provide a safety instruction. Additionally, wearing life jackets and helmets is mandatory. We comply with all safety requirements for equipment, and we always use new materials of the highest quality to ensure the safety of our participants.

What should be done in case of a medical emergency during the tour?

In the event of a medical emergency during the tour, our guides are trained to administer first aid and arrange transportation to the nearest medical facility. Our guides regularly attend first aid courses and always carry a first aid kit. Additionally, we have a private taxi available at all times for immediate access.

What should I do if I fall into the water during the tour?

Try not to stand up and instead, float on your back. Stay calm and follow the guides’ instructions closely.

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