Visit Baños, considered the most charming town of Ecuador. Its hot therapeutic springs are famous throughout the country. A land of orchids and waterfalls at the base of the Tungurahua volcano, enjoy Baños as a gateway to numerous Ecuadorian outdoor adventures.
Bellavista protects 1800 acres of endangered cloud forest on the western slopes of the Andes. Bordering the Choco bio-region, the forest is part of something that scientists refer to as a biodiversity "hotspot" - a place of extreme biodiversity in danger of extinction. Explore the miles of trails in Bellavista, passing by waterfalls, steep ravines, and thick gardens of hanging epiphytes in search of some of the 320 bird species recorded here. You'll learn more about the area's complex ecology, what Bellavista is doing to protect it, and about the endangered mammals such as the spectacled bear, mountain lion, Andean coati, and others that take refuge here.
View a masterpiece of volcanic creation - the Chimborazo Volcano! The summit of this massive volcano is the farthest point from the center of the earth. Drive south from Quito along the "Avenue of Volcanoes", viewing spectacular and breathtakingly high plains. Overnight in Riobamba and embark on the thrilling train ride over the Nariz del Diablo (Devil's Nose) before returning to Quito.
Visit stunning Cotopaxi, the earth's highest active volcano on this two day extension to the breathtaking high plains and Cotopaxi National Park. Enjoy a night at the enchanting 400 year old hacienda on the slopes of Cotopaxi before visiting Quilatoa, a beautiful emerald lagoon surrounded by volcanoes.
This Cotopaxi service project supports conservation initiatives in the Cotopaxi National Park and on private preserves within the Condor Biosphere (a 5.4 million acre conservation project consisting of public and private land). This Ecuador tour combines adventure such as horseback riding and zip lining with conservation projects focusing on trail maintenance and native tree reforestation in the Ecuador highlands on the paramo (Andean grasslands).
Extend your trip in Ecuador with a 3 night stay in a comfortable hacienda near the Cotopaxi Volcano and explore the Andean highlands on foot, horseback, and gliding through the forest by zipline during our multisport trip that is a short drive from Quito.
Visit the Cotopaxi National Park and horseback in the shadows of the volcano during this 2 day/1 night extension from Quito. Enjoy the relaxing life on a hacienda while exploring the Ecuadorian highlands.
Horseback ride, hike, and zipline through the canopy near the Cotopaxi National Park during our 2 day/1 night extension. Good way to extend your stay in Ecuador and short distance from Quito.
Bike, horseback ride, hike, and zipline through the canopy near the Cotopaxi National Park during our 3 day/2 night extension while staying at a traditional Andean hacienda.
Visit the region near the Cotopaxi Volcano and National Park and volunteer your time by visiting a local school for a service project and cross-cultural experience. Stay in a comfortable hacienda (working ranch) and enjoy the highlands during your Ecuador tour!
Fly south to the delightful city of Cuenca. Considered the most colonial city in all the Americas, red clay rooftops stretch throughout the city and baroque churches seem to stand on every corner. This time in Cuenca is yours to explore however you like. Chose from several short excursions to add to your stay in this charming town.
Stay on the island of Santa Cruz for 3 nights. Enjoy two full days to book excursions locally. Travelers can arrange for land excursions or snorkeling and diving during their time.
Spend four nights at the lovely Mediterranean-style Mantaraya Lodge along the exotic coast of Ecuador. Your days will be spent exploring the flora and fauna of nearby Machalilla National Park, snorkeling and swimming off Isla de la Plata, and visiting other places of interest such as the Ayampe River rain forest, Salango Beach, and the Museum of Agua Blanca.
Travel north of Quito to historic Hacienda Pinsaqui. Nestled in the Otavalo Valley in the shadow of Imbabura Volcano, enjoy your overnight stay in this 200 year old hacienda with gardens and textile shops to explore. Enjoy the most famous indian markets in the world in the center of Otavalo. Linger with indigenous people from the mountains who have descended to sell their crafts, textiles, cows and goats in the tiny town of Otavalo.
Add an additional day to your Otavalo Extension! Travel north of Quito to historic Hacienda Pinsaqui. Nestled in the Otavalo Valley in the shadow of Imbabura Volcano, enjoy two nights in this 200 year old hacienda with gardens and textile shops to explore. Enjoy the most famous indian markets in the world in the center of Otavalo. Linger with indigenous people from the mountains who have descended to sell their crafts, textiles, cows and goats in the tiny town of Otavalo.
Depart Quito on this 2 day extension and travel 40 miles east to an Andean paradise, Papallacta Hot Springs. Take time to savor these relaxing pools and enjoy the beauty of the lush flora and fauna all around. Overnight in Papallacta before returning to Quito.
Spend three nights in Ecuador's premier rainforest lodge with professional naturalists and indigenous guides. Sacha Lodge is among the best places in the Amazon to explore the jungle without leaving behind your creature comforts.
Fly to Cuenca on this fascinating 5 day extension to the highlands of Ecuador. Begin your tour in charming colonial Cuenca. Travel to such sites as Ingapirca, Riobamba, Tomebamba River, Cotopaxi National Park, and the thrilling Nariz del Diablo train ride before returning to Quito.