7 DAYS ACTIVE NATURE ADVENTURE

Get ready to discover the biodiverse jungle of the Amazon, bike Cotopaxi volcano, and hike Quilotoa crater lake!

With this package, you will experience some of the most beautiful nature that Ecuador has to offer. This tour takes you to the amazing Cuyabeno jungle and the spectacular Andes mountains.

If you are a true nature lover and interested in wildlife, being active and learning more about Ecuador’s ecosystem, you’ll enjoy this experience!

Schedule General itinerary
Sunday You can leave any luggage at the Hump Day Hostel

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Departure at 22:50 pm by private shuttle bus from Quito to Lago Agrio:

Blue House Youth Hostel (Joaquin Pinto E8-24 Y Diego de Almargo)

or 23:30 pm from the Guayunga Hostel (José de Antepara)

Monday – Thursday/ Friday Cuyabeno Laguna Grande tour 4 or 5 Days.
Friday Free day to explore Quito / Arrival in Quito from the 5-day tour.
Saturday Cotopaxi Day Tour.
Sunday Quilotoa Day Tour.

This package includes 2 nights (5 days Amazon) or 3 nights (4 days Amazon) in The Hump Day Hostel!

Below you will find the detailed itinerary of each tour.

Note: Itinerary can be slightly changed by starting with the day trips, followed by the Amazon but please keep in mind we highly recommend to acclimatize 2 days.

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Our program starts with an amazing tour of the Amazon jungle. The 4- or 5-day program is based at Nicky Amazon Lodge Laguna Grande, which is located in the Cuyabeno National Park. This lodge offers the opportunity to explore the high part of the Cuyabeno River. It is perfect for explorers who want to visit the Laguna Grande, where it is possible to admire one of the particular ecosystems of the Amazon basin; the flooded forest or Igapo. The cabins are built in the traditional Indian style of the jungle. You can find the itinerary below.

DAY 1- Our excursion begins in Lago Agrio at 09h30.  If you go by plane, we will pick you up at the Lago Agrio airport at 10h30.  We travel by bus/truck approx. 1 ¼ hours to reach Tarapoa town where we eat our lunch. After 20 minutes, we arrive at the Cuyabeno Bridge (the principal entrance of this Protect Reserve). We immediately journey down the river to our Lodge (approx. 2 hours).

Then our excursion into the rainforest starts, and along the beginning of the river, we can observe some species of monkeys and birds very close because this part of the river is narrow. Finally, we arrive at the Nicky Amazon Lodge. Time for a short relax and later an introductory walk around the Lodge. After dinner, our naturalist bilingual guide gives us a briefing on the upcoming activities for the next few days and about the area.

DAY 2- After an early breakfast, we start our journey because the brisk morning hours are the best time to see the rainforest’s thriving activity. We trek into the rainforest with our Naturalist guide who shares their wealth of knowledge. We also have the opportunity to learn about how life in the tropical rainforest co-exists in a fragile balance.  Botanic information emphasizes the use of the medicinal plants, which has been taught by the local ancestors for generations. We also find some species of amphibians, butterflies, centipedes and millipedes, snakes, birds, monkeys or any footprints of mammals in the trail.

Return to the lodge. Lunch. Later we navigate along the Cuyabeno River to turn around the Kapok Island trying to find species of monkeys. We also have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotaliafluviatilis) in the amazing river scenery.

Before dinner, we venture into the forest to find species of insects, spiders, tarantulas, snakes or colorful frogs.  The night world of the Amazon is perfect for viewing small species and enjoying the nocturnal sounds of the jungle.

DAY 3- An early activity permits us to enjoy the nature with a good chance to watch some monkeys and birds. After breakfast we follow the “taricaya” that means turtle trail to visit the Seoqueya Community, where some local families of the Sionas Indigenous group live. A member of the family shows us how they prepare the yuca bread which is called “Cassave” and our guide explains local traditions and cultures from the past to the present.

Return to the lodge. After lunch, we always have time to relax and to enjoy the place. In the afternoon we go out with our motor canoe upstream to visit the Laguna Grande where we navigate in the amazing lake and admire the flooded forest by black water or Igapo, considered an ecosystem of the rainforest. The famous Macrolobium trees, which are homes of Epiphytes plants and birds, dominate this ecosystem and there is time to swim in the lake while we admire the spectacular sunset in the rainforest. Before we return to the lodge, we venture downstream to search for Caimans (alligator family) and fishing bats.

DAY 4- The last early activity is a short canoe excursion to enjoy the sunrise over the jungle. This is a good opportunity for bird watching. It permits us to create the last memory of this wonderful place.

After breakfast, you have time to prepare your luggage for the trip back. We navigate upstream to reach the Cuyabeno Bridge. Box lunch. Our bus/pick up takes us back to Lago Agrio, arriving around 15h30 either to catch the Bus or the plane back to Quito.

Day 5- For passengers going for long trip 5d/4n, the additional day includes a morning walk and an extra canoe excursion admiring the wonderful landscape in the afternoon and either a night walk.

Quito: Enjoy a free day in Quito. Get to know the beautiful historic center of Quito with its Plazas, churches, and museums.


DAY 6:

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Ready for an active day tour to the Cotopaxi volcano? We will drive you safely and fast to the Cotopaxi National Park. After breakfast, get ready for an intense hike up the 5,897 meters (19,347 feet) tall volcano Cotopaxi. This makes the Cotopaxi one of the highest active volcanoes in the world! You can hike up to 5000 meters (16,404 feet) to a spectacular glacier. Think that is already amazing? The Andean landscape in Ecuador will be even more spectacular when exploring it by bike! Don’t think about it, come with us and we will provide you with the best equipment. After the bike ride, we will also experience Limpiopungo Lagoon.

DAY 7:

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This full-day nature tour of Quilotoa Crater Lake begins with a visit to a local indigenous market Pujili. The drive to Laguna Quilotoa – an amazing emerald lagoon inside a volcano crater at the height of 3,800m – displays beautiful views of the Andean mountains, passing the ancient canyon of Zumbahua and many indigenous towns and farmlands. Before lunch, we will visit a local aboriginal home where you have the opportunity to interact with the inhabitants. The tour includes a steep hike down to the lagoons shore. It is important that you are well prepared for 3800m’, so we recommend acclimatizing at least one day around 3000m’.

2 or 3 nights in Quito at  Hump Day Hostel  – Dorm Room (breakfast included).

Jungle tour:

Bilingual naturalist guide Meals on Tour (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Transportation Quito / Cuyabeno / Quito, round trip Water, tea, coffee
Equipment (waterproof boots, mosquito net, and life jackets) Excursions
Electricity to charge the batteries Accommodation

 

Cotopaxi day tour:

1 Breakfast Transport to/from Quito
1 Lunch Mountain bike
Professional bilingual guide Helmet for bikes

 

Quilotoa day tour:

Professional bilingual guide Transport to/from Quito
1 Lunch

Amazon tour:

Contribution Community Siona 5 USD per person Raincoat/ Poncho
Breakfast on the first day and dinner on the last day Soft drinks/Alcoholic beverages

 

Cotopaxi day tour:

Tips for the guide

 

Quilotoa day tour:

Mules rental ($10) Tips for the guide
Kayak rental ($3)

Package with shared room: $450 per person

Includes: 3 nights in the Hump Day Hostel with breakfast, private shuttle bus roundtrip Quito-Lago Agrio, Amazon 4 days/ 3 nights tour, Cotopaxi day tour, Quilotoa day tour.

Price excluding hostel nights: $420

Package with private room (2 persons): $500 per person

Includes: 3 nights in the Hump Day Hostel with breakfast, private shuttle bus roundtrip Quito-Lago Agrio, Amazon 4 days/ 3 nights tour, Cotopaxi day tour, Quilotoa day tour.

Price excluding hostel nights: $450

Same options are also applicable for our 5 day Amazon tour (+$40).

5 days Amazon package with shared room: $490 per person.

Price excluding hostel nights: $460

5 days Amazon package with private room (2 persons): $540 per person

Price excluding hostel nights: $490