7 DAYS BIKING IN THE AMAZON This expedition takes you to the Amazon rainforest, one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet! Explore the splendor of this immense ecosystem by bike, chase waterfalls, visit animal rescue centers and share time with indigenous tribes. Immerse yourself into the local culture while learning traditions from the Shuar and the Kichwa people. Accommodation is provided at charming eco-lodges and hotels Departing: Every Monday Highlights Biking off-the-beaten-path in the Amazon region The Swing of the End of the World Hike to Pailon del Diablo Waterfall Share time with the local indigenous people, including the Shuar and Kichwa Road biking to waterfalls and rescue centers Wine tasting Take a dip in mineral-rich volcanic hot springs in Baños Stay at unique places in every location Be led by top experienced guides every step of the way Support sustainable travel that preserves culture and nature Activity Level – Easy to Moderate Minimum Age – 12 years old Itinerary IncludedNot IncludedPrice Day 1Arrival to Quito We have nothing planned for today, our driver will be waiting for you at the airport in order to take you to your hotel in Quito.Accommodation, Hotel Cruz Loma, or similar. Day 2Discover to Quito Today after breakfast our guide will be waiting for you at the lobby of the hotel at 09:00, from there you will start a biking city tour that will show you the central-north part of the city, riding your bike along the city will allow you to experience it like a real local, driving through the streets of Quito can be challenging yet rewarding.Spots to be visited:Mariscal NeighborhoodCarolina ParkFinancial districtOld Airport in Quito.In the afternoon, after lunch, we will visit the old town of Quito, a magical colonial place. Day 3To New Heights—Soar Above Baños Today we head southbound passing rolling pastures of green and gold shadowed by the impressive peaks of surrounding volcanoes towards our first stop in Baños– the door to the Amazon. During our first pit stop, we take flight at the Swing of the End of the World, a place well known to wanderlust-filled individuals as it was featured in NatGeo Magazine in 2014. Fly high into the clouds towards the Tungurahua volcano, the gentle giant that watches over the town of Baños settled at its feet! Later in the day, we will head back down the riverside to Bridal Veil Falls where we will have the chance to take a cable car over the Pastaza river canyon; truly a Jaw-dropping sight to behold. Overnight: La Floresta or similar Meals included: none Day 4Biking In Llanganates National Park In the morning after a full and nutritious breakfast, we will go by car up through the mountains of the Llanganates National Park. Legend has it there is a hidden Incan treasure in this area. Although many explorers venture in trying to find it, it has yet to have been found. We will start biking on asphalt road a bit up the hill to warm up and then descend about five thousand feet. Catch the light breeze as we go from the impressive heights of the majestic Andes down to the entrance of the lush Amazon Basin. Afterward, we will visit Pailon del Diablo Waterfall, the highest falls in the country, so we can refresh a bit. Overnight: La Floresta or similar Meals included: Breakfast Day 5Entrance To The Amazon Today we follow the pulse of the Amazon into the heart of the Pastaza province. Starting our day with a quick one-hour drive we will then hop on our bikes and make our way down a leisurely road towards a regional fish farm. Here we will be able to see one of the world’s largest freshwater fish. Holding the title of the biggest in the Amazon region the Paiche or “Arapaima” is a mind-blowing 10 feet long and a whopping 500 pounds. As it goes, this majestic beast is unfortunately endangered. One of the tasks at the farm is the propagation of the species for eventual release into the wild. After our educational experience at the fishery, we will continue to the Hola Vida waterfall. A 30-minute jaunt through the woods takes us to this spectacular single-drop falls. Gently crashing into a cool jade-green pool will be able to enjoy some time swimming and relaxing before mounting our bikes again to carry onwards to our next stop! Our exploration takes us to a reserve run by a local family where we will enjoy a freshly made lunch of delicious regional cuisine. After lunch, we will go up to the local mirador or lookout. This spot is perfect for enjoying a rest in one of its many hammocks or to bask in the view of the Pastaza River with its flowing veins bringing life into the region. In the afternoon we will visit the Shuar indigenous community; one of fourteen distinct indigenous groups in Ecuador. Here we will learn about their culture and traditions, which have been richly preserved despite the developments of the country over the last decade. In the late afternoon, we will drive to the banks of the Napo River where we will stay overnight. Overnight: Selina lodge or similar Meals included: Breakfast and lunch Day 6Animals And Ancestors Today’s adventure is truly special, as we will be spending time not only with local people but local wildlife too! Our ride takes us to AmaZoonico, a locally run animal rehabilitation center, and NGO. Founded in 1993, the center focuses on the rehabilitation of animals that have been illegally taken from their natural habitat in order to be able to reintroduce them back into the wild. Here we will hike in the jungle to see a variety of species of animals that reside at the center including monkeys, tapir, and ocelots, among others. After a morning spent learning about rescue, rehabilitation, and release of animals from the region we will head to visit a local family from another indigenous group here in Ecuador: the Kichwa. Here they will teach us about their culture and customs for an afternoon filled with captivating stories of their people before heading back to the lodge. Overnight: Selina Lodge or similar Meals included: Breakfast and lunch Day 7Hot Springs & Departure Today is all about relaxing and unwinding! The morning calls for lounging poolside before packing up and heading for a drive back into the Andes towards our second stop at the world-renowned Papallacta hot springs. At the hot springs, you can take a refreshing dip into varying pools of hot a cold volcanic waters, and reinvigorate your body, mind, and soul. If you so choose there are also optional services offered at the facility such as massages and facials, which can be reserved in advance. After an afternoon of full-body recharge, we will head back to Quito. As you depart we thank you and wish you safe travels to wherever your final destination may be! If you wish to continue exploring more of Ecuador we can help you organize an extension trip to places you did not see during this trip. We thank you for choosing Ecuatraveling and hope to see you soon! Meals Included: Breakfast – Experienced & Certified English-Speaking Guide – Private Transport – Accommodation for 6 nights – Meals as listed in the Itinerary – Water and snacks – Reusable water bottle – Biking gear: Trek X-caliber, certified helmets and gloves – All fees to reserves and museums – International or domestic flights – Meals not mentioned in the itinerary – Tips for guides and drivers – Travel Insurance – mandatory – Airport Transfers 7 Days – 6 Nights – from $1500 p.p minimum 2 pax – maximum 10 pax (this price can change depending on your needs, group size, and preferences) Packing List We do recommend traveling light for this expedition. A duffel bag of 50 liters for your luggage and a backpack of 20 liters for daily activities should be sufficient. In Ecuador, the weather can change drastically especially when you are moving from the Andes into the tropical forest, therefore, it is best to pack for a variety of climates – Passport – Credit card – Two pairs of lightweight hiking pants – One pair of cold weather hiking pants – Two pairs of shorts – Three pairs of biking shorts – One bathing suits – Four synthetic material T-shirts – One cotton T-shirt – One bathing top or cover-up – One winter warm jacket – One fleece – One rain jacket – One pair of rain pants – Two buffs – One pair of hiking shoes – One pair of sneakers – One pair of water sandals or similar – Optional – biking shoes – One- or two-night outfits – One cap or hat – Sunscreen – Sunglasses – Mosquito repellent – Camera – Headlamp – Optional binoculars NOTE: Laundry is available almost at every location and is economic. We recommend taking advantage of these offered services as it aids in traveling light.