Guided backpacking tour operated in private services. You can expect constantly changing scenery and environment which will make you speechless. Besides this, you will visit the two biggest cities of Ecuador as well as you will have a chance to chill and relax on the beaches of Puerto Lopez and enjoy a colourful market in Otavalo. Also, you will take a walk on the equatorial line, admire the giant snow-covered volcano Cotopaxi, wild tropical birds and lakes in the craters. All of those attractions will make you remember about this tour for the rest of your life.
|INCLUDED||Transport in Ecuador between locations indicated in the itinerary;|
Accommodation: 15 nights in hotel/hostel;
15 breakfasts, 1 supper;
|Tickets to: Machalila National Park, Intinan museum, cathedral, Mitad del Mundo, entrance fee to park in Mindo, to butterfly farm, Cotopaxi National Park, Laguna Quilotoa, Cuicocha Crater, Baños waterfalls, bike rental in Baños, Tree House entrance, Tena 1-day jungle tour;|
|NOT INCLUDED||Flight tickets;|
All others which are not mentioned in the itinerary;
|Activities||Cycling, Hiking, Sightseeing, Swimming, Trekking, Watching animals|
|Location||Baños, Cotopaxi, Guayaquil, Mindo, Otavalo, Puerto Lopez, Quilotoa Volcano, Quito|
Day 1. Guayaquil
Welcome to Guayaquil! There are no activities planned for today as we want to give you the time to rest after the journey. Late afternoon/evening, there is a meeting in the hotel/hostel with your team/group leader who will explain you in more details what is going to happen during your stay in Ecuador.
Day 2. Guayaquil - Puerto López
Half a day of sightseeing in Guayaquil: you will have a chance to see the city from its central spot by the river Guayas. You will go through the small park of iguanas where you can see these animals from the very close distance. Then you will be taken to the top of the view point on the hill from which you will see the panoramic view of the city. In the early afternoon, we all go to Puerto López. The journey will take from 4 to 5 hours. In the evening, you will arrive at Puerto López.
Day 3. Puerto López / Pacific Ocean
We start the day early. After breakfast you will see the town – it is not big, so sightseeing will not take much time. Then, we will take you for a trip to Machalilla National Park and Las Playas Frailes, which are famous beaches in Ecuador. In the afternoon, you will return to the town and enjoy a bit of time to relax.
Day 4. Puerto López
This day is for your disposition, so you can do whatever you wish. We recommend you to take a tour to see whales (from June to October) or to visit Isla de la Plata, also called “Small Galápagos”. Alternatively just chill on the beach.
Day 5. Puerto López – Santo Domingo
Early start, we will go to Santo Domingo to visit an indigenous Tsachilas group who lives there. These residents are famous for their culture and traditions, and you will have an opportunity to see their way of living.
Day 6. Santo Domingo – Mindo
Day 7. Mindo – Mitad del Mundo – Quito
Day 8. Quito
Day 9. Quito - Otavalo
Day 10. Otavalo - Cotopaxi National Park
Day 11. Latacunga (Quilotoa volcano) – Baños
Day 12. Baños
Day 13. Baños - Tena
Day 14. Tena
Day 15. Tena - Quito
Day 16. Quito - end of the trip
Important: we require every passenger to possess the travel insurance which will be valid for your stay in Ecuador. There are many providers of such insurance. For example, InsureandGo, TravelGoCompare and others so choose the one that suits you best. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. We also strongly recommend to take insurance that covers cancellation, curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects.
Difficulty of the tour
The nature of this tour is that you will see a lot of different places in 16 days. Although the guide will adapt the intensity of activities to your needs, in general, the journey itself may be a bit challenging (for instance, notice changes in altitude). This tour should be achievable by a healthy person with a minimum level of fitness.
- Deposit: £250 per person paid to our trustee account after receiving the confirmation of services from us. In this confirmation, we will include all the details on how to pay the deposit & the balance.
- The balance: £1349 per person paid to our trustee account. Please, notice that the full balance has to be paid at least 45 days before departure.
- There is no single supplement in this tour. You will be in the shared accommodation.
If you want to cancel a reservation…
You have to inform us about the cancellation in writing. In the case of “A bite of culture and a sip of nature”, the cancellation policy is following
Up to 45 days before the departure – Tauri Travel will retain the deposit.
44 – 0 days before the departure – Tauri Travel will retain 100% of the payment.
We strongly recommend buying a travel insurance which covers cancellation from your side.
What can I expect from this tour?
It is a backpacking tour which means sleeping in basic shared accommodation with other hostels’ guests. Undeniably you will have an opportunity to meet lots of interesting people – speaking even basics Spanish would be an advantage here but if you are not a Spanish speaker remember that this tour is operated privately with the English-speaking guide. More precisely, your group will follow the program with our guide without additional people.