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Ecuador Highlands

8 Days | Be moved by the natural beauty of Ecuador, from the Andes to the Amazon

4.9 out of 5 based on 11 reviews submitted.
EUR 855 €
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From the heights of the Andes to the depths of the Amazon Jungle, this 8-day trip will take you further. You’ll walk through the Amazon Jungle with an indigenous guide leading the way, hike in Cotopaxi National Park – home to one of the world’s largest active volcanos – and canoe to your river-side eco-lodge accommodation on the edge of the rainforest (to name just a few of the epic nature-loving adventures). But it’s not all just about the landscapes here, you’ll also get a glimpse into everyday life during a homestay with a local family where you’ll connect with them, lending a hand with chores, doing seasonal activities and perhaps, brushing up on your Espanol. There’s so much to see, do and learn in this South American paradise.

Trip overview

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Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
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Min 16
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Stay on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest in eco lodge-style accommodation on the banks of the Arajuno River and enjoy a special evening walk through the jungle under the night sky.
  • Walk in the rainforest with an indigenous guide by your side to lead the way, point out local birds and teach you about the incredible plant life that thrives here. Then, visit an Amazon animal rescue centre.
  • Opt to hike to Pailon del Diablo, an 80-meter-high waterfall so fierce that you’ll need to carry a poncho to keep dry from its wrath.
  • Marvel at the snow-capped Cotopaxi volcano – one of the largest active volcanos in the world – while hiking through Cotopaxi National Park.
  • Live like a local as you’re welcomed into a family home in a sustainable community high in the hills of Ecuador, getting your hands dirty and helping with everyday tasks like reforestation projects, organic gardening or jam making, to name a few.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip visits Quito which is at high altitude, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. Please see the ‘Medical and Health Information’ section of the Essential Trip Information.
  • Temperatures in the Amazon can fluctuate. It can get really hot, humid, sticky during the day, and cold at night. Light cotton clothing is the best way to tackle the heat during the day, and base layers are ideal for keeping warm at night.
  • Insects, especially mosquitoes, abound in the Amazon. Bring tropical strength insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants to protect your skin.
  • This trip includes jungle hikes, which can be strenuous due to the humidity. A decent level of fitness is required to feel comfortable when exploring the jungle.
  • While accommodation in the Amazon is clean, comfortable and ideally located, it can seem pretty basic. Please remember that this is a very remote part of the world.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners


Private vehicle, Public bus


Hotel (3 nights), Jungle Eco Lodge (2 nights), Homestay (2 nights)

  • Amazon - Guided rainforest hike and visit to animal rescue centre
  • Walking tour of Banos
  • Quito - Cotopaxi National Park walk
  • Quito - Local community experience
  • Otavalo - Market Visit
Add on activities
  • Quilotoa - Quilotoa Lagoon (Full day) - USD100
  • Urban Adventures: Quito Legends and Culture Tour - USD79
  • Quito - Papallacta Hot Springs (Full day) - USD70
  • Banos - Swing at the End of the World - USD2
  • Banos - Bellavista Viewpoint - Free
  • Pailon del Diablo Waterfall - USD2
  • Banos - Hot springs - USD5
  • Route of the waterfalls - USD2
  • Quito - Flower Plantation Visit - USD10

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Important notes

1. Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!

2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 5 and 6 (Homestay) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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4.9 out of 5 based on 11 reviews submitted.
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Maureen · Traveled October 2023
This was my first time on South America, and it was a FANTASTIC introduction to the continent. It whetted my appetite for Latin culture. I can't wait to explore more this wonderful place.
Review submitted 21 Oct 2023

Deborah · Traveled October 2023
Excellent whistle stop tour of Ecuador if you don’t have much time. Amazon stay is incredible. Needed more time in Banos though! Tour leader Johanna was very approachable and knowledgable and loved her country!
Review submitted 25 Oct 2023

Stefani · Traveled October 2023
Amazing tour that brings you to so many different parts of Ecuador. Our tour guide, Jo, was excellent, very knowledgeable, and well-connected. Ecuador has a variety of diverse ecosystems, so be prepared for hot and humid as well as cold and rainy. And do not let the home stay detour you, it is a very welcoming community and the host families are very friendly
Review submitted 21 Oct 2023

Anna · Traveled September 2023
This trip was fantastic. From Amazon to cloud forest to Cotopaxi - it was wonderful to see a range of things in Ecuador. Analu was an amazing guide - so knowledgeable
Review submitted 27 Sep 2023

Mauro · Traveled September 2023
This journey got so much in it, from the amazon rainforest over the waterfalls around banos to the heights of the cotopaxi volcano and a lot more. Was an amazing experience on very adventures days. Our guide and our group was amazing and wholesome, we were also all in a similar age category (all between 28-43). Special note goes to the swimming in the rainforest river, which was truly extraordinary, there were monkeys jumping from tree to tree while you have to go back to either the raft our your tube because small rapids were ahead. (really small ones) There is not really something negative about this trip, just note that you will be travelling in a bus a lot and always get eggs for breakfest. I am not going to bus travel and eat eggs for some weeks now.
Review submitted 26 Sep 2023
Ecuador Highlands
EUR 855 €