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Epic Treks of the Andes and Amazon 7 Days

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Days: 7
Effort: Moderate, basic hiking experience recommended


Activities: Hiking, indigenous cultural exchange and wildlife observation

Epic Treks of the Andes and Amazon 7 Days

This epic adventure follows some of Ecuador’s best hiking trails through national parks and nature reserves while you enjoy quality accommodations and authentic cuisine in colonial haciendas and rustic eco-lodges. Discover an extraordinary array of environments as you hike through vast landscapes full of wildlife and wonder, experiencing seven ecosystems in seven days. Learn about the rich history and culture of Ecuador’s indigenous tribes during fascinating Kichwa community visits. Only in Ecuador you can experience this level of natural and cultural diversity while hiking world-class trails through unique, remote landscapes.

Trip Highlights

  • Get off the beaten path to discover incredible places most tourists miss.
  • Unique hikes take you through an incredible variety of environments.
  • Hike through paramo, cloud forest, rainforest, and dry forest ecosystems.
  • Encounter a vast array of native wildlife and plants.
  • Discover the spiritual world of the KichwaIndians.
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich, curative Papallacta hot springs.
  • Hike along the slopes of the highest active volcano in the world.

Itinerary

DAY 1: LATITUDE ZEROON VOLCAN PULULAHUA

DAY 2: CUICOCHA CRATER LAKE

DAY 3: CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TO PAPALLACTA

DAY 4: MACAW JUNGLE TRAIL

DAY 5: RAINFOREST WALK, EXPLORE THE PASTAZA GORGE

DAY 6: MYSTERIES OF THE LLANGANATES

DAY 7: COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK

Accommodations: Tourist-superior hotels, historical haciendas, and eco lodges

ABOUT THIS TOUR
This journey is the result of a decade of exploration, research, trailblazing, and planning. Although many of the areas we visit are remote and previously uncharted, our adventure guides assure safe navigation through these secluded natural areas with the expert use ofsatellite imaging, topographic maps, and GPS technology.

Information about the natural areas of the Equator
Before the Andes rose, South America was a dry savannah and the Amazon River flowed to the Pacific through the Gulf of Guayaquil. But the elevation gained slowly by the mountains, trapped the humidity and water creating the miracle that made the cloud forests and rain forests of the continent. More important, it created a series of vegetative zones and micro climates based on elevation known as climate floors, each with different temperature and humidity which favors the never ending process of speciation. Therefore the equatorial region holds highly diverse amounts of flowers, trees, reptiles, birds and insects including 3 of the 18 most diverse regions of the planet. The Andean divide also divides the weather, so June through December it is the rainy season on the Amazon Basin and surrounded areas, while on the Pacific side it´s sunny. There are dozens of microclimates in between so check out the trail chart to be weather smart:

TRAIL

LOW
TEMP

HIGH
TEMP

WET/COLD
SEASON

RAIN
PEAK

DRY
SEASON

ANDES

National Park

Tax

Equator

10°C

27°C

Jan – May

April

Jun – Dec

West

Pululahua G.B.

5

Cuicocha

8°C

25°C

Jan – May

April

Jun – Dec

West

Cotacachi-Cayapas

5

Cont. Divide

-2 °C

20°C

Jan – May

May

Jun – Dec

East

Cayambe-Coca

10

Guacamayos

15°C

29°C

May- Sep

Jun

Oct – May

East

Sumaco

5*

Llanganati

6°C

29°C

Jan – May

Feb

Jun – Dec

East

Llanganates

5*

Cotopaxi

3°C

17°C

Jan – May

pril

Jun – Dec

Central

Cotopaxi

10

RECOMMENDED GEAR:

  • Trekking poles
  • High-quality, waterproof hiking boots
  • Waterproof gaiters
  • Water bottle or Camelback
  • Backpack (daypack/weekend size – 15 to 30 liters)
  • Camera
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Knife (optional)
  • Binoculars (8 x 42 optional)
  • Compass, altimeter, and/or GPS (optional)
  • Dry bag (optional)

RECOMMENDED CLOTHING:
Layers are the way to go!  A well-planned layering system can keep you comfortable in a sweltering rainforest, high-altitude thunderstorm, and everything in between. Here’s an example of a good layering system for a week-long trip:

  • Two to five lightweight, non-cotton t-shirts
  • One to three lightweight, long sleeve, non-cotton shirts
  • Three to seven pairs non-cotton socks
  • Three to seven pairs non-cotton underwear
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • Buff, neck gaiter, or scarf
  • Lightweight, non-cotton shorts or swimsuit
  • Two pairs long, non-cotton pants (zip-off legs are handy)
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Lightweight, non-cotton fleece jacket or sweater
  • Heavyweight, non-cotton fleece or down jacket
  • Everyday clothing for relaxing after hikes

INCLUDED
Accommodations in first class haciendas and hotels, private land transportation, all meals as described (breakfast, lunch or box lunch, and dinner daily), high-quality adventure and protective equipment, professional, English-speaking adventure guide.

NOT INCLUDED
Tips, Hotel and restaurant beverages.

NOTE
This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, inclement weather conditions, and adjustments of National Park policies.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
TRAVEL TIME: 1 or 2 hours drive time per day.
HIKING OR ACTIVITY DURATION: 3 to 7 hours hike per day.
SEASON: All year.
ALTITUDE: 500 to 400 meters (1600 to 13,000 feet).
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE – ANDES: DAY 46ºF to 75ºF / 8ºC to 24ºC, NIGHT 41ºF to 53ºF / 5ºC to 12ºC.
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE – AMAZON: DAY 68 ºF to 95ºF / 20 to 35ºC, NIGHT 64ºF to 71ºF / 18ºC to 22ºC.