• Get your adrenaline pumping in adventurous baños
  • Feel like a local at an amazon homestay
  • Soak in the hot springs at papallacta
  • Explore colonial quito

Strange how a country that’s literally at the centre of the Earth can be overlooked, isn’t it? Stranger still considering how amazing Ecuador is. This eight-day trip shows off its best, rolling natural wonders (the Amazon!), stunning landscapes (the Ecuadorian highlands!), rich culture (Quito!), and active pursuits like hiking, horseback riding, and mountain-biking everywhere you look. Good on its own, this trip also makes an ideal add-on to any Galápagos trip. Trust us. It’s worth the time.

Trip Description
Ecuador Quest
Travel Theme
Cities & Attractions
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
Ecuador Quest



This trip was both very fun and a good level of activity but also informative December 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This trip was both very fun and a good level of activity but also informative. I will be traveling again with G.

Operator G Adventures



Another great G Adventure trip December 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Another great G Adventure trip! I now have a new appreciation for Ecuador and the country is much more than the Galapagos!

Operator G Adventures



Perfect December 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Operator G Adventures



After never having really heard about Ecuador, I booked the trip on a whim it was the best decision I ever made November 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
After never having really heard about Ecuador, I booked the trip on a whim - it was the best decision I ever made. From the tour guide to the itinerary, everything was fantastic. The range of activities available, and the people we met were great. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone, especially the home stay which having looked into this kind of travel before, no other company was able to provide the same experience.
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Ecuador itself was amazing November 2016

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Ecuador itself was amazing. Ando provided the local touch and info. He went above and beyond to help our quite diverse group.

Operator G Adventures



Good trip to get a feel for Ecuador November 2016

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Good trip to get a feel for Ecuador

Operator G Adventures


Day 1 Quito

There are no activities planned until the evening. Please check at the hotel reception for a welcome note from your CEO advising on the time and location of the welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Quito/Baños (1B)

Travel to Baños and be spoiled for choice with optional outdoor activities like hiking, ziplining, and canyoning. Or, take it easy and relax in local hot springs. Transport: Local bus (4.00 hour(s))

Day 3 Baños

Enjoy another free day to take full advantage of all the activities in this adventurous town.

Day 4 Baños/Tena (1L, 1D)

Descend into the Amazon Jungle region. Notice the scenery change dramatically heading from the mountains into the lush, tropical Amazon rainforest. Stay with a Quichua family and enjoy the hospitality of these wonderful people, and experience life in the jungle firsthand. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Experience Transport: Local bus (3.50 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (0.75 hour(s))

Day 5 Tena (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a full day in the Amazon learning about local life in the jungle. Spend the night in rustic jungle huts in a Quichua community. Included Activities: Amazon Jungle Experience

Day 6 Tena/Papallacta

Cycle to the nearby community of Shandia and discover the beauty of the Amazon with a member of the community as your guide. Later, take a local bus to Papallacta and relax in the natural mineral hot pools with volcanic views. Included Activities: Shandia Biking & Community Experience Transport: Local bus

Day 7 Papallacta/Quito

Enjoy a relaxing morning at the hot springs before travelling back to Quito for free time to explore. Included Activities: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit Transport: Local bus (1.50 hour(s))

Day 8 Quito (1B)

Depart at any time. Additional Notes: We recommend booking pre or post nights in Quito for additional time to explore. The optional activities may require additional time, speak to your CEO for assistance booking these activities on trip.

Dates & Pricing
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$ 80 per day
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Trip Includes
  • Your G for Good Moment: Shandia Biking & Community Experience
  • Shandia Your Discover Moment: Baños Your Local Living Moment: Amazon Jungle Experience
  • Tena Your Wellness Moment: Papallacta Hot Springs Visit
  • Papallacta
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportPrivate vehicle, public bus, walking.
Local Flights All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Hotels (5 nts), simple village cabañas/homestay (2 nts, multi-share).
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End City
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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Important Notes

Please note that some trips could be a combination of multiple G Adventure tours. You should expect some group members to join or leave the tour between tour segments.


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Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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