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The Lava Line

(From Feb 2021)

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The one that explores equatorial Ecuador from city to beach to jungle

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    7 days

  • Places

    3 places

  • Meals

    6 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach

  • Group Size

    Max 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

Quito, Tena, Banos

The Lava Line (From Feb 2021)

6 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Locally guided city tour and view the Palace of Congress, Presidential Palace, Independence Square & Churches of San Francisco, La Compania & La Catedral
  • Visit the Equator & Inti-Ñan Musuem
  • Visit a handicraft market
  • Visit a Hummingbird Sanctuary
  • Salsa lesson and dinner
  • Visit the Devils Cauldron Waterfall

9 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Local beer tour in Quito
  • Rafting Experience US$50.00
  • Community Visit US$40.00
  • Rafting Experience US$50.00
  • Morning bird watching
  • Canyoneering US$28.00
  • Aventure Zipline - Advanced Course
  • Adventure Zipline/Climb US$25.00
  • Horseback riding US$40.00

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 6 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    3 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Special Stay - Jungle Huts, 1 night in Hostel

    Twin-share hotels is the only way we roll on this trip. Exploring by day and comfy, dreamy sleep filled nights are soon to be yours.

About this trip

Head into the lush jungle and discover Ecuador in all its natural glory. Get local with an indigenous community, get up close and personal with a live volcano and make a splash in stunning waterfalls and hot springs. With one foot in each hemisphere, you will discover the true heart of this diverse country.

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  • Only $99 deposit to book*

    For a limited time, reserve your space now with a deposit of only $99, pay the rest 45 days before departure

  • Pay over time, interest free

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  • No booking fee, no change fees

    Change your travel dates or even your trip for free

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Quito

  2. 2 2 nights

    Tena

  3. 2 2 nights

    Banos

  4. 1 1 night

    Quito

DAY 1 - Arrive Quito

Quito

Welcome to Quito! The mood will be sky high as we gather in Ecuador's capital. This modern day city (nicknamed the 'light of America') is built on ancient Incan ruins and boasts one of the best preserved historic centres in America. It was also the first city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Fact. We'll jump straight in to a team tour of the city & skip between two hemispheres at the Equatorial line. Squeezing in a visit to the IInti-Ñan Museum should round off the first day on trip pretty nicely.

Stay

Hostal de La Mancha Quito

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Locally Guided City Tour

  • Visit the Equator and internan Museum

  • Visit a handicraft market

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Local beer tour in Quito

DAY 2 - Quito to Tena

Quito

It’s out of the city & into the lush jungle with spectacular views en route. Not a bad way to spend the day.

Tena

This stunning landscape is composed of vibrant hills and tumbling rivers that make it a White Water Rafting dream (hint, hint). If that's not your scene, we'll head to a humming bird sanctuary, and try and catch these beautiful birds as they buzz around. Then we'll settle in for the night, ready for big adventures tomorrow. 

Stay

Selina Tena (Special Stay)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit a Hummingbird Sanctuary

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Rafting Experience

    US$50.00

DAY 3 - Tena

Tena

Today is yours to roam the city and jungle to your hearts content. Maybe unwind over a few hot sugar cane and cinnamon drinks and a traditional canelazo brew, or opt to visit a local indigenous community - a pretty cool way to truly go local and give back on your trip. You'll get the chance to meet a shaman, play soccer with the local kids and really experience what tribe life is all about in this part of the world. Like the sound of this? Maybe consider packing some extra school supplies or tasty treats in your luggage - absolutely not essential but definitely appreciated by the local children. This afternoon, take the adrenaline up a notch and and hit the river for some fast and furious rafting. Nothing like a spot of rapid riding to induce group bonding. Tonight, we'll feast on delicious meats, sauces and salads, all traditional and sourced locally from the area. YUM.

Stay

Selina Tena (Special Stay)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Community Visit

    US$40.00

  • Rafting Experience

    US$50.00

DAY 4 - Tena to Banos

Tena

Good morning, Amazonian roamers! Today we're off to the adrenaline capital of Banos, so time to shimmy our way out of the rainforest - our next adventure awaits...

Banos

Sitting amidst tumbling valleys, waterfalls, and the still active Volcán Tungurahua, Banos is a big deal on the natural beauty front. With tomorrow earmarked as our day of outdoor adventuring, tonight is all about learning the art of sultry salsa with an included lesson to get our snake hips a-shaking. Our friendly local teacher, Edith, knows what's up on the dance floor, and by the time we leave those salsa pro's won't know what's hit them. Dance floor goals complete, we'll hop around some watering holes for a taste of the local nightlife.

Stay

Hotel Napolitano Apart Banos (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Salsa Lesson

  • Visit the Devils Cauldron Waterfall

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Morning bird watching

  • Canyoneering

    US$28.00

  • Aventure Zipline - Advanced Course

DAY 5 - Banos

Banos

The adventure opportunities are endless today, with horseback riding, canyoneering and ziplining all on the menu. And trust us, this isn’t just any regular old zipline – we’re talking aerial bridges, rock climbing and speeding through the skies, Superman style – pretty much the ultimate aerial adventure. Don’t have such a head for heights? Horsey fun and canyoneering expeditions will keep you on your toes. Oh what a tough day this will be in Banos – deciding how best to embrace your inner adventurer.

Stay

Hotel Napolitano Apart Banos (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Adventure Zipline/Climb

    US$25.00

  • Horseback riding

    US$40.00

DAY 6 - Banos to Quito

Banos

Today we head back to Quito for a quick stopover for the night.

Quito

You've got another chance to explore this beautiful city - lucky you! - but save some energy for tomorrow's adventure to the islands. 

Stay

Hostel de La Mancha Quito (or similar)

DAY 7 - Quito

Quito

Your trip ends after breakfast today when it's time to say adios to your new bffs. Why not continue the adventure on head onto our Peru Uncovered trip? 

Travel your way

This trip can be booked in smaller or bigger sections, so you can pick your dream adventure, tailored for you

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