Gateway To The Amazon Basin – Self Guided Adventure
186 km southeast from Quito, we’ll find our gateway to the Amazon region from the Andes. A town with a variety like no other, this is Baños de Agua Santa. The town is well known for its beauty and tourist attractions. As we go along in our journey, we’ll enjoy the sight of the Colossus on the way, that’s Cotopaxi Volcano to the left and Illinizas to the right, and slowly making a transition from the Andes and the mountain region to the Amazon.
QUITO – MACHACHI – BAÑOS
After a briefing in our offices in Quito, we’ll depart on our way. The first stop will be on the road for breakfast, where you would be able to choose from a selected menu.
After that, you’ll continue on your way to Baños, arriving in the city in approximately 2 more hours. On our way, you’ll find the majestic Cotopaxi with known for its symmetric shape, and Illinizas sisters to the right. You’ll surround by two major cities in Ecuador: Latacunga and Ambato.
As soon as you arrive in Baños, you’ll have some time to relax and enjoy the weather. Baños is at 1815 m.s.n.m., and with warm tropical weather, many recommendations will be given about where to visit and where to have a proper lunch. Your rooms will be ready and you will be given the keys based on single occupancy, (unless requested otherwise). After unpacking, and enjoy the surroundings, a Chiva (party bus) will be ready to pick you up and to give you a tour around the city with music and drinks.
Once in the mood for partying, you can have dinner to hold strong for the rest of the night. Under our name, go out to a bar with a courtesy drink, and then off to the most popular club in Baños to enjoy a night should you wish to.
Once you’re back to life, you are at the breakfast buffet around 9:30 and enjoy the stories from last night’s happenings. Then, get ready and set to ride to waterfalls in Banos. This includes the famous Pailin del Diablo (devil’s pan) Basically, you’ll passing over one of the main dams in Ecuador, and ride along the Pastaza river. There is the option to stop to shoot photos and also to give it a try to the canopy line that crosses the river over the waterfall. Riding your motorcycle thru stone tunnels and an amazing landscape is one of the highlights of this day.
Ride back to Baños, where you will get ready for an afternoon activity, this is of your choice selected beforehand: either a river rafting activity in a class 3+ river or a delightful massage at the hotel. Both will restore blood flow to those unused veins in your body.
In the evening, a well-deserved dinner and free the rest of the night to walk around in Banos.
BAÑOS – QUITO
Breakfast will be served by 8:30 and you’ll get ready to ride up to the highest swing in Ecuador at La Casa del Arbol. This well-known swing has an amazing view of the Tungurahua Volcano. It is still active and you get to see fumes all day.
Back to the hotel to do our check out and have lunch based on local cuisine.
The afternoon will be for you to get back to where you started at our offices in Quito. You can tell us about your adventure over your favorite beverage.