9 or 12 days
Quito, Riobamba, Baños, Tena

From towering waterfalls to dreamy cloud forests, Ecuador is where Mother Nature did some of her best work.

In this lush South American sanctuary, journey past volcanoes in the central Andes, hike around mangroves in the Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve, and hold on tight during a whitewater rafting adventure in the rainforest. You'll also experience the country's rich culture, from meeting indigenous people in the Amazon to dining with locals in the Andes.
  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: Quito

    Take a tour of Quito

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Independence Plaza
    • Government Palace

    Visit the Church of the Society of Jesus

    Take an excursion to the equatorial line

    Visit the Intiñan Museum and witness the natural forces at work near the equator 

  • Day 3: Quito • Riobamba

    Travel to Riobamba 

    Participate in cultural immersion activities

    • Observe farming, handicrafts, cooking
    • Eat lunch with the community
  • Day 4: Riobamba • Baños

    Travel to Baños 

    Visit the Devil's Cauldron waterfall

    Enjoy an authentic Ecuadorian cooking class

  • Day 5: Baños

    Take a tour of Baños 

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Old Cathedral
    • New Cathedral

    Learn how melcocha is made and shaped at a local candy workshop

    Hike the Sendero de los Sauces

    Take a salsa dance lesson

  • Day 6: Baños • Tena

    Travel to Tena

    Visit an indigenous Kichwa community 

  • Day 7: Tena

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion

    Participate in a traditional Amazon night

  • Day 8: Tena • Quito • Depart for home

    Transfer to Quito

    Visit a local market

  • Day 9: Arrive home

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  • Day 9: Quito • Yunguilla

    Stop for a photo at Pululahua Volcano

    Visit Yunguilla, a sustainable community devoted to raising organic agriculture and livestock

    Together with your guide, explore reforestation areas now protected by the community

  • Day 10: Quito • Cotopaxi National Park

    Visit Cotopaxi National Park

  • Day 11: Quito • Papallacta • Depart for home

    Go for a hike alongside the Papallacta river

    Visit the Papallacta hot springs

  • Day 12: Arrive home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Day 2: Quito

    Take a tour of Quito

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Independence Plaza
    • Government Palace

    Visit the Church of the Society of Jesus

    Take an excursion to the equatorial line

    Visit the Intiñan Museum and witness the natural forces at work near the equator 

  • Day 3: Quito • Riobamba

    Travel to Riobamba 

    Participate in cultural immersion activities

    • Observe farming, handicrafts, cooking
    • Eat lunch with the community
  • Day 4: Riobamba • Baños

    Travel to Baños 

    Visit the Devil's Cauldron waterfall

    Enjoy an authentic Ecuadorian cooking class

  • Day 5: Baños

    Take a tour of Baños 

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Old Cathedral
    • New Cathedral

    Learn how melcocha is made and shaped at a local candy workshop

    Hike the Sendero de los Sauces

    Take a salsa dance lesson

  • Day 6: Baños • Tena

    Travel to Tena

    Visit an indigenous Kichwa community 

  • Day 7: Tena

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion

    Participate in a traditional Amazon night

  • Day 8: Tena • Quito • Depart for home

    Transfer to Quito

    Visit a local market

  • Day 9: Arrive home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Quito • Yunguilla

    Stop for a photo at Pululahua Volcano

    Visit Yunguilla, a sustainable community devoted to raising organic agriculture and livestock

    Together with your guide, explore reforestation areas now protected by the community

  • Day 10: Quito • Cotopaxi National Park

    Visit Cotopaxi National Park

  • Day 11: Quito • Papallacta • Depart for home

    Go for a hike alongside the Papallacta river

    Visit the Papallacta hot springs

  • Day 12: Arrive home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; comfortable motorcoach; boat

  • Hotels

    7 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (10 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    Breakfast and dinner daily; lunch on Days 3, 6, and 7

  • Guided sightseeing

    2 sightseeing tours led by your Tour Director

  • Entrances

    Compañía de Jesús church; Intiñan Museum; community visit; Devil’s Cauldron; cooking class; Melcocha workshop; Sendero de los Sauces hike; salsa lesson; indigenous visit; whitewater rafting; Amazon night; artisan market visit (with extension: Yunguilla community visit; Cotopaxi Volcano; Papallacta hot springs and hike)

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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Includes airfare, hotels, meals, full-time Tour Director, and more.
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