9 or 12 days
Quito, Tena, Riobamba, Guayaquil, extension to Puerto López

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

  • Day 3: Quito

    Take a day trip on the Train of the Volcanoes where you will:

    • Ride past dormant and active volcanoes
    • Hike in El Boliche National Recreation Area
    • Visit a local farm
  • Day 4: Quito • Tena

    Travel to Tena

    Visit an indigenous Kichwa community 

  • Day 5: Tena

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion 

  • Day 6: Tena • Baños • Riobamba

    Travel to Riobamba via Baños 

    Visit the Devil's Cauldron waterfall

  • Day 7: Riobamba • Guayaquil

     Participate in cultural immersion activities

    • Observe farming, handicrafts, cooking
    • Eat lunch with the community

    Travel to Guayaquil

    Take an evening boat tour of Guayaquil on a replica pirate ship

  • Day 8: Guayaquil • Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve • Depart for home

    Take a day trip to the Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve

    Enjoy a guided tour through the mangroves

    Hike in the Ecological Reserve

  • Day 9: Arrive home

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  • Day 9: Guayaquil • Puerto López

    Travel via the Ruta del Spondylus to Puerto López 

    See Los Frailes Beach

  • Day 10: Puerto López

    Enjoy a boat ride to Machalilla National Park

    Tour Isla de la Plata with an expert local guide

    Go snorkeling

  • Day 11: Puerto López • Dos Mangas • Guayaquil • Depart for home

    Travel via Dos Mangas to Guayaquil

    Hike in the coastal rainforest

    Enjoy lunch with the local community

    Visit a handicraft workshop

  • 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

  • Day 3: Quito

    Take a day trip on the Train of the Volcanoes where you will:

    • Ride past dormant and active volcanoes
    • Hike in El Boliche National Recreation Area
    • Visit a local farm
  • Day 4: Quito • Tena

    Travel to Tena

    Visit an indigenous Kichwa community 

  • Day 5: Tena

    Enjoy a whitewater rafting excursion 

  • Day 6: Tena • Baños • Riobamba

    Travel to Riobamba via Baños 

    Visit the Devil's Cauldron waterfall

  • Day 7: Riobamba • Guayaquil

     Participate in cultural immersion activities

    • Observe farming, handicrafts, cooking
    • Eat lunch with the community

    Travel to Guayaquil

    Take an evening boat tour of Guayaquil on a replica pirate ship

  • Day 8: Guayaquil • Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve • Depart for home

    Take a day trip to the Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve

    Enjoy a guided tour through the mangroves

    Hike in the Ecological Reserve

  • Day 9: Arrive home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 9: Guayaquil • Puerto López

    Travel via the Ruta del Spondylus to Puerto López 

    See Los Frailes Beach

  • Day 10: Puerto López

    Enjoy a boat ride to Machalilla National Park

    Tour Isla de la Plata with an expert local guide

    Go snorkeling

  • Day 11: Puerto López • Dos Mangas • Guayaquil • Depart for home

    Travel via Dos Mangas to Guayaquil

    Hike in the coastal rainforest

    Enjoy lunch with the local community

    Visit a handicraft workshop

  • 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 7, and 8 (and on day 11 with extension)

  • Guided sightseeing

    1 sightseeing tour led by your Tour Director; (2 sightseeing tours led by expert, licensed local guides with extension)

  • Entrances

    Church of the Society of Jesus, Intinan Museum, Train of the Volcanoes, indigenous visit, whitewater rafting, Devil’s Cauldron, community visit, evening cruise, Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve (with extension: Isla de la Plata, snorkeling)

  • Experiential Learning

    Cultural immersion activities

  • 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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