The Lava Line

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 Trip Length
7 Days
 Trip Starts
Quito
 Trip Finishes
Quito
7 Day The Lava Line Itinerary (Contiki)
Countries Explored: Ecuador
Trip Operator:
Accommodation
2.5 - 3.5 Star
Max. Group Size
30
Trip Style
In-Depth Explorer
Trip Code
QUGY

Overview

Read reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Contiki's 7 Day The Lava Line. 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.

Itinerary

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. (D) Stay: Hostal de La Mancha Quito

It's out of the city & into the lush jungle with spectacular views en route. Not a bad way to spend the day. 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. (B) Stay: Hotel Las Heliconias

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. (B/D)

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... 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. (B/D) Stay: Hotel Napolitano Apart Banos (or similar)

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. (B)

Today we head back to Quito for a quick stopover for the night. You've got another chance to explore this beautiful city - lucky you! - but save some energy for tomorrow's adventure to the islands. (B) Stay: Hotel Palace Guayaquil

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? (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Locally Guided City Tour
  • Visit the Equator and internan Museum
  • Visit a handicraft market

  • Fuel up for days of exploring with delicious fresh breakfast daily. We'll also throw in 3 delicious local dinner experiences designed to get your mouth watering with local Ecuadorian faves. All other meals are there for you to roam free, follow your nose to where the locals hang out for even more unique tastes.

  • 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.

  • A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

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Amazing trip. So much adventure. Great people and great tour guide, Esteban. He gave us all the details we needed and always answered our questions and helped us in anyway he could!
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Prices & Dates

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