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Nature Tour in Ecuador: Central Highlands and Banos

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Key facts

Where: Quito , Ecuador Duration: 2 Days/1 Night


  • Travel along the picturesque Avenue of Volcanoes
  • Enjoy a plethora of activities at the charming village of Banos


On this excursion travel from Quito south to the picturesque village of Baños, a place rich in scenery and thermal springs right at the base of the towering Tungurahua volcano. It is an easy place to get around with several attractions and activities such as hot springs, trekking, horseback riding, climbing, mountain biking, and rafting.

Revel in the unadulterated beauty of Ecuador’s natural diversity as you travel across the ‘Avenue of Volcanoes’ past ice-capped volcanoes, lush valleys and the stark Andean ‘paramo’ grasslands.

Explore the Pastaza river canyon, tracing the lazily meandering river past musical waterfalls and thriving flora. Go horseback riding, walk around or simply relax in the elegance and grandeur of the hacienda (country estate).


Day 1: Quito – Patate - Baños

You will be picked up early in the morning from either your hotel or the Quito airport and taken in a private air-conditioned vehicle to the charming village of Baños in the Central Highlands of the Andes. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.

The drive traverses a varied terrain with temperate valleys amidst both of the towering Andean ranges forming what Alexander von Humboldt called ‘The Avenue of the Volcanoes’. Drive from Ambato East down into the valley of Patate with its sprawling fruit and vegetable farms. Baños is located in this great canyon and offers a good variety of attractions.

Arrive in Banos, in the afternoon, you take a walk to and visit the small town, where you can taste delicious local sweets made of sugar cane, such as "melcochas", "alfeñiques", "panela" and pure sugar cane juice. and check into the Hacienda Leito or similar in the area.

Overnight at Hacienda Leito or similar in the area.

Day 2: Baños - Quito

After breakfast visit the Manto De Novia, Machay and the Pailon Del Diablo falls. This last one has three jumps and an amazing whirlpool at the bottom; it gets its name "Devil's Pot" because the rock behind the fall is shaped as the profile of the devil. Free time to enjoy the small and peaceful town.

After lunch, begin your return journey to Quito.

Arrive in Quito where your tour ends with a drop-off either at your city hotel or at the Quito airport.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?



2 Days/1 Night

Start time

Start time: Your preferred time in the morning (The exact start time will be given after confirmation of the tour)
Duration: 2 Days/1 Night

Meeting point

Your hotel/ airport in Quito.
Hotel: (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Airport: (Please advise your flight timings at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

Ending point

Your hotel/ airport in Quito.

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  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • English-speaking guide
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned private vehicle
  • 1 night’s accommodation in Hacienda Leito or similar in the area
  • Breakfast on Day 2
  • Lunch on Days 1, 2


  • Dinner
  • Soft and/or alcoholic drinks


Warm clothing is needed. It is quite windy, consider gloves and ear protection. Carry sunblock (SPF 40), good walking shoes. Bring along your camera (wide angle lens), binoculars and sunglasses.

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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