The Lava Line

The Lava Line

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The Lava Line

7 Days Starting and ending in Quito

Visiting: Quito, Tena, Banos

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

ECLL19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 25

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
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$1015
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Tour Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Quito: Stroll around the colourful streets of the old town. See Independence Square La Basilica de Volo Nacional and all the other highlights. and your inner science nerd will love this museum all about the Equator

  • Speaking of authentic it’s time to visit the Tena Community. We’ll learn all about their methods of sourcing food and medicine how to cook how to make chocolate how to dance and much more.

  • Baños: Live out all your rainforest hiking dreams as you climb past this monumental waterfall and If you’ve always wanted to learn this Latin dance this is your moment. We’ve booked you in for a lesson!

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Quito

Location: Quito

Accommodation: Hostal de La Mancha Quito (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Ibis Quito (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

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 centers in America. It was also the first city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 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.

Day 2 : Quito To Tena

Location: Quito, Tena

Accommodation: Selina Tena (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Selina Tena (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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! If that's not your scene, we'll head to a humming bird sanctuary, and try and catch these beautiful birds as they buzz by. Then we'll settle in for the night, ready for big adventures tomorrow.

Day 3 : Tena

Location: Tena

Accommodation: Selina Tena (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Selina Tena (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 4 : Tena To Banos

Location: Tena, Banos

Accommodation: Hotel Napolitano Apart Banos (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Hotel Napolitano Apart Baños (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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. No matter how adventurous you’re feeling, there is something for everyone on offer over the next two days. If “Thrill Seeker” is your middle name, then opt for today’s Zip Line and Canyoneering experiences. If you want a gentler experience then fear not, we have the perfect Zip Line (aimed at beginners) up for grabs tomorrow.  
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.

Day 5 : Banos

Location: Banos

Accommodation: Hotel Napolitano Apart Banos (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Hotel Napolitano Apart Baños (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 6 : Banos To Quito

Location: Banos, Quito

Accommodation: Hostal de La Mancha Quito (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Ibis Quito (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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!

Day 7 : End Quito

Location: Quito

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 Galapagos Island Hopper or Peru Uncovered trip?

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4 nights in Hotels, 2 nights in Special Stay is included.

  • Fully Guided

    Expert Trip Manager + Driver Team + Local Guides is included.

  • Meals

    6 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners is included.

  • Transport

    Private mini-coach is included.

What's Not Included

  • International Airfare

    Flights to and from Ecuador are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is mandatory but not included.

    You must purchase your own.

  • Some Meals

    Not all meals are covered.

    You will have the opportunity to explore local cuisine on your own.

  • Optional Activities

    Some activities mentioned may be optional and incur additional costs.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as souvenirs, snacks, and drinks are not included.

  • Tips and Gratuities

    Tips for guides and drivers are not included and are at your discretion.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are meals included in The Lava Line tour?

    Not all meals are covered in The Lava Line tour. You will have the opportunity to explore local cuisine on your own.

  • What is the ending location of The Lava Line tour?

    The ending location of The Lava Line tour is Quito.

  • What type of accommodations can I expect on The Lava Line tour?

    Accommodations on The Lava Line tour include Hostal de La Mancha Quito (or similar), Selina Tena (or similar), and Hotel Napolitano Apart Banos (or similar).

  • What is the starting location of The Lava Line tour?

    The starting location of The Lava Line tour is Quito.

  • What countries will I visit on The Lava Line tour?

    You will visit Ecuador on The Lava Line tour.

  • What is the primary tag associated with The Lava Line tour?

    The primary tag associated with The Lava Line tour is Adventure Tours.

  • Are there any exclusions I should be aware of for The Lava Line tour?

    Exclusions for The Lava Line tour include international airfare, travel insurance, some meals, optional activities, personal expenses, and tips and gratuities.

  • What are some highlights of The Lava Line tour?

    Some highlights of The Lava Line tour include exploring the colorful streets of Quito's old town, visiting the Tena Community to learn about their food and medicine sourcing methods, and hiking in Baños near a monumental waterfall.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

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16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of contiki charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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