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Baños to Quito

$90 USD $79 USD

Our pass will take you in safe hands from the subtropical jungle town of Baños to the Andean capital of Quito, via some of the best adventures and experiences in the Ecuadorian Amazon: see amazing wildlife, canoe up a river, interact with the communities, visit tropical places, relax in thermal hot springs, and, of course, eat lots of chocolate!



Once you’ve booked, you can reschedule your itinerary anytime. All changes are free and immediate.

What’s included in this trip:

  • 4 activities included
  • Take a canoe ride in the Amazon Jungle to see wild monkeys and do some birdwatching
  • See tons of Amazon animals from caiman to wild cats in the Yanacocha Rescue Center
  • Tour a cacao farm to learn about famous Ecuadorian chocolate and make your sweet treats in the traditional way
  • Soak in Papallacta thermal spas with rejuvenating volcanic water

We always include:

  • English/Spanish-speaking guide during the full tour
  • Comfortable, safe buses with excellent drivers
  • Meet locals, visit communities, and learn the culture

Hop-off points you can explore on your own:

  • Quito: Experience this UNESCO Heritage site, visit the equator at the Middle of the World, and ride the TeleferiQo
  • Baños: Raft, bike, bungee, relax in thermal baths, swing off the edge of the world, and visit famous waterfalls
  • Tena: Discover the lush jungle from this town, raft or kayak down the rivers, and explore tons of waterfalls
  • Puerto Misahuallí: Adventure deeper into the Amazon and canoe down the Napo river

Recommended Full Itinerary

Remember, this itinerary is just our suggestion – you can hop on and hop off at any of the main stops, extending your trip for as long as you like!

Cotinga pass altitude map

Day 1: Baños to Quito

Departure days: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

Pick up points and times

Point 1: Parque la Basílica (main entrance to the Cathedral) 6:30 am. View map

06:30Depart from Baños
08:00Traditional Ecuadorian breakfast in Puyo
08:50 – 10:00Visit Yanacocha Animal Rescue Center (this is not a zoo)
11:50 – 13:00Visit Paikawe Lagoon for some wildlife watching and a canoe ride
13:30Pick up / Drop off in Tena
14:00 – 14:30Santa Rita kichwa community for a cacao farm adventure and a traditional lunch
16:00Depart from Santa Rita Community
19:30Arrival in Quito
Drop-off points in Quito

Point 1: Plaza Foch  View map
Point 2: Plaza Belmonte  View map


Bear in mind that, due to our bus schedules, you may need to add one extra day to our recommended itineraries at some stops before continuing your trip. It all depends on the day of the week. Please check our Timetables and Planning Guide.

  • If you want to create your own jungle experience we recommend adding 2-3 days in Puerto Misahuallí
  • If you want to visit Termas de Papallacta, we offer a free entrance to the Spa but you’ll have to go on your own. To get there you have these options:
    • You can go by taxi from Quito, this is our recommendation: Jose Nuñez his mobile number is +593 (99) 882-0162, the price is $25 one way and $45 round trip (he speaks English).
    • You can go by bus to Pifo (a small town close to the Quito airport) and from there take the same taxi (mentioned above), the cost will be $10 one way to Papallacta and $25 round trip. If you choose this option, you have to go to Rio Coca Bus Terminal located in the north part of the city (you can search in google maps) and from there, take the green bus to Pifo.
    • You can ask for a taxi at your hotel and ask for prices to Papallacta (you can use the prices given here as a reference). Unfortunately, the public buses are currently not running due to the road conditions, if something changes we will let you know.