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Wander Pass Express: Quito – Baños – Quito

$179 $159

The perfect getaway to experience both the Ecuadorian mountains and jungle starting and ending in Quito with a stop in Baños.

  

Description

This pass is just want you need if you’re looking for a fun and easy weekend trip with so many must-see stops along the way. We will take you from Quito to Baños seeing many volcanoes, craters and more. Returning to Quito, we will take you into the jungle to experience everything the amazon has to offer, including a visit to a cacao farm!

Don’t stress! Once you have booked your pass, you can change your dates to fit your itinerary. Once you start your trip, you’ll also be able to change departure dates. All changes are free and immediate (with 8 hours’ notice and subject to availability).

Main Stops

  • Cotopaxi
  • Quilotoa
  • Baños
  • Puyo
  • Puerto Misahuallí
  • Piakawe Lagoon
  • Tena
  • Santa Rita community
  • Papallacta thermal springs

Highlights

  • Delve into the amazing gold churches, perfect plazas and charming streets of Quito’s Old Town, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the stunning Cotopaxi National Park by foot, bike or horseback with a chance to climb one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.
  • Take in the awesome sights and vibe of Quilotoa Lake, a brilliant turquoise, 400-metre deep caldera created from volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago.
  • Watch the famous Pujuli dancers in action.
  • Raft, hike, bungee jump and soak in hot springs in the valley of Baños on the borders of the Highlands and Amazon.
  • Try the delicious traditional Ecuadorian breakfast of maito in Puyo
  • Canoe in the middle of the amazon rainforest looking for wildlife and breathing in the fresh air at Piakawe Lagoon.
  • Stay overnight in an Amazon lodge off the beaten path in Puerto Misahuallí to experience the jungle more intimately.
  • Explore Tena to discover stunning waterfalls and raft the world-famous rivers in Ecuador.
  • Taste fresh chocolate in the middle of the jungle at the Santa Rita community — this farm even sells their cacao beans to world-renowned chocolatiers, Pacari.
  • Relax and unwind at the charming thermal baths in Papallacta — ranked as the best in the country!
 

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!

Day 1: Quito to Baños

Departure days: Every day except Sunday

Pick up points and times

Point 1: Plaza Belmonte 6:00 am. View map
Point 2: Plaza Foch 6:20 am. View map
Hostel and Hotel Pick-Ups in Quito. See list of options.

TimeActivity
06:00-07:00Depart from Quito from your selected pick-up point.
08:00Stop for breakfast
09:30Guidance at Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.
11:30Depart Cotopaxi
12:00Short visit to charming Pujili, a town famous for its dancers. Traditional lunch.
13:00Depart Pujili
14:15Guidance at Quilotoa. Explore the 3km-wide turquoise volcanic crater lake.
16:15Depart Quilotoa
19:30-20:00Arrive in Baños, home to steaming volcanoes, explosive waterfalls and hot thermal springs.

Day 2: Free Day

To adventure in Baños; you can raft, zipline, go bungee jumping, paraglide, rappel down a waterfall, and so much more!

Day 3: 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

TimeActivity
06:30Depart from Baños
08:00Traditional Ecuadorian breakfast in Puyo
10:00Visit Piakawe Lagoon for some wildlife watching and a canoe ride
11:15Pick up / Drop off in Tena
11:30Visit Santa Rita community for a cocoa farm adventure and a traditional lunch
16:30Visit Papallacta hot springs (includes entrance to the thermal spa)
19:30Arrival in Quito

Notes

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 do the Quilotoa loop we recommend adding 1-2 days to your trip
  • If you have time, we recommend you add 1-2 days in Baños
  • If you want to easily experience the jungle we recommend spending 2-4 days in Puerto Misahuallí, the gateway to all the best Amazon adventures
  • The Papallacta hot springs spa entrance fee of $23 is included in your ticket!
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