In the morning, we drive to the edge of Llanganates National Park, gaining altitude until we reach an area
with one of the best views of the - often fuming - Tungurahua Volcano. Here, we set up our mountain bikes for
a scenic ride through highland paramo, which gradually melds into mountain cloud forest, and then lowland
rainforest. We pass through a dry basaltic gorge that is a great spot to look for wild orchids. We continue
our ride along the Pastaza River Gorge, one of the principal waterways that feed into the Amazon Basin.
This is an especially scenic route, with high rock walls giving way to deep cloud forest canyons. We stop
to admire some of the spectacular waterfalls in the area, such as Pailón Del Diablo (Devil’s Cauldron) and
Manto de la Novia (Bride’s Veil). Switching from 2 wheels to 4, we drive until we reach Puyo, an Amazon
frontier town where we learn about the manufacture of products made from Balsa wood, bamboo, ceramics,
and other local materials. We enjoy lunch in Puyo before setting out along the Amazon highway to reach
our Jungle Lodge. Once we settle into our lodge, if time aloud we will visit a Kichwa indigenous community.
Here, we learn about their way of life, culture, traditions, and customs of the Amazon. At the end of the
day, we settle into our jungle lodge ready for a peaceful evening surrounded by rainforest sounds. (B, L, D)