Three Regions running tour in Ecuador – 4 to 9 days

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Ecuador gives you the opportunity to visit the Pacific Ocean, the Andes and the Amazon in just four days, while doing what you like most: running!

From an ancient railroad path at 2500 m up to the Paramo at 3500 m…  and as a prize for your effort, enjoying the hot springs of a fancy hotel spa. Then, we get into the Cloud Forest and its cristal clear rivers and pure air. Going down to the Jungle where the most biodiversity of the planet is located. Find very diverse landscapes in the highlands slopes, and into the humid and green savannah where banana and mango trees grow. And travel down to the hot and sunny beach where real life start!

Three Regions running tour in Ecuador needs trail running experience of an intermediate level and a free spirit. The more prepared you are for a tour, the more fun you’ll have and the further you’ll be able to go.

General indications:

A seasoned runner will be able to complete each day’s run of any of the tours. The routes are designed to be adapted for any runner’s pace and desired distance.

The cost of each route includes transfer to and from the airport, daily road transportation related to group activities, reservations and accommodations in hotels and lodges, meals, running routes along with guides, travel area maps, communication devices, water, first aid gear and vehicle support. The longest trip will take 4 hours at the most.

It does not include airplane tickets or alternative transportation not considered in the tour. Spa and alcoholic beverages are not included.

Groups are relatively small, generally between 6 and 12 participants.

There is a possibility that the routes may be modified, regarding distances and variations in altimetry.

As always, the safety of runners and guests is a priority for the organization. We have explored the most scenic, diverse and safe trails for you to enjoy them.

We ask runners to take care of the environment. We all enjoy nature, the mountains, lakes, landscapes, and we suffer when we see garbage there. Keep your trash in your backpacks or hydration belts until you get to the hotel. Let’s consume rationally, reuse and recycle. Let’s avoid polluting products such as plastic bags and bottles.

Description of the route

Day 1 – Puembo

Fly into Quito Airport and transfer to Hotel in Puembo, if the flight is early there is the option of a visit to Old Town Quito, small hike to surrounding areas and dinner.

Day 2 – Papallacta

Early start to run in Chaquiñan from Tumbaco to Puembo, breakfast and shower at hotel and 11am departure towards Papallacta hot springs. Check in and lunch at hotel, open afternoon for hot springs enjoyment, walks and activities + dinner.

Day 3 – Cloud Forest

Early start to trail run from Antenas to Papallacta, breakfast, hot springs and showers and 12am departure towards Sierrazul lodge. Check in and lunch at the lodge, open afternoon for hiking through the rain forest, relaxing and different activities + dinner.

Day 4 – Rio Napo

Early start to run from Las Caucheras towards Sierrazul, breakfast and showers, 11am departure towards Anaconda Lodge. 1pm check in and lunch at the lodge open afternoon for activities in the Jungle + dinner.

Day 5 – Baños

Early start to run on a Jungle road, breakfast and shower, 11am departure towards Baños. Check in and lunch at hotel, open afternoon for shopping, hot springs and activities + dinner.

Day 6 – Bucay

6am start to run from Patate to Baños, 9am breakfast and shower, 10am departure towards Bucay. Check in and lunch at Hotel, open afternoon for activities + dinner.

Day 7 – Ayampe

6am start to run from Hotel to Bucay, breakfast and shower, 10am departure towards Ayampe. Check in and lunch at hotel, open afternoon for beach enjoyment and activities + dinner.

Day 8 – Ayampe

Early start to run to Canta la Piedra, breakfast and shower, 11am departure towards Parque Nacional Machalilla, Box lunch and beach enjoyment. Late lunch/early dinner at Salango’s Delfin Magico, return to Hotel to relax.

Day 9 – Guayaquil

Departure towards Guayaquil to the airport or stay at a hotel.

 

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT

  • First Aid kit: mosquitoes repellent, antiseptic ointment, anti-inflammatory pills such as Ibuprofen,bandages like Compeed.
  • Running or trail running shoes
  • Running socks
  • Waterproof and lightweight windbreaker jacket
  • Hydration belt or camel back
  • Whistle
  • Cap
  • Small backpack
  • Polar or fleece
  • Vivisac or thermal blanket
  • Buff
  • Sunglasses
  • Carbohydrate gels or blocks
  • Non-disposable water bottle
  • Documents in sealed bag
  • GPS heart rate monitor (2 AAA batteries included)
  • Compression socks
  • Light gloves
  • Led head lamp

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