• Ecuador
  • 12 Days

Inner Vision Quest: Andes & Amazon

  • Multi Destination Journey
  • Active Adventure
  • 12 days; 11 nights
  • 2 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Quito
This program is a Joint Venture between Tierra del Volcan and Outward Bound Ecuador to show you two of the most beautiful places that Ecuador has to offer and at the same time submerge in a deeply introspective experience to enable the quest of a life porpoise, inner values, and set up a new beginning for yourself. This is a program designed for adults in the quest of knowing themselves.

At a Glance

Creature comforts


Physical activity


Ground support

fully guided


  • Mountains
  • Forest
  • Lakes
  • Jungle


  • For ages 18+
  • Proficient english


  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Meditation
  • Wildlife
  • Digital detox
  • Indigenous culture

Your Local Expert

Tierra del Volcan Ecuador

Jorge Perez is the South American Ambassador for the Transformational Travel Council. Owner of Tierra del Volcan with 20+ years of experience in conservation and the travel industry, Jorge is a pioneer on private land conservation. He is also the former president of ASEC, (Ecuador Ecotourism Association). These tours are escorted by professional coaches and expert guides.

The Journey

Day 1

All Day Arrivals

Welcome to Quito. Our staff will pick you up at the airport and transport you to a comfortable hotel in the capital city.

Day 2

City Tour around the UNESCO World Heritage City of Quito

Get to know the first city to be declared a Unesco Human Heritage. Visit its marvelous cathedrals, historic streets, and hidden architectural beauties. The tour will be followed by a car cruise through the spectacular Ecuadorian mountains to Hacienda el Porvenir.

Day 3

Hacienda el Porvenir -- Horseback ride around the area to acclimatize

You will get acquainted with your horse in a way you have never done before. After learning to saddle and ready your horse, an adyllic horseback ride will get you across mystic highlands and páramos at the base of an extinguished volcano. After that, we will have a presentation of the content of the program and prepare for a transformational conversation.

Day 4

Transfer and Mountain Bike ride to El Tambo

Enjoy an adventurous bike ride in the lower skirts of the Cotopaxi Volcano to El Tambo and its pristine surroundings.

Day 5

Solo experience

Plunge into a life-changing solitary experience in the highlands of the Andes range, where you will experience a quest to fiond yourself in the mountains. We will ask you to write about your life at the end of the experience and form an action plan to envision your life based on what you lived and learned on this day.

Day 6

Biking back to civilization

In the morning we are going to have a debrief of your solo experience and after that you will be served a tasty breakfast meal. We leave early El Tambo house and begin our return to civilization. The first 20 km (12.42 miles) have a slight uphill inclination and short climbing portions. Once we reach El Encañonado, the road flows downhill and the bike can roll fluently without much physical effort. Box Lunch. We reach the higher road of El Canal, which is a flat road following a water canal. The views are superb. We pass by Limpiopungo Lake and back bike to Hacienda El Porvenir to get some well deserved drinks at El Porvenir. B,Lread more

Day 7

Air transfer to Lago Agrio and then to the Cuyabeno National Reserve

Early rise for a long day of transportation, by car, plane and car again until we get to one of the biggest virgin jungles of the world. When we arrived we are going to do a wrap up about the experience to see if we can find things that can be improved in our lives. B,L,D

Day 8

Jungle hike and swimming in the Laguna Grande (Big Lake)

Allow yourself the experience of a real jungle hike, surrounded by magnificent fauna and colorful creatures until getting to one of the most marvelous views of the Ecuadorian jungle.With some luck, we can spot a pink amazon dolphins or maybe even a manatee. Once the curtain of night falls after dinner, you will silently head out onto the lake again; this time in search of caimans. You can spot them with flashlights, reflecting in their eyes like bright orange lights. Occasionally, with a bit of luck you may also catch the green eyes of a wandering ocelot cat or jaguar in your beam. B,L,Dread more

Day 9

Submerge in a deeply transformative cultural experience within an indigenous community, get to know their way of living. At night we take you on a walk through the woods with a flashlight. During such walks, we may find some of the strangest creatures. Tree frogs are everywhere, but it is a bit difficult to spot them, although you might catch a glimpse of their harmonious tunes. B,L,D

Day 10

Day in the Shamman Maloca

Share the wisdom of the jungle through the words and rituals of an authentic jungle shaman. This is a very good chance to aline what you encounter in your solo experience with the jungle cosmovision. B,L,D

Day 11

Program Closure and transfer to Quito

Your program ends on this day and we will transfer you to Quito, after which you will be able to recap and truly feel the experiences you were exposed to. B,L

Day 12

Breakfast time and return home!

Transfer to the airport

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