Best Ecuador Road Trip from Quito to Coca, Our 2 Days Journey from High in the Andes to the Mighty Amazon Rainforest.

Best Ecuador Road Trip to Coca
Torrent Duck is an Andean endemic and a specialist of cold fast-flowing mountain streams. We tray different location to find in on our road trip to the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.

Check some of the natural locations we have in mind to visit during our Ecuador Road Trip to the depths of the Yasuni National Park.

Best Ecuador Road Trip to Coca, watching nature in the Andes.
Andean Birds like Many-striped Canastero (Asthenes flammulata), encountered in páramo grassland with scattered low bushes where it is typically a common bird.
Best Ecuador Road Trip to Watch Mature
Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager is among the most beautiful bird found in the Andean cloudforest in Ecuador.

We will cover 300 km in 7 hours, driving from the top of Andean snow-covered volcanoes to the very bottom of the eastern Andean slope, ending our journey in the bustling frontier town of Coca.

Along the way, we will take in the great physical features of the land, its broad valleys, steep canyons, billowing clouds and mist, and rushing rivers.


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We pass through many elevations, and amazing communities of plants and animals: paramo, polylepis woodland, cloud forest, subtropical and tropical forest.

The abundance and diversity of life here are mind-boggling. from hummingbirds at the snowline to booming orchids in the cloud forest, rich assemblages of birds in the foothills, too, finally, an ocean of trees in the Amazon lowlands.

Best Ecuador Road Trip Description

Eastern Ecuador Birding Tour ~ Antisana Reserve
Antisana is an active volcano, easily seen from the road on sunny mornings.  ~ Antisana Reserve
Best Ecuador Road Trip to Sumaco Volcano
Sumaco Volcanoes is an active volcano located in the Eastern Ecuadorian Cloud Forest and Foothills, before entering into the lowlands of the Amazon Basin.

Our day trip to Coca in the Amazon Lowlands starts with an early meeting at your hotel in Quito, Our first stop is the highest point in our journey, a mountain pass at 4500 meters (14763 ft). Here we will learn about the youngest mountain range in the world.

Best Ecuador Road Trip to WildFlowers
Tibouchina flowers can cover some areas in the Ecuadorian eastern cloud forest.


After breakfast with hummingbirds, we continue our descent to spend time at the San Rafael Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Ecuador, with a height of 131 meters (430 ft). After seeing how nature works here, we continue to our final destination Coca (Francisco de Orellana) at 250 meters (820 ft).

Ecuador Road Trip to Coca visiting Cloudforest Bridge. Papallacta River . Napo - Ecuador.
Cloudforest Bridge. Papallacta River . Napo –

Ecuador Raod Trip Itinerary* to Coca.

Time Destination Interest Observations


6:30 Your Hotel in Quito Landscape, Wildlife Photography, Ecology  
7:30 Andean Forest

Papallacta Pass

Landscape, Wildlife Photography, Ecology  Packed Breakfast
12:30 Papallacta Landscape, Wildlife Photography, Ecology  Lunch
15:30 San Rafael Waterfalls  Landscape, Wildlife Photography, Ecology Overnight San Rafael Area


7:30 San Rafael Waterfalls Landscape, Wildlife Photography, Ecology  
10:30 Baeza Landscape, Wildlife Photography, Ecology  
13:30 Baeza, Sumaco Landscape, Wildlife Photography, Ecology  
17:30 Coca: Hotel El Auca Landscape, Wildlife Photography, Ecology  
  • Note: Itinerary might change due weather conditions, nature of the trip, personal interest and others.

What to bring for the day trip at hand?

  • Hiking boots
  • All weather clothing
  • 2 Days Pack
  • Water Bottle
  • Sun protection
  • Camera and a spare battery and card memory

Cost $ $ 150 per persona per day


  • Private Transportation
  • Bilingual Guides

Not included

  • Hotel El Auca
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals & drinks during the trip