we will be in Ecuador in May and we still not sure where shell we go and where not. We have list of favourites but non of them isn't located in the rainforest yet (!).
Now we doing our research in this regard. Since we to a lot of outdoor activities in the Alps we are confident that we can go for some physical demanding trips, which would allow us to see and experience more of the biosphere and wildlife than you can see if you book you into a lodge.
Honestly I haven't found that much yet. My concern is, that tours seem to be a bit overpriced: We know quite well what all those outdoor equipment cost and a a full qualified mountain guide per day in the Alps. IMHO they all justify their rates by what you pay for a Galapagos trip. All those supposingly costly extras might be necessary for more comfort orientated travellers but we don't need any premium accommodation or food. All what counts its the unique biosphere and its wildlife!
Any tip in this matter would highly appreciated.
Hi Stefan. The Galapagos are famous for good reason but it is more expensive to do a package tour. The Amazon is the next most popular region. As Rasto mentioned, I agree that you would probably like Baños if you're looking for adventure activities. If you're open to traveling more independently, we would highly recommend the whole Andes Mountains in the middle of the country. Very chill vibe and plenty of hiking. Some of our favorite places are here: http://intentionaltravelers.com/beautiful-places-visit-ecuador-andes/
If you want a unique Amazon experience with wildlife, you have to go on a multi-day overnight trip deeper into jungle outside of populated areas or contact zones. This comes with way higher price but is usually worth it. One day trips from cities in contact zones like Banos or Puyo are a joke maybe good enough to make happy city metrosexuals and alike.
You can still save some cash if you fly to the remote area in the Amazon basin on your own and then hire a local guide for 1-3 day trip rather than pay arm and leg to travel agency somewhere in Quito. But it all depends on your level of comfort, Spanish proficiency, and if you can find a reliable and knowledgeable guide. To find a good guide you can trust and rely on is very important!
Have a great trip!