OVERVIEW

During this tour you will get very close to the untouched nature of Ecuador. You discover the impressive cloud forest northwest of Quito where you can do birdwatching and observe the huge biodiversity. Ecuador’s Amazon region offers an amazing variety of wildlife and plants.

 

 

 

TOUR FACTORS

Difficulty 50%
Adventure 60%
Comfort 75%
Family friendly 90%

ITINERARY:

Click to see every day in detail

Upon your arrival in Quito, your English-speaking guide meets and greets you at the airport. Afterwards he takes you to your hotel in Quito’s beautiful historic center.

Standard-Hotel  

Included: private transfer, accommodation in double room

Start the day’s activities with a visit to Quito’s colonial city center. It is Latin America’s biggest and best conserved historic center and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978. On a walk around the old town, your guide will show you some of the most beautiful buildings and churches. We recommend going up the hill “Panecillo” from where you have an amazing view over the city. In the afternoon you visit the botanical garden at the Carolina Park. This park gives you an overview of the different ecosystems in Ecuador’s different geographic regions. It also contains an ethno-botanical and an orchid garden.

Standard-Hotel

Included: Breakfast, English-speaking guide, private transportation, accommodation in double room

Today, you drive to the cloud forest of Nanegalito. After your arrival you hike two hours through the forest of the lodge. The community-owned and community-run Santa Lucia lodge and cabañas are in the heart of the forest at the top of a mountain at 1,900 meters, with panoramic views. Just two and a half hours from Quito, Santa Lucia’s 1,800-acre cloud forest reserve, 80% primary forest, is situated in the Choco Region, one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world. The reserve is home to the endangered 

Andean Spectacled Bear; over 400 species of birds including the Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Beautiful Jay and White-faced Nunbird; and an estimated 300 plus species of orchids.

In the afternoon you can relax or do another hike to three waterfalls (walking time approx. 3 hours) or you do a short walk to the orchid garden. After dinner you have the opportunity to do a night walk to see some nocturnal animals and raptors. Please bring a good torch.

 Hotel: Santa Lucia  Lodge o.s.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner, English-speaking guide, private transportation, accommodation in double room

For the following day you can choose between varied day activities:

  • Early morning hike to the clay lick of Andean birds
  • Whole day hike to the highest point of the reservat
  • Hike to the Panela fabric (not always active) – 90 minutes
  • Hike through the forest to three waterfalls (3-4 hours)
  • Hike to the orchid garden with huge tree swing and help to the projects of Santa Lucia – 90 minutes.

Hotel: Santa Lucia Lodge o.s.

Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, English-speaking guide, private transportation, accommodation in double room

For the next two days, you visit the Mindo Lindo Reserve. The farm lays in 5577ft and covers an area of 28 acres. Here you can find many different bird species, including 28 species of hummingbirds, different mammals and some reptiles. In only one hour you can see 12 different species of hummingbirds which come to the feeders around the house. These colorful birds aren’t shy, so you can observe them up close. On hikes through the forest you can observe the beautiful flora and fauna. Enjoy a fresh herb tea of the garden and learn more about the sustainable usage of natural resources of Mindo Lindo.

Hotel: Miro Lindo Lodge o.s.

Included: Breakfast, English-speaking guide, private transportation, excursions with a local guide, accommodation in double room

Otavalo is famous for its enormous indigenous market. It is held every day on the Poncho Square, on Saturdays it extends and covers nearly a third of the whole town. You can find many different handicrafts produced in the surrounding villages: fine woven goods like blankets, hammocks, and tablecloths, jewelry made of silver or the tagua nut (also called vegetable ivory), musical instruments, leather goods, and many other things.

Standard-Hotel

Included: Breakfast, English-speaking guide, private transportation, accommodation in double room

Explore the Cotacachi Cayapas Nature Reserve. Visit the Cuicocha Lagoon, which is inside the crater of the Cotacachi volcano, at an altitude of 10,040 feet. It is called “Lagoon of the Gods” by the local indigenous people. On a walk along the lake you can enjoy the region’s biodiversity, the view of the lake with its two small islands, and the landscape with the volcanos Cotacachi, Imbabura, and Cayambe.

In the afternoon, you travel to the indigenous community of San Clemente, close to Ibarra, where your host family welcomes you to your guest room (private bathroom, hot water) and

invites you to participate in their daily activities. Learn about their organic gardens and how they use the different crops. Enjoy dinner with them and exchange stories.

Hotel: Family Home-stay o.s.

Included: Breakfast, dinner, English-speaking guide, private transportation, accommodation in double room

This day you spend with the family, learn and participate in their daily life.

Hotel: Family Home-stay o.s.

Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, English-speaking guide, private transportation, accommodation in double room

In Ibarra you board the “Tren de la Libertad” (Liberty Train). During the journey, you pass several tunnels and bridges and can enjoy the impressive landscape along the way. Note the change from Andean highlands to the subtropical lowland of Salinas. Once you arrive in Salinas, there will be a presentation of traditional dances, and later a short walk around town and a visit to the Salt Museum.

Hotel: Family Home-stay o.s. 

Included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, English-speaking guide, private transportation, train ticket, accommodation in double room

The Polylepis Lodge lays in a private reserve, which protects with the help of ecotourism the last remaining part of the thousand years old forest of Polylepis Incana and the paramo andino with frailejones. The nature reserve covers an area of 15.700 ha and lies between 11,811 and 15,643 ft. The temperature varies between 44 °F and 52 °F. In the Polylepis- or Quinua-forest you can find bromelains, orchids, hummingbirds and mountain toucans. In the paramo of El Angel you can find the meditatin monks, the frailejones gigantes, which can get 13 ft high. These endemic plants dominate the meager landscape. There are many lagoons like the Laguna del Voladero in this area. With a bit of luck you can see a corsa fox, puma, Andean bear or condor.

Hotel: Polylepis Lodge o.s.

Included: Breakfast, dinner, English-speaking guide, private transportation, accommodation in double room.

Enjoy another morning in nature, before you head back to Quito in the afternoon. You spend the night at a hotel close to the airport.

Standard-Hotel

Included: Breakfast, lunch, English-speaking guide, private transportation, accommodation in double room

Breakfast in the hotel. In time for your flight, your guide takes you to Quito’s Airport.

 Included: breakfast, private transfer

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Nine (9) nights in comfortable Standard-hotels in double room accommodation, breakfast included
  • Four (4) nights in Cloudforest Lodges in double room, meals as indicated, shared excursions and activities with local guide
  • Certified, English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance fees to museums, churches and sights in Quito

starting from

$ 2575,- p.p.

in US DOLLAR

*Please contact us for special offers and child discounts. Prices are subject to change.

*Price based on double occupancy.

Consider as you reserve:

My own room: 

Single supplement fee: USD $240,-p.p.

Not Included:

> International airfare to and from destination
> Meals not described
> Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks
> Cost of medical immunizations as needed
> Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
> Cost of optional activities
> Excess baggage charges; airport taxes (if any);
> Optional gratuities to your guides
> Items of personal nature

Travel Insurance:

To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Travel insurance is intended to cover medical expenses, trip interruption and cancellation, theft and other losses incurred while traveling domestically or internationally.

Visa and Entry Requirements

Ecuador requires a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.