Day 1.- ARRIVAL IN QUITO
transfer IN not included. Acclimatation day, welcome briefing
Day 2: MINDO CLOUD FOREST AND THE EQUATOR LINE (B)
Drive north of Quito to the Equator monument complex. The visit to the middle of the world is mandatory once you are in Ecuador, it is the place where you will be able to stand on both sides of the hemispheres, north and south at the same time and feel the neutral forces of the equator.
Then we will reach the little town of Mindo, nestled into the cloud forest.
In the afternoon we will visit a chocolate factory, where you will have the chance to follow the process of the cocoa, from harvesting the seed to the final product, like as a delicious brownie or a cup of real hot cocoa.
Day 3: HIKE TO THE SEVEN WATERFALLS (B)
Cross cable cars and hiking along waterfalls, surrounded by a lush green area filled with toucans and colorful birds.
In the afternoon, you will have some free time to enjoy the several optional activities offered in this area.
Day 4: OTAVALO MARKET (B)
Our day starts with a unique scenic drive back up to the highlands to the world-famous indigenous town of Otavalo there will be enough time for shopping and interaction with the locals.
In the afternoon, we will drive to Cotacachi town to enjoy the most amazing leather goods and the beauty of this small village.
Later we will finally arrive at this historical beautiful hacienda of Pinsaqui.
Day 5: CUICOCHA CRATER LAKE & PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS (B,L)
Today we will first visit Cotacahi Cayapas ecological reserve to see the breath taking scenery of the crystalline-clear waters of this active volcano and the amazing surrounding landscapes. we will take a boat ride to the center of the crater to observe the activity of this volcano, watching bubbles coming up from the center of the caldera.
Later, we will be transferred to Peguche, a small village located in the heart of the Andes, where you will live an unforgettable cultural experience, immersing yourself in the true spirit of the South-American highlands. You will help the local people prepare a delicious lunch using the fresh products harvested the same day from the surrounding organic fields and share with them precious moments of conviviality.
In the late afternoon, we will reach the luxury volcanic hot-springs resort of Papallacta.
Day 6: Cotopaxi - Quito (L)
After breakfast and the last dip in the open-air hot springs. During a short walk around the lake we can observe a variety of birds and enjoy the stunning views of the almost symmetrical cone of the Cotopaxi.
DAY 7: QUITO DEPARTURE (B)
Transfer Out not included
- Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Free Cancellation
- Duration: 7 Days
Departure Details :
Pick up fromh hotel
OverviewDiscover the secrets of the Ecuadorian Andes and cloud forest regions with a full-immersion in the cultural and natural wonders that make Ecuador one of the countries with the biggest biodiversity in the world.Enjoy waterfalls, butterflies, bird watching and chocolate making in the tropical paradise of Mindo, then take a spectacular drive through the cloud forest to reach the coffee valley of Intag, where you will visit a coffee plantation. Back to the highlands, visit Cuicocha crater-lake, the world-famous indigenous market of Otavalo and then live an unique experience sharing an organic lunch prepared side by side with local people in the very heart of the Andes."Unique Experiences:"Organic cooking lesson with traditional fresh ingredients, side by side with local people in the heart of the AndesTake a scenic drive in the valley of Intag and taste the organic fair-trade coffee produced in the area
- Activities: Equator Line museum tour, Hiking to waterfalls in the cloud forest, Visit Butterfly farm and chocolate factory, Organic fair-trade coffee tasting in Intag Valley, Visit Otavalo indigenous market, Organic lunch cooking with local people, Hike and boat ride at Cuicocha crater lake, Volcanic hot springs, Visit Cotopaxi National Park
- Accommodation based in double occupancy: First class hotel in Quito, cloud forest lodge in Mindo, hacienda in Otavalo, luxury spa resort in Papallacta.
- Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation.
- Meals Included: 5 breakfasts and 2 lunches
- Out-door gear: Hiking sticks
- Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides
- International fligts
- My Own Room supplement USD $390
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Airport transfers ( International flights)
- Meals not described in the itinerary (Budget for not included meals USD $ 180)
- Personal expenses
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Day 1.- ARRIVAL IN QUITO
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
2 3 hours driving a day.
From 3 to 4 hours a day. Please check the maps and full biking information in the full itinerary.
Pichincha, Imbabura, Napo, Cotopaxi
Highlands and tropical rainforest in Ecuador.
From 1510 meters (4,950 ft.) to 4000 meters (12,631 ft.)
Day 15-34C / 59-93F - Night 12-17C / 53-62F
Easy. This program will run from the high Andean Mountains to the cloud forest, involving some short hikes.
High quality MTB (Disk brakes and front suspension), Shimano Deore parts, gloves, helmets. For canyoning: harnesses, waterhelmets, ropes, wetsuits, watershoes and carabiners.
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.
Travelling with Adventure Journeys you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform AJ prior to your departure.
YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES
All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips.
In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.
SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.