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Disco­vering Ecuador

21 Days of adventure: Colonial Heritage, Volcanoes, Jungles, and Galápagos. Get carried away by the charm of the Three Wolds of Ecuador.

Vögel in YasuniThis trip gives you the oppor­tunity to get to know Ecuador’s different ecosystems, its inhabi­tants, its culture and gastronomy. You travel through the highlands, the Amazon rainforest (National Park Yasuní) and the beautiful Galapagos Islands. In 21 days you will visit Ecuador’s most beautiful cities, charming villages, national parks, Latin America’s largest and best preserved colonial historic city center, an ancient Inca city, the middle of the world, a unique train ride, an indigenous market, monuments, museums and much more. Local profes­sional guides will accompany you throughout the journey. We are waiting for you with open arms.

* inter­na­tional flights not included. Overnight stays in hotels in a double room (single room possible with extra charge). Small groups of 2 to 6 people
MAXIMUM HEIGHT: 0 m – 3.000 m
TYPE: Small group trip with max. 6 parti­ci­pants
REQUI­REMENT: Low physical condition
DIFFI­CULTY: BW-1 bis BW-2
Logo Yasuni
ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in Quito

Welcome to Ecuador. We will wait for you at the Mariscal Sucre Inter­na­tional Airport and bring you to the hotel in Quito.

Day 2: Otavalo indigenous city

Your adventure begins with the most popular tourist desti­nation in northern Ecuador, the indigenous city of Otavalo. We will visit the colorful market in Plaza de los Ponchos. Before we arrive in Otavalo, we visit the waterfall of Peguche, where we take a short walk to the waterfall. You will spend the night in Otavalo.

Day 3: Otavalo – Cuicocha Lake – Quito

After a delicious breakfast, we will continue enjoying the kindness of nature that Otavalo. We will visit a park where wild birds are rescued. None of the birds in the park were taken directly from nature. Many of the species that lodge in the park are rescued from illegal captivity or inade­quate environ­ments. Then you will visit Cuicocha which is a 3 km wide caldera and crater lake at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano. Its name comes from the Kichwa indigenous language and means “Lago del Cuy” or Guinea Pig Laguna in English. In the afternoon you will return to the capital city Quito.

Day 4: Middle of the World – Pululahua Crater

On this day you visit one of the most visited monuments of Ecuador, the Equatorial Monument (“La Mitad del Mundo”). The purpose of the equatorial feature is to emphasize the exact position of the equatorial line, which deter­mined a Franco-Spanish geodesic mission of the eighteenth century. With the advent of GPS technology at the end of the 20th century, it is now known that the entire structure is located appro­xi­mately 240 meters south of the actual equinoctial line. However, it is still a very touristy place as it offers the Ethno­graphic Museum Mitad del Mundo, a museum on indigenous ethno­graphy in Ecuador. A small town that surrounds the monument acts as a tourist center and offers a replica of the Spanish colonial town of “Ciudad Mitad del Mundo”.
After­wards visit an inter­active museum “Solar Intiñán” where the actual equator line was measured. You parti­cipate in some activities that relate to curious physical phenomena that can only occur in the middle of the world. Finally, visit the lookout point of Pululahua Crater, which is an extinct crater.

Day 5: Transfer to airport – Trip to Yasuní National Park

This day begins your adventure to a unique place in the world, The Yasuní National Park located in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador. You will take a domestic flight to the city of Coca (flight lasts 30 minutes), from this point the trip will continue in canoes until entering the Yasuní National Park.
Arriving at lodge, you have the outstanding chance to step onto the abori­ginal territory of the kichwa Añangu community, whose members will welcome you with a tradi­tional and refreshing ice-cold “wayusa”, the local hotel manager will give quick instruc­tions and immediately will take you to your comfor­table room with views of the rainforest in order to get ready for the first activity in the afternoon.
Hike along “Playas” trail to experience amazon wildlife for the first time in the river islands and shores amidst one of the most biolo­gi­cally diverse places on Earth. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included during your stay at Yasuní National Park.

Day 6: Culture, nature and wildlife

Enjoy the sunrise at breakfast, visit the sustainable community projects, talk about the world view Kichwa Addition to medicinal and walk in the Mama Cuna road, excellent oppor­tunity to see more wildlife, ceiba trees, strangler, bamboo cane, vines and shrub sendemic from Yasuní.
In the afternoon after a delicious local lunch paddle around “Añangu” stream, a black water ecosystem where you can spot monkeys jumping from tree to tree, caiman and sometimes even giant river otters trying to catch fish.
You can prepare for a tradi­tional typical dinner to taste local flavor sof the amazon, such as “maito” which is grilled fish wrapped in a “bijao” leaf and if you have an adven­turous palatetry the grilled worm sof the “chonta” locally known as “chontakuru”. After dinner, prepare your flash­light for a night walk around the lodge to see different kind of insects, reptiles and even nocturnal mammals like the night monkeys.

Day 7: Culture, nature and wildlife

Early breakfast and then head in the motor boat to one of the highlights of Yasuni Biosphere Reserve. Then walk around 30 min, through “pericos” trail to reach the blind in the forest with a direct view to the amazing parakeet clay lick, which brings visitors face to face with up to 11 species of parrots and parakeets (including parrotlets and macaws), sometimes even mammals like howler monkeys, tapir and peccaries come to this place to drink water and get vital minerals for their body.
We return to the center of the community to have lunch at the dining hall and take a break in the lodge before hiking one hour in order to climb up the obser­vation tower reaching 35 meters above the surface with high chances to spot a variety of birds, howler monkeys, squirrel monkeys, toucans, parrots and sloths.

Day 8: Nature, Wildlife and Adventure

Wake up with the chirping of Amazonian birds, to enjoy our local and organic breakfast buffet. After this, put on your rubber boots to start hiking the terra-firme forest at “Samona” trail, where you can feel like “Indiana Jones” in the middle of century-old kapok trees, spot capuchin, woolly and saki monkeys, look under the leafs to spot bizarre insects and tune your eyes and ears for the birds, monkeys and reptiles among the dense forest. Return to the eco-lodge for a refreshing drink and prepare for an exquisite lunch, including local specialties.
In the afternoon after a delicious local lunch, visit our second canopy obser­vation tower to see more of the 600 hundred species of birds with specia­lized telescopes for wildlife watching.

Day 9: Wayusa ritual and farewell – Transfer to airport

To close with a flourish, take part on the optional “wayusada” ritual, in which at dawn around 4:30 a.m. is the time when the kichwa family share together the sacred “wayusa” and has been away to past their ancient knowledge to the new genera­tions, here you also share tradi­tional chants and have the chance to “interpret dreams” with the wisest “mama kuna” at the community, a mystique experience indeed.
Then head back for breakfast, while our staff pick you luggage for your return to Coca town, on board our comfor­table motor boats for the last chance to appre­ciate the Ecuadorian rainforest landscape, until you reach “La Mision” river port. In Coca town you will take a domestic flight (flight lasts 30 minutes) to the city of Quito.

Day 10: Free day in Quito

This day you have it free to rest (if you wish) and prepare for the next adventure to the Galapagos Islands.

Day 11: Transfer to airport – trip to Galapagos Islands

Journey to Galapagos the most famous national park of Ecuador. You will take a domestic flight from Quito to Galapagos (flight lasts 1 hour 40 minutes). In Galapagos you will be welcomed by our personal who will take care you in the next 5 days. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during your stay on the Galapagos.

Day 12 to day 14: Galapagos

During their stay in Galapagos you will perform activities such as shore excur­sions in different islands of the archi­pelago, swimming in the ocean and snorkeling.

Day 15: Back to Quito

On this day we say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands and return to Quito, but the adventure is not over yet.

Day 16: Cotopaxi National Park

Today you will visit the Cotopaxi National Park in the Andes, where you will be able to observe one of the most famous and favorite volcanoes for mountain climbers that visit Ecuador the Cotopaxi Volcano (5.897 m). You will also take a short walk around the Limpio­pungo lagoon located in the park, and you will visit Tambopaxi which is the only hostel-restaurant in the park, to enjoy a hot drink. After visiting Cotopaxi National Park you will return to Quito.

Day 17: Tour in the south of the Andes of Ecuador – Riobamba city

You will leave Quito heading south to the city of Riobamba. Here we will stay in a luxurious Hacienda (ranch) where you can enjoy nature, the comfort and peace of the place, and observe the largest volcano in Ecuador, the Chimborazo (6.310 m).
If you are lucky enough to be there on a Thursday, we suggest you visit the colorful market of Guamote. This colorful market takes place on Thursdays only. Here you can watch the many locals dressed in colorful costumes while they show off their negotiating skills.

Day 18: Alausí town – train to La Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose)

After a luscious breakfast, we drive to Alausí, a small town in the Andes, from where we take the train to the Devil’s Nose (“La Nariz del Diablo”). In the train journey, you can enjoy the landscape of the Andean mountains. The train makes a stop in another small town called Sibambe where, after visiting the museum, we will return Alausí. There you will spend the night.

Day 19: Ingapirca – Cuenca city

On this day you will travel to the city of Cuenca which is the third most important city in Ecuador after Quito and Guayaquil. On the way to Cuenca you will stop in Ingapirca, the most important pre-Columbian archaeo­lo­gical site in Ecuador. At first, Ingapirca was a place of worship of the Kañari culture, later the Kañari were conquered by the Incas. Then, Ingapirca became part of the Inca empire which expanded the city. Upon reaching the city of Cuenca we will check into the hotel and after cooling off, we will go on a tour in the beautiful city.

Day 20: Cuenca city – Fly back to Quito

It’s your last day in Cuenca, and the last day of the tour, if time warrants we will make a final tour of Cuenca. After, we will take a domestic flight to the city of Quito (30 minute flight). Transfer to the hotel, and the rest of the day is free.

Day 21: Transfer to the Inter­na­tional airport of Quito

Back home. You will have the last breakfast in Ecuador. After­wards, we will transport you to the Mariscal Sucre Inter­na­tional Airport.

SERVICES
Included
  • Transfer: Airport – Hotel – Airport

  • Profes­sional bilingual guide (English-Spanish, with extra charge German-Spanish)

  • All rides in private vehicles

  • Naturalist guides in Yasuní and Galápagos
  • Accom­mo­dation during the entire period in Ecuador
  • Domestic flights: Quito – Coca – Quito | Quito – Galápagos – Quito | Quito – Cuenca
  • Train ticket to the Nariz del Diablo (Devil’s Nose)
  • Meals described in the tour: 20 break­fasts | Breakfast, Lunch/box-lunch and Dinner during your stay in Yasuni National Park (5 days) | Breakfast, Lunch/box-lunch and Dinner during your stay in Galapagos (5 days)
  • Entrance tickets to national parks, monuments, museums and churches described below: Condor Park | Monument to the Middle of the World | Inter­aktive Museum Intiñan | Mirador del Pululahua | Entrance to the Compañia de Jesus Church | Monument of Panecillo | Yasuni National Park | Cotopaxi National Park | Sibambe museum | Entrance to the ancient Inca ruins of Ingapirca
  • Excur­sions: Indigenous market of Otavalo | Hikes in the Yasuní National Park | Night walks in the Yasuní | Visit the bird watching tower in Yasuní | All the excur­sions in Galapagos at the islands that are in the program
Not Included
  • Tips

  • Trans­por­tation not mentioned and inter­na­tional flights

  • Additional tickets

  • Nights in a single room with surcharge

  • Meals and drinks not described in the tour
  • Tours and activities not described in the program

  • travel insurance

  • Possibly airline increases / local tax changes

  • Ticket Galapagos National Park (100 USD)
  • Migration Card in Galapagos (20 USD)
Recom­mended equipment (not included) for the Amazon Rainforest
  • Wear long pants that are easy to dry, since it rains a lot in the jungle and it is advisable to have long pants by the mosquito, comfor­table, not hot and dry quickly
  • Bathing suit and/​or swimming shorts, and t-shirt for the rafting.
  • Comfor­table sneakers
  • Cap, glasses, camera
INDICA­TIONS
  • These are sample itine­raries, subject to change due to climate and security condi­tions and interests
    of groups.

  • Changes and additions will be made in order to maximize wildlife sightings, cultural exchange and community with the stay in a biolo­gi­cally rich region such as the Yasuni Natio­nalPark.
    Please contact us to customize your itinerary and address in order to their Interests make this an unfor­gettable experience in the Ecuado­ri­a­nA­mazon.

  • It is recom­mended to have a travel and health insurance in force.

DIFFI­CULTY
BW-1 (gentle walk)

The simplest form of hiking uses only wide and well-developed roads. Mainly on flat terrain and little inclined, without descents and exposed stairs. Usually well marked trails. No special equipment is required, it is recom­mended to wear comfor­table walking shoes. More comfort and less physical activity. Cultural walks with contact with people. No prior knowledge required.

BW-2 (challenging walks / activities)

Activities partially challenging or longer than BW-1 (hiking and cycling). Partially difficult terrain (very steep terrain). Good health and good physical condition are required. Availa­bility to light physical efforts, such as cycling and hiking.

BW-3 (mountains tours / outdoors activities)

Activities or hikes that are often demanding and / or extensive. Trails with consi­derable slopes, narrow, and not always well marked. For mountai­neering an accli­ma­tiz­ation process is required (heights more than 4.000 m). Safety when walking. Predis­po­sition for heights. It requires very good health and good physical condition. Adven­turous spirit.

BW-4 (Heavy Mountain Tour / outdoors activities)

In this category, mountai­neering begins on a high alpine landscape (heights more than 5,000 m). For mountai­neering, an accli­ma­tiz­ation process is required. Use of crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets are required. It requires excellent general health and physical condition. A sporting spirit and predis­po­sition for demanding weather condi­tions.

BW-5 (extremely heavy mountain tour / outdoors activities)

Very serious mountain tours that demand a high level of risk-taking even for experi­enced mountai­neers. Routes over very steep, and very exposed rock. As a rule, these alpine excur­sions are unmarked. The knowledge of the use of the equipment is extremely important. Technical mountains are climbed on this type of tour.

Our active trips are generally not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Do not hesitate to contact us, we will be glad to advise you.

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