Quilotoa Daily Tour

Quilotoa Daily Tour

Quilotoa Daiky Tour

Cotopaxi Tour

Cotopaxi Tour

Cotopaxi Tour

Cotopaxi Tour

Cotopaxi Tour

Cotopaxi Tour

Cotopaxi Tour

Cotopaxi Tour

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Galapagos Natural Life

Ecuador Tours

ECUADOR INTENSIVE

16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS

ITINERARY 16 DAYS / 15 NIGHTS
ECUADOR 4 WORLDS (Highland, Jungle, Coast and Galapagos)
NOTE: Departures (Saturday & Tuesday)
DAY ACTIVIVITIES
Day 1 Saturday Full Day Otavalo 
Day 2 Sunday Full Day Cotopaxi
Day 3 Monday Jungle Tour (Guacamayo, Dracaena or Samona Lodge)
Day 4 Tuesday Jungle Tour (Guacamayo, Dracaena or Samona Lodge)
Day 5 Wednesday Jungle Tour (Guacamayo, Dracaena or Samona Lodge)
Day 6 Thrusday Jungle Tour & Quito
Day 7 Friday Quilotoa & Baños
Day 8 Saturday Full Day Baños & Arrival to Alausí
Day 9 Sunday Devil´s Nose Train Alausí & Cuenca
Day 10 Monday Full Day Cuenca, Arrival to Guayaquil
Day 11 Tuesday Galapagos: San Cristobal Island
Day 12 Wednesday Galapagos: San Cristobal Island 360° Tour
Day 13 Thrusday Galapagos: Española Island
Day 14 Friday Galapagos: Santa Cruz Island
Day 15 Saturday Galapagos: Pinzón Island
Day 16 Sunday Galapagos & Quito , end services

ITINERARY DAY BY DAY

Day 1: OTAVALO  

Pick Up in Magic Bean Restaurant, La Mariscal Quito.
Driving north of Quito is the most famous indigenous market of Ecuador: Otavalo, full of traditions and handcrafts. Before arriving to this magic place, you will visit Calderon, a small town famous for “Mazapan” handicrafts. Following the route is Cayambe, the perfect place to see how people prepare biscuits using a traditional technique. Next stop will be a view point to enjoy the landscape of Imbabura volcano (4610 mts.) and San Pablo lagoon.
Your next and most anxious spot will be Otavalo market, where you will spend time shopping and some quality time with your friends. You will fall in love with all variety of handicrafts.
Then you will go to Cotacachi to have a delicious lunch and explore the leather local work shops for a great landscape ending at Cuicocha´s view point.

Day 2: COTOPAXI

Pick Up in Magic Bean Restaurant, La Mariscal Quito.
The tour begins. We are going to travel approximately for 1 and a half or 2 hours.
The first technical stop is going to be on the entrance of the National Park, because we have to pay the entrance fee.  Also, if you want, you might buy some handicrafts at the small market. The products that you will find are made by the people of the near communities.  This is the last opportunity for having a pair of gloves and cap of wool for being warm.
We are going to visit the Interpretation Center “Mariscal Sucre”. Inside it, we are going to have an explanation about different aspects of the National Park (history, animals, plants, others). 
We are going to arrive at a big esplanade of the park. It is a good moment to take pictures and see the landscape.  
We are going to be at the parking lot. We need to take the appropriate clothes and water for beginning to climb.
We are going to walk for approximately 40 minutes (it depends of your fitness)
We have deserved a rest at the refuge (José Rivas).  After a moment, the people who wants to arrive until the glacier can go for a walk of 25 minutes more.  And also if the weather conditions are good, you are going to have a beautiful view of the mountains and the landscapes. After that, we return to the refuge, for having lunch.  It is an excellent moment, for sharing experiences with friends, while you are drinking a delicious cup of hot chocolate.
We continue our tour, now we have to come back to the parking lot, and take the bikes to go downhill until the Limpiopungo Lake 
We are on the parking lot. Take the bikes and enjoy the trip. It could be for 40 minutes (it depends of your ability). 
Arrive to the Limpiopungo Lake. We have a moment for resting and walking. After that, we come back to Quito.

Day 3: LAGO AGRIO – CUYABENO

Pick Up in your Hotel in Quito.
Flight (9:15 am) or bus (trip the night before the tour - 8 hours) to Lago Agrio. Private land transportation from Lago Agrio to El Puente. Canoe trip down the Cuyabeno River to our lodge. Lunch. Visit the Laguna Grande to swim and enjoy the sunset. Dinner. Exciting night walk. 

Day 4: HIKING DAY

Breakfast.: Morning: three-hour hike in the primary forest to learn about flora and fauna, especially to know about medicinal plants, frogs, insects, birds, etc.  Lunch at the camp. Relax, in the afternoon paddle in a traditional canoe on the Lagoons or rivers to explore und enjoy the uniqueness of nature. Where you can swim and enjoy the sunset. If conditions permit, you may be able to see pink dolphins. Return to lodge. Dinner.  

Day 5: COMMUNITY DAY

Breakfast. Visit the Community Siona Tarabeaya, preparation of artisan chocolate and tropical fruits tasting additionally you can see the preparation of the traditional bread (Casabe) and the naturalist guide will explain about the culture and traditions of native people. Lunch. Visit the Shaman, who will explain about the ceremonies in the jungle. Return to camp. Dinner. Night canoe expedition in search of caimans. 
Day 6: CUYABENO

Early morning bird watching. Breakfast. Navigating the Cuyabeno River back to El Puente. Box Lunch. Transfer to Lago Agrio. Return to Quito by bus or plane (17:00pm).
Transfer Out from Quito’s airport to your hotel in Quito.

Day 7: QUILOTOA – BAÑOS

Pick Up in your Hotel in Quito.
The tour begins. We are going to travel for around 2.5 hours, from Latacunga to Quilotoa Lake. During the travel we are going to visit different places. Like Saquisilí, the Las Cruces community and Quilotoa community.
We have the first technical bus stop, on Saquisilí town. There, you are going to visit the different popular markets of the town.
At the first market, people of the community go there, for selling animals, such as: “Llamas”, pigs, cows, sheep, lambs.
In the second market you are going to observe how the people sell their small animals, like: chicken, “cuy” (guinea pig), rabbits. Also you might observe the different kinds of products for consume of themselves. There, you might observe products, for example: onion, potatoes, tomato, green / red pepper, “mellocos”, and others. Also, you can see different products on the section of the “mercado de pulgas”, where you can find products of second use, with good prices.
On the third market, you are going to find three sections:
First: handicrafts products artisanal, like: clothes made with wool,
Second: That is the section of food, you are going to see the different kind of typical food of the zone.
Third: you are going to see, products like grains, flour of different kind of grains, between others.
Afterwards there is the departure to the “Las Cruces” Community; we are going to be there in approximately 1 hour. You might observe their typical clothes and also you can take a look inside their houses. But the most important thing, is that you are going to be with them in a typical indigenous house made of straw. Sharing with them a few moments talking, watching and learning from them, how their life is, and how they prepare the earth for to sow.
If you want experiment another kind of tourism. It is your opportunity.
We will go to the Quilotoa Lake. We are going to pass the zumbahua community, and finally we are going to arrive to the Quilotoa community, before we go to the lake. We are going to have the lunch. (You might choose one of the three options: llama, chicken, vegetarian food).
Now we continue with traveling, the time for arriving to the lake is approximately 50 minutes (It depends of your fitness). At begging of the down, you are going to have a wonderful view of the lake with a turquoise color. It´s a good moment for taking pictures, after that, we continue following the pad.
When you arrive to the bottom you are going to have moments for walking, near to the water. Also, you are going to smell the minerals which are mixed with the water. If you want, you might rent to the people of the community some small boats for navigating in the lake.
We need continue with our trip, but now we are going to the top, in mules or donkeys. The time for doing it is approximately 40 min. When you arrive to the top, you might buy some handicrafts at the artisanal market of the community. Then, we go back to Quito.  
We arrive to Baños.

Day 8: BAÑOS – ALAUSI

A route where you can travel through the jungle, waterfalls, rivers located between two National Parks such as El Sangay and Los Llanganates, located on the road Baños-Puyo. In this ecological corridor you can admire each of the waterfalls as: Agoyán, Mantle of the Bride, Pailón del Diablo and Machay, after doing this tour you can perform activities such as canopy, tarabita, cayoning and bunjee jumping.
It is a perfect place to enjoy a PICNIC with friends or family, likewise enjoy the fabulous views of Tungurahua volcano and the mountains that surround the city of Baños Ecuador, and if you like and are not afraid of heights and adrenaline you can go up to the most famous swing that Ecuador has.
If you are lucky you will be able to witness an interesting talk about the number of eruptions that have arisen over the last 15 years by the expert and watchman of the Military Geographical Institute Mr. Carlos Sanchez, in this conversation you will be able to observe the different type of volcanic rocks Expelled, the eruptive phases, and to know in depth the majestic Mama Tungurahua.
At 13:00 Time to Lunch (Included)
Transport to Alausí.

Day 9: ALAUSI – INGAPIRCA

After breakfast we are gonna be part of a georgus travel by train to “La Nariz del Diablo” considered one of the train engineering spectacles of the world. You will descend gradually from the highlands to the lowlands, at times zigzagging, or hugging the cliffs. In the descent at the lowest point, an interesting rock will appear on the horizon. The train descends and then returns to Alausi again
We are gonna take a delicious lunch on the city and continue to Ingapirca ruins  
It’s the most important ruins left by the cultures of Ecuador. The vast archeological complex includes Inca and pre Inca ruins. The “Temple of the Sun” is an architectural marvel to behold.
Then we are going to continue to Cuenca. Overnight.

Day 10: CUENCA – GUAYAQUIL  

On Cuenca we are gonna have a great overview point with the visit to TURI, this place is the most important point to see thin awesome colonial city. Then we continue to the down town to visit “La Catedral” a beautifull church in the center of Cuenca, Abdon Calderon street, “La Calle Larga” the flowers street, the great place to learn more about Cuenca’s culture.
Cuenca also has a nature part to visit, Parque Nacional El Cajas, is only 1 hour away from the city an excellent place to see lagoons as La Toreadora, after a short path we are gonna take a chocolate to continue our trip to Guayaquil  
Arrive to Guayaquil at night.
Transfer to your Hotel in Guayaquil

Day 11: GUAYAQUIL - GALAPAGOS (San Cristobal Island) 
Arrival by plane to San Cristobal airport, and, hotel check in, welcome lunch.
Visit to Los Lobos Island
We are gonna have our first snorqueling at Los Lobos, where we are gonna have the oportunity to see a big rock where tropical fish live, a great experience in this clear water.
Lunch in town
Visit to Tijeretas Hill/Punta Carola/Playa Mann
After a rest and the lunch in town we have the snorqueling in Tijeretas Hill where we can see Turtles, fish in the clear water.
After we continue along the beach to arrive at Punta Carola to continue to Playa Mann were we have time to relax on the beach or do snorqueling, we can choose between these options.
Transfer to the Hotel

Day 12: GALAPAGOS (San Cristobal Island 360°) 

Pick Up: 07:30 from your hotel
Site 1: Leon Dormido (Snorkeling with sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and fish varieties).
Site 2: Cerro Brujo (Panga Ride - Footografia: Arch of the cathedral, Blue-footed and Pelican boobies).
Site 3: Bahia Sardina (Snorkeling, landscape photography, walk on the beach, resting place on the beach).
Site 4: Punta Pitt (Bird watching and photography (blue-footed, red-footed and nazca boobies), optional fishing).
Site 5: Bahia Rosa Blanca (Snorkeling with sharks, blue sharks, sea turtles, bird watching and wolves).
NOTE: Leon Dormido can be at the morning (8:00 am) or in the afternoon (3:30 pm) in according this established in the itinerary of the Galapagos National Park

 

Day 13: GALAPAGOS (Española Island) 

Punta Suarez: Punta Suarez is located on the west end of the island. The tourist trail is about 2 km long and goes from one end of the island to the other while revealing the spectacular life of the birds. There are many blue-footed boobies nesting, which must be careful not to step on one of their nests (depending on season). You can observe red marine iguanas that are spread out in the sun or buzzards on top of the trees. They hunt the juvenile blue-footed boobies. Following the path, you can find masked boobies that are nesting almost all year round on the cliffs. The culminating moment of the tour is undoubtedly the colony of the Galapagos albatross, which are endemic to this island, not found anywhere else in the islands or the world. In mid-March and the end of December there are around 12,000 of these fascinating birds with wings of around 2.40m. On the cliffs they seem to be really uncomfortable but when they fly they are the kings of heaven. A short distance from the albatross colony is the Blow Hole. This is a source of water up to 20m (50-75 feet) high that has been created by waves. All energy is pressed through a small hole between the cliff. The phenomenon resembles a geyser. The walk lasts between 2 and 2:30.

Gardner Islet: About 50 m from the coast is a rock where you can find tropical fish and rays while doing surface diving. But more spectacular is the Gardner Rock that can be reached with a panga. This is the home of reef white reef sharks and other colorful sea inhabitants popular with divers. You can also do 1 dive in spectacular caves, and in its course we observe turtles, sea lions, fish and Sharks Depending on the itinerary of the boat, it can be in the morning or in the afternoon.

Day 14: GALAPAGOS (Santa Cruz Island) 

Transfer from San Cristobal to Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island.
It can be the next following tours: Highlands and Charles Darwin Station OR Santa Cruz Tour Bay: 
Highlands and Charles Darwin Station: Visit to the El Chato 1, El Chato 2 or Primicias Farm, in any of these you can see the Giant Galapagos Tortoises and the typical vegetation of Galapagos. (There is the perfect place to enjoy the delicious lunch), and after transfer to Puerto Ayora to your Hotel.
Santa Cruz Bay Tour: La Lobería (snorkel), Pool of Reef Sharks, Franklin Bay, Las Grietas (snorkel), Playa de los perros. Upon entering the canal you will see blue-footed boobies, pelicans, Great frigatebirds and Brown Noddys. On the path along the beach and leading to the pool of reef sharks, many sally lightfoot crabs (zayapas) are seen. On the path to Playa de los Perros finches will accompany you, and finally at the beach you will find marine iguanas, sea lions sally lightfoot and hermit crabs Disembark at Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island.
Briefing for next day activities.

Day 15: GALAPAGOS (Pinzón Island) 

Breakfast
Boat trip to a Islote Pan de Azucar where you can see different birds. 
Boat trip to Isla Pinzon (during the ride you can see maybe some dolphins and maybe its possible the fish), Snorkel at the Bay Pinguino where you can see Sharks, rays, marine turtles, see lions and penguins. Lunch
Boat ride Playa Las Palmitas, snorkel, relax, 
Return to Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island
Briefing for next day activities

Day 16: GALAPAGOS - QUITO

Breakfast 
Twin Craters: This area has received much use in recent years due to several trails created that lead to the two craters. In 1989 a circular path around the largest crater was opened, which passes through the interior of the Scalesia forest, an excellent place to observe land birds, especially the woodpecker finch and the vermillion flycatcher.
Transfer Out: Transfer to the airport and come back to the continent.
Transfer in: From Quito’s airport to Hotel in Quito.
End the services.

NOTE: The itinerary may be subject to changes.

SERVICE CLASS
FIRST CLASS TOURIST SUPERIOR CLASS
$5.464,00 $3.720,00

Equipment:

  • Warm Jacket
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Wool Gloves
  • Wool Cap
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Suscreen
  • Hiking Shoes or Boats
  • Flies Repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Sun Hat
  • Bikini
  • Flips Flops
  • Camera
  • Water
  • Sweets or Chocolates

 

 

Includes:

  • Guide
  • Transport
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Box lunch
  • Hotel
  • Entrances
  • Flights

 

Not includes:

  • Extra Meals or drinks
  • Tips
  • Dinners

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