Quito & Surroundings | Andes Highlights - Nature

This 8 day adventure package allows you to explore a great variety of landscapes as well as nature and cultural highlights, which you will be able to observe on this fully guided tour. From the capita..
This 8 day adventure package allows you to explore a great variety of landscapes as well as nature and cultural highlights, which you will be able to observe on this fully guided tour. From the capital Quito, which was one of the first cities declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, you will go to the impressive volcanoes in the Andes, get to see colourful indigenous markets and admire the flora and fauna hided in the amazing cloud Forest just around the city. This is a great chance to see the main Ecuador highlights away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Note: Itinerary is subject to change.
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Services

Included
  • Adventure program in private or small groups
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • 7x Breakfast, 5x Lunch, 2x Dinner
  • Private transportation
  • English - Spanish speaking certified guide
  • All activities as mentioned (hike, birdwatching, guided activities etc)
  • Entrance fee in Museo Inti Ñan, Teleferico, La Compañía Church, Quilotoa, Cotopaxi,
  • Termas Papallacta Spa
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Excluded
  • Personal expenses
  • Mules in Quilotoa
  • Activities not specified in the program
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Tips
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Vegetarian meals or preferences
  • Extension programs in the Galapagos Islands
  • German, French - Bilingual guides
  • Local flight tickets
  • Amazon Rainforest Packages

Tour Details :

Quito City Tour – Cable Car – Mitad del Mundo

This city tour and Teleférico is a full day tour which includes the Basilica Church. After walking through the colonial streets, you will then stop at the Independence Plaza to admire the Cathedral and the Government’s Palace. Then you will visit La Ronda Street, The Company Church, Santo Domingo´s Church, The Sagrario´s Church and San Francisco´s Church, which was built during the 17th century. After visiting the historical site, you will go to the Teleférico. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the city with views of beautiful valleys, snow-capped mountains and the capital Quito. From a point of more than 13,000 feet (4000 m) high, you will enjoy magnificent views. In the afternoon, you'll will go to Mitad del Mundo which is located fifty minutes from the northwest of Quito (Ecuador). You will visit the current equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres. In addition you’ll have the chance to participate in several experiments at the Intiñan Museum. Things like watching water go down a drain in a different direction only inches away from either side of the equator, or balancing an egg on a nail, or using an ancient sun dial are some examples of what you can experiment here.Overnight in Quito
Day 2

an Pablo´s Lake – Peguche Village – Waterfall – Otavalo Market

Departure early in the morning from your hotel in Quito. We will take the north Panamerican up to our first stop in San Pablo lake, where you will enjoy of a nice view of the volcano and the lake. Then we will visit an indigenous weaving worshop in Peguche. We also will know the natives from Otavalo, indigenous people rich in traditions and customs that permits the tourists enjoy the typical, multicolored handcrafts. After lunch, we will visit an indigenous family that will show us how to make andean music instruments and how to play them. Finally, short walk to the Peguche waterfall. This sacred waterfall is the site of an annual bathing ritual during the summer solstice festival of Inti Raymi. Overnight in Quito.
Day 3

Mindo Reserve – Hike – Optional Adventure Activities

This day after breakfast, we will visit the complex of Nambillo waterfalls, on this site we will take the cable car to cross to the other side of the mountain; there, we will hike about 1- 2 hours to observe different types of birds, orchids and visit 4 waterfalls. At there if the weather is good you can visit different waterfalls, after this visit we will have lunch. Then we have different choices like butterfly farm, orchid garden, adventure canopy, tubbing, canyonin etc. Finally return to Quito.
Day 4

Indigenous Andean Communities – Landscape – Hike – Mules Ride

On the way to Quilotoa we will stop to visit and indigenous local house from the “Paramos”, we will observe their clothes and customs, but the most important thing is that we are going to be with them in a typical indigenous house made of straw. we will sharing with them a short moment talking, watching and learning from them, about their life and how they prepare the soil to sow. We will also visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. We will continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater. Prepare yourself to enjoy an unforgettable experience by mule back riding. Enjoy of the most beautiful landscape in the highlands and traditional indigenous villages, finally return to Quito. Note: On Thursdays, there is an optional visit to the Saquisilí Indigenous Market
Day 5

Cotopaxi Volcano - Interpretation Center – Hike – Andes Landscape

Leave early in the morning and take “The volcanoes avenue” toward Latacunga. Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world (5,897 msnm) located two hours from Quito. The Cotopaxi National Park allows us the opportunity to hike around the lake at foothills then we’ll visit the Interpretation´s Center where we’ll learn about the flora and the fauna of the park and the moors protected areas. After, we’ll climb the volcano by vehicle until 4,500 meters from the parking area we’ll walk up until 4,800 meters where is a refuge and from there continue up to the glaciers 200 meters more, of course all plans depend on weather and national park restrictions. Overnight in Cotopaxi.
Day 6

Termas de Papallacta Spa – Relaxation – Short Hike

You will enjoy in Termas de Papallacta Thermal Spa in where you will experience an unforgettable morning in a friendly atmosphere, in the midst of a unique natural environment, where the combination of hot springs and the comfort will provide experiences of relaxation and rest. In the afternoon  we will visit of the unique bird sanctuary of Guango Lodge, which is a paradise for hummingbird lovers and photographers. Seeing 14 species of hummingbirds within an hour is not uncommon, and the Sword-billed hummingbird with it's unique, long bill is sure to amaze you one hour hike in a beautiful setting surrounded by forest-covered mountains.
Day 7

Airport transfer to International Airport

Transfer to international Airport Mariscal Sucre or Quito. Depending on your flight time. End of our services
Day 8

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