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Ecuador & Galápagos Adventure (VAE-02)2019-03-04T22:06:52+02:00

Day 1 Quito

Flight to Ecuador. Arrival in Quito in the evening. Airport pick up and transfer to hostel. Welcome dinner at night

Included meals: Welcome dinner

Day 2 Quito

City Tour: Early in the morning, the tour will depart towards downtown Quito, or Centro Histórico, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. We will start with a panoramic view of Alameda Park and the Basilica, followed by a walk down the street of the Seven Crosses. The trip will continue with a walking tour, starting at Independence Square. From here, we will visit the presidential palace, the main cathedral, the gold-plated La Compañía Church, San Francisco Church and San Francisco Plaza. From here we will take a bus to El Teleferico, where we will go by cable cars to Cruz Loma at 4000 meters. From here you will have a beautiful view of the city. In the afternoon we will visit  “La Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) in Spanish. then we will visit the Intiñan Museum where you can experience the wonders of being present at latitude 0°0’0″.

Included meals: Breakfast

Exclusively included: Entrance fee La Compania Church, El Teleferico, Mitad del Mundo City, Intiñan Museum

Day 3 Quito/Mindo

After an early breakfast we depart from Quito and head northwest towards Mindo. Once in Mindo, we will visit a butterfly farm, where it’s also possible to watch different species of hummingbirds. Afterwards we descend the river to go “tubing”. After a ton of fun on the river we will get back to the hostel.

Included meals: Breakfast

Exclusively included: Butterfly farm | Tubing

 Day 4 Mindo

After breakfast we will take a cable car that stretches for 500m through the forest. After soaring above the treetops we start to hike through the cloud forest in which we will come across several waterfalls. In the afternoon we will do canopy (zipline) through the beautiful forestal surroundings.

Included meals: Breakfast

Exclusively included: Cable car | Zipline

Day 5 Mindo/Quito

Bus back to Quito. Free afternoon.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Quito/El Reventador

Departure towards the city ”El Reventador” by the entrance of the beautiful Cayambe Coca Reserve, where Ecuador’s biggest waterfall, San Rafael is located.

Included meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7 El Reventador/Cayambe Coca National Park/Lago Agrio

We will go to the Cayambe Coca National Park early in the morning. From here we will walk for aproximately 45 minutes in order to get to a beautiful viewpoint where it’s possible to enjoy the wonderful San Rafael Waterfall. Afterwards we will return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon we will drive to Lago Agrio in the northeastern part of Ecuador.

Included meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8 Lago Agrio/Cuyabeno National Park

After breakfast we will meet up with a naturalist guide who will lead us into the deep jungle by canoes. In the afternoon we will visit The Laguna Grande to swim and enjoy the sunset.

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Exclusively included: Amazon experience

Day 9 Cuyabeno National Park

In the morning, after breakfast at the lodge, we will canoe upstream to explore the unique ecosystem of Laguna Grande. While navigating in the Igapo (flooded forest), we will see ancient majestic mimosa trees, which create the ideal habitat for epiphyte plants, such as bromeliads, orchids, ferns and cacti.

We will continue the adventure to “Terra Firme”, where we will hike for the rest of the morning. You will get an introduction to the rainforest ecology and see an amazing variety of birds such as woodpeckers, tanagers, macaws and toucans. You will have the opportunity to see a couple of monkey species as well.

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Exclusively included: Amazon experience

Day 10 Cuyabeno National Park

After breakfast we will canoe up the Cuyabeno river until we reach the local community where we will experience daily community life and activities like harvesting and cooking. You will have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts that are carefully produced by the locals. We finish our visit encountering the shaman at his house where he will share his knowledge about the rainforest and the processes he use to heal his people.

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Exclusively included: Amazon experience

Day 11 Cuyabeno National Park/Lago Agrio

Early morning bird watching. Return for breakfast before canoeing back to El Puente. From here we will take a bus to Lago Agrio.

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Exclusively included: Amazon experience

Day 12 Lago Agrio/Otavalo

Travel day from Lago Agrio to Otavalo – one of the most charming places in the Ecuadorian highland.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Otavalo

Today we will visit the worlwide known indigenous market “Plaza de los Ponchos” where you can appreciate the textile and handicrafts made by Otavaleños. Afterwards we will vist the Cotacachi Ecological reserve and see Lake Cuicocha, which is located at the base of the Cotacachi volcano.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Otavalo/El Chaupi

Travel to El Chaupi

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 15 El Chaupi/Cotopaxi National Park

Today we will visit the highest active snow-capped volcano in the world. Along the visit it’s possible to see other volcanoes such as Sincholagua, Ruminahui and Antisana. Our transportation will take us to the altitude of 4600m after which we will hike for about one hour to the mountain refuge at 4850m. if you have the energy our guide will lead you to the closest glacier at 5000m. Afterwards we will return to the parking lot at 4600m from where we will descend by bikes until the base of the volcano.

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Exclusively included: Mountainbikes and helmets

Day 16 El Chaupi/Quilotoa/Baños

We are heading to Quilotoa – a water-fiiled volcano crater. We will do a nice hike until the base where there is a big lagoon. In here it will be possible to do kayaking. After lunch we will drive to Baños – the most adventureous city in Ecuador.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 17 Baños

Today we will do Canoying in the Rio Blanco. You will be rapelling down different waterfalls and sliding down natural waterslides formed by the rocks.

Included meals: Breakfast

Exclusively included: Canyoning

 Day 18 Baños

We will visit the famous waterfall route, which goes through 2 protected areas following the Pastaza river. Along the way we will cross the river by cable cars to see “El manto de la Novia” an impressive waterfall which starts at the foothills of Sangay National Park. Afterwards we will continue to “El Pailon del Diablo” where it will be possible to admire the power of the falls from diferents spots. Be prepared to get wet!

Included meals: Breakfast

Exclusively included: Bikes and helmets | Entrance fee Manta De La Novia Vandfald | Pailon Del Diablo

Day 19 Baños

After breakfast we will head to the Paztaza River where we will do white river raffting to get the adrenaline pumping through our veins. (In the afternoon it will possible to do Paragliding as an optional activity) In the night we will drive around town partying in a “Chiva” (Party Bus).

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch

Exclusively included: White River Rafting | Partybus ”Chiva”

Day 20 Baños

Free day to hang around and enjoy the countless adventure activities Baños has to offer.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 21 Baños/Cuenca

Travel day to Cuenca, which is declared a Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 22 Cuenca

Today we will visit the Cajas National Park which is located in the Ecuadorian Andes west of Cuenca. The area is characterized by large outcrops of bedrock which is created by knob and kettle geomorphology which resulted in a spectacular landscape, where the outcrops alternate with lakes.

Included meals: Breakfast

Exclusively included: Entrance fee Cajas National Park

Day 23 Cuenca/Vilcabamba

Travel day to Vilcabamba ”The Valley of Longetivity”

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 24 Vilcabamba

Explore the beautiful valley on horseback.

Included meals: Breakfast

Exclusively included: Horseback riding

Day 25 Vilcabamba

Today we will hike the Mandango Hill. From here you wil have a magnificent view fo the Valley and Podocarpus National Park.

Included meals: Breakfast

Exclusively included: Entrance fee Mandango Hill

Day 26 Vilcabamba/Zaruma

Travel day to Zaruma.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 27 Zaruma

Experience the colorful town of Zaruma located at 1200 meters. Today we will visit one of the city’s goldmines.

Included meals: Breakfast

Exclusively included: Entrance fee goldmines

Day 28 Zaruma /Guayaquil

Travel day to the coastal city Guayaquil – the most populated city in the country.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 29 Guayaquil

Visit the highlights of this important city such as: El Malecon 2000 and Simon Bolivar’s Park. We will also walk up to Santa Ana hill, from where we will enjoy the beautiful view of the city. You will get to know about the culture, gastronomy and history of Guayaquil. Free afternoon

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 30 Guayaquil/Montañita

Travel day to the popular surfer-town Montañita.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 31 Montañita

Today we will be taking surf-lessons.

Included meals: Breakfast

Exclusively included: Surflessons

Day 32 Montañita

Free day to hang around and enjoy the beach.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 33 Montañita/Guayaquil

Return to Guayaquil in order to prepare the next adventure to the Galapagos Islands.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 34 Guayaquil/Galápagos

Travel to Galápagos. We will land on the Baltra island from where we will be transported to our hotel on the Santa Cruz island. Visit the Charles Darwin Station and the Tortoise Breeding Center.

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Exclusively included: Flight ticket to Galápagos

Day 35 Galápagos

Day tour by Yacht to one of the following destinations:

Santa Fe Island

North Seymour Island

South Plaza Island

Bartholomew Island

Floreana Island

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 36 Galápagos

Day tour by Yacht to one of the following destinations:

Santa Fe Island

North Seymour Island

South Plaza Island

Bartholomew Island

Floreana Island

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 37 Galápagos

Visit the highland and the lava tunnels on the Santa Cruz island. Afterwards we will go to the Isabela island, where we will visit the Flamingo Lagoon.

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 38 Galápagos

Visit the Sierra Negra Volcano and Concha de Perla on the Isabela island.

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 39 Galápagos/Quito

Transfer to Baltra airport and flight to Quito.

Included meals: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Exclusively included: Flight ticket to Quito

Day 40 Quito/Home

Flight back home

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