12 DAY ECUADOR CULTURE GROUP TOUR
Experience the diverse cultures of Ecuador during this 12 day group tour. During your tour through this beautiful country you will explore different fascinating landscapes of Ecuador. You will notice that its people is as diverse as the landscapes. From the Otavaleños and the Afro-Ecuadorians in the north, to the Quichua and Shuar in the rainforest to the Kichwa in the central of the Andes at the foothills of the Chimborazo volcano. Your tour will start from Quito where you will visit the historical center and the equator. In the following days you will be driving through the Andes Mountains to visit several places like Otavalo and Papallacta. You will also visit the rainforest where you will learn more about the medicinal plants, animals and experts from Pacari will show you how to make chocolate from local beans. Next to that you will visit several communities and the Shuar territory and perform the waterfall ceremony. After your rainforest adventure you will be heading to the south to visit Guamote and its lively market, Zumbahua, Chimborazo and the Cotopaxi National Park. During your tour you will be staying in comfortable Hotel, Hosteria and Lodges.
B = breakfast included
BL= box lunch included
L = lunch included
D = dinner included
DAY 1 (D)
COLONIAL QUITO – EQUATOR
In the morning you will be visiting the colonial old town of Quito which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the colonial old town you will have a walk through the narrow streets to visit several plazas and beautiful churches. After the old town you will be visiting the equator monument called ‘Mitad del Mundo’. In the afternoon you will be heading to Otavalo. Overnight at Hotel Santa Fe.
DAY 2 (B, L)
CUICOCHA LAGOON – COTACACHI – OTAVALO
In the morning you will have a 4-5 hour hike through the flora of the Andean highlands to explore the surroundings of the Cuicocha Crater. After the hike you will have a traditional lunch in Cotacachi and you will also visit a small archeological museum. In the afternoon you will visit the the famous Otavalo market where you have the opportunity to try the exotic fruits and vegetables. Overnight at Hotel Santa Fe.
DAY 3 (B, L)
Today you will take a train that will take you through Imbabura. The train ride will start in Otavalo and will take you to Salinas, where you can explore the culture and history of the Afro-Ecuadorians. Midway, the train will make several stops for you to have more insight of the history, music, gastronomy, craft and above all the fascinating scenery of the northern Andes. Overnight at Hotel Santa Fe.
DAY 4 (B, D)
OTAVALO MARKET – PAPALLACTA – HAKUNA MATATA
In the morning you can enjoy a morning walk in Otavalo to observe the lively market activity in Plaza de Poncho and the Andean culture of the Otavaleños. Following, you will continue over an Andean Pass with an altitude of 4050 meter ending in a valley at 3300 meter. Here you can enjoy the thermal baths of Papallacta. Due to its minerals, these waters will help you to gently exfoliate your skin and relax your body. In the afternoon you will arrive at the Hakuna Matata which is a cozy lodge middle in a private protected forest. Overnight at Hakuna Matata Lodge
DAY 5 (B, L, D)
RAIN FOREST HIKE – PACARI CHOCOLATE TOUR
After breakfast you will have a hike through the protected rainforest. During the hike your natural guide will explain you more about medicinal plants and animals that might be hiding in the dense green scenery. Later, you will be heading to a small village called Santa Rita where you will have a tasty jungle lunch. After your lunch an expert from Pacari will show you how they make chocolate from local cacao beans. In the afternoon you head back to the lodge where you have free time. Overnight at Hakuna Matata Lodge.
DAY 6 (B, L, D)
Early in the morning you and your guide will hop on a canoe along the Arajuno river to a clay lick to observe hundreds of parrots and parakeets. They come to feed on the clay from the mineral enriched ground, which helps them digest and detoxify from the poisons of their main diet. After the clay lick you will continue to the Quichua community of Santa Barbara where you can taste many local dishes in a typical jungle buffet with the community. Then you will drive to a small town in the jungle called Misahualli for a typical ‘Almuerzo’ (lunch). After the almuerzo you will have a small walk through the village to head backt to the lodge. afterwards. Overnight at Hakuna Matata Lodge.
DAY 7 (B, D)
TRAVELING THROUGH THE RAIN FOREST
After your breakfast you will drive to an Animal Rescue Center in Puyo to see some tropical animals of the Amazon and to meet monkeys face to face. From here you will head deeper into the rainforest to eventually end up in Macas. Here you can relax in the afternoon in a nice hosteria. Overnight Hosteria Luzcelinda.
DAY 8 (B, BL, D)
SHUAR WATERFALL HIKE – LAGOONS OF ATILLO
In the morning after breakfast, you will have a small drive to Shuar territory. Here you will have a hike in the rainforest to a sacred waterfall. At the waterfall you will try to perform the waterfall ceremony of the Shuar. Afterwards, you are able to soak yourself in the waterfall and try the typical food of the Shuar. Later in the day you will be cross the Andean highland to Guamote. Overnight at Inti Sisa Guesthouse.
DAY 9 (B, BL)
GUAMOTE MARKET – ANDEAN KICHWA COMMUNITY
In the early morning you will visit the Andean market of Guamote. After the market you will explore the area and the small villages to have a better insight into the life of the Kichwa community. In the afternoon you will be heading to Riobamba which is surrounded by the mountains of Chimborazo, Carihuayrazo, El Altar and Tungurahua. Riobamba is considered to be the most important agriculture center of the Ecuadorian Andes. Overnight at Mansíon Santa Isabella.
OPTIONAL TRAIN RIDE OVER THE ‘DEVIL’S NOSE’
After visiting the Guamote market you have the choice to drive to a small train station of Alausi and do the famous train ride. The train will pass the most difficult passage called ‘Devil’s Nose’. Here the train manages over 100 meter in altitude difference, in zigzag sweeps before it reaches Sibambe in the valley. After a short stay you will be heading back to Alausi to join the group again.
DAY 10 (B, BL)
CHIMBORAZO VOLCANO (6267 m)
Today you will be heading to Riobamba to visit the Chimborazo volcano which is the highest volcano in Ecuador. On your way to the volcano you will have a s top on 3000 meter altitude to visit the indigenous Kichwa community. Afterwards, you will be brought to the Hermanos Carrel refuge at 4800 meter altitude. From here you are able to hike to the Whymper refuge that is over 5000 meter in altitude. Later in the afternoon you will be heading to Latacunga. Accommodation at Villa Tacunga.
DAY 11 (B, L, D)
ZUMBAHUA MARKET – QUILOTOA LAGOON
After breakfast you will have a shot drive to the village of La Victoria. This village is famous for its traditional manufacture of ceramics. Later, you will continue to the Andean market of Zumbahua. Here you can experience the noisy and chaotic market before you head to the Quilotoa lagoon. During your hike at the lagoon you can enjoy the changing views and the surrounding Andes. Accommodation at Mama Hilda.
DAY 12 (B, L)
HACIENDA LA CIENEGA – COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK – QUITO
In the morning you will be heading to the 400 years old Hacienda la Cienega where you will enjoy a coffee break with a beautiful surrounding. After the coffee break you will explore the Cotopaxi National Park. You will have an easy educational hike around the Limpiopungo Lagoon where you will learn more about the typical vegetation of the Andes. Depending on the weather you will have an impressive view of the Cotopaxi volcano. Afterwards, you will have a lunch in the mountain refuge called Tambopaxi surrounded with the Sincholagua and Cotopaxi volcanos before heading back to Quito.
Activities as described
Meals as described
Local English speaking tour guide
Entrance fees according to the program
Accommodation as described
24/7 support in Dutch, English and Spanish
Optional train ride ‘Devil’s Nose’ ($90 p.p.)
Meals and beverages not mentioned
Any increases of fees and/or Kerosene charges after 11.02.17
Optional tips for the guides
$ 2.175 p.p. based on 2 people.
* There is a possibility for a single room with an additional price of $210.
* For children under 12 years old we can offer a discount. Please contact us for the exact amount.
This 12 Day Culture tour is Fixed Group Tour. This means you have the same group and tour leader during your whole tour.
OPEN DEPARTURES 2018
July: 11, 25
ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING WITH REBECCA ADVENTURE TRAVEL
- Personal attention: the team would like to get to know the customers so they can create the perfect holiday;
- The staff: the staff use their passion and own travel experiences to create tours of high quality;
- Authenticity: the tours are personally selected by Rebecca and are a unique and authentic experience;
- Tailor made: tell the team your preferences and they will create an unforgettable experience;
- 24/7 assistance: our team can be contacted 24/7 by phone in case of emergencies or unexpected situations (they speak English, Spanish and Dutch!);
- Insurances: customers will be traveling safely with Rebecca Adventure Travel because they are insured by Dutch guarantee funds (GGTO & VvKR).
When you book a tour with Rebecca Adventure Travel you agree on the following terms and conditions: https://www.rebeccaadventuretravel.com/conditions/
* Please bring your own rain poncho or buy it here in Ecuador and take it with you for the activities, the weather could change suddenly in the rainforest and you might get very wet.
* It is important that you will have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
* The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.
* Healthy fitness level is necessary to be able to enjoy the hikes of about 2 hours or more.