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ECUADOR HIGHLIGHTS

A trip through mainland Ecuador Highlights is pretty impressive. The country has four drastically different regions, the Andes mountains, the Amazon jungle and the Pacific coast and of course the Galapagos Islands. Each region has its own unique fauna and flora, climate and culture. The highlights of Ecuador trips let you visit two or more regions and take you to their most beautiful places. Via this link, you can find all the Andes Mountain Tours that Rebecca Adventure Travel offers.


12 DAYS ECUADOR CULTURE GROUP TOUR (25ECGR12)

Experience the diverse cultures of Ecuador with this 12-day group tour. During your tour through this beautiful country, you will explore different fascinating landscapes of Ecuador. You’ll notice that its people are 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.


ITINERARY

B = Breakfast 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. There, 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.
Accommodation in Hotel Santa Fe.

DAY 2 (B, L)
CUICOCHA LAGOON – COTACACHI – OTAVALO
After having a large breakfast, you will do 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 will also visit a small archeological museum. In the afternoon, you will visit the famous Otavalo market where you have the opportunity to try the exotic fruits and vegetables.
Accommodation in Hotel Santa Fe.

DAY 3 (B, L):
ANDEAN TRAIN
Today you’ll go by train to 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.
Accommodation in 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 meters ending in a valley at 3300 meters. 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.
Accommodation in Hakuna Matata Lodge.

DAY 5 (B, L, D):
RAINFOREST 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.
Accommodation in Hakuna Matata Lodge.

DAY 6 (B, L, D):
RAINFOREST ADVENTURE
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 detoxifies 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 short walk through the village to head back to the lodge and relax the rest of the day.
Accommodation in 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.
Accommodation in Hosteria Luzcelinda.

DAY 8 (B, L, D):
SHUAR WATERFALL HIKE – LAGOONS OF ATILLO
Your first activity will be 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. Then, you will be the Andean highland to Guamote.
Accommodation in Inti Sisa Guesthouse.

DAY 9 (B, L):
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. Additionally, it is considered to be the most important agriculture center of the Ecuadorian Andes.
Accommodation in Mansíon Santa Isabella.

* Upgrade option: Train ride over the Devil’s Nose: 
After visiting the Guamote market you also 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’. There, the train manages over 100 meters in altitude difference, in zigzag sweeps, before it reaches Sibambe in the valley. After a short stay there, you will be heading back to Alausi to join the group again. (+ $ 90 p.p.)

DAY 10 (B, L):
CHIMBORAZO VOLCANO
Today, you will be heading to Riobamba to visit the Chimborazo volcano (6267 m) which is the highest volcano in Ecuador. On your way to the volcano, you will have a stop 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 in Villa Tacunga.

DAY 11 (B, L, D):
ZUMBAHUA MARKET – QUILOTOA LAGOON
After breakfast, you will have a short drive to the village of La Victoria. It 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’ll head to the Quilotoa lagoon. During your hike at the lagoon, you can enjoy the changing views and the beautiful surrounding of the Andes.
Accommodation in 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 an amazing atmosphere. 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.


INCLUDED

  • All activities as described in the itinerary.
  • Meals as described in the itinerary (B= breakfast, L = lunch/lunchbox, D= dinner).
  • Local English speaking tour guide
  • Private transportation
  • Entrance fees according to the program
  • Accommodation as described
  • 24/7 support in Dutch, English, and Spanish

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights.
  • Food & drinks that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Personal travel & health insurance.
  • Optional train ride ‘Devil’s Nose’: $ 90 p.p.
  • Any increases in fees and/or Kerosene charges after 11.02.17.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Optional tips for the guides.

TRAVEL STYLE

This 12 Day Culture tour is Fixed Group Tour. This means you have the same group and tour leader during your whole tour. Click here if you want more information about our different travel styles.

OPEN DEPARTURES 2018

June: 20
July: 11, 25
August: 22
September: 19
October: 17
November: 14
December: 12

 


PRICE

$ 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.

 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Please bring a rain poncho and take it with you for the activities, the weather could change suddenly in the rainforest and you might get very wet.
  • Important things to bring: warm, windproof and waterproof clothing, appropriate shoes or boots, water, sunblock, sunglasses, pocket money, and passport.
  • Please take with you some plastic bags, to protect your Camera and important documents passports and ID from the rain.
  • It is mandatory to have valid travel and 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.
  • Please note that these dates are the dates of the welcome meeting that takes place the day before the start of the tour in Quito. Day one of this itinerary is the day after the welcome meeting day.
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel cannot take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness.
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions,  availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING WITH REBECCA ADVENTURE TRAVEL

  • Personal attention: the team would like to get to know the guests so they can create the perfect holiday;
  • Team: the enthusiastic international travel agents have lots of travel experience themselves
  • Authenticity: the tours are personally selected by Rebecca and her team
  • 24/7 assistance: the team can be contacted 24/7 by phone (including Whatsapp) in case of emergencies or unexpected situations (they speak English, Spanish and Dutch).
  • Insurances: Rebecca Adventure Travel possesses all mandatory insurances for tour operators.

When you book (the moment you sign the registration form or submit a booking request through Anyguide) a tour with Rebecca Adventure Travel you agree to the following terms and conditions: https://www.rebeccaadventuretravel.com/conditions/

 

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