During this tour you will have the opportunity to discover Ecuador´s flora and fauna while experiencing the wide cultural life of this amazing country. We offer you a unique combination of indigenous community encounters, exposures to ancestral traditions, sounds, flavors and natural experiences with adventurous activities. The “Three regions in one country” tour takes you to exciting places through a variety of landscapes in the Andean Highlands and you will have the opportunity to explore to the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Pick up: 06h45,Plaza Foch
Our guide will pick you up from your hotel. Prepare to be amazed by the colorful Mindo. We will visit spectacular waterfalls tucked inside the lush cloud forest and then head to a butterfly farm where you will have the chance to encounter hundreds of different species of native butterflies.
Pick up: 06h45,Plaza Foch
As one of the highest active snow-caped volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi’s (5,897m) symmetric cone rises up from a vast plain that is home to llamas, condors and herds of wild horses. Cotopaxi National Park tour is an exciting day that begins with spectacular views of the unique Andean landscape in the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Inside the national park we hike up to the refuge, which is situated at 4,810m on the Cotopaxi snowline.
Depending on conditions we will then hike up to 5,000m where it can be possible to see the glacier.This tour goes to a height of 4,810m, it is important that you are prepared for this kind of altitude. We recommend you to acclimatize at least two days ahead.
Pick up: Hostería PapaGayo Cotopaxi
Ever growing in popularity and understandably so, Quilotoa is a must-see when visiting Ecuador. This volcanic crater is filled with crystal-blue water and holds a special place in local indigenous mythology for being bottomless. Along the drive to reach the crater you will pass by local markets in Saquisili (Thursdays) or Pujilí (Sundays) where you will gain an appreciation for the indigenous way of life. You’ll also pass through the canyon of Zumbahua which makes for a great photo opportunity and close to there you will visit an indigenous family. When you reach Quilotoa itself you can walk down from the rim to the water’s edge and appreciate it´s beauty up close for yourself. The hike back up is rather steep however there is always the option of renting a mule for a few extra dollars.
Pick up: 10h00, your hotel (To Reconfirm)
Soar down the Patate or Pastaza River with a combination of Class III and IV rapids. Feel the adrenaline rush as you soak in your surroundings in the ecological paradise of Llaganates and Sangay National Parks. Choose from the half and full-day whitewater rafting packages we have available to suit your itinerary and experience level.
Your safety is our highest priority. You will be equipped with life jackets, helmets, paddles, shoes and wetsuits. Your licensed, professional, guide will start the day with a safety briefing, and you will practice the different commands for successful downstream navigation. Previous rafting experience is not required, all you need is your enthusiastic sense of adventure and love of the great outdoors!
**Please note: The schedule of this package will vary depending on which days we are running the five included tours. The meeting point on the first and second days is “Q Restaurant”, Quito (6:45am) (unless you choose to spend an extra night at Hostería PapaGayo Cotopaxi), on the third and fourth days, you will be met at Hostería PapaGayo after breakfast for the tours on those days.
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Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.