Ecuador is a country both rich in heritage and nature reserves. This tour takes you to exciting places through varied landscapes including the Avenue of the Volcanoes, the Andean Highlands, and the gateway to the Amazon! You have the opportunity to discover the diversity of Ecuadors’ flora and fauna while learning about the cultural variety of this multifaceted country. Discover the magnificent Cotopaxi up to the edge of its glacier and descent through the high plateau, ending at the peaceful Limpiopungo Lagoon at the foot of the Rumiñahui volcano. Descent to the impressive Quilotoa Lagoon with the snow-covered mountains peaks in the background and experience the life of an indigenous family. Get to know the high biodiversity of the Mindo cloud forest and take a refreshing dip in the waterfalls of Baños. This tour goes to a height of 4,810 m (15,780 ft), you must be prepared for this kind of altitude. We recommend acclimatizing for at least two days around 3,000 m (9,842 ft).
Mindo is a charming, yet busy town nestled in the hills, at an altitude of 1250 m (4,101 ft). Beautiful waterfalls, wild rivers, and a gorgeous premontane cloud forest make a trip to Mindo worth it. Prepare to be amazed by the colorful attractions of Mindo, where we’ll visit a stunning waterfall and then head to a butterfly farm where you will have the chance to encounter hundreds of different species of native butterflies. Complete your afternoon with a tubing trip down the river, or an adrenaline-charged flight and superb sights above the trees of the thick cloud forest on the canopy ropes course.
Antisana ecological reserve is home to a wide variety of life zones and is considered one of the ten “hot spots” of the world by being incorporated in the high basin of the river Napo. It lies between the provinces of Pichincha and Napo, with forests and the volcano with the same name, a privileged place for the observation of the Andean Condor. Its highest point is the snowcapped volcano summit with 5,755m (18,881 ft). The lower points in the whole reserve are between 3,100 m (10,170 ft) to 4,700 m (15,419 ft) meters above sea level. At the top of the “Milacoma” (4,150m/13,615 ft hill, we reach the so-called Condor viewpoint. From here can be regarded the Antisana, Cotopaxi, and a part of the volcano Cayambe (depending on the climate).
Extra: For this tour, you can rent a professional high-quality bike for an additional cost starting from $45.
You have the choice between a Rockhopper Comp 29”, Rockhopper Pro Evo 29”, and the specially designed for women Jett 29”.
This full-day cultural tour begins with a visit to a local indigenous market, Saquisili (Thursdays) or Pujili (Sundays).
The drive to Laguna Quilotoa (an amazing emerald lagoon color inside a volcano crater at the height of 3,800m/12,467 ft) displays beautiful views of the Andean mountains, passing the ancient canyon of Zumbahua and many indigenous towns and farmlands. Before lunch, we will visit a local aboriginal home where you have the opportunity to interact with the inhabitants. The tour includes a steep hike down to the lagoons shore.
Back to Hosteria Papagayo Cotopaxi, transportation will drive you to Baños.
Beautiful waterfalls and lush forests surround the tranquil town of Baños. Baños is one of the most charming and popular tourist destinations. The town and the picturesque scenery around it offer a lot of activities to do for every type of traveler. Hiking, mountain biking, shopping, driving quads, soaking in the hot springs, enjoying some chocolate specialties, all this while the active volcano Tungurahua in the background brings in some (safe) feeling of adventure. The day in Baños starts with an adventurous cable car ride through the trees, to experience the beautiful nature from above, along with some of the most stunning waterfalls. The tour ends with a good soak in one of the hot springs of Baños (as the name, Spanish for ‘baths’, might blow), most of them are fed by thermal springs from the base of the active volcano.
**Please note: The schedule of this package will vary depending on which days we are running the two included tours. The meeting point on the first, second, and third days is “Q Restaurant”, Quito (6:45 am)
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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.
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