Ecuador Andean Highlights Tour

DAY 1: MINDO CLOUDFOREST AND THE EQUATOR
On the first day of our adventure, we drive north of Quito to the Equator monument complex. The visit to the middle of the world is mandatory for travelers that come to Ecuador, this is the place where you will be able to stand on both sides of the hemispheres, north, and south at the same time and feel the neutral forces of the equator. On our way, we will also stop for a view of the Pululahua crater, the third biggest inhabited volcano crater in the world, home to more than 400 local people.

Later on this day of our Andean highlights trip, we will reach the little town of Mindo, nestled into the cloud forest. This area is perfect for a nice introduction to the diversity of Ecuador.

In the afternoon we will visit a chocolate factory, where you will have the chance to follow the process of the cacao, from harvesting the seeds to the final product, like a delicious brownie or a cup of real hot cocoa.

Accommodation: First class Hotel in Mindo

Meals Included: Lunch

DAY 2: HIKE TO THE SEVEN WATERFALLS OF MINDO
Our Ecuadorian adventure starts in the morning with a trip in the pristine cloud forest, crossing cable cars and hiking along waterfalls, surrounded by a lush green area filled with toucans and colorful birds.

In the afternoon, you will have some free time to enjoy the several optional activities offered in this area. You can go whitewater rafting, "tubing" (with several large inner-tubes tied together), or try canopy zip-line (sailing along one of 13 zip-lines over the beautiful canopy of the cloud forest). One of the highlights of today is the visit to the butterfly farm, here you can dip your fingers into a banana concoction and then be thrilled as butterflies the size of birds land on your hands for a snack.

Accommodation: First class Hotel in Mindo

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 3: COFFEE VALLEY INTAG AND CUICOCHA LAKE
Our third day part of or Andes Highlights trip starts with a unique scenic drive through the deep cloud forest of the Cotacachi-Cayapas ecological reserve, here we will enjoy breath-taking views of the Intag valley. We will visit a fair-trade coffee plantation and taste the exquisite organic coffee produced in the area.

Later on, we drive back up to the highlands and reach the Cuicocha crater lake, where we will admire the crystalline-clear waters of this active volcano and the amazing surrounding landscapes. At the end of a short hike, we will take a boat ride to the center of the crater to observe the activity of this volcano watching bubbles coming up from the center of the caldera.

Accommodation: Hacienda Pinsaqui or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 4: INDIGENOUS MARKET AND LUNCH WITH LOCAL PEOPLE
Today we will visit the world-famous indigenous town of Otavalo, where you will explore the handicraft market, with its wonderful textiles, native paintings, ceramics, jewelry, tapestries and more at bargain prices.

Later, we will be transferred to San Clemente, a small village located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes, where you will live an unforgettable cultural experience. You will help the local people prepare a delicious lunch using the fresh products harvested the same day from the surrounding organic fields and share with them precious moments of conviviality.

In the late afternoon, we will head to the hot-springs resort of Papallacta, where you will have the chance to relax and enjoy the facilities surrounded by the view of the majestic Andean mountains.

Accommodation: Termas de Papallacta Spa Resort

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS AND COTOPAXI VOLCANO
After breakfast and the last dip in the open-air hot springs, we will start our last day on our Andes adventure tour with a drive south towards the highest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi. The snow-capped volcano is surrounded by its National Park.

We begin our visit at the interpretation center at the entrance of the park, before continuing our drive across the paramo to the Limpiopungo Lake. During a short walk around the lake we can observe a variety of birds and enjoy the stunning views of the almost symmetrical cone of the Cotopaxi, it is also possible to hike to the snow line refuge of the volcano. We will then make our way back to the city of Quito where this tour will finish.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Box lunch

Standard Hotels Luxury Hotels
2 Passengers - Per Person (2021 Prices)
$835$990
3 Passengers - Per Person (2021 Prices)
$740$845
4 Passengers - Per Person (2021 Prices)
$705$795

Discounts available for larger groups


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