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Base 2 People : 2090$
Base 3 People : 1790$
Base 4 People : 1690$
Base 5 People : 1690$
Base 6 People : 1590$
Base 7 People : 1590$
Base 8 People : 1490$
Exclusive Tour - Individual circuit:
Base 2 People : 2190$
Base 3 People : 1790$
Base 4 People : 1690$
Base 5 People : 1690$
Base 6 People : 1590$
Base 7 People : 1590$
Base 8 People. : 1490$

Nature and Tradition

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Organized Trips | 11 days | Level : All range | Culture and Discover | Feasible all the year

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Nature and Tradition

Meetings with the population and discovering of the Ecuadorian wildlife, for 11 days, for the authenticity lovers.

3 departures planned per year, in relation with the most important celebrations of the country


Offers ! :
18/06/2019 : 2090$
11/09/2019 : 2090$
11/12/2019 : 2090$
18/06/2020 : 2090$
11/09/2020 : 2090$
11/12/2020 : 2090$

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PROGRAM – Meetings with the population and discovering of the Ecuadorian wildlife, for 11 days, for the authenticity lovers. 
 
3 departures planned per year, in relation with the most important celebrations of the country: Bookings for 2018 & 2019 opened. Contact us.
 
23th of June
Inti Raymi – Celebration of the Sun:  
Inti Raymi starts on 21st of June. It is the biggest celebration of the year, during which the Karankis celebrate and thank the Sun for the crops that will feed every family all year. This celebration goes on for a few days, combining rites ceremonial rites with dance, music… Food is shared between all families as well as with everyone taking part in this festivity. The most important days for Inti Raymi are the 27th and 28th of June. Everyone is the most welcomed!
   
16th of September
Celebration in honor of Motherland: 
This celebration takes place on 21th of September, in order to great Motherland (la Pacha Mama). This date coincides with the autumn equinox, the beginning of winter. In this time of the year, the Karankis start the new agricultural cycle and use to sow the seeds: corn, cucumber, beans, among many others. The festivities and rituals are made as a favour asked to Motherland to accept the seeds in her womb, in order to fertilize them.
 
16th of December 
Kapac Raymi – Designation of Power
Ceremonies are held on the 21st of December, the day of the Winter solstice, in which are made sacrifices and delegations of authority. These rituals are held for the vital cycle in the cities, and the natural cycle in the countryside. In the Andean societies, these festivities are very important for designating new leaders and empowering the next generations.
 
 
Note: We, when possible, let the meals to your appreciation, in order to let you discover the Ecuadorian gastronomy freely.Ecuador is not specialized in gastronomy. However, the country can answer every need, taste and wish of gustative discovering. There is a high variety of meals, gourmet restaurants, or small stands in villages and markets. The meals mentioned in the program are included in the final price Those who are not mentioned are left to your appreciation. Your guide will gladly help you find the place that suits your food expectations and wish for discovering the tastes of Ecuador. 
The guide can also join you during your discoveries if you desire.
 
The meals included in the final price are mentioned as follows in the program: B : Breakfast / L : Lunch / D : Dinner 
 
Day 1: Welcoming – Hotel in Quito
 
Meeting point and welcoming at the airport and  transfer towards your hotel in Quito. Night at the hotel in Quito.
 
 
Day 2: Colonial Quito – Modern Quito - Quito
 
In the morning, visit of the Colonial area of Quito, world heritage of humanity. In the afternoon, we will keep on discovering the city with some points of interest in the modern town: Iñaquito market, la Capilla del Hombre, or the Casa de la Cultura museum. Night at the hotel in Quito B 
 
In the colonial side of Quito, we will climb up to El Panecillo, a small hill dominating the historical centre of the city, where you can find the Statue of the Virgin de Legarda. This place also stands for the limit of the old city of San Francisco de Quito. Este lugar delimita la ubicación de la antigua ciudad de San Francisco de Quito. After on, we will head to Plaza Grande, where you can visit the presidential palace, the cathedral and the diocese. En route to Plaza San Francisco, we will stop in La Compañía de Jesus Church. We will also visit the Franciscans monastery, a baroque influenced monument located in the Plaza San Francisco, as well as the Religious Arts Museum which is just next door. 
 
 
 
Day 3: Quito – Hike in Rain Forest  - Night in El Cedral Natural Reserve
 
Breakfast in Quito and departure to the Northwest, for a stay in El Cedral, a very recent sustainable tourism project supported by our agency. The accommodation is rustic, but it is located out of time, in the heart of a unique ecosystem. This little piece of Paradise offers a huge variety of fauna and flora. Before starting our hike, we will load our bags on mules and will take the first information and instructions about the place from our guide German. We will have lunch in the cabaña and will start our second walk towards the waterfalls. Don’t forget your bath suit for a refreshing bath! Way back to the cabaña for dinner. Night excursion to observe amphibians and insects of the area. Night in the cabaña. B - L - D
 
 
 
Day 4: El Cedral Natural Reserve - Mindo
 
Breakfast Will be a little snack on our way to birdwatching. We Will leave very early to have the opportunity to observe the fauna’s dynamic activity early in the morning. After this walk, we will get our bags back from the mules and head towards the small town of Yungilla. 
We will follow our path to Mindo in order to keep discovering the particularities of the Rain Forest, very specific of this area. The day will be dedicated to the visit of Mindo: Butterfly museum, hummingbirds and birdwatching, walk in the Mindo/ Nambillo Natural Reserve, and visit of the chocolate workshop. 
Night at the hotel in Mindo. B (Snack)     
 
Mindo is located 2 hours and a half far from Quito. This town is one of the most important points of sustainable tourism in Ecuador, and a perfect destination for nature lovers who wish to discover the occidental Rain Forest. It is surrounded by 19 000 hectares of primary and secondary protected forest. There are more than 500 species of birds such as toucans, parrots, hummingbirds... and more than 2 000 species of endemic plants, including many kinds of wild orchids. This abundant variety of flora and fauna is unique in South America, on such a small territory.
 
 
 
 
Day 5: Mindo – Tulipe Archaeological site – Cuicocha Lake – San Clemente – Night in the San Clemente community
 
In the morning, we will leave North, and have a first stop in Tulipe to visit the archaeological site of the area. We will be going up in heights as we approach the first elevations of the Andean Cordillera and head towards Cuicocha. We will spend time around the lake, to admire the beaty of the place and will also visit the ethnical museum to get some information about the inhabitants of the area. We will then continue North towards our accommodation for the night, among the indigenous community of San Clemente.  Night in the San Clemente community. B - D
 
Tulipe is a unique archaeological complex, and one of the most important pre-Columbian and pre-Inca sites.  Surrounded by an abundant nature, Tulipe is the historic cradle of the Yumbos, a very developed Civilization at the time, in very diverse areas such as astronomy, geometry or architecture. While visiting the Yumbos’ ceremonial centre, we will discover surprising pools made of stones, the Tulipe museum, as well as a very ancient path  culunco) made by the Yungos in the past, along a crystal-clear water river. 
 
The Cuicocha Lake is one of the most spectacular high-altitude lakes in Ecuador, along with Quilotoa. It is part of the ecological reserve of Cotacachi – Cayapas.  
 
 
 
Day 6: Festivity and  celebration in San Clemente – Night in the San Clemente community
 
A very particular day dedicated to festivities and the discovering of very ancestral traditions of Ecuador as well as other Andean countries. It’s a day of sharing and cultural mix. 3 very important and different events are scheduled depending on the time you’ve decided to come.
 
28th June 
Inti Raymi – Celebration of the Sun:  
Inti Raymi starts on 21st of June. It is the biggest celebration of the year, during which the Karankis celebrate and thank the Sun for the crops that will feed every family all year. This celebration goes on for a few days, combining rites ceremonial rites with dance, music… Food is shared between all families as well as with everyone taking part in this festivity. The most important days for Inti Raymi are the 27th and 28th of June. Everyone is the most welcomed!
 
21st September 
Celebration in honor of Motherland: 
This celebration takes place on 21th of September, in order to great Motherland (la Pacha Mama). This date coincides with the autumn equinox, the beginning of winter. In this time of the year, the Karankis start the new agricultural cycle and use to sow the seeds: corn, cucumber, beans, among many others. The festivities and rituals are made as a favour asked to Motherland to accept the seeds in her womb, in order to fertilize them.
 
21st December 
Kapac Raymi – Designation of Power
Ceremonies are held on the 21st of December, the day of the Winter solstice, in which are made sacrifices and delegations of authority. These rituals are held for the vital cycle in the cities, and the natural cycle in the countryside. In the Andean societies, these festivities are very important for designating new leaders and empowering the next generations.
 
Night in the San Clemente community. B – L – D
 
 
Day 7: San Clemente – Visit of a shaman –Otavalo Market - Lasso
 
Departure to Otavalo. En route, we will visit a Shaman, or healer of the Andes, who will teach us about the characteristics of his activity and the importance it has in the local belief. In Otavalo, we will wander around in the traditional and artisanal markets. The best place to buy souvenirs from Ecuador. The variety of offer is nowhere equal, and you will make every relative of yours happy with all the handcraft you can find there. We then continue heading to the Cotopaxi National Park. 
Night in a hacienda in Lasso B - D
 
The Otavalo market is surely one of the most important markets around South America.  It developed in the 1960’s. Nowadays, Ecuadorians from all over the country use to come and provide themselves of diversified products. Otavalo’s market is also the perfect place for tourists, where they can find souvenirs and gifts for their relatives, such as Panama hats, alpaca, jewels and many more. 
 
 
 
Day 8: Lasso – Pujilí – Quilotoa – Night in the Quilotoa community , on the edge of the crater
 
We leave towards the occidental Cordillera. We will first visit a Tigua painting workshop (naive painting on sheep skin) and will keep going until we reach Quilotoa where we will visit the museum on the indigenous community that lives here. We will then walk from the Edge of the crater to the lake below (2 hours walking – 320m descent) Possibility to climb back to the Edge of the crater with a mule. 
Night in a hotel in the Quilotoa community. B - L - D 
 
The Quilotoa volcano is a unique place in Ecuador. The crater has a 3km diameter and a 320m descent from the Edge of the crater to the lake below. Here lives an indigene community which is very interesting and easy going with tourists. 
 
 
 
Day 9: Quilotoa – Cotopaxi National Park – Night inside the park
 
In the morning, we will have our last round to the Quilotoa crater to admire the changing colours of the lake.  We will enjoy a typical lunch in Latacunga and then leave towards the Cotopaxi National Park. We will establish in our hotel and then go hiking around the Limpiopungo Lake where we will find very specific species of flora and fauna of the area. Night in the Cotopaxi National Park. B - L – D
 
Located in the Cotopaxi province, 70km far from Quito, this park lies within 33 400 hectares. It has some camping spots and a lot of hiking paths. In the Paramo and the Woods we can see condors, ducks, Andean gulls, caracaras, hummingbirds as well as bunnies, foxes, deers and weasels. Last but not the least, the Cotopaxi volcano is the highest active volcano on Earth. 
The top proudly stands at 5 897m and is constantly under eternal snow 
 
 
 
Day 10:  Cotopaxi National Park - Antisana
 
 We dedicate the day to the discovering of the Cotopaxi National Park. Climbing up to the Jose Ribas shelter ( 4 800m) where we will get a spectacular view on the Paramo. We will keep going up to the glacier ( 5 000m). In the afternoon, we continue towards de Antisana reserve, near Pintag. 
Night in a hotel in the Antisana Reserve B - L (Picnic) - D
 
The Antisana Ecological Reserve got its name from the 4th highest peak of the country, the snow-capped Antisana volcano (5740m). It offers a huge variety of endemic fauna and flora in its Paramo. You will be able to observe Andean gulls, ducks, condors, caracaras and hummingbirds among others in this very isolated area.
 
 
Day 11: Antisana – biking or horse riding – Condor watching - Quito
 
This day will be dedicated to the discovering of the Antisana reserve: hummingbirds and condor watching. We will have a walk around the La Mica Lake ( 4 200m). Let us know in advance the activity you would like to do while exploring the Paramo of the region: by bike or by horse ( 2 hours length) In the afternoon, we will be going back to Quito. 
Night at the hotel in Quito. End of the program. B L 
 

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Offers !

Departure on 18/06/2019 : 2090 $
Departure on 11/09/2019 : 2090 $
Departure on 11/12/2019 : 2090 $
Departure on 18/06/2020 : 2090 $
Departure on 11/09/2020 : 2090 $
Departure on 11/12/2020 : 2090 $

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Departure on 01/01/2013to 31/12/2040From quitoDays : allExtra Single room : 140 $
Base 2 People2090 $
Base 3 People1790 $
Base 4 People1690 $
Base 5 People1690 $
Base 6 People1590 $
Base 7 People1590 $
Base 8 People1490 $

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Suplement per person for an exlusive trip 2 people : 100.00$

 

Offers ! :
18/06/2019 : 2090$
11/09/2019 : 2090$
11/12/2019 : 2090$
18/06/2020 : 2090$
11/09/2020 : 2090$
11/12/2020 : 2090$

The price includes ...

- Private transport according to the number of people : 4x4 or minibus for more than 4 people in the group
- Accommodation in double room
- Meals mentioned in the program
- English speaking guide 
- Activities and hikes mentioned in the program 
- Boots for the hikes in the Rain Forest
- Mules and mule driver to enter El Cedral Reserve
- Biking or horse riding activity in the Antisana Reserve (To be defined in advance)

The price doesn't include ...

- International flight  
- Drinks out of the meals included and personal expenses
- Climbing from the bottom of the Quilotoa crater with a mule: 10 $ (optional)
- Additional Price for single room 140 USD
- Additional Price for private room in the Tambopaxi hotel : 25 USD
 

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