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Imagine Ecuador is a Tour Operator ¬†specialist for adventure and ecotourism in Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands and South America. For individual travelers and small groups, we offer customized First Class tours and Luxury tours around Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands as well as high standard trekking tours, mountain climbing, Amazon jungle expeditions, mountain-biking tours, horseback riding, whitewater rafting tours, bird watching, incentive travel, honeymoon trips, flights and hotel accommodation. We also organize Galapagos Cruise Ships or scuba diving tours.
Day 1 : Transfer¬† Airport – Hotel . Overnight in ¬†Quito.
Day 2: Old Town and Middle of the World. Overnight in Quito. Breakfast included.
Day 3: Otavalo¬† Market, Peguche waterfall and Cuicocha Lake. Overnight in Quito. Breakfast included.
Day 4: 8:00 am we will drive on the Volcano Avenue. Stop at Cotopaxi National Park and visit the Limpiopungo Lagoon at 3800 meters. Overnight in Quilotoa at Samay Kirutoa Lodge. Breakfast included.
Day 5: ¬†After breakfast we will take a hike to the incredible¬† view point called Shalala. Lunch at Samay Kirutoa Lodge. Drive back to Quito, in the way we can stop in the Tigua Art paint. You will also have the opportunity ¬†to see indigenous villages. Overnight in Quito. Breakfast included
Day 6: After breakfast we will drive for 2 hours to Termas Papallacta, after you are set up in the rooms you will have time to enjoy the spa in natural pools.
The Cayambe – Coca Park . Here you will learn the water quantity consumed by the people in Quito. This park is located in the Andes Mountains one 3,300 meters above sea level, near the Cayambe -Coca National Park ( 403,103 hectares ) that constitutes a ONU Protected Area of Great Importance, a wet moor. The moor is also a RAMSAR site ( Recognition World to Your Wealth and Quality waters). Overnight in Termas Papallacta. Breakfast
Day 7: After breakfast we will drive for about 3 hours to Tena. In Tena we will stop for lunch , then¬† to continue for¬† 1 hour¬† driving until the entrance of Itamandi Ecolodge¬† located in the entrance of the Arajuno River. Canoe ride for 15 minutes to get to the Lodge.
Night walk (optional). A flashlight and camera are the most important tools on this night excursion, which allows guests to hear the nocturnal sounds and to look for fishing bats, owls, a variety of insects, tarantulas, toads and frogs, and possibly snakes. If the sky is clear, we might have the chance to do some stargazing.
Day 8: 5:45am ‚Äď 6:00am (if the climate it permits) Parrot Clay Lick
For bird lovers we take a canoe ride for 15 minutes upstream early in the morning to visit a parrot clay lick (Saladero). We appreciate a unique site where parrots and parakeets gather in order to obtain the minerals that will help them to digest the fruits or seeds they have consumed. Hundreds of parrots and parakeets will approach the treetops and later will come down to the clay bank to eat this soil rich in minerals. It is essential to have binoculars to enjoy it.
7:00am ‚Äď 8:30am Breakfast
9:00am or 9:30am Long hike
After a scrumptious breakfast we head out for a hike through the primary and secondary Rainforest. Our expert naturalists teach you about the ecology and flora and fauna of the Rainforest along the trail. You will observe a great variety of insects, a diversity of birds flying around us and with some luck reptiles or monkeys. This activity takes about 2 ¬Ĺ -3hours.
Back at Itamandi EcoLodge for Lunch and a siesta.
Visit-to-Native-Community3:00pm Visit to Native Community
In the afternoon it is time to enjoy a cultural activity. An Amazonian Kichwa community will receive us and we learn about their way of life and the interaction they have with the forest. This encounter is going to show you that part of the Amazonia that you do not find on the maps: the Amazon people.
Part of our visit to the community involves the demonstration of the famous ‚ÄúChicha‚ÄĚ, a fermented yucca drink that has become part of their festivals and daily use. We will take part in the preparation of this beverage and also try some of the local cuisine.
We finish the visit with a traditional dance performed by the kids in this community and you also have some time to buy some handicrafts, made by the indigenous. This little business is to support the indigenous people in their daily life.¬†6:30pm Making of artisanal chocolate (optional)¬†7:30pm Dinner
¬†Day 9: ¬†Itamandi Ecolodge, 8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Check-out and motorized canoe ride for 20 Minutes to the Arajuno Bridge, after we will take the car to drive¬† via Puyo ‚Äď Banos. We will have our lunch in Puyo. After we will continue¬† to visit the waterfall route in the way to Banos including the Pailon¬† del Diablo one of the famous waterfall. Overnight in Banos. Breakfast included
Day 10 : Outdoor activities in Banos (optional) ¬†like: Half day rafting or Canyoning, Visit to the Tree House. You can also visit the Hot springs at night or early in the morning, the Hot springs are open from 5 am till 22:00pm.
Day 11: After breakfast at 7am¬† we will drive from Banos to Alausi for the Train ride for 2 hours. The train leaves every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays. The train would bring us to the Nariz del Diablo and then Alausi where our driver will be waiting to pick us again. After we will visit the Incas archaeological ruins called Ingapirca, then travel to Cuenca where we stay overnight. Breakfast included
Day 12 : City Tour in Cuenca (Churches, museums, viewing point in Turi, archaeological center and Pumapungo). Visit of the workshops of the Panama hats. ¬†Breakfast included
Day 13: Visit The Cajas National Park trekking to the top of a mountain where we will have a beautiful view of many lagoons. In the afternoon we can drive for 5 hours to Guayaquil or take¬† a flight for 40 minutes. Overnight in Guayaquil. Breakfast included.
Day 14: City tour in Guayaquil, (cerro de Santa Ana , las Pe√Īas district, Historic Park of Guayaquil, Malecon 2000. Breakfast included.
Day 15: After breakfast, we will travel for 3 hours from ¬†Guayaquil along the Spondylus Route. Then we drive along the Pacific Coast until Puerto Lopez a small fishing town in the Spondylus Route. ¬†Overnight in Puerto Lopez. Breakfast included.
Day 15: Excursion to the Plata Island located at 2 hours by speed boat in the Park Machalilla. Guided visit of the island that is famous for having some species of animals of the Galapagos Islands. When we arrive to Island you will do a hike for 2 hours to see the nature and landscape of the Island. After we have our snacks you can also Snorkel to see marine life like: sea turtles, different kinds of colorful fish, coral, etc. Back to Puerto Lopez in the afternoon. During the month of August, September, October it is famous for Whale Watching. Overnight in Puerto Lopez. ¬†Breakfast included.
Day 16: We visit Salango Museum of Puerto Lopez in order to learn about the culture of the coast and their ceramics. Then we go to the famous beach of Los Frailes before finishing the day at the archaeological site Aguas Blanca and its sulfur baths. Overnight in Puerto Lopez. ¬†Breakfast included.
Day 17: After breakfast¬† we will drive to Manta for our flight to Quito. Overnight in Quito. Breakfast included.
Day 18: Transfer Hotel Airport fly back home. Breakfast included.
- Accommodation at your choice in ¬†3, 4 or 5 stars Hotels
- English speaking guide
- Private transport
- Lunch and Dinner
- Museums entrance fees, National Parks and Reserves
- Alcoholic drinks and other things not specified in the program
Please ask¬†us to give you the best quote, prices and tailor the package according to your special needs!
WHAT TO BRING:
Passport, travel insurance, airline tickets, credit or debit card (see personal spending money), quick dry clothing, fleece top, winter gloves, winter jacket, winter hat, 4 shirts/t-shirts, 2 pair of shorts, 2 pairs of long trousers, 1 pair hiking pants/track pants, rain jacket, rain pants, sun hat or cap, 1 swimming suit, sport sandals, hiking shoes, tennis shoes, day backpack 20L. (with rain cover), pocket knife, watch or alarm clock, waterproof binoculars, insect repellent, sun Screen 60 SPF, flashlight or headlamp, waterproof camera if possible, personal water bottle 1L. or camelback 1L, money belt, sunglasses, first-aid kit(should contain lip salve, aspirin, band aids,, anti-histamine, altitude medication, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder extra prescription drugs you may be taking.
REMEMBER: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TRAVEL ‘LIGHT’ !