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Otavalo Hiking Trip in the Andes

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Activity Level: Moderate
Highlights: Cuicocha Crater Lake - Otavalo Market – Papallacta Hot Springs - Guango Reserve
Itinerary: Day 1 Visit Equator line, Andean Life & Villages Hike
Day 2 Cuicocha Crater Lake Walk, Otavalo Market
Day 3 Papallacta Lakes Walk plus Hot Springs
Day 4 Guango Cloud Forest Reserve

Day 1          Andean Life & Villages Walk          2600-2650m          7km – 2.5hr
We travel north from Quito, with a stop at the Quitsato Museum with its unique sun-dial, located exactly on the Equator line. We walk along the foothills of the imposingly beautiful Imbabura Volcano, passing by local farmlands & through surrounding communities, observing the everyday life of the colourful Otavaleñan people. Stunning views of the San Pablo Lake and surrounding volcanoes. Picnic lunch
Dinner & overnight in Las Palmeras.

Day 2          Cuicocha Crater Lake          3100-3500m          8km – 4hr
Our route takes us along the rim of the striking Cuicocha Volcano, with its captivating blue-green crater lake. Walking through Andean forest to discover orchids & bromeliads, we are also on the look-out for the endangered Andean Condor. Incredible lake views. Lunch in the pretty leather market town of Cotacachi, and afternoon visit to the handicraft market in Otavalo.
Dinner & overnight in Las Palmeras.

Day 3          Papallacta Paramo Walk          3600m          5km – 3hrs
Today's walk explores the beautiful glacial landscapes around Papallacta, passing mountain lagoons and discovering elfin forests where we can learn more about the distinct flora & fauna of this region. Great views. After a picnic lunch we can relax in the thermal waters of the local hot springs.
Dinner & overnight in Guango Lodge

Day 4          Guango Nature Reserve          2700m          3km – 1.5hrs
This morning we enjoy a walk within the cloud forest reserve at Guango to a secluded waterfall, the abundant & colourful hummingbirds are mesmerizing. After lunch we return to Quito where, on arrival, the tour ends. We can also take care of your Quito hotel reservations and airport transfers, if you need assistance with these services please let us know.

Las Palmeras, Otavalo

Hotel-Las-Palmeras-OtavaloThis 150 year-old hacienda, with its towering palm trees and garden cottages is tucked in a lush mountain valley near Otavalo. Tile-topped earthen walls contain an ever-blooming perennial garden with hibiscus, bougainvillea, orchids, cholan, eucalyptus, avocado and black-current which attract a profusion of birds including hummingbirds and vermilion fly-catchers. The inn's thick adobe walls preserve the day's warmth for the cool mountain nights, and roaring eucalyptus log - fires provide a cozy atmosphere.

Guango Lodge, near Papallacta

Guango-Lodge-PapallactaGuango Lodge, lies at an elevation of about 2,700 meters on the eastern slopes of Ecuador's Andes, just outside the town of Papallacta. The lodge is surrounded by humid temperate forest, an area with a cool climate brimming with bird and plant life. Guango Lodge offers guestrooms with private bathrooms, hot water and excellent homemade food.

Prices 2018

No of People Accommodation Price per person
1 single room $1870
2 double room $1070
3 - 4 double/triple rooms $840

Price includes:
Private transportation, top English speaking naturalist guide, all accommodation as specified with breakfast, 4 lunches & 3 dinners, entrance fee to Quitsato Museum, Guango Reserve & Papallacta Hot Springs.

Not included:
International flights, personal travel insurance, alcoholic and soft drinks, extra activities at the hotels, tips and personal expenses.

Prices are stated in US Dollars.
Prices are valid until 31st December 2018.
A single supplement fee of US$120 will apply for those requesting single accommodation.
Special group rates apply for groups of 5 people or more. Please contact us for more details.
Extra nights: We recommend that you visit Quito and can help with hotel reservations and activities in the city.

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