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Family Holiday Walking Tour in the Andes

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Activity Level: Easy
Highlights: Cotopaxi Volcano with Horseriding – Cuicocha Lake – Condor Park – Pahuma Reserve - Maquipucuna Cloud forest - Cooking classes
Itinerary: Day 1 Cotopaxi National Park
Day 2 Horseriding in Cotopaxi & Equator line
Day 3 Cuicocha Crater Lake & Otavalo Market
Day 4 Peguche Waterfall & Andean Musicians
Day 5 Pahuma Reserve & Night Walk
Day 6 Cloud forest walk & cooking activity
Day 7 Visit local school, return to Quito

Day 1     Cotopaxi National Park
Travel from Quito to Cotopaxi National Park. Beginning at the Limpiopungo lake, our walk takes us through striking Andean landscapes, in the ever-present shadow of one of the world's highest active volcanoes – the snow-capped, perfectly cone-shaped Cotopaxi. Box lunch included.
Dinner & overnight in Hacienda Porvenir.

Day 2     Horse riding and the Equator line
A spectacular 2 hour horseback ride can be enjoyed this morning through the stark & beautiful landscapes of the Cotopaxi surrounded by four volcanoes. Suitable for beginners. After lunch at the lodge we journey north to the lake region of Otavalo, with a stop at the Quitsato Museum with its unique sun-dial, located exactly on the Equator line. Great photo opportunity.
Dinner & overnight in Las Palmeras.

Day 3     Cuicocha Crater Lake & Otavalo Market
Our short walk takes us along the rim of the striking Cuicocha Volcano, with its captivating blue-green crater lake, to a great viewing point. Strolling 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 leather market town of Cotacachi and afternoon visit to the colourful indigenous market in Otavalo.
Dinner & overnight in Las Palmeras.

Day 4     Peguche Waterfall, Musicians & Condor Park
At Peguche we enjoy an easy walk along a pretty valley to the local waterfall, before visiting the home of a family of musicians where we learn more about typical Andean musical instruments, such as panpipes. After lunch in a local restaurant we continue onto the Condor Park, where we can see and learn more about Ecuadorian wildlife.
Dinner & overnight in Las Palmeras.

Day 5     Pahuma Reserve Visit
An early start to journey onto the lush cloud forest region of Ecuador. In Pahuma we can take a short walk through the cloud forest looking for hummingbirds, orchids and hidden waterfalls. Picnic lunch. In the afternoon we arrive at the Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve, the hummingbirds are mesmerizing. A night walk can be enjoyed after dinner to explore the forest after dark.
Dinner & overnight in Maquipucuna Lodge.

Day 6     Cloud Forest Walk & Waterfall Swim
A morning walk through the cloud forest reserve to learn all about the wildlife found here, and the different medicinal plants that the local people use. After lunch we can enjoy a walk to the nearby waterfall for a refreshing dip, then later we can help in the kitchen preparing tomorrow's breakfast, such as homemade muesli or quimbolitos.
Dinner & overnight in Maquipucuna Lodge.

Day 7     Local School & return to Quito
En-route by foot to the local village of Marianitas, we can visit Maquipucuna's organic garden to learn about the different crops grown here, used to prepare meals at the lodge. On arrival at Marianitas we visit the local school, share some time with the teachers and pupils and maybe even enjoy a game of football. After lunch we begin our return journey to Quito, where on arrival, the tour ends. Please let us know if you would like us to take care of your Quito hotel reservations and airport transfers, it would be our pleasure.

Hacienda El Porvenir, Cotopaxi

Hacienda-El-PorvenirOn the slopes of Rumiñahui Volcano, in a truly privileged position, Hacienda El Porvenir is the ideal spot from which to explore Cotopaxi, get to know the Andean way of life first hand and have thrilling adventures.
• Over 1000 hectares for the exclusive use of guests
• Perfect for ecotourism and adventure
• Comfortable rooms with private bathroom
• Hot water and electricity (110 volts)
• Internet
• Dining-room with fireplace
• 5 living-room areas with fireplace
• Guided and self guided trails

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.

Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve

Maquipucuna-LodgeIn the middle of the cloud forest where peace and tranquility prevail, visitors have the opportunity to stay in the magnificent environment of the Maquipucuna Cloud Forest Reserve. Relax in the warm breeze and be swept away by the exuberant scenery. The lodge is built in accordance with its natural surroundings next to the Umachaca River, creating an even more beautiful, relaxing back-to-nature experience.

Prices 2017

No of People Accommodation Price per person
1 single room $3350
2 double room $1920
3 - 4 double / triple rooms $1630


Price includes:

Private transportation, top English speaking naturalist guide, all accommodation as specified with breakfast, 7 lunches & 6 dinners, horse riding activity in Cotopaxi, entrance fees to Quitsato, Condor Park, Pahuma and Maquipucuna.

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

Notes:
Prices are stated in US Dollars.
Prices are valid until 31st December 2017.
A single supplement fee of US$300 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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