Tortuga Tours Travelling in Ecuador
Tortuga ToursTravelling in Ecuador

4-weeks program: Hghlight tour option I

 

Day 1 – Saturday

Today you arrive in Quito and our driver will welcome you at the airport Mariscal Sucre. Quito is the capital of Ecuador and at an altitude of 2850 meters above sea level. With a population of 2 million Quito is the second largest city in Ecuador, after Guayaquil. The driver will bring you to the hotel in Quito were you will spend the night.

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Day 2 – Sunday

After breakfast the guide will meet you in your hotel and you will start with a city tour in the historic center of Quito. The guide will explain you all about the history of Ecuador and the capital. The historic center of Quito is declared by UNESCO. You will visit Plaza San Francisco, Plaza Grande and the famous church La Compañia. Lunch will be served.

In the afternoon you are going to the equator at Mitad del Mundo. In museum Inti Ñan you are learning about history and all facts and figures about the Equator. With various experiments you will see that you are on the Equator, like putting an egg on a nail! Afterwards the guide will bring you back to your hotel in Quito were you will spend the night.

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Day 3 – Monday

In the morning our driver will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to the airport from were you will fly to Lago Agrio. At 09:00 am you meet the guide and staff of the Jamu Lodge in Lago Agrio. From here you will take private transportation to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve, where you will have a box lunch. At this point you have to register in the Reserve’s office and pay the entrance fee. Here the Naturalist Guide will give information about the Reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two hour canoe ride on the Cuyabeno River to Jamu Lodge. During the canoe ride you will get a first glimpse of the amazing plants and wildlife found in the jungle. You may also be able to see a variety of monkeys and other jungle animals, depending on the time and weather conditions. You will arrive at Jamu Lodge at around 4:30 pm. At that time you will be shown to your room and can relax. After a siesta you will leave the camp for a swim in the lagoon and to watch a beautiful sunset. You will then return to the camp for dinner and can finish your first day in the jungle relaxing in a hammock or having a drink at the bar.

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Day 4 – Tuesday

After breakfast you will take a trek in the primary forest for 3 to 4 hours where your guide will explain how this complex tropical ecosystem works. You will learn about medicinal plants and might be able to see some exotic birds or monkeys. You will then return to the camp for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, you will have a swim in the lagoon and watch the sunset. With a little luck you can observe the pink river dolphins or an anaconda sunbathing in a tree. You will return to the camp for dinner, and then take a night canoe ride to look for caimans.

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Day 5 – Wednesday

After breakfast, you head to the Siona Community of Puerto Bolivar, the largest ethnic group in the Reserve. During this tour you will learn their customs, traditions and way of life. You will be part of the preparation of Casabe, a local dish made of yucca (carbohydrates are the principal food of the community). During the 2 hour canoe ride to the community, you can admire the existing fauna along the Rio Cuyabeno such as: birds, monkeys, snakes, pink dolphins and tortoises.

A visit to the Shaman, the healer of the Community, is also included. This is a full day excursion with lunch in the Community. After returning to the lodge, we will go for a short nocturnal hike through the primary forest in search of insects, spiders, geckos or scorpions, and listen to the night sounds of the jungle. Dinner.

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Day 6 – Thursday

In the morning we are going to visit the Laguna Canangueno for bird-watching by native dugout canoe, called “quilla”, and we are going to make another hike in the forest. While paddling you have a better opportunity to see more fauna and flora, and you can get a good idea of what a flooded forest looks like. You can observe a variety of different birds and monkeys. Because this activity is about 4-5 hours long, a box lunch will provided.

 

Day 7 - Friday

Early in the morning, before breakfast, a bird-watching excursion is optional. Back at the lodge you will have breakfast and then return to Lago Agrio to take the flight back to Quito.

At the airport Mariscal Sucre our drive will welcome you and bring you to your hotel in Quito were you will spend the night.

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Day 8 – Saturday

After breakfast you are going to visit Otavalo, a large indigenous town in the Imbabura Province of Ecuador. It is surrounded by the peaks of volcanoes like the Imbabura, Cotacachi and Mojando.

The Otavaleña women wear traditionally clothes like embroidered blouses with flared lace sleeves, black or dark over skirts with cream or white under skirts. Long hair is tied back with a 3 cm band of woven multi coloured material, often matching the band which is wound several times round their waists.

 

On Saturday is the famous market in Otavalo, where you can find textiles, usually made of wool, handmade blankets, hammocks, tablecloths and a lot of handicraft! Here you can shop your souvenirs, but don’t forget to negotiate at least a discount of 25% of the price.

 

In the afternoon you are going to visit the lake Cuicocha. Cuicocha (cui=guinea pig)(kucha = lake) is a 3 km wide caldera and crater lake at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano in the Cordillera Occidental of the Ecuadorian Andes. You will walk around the lake and can make beautiful pictures. Afterwards you will go to the hacienda were you will spend the night.

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Day 9 – Sunday

Today you are going to relax in the hot springs of Papallacta surrounded by mountains. The entrance of the Balneario is included in the price. If you want to go to the Spa and enjoy the hot springs over there, the entrance is $18 per person. Here you can also make a reservation for a massage or other treatment if you would like. Afterwards you are going back to Quito were you will spend the night.

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Day 10 - Monday

After breakfast a guide will pick you up in your hotel and you are leaving to the Crater Lake Quitolota. Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the most western volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The caldera has since accumulated a 250 meters deep crater lake, which has a greenish color as a result of dissolved minerals. You can walk around the lake and take beautiful pictures. Or if you would like to have a challenge; walk inside the lake and touch the water! For the way up it is possible to rent donkeys.  You can have a lunch in one of the restaurants that are situated around the lake. Afterwards the driver will bring you to a hacienda were you will spend the night.

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Day 11 - Tuesday

Today you will have the highest tour during your trip in the highlands; you are going to visit the Cotopaxi volcano. You start from the parking lot, at an altitude of 4500 meters, climbing to the refuge to an altitude of 4850 meters. At the refuge you can enjoy the view and drinking a hot chocolate. If there is still some time left you can try to manage climbing till 5000 meters were you can see the glaciers of the volcano. Afterwards you are visiting Lake Limpiopungo. You are going back to the Hacienda were lunch will be served. In the afternoon you have free time to spend around the Hacienda and you can book optional an activity. You will spend the night in the Hacienda.

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Day  12 - Wednesday

In the morning our driver will bring you to the city Baños, also named Baños de Agua Santa.

Baños is a major tourist center and well-known for the Tungurahua volcano, the waterfalls and the hot springs. You can do a lot of activities in Baños like mountainbiking, rafting, kayaking, canyoning, bridge jumping and horseback riding. Baños is also known for its production of taffy (melcocha) made from cane sugar, and for small shops that sell the towns famous wooden parrots. You will spend the night in a hotel in Baños.
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Day 13 - Thursday

Free day to spend in Baños. You can do some of the optional activities in Baños or just relax in one of the hot springs or during a massage. You will spend the night in a hotel in Baños.

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Day 14 - Friday

Free day to spend in Baños. In the surroundings of Baños you can make beautiful hikes! Ask the local tourist office for some itineraries. You will spend the night in a hotel in Baños.

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Day 15 - Saturday

In the morning you will travel from Baños to the indigenous town Guamote. High up in the Andes in the shadow of the Chimborazo, at the centre of Ecuador, between the coast area and the rainforest and in the little town Guamote is Inti Sisa situated. Inti sisa is an educational project which organizes workshops in the centre of Guamote and in some indigena communities. All these workshops have grown from conviviality with the people, who think that their training too theoretical is and who want more practical training.

 

In the morning you are going to make a village tour and you get to know the local people.

Afterwards you will have a cooking workshop were you will learn to make a local dish. Enjoy your own made dish during the lunch! You will spend the night at Inti Sisa.

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Day 16 - Sunday

After breakfast you will continue your trip to Alausí from where you will go by train to Sibambe to visit the famous Nariz del Diablo. By train you will travel trough the mountains and enjoy the amazing view! The trip by train will take 2,5 hours, afterwards you continue traveling from Alausi to the most beautiful city of Ecuador, as told by the Ecuadorians, Cuenca. Here you will spend the night.

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Day 17 – Monday

Free day in Cuenca.

Optional tour: you can make a city tour with a guide. You will visit the flower market, the famous cathedral and of course the factory with panama hats. Did you already know that the Panama hat comes from Cuenca Ecuador and not from Panama? You will spend the night in Cuenca.

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Day 18 – Tuesday

Free day in Cuenca.

Optional tour: you can visit the National Park El Cajas that is famous for its beautiful nature. You will find more than 200 lakes in this National Park and all kind of species of plants.

Optional tour: you can visit the community tourism project Mama Kinua Cultural Center. You will visit an indigenous community and can participate in all kinds of activities like cooking, farming and cheese-making. All revenue goes to a community health network.  You will spend the night in Cuenca.

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Day 19 – Wednesday

Free day in Cuenca.

Optional tour: you can visit the National Park El Cajas that is famous for its beautiful nature. You will find more than 200 lakes in this National Park and all kind of species of plants.

Optional tour: you can visit the community tourism project Mama Kinua Cultural Center. You will visit an indigenous community and can participate in all kinds of activities like cooking, farming and cheese-making. All revenue goes to a community health network.  You will spend the night in Cuenca.

 

 

Day 20 - Thursday

After breakfast you will drive from Cuenca to the biggest city of Ecuador, Guayaquil. During your trip you will see the environment changing from mountains to tropical plants and you will also notice the change in the climate, there will be more humidity. In Guayaquil you can walk on the Malecon were you will have a view on the river Guayas, visit the colorful area Las Peñas or watch the iguanas in the iguana park. You will spend the night in Guayaquil.

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Day 21 – Friday

In the morning you will have a transfer from your hotel to the airport of Guayaquil. From here your trip to the Galapagos Islands will start. You can choose for a 8 day landtour, which means that you are going to visit several islands during the day and spend the night on the islands. Or you can make a 8 day cruise, which means that you have the option to visit more islands and you will spend the night on the boat. We offer different kind of tours and categories, so for more information please contact us: info@tortugatours.de

 

Day 22 – Saturday / Day 27 – Thursday

These days you will spend at the paradise on earth, the Galapagos Islands. You will enjoy the beautiful environment and see different kinds of animals. Under the guidance of a naturalist guide you will go hiking on the islands and snorkeling to discover the amazing underwater world. He will explain everything about the flora and fauna. You will spend the nights in a hotel or a boat, depending on your program. If breakfast, lunch and dinner are included depends on the program.

 

Day 28 – Friday

In the morning the guide will bring you to the airport at the Galapagos Islands from were you will fly to Guayaquil. Here you will have your flight back home.

 

Day 29 – Saturday

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