Quito: three nights + walk to Pasochoa nature reserve and paramo of Papallacta incl. visit to the thermal baths of Papallacta.
Otavalo: two nights + hike to Fuya Fuya mountain and Mojanda lake and hike around Cuicocha lake
Mindo: two nights, one in a tent en route to Mindo + two-day trek from Quito to Mindo
Cotopaxi: two nights + excursion to Cotopaxi National Park and hike around Lake Quilotoa
All transfers with private car!
* All hotel stays with breakfast, transfers, domestic flights and excursions as mentioned in the program.
* Lunch and dinner in accordance with the program if stated.
* Drinks, tips and expenses of a personal nature.
* International flights to and from Ecuador.
* Travel or cancellation insurance.
This is a sample trip. The order of the trip and the choice of hotels and excursions can be adapted to your wishes. You can combine this trip with another example trip or a cruise to the Galapagos Islands. The extensive range of hotels, excursions and cruises can be found elsewhere on this website.
Arrival from Belgium in Quito
Transfer from Quito Airport to Hotel in Private Car
You will be met at the airport and taken to the hotel.
Hiking to Pasochoa Volcano
This nature reserve is located 25 km southeast of Quito between 2700 and 4200 meters altitude, along a mountain river against the flanks of an extinct volcano near the white top of the Antisana mountain. There are walking routes in this park from 30 minutes to 8 hours, which you can follow yourself. You will find a wide variety of flora and fauna. You will find more than 120 bird species here. We make a tour with a guide. Difficulty: easy to moderate. Duration: about 5 hours. Included: English speaking guide, transport and packed lunch. Not included: Park entrance (5 USD to be paid locally).
Walking Tour Agua y Vida de Papallacta
This walking tour of 5 to 6 hours takes place between 3800 and 4300 meters above sea level. We leave Quito in the morning by car and drive to “La Virgen”. The hike starts here at its highest point: from here we descend slowly to Papallacta. On clear days you have a view of some snowy volcanoes: the Cotopaxi, Antisana and Cayambe. Along the way we look out for the spectacled bear, the mountain deer, the mountain tapir, paramo wolves and small mustelids. You will find partridges, the chimborazo hummingbird, the Andean gull, ducks, eagles and curiquingues, even condors and other species typical of this ecosystem. A little after noon we arrive at the hot water baths of Papallacta, where you can regain your strength. Here is a fine restaurant. In the evening a car will pick you up in Papallacta and take you to Otavalo.
Included: local English speaking guide, transportation by private car H/T, lunch box.
Transfer from Papallacta to Otavalo in private vehicle
You will be taken from Papallacta to Otavalo in a private vehicle by a Spanish-speaking driver. This drive through the Andes Mountains takes about 3 hours. Along the way you pass the pilgrimage site of El Quinche known for its cathedral and a small equatorial monument just before Cayambe.
Hiking Tour of Mojanda Lakes and Fuya-Fuya Mountain
To visit these beautiful lakes, we first trek from Otavalo to Lake Karicocha at 3715 meters altitude. Then we continue to Mount Fuya-Fuya which reaches up to 4263 altitude. At the top we rest and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Includes: transport, bilingual guide (Spanish – English) and lunch box. Duration: 6 hours Difficulty: Intermediate
Hiking Tour Around Cuicocha . Crater Lake
Cuicocha is one of the most beautiful lakes in Ecuador. With a private car we drive to the entrance of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve, where we start a 5-hour hike that takes place between 3100 and 3500 meters above sea level. Along the way we enjoy the biodiversity, the views of the picturesque lake of Cuicocha with its two islands, as well as the panorama of the mountain peaks Cotacachi, Imbabura and Cayambe. Difficulty: moderate Duration: approx. 7 hours Includes: English speaking local guide, private transport, meal or packed lunch Bring: good walking shoes, sun protection, mosquito repellent, fleece or pullover, water (min. 1 litre)
Recommended: camera, binoculars, rain jacket, reasonable condition also at altitude
Transfer from Otavalo to Quito in private car
You will be picked up at the hotel by a Spanish-speaking driver and taken to Quito in a private car. This drive through the Andes Mountains takes about 2 hours.
Trekking Lloa-Mindo – Day 1
This is a two day tour departing from Quito to Lloa, a small town a few kms from the south of Quito at the foot of the Pichincha volcano. Here we trek into the forest along the huayrapungo ”, which in Quechua means“ door to the wind. ”The Mindo-Nambillo reserve is traversed by many fast-flowing rivers, but there are also open fields and swamps. We trek through an old lava flow, a reminder of the eruptions of the Pichinha volcano that took place between 1999 and 2002. You can only do this hike with a local guide; the paths are not marked: when crossing the open areas it is very difficult to find where the path starts again on the other side. It is a beautiful walk, full of variety of flora and fauna and with breathtaking views. You cross rivers on cable cars, you slog through muddy swamps, and cut your way with the machete along overgrown paths.
On the way you prepare food in the forest and at night you look for a place to camp. Includes: transportation to Lloa, native guide, lunch and dinner on the first day, breakfast and lunch on the second day, tent and cooking utensils, dinner at El Quetzal restaurant on arrival in Mindo on the second day, accommodations in Mindo with hot water and a private bathroom. Bring with you: four liters of water, three pairs of socks and two pairs of underwear per day, knife, sleeping pad, rubber boots, walking shoes,
mosquito repellent, hat or cap, towel, toiletries, rain poncho, and a flashlight with extra batteries. Caution: You must be able to carry everything you bring with you during the entire tour
Day 1: The guide picks you up at the hotel, you drive with the guide to the foot of the Pichincha. The guide will briefly discuss the journey and then begin the two-day trek towards the cloud forest of Mindo. On the way you will stop for lunch and in the evening the tents will be erected to spend the night.
Trekking Lloa-Mindo – Day 2
You get up early to continue the journey. Breakfast is served and afterwards the tour is resumed. As you approach Mindo you will feel how the climate changes to tropical cloud forest and the vegetation changes along with it. You will arrive in Mindo around noon and here you will have a nice lunch to regain your strength. You can then relax at the hotel or explore the village which has enough cafes and terraces to make it a relaxing afternoon.
Free afternoon in Mindo
This small town of 2,500 inhabitants on the western flank of the Pichincha volcano is an excellent base for activities such as hiking, horseback riding, bathing in waterfalls, bird watching, etc. More than 450 bird species have been spotted here. The area is known for its orchids, colibris fly everywhere and the entire surrounding area consists of many reserves.
Free morning in Mindo
Transfer from Mindo to Cotopaxi in Private Car
This private car ride takes about 3 hours.
Cotopaxi . National Park Day Trip
After breakfast we drive into the national park. in the morning, the chance to see the snow-capped volcano top clear of clouds is considerably greater than in the afternoon. We make a stop at the Limpiopungo Lake where you can take beautiful pictures. Then we drive on to the parking lot at the foot of the volcano. From here we continue on foot. It is only a short distance to the refugio but due to the height it is quite a climb. At the refugio we enjoy the beautiful view over the National Park and some other volcanoes. Then we continue a little further to the 5000 meters altitude, where the glacier begins. If the altitude plays tricks on you, descend back to the car. Included: transport in private car, English speaking guide and lunch box.
Quilotoa Crater Lake Tour (incl. private transport, English speaking guide and lunch box)
High in the mountains, 12 km from Zumbahua, is this well-known deep blue crater lake with a diameter of 3 km and 3 lava peaks that reach up to 3800 m. In clear weather, the view of the surrounding mountains is spectacular. In the morning you will be taken by car to Lake Quilotoa together with a local indigenous guide. From there you walk along small paths all the way around the lake. We then return to the hotel by car. Duration: 6 hours. Included: round trip transfer between the
hotel and the lake, English speaking guide, entrance and lunch box.
Transfer from Cotopaxi to Quito in private vehicle (SP-speaking driver)
* All transfers are done with a private car and Spanish-speaking driver unless otherwise stated
* Mentioned trips and excursions are examples from a wider range. Check out our website for more choice.
* This travel proposal is based on 2-person standard rooms, unless stated otherwise. Surcharges for single or deluxe rooms
rooms are on request.
* This travel proposal is non-binding, depending on the travel period and subject to availability.
* Certain fixed days of activities must be taken into account in the definitive travel program, such as inemse
markets, departure dates of cruises and flights, etc. We do everything possible to optimally incorporate listed activities in the program