Hiking trip 8 days Andes
7 nights in Andes /

This trip includes:

Two nights in Quito
Hike in Pasochoa Nature Reserve
Hike in the paramo mountains of Papallacta and visit the thermal baths
Two nights in Otavalo
Hike in De Fuya Fuya mountain and Mojanda
Hike around Lake Cuicocha
An overnight stay in Mindo
Two-day trekking from Quito to Mindo incl. overnight in the tent en route to Mindo
All transfers with private car!

STANDARD VERSION
1 372 USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive
COMFORT VERSION
-USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive

This trip is only offered in standard version. Luxury and comfort version on request.

LUXURY VERSION
-USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive

This trip is only offered in standard version. Luxury and comfort version on request.

Including

* 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.

Exclusive

* Drinks, tips and expenses of a personal nature.
* International flights to and from Ecuador.
* Travel or cancellation insurance.

This is an example trip. You can adapt the order of the trip and the choice of hotels and excursions to your wishes. For example, you can combine this trip with another example trip or a subsequent cruise to the Galapagos Islands. The extensive range of hotels, excursions and cruises can be found elsewhere on this website.

DAY 1

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.

DAY 2

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 of 30 minutes to 8 hours in this park, 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).

DAY 3

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. In the morning we leave Quito 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 snow-capped 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, transport 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 town of El Quinche known for its cathedral and just before Cayambe a small equatorial monument.

DAY 4

Hiking Tour of Mojanda Lakes and Fuya-Fuya Mountain
To visit these beautiful lakes, we first trek from Otavalo to Lake Karicocha at an altitude of 3715 meters. Then we continue to Mount Fuya-Fuya which reaches up to 4263 altitude. At the top we rest and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Includes: transport, bilingual guide (Spanish – English) and lunch box. Duration: 6 hours Difficulty: Intermediate

DAY 5

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 over the picturesque Lake Cuicocha with its two islets, 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 What to 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.

DAY 6

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 enter the forest along the huayrapungo”, which in Quechua means “door to the wind.” The Mindo-Nambillo reserve is crossed by many fast-flowing rivers but there are also open fields and swamps. We walk through an old lava flow, a reminder of the eruptions of the Pichincha volcano that took place between 1999 and 2002. You can only do this walk 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: four liters of water, three pairs of socks and two pairs of underwear per day, knife, sleeping mat, rubber boots, walking shoes,
mosquito repellent, hat or cap, towel, toiletries, rain poncho, and a flashlight with extra batteries. Attention: 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 briefly goes over the journey and afterwards the trek of two days towards the cloud forest of Mindo begins. Along the way you stop for lunch and in the evening the tents are set up to spend the night.

DAY 7

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.

DAY 8

Free morning in Mindo
Transfer from Mindo to Quito in Private Car
This private car ride takes about 2 hours.

Remarks

* All transfers are done with a private car and Spanish-speaking driver unless otherwise stated
* Listed 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 integrate listed activities in the program
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