Luxe-trip 13 days

tour

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9 nights in Andes /
3 nights in Amazon /

This trip includes:

Otavalo: three nights in Hacienda + excursion to Quilotoa lake
Mindo: two nights in an all-inclusive exclusive lodge
Quito: two nights + city tour Quito and visit equatorial museum
Amazon: three nights in an all-inclusive luxury Amazon stay
Cotopaxi: two nights in a luxury hacienda + excursion to Cotopaxi National Park
Flights to Amazon h / t
All transfers with private car!

EXTENSION

Optionally, this trip can be extended with a stay at Finch Bay Hotel in the Galapagos for an additional USD 2600 per person. Read the  Finch Bay Brochure here
Includes: return flights to the Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil + Finch Bay ‘Ideal’ 4D / 3N in Finch Bay Suite, ocean view. Look here for a description of the Finch Bay – Ideal 4D3N.

STANDARD VERSION
- USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive

COMFORT VERSION
-USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive

LUXURY VERSION
5 806USD /person

Based on minimum 2 people

Hotels inclusive

Otavalo: Hacienda Zuleta
Mindo Nevelwoud: Mashpi Lodge
Quito: Casa Gangotena
Amazonewoud: La Selva Lodge
Cotopaxi: Hacienda San Agustin

Including

* All hotel nights 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 to Otavalo in private car
You will be picked up at the hotel (or the airport) by a Spanish-speaking driver and taken to the hotel in Otavalo in a private vehicle. This drive through the Andes Mountains takes approximately 2 hours.

Hacienda Zuleta – standard room double with breakfast, lunch and dinner
This hacienda dates back to the 16th century and is located at an altitude of 2,800 meters between Cayambe and Otavalo, a 2-hour drive from Quito. The hacienda is an active farming business with 2000 hectares of agricultural land. It is owned by the well-known Lasso family, descendants of Galo Plaza Lasso, once president of Ecuador. The hacienda has 15 beautiful guest rooms, all with a fireplace and beautiful decoration. The centuries-old gardens and beautiful rooms create a pleasant atmosphere. The hacienda has a renowned kitchen with home-made products: there is its own dairy, an organic garden, a trout farm .. You can take beautiful walks, visit the farm, go on horseback rides. The hacienda also has a condor rehabilitation program. For more information see Hacienda Zuleta

 

DAY 2

Acclimatization – we suggest two activities that you can do on your own.

But you can also participate in activities organized by the Hacienda itself. For a description of the activities at the hacienda: see appendix Zuleta – activiteiten

Otavalo – visit to the indigenous market (under your own steam)
This market in the Plaza de Ponchos is without a doubt Ecuador’s most famous indigenous market. You will find a huge one
offer to artesanate. The best day to visit this market is on Saturday. At the same time, 4 markets take place in different places in the city. But the artesanate market now also continues on the other days of the week – it is a lot quieter then. That also has its advantages.

Hike to the waterfall of Peguche (under your own steam)
The 18 meter high waterfall of Peguche is located 4 kilometers south of Otavalo in a beautiful nature park .. The local
people of Otavalo celebrate the sun festival of Inti Raymi on June 21. Be here for several days then
purification rituals held. But the park is also worth a visit during the rest of the year.

Hacienda Zuleta – standard room double with breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 3

Hiking tour around the crater lake of Cuicocha
Cuicocha is one of the most beautiful lakes in Ecuador. In a private car we drive to the entrance of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve, where we start a 5-hour walking tour that runs between 3,100 and 3,500 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 of Cotacachi, Imbabura and Cayambe.
Difficulty: moderate
Duration: approx. 7 hours
Included: English speaking local guide, private transport, meal or packed lunch
Mandatory: good walking shoes, sun protection, mosquito repellent, fleece or pull, water (min.1 liter)
Recommended: camera, binoculars, rain jacket, reasonable condition also at height

Hacienda Zuleta – standard room double with breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 4

Free morning in the Hacienda

Transfer from Otavalo to Mindo in private car
On this 3-hour drive through the Andes Mountains, you will traverse the valley of Guayllabamba and pass the equatorial monument of Mitad del Mundo.

Mashpi Lodge – Wayra room double incl. All meals, excursions, lectures,….
This beautiful, luxurious and ultra-modern lodge is located in a private nature reserve of 1,200 hectares. It is one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World. The design has been completely adapted with attention to nature and the surrounding region. Here you move on foot, with electric carts, via cable car or by air bike. The lodge has seventeen very spacious rooms and three suites, all with large windows and a view of the reserve. There is also a wellness center, a jacuzzi, a yoga room with a view of the surrounding forests and a small shop. In the restaurant you get to know the different regions of Ecuador through the flavors on your plate. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared with fresh Ecuadorian ingredients. The stay is all inclusive: meals, excursions, English speaking guide and specialized lectures are included. For more information see: www.mashpilodge.com
View the brochure of Mashpi Lodge here: Mashpi Lodge Brochure
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DAY 5

Mashpi Lodge day 2
Today you participate in the activities of your choice.
For a description of the possible activities: see appendix  Mashpi Lodge Activiteiten

DAY 6

Mashpi Lodge day 3
This morning you participate in the activities of your choice. For a description of the possible activities: see attachment  Mashpi Lodge Activiteiten.

Transfer from Mindo to Quito in private car
This private car ride takes approximately 2 hours.

Casa Gangotena – Luxury Room double with breakfast
In the heart of colonial Quito, beautifully situated on the Plaza San Francisco, this top-class luxury hotel is located in a beautiful building, renovated in neo-classical and art-deco style. Colonial Quito’s main attractions surround the hotel. The hotel has 20 luxury rooms, 8 Plaza view rooms and 3 suites. For more information see Casa Gangotena

 

DAY 7

Colonial Quito and the Equatorial Museum
First you will visit the historic colonial center of Quito with the English speaking guide, its churches and squares, the modern city and the Panecillo hill panorama point. Then we drive to the monument at the equator Mitad del Mundo and the Intiñan museum, where various tests show that we are indeed on the equatorial line.
Included: English speaking guide and transport in private car.
Not included: entrance to museums and meal on the way.
Duration: 5 to 6 hours

Casa Gangotena – Luxury Room double with breakfast

 

DAY 8

Transfer from hotel to Quito airport in private car
You will be picked up at the hotel and taken to the airport.

Flight from Quito to Coca
You will be met at the airport by a representative from the Napo Wildlife Center who will assist you with check-in. After a 30-minute flight over the mountain peaks of the Andes, we land at the small Coca airport in the mid-morning, from where we take a small van to the pier on the Rio Napo.

La Selva 4 days / 3 nights – superior suite double
A two-hour boat ride downstream from the town of Coca is this beautiful lodge with 13 cottages and 4 suites. All cottages and suites have their own rustic and authentic design. The Selva Jungle Lodge also has an excellent restaurant with a French chef and a fun spa. You can take yoga classes or book a massage in between activities. There is a bar and lounge with wide views of Lake Garzacocha. There are programs for different days. For more information see: www.laselvajunglelodge.com
Here you will find the 4-day program of  La Selva – 4 dagen programma

 

 

DAY 9

La Selva 4 days / 3 nights – day 2
see attached day program: La Selva – 4 dagen programma

DAY 10

La Selva 4 days / 3 nights – day 3
see attached day program: La Selva – 4 dagen programma

DAY 11

La Selva 4 days / 3 nights – day 4
see attached day program: La Selva – 4 dagen programma

Flight from Coca to Quito
The canoe and plane will bring you back to Quito from the lodge in a few hours.

Transfer from Quito to Cotopaxi in private vehicle
You will be transferred to the hotel in Cotopaxi. It is a 2-hour drive through the mountains.

Hacienda San Agustin – standard junior room double with breakfast, lunch and dinner
This small luxurious hacienda is beautifully situated in the middle of the fields at the foot of the majestic Cotopaxi volcano. It is the only place in Ecuador where you can spend the night in an original Inca building. The original Inca fortress is integrated into the rooms, the chapel and the dining room. The 3 suites and 4 standard rooms are very spacious with beautiful decoration and beautiful bathrooms. The restaurant is very renowned. You can make trips in the National Park, horseback riding, trout fishing, cycling … Included is the overnight stay, breakfast, lunch and dinner, use of bicycles and fishing equipment. For more info and photos see www.incahacienda.com

 

DAY 12

Day trip Cotopaxi National Park
After breakfast we drive into the national park. In the morning, the chance of seeing the snowy volcano top unclouded is considerably higher than in the afternoon. We make a stop at Lake Limpiopungo where you can take beautiful pictures. Then we drive on to the parking lot at the foot of the volcano. From here we move on at 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 of the National Park and some other volcanoes. Then we hike a little further to the 5000 meter altitude, where the glacier starts. If the height plays tricks on you, you descend back to the car. Included: transport in private car, English speaking guide and lunch box.

Hacienda San Agustin – standard junior room double with breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

DAY 13

Transfer from Cotopaxi to Quito in private car (SP-speaking driver)

Departure to Belgium from Quito

 

Remarks

* All transfers are done with 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 options.
* This travel proposal is based on 2-person standard rooms, unless stated otherwise. Surcharges for single rooms or deluxe rooms are on request.
* This travel proposal is without obligation, depending on the travel period and subject to availability.
* In the final travel program, certain fixed days of activities must be taken into account, such as ineemse markets, departure dates of cruises and flights, etc. We do everything possible to optimally integrate the mentioned activities into the program.

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