|Day 1||Arrival in Quito, Quito City Tour||Quito|
|Day 2||Quito to Otavalo, Paddle San Pablo Lake & Otavalo Market||Quito to Otavalo|
|Day 3||Cotacachi Town & Cuicocha Lagoon||Otavalo to Apuela|
|Day 4||Hiking in the Intag Valley||Apuela|
|Day 5||Intag Valley Coffee Tour||Apuela|
|Day 6||Apuela to Quito, Departure||Apuela to Quito|
Explore Quito with a guided tour, and see why it’s designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At 9,350 feet (2,850 m), Eucador’s capital is one of the highest cities in the world, with plazas organized among
Andes mountain peaks. See Baroque La Compañía church with its gold-covered interior, and neo-Gothic La Basílica. Take a walk down La Ronda, one of the oldest streets in the city, then head to Panecillo Hill for skyline views.
Your driver / guide will pick you up at your hotel in Quito and take you to Otavalo, an Andean town located
in the northern province of Imbabura (approx. 1,5 hours).
A day full of adventure starts! Upon arrival at San Pablo Lake (located close to Otavalo), you will receive amsafety talk from your guide and then start paddling across this magical lake with views of the local towns and the ever impressive Imbabura volcano. After approximately one hour of paddling, we will continue on to the famous Otavalo market where you can spend some time shopping for locally made handicrafts. Lose yourself in the sights and sounds of the market — a culturally significant area where the past is still
preserved through indigenous language and local tradition.
Today, you will visit the beautiful Cuicocha Lagoon at the foot of Cotacachi volcano. It was formed by a massive eruption approximately 3.100 years ago and contains two forested islands in the middle of the lake – a beautiful photo spot! We will follow the trail on the crater rim that leads to various view points. If you are up for it, you can hike around the whole lake (approx. 4-5 hours).
On the way to the lagoon, we’ll stop at Cotacachi for a stroll through this beautiful town, famous for it’s leather production and shops. In the afternoon, we’ll continue our journey into the lush green Intag Valley.
The Intag Valley is a beautiful, biodiverse, off-the-beaten-path destination in the heart of the Ecuadorian cloud forest and is part of the South American Chocó Biological Reserve – one of the biologically most important zones in the world.
During a hike in this area, you can observe different eco systems and a variety of wildlife (if you are lucky): toucans, mountain tapirs, jaguars, and spectacled bears – just to mention a few – call this region their home. Hikes vary in length and difficulty level, so the activity can be adjusted to personal wishes and preferences.
Enjoy this day in nature and dive into the tranquility and biodiversity of the Ecuadorian cloud forest
This excursion today will be all about picturesque landscapes, beautiful farms, and Ecuador’s coffee culture. The Intag Valley is known for its coffee production and you can find quite a number of small coffee farms that are part of the AACRI organization (which is the coffee cooperative in the region). While driving
through the valley, you might see coffee beans drying by the streets or next to the little houses.
By visiting one of these farms, you will learn more about how coffee is grown in this region and how
important it is for the local agriculture. A visit to the coffee processing site afterwards should not be missed: the locally grown coffee is weighed, examined, and roasted there.
Your private driver / guide will take you safely to the airport of Quito. Safe onward travels!
We will visit the Condor Park close to Otavalo today. The species you can find in this park are rescued. The ones that can’t be released back into nature stay in this facility and are trained. Observe the condors, these huge magical birds, spreading their wings and watch other trained birds fly over your head during a short show. If you are lucky with the weather, enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding volcanoes!
Day 1: Quito City Tour (private group)
Day 2: Paddle San Pablo Lake & Otavalo Market (small group)
Day 3: Cotacachi Town & Cuicocha Lagoon (private group)
Day 4: Hiking in the Intag Valley (private group)
Day 5: Intag Valley Coffee Tour (private group)
Day 1: Transfer from Quito Airport to the City
Day 2: Transfer Quito – Otavalo
Day 6: Transfer from Intag Valley to Quito Airport
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