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Pure Nature in Northern Ecuador

7 Days

Embark on a captivating journey through Ecuador’s natural wonders on our Pure Nature Tour. Explore the Middle of the World and the immersive Inti Ñan Museum. Immerse yourself in the lush cloud forests of Mashpi Ecological Reserve, home to over 350 bird species. Visit an organic fruit farm and learn about indigenous culture at the Tulipe Archeological Site. Discover the charming town of Mindo, known for its butterfly garden and exhilarating ziplining. Indulge in a chocolate tour and explore the vibrant Otavalo Market. End your adventure at Condor Park and Mojanda Lake, surrounded by stunning scenery. Experience the best of Ecuador’s biodiversity and culture on this unforgettable journey.

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through Ecuador’s natural wonders on our Pure Nature Tour. Explore the Middle of the World and the immersive Inti Ñan Museum. Immerse yourself in the lush cloud forests of Mashpi Ecological Reserve, home to over 350 bird species. Visit an organic fruit farm and learn about indigenous culture at the Tulipe Archeological Site. Discover the charming town of Mindo, known for its butterfly garden and exhilarating ziplining. Indulge in a chocolate tour and explore the vibrant Otavalo Market. End your adventure at Condor Park and Mojanda Lake, surrounded by stunning scenery. Experience the best of Ecuador’s biodiversity and culture on this unforgettable journey.

Highlights

  • Middle of the World: Stand in both hemispheres at the iconic equatorial line.
  • Mashpi Ecological Reserve: Birdwatch in a biodiversity hotspot with over 350 species.
  • Organic Fruit Farm: Experience indigenous culture and taste fresh, organic fruits.
  • Tulipe Archeological Site: Explore ancient ruins and a real-life planetarium.
  • Mindo Cloud Forest: Discover waterfalls, butterflies, and enjoy ziplining adventures.
  • Otavalo Market: Shop for handmade crafts and immerse yourself in Andean culture.

Itinerary

Today, your guide will pick you up at your hotel, and your adventure is going to start by visiting the “Middle of the World,” a historic site where, at the same time, you can put one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and another foot in the Southern Hemisphere. You will also visit Inti Ñan Museum, an exciting and interactive site where you will participate in fun experiments and learn about ancient Ecuadorian culture. Then, you will continue your journey to the north of Quito into the cloud forest, where you will enjoy a short hike to a hidden waterfall. Here, you can unwind and enjoy a refreshing bath.

This morning, you’ll wake up with the sound of birds, frogs, and forest! After breakfast, you will go on an unforgettable bird-watching adventure in the Mashpi Ecological Reserve. Keep an eye out for hummingbirds, cock-of-the-rocks, barbet toucans, golden-headed quetzals, and parrots. In the Mashpi Ecological Reserve, you can find more than 350 bird species. In the afternoon, you are in for a sweet treat! Learn firsthand how sugar cane is planted, harvested, and processed to produce delicious sweets.

Today, you will visit an organic fruit farm to continue your adventure in the cloud forest. Immerse yourself in the rich customs and traditions of the Yumbos, an indigenous community that used to thrive in the northwestern region of Pichincha.
Learn firsthand how to plant and harvest various fruits and tubers native to the area. Explore the uses and benefits of medicinal plants in the garden, and savor the flavors of organic seasonal fruits plucked straight from the tree. Indulge in the juiciness of mandarins, oranges, soursops, guavas, arazás, borojós, lemons, sugarcane, star apples, bananas, and more. On your way to Mindo Town, you will visit the Tulipe Museum and Archeological Site. These ruins were once a real-life planetarium, a ceremonial observatory of the night sky. The water collected in the pools reflected constella­tions above, creating a veritable link between Earth and the vault of heaven in the minds and ‘worldview’ of the Yumbo indigenous people.
After that, continue your journey to Mindo!

Prepare yourself for a magical day in Mindo! You can choose from various options: you can do some short hikes to waterfalls and take a refreshing bath at the end, or if you want a bit of adrenaline, you can go ziplining and get a panoramic view of the cloud forest. If you are a coffee lover, you can visit some of the beautiful cafes in the town and enjoy a coffee surrounded by nature. You can also visit the butterfly garden to see many species and learn about their life cycle. Attend a frog concert at night and try to spot them while they sing in the dark.

This morning, you will head to Otavalo in the Northern Andes! But not before learning firsthand how cacao is selected, grounded, and processed to become chocolate bars or sweets—and, of course, have a taste of it!

After this, your guide will safely drive you to Otavalo, where you can explore the hacienda where you'll be staying. Alternatively, you might consider renting a bike or going horseback riding to explore the area.

After breakfast, your guide will take you to the colorful Otavalo Market! Here, you can find everything from handmade jewelry, souvenirs, fresh fruits, and spices to wool-made traditional clothes! In the afternoon, you will head north to Cuicocha! This Crater Lake was formed by a massive eruption hundreds of years ago! It is a perfect place to take photos and enjoy beautiful panoramic views! After returning to Otavalo, be prepared to cook local delicacies with a chef and treat yourself to the delicious food you are about to make!

On your last day in Ecuador, you will visit Condor Park, a rescue center for these giant birds; you can observe the rescued condors spreading their wings and flying over the mountains and volcanoes surrounding you! Then, you will head south to visit Mojanda Lakes, which is located at the foot of the extinguished volcano Fuya Fuya. Delight yourself with the views, or explore the place during a short hike before returning to Quito for your departure. Ecuador is waiting for you for your next adventure!

Included

  • Private English-speaking guide days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Private transport days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Accommodation in comfort-category hotels (3.5 - 4 stars)
  • Activities and entrance fees as outlined in tour description
  • Meals according to itinerary (5 x breakfast, 2 x lunch, 3 x dinner)

Excluded

  • International or domestic flights
  • Other activities or services not explicitly mentioned in the trip description
  • Travel/Medical insurances
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs and tips

    From $1999
    / Adult
    • Location Highlights

    Trip Info

    • 7 days
    • Quito, Cloudforest Lodge, Mashpi Ecological Reserve, Tulipe Archeological Site, Mindo Town, Otavalo, Cuicocha Crater Lake, Condor Park, Mojanda Lake
    • Starting at $1999

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