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Ecuador

four seasons in one day!

Book from € 1,449.-
GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 21 DAYS

Excursions Intro

Below is a list of locally offered excursions. The prices are based on the participation of a minimum of 6 participants, and based on a price in US Dollars (due to exchange rates so the price can sometimes change). Entrance fees are exclusive (unless explicitly stated).

€ 42.-

Baños - Half day rafting

You begin with a 40-minute drive to reach the river shore. After a short practice you'll descend down rapids  and past lovely scenery for about 2 hours making a couple of stops to take pictures and gather up your strength. Afterwards you arrive at a small beach where you will be met and transported back to Baños. Duration: half day (morning or afternoon), 2 hours of rafting.
Includes: transportation, equipment (raft, wet suits) and guidance of professional guide (s).
Excluded: meals/snacks, water, tips

Price per person with a minimum of 2 participants.
€ 31.-

Baños - Horse riding

The tour will begin from Baños in the morning; ride towards the natural water-slides of Nahuazo through a secondary road surrounded by beautiful landscapes and fantastic views of the active Tungurahua volcano and the Llanganates National Park. Even if you've never ridden before you can participate in this tour!

Duration: 2 or 4 hours
Including: horse rental, one experienced English speaking guide per every seven participants.
Excluding: meals, tips.

Price per person with a minimum of 2 participants.
€ 64.-

Chimborazo - Mountain biking

An excursion for the real active people: mountain biking down the slopes of Chimborazo!
You walk the first 200 meters to the Whymper refuge (at 5000 meters). You will find the going tough during this seemingly small stage! Once at the refuge you enter a hut and receive a stamp in your passport for your efforts! After lunch (with hot coca tea!), start with the spectacular descent of 4800 meters to 2900 meters, a distance of 38 kilometers. Only 8 kilometers is gravel road, the rest is paved. Along the way you obviously have a great view of the majestic Chimborazo above you and the indigenous villages below. The guide and a vehicle (in case of emergency) follow you down the road. From the village of San Juan you drive by car to Riobamba.

Duration: 2/3 hours for cycling.
Includes: transportation to Riobamba, bike rental, lunch, Chimborazo entrance fees and local guide.

Price per person with fewer than 6 participants: 69 euros.
€ 66.-

Cuenca - Day trip to El Cajas N.P

Only for groups of up to 7 participants! This excursion is included in the trip with our own transport and tour leader (on the way to Guayaquil).

This is a day tour through one of Ecuador’s most impressive paramo areas covered by mysterious lakes and enchanted forests! You'll be picked up in the morning from your hotel and start with a one-hour drive up to the Cajas NP. Soon you’ll notice the change of vegetation, leaving the valley of Cuenca and crossing Andean cloud forests which lead you to the high and abandoned paramo with many grass, crystalline streams and rocky peaks. You’ll start on one of the highest points in the park, above 4000 m., from where you’ll descend through the diverse vegetation with many colourful flowers such as gentians and chuquiraguas. Now and then you’ll be following a muddy trail. Further on you’ll get to a small Polylepis forest extension. The Polylepis tree, with its funny paper-like barks of a red-brownish colour, is one of the oldest and highest growing tree species in the world. Once in the forest you’ll have the feeling of being in the middle of fairy tale like surroundings. You continue towards lower elevations where your driver will be waiting to bring you to a nearby restaurant to have lunch. Try the local specialty, trout, very delicious! Afterwards you’ll return to Cuenca where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel.

Duration: full day (5/6 hours)
Includes: transportation, local English speaking guide, lunch, entrance fee NP

€ 47.-

Otavalo - Indigenous communities

Only for groups of up to 7 participants! This excursion is included in the trip with our own transport and tour leader.

In this tour to the indigenous communities, partakers will have the opportunity to observe and learn about part of the Quichua’s different indigenous handicrafts, weaving, Andes instruments, and much more. In addition you will stop in the town of Cotacachi, which is well known for its special leather goods, and Cuicocha Lake, located in the Cotacachi Cayapas ecological reserve. Furthermore you will get the chance to see how tapestry and other textiles are made.

We work on this excursion together with the community of Runa Tupari. For more information please see: www.runatupari.com

Duration: full day.
Includes: local guide, transportation, lunch.

€ 50.-

Puerto López - Full day Isla de la Plata excursion

Isla de la Plata is known by many different names such as “The Small Galapagos”. It is located in Ecuador on the southwest part of Manabí. The area of the Machalilla National Park has 55.095 hectares of protected forest and 50 square meters of beautiful landscapes, flora and fauna, cultural acts, etc. During the months from June to September the observation of humpback whales is considered the principal attraction.

This spectacular Island is located 22 miles from Puerto Lopez and holds perhaps the most fascinating geological and botanical wonders. Boobies, Albatross, Frigates and a wealth of truly rare flora are part of this landscape: the Small Galapagos.

This tour takes an entire day, the island has two paths for hikers. You will be able to see birds such as blue footed boobies, red footed boobies, Nasca boobies, frigates, albatross and other tropical birds and even sea wolves. This tour includes some snorkelling where you can observe corals and coloured fish.

Duration: full day (9.30 - 17.30)
Includes: transportation to and from port, transport by boat, English speaking local guide, use of snorkelling equipment, entrance fees and packed lunch.

Price per person with a minimum of 2 participants.
 

€ 37.-

Riobamba - Train ride to devils' nose

Ecuador has an unusual attraction that is recommended to most visitors in the form of a train ride. But this is no ordinary train journey. This is a train ride on La Nariz del Diablo, or, the “Devil’s Nose”. The hill through which the train’s rails descend is known by this name. The hill is almost vertical and it was a tremendous obstacle to overcome during the building of the railway. Following a trip on the train, passengers usually stay and visit Alausi or travel back to Riobamba. This town is quiet and laid back with not much going on. In addition to this, there is a statue of St Peter which is found on the outskirts of the town and overshadows the town itself. Near this statue there is a hill which provides spectacular views of the town and its' surroundings. Hiking up to this statue provides viewpoints that are not to be missed. In addition to this, Alausi is the point from which hikers will usually pick up transportation to Achupallas, the starting point of the famous Inca Trail to Ingapirca hike, heading to the most important Inca ruins in Ecuador.

Duration: 2.5 hrs
Includes: train and boxlunch. For small groups with public transportation: Allow about 5 USD for a bus ticket to Alausi.

Price per person with a minimum of 2 participants.

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