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Ecuador between Andes and Jungle, 16 days

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Ecuador between Andes and Jungle, 16 days

Exploration the most remote, diverse and unknown ecosystems of southern Ecuador and the Tumbesian bio-region. A Bird watching trip also available for photographers High number of endemic species Birdwatcher bilingual guide during all the trip.

DAY 1

ARRIVAL IN QUITO

Transfer from Quito International airport to your hotel in a private car. Your guide will go over the itinerary with you while you enjoy a welcome cocktail. Dinner at your discretion and overnight stay in a charming hotel (Hotel Rincon de Cantuña). No meals Included

Hotel Rincon de Cantuña
DAY 2

QUITO, WORLD CULTURAL HERITAGE SITE

Today, accompanied by our guide, we’ll visit the old districts and colonial sites of the city of Quito at our own pace. This city, a World Cultural Heritage Site, has many delightful places of interest to offer the traveller: colonial architecture, scenes from everyday life in Quito, street vendors offering a variety of goods from lottery tickets to handicrafts, narrow alleyways, numerous churches rich in décor, colourful facades of colonial buildings, as well as a view of Pichincha, Quito’s active volcano. We’ll stop for lunch in Independence Square, the nerve centre of the Colonial District. In the afternoon we’ll visit a number of sites of historical interest, such as La Ronda Street, one of the oldest streets in the city, the spacious Plaza San Francisco, and La Compañia Church, one of the best-known churches in the city. Free evening, then overnight stay in the same hotel (Hotel Rincon de Cantuña). Breakfast and lunch included. Read more

Hotel Rincon de Cantuña
DAY 3

QUITO – LAGO AGRIO - CUYABENO RESERVE

During our short but impressive flight from Quito to the Lago Agrio in the Amazon region we’ll fly over a large part of the Eastern Andean Range. We’ll then travel another 1h30 in a private bus as far as the Cuyabeno River. Our adventure will continue for another two hours as we travel down this incredible river in a motorized boat and catch our first glimpses of neotropical birds, primates such as the howler monkey, and maybe even the mythical anaconda. After settling in to our rooms on the edge of the Laguna Grande, the Big Lagoon, we’ll sit back and enjoy the sunset, as well as any wildlife which makes an appearance. Overnight stay at Cuyabeno Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Read more

Cuyabeno Lodge
DAY 4

CUYABENO RIVER

After an early breakfast we’ll continue further down the Cuyabeno River hoping to catch sight of the biggest raptor in the jungle, the Harpy Eagle; the Cuyabeno region is without doubt the best place to see this magnificent bird of prey. Cofan biologists have been following the nesting places of the Harpy Eagle for the last 10 years, and thanks to their work, the bird has achieved global protection. We’ll also look out for other animals like woolly monkeys, saki monkeys, and sloths. We’ll spend the night in the same lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Read more

Cuyabeno Lodge
DAY 5

LAGUNA GRANDE

Dawn is the best time to appreciate the riches which Laguna Grande has to offer and what better way to see the wildlife than an early morning ride in a canoe, allowing us to observe the wildlife from the stillness and silence of the river. We’ll be able to observe a number of water birds such as the striking Hoatzin, but also reptiles, different primate species, and the freshwater pink dolphin. Exploring these surroundings will help us understand the different types of forest, namely the floodplain forest which is seasonally flooded, and the ‘terra firme’ forest, which is not. We’ll make the most of the morning to observe the local birdlife, diurnal birds of prey, the American Pygmy Kingfisher, the Sunbittern and the Great Blue Heron. At sunset we’ll go out onto the lagoon in search of Caiman . Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Read more

Cuyabeno Lodge
DAY 6

RAINFOREST TRAIL

In the morning we’ll go up the observation tower to look at birds and primates, then, go back to the lodge for breakfast. Then, along with our guide, we’ll explore a different ecosystem known as ‘Terra Firme’ where we’ll discover a variety of plants and wildlife. We’ll also learn more about the traditions of the indigenous communities which inhabit this part of the Amazon Rainforest. After lunch we’ll go on a boat trip to explore the flooded forest and the Macrolobiums, species of plants which have adapted to survive in the water. We’ll also be able to see more species of birds and monkeys. At night we’ll look out for different types of snakes, and the black alligator. Night in the lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Read more

Cuyabeno Lodge
DAY 7

CUYABENO – LAGO AGRIO - QUITO

We’ll get up early to make the most of the last birding opportunity and hopefully spot the Maroon-tailed Parakeet, the Red-caped Cardinal, different species of herons, and the kingfisher. After breakfast we’ll travel back up the Cuyabeno River as far as the bridge in our motorized boat, then we’ll go by car to Lago Agrio to catch our flight back to Quito. We’ll arrive in the capital city in the afternoon, and you will be free to spend your time as you please. Overnight stay in Quito (Hotel La Rabida). Breakfast and lunch included. Read more

Hotel La Rabida
DAY 8

PICHINCHA VOLCANO HIGHLAND FOREST

We’ll begin the day with an early morning departure from Quito to the Yanacocha Reserve. This Andean forest has a number of different elevations within the reserve, which accounts for the high levels of bio-diversity in wildlife found here. This reserve is the last known sanctuary of the critically endangered black-breasted puffleg, a hummingbird with the most restricted range in South America. Yanacocha Reserve will also surprise us with its abundant vegetation of polylepsis, fuchsias, and orchids, among others. After lunch in the Reserve, we’ll head for the Bellavista Reserve in the Tandayapa Valley. Overnight stay at Bellavista Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Read more

Bellavista Lodge
DAY 9

BELLAVISTA CLOUDFOREST RESERVE

Today we’ll go to Pacha Quindi, the first Hummingbird garden in Ecuador. The owners, Tony and Barbara, planted a large variety of plants in the gardens more than 15 years ago which attract many different species of hummingbird, including the extremely rare Esmeraldas Hummingbird. We’ll spend most of the morning watching these beautiful creatures, then have lunch in Bellavista Lodge. Cloud forest forms the higher part of the reserve, resulting in diverse species of flora and fauna: tree ferns, reptiles, sloths, toucans, amphibians … all in all, a veritable feast of nature. Overnight stay at Bellavista Lodge. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Read more

Bellavista Lodge
DAY 10

PAZ DE LAS AVES WILDLIFE REFUGE

After breakfast we’ll explore the Paz de Las Aves Bird Refuge. We’ll make our first stop at an Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus) lek (mating ground) where we will be able to observe and take photos of the courtship ritual of this special bird. Angel Paz, the owner, is passionate about birdlife, and he will be able to show us such species as Antpittas and Wood quails, species which are normally impossible to spot. After a hearty traditional meal, we’ll head up the inter-Andean valley until we reach the Antisana National Park (3800m). We’ll spend the night at this high altitude in a comfortable hacienda (Hacienda Guayatara). Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Read more

Hacienda Guayatara
DAY 11

ANTISANA

Antisana Reserve is without doubt the best place in Ecuador to spot the majestic Andean Condor. We’ll spend the morning on the Reserve in order to observe and take photographs of this emblematic Andean bird, and we’ll also take a trip to the high elevation Mica Lagoon to observe aquatic birds. We’ll wander through the barren highland steppe looking for the north Andean deer, the Andean fox, or culpeo, and the black-faced ibis. This is the only place in which the black-faced ibis is found in Ecuador. We’ll have lunch at the hacienda, then take a trip further south in the afternoon. We’ll spend the night in the beautiful Quinta Colorada with stunning views of Cotopaxi, Ecuador’s highest active volcano. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Read more

Quinta Colorada
DAY 12

CHIMBORAZO

In the morning we’ll set off for the Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve to see experience some more unusual landscapes. We’ll hopefully spot vicuñas, the great Andean Condor, high elevation hummingbirds, and the Andean fox, or culpeo. We’ll drive up the slopes of Ecuador’s highest volcano, and have lunch at the base camp (4800m). Those who wish to can climb another 200 metres to the second camp (5000m). In the afternoon we’ll head to Riobamba, passing through villages and indigenous communities of the Chimbo indigenous group. Overnight stay in Riobamba in a delightful lodge (Hosteria Abraspungo). Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Read more

Hosteria Abraspungo
DAY 13

GUAMOTE INDIGENOUS MARKET

Today we’ll visit one of the biggest and most authentic indigenous markets of the Central Andean region. Every Thursday people from the nearby Chimbo indigenous communities come to Guamote to sell or barter their goods which range from the crops, fruits and vegetables they have grown to livestock and brightly coloured textiles. This market, which has taken place for more than 500 years, is a delight on all the senses; full of colours, smells and textures, as well as snapshots of everyday life in an Andean community. We’ll be able to visit different local communities and witness a mix of history and pre-Columbian agricultural traditions. Dinner and overnight stay in a community guesthouse (Hotel Inti Sisa). Breakfast and lunch included. Read more

Hotel Inti Sisa
DAY 14

INGAPIRCA – CUENCA

We’ll head south passing through numerous indigenous communities and a patchwork of agricultural fields to start the next step of our journey. We’ll make a stop at Ingapirca, the best preserved Inca archaeological site in the country. At the end of the day we’ll arrive at the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca where we’ll settle in to our magnificent 17th Century hotel. Free time for dinner and overnight stay in Cuenca (Hotel Inca Real). Breakfast and lunch included. Read more

Hotel Inca Real
DAY 15

CUENCA

We’ll spend the day in the colonial district of the city, a World Heritage Site. Here we’ll have the chance to wander around colonial streets, visit art galleries and workshops, stroll around the market, enter the fine churches and archaeological sites, and get to know the people of Cuenca. Surrounded by four rivers, Cuenca enjoys a mild climate, perfect for walking around the city. Overnight stay in the same hotel (Hotel Inca Real). Breakfast and lunch included. Read more

Hotel Inca Real
DAY 16

CAJAS NATIONAL PARK

Cajas National Park certainly lives up to the name locals use; ‘Parque de los mil lagos’ or Park of a Thousand Lakes. The forests of polylepsis, the rugged, windswept landscape, and the 260 lakes which are found here give the place a magical touch. We’ll spend the morning observing the flora and fauna of the region. In the afternoon we’ll travel by car to the coastal city of Guayaquil, passing through cocoa and banana plantations and rice fields. Afterwards we’ll go to Guayaquil airport for the return flight. Breakfast included. Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Quito
Hotel Hotel Rincon de Cantuña
Day 3
Location Cuyabeno
Day 7
Location Quito
Day 8
Location Nanegalito Tandayapa
Day 10
Location SANGOLQUI
Day 11
Location Sigchos
Day 12
Location Riobamba
Day 13
Location Cuenca
Hotel Hotel Inti Sisa

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Private transport (petrol, road tolls, parking fees, car and passenger insurance)
  • All transfers mentioned above.
  • Nature guide
  • Private driver
  • 24 hour assistance
  • Accommodation in a double room with private bathroom.
  • Comfortable hotels or lodges (standard or superior category).
  • All meals as mentioned in the above itinerary.
  • Picnic as mentioned for some meals.
  • Boots and waterproof clothing for the Amazon region.

Package excludes

  • International flights (you can look at our list if tour operators who offer different flights).
  • Entrance fees to cultural and/or ecological sites in the local communities (currently $15 per person).
  • Single room occupation supplement.
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks with meals.
  • Some meals are not included (approximate cost would be $8-15 per meal per person).
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Repatriation insurance needed in case of serious illness or accident.
  • Trip cancellation insurance.
  • Bank charges and commission.

More information

  • NOTE: 3% OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE TOUR WILL BE DONATED TO “ECOSISTEMA” CONSERVATION PROGRAM, AS A FUND TO CONSERVE THE ECOSYSTEMS IN ECUADOR.
  • Possibility of adding on a Galapagos trip at the end of this itinerary.

REVIEWS

4 Reviews

David A. Wittrock, United States

Great birdwatching tour I had while I was in Ecuador with this company. It was a fantastic experience in all ways that I enjoyed tremendously. In particular I want to say how impressed I was with the guides, they were absolutely fantastic!

Lucinda Jennings, United States

Xavier Amigo knew exactly where the birds were and identified SO many that I could have never seen without his assistance. He was also extremely kind, patient, helpful and thoughtful. He answered our questions about "all things Ecuador" including the way Ecuador Experience organizes its trips within Ecuador (including Galapagos), Colombia, Venezuela and Peru. I definitely recommend this company, especially if Xavier is your guide. Read more

Myriam Papeians, France

Encore merci et bravo pour toutes les prestations qui ont rendu notre voyage super agréable et parfaitement réussi.

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