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Boutique - Ecuador - Nature & Culture

(13 Days)

Quito | Mindo | Otavalo | Cotopaxi | Papallacta

Day Routing
01 Quito

Arrival in Quito and transfer to the hotel. Remaining day at leisure.

02 Quito

Experience the colourful history of colonial Quito during a city tour. Continue to the Equator Monument, Mitad del Mundo, where the southern and northern hemispheres meet. Visit of the interactive museum Inti Ñan.

03 Quito - Mindo

Excursion to the Yanacocha Reserve on the northwest flank of the volcano Pichincha whose high-elevation forest is home to a great diversity of birds. Transfer to the subtropical town Mindo surrounded by cloud forest. Overnight at a Hostería.

04 Mindo

Visit of a butterfly farm to explore the colourful diversity of Ecuadorian butterflies, hummingbirds and subtropical flowers. Short walk and cable car ride to the nearby waterfalls.

05 Mindo - Otavalo

Visit to the Pahuma Orchid Reserve before heading towards Otavalo, passing by the fertile Guayllabamba gorge and village as well as the San Pablo Lake. Overnight at a Hacienda.

06 Otavalo

Visit of the famous Indian handcrafts market of Otavalo and the small town Peguche. The village is renowned for its skilled weavers and a beautiful trail that leads to a waterfall.

07 Otavalo

Excursion to the ecological reserve El Angel, a wasteland with the endemic plant “freilejon”, for a hike through the incomparable landscape. Visit of the lagoons Voladero and Potrerillos.

08 Otavalo

Transfer to the fertile valley of Salinas for a train ride through the scenic Andean countryside aboard the “Tren de Libertad”. Visit of the town San Antonio de Ibarra, known for its woodcraft with religious influences. Stroll through the little shops, galleries and boutiques. Optional beer tasting at Hacienda Chorlaví. 

09 Otavalo - Cotopaxi

Morning visit of the crater lake Cuicocha followed by a drive along the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” to the volcano Cotopaxi. Overnight at a Hacienda.

10 Cotopaxi

Excursion to the National Park Cotopaxi for a walk near the shallow lake “Laguna de Limpiopungo” with views to the Cotopaxi looming in the background.

11 Cotopaxi - Papallacta

Excursion to the Antisana Natural Reserve, rich in endemic flora and unusual fauna, with lava fields (lahars) and spectacular views of the twin volcano Antisana. Lunch in a typical hacienda. Transfer to Papallacta. Overnight at a hotel.

12 Papallacta

Free time to relax in the warm, odorless thermal water baths surrounded by a wonderful landscape.

13 Papallacta - Quito

Transfer to Quito airport and homebound flight.