Bio Diverse Ecuador Tour

  • Destination:
  • Duration: 10 days or more
  • Price: from USD 1,395
  • Highlights :

    Andes: Quito UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Mindo Cloud Forest and its birds and butterflies, nature activities and adventure – Reserve Yanacocha – Volcano Antisana and Lake La Mica and its condors- Themes of Papallacta
    In Amazon: Jungle of the park Cuyabeno and its fauna, its lakes

Day 01

Arrival in Ecuador

Arrival in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, the country with the biggest biodiversity in Latin America. Quito dated in the epochs Inca and Colonial, and classified as Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNSECO. The city is located on 9,350ft of height. Welcome in the airport than transfer (around 1 hour) to a charming hotel in the historic center.

 

Day 02

Quito –  Tropical forest Mindo

In the morning visit of Quito and its historic center.
Then transfer to Mindo, tropical forest. On the way fast stop for a visit of the Equator monument, optional visit the Ethno Scientific Inti Ñan museum where you yourself the latitude 0. On the way coffee break in a hummingbird observatory. Then arrival in Mindo, installation in a Charming Eco Chalet located next to a primary cloudy side with its waterfalls and Relaxing night with the sounds of crickets and the creek.

 

Day 03

Mindo – Paradise of birds, butterflies and botany

Morning walk for observing the birds (possibility to choose a reserve of
Roosters of the Rock (emblematic bird of Mindo and of the region like the hummingbird)) or Tangaras. Then possible walk to one of the waterfalls.

AND/OR on choice optional :

  • Visit a butterfly and hummingbird farm
  • Visit a chocolate fabric
  • Visit a botanic garden
  • Visit a hummingbird reserve
  • Bird presentation by the trainer Angel Paz (or next morning)
  • Activity canopy (flying with the canopy of the trees of the forest)
  • Tubing down the river Mindo (in boats)
  • Tour in bike
  • Canyoning
  • Ride by horse or on mountain bike
  • Visit a botanic garden and orchids
  • Night tour in the forest for hearing and observing the sylvan animals
  • Le 19 et 20 décembre 2015, comptage des espèces d’oiseaux de la région en équipe et avec des guides birdwatchers.

Night in the Eco chalet (or if possible, night in a panorama tour in the forest for observing the animal and insects during the night as well as day with dinner and lunch package included).

 

Day 04

Mindo – Yanacocha – Quito

In the morning departure to the region of Nanegal, towards Quito to the Andean reserve of birds of Yanacocha. Hike and observation of different bird and hummingbird species of the region Mindo then return to Quito.

 

Day 05

Quito – Volcano Antisana: Ground of Condors – Quito

Short trip to the majestic reserve of the volcano Antisana, the fourth highest peak of the country with a height almost 5700m. On the way stop for a coffee in a hostel, well known for its condors and eagles around it. Return to Quito. Night in the hotel.

 

Day 06

Quito – Amazon : Lago Agrio (or Coca) Cuyabeno (or Yasuni)

Transfer to the airport in Quito then flight to Amazon to the lake Agrio (or Coca, Yasuni), then land transfer and motored canoe to the national reserve of Cuyabeno: appreciated for its beautiful lakes, its antique trees “ilapo” and its fauna. (Or on option, visit if the famous park Yasuni, worldwide recognized as a biosphere reserve and its biodiversity). Picnic on the way. Arrival in a Lodge in the heart of the primary jungle. Installation, enjoying the sun. Then dinner in the Lodge, night ride in a canoe for observing caimans. Night in the bungalow.

 

Day 7/8

Amazon: Cuyabeno ou Yasuni in full pension

Activities usually realized during those 2 days on choice and variable regarding the Lodge:

    • Drive in a canoe on the rivers or a lake close to the Lodge, for observing the fauna, the birds, the Amazonian ecosystem, the pink dolphins

 

  • Fishing for piranhas or other fish and bath in the river or in a lake

 

 

  • Climb in a panoramic tour and observation of birds and monkeys
  • Night observation of caimans and insects of the forest by canoe
  • Meeting with a local indigenous community Cofan or Secoya
  • Presentation by a Shaman of remedies plants and practice of a “purification”
  • Learning about the use of the blowgun and/or of the indigenous lance

 

 

Day 09

Amazon – optional Thermes Papllacta – Quito

Last breakfast in that magnificent green universe. Then return, transfer to the airport of Lago Agrio by motorised canoe then vehicle and flight back to Quito. On option stop at the famous Thermals of Papallacta for taking a thermal bath before returning to Quito. Night in a Hotel in Quito or optional in a 4* spa hotel in Papallacta.

 

Day 10

Quito -Flight back

Transfer to the airport of Quito for your flight back. OR flight to the magnificent Galapagos Islands for an island hopping or a stay in the pacific coast. (See places at the end of the page)

 

This Tour includes :

  • Hospitality: Nights in hotels 2*/3* hotels in Quito, Eco chalet in Mindo and standard lodge in the Amazon, taxes included
  • Breakfast and full board in Amazon
  • Transports and private transferts in the Andes in canoe and shared cars in the Amazon
  • Guide – and local indigenous guides in Amazon (and specialized guides for the optional sport activities)
  • Visit and activities mentioned in the program

 

This Tour does not include :

  • Flight Quito – Lago Agrio – Quito from  USD 150 
  • Boissons
  • Other meals and lunches for the driver
  • Services and activities mentioned as optional
  • Extension of Journey to the Pacific coast, Amazon or Galapagos
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance (optional on request)
  • International flights (we can suggest you connections)
  • Other services, Luggage carriers (on request)
  • Single room supplement from USD 200 
  • Suppléments en hôtels 3*, 4* , half or full board and reductions in case of 2 or more participants on request

 

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