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Experience The Jungle 5d/4n

Day 1: Quito – International Flight – Welcome to Ecuador

After the arrival, our guide will welcome and transfer you from the airport to the hotel. Overnight in Quito. -/-/-

Day 2: Quito – Cayambe- San Pablo – Peguche – Otavalo - Cotacachi

Leaving Quito, in the north direction and along the Panamerican Highway we will see overlapping mountains, a green countryside, and on clear days when the sky is blue, the Cayambe snow peak will be our constant companion during the entire trip.

At the foot of Imbabura volcano, there is San Pablo Lake, the largest Lake in the province… then we will visit the town of Peguche and its waterfalls. In town we will see how the indigenous create their weavings then we continue to Otavalo Indian Market,  their work in cotton and wool fabric has traveled across the world, thanks to the extraordinary commercial ability and adaptation of the artisans, textile tireless workers, imaginative, who show their crafts in the popular fair of Poncho (warm coat) at the square of the same name. After lunch we will visit Cotacachi, where its residents have structured family workshops specialized in the production of quality leather goods, and where the art of music goes together with the course of everyday. Return to Quito. B/-/-

Day 3: Quito – Coca- Amazon Lodge

Late afternoon, you will have a short walk on the nearby trails or a canoe ride with many chances to observe primates, Amazonian birds, black caimans and a close encounter with the amazing flora represented by cedar trees, orchids, and bromeliads. Return to the lodge, where our chef will be happy to offer a wide variety of national and international cuisine that caters vegetarians and vegans. Briefing about Amazonia will be given by one of our bilingual guides, while enjoying Ecuadorian beers, spirits and cocktails prepared by our bartender. B/L/D

Day 4: Amazon Lodge

After breakfast, experience the life on the tree tops from the 36 meter (108 ft.) observation tower. To get there your leaders will paddle on the Challuacocha Lake for 30 minutes followed by a short 10-minute walk. Over 565 species of birds have been registered so far, including colorful birds such as macaws, toucans, honeycreepers, tanagers, flycatchers, hummingbirds and with a bit of luck a close view of howler, squirrel monkeys or sloths resting on the canopy. The tower gives you a unique perspective, opening up a whole new world of Amazon biodiversity that is often difficult, if not impossible to see from the understory. The journey continues exploring the nearby trails searching for more Amazonian creatures. Return to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch there are many alternatives for your enjoyment, bird-watching from the dining hall or simply get relaxed on the hammocks. In the afternoon, hike Chorongo or Coto trails, fantastic terra-firme forest to discover the relationships among the different living creatures and the rol they play in this complex ecosystem. Orchids, vines, strangle figs, ancient trees; bromeliads are all part of this fabulous tropical rainforest. Dinner at the lodge.

After diner explore our black-water Oxbow Lake, one of the increasingly rare havens for the endangered black caiman, supporting a healthy population of these large up to 6 meter (18ft.) long south-American crocodilian. Back to the lodge.  B/L/D

Day 5: Amazon Lodge

After breakfast departure to the Napo River to board the boat and visit the parrot-clay lick at Yasuní National Park for a wonderful view of hundreds of parrots searching for a gap to land and eat the earth. Here you will see Mealy Amazon, Yellow-crowned, Orange-winged and Blue-headed parrots. Continue with a hike on the south of the Napo inside Yasuní National Park considered for scientists like the mostbiodiverse area in the world, here, some species that cannot be found in the north might be spotted: golden–mantled tamarins and spider monkeys, Blue and yellow macaws and with a bit of luck a close encounter with white-lipped or collared peccaries. Head back to Sani Community Center to visit a native house to get a taste of how a typical Kichwa family lives.


Enjoy their food, drinks, customs, and culture of the Sani community and learn how the lifestyle of the locals is environmentally sustainable. Return to the lodge late in the afternoon for a well-deserved diner. After diner take a night walk to see how myriads of insects, spiders and frogs come alive. B/L/D

Day 6: Amazon Lodge – Coca - Quito

The first day, your flight from Quito leaves early in the morning so you can get to the lodge before noon. Enjoy the afternoon on the lagoon and still have time to enjoy an evening´s activity. Your last day is far from ending, because it will be time for a final activity in the rainforest so as to close your stay with a flourish. Transfer to Coca then flight to Quito. B/-/-

TOUR INCLUDES:

-  Private transportation for excursions

-  All transfers in /out

-  Bilingual guide (English / Spanish) for excursions and transfers

-  Accommodation in double room with breakfast in Quito

-  Meals as detailed in the itinerary

-  Entrance fees and taxes

-  All excursions and visits detailed in the itinerary

-  Assistance in Quito airport

-  Assistance in airport in Coca

-  Transportation Coca-Sani Lodge-Coca

-  Accommodation in private cabin or tent with hot water

-  All meals starting with lunch on the first day and ending with lunch on the last day

-  Appetizer upon arrival

-  Snacks for all the excursions

-  Native and bilingual guide

-  All the excursions

-  Rubber boots

-  Rain ponchos

-  WIFI in the bar area

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

-  Additional meals

-  Tips

-  All drinks

-  Personal expenses

-  VAT for Ecuadorian people and local agencies (12%)

-  Personal equipment & required clothing for Andean climate (3ºC-15ºC/37ºF- 59ª)

-  Any item not mentioned in the itinerary

 




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