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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. 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 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.

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. Lunch in a typical hacienda. Transfer to Papallacta. Overnight at a hotel.

12 Papallacta

Enjoy the pleasant effect of the warm, odorless thermal water and go for a walk to explore the typical flora and fauna of this region.

13 Papallacta - Quito

Transfer to Quito airport and homebound flight.