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Ecuador Family Adventure Holiday & Walking Tour

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Activity Level: Moderate
Highlights: Amazon Rafting - Mountain Biking in Banos - Horseriding in Cotopaxi – Hiking in Cuicocha Crater Lake & Papallacta Paramo – Hot Springs
Itinerary: Day 1 Cuicocha Lake Hike & Otavalo Market
Day 2 Papallacta Lakes Hike & Hot Springs
Day 3 Guango Reserve Walk & Amazon Rainforest
Day 4 Rafting in the Amazon
Day 5 Pailon del Diablo Waterfall Walk
Day 6 Mountain Biking near Baños
Day 7 Horseriding in Cotopaxi then return to Quito

Day 1      Cuicocha Crater Lake Hike
After travelling north from Quito, our walk takes us along the rim of the striking Cuicocha Volcano, with its captivating blue-green crater lake. Hiking through Andean forest to discover orchids & bromeliads, we are also on the look-out for the endangered Andean Condor. Incredible lake views. Lunch and afternoon visit to the colourful Otavalo indian market.
Dinner and overnight in Las Palmeras.

Day 2      Papallacta Lakes Walk & Hot Springs
Today's walk explores the beautiful glacial landscapes around Papallacta, passing mountain lagoons and discovering elfin forests where we can learn more about the distinct flora & fauna of this region. Great views. After a picnic lunch we can relax in the thermal waters of the local hot springs.
Dinner and overnight in Guango Lodge.

Day 3      Guango Reserve and Amazon Rainforest
An early morning walk to enjoy the hummingbirds and other wildlife found in the Guango reserve before beginning the stunning journey down into the Amazon basin. Lunch included. On arrival in the Amazon we can enjoy a dip in the local river or a walk through the rainforest reserve.
Dinner and overnight in Hakuna Matata Lodge.

Day 4      Rafting in the Amazon
Rafting today on the Jatunyacu class 3+ river. A big volume, big fun river with plenty of action but generally suitable even for beginner paddlers. This is a 25km run. The day starts with a waterfall and swimming adventure in the Llanganates National Park and includes a short jungle excursion in the afternoon to make a truly memorable day of rafting. Box lunch included.
Dinner and overnight in Hakuna Matata Lodge.

Day 5      Waterfall Walk to Pailon del Diablo
Leaving the rainforest behind we travel onto Baños, visiting the famous Pailon del Diablo waterfall en route. Here we follow the trail through the forest before reaching this powerful and beautiful waterfall. Picnic lunch included. Then we continue onto Baños.
Dinner & overnight in Hacienda Leito.

Day 6      Baños Mountain Biking Activity
Today's morning bike ride through cloud forests and Andean farmlands can offer spectacular views of the smoking Tungurahua Volcano and striking Pastaza Canyon. It brings us down into Baños. After lunch in this mountain spa town, we have time to explore the pretty streets and basilica.
Dinner & overnight Hotel La Floresta with breakfast included.

Day 7      Cotopaxi Volcano Horseriding
This morning we travel to the Cotopaxi region to enjoy a 2 hour horse ride in the shadow of this spectacular snow-capped volcano. Our ride takes us through beautiful paramo scenery surrounded by a number of volcanos. After lunch at the hacienda we begin our return journey to Quito, where on arrival, the tour ends. We can also take care of your Quito hotel reservations and airport transfers, if you need assistance with these services please let us know.

Las Palmeras, Otavalo

Hotel-Las-Palmeras-OtavaloThis 150 year-old hacienda, with its towering palm trees and garden cottages is tucked in a lush mountain valley near Otavalo. Tile-topped earthen walls contain an ever-blooming perennial garden with hibiscus, bougainvillea, orchids, cholan, eucalyptus, avocado and black-current which attract a profusion of birds including hummingbirds and vermilion fly-catchers. The inn's thick adobe walls preserve the day's warmth for the cool mountain nights, and roaring eucalyptus log - fires provide a cozy atmosphere.

Guango Lodge, Papallacta

Guango-Lodge-PapallactaGuango Lodge, lies at an elevation of about 2,700 meters on the eastern slopes of Ecuador's Andes, just outside the town of Papallacta. The lodge is surrounded by humid temperate forest, an area with a cool climate brimming with bird and plant life. Guango Lodge offers guestrooms with private bathrooms, hot water and excellent homemade food.

Hakuna Matata, Tena

Hakuna-Matata-ArchidonaHakuna Matata lies on the shores of the crystal-clear Inchillaqui River in Ecuador's Amazon Rainforest region. The lodge is based in a 150 hectare private rainforest reserve in the Ecuadorian Amazon and is dedicated to real ecotourism working in harmony with the local community and the natural environment.
• Spacious rooms & cabins with hot water, comfy beds & en suite bathrooms
• Restaurant serving delicious meals from all corners of the world
• Bar area offering soft drinks, fresh juices, cocktails, wines, beers & spirits
• Outdoor deck area and private swimming pool fed by warm spring water.
• White sand beach along the banks of the crystalline river.

Hacienda Leito, near Banos

Hacienda-Leito-BanosHacienda Leito is a hotel in Patate - near Baños. It's location offers fantastic views across the valley to the Tungurahua Volcano. The historial hacienda is located in a natural setting, offering comfortable rooms with fire places, good food and a peaceful environment perfect for contemplation.

Prices 2016

No of People Accommodation Price per person
1 single room $3420
2 double room $2000
3 - 4 double / triple rooms $1650


Price includes:
Private transportation, top English speaking naturalist guide, all accommodation as specified with breakfast, 7 lunches & 6 dinners, activities specified – horse riding, rafting & mountain biking, entrance fees to Papallacta Hot Springs, Guango Reserve and Pailon del Diablo, local guide in Cuicocha Crater Lake.

Not included:
International flights, personal travel insurance, alcoholic and soft drinks, any extra activities at the haciendas, tips and personal expenses.

Notes:
Prices are stated in US Dollars.
Prices are valid until 31st December 2017.
A single supplement fee of US$210 will apply for those requesting single accommodation.
Special group rates apply for groups of 5 people or more. Please contact us for more details.
Extra nights: We recommend that you visit Quito and can help with hotel reservations and activities in the city.

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