Active Ecuador

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Best time to go: June to October

11 Nights | from £3,440pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hike to the top of Panecillo Hill in Quito and soak up the city views
  • Cruise 'The Avenue of Volcanoes' to Cotopaxi National Park where you can hike whilst putting your bird-watching skills to the test
  • Clamber up to Quilotoa Crater Lake for top-notch views of photogenic Cotopaxi Volcano
  • Get your mineral medication bathing in the glorious thermal baths of Baños
  • Uncover some of the Ecuadorian Amazon's most riotous parrot clay-licks deep in the jungle whilst staying at an Amerindian owned reserve


Day 1 - UK / Quito

Fly to Latin America's most impressive vital-stat-wrapped city;Quito - the world's highest capital at 9,350 feet, perched just 12 miles north from the middle of the world and UNESCO stamped for having the best-preserved and least altered historic centre in Latin America. Buzzing with brightly clothed women it's central plaza definitely offers up an exotic introduction to the country. Don't be tricked though this historic heart hides sophisticated night-life and a vibrant culinary scene.
Plaza Grande 

Day 2 - Quito
The city's crown jewel is certainly its 'Old Town', packed with colonial monuments and architectural treasures, chock-a-block full of museums, cathedrals and Baroque architecture where local life continues amongst 17th-century facades, picturesque plazas and magnificent art-filled churches. It is a photographer's and shopper's paradise. Women scuttle around in colourful shawls and jaunty fedoras, men wearing cowboy hats bounce over the cobbled streets in their jeeps, and small boutique filled alleys and hidden craft shops are dotted around. Take a tour round the city this morning and then head off enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the rooftops and surrounding mountains from the top of Panecillo Hill. There's also time for some obligatory posing with the Equatorial monument!
Plaza Grande | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Quito / Cotopaxi
Ticking off the marvellously named peaks of Pichincha, Iliniza and the towering Antisana is the headiest of car games and will have you spellbound as you drive towards the greatest volcano of them all, Cotopaxi. Cruising down smooth roads flanked by the parallel chains of the snow capped Andes is a thrilling journey in itself. Today's drive through 'The Avenue of Volcanoes' is truly awe-inspiring.Break the journey for an afternoon of wandering the Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador's largest and most popular reserve. Here high altitude pine trees and paramo grasses quiver in the thin clear air. It's home to an abundance of wonderful bird and wildlife from llamas to pumas and Andean wolves, it's a birdwatchers paradise and a photographer's dream.Lunching at a cosy mountain refuge you have an afternoon of volcano spotting ahead of you before reaching your snug hacienda where you can curl up in front of roaring fires, get lost in old books and soak up the relaxed country vibes.
San Agustin de Callo | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Cotopaxi
With its broad green base and perfectly symmetrical slopes Cotopaxi is surely the most photogenic of the country's volcanoes. Spend the day trekking up close and personal to this king of nature and clamber to the best look out point above Quilotoa Crater Lake. The lake itself offering a serious 'wow' factor with it's moss-green mineral packed waters luminous amongst the rugged peaks. You'll continue walking to a fascinating local house owned by the Perez family, filled with art and antiques it's a treasure trove of tales which you can uncover with the owner Aida Perez after enjoying a delicious home-cooked lunch.
San Agustin de Callo | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Cotopaxi / Riobamba
Pop into the colourful chaos of an authentic Andean market were wonkily shaped vegetables tumble down from carefully set pyramids, and are ignored by their traders who favour a good gossip. It's a heady introduction into local shopping and a great place to pick up locally priced wools and blankets. Shopping done, continue along the pretty road by Baños, the geothermal wonder town so revered in Incan mythology and present day culture to Riobamba.
Hacienda Abraspungo | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Riobamba
In the shadow of Tungurahua Volcano, you can enjoy the geothermal waters at your super spa lodge in the foothills of the Andes, you'll be bombarded by the locals swearing the thermal waters are good for your health, and we imagine they are, being packed full of minerals, some filled with melt straight from the volcano itself.There are many wonderful options to give your limbs a stretch and fill your lungs with un-polluted air in readiness for your evening mineral soak. Horse and bike riding, rafting and trekking all make fabulous excursions from this volcano-worshipping town.
Hacienda Abraspungo | Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Riobamba / Quito
Dawn creeps over the mountains in a quite spectacular way at Baños and there is a spot at the hot springs that could have been made for watching this most glorious celebration of nature for which it's worth rising early. Spend the morning kicking up more dust in your ancient adventure playground before heading back to the heights of Quito for an evening of lip-smacking cuisine and people watching in the historic centre town square.
Plaza Grande | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 - Quito / Amazon
A nap-and-you-miss-it flight over the Eastern Andes sets you in the heart of your Amazon finalé –it's hard to believe just 30 minutes from Quito such dense jungle exists. Your adventure starts with a canoe trip down a major Amazon tributary, the Napo river. Spot jewel hued kingfishers darting into the murky waters and be wooed by the jungle sounds as you are transported to your unique lodge. Two hours in and you swap motor for paddle as you enter Napo territory, the river becoming narrower, the jungle becoming denser until it clears into beautiful Añangu Lake, where your eco-lodge awaits - built and designed by the Añangu indigenous community.
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 to 10 - Amazon
One of nature's most spectacular displays of riotous colour and noise await you as you stumble bleary eyed from your cocoon like bed to witness a parrot clay-lick. Macaws, parakeets and parrots swoop down to feed on the mineral rich red soils in a riotous display of colour and noise. During your stay you have several opportunities to visit some of the best parrot clay-licks in Ecuador, also to take guided jungle treks with a member of the local Indian community who will point out all the medicinal plants which provide their lotions and potions!
The colourful traditions and customs of the Kichwa Añangu community will delight and the families of the community thrive on showing visitors their customs and daily life;realising its extraordinary uniqueness to Western eyes they are masterful and charming guides.
A trip to the Canopy Observation Tower will lead you to an enchanted world of colour and riotous noise, as flocks of vibrantly coloured Tanagers, blue-and-yellow Macaws and large Toucans scoot past your nose from your vantage point high up in the tree-tops. Golden Mantle Tamarin monkeys can be spotted slyly peering at the strange 2 legged paparazzi and a whole world opens up which is impossible to see from the forest floor. Before you leave be sure to visit the lake itself to observe Giant Otters dwellers, unique to the Amazon.
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Amazon / Quito
Today you'll return by dugout canoe along the Napo River to the jungle airport, during this last excursion keep your eyes peeled for rare bird species. Fly back to Quito to enjoy the sophisticated delights of the city and enjoy your final fabulous Ecuadorian meal.
Plaza Grande | Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 - Quito / UK
It is time to depart mainland Ecuador, but we suggest you to continue your active adventure with a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 12 day suggested holiday will cost from £3,440 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Useful info

Best time to be there

The Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.

Fly to

Quito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid flying time 13 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area
 


Best time to be there

June to September is the best time to enjoy the Andes whilst the Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.

Fly to

Quito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid

flying time

13 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area


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