This trekking excursion is a wonderful introduction to the great paramo (Andean moorlands), lagoons and volcanoes of the Northern Highlands in Ecuador. Be enthralled by mysterious crater lakes like the Cuicocha Lake inside the crater of the towering Cotacachi Volcano. Surrounded by lush green hills, the blue waters of this lake will bewitch you with its beauty. This volcano is the entrance to the Ecological Reserve Cotacachi Cayapas.
On the outskirts of the Indian town of Otavalo is the thirty-acre Condor Park, a foundation dedicated to the care and rescue of predatory birds such as hawks, eagles, vultures, owls and the elusive and majestic condors. Built on the ruins of an old Inca temple, the ‘Pukara Alto’ hill will weave its magic around you as you watch these powerful birds of prey swooping down on unsuspecting carrion.
Add a dash of local flavour as you visit the handicraft markets of Otavalo and come away with an armful of exquisite souvenirs. Wander amongst friendly ‘otavalenos’ (people from Otavalo) and ‘indigenas’ (indigenous people) and bargain for brightly coloured ponchos, fine textiles, weavings and Indian jewellery.
For those looking for some adventure in the Andean Highlands, this trekking tour encompassing stunning landscapes and vibrant markets, is just the thing.
Day 1:Quito - Otavalo
You will be picked up from your hotel and taken in a private air-conditioned vehicle to the Northern Highlands and Otavalo . The drive takes about two hours. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.
Drive North to the Imbabura province, our drive will take approximately 2 hours to the Otavalo market (Otavalo is located at 114 Km North of Quito). Get ready for your first excursion to the Cotacachi Volcano (4-5 hour trek) and the Cuicocha Lake Box lunch would be served. Overnight at one of the Haciendas of the area.
Day 2: Otavalo
A full day excursion to the Condor Park. Box lunch would be served Overnight at one of the Haciendas of the area
Day 03: Otavalo - Quito
Spend the morning in the market, which offers the possibilities for shopping of: Tapestries, Indian jewellery, Ponchos and other handicrafts. Lunch will be at one of the Hosterias of the area, in the basis of a fixed menu In the afternoon lunch and return back to Quito.
01 Jan till 31 Dec: Daily
3 Days/2 Nights
Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
Duration: 3 Days/2 Nights
Your hotel in Quito(Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Your hotel in Quito
Wear warm clothing and a hat or a cap. Sunblock (SPF 40) is advised. Wear strong hiking boots. Carry a camera (wide angle lens), binoculars and sunglasses.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
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