6-Day The Andean Countryside of Otavalo & Quaint Quito
Starting at $2,390.00 Adults – Double Basis
AVAILABLE FOR DAILY ARRIVALS IN QUITO
This Program is Fully Customizable
A six-day, one-of-a-kind Travel Experience of Ecuador’s Andean World, from colonial and modern Quito, to the fertile valleys of Otavalo dotted with beautiful Haciendas and the spectacular beauty of the Mashpi Cloud Forest Reserve, home to the Mashpi Lodge, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.
- 3 Nights Deluxe hotel accommodations in Quito with taxes and breakfast
- 2 Nights Deluxe lodge accommodations at the Mashpi Lodge in the Cloud Forest Reserve
- All meals while at the lodge
- All Lodge’s planned activities, including a ride through the forest on the Dragonfly, a cable-driven system of “gondolas”
- Guided Quito City Excursion & Middle of the World Monument
- Guided Otavalo Excursion with lunch at a Hacienda
- Transfers, tours, and excursions on A/C vehicles on shared basis (unless private services are indicated)
- Private transfer from Quito Hotel to Quito International Airport (Upon return form Mashpi Lodge)
- English-speaking Guide Service during tours and excursions
- Meals as per itinerary: B= Breakfast, L= Lunch. D= Dinner
- All entrance fees
- On-site logistical support services of our Quito in-country offices to quickly address any unforeseen situation and provide the necessary assistance as the case may require
DAY 1 | Welcome to Quito, Ecuador!
Meet and greet service at the Quito airport and private transfer to the Deluxe Swissotel (or best available) for a three-night stay with breakfast and taxes included.
DAY 2 | Private Guided Excursion of Quito & Middle of the World Monument | B.
Visit the old Spanish Colonial District of Quito with its beautiful plazas and unique churches. The Spanish architecture converts Quito in a very special place. After the visit of the old town, we will take you to the south side for a magnificent view of the city from El Panecillo lookout point. A visit to the Middle of the World monument is also scheduled. Mitad Del Mundo is one of Quito’s most famous attractions, situated about 10. Km. to the north of Ecuador’s Capital. In 1736 a French scientific expedition came to Ecuador to determine the position of the Equator. On the sight there is a monument, which houses an Ethnographic Museum. Here you will learn about life styles, clothing, and utensils of different ethnic groups of Ecuador. Just outside Mitad Del Mundo there is an interesting open-air museum called “Inti-Ñan,” which explains our solar system, the position of the equator and its effect on gravity; also interesting displays of Ecuadorian ancient cultures and their ways of life. Return to the City by mid-afternoon and drop off at your Hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 3 | Private Guided Discovery of the Otavalo Andean Region with lunch at a Hacienda | B.L.
We begin our travels north of Quito, towards Otavalo, visiting the small village of Calderon, known for its unique and colorful ornamental ‘baked-bread’ dolls (figuras de masapán). We then continue along the Pan-American Highway to Guayllabamba to taste one of Ecuador’s endemic fruits (the chirimoya), stopping en route to admire the region’s beautiful landscape and snow-capped mountains, making a short stop at San Pablo Lake before arriving at Otavalo. Here we visit the busy textile market located at ‘Poncho Plaza’, famous as one of the largest open-air markets in South America. Find all kinds of handcrafts including tapestries made on old-Spanish weaving looms, and even older pre-Columbian back strap looms. Stop for Lunch at a Hacienda. Enjoy some free time to shop (and haggle) with the friendly Otavaleños. In the early afternoon we visit a colonial hacienda for lunch. We then head to the small artisan village of Cotacachi and return to Quito in the late afternoon/early evening.
NOTE: Tour stops may be different than those listed
DAY 4 | From Quito to the Cloud Forest Reserve at the Mashpi Lodge | B.L.D.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. At the appropriate time, meet your local host for a shared ride to the Mashpi Reserve. On arrival, enjoy lunch and begin partaking on the lodge’s activity program.
During your three days / 2 nights stay at the Lodge all meals and lodge’s activity program features are included. Also, guests will be able to enjoy the unique and thrilling experience of gliding over and through the canopy of the incredible Mashpi Reserve on the Dragonfly, a cable-driven system of “gondolas” that extends approximately 2 km (1.26 mi) through the forest, providing a birds-eye view unlike any other way of seeing the forest through the trees. Mashpi Lodge Accommodations in Wayra Rooms.
DAY 5 | Exploring the Mashpi Reserve | B.L.D.
Shafts of light filter through the canopy… The aroma of forest plants and flowers… The swirl of clouds through branches and trees… The sound of rain drops cascading onto leaves… This is the world of the forests on the western slopes of the Andes Mountains, regarded as one of the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on the planet. Everywhere you look, you find life, in all its varied, surprising, and multi-coloured forms. Nowhere is this truer than within the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve. The
Reserve enjoys a privileged position, harboring both cloud forest and rainforest. A profusion of plant and animal species has adapted to these environments, creating an incredibly rich ecosystem which is still revealing its secrets to science, still mysterious, still magical.
DAY 6 | Morning Activities at the Lodge / Mid-morning return to Quito / Quito International Airport | B.L.
After an early breakfast, enjoy your last activity at the lodge. At the designated time, share a ride back to Quito; a box lunch is included en-route. On arrival at the city of Quito, you wil be provided with a transfer to the Quito International Airport to check in for your international flight.
PRICES PER PERSON IN US$ – NO MINIMUM GUESTS REQUIRED
AVAILABLE FOR ARRIVALS IN QUITO
|QUAD (2 ROOMS)
In Quito: Swissotel Quito is one of the city’s top five-star luxury hotels, conveniently located in the Floresta neighborhood of Quito – both a commercial and residential area, and only 45 minutes from the new Mitad del Mundo International Airport. This upscale hotel is 3 km from Parque La Carolina and 4 km from Plaza de la Independencia square.
Each of Swissotel Quito’s 232 elegant guest rooms is air-conditioned and features modern design. Luxurious amenities include state-of-the-art technology and a free internet connection, city or mountain views, flat-screen TV, minibar and safe. Club rooms offer access to a lounge with complimentary meals. Suites come with separate living spaces and whirlpool tubs, and an upgraded suite adds a piano, a dining room, a sauna and a steam bath.
In Mashpi Reserve: Mashpi Lodge. Mashpi is more than a five-star Lodge in the forest: it was conceived and is meant to be one-of-a-kind Travel Experience where the material features of the property are just the ideal complement for an unbeatable contact with the fauna, flora, geological, geographical, ecological, climatic, scenic and historic features of one of the most remarkably biodiverse corners of the world, now protected as a Nature Reserve.
The sophisticated and strikingly-contemporary Lodge is designed as the ideal springboard for exploring the unique world of the Mashpi Reserve, located in the heart of the Equatorial Chocó Bio-Region, regarded as one of the planet’s most important “hot spots” of biodiversity, just three hours from Quito, the capital of Ecuador. A hideaway in the forest, only accessible to its privileged guests and located on a scenic plateau, Mashpi features amazing views of the surrounding forested mountains right up close through its floor-to-ceiling panoramic glass windows.
Mashpi Lodge was built with the latest techniques for sustainable construction and is designed to blend perfectly with its natural environs. It features contemporary, minimalist decor, mixing warm earth tones, notes of bright color, clean lines and striking angles and vistas: a luxury cocoon amidst the cloud and tropical forests, a unique natural world just steps away, ideal for discovery, exploration, contemplation and relaxation.
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- Meal Codes: B=Breakfast / L=Lunch / D=Dinner.
- All tours and excursions services are SIB shared basis (unless otherwise indicated).
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