COMMUNITY TOURS

COMMUNITY TOURS

Experience the fascinating cultures of Ecuador. Visitors will experience a close contact with nature and, above all other things, a truly intercultural living space.

You can choose between one days or one week of total immersion with our local groups in different regions of Ecuador

Duration: 9 days
Transportation: In group
Activities: Cultural, recreative
Experience the fascinating cultures of Ecuador. Visitors will experience a close contact with nature and, above all other things, a truly intercultural living space.

You can choose between one days or one week of total immersion with our local groups in different regions of Ecuador.

  • Starting Point:
    Agency Alexia Travel (Quito)
  • Ending Point:
    Agency Alexia Travel (Quito)
Day 1

We will leave from Quito to the Amazon watershed, with scenic and biodiverse cloud forests on our minds. Continuing our journey to lodge we will wind our way amongst steep valleys – where will see some gorgeous forested slopes and impressive waterfalls, born in Antisana Reserve, as they spill off of high cliffs.

This afternoon we will undertake what we call a “virtual safari” check the motion-sensor cameras and the photos that they have taken over the last weeks, days, hours… and even minutes; it really is a thrill to see a photo – that no one else has seen – of a Puma, Tapir, or even an Anteater, taken right where you are standing! We’ll plan to get back to the cabins for some relaxation time before dinner.

At dinner with a taste of Ecuador’s most well-known hot toddy, a delicious drink – called “Guayusa” .Night.

Day 2
We will spend the early morning watching trogons, woodcreepers, flycatchers and tanagers glean all sorts of bugs in a seemingly frantic attempt to satisfy their morning hunger. we will watch the White-bellied Antpitta, then hike through forest reserve out to the archeological ruins on the property for a look at what is left of a group, the “Curisetas” (translated as the “Goldsmiths”). We will emerge out along the peaceful roadside for a stroll back to the lodge, and if time permits, stop in for a visit to the biology station to learn a bit more about the research being done in the reserve, and its importance to the conservation of the area.

Lunch and return to Quito.

Day 3
Otavalo – Quito: This morning, you will get up early with your families and then, you will visit the cattle market as well as the famous Otavalo market, one of the most colourful in Latin America. It is best known in the country for its textiles and its wide variety of handcrafts. Agricultural activities and activities with the families from the hosting community. In the afternoon, back to Quito. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Quito.
Day 4
Quito – Zumbahua – Quilotoa – Chugchilan: In the morning, departure following the volcanoes path towards the native village of Zumbahua. It is stituated in the bottom of a valley surrounded by the mountains. Here you will find the local market, everybody comes here to get their weekly goods, it has nothing to do with the tourist markets. People get down there with their llamas that will carry their goods to get back to their “cabañas” perched on the top of the mountain. Then, continuation towards the splendid Lake Quilotoa. Typical native lunch or pic-nic. Possibility of taking a walk around the lake and/or do some volunteer work such as learn more about the naive painting from this region. Then, continue your way to Chugchilan. Dinner and overnight in a typical countryside hostel.
Day 5
Chugchilan – Cotopaxi: If possible, meeting with a native farmers community. Then, travel your way to the Cotopaxi volcano region until you arrive to a eco-touristic hacienda that is located at the foot of the volcano. Typical lunch in Latacunga or elsewhere. Evening around a bond fire. Dinner and overnight at the hacienda.
Day 6
Cotopaxi – Baños: Presentation of the hacienda and its agricultural work organization. Then, excursion to Cotopaxi National Park (Ecuador’s 2nd summit – 5900 m) and possible ascension to its hut, located at about 4500m a 4800m. Pic-nic close to a water spring. Continuation towards the charming little town of Baños. Dinner and overnight in a small hotel.
Day 7
Baños – Amazon: In the morning, travel towards the Amazon until Puyo (Entry of the Amazon) or Misahualli region located by the Napo River. Lunch in an ecological hacienda located in the heart of a botanical park with an orchids garden. Tour the hacienda and learn more about its horticultural and agricultural plantations. Then, continuation towards Misahualli until you arrive in a Quichua native community. Possibility to swin in the Napo river and meet with a “shaman” (community doctor), learn about their customs and traditions (medicinal plants, how they make the chichi, handcrafts, ceremonies, etc). Dinner and overnight in the community.
Day 8
Amazon: Excursion by foot and in a dugout canoe through the deep Amazon forest up until a camp site or a native community living by a small river and discover their flora, medicinal plants, birds, smalls animals, etc. Lunch In the afternoon, volunteer work and dinner preparation. Dinner and overnight in the community.
Day 9
Amazon – Quito: Last swim in the Napo river. Back to Quito. Lunch en route in the village of Baeza. Cocktail, farewell dinner and overnight in hotel in Quito.

Quito / Return: Breakfast (might not be included according to your flight schedule) Early transfer to Quito airport.