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Andes Adventure “Sierra Centro” 5 Days/ 4 Nights with Quilotoa Laguna

Discover the mysteries of the Andes and Indigenous cultures all in one epic adventure.   This adventure is culture rich & will challenge all your five senses.  Try one of the most authentic dishes of Ecuador called Cuy. Climb to an altitude similar to Mont Blanc in just 1 day.   One of the biggest markets in South America lies in Otavalo.

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Discover the mysteries of the Andes and Indigenous cultures all in one epic adventure.   This adventure is culture rich & will challenge all your five senses.  Try one of the most authentic dishes of Ecuador called Cuy.  Climb to an altitude similar to Mont Blanc in just 1 day.   One of the biggest markets in South America lies in Otavalo.   Ideally Saturday is the best day, but otherwise expect to have the market area almost to yourself.  This all begins in the capital city Quito, Ecuador. You came to feel the fragrance of life, you are just a click away.

Day 1 - ARRIVAL QUITO
ARRIVAL QUITO

Our driver will meet you in the airport arrivals area and transport you to Casa Carpedm Hotel -a charming colonial-style hotel close to the old  town, Free time to relax and acclimatize to your new surroundings

Day 2 - THE WONDERS OF THE OLD CITY
QUITO – THE WONDERS OF THE OLD CITY

In the morning enjoy a tour around the Historical Center of Quito, after a box lunch visit the equator line -stand literally on the middle of the world!. We will visit the unique Inti Ñan museum and  Ciudad Mitad del Mundo

Day 3 - OTAVALO - INDIGENOUS MARKET
OTAVALO – INDIGENOUS MARKET

Full day around Otavalo begins visiting the animal market followed by time to shop at the indigenous market of Otavalo, In the afternoon visit  Cuicoha lagoon.

Day 4 - QUILOTOA
QUILOTOA

In the morning we visit local market and a traditional house, next, Quilotoa which  is a real highlight of the tour that will literally take your breath away! An emerald green lagoon inside a crater of an extinct volcano

Day 5 - COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK - HIKING-BIKING
COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK – HIKING-BIKING

A spectacular day visiting one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. In the morning we go up to the  refuge After the hike, mountain biking from the parking lot to  Limpiopungo Lake.

  • AND FINALLY I RETURN TO QUITO
ITINERARY

DAY ONE

  • Arrival to Quito
  • Transfer to the Casa Carpedm Hotel
  • Free time

DAY TWO

  • Breakfast
  • Tour in the Historical Center of Quito
  • Box lunch
  • Visit Ciudad Mitad del Mundo
  • Visit Intiñan museum
  • Return to casa carpedm

DAY THREE

  •  Breakfast
  • Visit Animal Market of Otavalo
  • Plaza de Ponchos – Otavalo.
  • Cotocachi Leather Market
  • Lunch
  • Cuicocha lagoon or peguche´s Waterfall
  • Return to Quito

DAY FOUR

  • Breakfast
  • Visit  indigenous market  in Saquisili
  • Visit traditional  house
  • Hiking  to the Quilotoa  Lagoon
  • Kayak ( optional)
  • Lunch
  • Return to Quito

DAY FIVE

  • Breakfast
  • Hike up to the refuge from the parking lot
  • Return to parking lot
  • Biking
  • Arrive at Limpiopungo lake
  • Lunch
  • Return to Quito

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Breakfast – Lunch
  • Transport (land) accommodation
  • English Guide
  • Activities
  • Entrance Fees
  • Accommodation

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
  • Snacks / Additional Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Horse rental
  • Kayak
  • Transfer outside
  • Breakfast and lunch of the first day.
  • Dinners
  • Tips

WHAT TO BRING
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Gloves, scarf, hat
  • Hiking boots or trekking shoes
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Extra snacks and water.
  • Enough clothes

COSTS
  • $466  per person with minimum 4 people – shared tour

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