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An early departure from Quito takes us on a 2-hour scenic drive through the south central highlands of Ecuador. On the way will stop to visit the Machachi town, known as the Cowboys village in due to all the farms of its surroundings, here we will visit the vegetable and fruits market, so we all can learn about all the products and give a taste to this spectacular tropical flavors. Later we continue on a cobblestone road to the trail for our hiking adventure to the Rumiñahui volcano, where you will have very amazing view of the Avenue of Volcanoes, while hiking here your local guides will explain about the flora and fauna of the Paramo ecosystem, they will also share the histories of the Incas when hiding the treasure from the Spanish. Our hike will end at the Hacienda Santa Ana, where lunch will be served, in the afternoon we will explore the hacienda, we will feed the Alpacas or is optional to ride a horse.
Hiking to Rumiñahui Volcano
Approximately 3 miles with 1,000 feet of climbing
Hacienda Santa Ana
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
After a healthy breakfast we'll drive 15 minutes to the Cotopaxi National Park, home to Cotopaxi, one of the tallest active volcanoes in the world at 19,347 feet above sea level. Today's ride follows an amazing trail through an utterly sublime landscape circling a portion of the dramatic glaciated volcano and is known as one of the most magnificent rides in the country. We'll take some time to visit the Inca Tambo ruins and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch with coca tea, said to alleviate the effects of elevation. Continuing on our route, we will meander through the páramo (Andean grassland) passing historic haciendas, ranches, and possibly local inhabitants such as little red brokett deer, Andean wolves, pumas, bears, marsupial mice, condors, wild horses, and colpeos or Andean foxes. Our ride ends back at the Hacienda Santa Ana. Tonight we dine together at this very charming place.
Water Channel to The Northern Entrance of the Park
Approximately 11 miles with 350 feet of climbing and 500 feet of descending
Water Channel to Pucara Inca Ruins
Approximately 8 miles with 90 feet of climbing and 350 feet of descending
From the Entrance of the Park - Water Channel - Hacienda San Agustin
Approximately 18 miles with 1,350 feet of climbing
Hacienda Santa Ana
Breakfast | Picnic Lunch | Dinner
Following a delicious breakfast we will drive for 2 hours to the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve and here we will go hiking with the companion of a naturalist guide. This unique landscape transitions between rainforest and alpine and offers a chance to spot toucans, parrots, long-tailed weasels, spectacled bear, Andean condor, South American deer or the northern pudú, as well as extensive wildflowers, epiphytes, unique flora and vistas of towering volcanoes. The rainforest can be wet and muddy at times so rubber boots are provided but come prepared with waterproof clothes that you don't mind getting a little dirty. The afternoon is free to visit the Papallacta Spa, thermal baths, and restaurants on your own. This is a great chance for a therapeutic massage and visit to the onsite steam caves. Or, for those seeking more jungle time, join us for an optional trip to the private Guango Cloud Forest Reserve for bird watching and hiking. Tonight we will dine at the hotel.
Cayambe Coca Reserve Hike
Approximately 3 miles with 300 feet of climbing
Hiking, wildlife and bird viewing, thermal springs
Breakfast | Dinner
An early departure brings us to the Quito Airport for a morning flight to Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos archipelago. We'll then take a short ferry ride to the main island and hop on a private bus for a brief visit and walk along the Twin Craters. Here our naturalist guide will explain the forces that created these two adjacent craters and highlight the very different flora and fauna of the island. Our next stop is the El Chato reserve where giant tortoises congregate. After a traditional Ecuadorian lunch we'll go on a hike with some photo opportunities of prehistoric reptiles and explore a short but stunning lava tube spanning a few hundred yards underground. A short drive takes us to the harbor town of Puerto Ayora and our evening's hotel, the Angermeyer Waterfront Inn, accessible only via water taxi across the turquoise bay. Tonight is yours to explore the lively town of Puerto Ayora or stay in and dine by the water on the deck of our whimsical, boutique seaside hotel.
Angermeyer Waterfront Inn
Breakfast | Lunch
Today is the perfect opportunity to choose your own adventure on Santa Cruz Island. Following a leisurely waterfront breakfast, you can embark on a variety of activities with or without a guide depending on your whims. Choose to hike along the gentle scenic path through cacti, palo santo, and matasarno trees to the expansive and pristine white sand beach at Tortuga Bay. A popular nesting ground for sea turtles, this protected beach is a fantastic destination to snorkel, kayak, surf, spot wildlife or simply lie under the Pacific sun. Or, choose a slightly shorter trek out to the stunning Las Grietas, a volcanic gorge filled with crystal-clear fresh and brackish water perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Or, venture in to the vibrant harbor town of Puerta Ayora via water taxi to visit the Charles Darwin Research Center, shop for gifts and local crafts and check out the famous fish market where sea lions hang out to catch scraps. Today you are free to have lunch at the restaurant of your choice in town or at the hotel. We will all reunite in the afternoon for a 2-hour scenic boat ride to Isabella Island and have the chance to see whales and dolphins en route. Once on Isabella we will settle in to the Iguana Crossing, our contemporary luxury boutique by the sea for the next three nights.
Tortuga Bay Hike
Approximately 3 miles with 100 feet of climbing
Las Grietas Hike
Approximately 2 miles with 150 feet of climbing
Swim, snorkel and explore town
Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel
Breakfast | Dinner
Our day starts with a gourmet breakfast listening to the crashing surf while watching the daily march of marine iguanas across the road to spend their day by the sea. Today we shuttle to the summit of Sierra Negra, one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos Islands and home to the second largest caldera in the world. The six-mile wide caldera contains an immense lava field that was active as recent as 2005 and makes for great hiking, scenic vistas and is home to a handful of giant tortoises. After hiking a bit on the rim, our avid riders can jump on mountain bikes and head down from the 2800 ft summit on a fun dirt road and an exclusive trail. Whether you ride or shuttle, we all meet up at a lagoon frequented by flamingos for photos of these stunning pink birds. Today's ride cruises along the beach, through mangrove and cacti forests up to a sobering monument known as the Wall of Tears. This former penal colony has a fascinating, tragic and triumphant history that our local guide will share with us as we hike to various beautiful view points around the compound. We'll descend the way we came stopping to check out some of the mangroves and white sand beaches woven between rugged black lava flows. Look out for marine iguanas, colorful Galapagos crabs, herons, American oyster catchers, and sea lions. Lunch is open for you to try the restaurant of your choice in the quaint island town of Puerto Viamil. In the afternoon we will head out for a scenic boat tour, kayak, walk and snorkel through the islets of Tintoreras. Here you will encounter penguins, blue- and red-footed boobies, sea turtles, rays, and tropical fish. Tonight you are free to check out town for dinner of your choice.
Flamingo Lagoon to Wall of Tears
Approximately 12 miles with 250 feet of climbing
Flamingo Lagoon to Wall of Tears with shuttle
Approximately 8 miles with 100 feet of climbing
Sierra Negra to Wall of Tears
Approximately 21 miles with 210 feet of climbing 2870 feet of descending
Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel
Today, we begin with a late morning one hour boat tour out to explore the amazing coastal lava formations created by the last volcanic eruptions along the seashore of Isabella. Los Tuneles is a magical place of inlets, coves, lava bridges and tunnels and crystal clear water. The location has been featured in a variety of documentaries by BBC and National Geographic. Turtles navigate their own highway from the mangroves to the open sea through these tunnels. This day offers the best snorkeling of the trip with waters rich in sea life like sea turtles, eagle rays, sea lions, tropical fish, white-tipped reef sharks and more. Following a 1-hour boat trip back to Puerto Viamil, you can enjoy optional activities such as snorkeling at Concha de Perla, surfing lessons, exploring the coastline on bike or just relaxing on the exotic white sand beaches of Isabela Island. We'll then gather for a sunset social hour on the deck of our amazing hotel and celebrate our final night together over a gourmet Ecuadorian feast comprised almost entirely of locally sourced cuisine.
Iguana Crossing Boutique Hotel
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
We say farewell to the Galapagos today to return to Quito for flights home or for further exploration of your choice in Ecuador or South America. Following an early breakfast, we will board a private boat bound for Santa Cruz Island and Baltra Airport. From Baltra we fly back to Quito International Airport from where some may choose to depart. A final 45-minute shuttle brings us back to the Alameda Mercure Hotel in Central Quito to say our goodbyes.
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Today’s Ride" options.
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays.
We recommend that you fly into Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito, Ecuador (UIO). From the airport you can take an airport taxi to the meeting location. The Alameda Hotel Mercure also offers an airport shuttle.
Your guides will meet you at 7:00 AM at Alameda Hotel Mercure (Vincente Ramon Roca E4-122 and Av. Amazonas, Quito) on the first day of the trip. We will have a scenic one hour drive through the northern Andes of Ecuador en route to the famous “cowboy town” of Machachi where we will visit an artisanal indigenous market. We then continue south on a cobblestone road for another hour before beginning a stunning three-mile hike on the Ruminahui Volcano. We will end the day at our first hotel, Hacienda Santa Ana, with a social hour and dinner together as a group.
If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hacienda Santa Ana (099-973-8569), and leave a message with your expected arrival time.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at either the Quito International Airport at 5:30 PM or the Alameda Mercure Hotel in central Quito at 6:30 PM.View our post hotel recommendations
In addition to standard packing list items, we recommend that you bring the following with you on your trip: Quick dry clothing, Fleece top, 1 pair hiking pants/track pants, 2 swimming suits, Sport sandals, Hiking shoes, Day backpack 20L (with rain cover), Water bottle 1L or hydration pack 1L, Watch or alarm clock, Waterproof binoculars (if possible), Flashlight, Waterproof camera (if possible), Money belt, Snorkel gear and fins (Included for activities, but many people prefer to bring their own), First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, anti-histamine, sea/motion sickness medication, activated charcoal, Imodium, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking.) Packing List
Quito is a fascinating and historic city perched at 9350 feet above sea level and lying just south of the physical equator line. This location makes this capital city both the highest and the closest to the equator. The city is saturated in history and has the largest, least-altered, and best-preserved historic center in the Americas. It's widely known as the first city named a UNESCO World Heritage site along with Kraków, Poland. Surrounded by volcanoes, steep verdant mountainous terrain and a pleasing mix of contemporary and historic colonial architecture the location is completely unique. Arrange hotels through Trek Travel for Special pricing. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre and post-trip hotel.
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