Evening flight line from Europe Iberia via Madrid KLM or LAN towards Quito. From the North Unites States or Canada, flight in the day or night to many air lines.
Arrival in the afternoon. Welcome to Ecuador! We are at the airport to pick up you by our English speaking tour guide and transferred to our hotel. Resting the rest of the day to recover from the long flight.
Journey time 1-2 hours .; Hostal Sierra Madre (or similar);
Buenos días in Ecuador already!. After a hearty breakfast we explore the capital of Ecuador. in the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, we visit the plazas de la Independencia, Santo Domingo and San Francisco. At these three places are the most important monuments and Churches from the colonial period. Already this afternoon we leave out from Quito and make our way South to Machachi.
Driving time from 1.5 to 2 hours .; Hosteria La Estacion (or similar); (F)
After we had fortified with a hearty breakfast, we drive to the famous Cotopaxi National Park. The first of our three beautiful trekking areas. First, we make a stop at the lake Limpiopungo to 3,837 m altitude. We can walk along the lake and enjoy the scenery. In good weather We have here a beautiful view of the glaciated Cotopaxi. Our ambitious goal to this is the to reach Jose Rivas hut at 4.800m height. It is the basis for the climbers all over the world to Ascent of Cotopaxi. Not very long (about 3 hours), but with difficulty (due to the low Oxygen in the air), the rise. The hot cup of tea at 4,800 m altitude we honestly deserves. The subsequent descent is all the more faster. In the evening we reach the guest house Mama Hilda in the farming village Chugchilan (3,100m), where we have a tasty dinner of can relax the first day of trekking. Sleeping altitude: 3,100 m Driving time is about 6 hours .; Allow about 3 hours .; 400m ascent; 400m descent; Guest House Mama Hilda (or similar); (B / L / D)
After breakfast we walk from our lodge going directly towards the crater lagoon of Quilotoa. the short but steep descent of the hike follows a long passage, which we steadily, but not more so steep, uphill leads. The ascent to crater see is challenging because the Trails comparatively can be slippery in wet weather and tight. The efforts However, be rewarded: a breathtaking views of the patchwork valleys offers himself to us as soon as we the fascinating green Laguna Quilotoa, shimmering reach. Your water, the movements of the shadow sea of clouds reflects, owes its fantastic water color dissolved minerals. In the afternoon we reach our cozy Lodge (3,850 m) in the country house style. It is located in the vicinity of the crater rim and offers a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
Should you choose this hike to anyone, it is possible by car to Laguna Go to Quilotoa and to meet there in the Crater Lake Lodge back to the group. Even the luggage our group is transported to the lodge and we must only during the hike our Day backpack. Sleeping altitude: 3,850 m Walking time 6-7 hours .; 110m ascent; 200m descent; Alpaca Quilotoa Lodge (or similar); (B / L / D)
The entire present day we will spend in the beautiful area of the volcano crater. at a 5-6 hour hike, we walk around the crater lake Quilotoa, a diameter of 3 km has. Meanwhile, we are moving steadily between 3600 m and 3900 m altitude, without large Having to cope with height differences. Due to the mineral-laden water Rege no animals live in the lagoon. On our hike along the crater rim, we can lambs, piglets, Meet goat kids or foals. In the afternoon we arrive back at our lodge, where we have a second night will spend.
Sleeping altitude: 3,850 m Walking time 5-6 hours .; 500m ascent; 500m descent; Alpaca Quilotoa Lodge (or similar); (B / L / D)
Today we want to explore once the hustle and bustle of a local market and therefore go after
Saquisili! What variety of fruits, vegetables and much more there are here! We continue in the direction Riobamba, Riobamba just before we however make a stop and wander long about an hour to Posada de la Estacion (Urbina), where we visit the Station which is a small garden with native Trees has. We strengthen at a lunch at the Posada and now leave us in a workshop show how tagua is processed. From Tagua, special seeds from the jungle of Ecuador, are true jewels processed: necklaces, earrings, bracelets, key chains – the Ecuadorian creativity knows no bounds. By bus we ride now continue to Riobamba. At about 2,750 meters above sea level and surrounded by the majestic Andes is today’s guest: the cozy Hotel Abraspungo.
Travel time: 3 hours .; Walking time from 1 to 1.5 hours .; Hoteria Abraspungo (or similar); (F / M)
After our breakfast we drive to the Chimborazo National Park around the refuge there for a short hike to. The short hike takes us through the magnificent mountain scenery below the high towering glacier peak of Chimborazo. With luck, the road show graceful vicuñas. the small cloven with brown fur, white belly and neck resemble the guanaco or llama; live it in the high Andes of South America on a height of 3500-5000 m. By bus we ride now about 15 Minutes further to Carell hut (4,800 m). Depending on your condition can on even to the Whymper Hut 5,000 m altitude climb. The climb takes about an hour, the descent half an hour. something later we take our journey to Cuenca. The beautiful city that is set on circa 2,550 m, is coming up! Journey time 6-7 hours .; Walking time 2-3 hours .; Hotel Inca Real (or similar); (F / M)
The region around Cuenca is an important center of arts and crafts. Ceramics, Panama hats,
Gold and silver jewelry and much more is produced here and offered for sale. for the Locals as well as for many tourists is the city itself – the third largest in the country – the most beautiful City in Ecuador, because it has retained its charm. Add Even the new buildings in the neo-colonial style in with the existing architecture; rather clunky skyscrapers dominate the blue-domed New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva) in the cityscape. In the morning we let ourselves be lead through the city center, visit a factory for Panama hats and a ceramic gallery. In the afternoon, we’re on your own Faust stroll through the cobbled streets, take a look in the courtyards, on the bank of a flower-filled plaza and rest the old wooden doors and iron balconies of whitewashed Admire houses. Hotel Inca Real (or similar); (F)
We visit the Cajas National Park (3150-4450 m) and a short hike to 3,600m height. Nestled in the rolling hills about 270 lakes, numerous rivers and streams meander through the wetland. Below jagged rock forms the green tundra vegetation a nice color contrast to the shimmering blue lakes. Chances are, on the banks of some of bird species observed. The Andean Condor, whose wingspan is about 3 m may be, and the Giant Hummingbird, feed exclusively on nectar of Agavenblüten are only two of the many endemic and partially endangered species that are protected in the National Park. Later we drive to the tropical Guayaquil to only 200 m height.
Driving time from 4.5 to 5 hours .; Allow about 3 hours .; Gran Hotel Guayaquil (or similar); (F)
From Guayaquil we fly to the Galapagos Islands and set of Baltra Island, on which the Airport is located, with a ferry to Santa Cruz over. We interrupt the 1.5-hour drive in the South of the island and visit the twin craters Los Gemelos. The path along its Grikes leads through a forest of endemic sunflower trees (Scalesia). Here are also some 300 ferns and numerous bird species. In the port town of Puerto Ayora, we relate our hotel. In the afternoon we visit die1964 founded Charles Darwin Research Station. This was for many years also probably the most famous residents of all Galápagos: «Lonesome George» housed Lonesome.
George was the only survivor of a Riesenschildkröten arten from the island of Pinta, unfortunately, he died in Summer 2012 travel time from 2 to 2.5 hours .; Walking time from 1 to 1.5 hours .; Mainao Hotel (or similar); (F / M)
To the island Plaza Sur or to Bartolome Island. The North Seymour Island, popular nesting site of birds Prachtfregatt, is just a channel from the island Baltra. In the large lava blocks off the coast of sea lions and marine iguanas basking. The Island Plaza Sur, only 13 hectares, is located together with the island of Plaza Norte off the east coast of Santa Cruz. Although they is small, the island is home to an incredible number of plants and animals. Our focus is primarily the Land iguanas. Male land iguanas are distinguished by their rather drab females the size, well-trained dorsal crest and the intense yellow color. Both feed preferably of buds and flowers. On both islands are found from February to July as blue-footed boobies seasonal breeders one. Bartolomé is famous for its breathtaking scenery with the black Lava fields and glaring white sand beaches. The landmark of the island is Pinnacle Rock, a rocky pinnacle, probably the remnant of a tuff cone is. On, or at Bartolomé live green sea urchin, Sea turtles, parrot fish, Galapagos penguins and many more animals. In the late afternoon We return to Puerto Ayora.
Driving time from 2 to 2.5 hours.; Walking time from 1 to 1.5 hours .; Mainao Hotel (or similar); (F / M)
One morning, about three-hour boat ride brings us to the island of Floreana. On the way to Floreana we pass vary depending on the small offshore islands Enderby and Champion. soon Puerto Velasco Ibarra we achieve. We live in the Hostal Wittmer at the Bahía Negra, a beautiful black beach. The Cornering Margret Wittmer, author of the bestseller recommended «Floreana poste restante «, lived from 1932 – 2000 on Floreana In this Robinsonade with the subtitle:» A extraordinary woman living at the end of the world » is the interesting history of the settlement Volcanic island described. We spend the afternoon on a beautiful sandy beach, where there is also a sea lion colony has settled. Here we can snorkel or simply relax. Travel time by boat: 3 h
Allow about 1 hour .; Hostal Wittmer (or similar); (B / L / D)
Floreana is one of the few islands with freshwater sources. They are fed by the rains of Garúa-time. The two sources of fresh water in the interior of the island were the reason for many Colonization experiments, initially by pirates and later by whalers. After breakfast we drive to Highlands of Floreana. Towards a Galapaguera, a sanctuary of giant tortoises, we visit the pirate caves and freshwater sources. After lunch at the Hotel Wittmer we go back to Santa Cruz. Travel time by boat: 2.5 h – 3 h.
Driving time is about 2 hours.; Walking time from 1 to 1.5 hours .; Mainao Hotel (or similar); (F / M)
The last day in the animal and nature paradise Galápagos breaks. Provided today is a half hour Canoe ride and a short hike to the dream beach of Tortuga Bay, where we once more so really nice to relax, relax and swim. At dinner we can Goodbye to the other participants in the group, our tour guide and of course this small versatile Ecuador.
Allow about 2 hours .; Mainao Hotel (or similar); (F / A)
In the morning we drive through the highlands of Santa Cruz on the island of Baltra airport and fly over. Quito – Madrid – Franfurt – Amsterdam – back to home.
Arrival in Madrid Etc. Etc. and onward flight to your destination airport.
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