Hiking in El Cajas National Park
Hike with a local guide through El Cajas National Park, a bewitchingly beautiful protected area with cloud forests to rocky-lunar landscapes, over 200 lagoons, wild llamas, alpacas deer and fox, and hummingbirds. The park is 4,000 meters above sea level and temperatures can be as low as 12 degrees C (53 F).
Helicopter Excursion, Cotopaxi
Enjoy an exclusive and exhilarating helicopter flight over the Cotopaxi National Park. Soar over the Avenue of the Volcanoes for either 30 or 90 minutes, and get a bird’s eye view of the snow capped Cotopaxi volcano, standing 5,897 meters above sea level, and the colorful lakes and dense forests in the region.
Visit the beautiful, Cuicocha volcanic crater lagoon, located at nearly 3,246 meters in a part of the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve. Walk around the lagoon to enjoy the biodiversity of the region, the deep blue hues of the lake, and on a clear day, views of the Imbabura and Cayambe volcanoes.
Otavalo and Surroundings
Visit the town of Otavalo, famous for its indigenous market that is held every day. Then, visit the peaceful town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather products such as shoes, purses, coats and belts. Browse the products and meet the local craftsmen who create these beautiful pieces.
Compania de Jesus Hacienda and Rose Plantation
Ecuador is the third largest exporter of roses in the world. The roses are known for their size, longevity and color variations (over 500 colors). The Compania de Jesus hacienda belonged to the Jesuit order around 300 years ago. Today it has an exquisite, permanent exhibition of over 5,000 varieties of roses.
Parrot Clay Licks & Mandi Wasi Community Visit, Coca
Take an excursion on the Napo River to view the parrot clay licks, where you can see hundreds of parrots and parakeets gathering to eat the mineral rich soil. Then visit the Mandi Wasi community, to learn more about their culture and way of life, and taste their indigenous cuisine.
Amazon Rainforest Excursion & Canoe Ride, Coca
Set out on a trail through the Rainforest with a guide to an observation tower about 120 ft above the forest canopy, from where you can observe various birds, medicinal plants and other flora and fauna. Then go a canoe ride at night, to explore the nocturnal creatures of the Amazon.
Expedition to Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
Santa Cruz Island offers a wide ranging set of attractions, from the Los Gemelos sunken craters and Scalesia forest, to lava tunnels, organic coffee farms, the giant tortoise farm in Rancho Chato II, the spectacular Tortuga Bay and Garrapatero beach, the Charles Darwin Research Center, and Puerto Ayora and its Fish Market.
Expedition to Santa Fe Island, Galapagos
Santa Fe Island was formed from an ocean floor uplift, and not a volcanic eruption, therefore giving it a mostly flat shape. There are several colonies of land iguanas on the island. Visitors can also kayak, snorkel and hike to scenic viewpoints.
Expedition to Sombrero Chino Island, Galapagos
Sombrero Chino is a small island that gets its name from a resemblance to a Chinese Hat when seen from afar. The island is famous for sea lion colonies, marine iguanas, sally-lightfoot crabs, land iguanas, coral heads, and possibly Galapagos penguins.1 2 Next »