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Itinerary

Expedition Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in the capital city of Quito. It lies on a long and narrow Andean valley surrounded by high volcanoes at an elevation of 2,850 meters/ 9,350 ft. Our guide will be waiting for you at the airport and will take you to the hotel.

  • Altitudes: Quito: 2,850 m/9,350 ft.
  • Vertical gain during the day: Depending on altitude of home town
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: Depending on altitude of home town
  • Travel times: Airport – Hotel: 30 min
  • Accomodations: Hotel
  • Internet Access: Wifi with PIN. There are also some computers which you can use at the business center
  • Cell Phone signal: Yes

Day 2

City Tour Quito. We spend the day sightseeing in Quito. The northern capital for the Incas, Quito is considered to be one of the most beautiful of all South American capital cities with its well preserved colonial architecture and mild climate. We visit the old town of Quito which has been declared a World Heritage by the UNESCO.. We acclimatize to the local altitude while taking an easy walk through narrow streets and historical squares, admiring the old colonial churches, buildings and houses. Before returning to our hotel we enjoy a great view of Quito from the top of the El Panecillo hill. This day constitutes an important foundation for our acclimatization. We also have a thorough equipment check and orientation including discussion of Leave No Trace practices. A welcome dinner follows in the evening. Overnight stay in Quito.

  • Altitudes: Quito: 2,850 m/9,350 ft.
  • Vertical gain during the day: 0m/ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: 0m/ft
  • Travel times: Hotel – old town: 30 min; Old town – Hotel: 30 min
  • Accomodations: Hotel
  • Internet Access: Wifi with PIN. There are also some computers which you can use at the business center
  • Cell Phone signal: Yes

Day 3

Rucu Pichincha Climb – Papallacta. Easy access from Quito using the cable car makes Ruco Pichincha (4,698m /15,413ft) a great acclimatization hike. The gondola will take us up to an altitude of 3,966m / 13,012ft from where we will have a first glance of three of the highest snow-capped Ecuadorian mountains. Cotopaxi, Antizana and Cayambe. From there we will start our hike, which will take us to the top of this ancient volcano in three hours. Two hours later we will be back in Quito and drive to the most beautiful hot springs spa in Ecuador, Termas Papallacta, (11,800ft). Papallacta has private hot pools in front of every room filled daily with perfectly clear hot water from their natural hot springs. The spa is also available for massage at very reasonable prices. We spend the rest of the evening enjoying a great dinner and relaxing in the pools. Night at Papallacta.

  • Altitudes:
    Quito: 2,850 m/9,350 ft.
    Gondola upper station: 3,966m/13,012 ft
    Summit Ruco Pichincha: 4,698m/15,413ft
    Termas Papallacta: 3,300m/10,827ft
  • Vertical gain during the day: 1,848 m/6,063ft
  • Vertical gain climbing: 732 m/2,401ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping altitude: 450m/1,477ft
  • Travel times: Hotel – Gondola (lower terminus): 20 min
    Gondola (lower terminus) – Papallacta: 2 hours
    Hiking/Climbing times: Gondola (upper station) – Summit Rucu Pichincha: 3-4 hours
  • Summit Rucu Pichincha – Gondola (upper station): 2 hours
  • Accomodation: Resort
  • Internet Access: Wifi with PIN There are also two computers at the business center which you can use for free. Most of the time you have to wait in line. For some reason beyond our control, Apple devices (iPhones, iPads) do not connect to the wireless service at this particular place.
  • Cell Phone signal: Yes

Day 4

Acclimatization Hike Bear’s Peak. Papallacta. Today we take an acclimatization hike through a thick Cyprus forest up onto the high ridges surrounding Papallacta. We have excellent views of the surrounding valleys and our first climb, Antisana (5,758m / 18, 891ft). After our hike we head back to Termas Papallacta for a fine dinner and another evening in the spa.

  • Altitudes: Termas Papallacta: 3,300m/10,827ft
  • Summit Bear’s Peak: 3,987m/13,081ft
  • Vertical gain during the day: 687m/2,254ft
  • Vertical gain climbing: 687m/2,254ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: 0m/ft
  • Travel times: 0
  • Hiking/Climbing times: Termas de Papallacta. – Summit Bear’s Peak: 2-3 hours
  • Summit Bear’s Peak – Termas de Papallacta: 1-1.5 hours
  • Accomodations: Resort
  • Internet Access: Wifi with PIN There are also two computers at the business center which you can use for free. Most of the time you have to wait in line. For some reason beyond our control, Apple devices (iPhones, iPads) do not connect to the wireless service at this particular place.
  • Cell Phone signal: Yes

Day 5

Termas de Papallacta – Antisana. Hike to Advance Base Camp. Overnight at Base Camp.  This morning we meet the rest of our climbing guides( our guide to climber ratio is 1:2) who will be joining us for the climb and take our bus and four wheel drive jeep up to the base of Antisana. Our Base Camp (13,500 ft) is in the remote highlands of a private ranch with wild horses, lamas, fox and raptors. Few people visit this area and we usually have Antisana all to ourselves. Our cook and staff prepare camp as we do an acclimatization hike up to advance base Camp at 15,500 ft and then return to Base Camp for the night.

  • Altitudes: Termas Papallacta: 3,300m/10,827ft
    Antisana Base Camp: 4,086m/13,405ft
    Advance Base Camp: 4,533m/14,870ft
  • Vertical gain during the day: 1,233m/4,043ft
  • Vertical gain climbing: 447m/1,465ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: 786m/2,578ft
  • Travel times: Termas Papallacta- Antisana Base Camp: 3 hours
  • Hiking/Climbing times: Antisana Base Camp – Advance Base Camp: 2 hours
    Advance Base Camp – Antisana Base
  • Camp: 1 hour
  • Accommodation: Antisana Base Camp
  • Internet Access: No
  • Cell Phone signal: No. For emergencies and to cybercast, we have a satellite phone with us.

Day 6

Glacier Training. Overnight at Base Camp.  After breakfast we travel in the 4 wheel drive up to Advance Base Camp. From here we hike for an hour up to the glacier for a climbing skills review and to acclimatize. The lower glaciers on Antizana offer great cramponing and practice for running belays, etc. That evening we return to Base Camp where dinner is be waiting for us.

  • Altitudes: Antisana Base Camp: 4,086m/13,405ft
    Advance Base Camp: 4,533m/14,870ft
    Antisana Glacier: 4,789m/15,713 ft
  • Vertical gain during the day: 703m/2,308ft
  • Vertical gain climbing: 256m/843ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: 0 m/0ft
  • Travel times: Antisana Base Camp – Advance Base Camp: 30 min
  • Hiking/Climbing times: Advance Base Camp – Glacier: 1 hour
    Glacier- Advance Base Camp: 1 hour
  • Accommodation: Antisana Base Camp
  • Internet Access: No
  • Cell Phone signal: No. For emergencies and to cybercast, we have a satellite phone with us.

Day 7

Rest and preparation day for the climb. Base Camp. We spend the day planning the climb and preparing our gear. We will head to bed early so that we are well rested for an early departure on the summit climb.

  • Altitudes: Antisana Base Camp: 4,086m/13,405ft
  • Vertical gain during the day: 0m/0ft
  • Vertical gain climbing: 0m/0ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: 0m/0ft
  • Travel times: 0
  • Hiking/Climbing times: 0
  • Accommodation: Base Camp
  • Internet Access: No
  • Cell Phone signal: No. For emergencies and to cybercast, we have a satellite phone with us.

Day 8

Summit Antisana – Hacienda Cusin. Overnight at Hacienda Cusin.
We rise at 10:00 pm. Our cook will have breakfast waiting in the dinning tent. We will then drive up to La Virgen Moraine from where at midnight we head out with our guides on the summit climb. Antisana has challenging glaciers where we climb small steps to avoid the larger crevassed areas. We wind around towers of glacier ice and as the sun rises to a most spectacular of a dozen volcanoes throughout all of Ecuador.

  • Altitudes: La Virgen Moraine: 4,533m/14,870ft
    Summit Antisana: 5,758m / 18,891ft
    Antisana Base Camp: 4,086m/13,405ft
    Hacienda Cusin: 2,600m/8,530ft
  • Vertical gain during the day: 1,672m/5,486ft
  • Vertical gain climbing: 1,225m/4,021ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: -1486m/-4,875ft
  • Travel times: La Virgen Moraine – Antisana Base Camp: 30 min
    Antisana Base Camp – Hacienda Cusin: 2.5 hours
  • Hiking/Climbing times: La Virgen Moraine – Summit Antisana: 7-8 hours
    Summit Antisana – La Virgen
  • Moraine: 3-4 hours
  • Accommodation: Hacienda Cusin
  • Internet Access: Yes
  • Cell Phone signal: Yes

Following Antisana we travel by private bus to Hacienda Cusin, a beautifully restored, 17th-century estate at 8,530ft/2,600m in the Ecuadorian sierra close to Cayambe, our next objective.

Day 9

Rest Day. Otavalo Indian Market – Cuicocha Lake – Hacienda Cusin.
Today we have a rest day which will start with a relaxing morning enjoying a leisurely breakfast. We will visit the famous and colorful Otavalo Market which dates back to pre-Inca days and the beautiful and impressive Cuicocha Crater Lake. The rest of the day is dedicated to rest and preparation for the upcoming climb.

  • Altitudes: Otavalo: 2,550/8,366ft
    Cuicocha Crater Lake: 3,080m/10,104ft
    Hacienda Cusin: 2,600m/8,530ft
  • Vertical gain during the day: 480m/ 1,574ft
  • Vertical gain climbing: 0
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: 0
  • Travel times: Hacienda Cusin – Otavalo: 15 min
    Otavalo – Cuicocha Crater Lake: 30 min
    Cuicocha Crater Lake – Hacienda Cusin: 45 min
  • Hiking/Climbing times: 0
  • Accommodation: Hacienda Cusin
  • Internet Access: Yes
  • Cell Phone signal: Yes

Day 10

Hacienda Cusin – Cayambe Hut. Overnight at the hut.
After breakfast, our transport will take us to Cayambe town where we will meet the rest of the guides. Together, we will travel up to the Cayambe hut (4,650m/15,250ft) using four wheel drive vehicles. The hut is situated on the southern slopes of Cayambe and has fantastic views of “Glaciar Hermoso”. Once at the hut, we prepare the climb of the third highest mountain in Ecuador.

  • Altitudes: Hacienda Cusin: 2,600m/8,530ft
    Cayambe hut: 4,650m/15,250ft
  • Vertical gain during the day: 2,050m/6,720ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: 2,050m/6,720ft
  • Travel times: Hacienda Cusin – Cayambe town: 30 min
    Cayambe town – Cayambe hut: 2 hours
  • Hiking/Climbing times: 0
  • Accommodation: Cayambe hut
  • Internet Access: No
  • Cell Phone signal: Weak but enough to make a call

Day 11

Summit Cayambe – Hacienda Cusin (Quito for 12-day program).
Cayambe has the special distinction of being the highest and coldest point on the Equator. This volcano is the only place on earth where the latitude is 0° and so is the temperature. We begin the climb at about midnight. An early start allows us to take advantage of the better snow conditions and thus travel more quickly and safely. The normal route is technically not challenging but physically demanding. From the hut, we will have to ascent a rocky ridge. From the top of it, we have to make a short descent before heading up to join the glacier. Once on the glacier, we will rope up and head up toward a rocky outcrop located in the middle of it. From there, we turn left toward the summit working a way through crevasses until reaching the huge summit dome (5,789m/18,993ft) with magnificent views of the Amazon Rain Forest, the surrounding highlands and mountains such as Antisana and Cotopaxi. After the summit climb, we descend Cayambe and head back to Hacienda Cusin for rest and recovery.

  • Altitudes: Cayambe hut: 4,650m/15,250ft
    Summit Cayambe: 5,789m/18,993ft
    Hacienda Cusin: 2,600m/8,530ft
  • Vertical gain during the day: 1,139m/3,743ft
  • Vertical gain climbing: 1,139m/3,743ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: -2,050m/-6,720ft
  • Travel times: Cayambe hut – Hacienda Cusin: 2.5 hours
  • Hiking/Climbing times: Cayambe hut – Summit Cayambe: 8 hours
    Summit Cayambe – Cayambe hut: 3 hours
  • Accommodation: Hacienda Cusin
  • Internet Access: Yes
  • Cell Phone signal: Yes

Those in the 12 day program will return to Quito for their flights out the next day.

Day 12

Hacienda Cusin – Riobamba. Abraspungo Hostelry.
After breakfast, we travel by bus to the Abraspungo Hostelry (2,750m/9,022ft) located close to the city of Riobamba and Chimborazo. We will drive south along what was called by Alexander von Humboldt “The Avenue of the Volcanoes”: the high valleys separating the two Ecuadorian mountain chains. There will be great opportunities to admire the “Big Ten Ecuadorian Volcanoes” including the beautiful and active Cotopaxi. In the afternoon, we will reach Abraspungo. This cozy accommodation in a spectacular setting gives us another opportunity to rest and prepare before our most demanding climb.

  • Altitudes: Hacienda Cusin: 2,600m/8,530ft
    Abraspungo Hostelry: 2,750m/9,022ft
  • Vertical gain during the day: 150m/492ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: 150m/492ft
  • Travel times: Hacienda Cusin – Abraspungo Hostelry: 4.5 hours
  • Accommodation: Abraspungo Hostelry
  • Internet Access: Wifi with PIN
  • Cell Phone signal: Yes.

Day 13

Abraspungo Hostelry – Stübel Camp on Chimborazo
Chimborazo, our next objective (6,310m /20,702ft) is the highest mountain in Ecuador. This old volcano is considered extinct although some recent studies show that it might still be considered active. Its main summit has the distinction of being the farthest point from the center of the earth making Chimborazo, in its own way, the tallest mountain in the world. It does not matter from which side you look at Chimborazo, it will impress you by its size and beauty. Today we travel by bus to Plaza Roja (4,852m /15,918ft.) located close to the Carrel hut (4,862m /15,951ft). From there, it takes us about two hours to walk to the Stübel Camp (5,050m /16,567ft) where we spend the afternoon preparing for the climb the next day. Porters will help us carrying group gear from Plaza Roja up to the Stübel Camp.

  • Altitudes: Abraspungo Hostelry: 2,750m/9,022ft
    Plaza Roja: 4,852m/15,918ft
    Stübel Camp: 5,050m/16,567ft
  • Vertical gain during the day: 2,300m/7,545ft
  • Vertical gain climbing: 198m/649ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: 2,300m/7,545ft
  • Travel times: Abraspungo Hostelry – Plaza Roja: 1 hour
  • Hiking/Climbing times: Plaza Roja – Stübel Camp: 2 hours
  • Accommodation: Stübel Camp
  • Internet Access: No
  • Cell Phone signal: Yes.

Day 14

Summit Chimborazo – Riobamba. Abraspungo Hostelry.
We start the climb at about midnight following the Stübel glacier until it joins the Castle Saddle (5,500m /18,044 ft.). This new variant to the normal Castle Ridge route is free from the danger of rock fall making it a much safer line. From the Stübel Camp, it normally takes eight hours to get to the Whymper summit from where you will enjoy one of the best views in Ecuador. To the east and south-east: El Altar which is the most difficult mountain to climb in Ecuador and the active volcanoes Tungurahua and Sangay. To the north and north-east: mountains like the Ilinizas, Antisana and the famous Cotopaxi. The descent to the Stübel Camp takes three hours. After returning to camp, we pack and descend to Plaza Roja and travel to Riobamba town. The Abraspungo Hostelry gives us beautiful Andean scenery at the end of our climb.

  • Altitudes: Stübel Camp: 5,050m/16,567ft
    Summit Chimborazo: 6,310m/20,702ft
    Plaza Roja: 4,852m/15,918ft
    Abraspungo Hostelry: 2,750m/9,022ft
  • Vertical gain during the day: 1,260m/4,135ft
  • Vertical gain climbing: 1,260m/4,135ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: -2,300m/-7,545ft
  • Travel times: Plaza Roja – Abraspungo Hostelry: 1 hour
  • Hiking/Climbing times: Stübel Camp – Summit Chimborazo: 8 hours
    Summit Chimborazo – Stübel Camp: 3 hours
    Stübel Camp – Plaza Roja: 1.5 hours
  • Accommodation: Abraspungo Hostelry
  • Internet Access: Wifi with PIN
  • Cell Phone signal: Yes

Day 15

Riobamba – Quito. Hotel Quito.
After having breakfast we drive along the Avenue of the volcanoes back to Quito. Farewell dinner in the evening.

  • Altitudes: Abraspungo Hostelry: 2,750m/9,022ft
    Quito: 2,850 m/9,350 ft.
  • Vertical gain during the day: 100m/328ft
  • Vertical gain of sleeping elevation: 100m/328ft
  • Travel times: Riobamba – Quito: 4-5 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Internet Access: Wifi with PIN There are also some computers which you can use at the business center
  • Cell Phone signal: Yes

Day 16

Travel times: Airport – Hotel Quito: 30 min

Galapagos Island Itinerary

Day 1

AM – San Cristobal airport
Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal (2 ½ hour flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

PM – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristóbal)
Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about Natural History in the Galapagos. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands. Tijeretas Hill involves a high intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigatebird nesting colony.

Day 2

AM – Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española)
Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

PM – Suarez Point (Española)
Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca Boobies and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs.
A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December).
Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous Soplador, a seaward blowhole that shoots water some 23 m. (75 ft.) in the air.

Day 3

AM – Post Office (Floreana)
Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay is so-named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them to their destinations. Today, our visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, not arrive at all, or even arrive before you!

We may also encounter Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warbler and lava lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles as well, this island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus, and Galapagos milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.

PM – Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana)
Wet landing, on an olivine green sand beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach one can spot sea turtles, Blue-footed Boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in search of food. This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.

Day 4

AM – Highlands (Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes.

PM – Fausto Llerena Breeding Center – Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)
Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his specie) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

Day 5

AM – Daphne
We circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tuff cone formation that was created by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see Darwin’s finches, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Brown Noddies. Afterwards, you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Napo Wildlife Center Itinerary

DAY 1

A rewarding 30 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range is the beginning of this amazing experience.
After landing, a short 5 minute drive to the port in the Napo River will take you onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a boat ride along the Napo for approximately 2 hours. Some aquatic birds can be spotted on the way. After arriving at Napo Wildlife Center’s welcoming area, we take a magical and peaceful 1 hour dugout-canoe along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. Great chances to spot wildlife, various species of monkeys as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival at the lodge. After dinner a short introductory walk and cayman observation in a paddle canoe are the last activities before a well deserved rest.

DAY 2

After a buffet breakfast, experience the life above the forest floor visiting the 36-meter canopy tower. This tower is located about 20 minutes from the lodge deep within the forest. Get a very good sample of the 567 species recorded so far, with a close look at colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans, flycatchers and even Spider or Howler Monkeys feeding themselves on the nearby trees. The canopy tower opens a whole new world to the guests of the Napo Wildlife Center. Return to the lodge for a typical Ecuadorian lunch. After lunch there are many options to choose from before you start the afternoon activity: swim in the lake with your guides, climb the dinning room tree tower for more birds, or just relax in your hammock. In the afternoon, hike through a marvelous terra- firme forest to discover the ecology and the role of plants in the complex world of the Tropical Rain-Forest: vines, ancient trees, bromeliads, orchids stand out in this impressive natural garden. After the hike, explore the surrounding creeks with possibilities of running into a Giant otter family. Dinner at 7:30pm.

DAY 3

This morning we visit the best parrot clay licks in Ecuador!!! Early start and paddle downstream on the Añangu creek as far as the welcome area. Then, take the motor boat for a 10 minute ride for a wonderful view of thousands of parrots such as Amazon-Mealy, blue-headed, orange –cheek, among others, landing on the earth to eat the clay. Later, back to the welcome area and a short hike to the parakeets’ clay lick, where hundreds of cobalt-winged parakeets remain on the top of the trees searching for the best time to eat the salts, chemicals and minerals contained in the organic matter. Lunch in the welcome area. In the afternoon, visit the interpretation area to see the traditions of the ancestral Kichwa community of Añangu and share a traditional ceremony with the shaman. Back to the lodge late in the afternoon where you’ll be welcomed back with a refreshing fresh juice. Dinner at 7:30pm.

DAY 4

This morning we hike along the Tiputini trail and its terra-firma forests and swamp forests, searching for more wildlife such as Golden-Mantled Tamarins, White-Faced capuchin monkey, two and three toed sloths, pigmy squirrels, carnivores and their tracks on the forest floor. Back to the lodge for lunch and a well deserved rest. In the afternoon paddle canoes will take you to explore deeper areas in the surrounding creeks with more possibilities of seeing unique wildlife. After dinner a video about the community and Napo Wildlife Center will be shared with you.

DAY 5

Early breakfast, and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo river, the creek may reveal new sights of Giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys, hoatzins, blackcapped donacobius or other birds. The motorized canoe will return you back to Coca, for the flight back to Quito.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a sample itinerary subject to change due to weather conditions, safety, and particular interests of guests and groups. Changes and additions are made in order to maximize wildlife viewing and wilderness enjoyment, cultural interaction with local people, and all possible time at the richest rain forest in Ecuador: the Yasuni National Park.

I felt like, with Jose Luis, I was in the hands of one of the best guides in Ecuador. He is fun to be with and had a great rapport with the group. The trip was extremely well-organized, and I had fun the entire time. Overall I thought the organization of the trip was flawless.

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