North Avenue

Excursion departs from Quito with accommodation in double rooms, private guide and Transportation.

AVENUE NORTH EXPRESS 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

DAY 1: TRANSFER IN*

Arrival in Quito. A bilingual guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. He/ She will be able to assist you in anything you may need. Accommodation in Quito.

*In case of flight delay due to events out of our control, an extra transfer might be charged. 

DAY 2: OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET – CUICOCHA CRATER LAKE –COTACACHI (B)

Drive north towards Imbabura, “the lakes” – Province. Enjoy an exciting trip by tasting exotic fruits in the Guayabamba valley, cross the Equator Line at Cayambe where on a clear day, it is possible to admire its majestic snow-capped mountain (5,790 m.), the world´s highest point where the Equator Line crosses, and try its famous salt biscuits with leaf cheese.

At the foot of Imbabura mountain enjoy the picturesque view of Ecuador’s largest lake-San Pablo. Afterwards, visit the famous Otavalo Indian Market the famous Indian market where vendors proudly offer a stunning variety of weavings – such as the famous ponchos – among other textiles like rugs, mittens and scarves. We compare the market with a rainbow due to the colors of the textiles exhibited. You can also find handcrafts, jewelry and other artisan work.

We make our next stop to visit Cuicocha Crater Lake, it lies at the foot of the extinct volcano Cotocachi (4968m) in the Western Cordillera in the province of Imbabura, north of Quito. That area is home to several mostly dormant volcanoes, like Mojanda, Imbabura and Cayambe. All those volcanoes contributed with their historical eruptions to the fertile valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the Andean highland. So not only short term devastation do volcanoes bring but also long term benefits to the environment and nature.

Our trip will end visiting the small town of Cotacachi, Ecuador is racking up a slew of complimentary titles as well as attracting retirees from the U.S. and elsewhere in droves. The village is well known for its hand-crafted leather products. Methods of tanning, stretching and molding the leather skins have been passed down through the generations and perfected into an art. Accommodation in Otavalo.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant.

DAY 3: PEGUCHE WATERFALL – RETURN TO QUITO (B)

The peaceful village of Peguche is located just outside of Otavalo. There once was a time when the village was bustling with traffic and visitors, as a railway line used to run through the village; but now, as the lines have been unused since the 1980s, tranquility has reached Peguche. Even though it is not as busy as it used to be, there is still more than enough reasons to visit this picturesque location and its friendly locals, who make a living out of agriculture, as well as weaving. The Peguche Waterfall is surrounded by the eucalyptus forest and is not only a breathtaking sigh, but was a sacred location for the Inca, and is still a place of pilgrimage for some who come to bathe in the waterfall before religious ceremonies take place. The Inca used the waterfall before participating in the Inti Raymi Festival. On closer inspection, visitors to the waterfall will notice a tiny tunnel located behind the waterfall, and if brave enough, can climb through the tunnel to explore the higher regions of the waterfall. Peguche is a destination that is covered in beauty, natural wonder and cultural adventures. Back to Quito.

END OF SERVICES

INCLUDED:

  • Private transfers
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • Meals mentioned in the program

(B: Breakfast, BL: Boxlunch, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

  • Excursions mentioned in the program
  • Private guidance during the mentioned excursions (English/ Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Drinks and not mentioned meals
  • Tips (is not mandatory)
  • Extra expenses & optional excursions

AVENUE NORTH & LIBERTY TRAIN 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

DAY 1: TRANSFER IN*

Arrival in Quito, a bilingual guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. He/ She will be able to assist you in anything you may need. Accommodation in Quito.

*In case of flight delay due to events out of our control, an extra transfer might be charged.

 

DAY 2: OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET – CUICOCHA CRATER LAKE –COTACACHI (B)

Drive north towards Imbabura, “the lakes” – Province. Enjoy an exciting trip by tasting exotic fruits in the Guayabamba valley, cross the Equator Line at Cayambe where on a clear day, it is possible to admire its majestic snow-capped mountain (5,790 m.), the world´s highest point where the Equator Line crosses, and try its famous salt biscuits with leaf cheese.

At the foot of Imbabura mountain enjoy the picturesque view of Ecuador’s largest lake-San Pablo. Afterwards, visit the famous Otavalo Indian Market the famous Indian market where vendors proudly offer a stunning variety of weavings – such as the famous ponchos – among other textiles like rugs, mittens and scarves. We compare the market with a rainbow due to the colors of the textiles exhibited. You can also find handcrafts, jewelry and other artisan work.

We make our next stop to visit Cuicocha Crater Lake, it lies at the foot of the extinct volcano Cotocachi (4968m) in the Western Cordillera in the province of Imbabura, north of Quito. That area is home to several mostly dormant volcanoes, like Mojanda, Imbabura and Cayambe. All those volcanoes contributed with their historical eruptions to the fertile valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the Andean highland. So not only short term devastation do volcanoes bring but also long term benefits to the environment and nature.

Our trip will end visiting the small town of Cotacachi, Ecuador is racking up a slew of complimentary titles as well as attracting retirees from the U.S. and elsewhere in droves. The village is well known for its hand-crafted leather products. Methods of tanning, stretching and molding the leather skins have been passed down through the generations and perfected into an art. Accommodation in a Hacienda.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant.

 

DAY 3: SAN CLEMENTE COMMUNITY – IBARRA CITY TOUR (B)

After breakfast, we will visit San Clemente, a small indigenous village of Imbabura region, near to Ibarra city, located in the Northern Highlands of Ecuador, at a height of 2890 meters.

Most of the inhabitants of San Clemente belong to the “Quechua Karanquis”.

In order to face the strong poverty, in which native communities of Ecuador have been kept for years, some inhabitants of the village decided to carry out a daring project of Ecotourism with the aim to stand for one another. This project was initiated in 2000 by a young couple, Laura and Manuel Guatemal, and some of their related family. The idea did not fall from heaven as everything was already there to make this project become real and successful. Ecology and Respect of nature are essential points of their culture through the worship of “Pachamama”, that is to say Mother- Earth. Solidarity is also one of the major characteristic: indeed, they are living in community and still practise “La Minga”, which is a collective seasonal work in the fields or common road works in the village and the neighborhood, but also constructions of collective buildings as schools and dining halls, football fields.

We will continue our trip visiting Ibarra, the capital of the province of Imbabura. Ibarra is surrounded by natural jewels like the Yahuarcocha Lagoon, where is also located one of the top 10 racetracks in the world, a top quality hotel infrastructure which has been admired for her national and foreign tourists who visit it. Ibarra is the city where the tourist finds beauty in the landscape and nature around him. The city has an altitude of 2225 meters above sea level and is known as the White City. Ibarra still retains the flavor of yesteryear, each corner keeps memories of the past to the present and projected where it harmoniously combines colonial and modern. In the urban area of the city there are places, churches, monuments of unique feature as the main city park named after the illustrious ibarreño Don Pedro Moncayo and Esparza, writer, politician, historian and journalist. Next to the park is located the Cathedral whose construction began in 1872. Accommodation in a Hacienda.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant.

DAY 4: LIBERTY TRAIN – PEGUCHE WATERFALL (B)

In the morning after breakfast, our guide will take you to the train station in Ibarra, in order to board the train into the route “Liberty Train” The Journey includes a guided visit to the “salt museum” in the city of Salinas and an artistic performance of an Afro- Ecuadorian ethnical group. The small town of Salinas receives its name due to the salt mines that allocate behind the mountains.

After this, our guide will pick you up in Salinas in order to visit the peaceful village of Peguche, which is located just outside of Otavalo. There once was a time when the village was bustling with traffic and visitors, as a railway line used to run through the village; but now, as the lines have been unused since the 1980s, tranquility has reached Peguche. Even though it is not as busy as it used to be, there is still more than enough reasons to visit this picturesque location and its friendly locals, who make a living out of agriculture, as well as weaving. The Peguche Waterfall is surrounded by the eucalyptus forest and is not only a breathtaking sigh, but was a sacred location for the Inca, and is still a place of pilgrimage for some who come to bathe in the waterfall before religious ceremonies take place. The Inca used the waterfall before participating in the Inti Raymi Festival. On closer inspection, visitors to the waterfall will notice a tiny tunnel located behind the waterfall, and if brave enough, can climb through the tunnel to explore the higher regions of the waterfall. Peguche is a destination that is covered in beauty, natural wonder and cultural adventures. Back to Quito.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant

This excursion operates daily except on Mondays and Tuesdays

END OF SERVICES

INCLUDED:

  • Private transfers
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • Meals mentioned in the program

(B: Breakfast, BL: Boxlunch, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

  • Excursions mentioned in the program
  • Private guidance during the mentioned excursions (English/ Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Drinks and not mentioned meals
  • Tips (is not mandatory)
  • Extra expenses & optional excursions

AVENUE NORTH & POLYLEPIS 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

DAY 1: TRANSFER IN*

 

Arrival in Quito. A bilingual guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. He will be able to assist you in anything you may need. Accommodation in Quito.

 

*In case of flight delay due to events out of our control, an extra transfer might be charged.

 

DAY 2: OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET – CUICOCHA CRATER LAKE –COTACACHI (B)

 

Drive north towards Imbabura, “the lakes” – Province. Enjoy an exciting trip by tasting exotic fruits in the Guayabamba valley, cross the Equator Line at Cayambe where on a clear day, it is possible to admire its majestic snow-capped mountain (5,790 m.), the world´s highest point where the Equator Line crosses, and try its famous salt biscuits with leaf cheese.

At the foot of Imbabura mountain enjoy the picturesque view of Ecuador’s largest lake-San Pablo. Afterwards, visit the famous Otavalo Indian Market the famous Indian market where vendors proudly offer a stunning variety of weavings – such as the famous ponchos – among other textiles like rugs, mittens and scarves. We compare the market with a rainbow due to the colors of the textiles exhibited. You can also find handcrafts, jewelry and other artisan work.

We make our next stop to visit Cuicocha Crater Lake, it lies at the foot of the extinct volcano Cotocachi (4968m) in the Western Cordillera in the province of Imbabura, north of Quito. That area is home to several mostly dormant volcanoes, like Mojanda, Imbabura and Cayambe. All those volcanoes contributed with their historical eruptions to the fertile valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the Andean highland. So not only short term devastation do volcanoes bring but also long term benefits to the environment and nature.

Our trip will continue visiting the small town of Cotacachi, Ecuador is racking up a slew of complimentary titles as well as attracting retirees from the U.S. and elsewhere in droves. The village is well known for its hand-crafted leather products. Methods of tanning, stretching and molding the leather skins have been passed down through the generations and perfected into an art.

Afterwards we will head north to Ibarra, the capital of the province of Imbabura. Ibarra is surrounded by natural jewels like the Yahuarcocha Lagoon, where is also located one of the top 10 racetracks in the world, a top quality hotel infrastructure which has been admired for her national and foreign tourists who visit it. Ibarra is the city where the tourist finds beauty in the landscape and nature around him. Accommodation in a local Hacienda.

 

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant.

 

DAY 3: SAN CLEMENTE COMMUNITY (B)

 

After breakfast, we will visit San Clemente, a small indigenous village of Imbabura region, near to Ibarra city, located in the Northern Highlands of Ecuador, at a height of 2890 meters.

Most of the inhabitants of San Clemente belong to the “Quechua Karanquis”.

In order to face the strong poverty, in which native communities of Ecuador have been kept for years, some inhabitants of the village decided to carry out a daring project of Ecotourism with the aim to stand for one another. This project was initiated in 2000 by a young couple, Laura and Manuel Guatemal, and some of their related family.

The idea did not fall from heaven as everything was already there to make this project become real and successful.

Ecology and Respect of nature are essential points of their culture through the worship of “Pachamama”, that is to say Mother- Earth.

Solidarity is also one of the major characteristic: indeed, they are living in community and still practise “La Minga”, which is a collective seasonal work in the fields or common road works in the village and the neighborhood, but also constructions of collective buildings as schools and dining halls, football fields. Accommodation at Polylepis Ecolodge.

 

 

DAY 4: POLYLEPIS FOREST – RETURN TO QUITO (B)

 

Breakfast. Then our native guide will take us across the millenary Polylepis forest. This unique endemic ecosystem, includes the last 12 hectares left in the Andes. The name Polylepis is in fact derived from the Greek words poly (many) plus letis (layers), referring to the shredding, multi-layered bark that is common to all species of the genus. The bark is thick, rough and densely layered for protection against low temperatures. These are also known as “paper trees”. The forest, combined with small waterfalls and clear lakes offers incredible views that create a scenario brought from fairy tales. Return to Quito.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE this excursion involves communitarian experiences and basic accommodation in order to maintain the “spirit and sense” of the tour.

 

 

END OF SERVICES

INCLUDED:

  • Private transfers
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • Meals mentioned in the program

(B: Breakfast, BL: Boxlunch, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

  • Excursions mentioned in the program
  • Private guidance during the mentioned excursions (English/ Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Drinks and not mentioned meals
  • Tips (is not mandatory)
  • Extra expenses & optional excursions

AVENUE NORTH COMPLETE 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

DAY 1: TRANSFER IN*

Arrival in Quito. A bilingual guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. He will be able to assist you in anything you may need. Accommodation in Quito.

*In case of flight delay due to events out of our control, an extra transfer might be charged.

 

DAY 2: OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET – PEGUCHE WATERFALL (B)

Drive north towards Imbabura, “the lakes” – Province. Enjoy an exciting trip by tasting exotic fruits in the Guayabamba valley, cross the Equator Line at Cayambe where on a clear day, it is possible to admire its majestic snow-capped mountain (5,790 m.), the world´s highest point where the Equator Line crosses, and try its famous salt biscuits with leaf cheese.

At the foot of Imbabura mountain enjoy the picturesque view of Ecuador’s largest lake-San Pablo. Afterwards, visit the famous Otavalo Indian Market the famous Indian market where vendors proudly offer a stunning variety of weavings – such as the famous ponchos – among other textiles like rugs, mittens and scarves. We compare the market with a rainbow due to the colors of the textiles exhibited. You can also find handcrafts, jewelry and other artisan work.

Afterwards we will visit the peaceful village of Peguche, which is located just outside of Otavalo. There once was a time when the village was bustling with traffic and visitors, as a railway line used to run through the village; but now, as the lines have been unused since the 1980s, tranquility has reached Peguche. Even though it is not as busy as it used to be, there is still more than enough reasons to visit this picturesque location and its friendly locals, who make a living out of agriculture, as well as weaving. The Peguche Waterfall is surrounded by the eucalyptus forest and is not only a breathtaking sigh, but was a sacred location for the Inca, and is still a place of pilgrimage for some who come to bathe in the waterfall before religious ceremonies take place. The Inca used the waterfall before participating in the Inti Raymi Festival. On closer inspection, visitors to the waterfall will notice a tiny tunnel located behind the waterfall, and if brave enough, can climb through the tunnel to explore the higher regions of the waterfall. Peguche is a destination that is covered in beauty, natural wonder and cultural adventures. Return to Otavalo and overnight.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant.

DAY 3: CUICOCHA LAKE CRATER – COTACACHI (B)

After breakfast we will visit the Cuicocha Crater Lake, it lies at the foot of the extinct volcano Cotocachi (4968m) in the Western Cordillera in the province of Imbabura, north of Quito. That area is home to several mostly dormant volcanoes, like Mojanda, Imbabura and Cayambe. All those volcanoes contributed with their historical eruptions to the fertile valley, one of the most productive agricultural regions in the Andean highland. So not only short term devastation do volcanoes bring but also long term benefits to the environment and nature.

Our trip will continue visiting the small town of Cotacachi, Ecuador is racking up a slew of complimentary titles as well as attracting retirees from the U.S. and elsewhere in droves. The village is well known for its hand-crafted leather products. Methods of tanning, stretching and molding the leather skins have been passed down through the generations and perfected into an art. Accommodation in Otavalo

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant.

DAY 4: LIBERTY TRAIN – SAN CLEMENTE COMMUNITY (B)

In the morning after breakfast, our guide will take you to the train station in Ibarra, in order to board the train into the route “Liberty Train” The Journey includes a guided visit to the “salt museum” in the city of Salinas and an artistic performance of an Afro- Ecuadorian ethnical group. The small town of Salinas receives its name due to the salt mines that allocate behind the mountains.

In the afternoon we will visit San Clemente, a small indigenous village of Imbabura region, near to Ibarra city, located in the Northern Highlands of Ecuador, at a height of 2890 meters.

Most of the inhabitants of San Clemente belong to the “Quechua Karanquis”.

In order to face the strong poverty, in which native communities of Ecuador have been kept for years, some inhabitants of the village decided to carry out a daring project of Ecotourism with the aim to stand for one another. This project was initiated in 2000 by a young couple, Laura and Manuel Guatemal, and some of their related family. The idea did not fall from heaven as everything was already there to make this project become real and successful. Ecology and Respect of nature are essential points of their culture through the worship of “Pachamama”, that is to say Mother- Earth.

Solidarity is also one of the major characteristic: indeed, they are living in community and still practise “La Minga”, which is a collective seasonal work in the fields or common road works in the village and the neighborhood, but also constructions of collective buildings as schools and dining halls, football fields. Accommodation at Polylepis Ecolodge.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant

This excursion operates daily except on Mondays and Tuesdays.

DAY 5: POLYLEPIS FOREST – RETURN TO QUITO (B)

Breakfast. Then our native guide will take us across the millenary Polylepis forest. This unique endemic ecosystem, includes the last 12 hectares left in the Andes. The name Polylepis is in fact derived from the Greek words poly (many) plus letis (layers), referring to the shredding, multi-layered bark that is common to all species of the genus. The bark is thick, rough and densely layered for protection against low temperatures. These are also known as “paper trees”. The forest, combined with small waterfalls and clear lakes offers incredible views that create a scenario brought from fairy tales. Return to Quito.

IMPORTANT NOTICE this excursion involves communitarian experiences and basic accommodation in order to maintain the “spirit and sense” of the tour.

END OF SERVICES

INCLUDED:

  • Private transfers
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • Meals mentioned in the program

(B: Breakfast, BL: Boxlunch, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

  • Excursions mentioned in the program
  • Private guidance during the mentioned excursions (English/ Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Drinks and not mentioned meals
  • Tips (is not mandatory)
  • Extra expenses & optional excursions