What makes this trip special?
Condors, snow-capped volcanoes & wild moors
Thermal pools amongst the mountains
Picturesque Valley Lodge
The Guinea Pig Lake
Cuicocha circuit - Otavalo region
Avenue of the Volcanoes
Cotopaxi NP & Avenue of the Volcanoes
Remote farming communities
Visit the last remaining Icemen
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Santo Domingo Valley
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Day-by-day itinerary for 'Day walks in the Andes'
Antisana Ecological Reserve
Lake Quilotoa to Chugchilán
Saquisilí Market and Riobamba
Los Hieleros (The Icemen)
Guide prices for 'Day walks in the Andes'
||2 people sharing
Prices are per person and include:
- all travel in Ecuador
- all accommodation
- meals as indicated B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
- all excursions as described
Prices do not include:
- international flights
- travel insurance
- airport and departure taxes
- items of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, laundry, etc
- any optional excursions you may buy locally
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'Day walks in the Andes'
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Hotels for 'Day walks in the Andes'
Days 1 - 3
Plaza Sucre, Quito
Hotel Plaza Sucre is a good functional mid-range B&B located in Quito's historic quarter, four blocks back from its main sights and squares.
There are 25 comfortable guest rooms each with TV and private bathrooms.
The 4th floor rooftop breakfast room has wonderful views out to the Panecillo monument which stands guard over the city.
For other meals there are several restaurants in easy walking distance in the well policed historic centre.
Termas de Papallacta
Situated high on the paramos (moors) 40 minutes drive east from Quito this is a delightful lodge with outdoor thermal pools and spa. It has a total of 32 rooms dotted about in its garden, including 13 cabins which also have living rooms and fireplaces. Accommodation is about 300m from the main block which houses the restaurant and spa. Guests have thermal pools, never more than a few footsteps from their room. Here on a clear night it is lovely to slip into the warm water after dinner and admire the moonlit snowcapped summit of distant Antisana volcano. All rooms have private bathrooms and there are self-guided hiking trails on the paramos behind the hotel where there are opportunites to see hummingbirds. There are also much larger thermal pools which are open to the public which are very popular at weekends when day-trippers visit from Quito. Room prices are higher at weekends when the lodge is busiest so aim to stay mid-week.
Days 5 - 6
San Isidro Lodge
20 mins south of Baeza
Birders and walkers lodge in the eastern foothills of the Andes at 2,000m above sea level in a zone still mostly blanketed by exensive humid forest. It has 10 wooden cabins all with private bathroom and small private porch with a private hummingbird feeder, coffee maker, sitting area. Thre is WIFI in the communal dining room, a pool table, white light for insect observation and a book exchange. It’s a great place for butterflies, birds (310 species) and other wildlife including large mammals. 30 species of hummingbird come to the feeders including Long-tailed Sylph and Gorgeted Woodstar. There is an Orchid garden with over 100 species around the cabins, Antpitta feeding station. The lodge's trails pass through habitats from 2,400m all the way down to 1,850m i.e. from the lower reaches of the temperate zone down into the subtropical zone.
Days 7 - 9
Hacienda Las Palmeras
edge of Otavalo
This delightful lodge is situated on the edge of Otavalo town, 10 mins walk from the Saturday animal market, 30 mins walk from the town centre. The attractive, individual guest bungalows are dotted about the lovely flower filled garden of the 150 year-old hacienda. The lodge gets its name from the towering palm trees, whilst the cabins are prettily furnished, with private bathrooms and log fires. Hotwater bottles are also provided from reception for the colder nights. There is a restaurant and Wi-Fi in the main building, whilst it is possible to organise massages, Spanish classes and horseriding. This hacienda is a sister property to the nearby Hacienda Cusin.
Days 10 - 11
Hacienda La Cienega
Hostería La Ciénega is a characterful hotel converted from one of Ecuador’s oldest haciendas, dating from 1580. Set in extensive grounds it is approached along an avenue of fragrant eucalyptus trees. Its well regarded restaurant, 34 guest rooms and suites are set around a series of attractive courtyard gardens, some of which are recent additions. La Ciénega offers rooms with colonial and 19th century furnishings and has many other reminders of its past, including a private chapel. Horse riding is usually available for guests.
Mama Hilda's Guest House
A delightful locally owned and run guest house with a personal welcome from the owner, Hilda. This very homely hotel has some rooms with private facilities and wood fire places, and some more basic with shared bathrooms. There is hot water 24hrs a day and there is a small garden with good views from the decks outside each room from the hammocks made availble to guests. There are cosy dining facilities in the main room, whilst there is also the option to do laundry. Whilst the accommodation is basic this is a favourite with many clients and the warmth of the hospitality sets it apart from many other lodges.
Days 13 - 14
Abraspungo is a renovated and much extended hacienda just outside Riobamba and set in pretty rose filled gardens. The hotel has 38 spacious and well-appointed en suite rooms, smartly decorated with samples of Ecuadorian art and weaving. The hotel has an good restuarant run by a Peruvian chef, who cooks up Peruvian influenced cuisine as well as Ecuadorian and internatinal dishes.