Magic Eco-Tours for Nature Lovers - 7 Nights/8 days

~ VISIT 3 SAN JORGE PRIVATE NATURE RESERVES IN THE EAST & WEST ANDES, CLOUD FOREST, PARAMO & AMAZONIAN TROPICAL RAINFOREST ~

GORGEOUS SCENERY & PRISTINE HIKING TRAILS - HANDS ON ANDES & AMAZONIAN COOKING CLASS – NIGHT WALK - SWIM IN THE CASCADING WATERFALLS & AMAZONIAN RIVERS – AMAZON FACE PAINTING – EXOTIC BIRDS & HUMMINGBIRDS – FABULOUS PHOTOGRAPHY OPTIONS - WILD ORCHIDS & BUTTERFLIES

San Jorge’s Magic Eco-Tour Nature packages are all-inclusive, including airport transfers, comfortable lodging accommodations, meals, guided tours with specialized English speaking native guide, private transportation and reserve entrance fees. Added features while at San Jorge’s Lodges include delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine and quality services.

Itinerary:  Choose own travel dates


Day One
 - Evening Airport transfer from Quito Airport to San Jorge Eco-Lodge/Quito, overnight lodging San Jorge/Quito

Day Two - Old Colonial Quito City Tour. We will explore the Capital of Ecuador, considered part of the Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. During your visit you will learn about the colonial art in the churches, history, archaeology and folklore in the museums. Your guide will provide complete information of the baroque colonial art. Visit the most important areas: Plaza de la Independencia, Plaza San Francisco, Plaza Santo Domingo, La Merced, La Compania, Panecillo.  Lunch at typical restaurant in Quito. Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Three - San Jorge de Tandayapa Hummingbird Sanctuary (Cloud Forest) Natural History Tour. Birds and Hummingbirds, panorama views, wild surroundings, tropical plants/flowers, beautiful wild orchids and exotic wildlife within our tropical world famous Cloud Forest.  Well-kept trails explore the different parts of the reserve.  Hiking on our main loop trail (Toucanet Trail) goes around the lower part of the forest visiting beautiful primary forest and small creeks.  Our newest hiking trail (Nunbird Loop Trail) goes all the way to the top of the ridge to a very ancient forest which is almost completely covered in moss.  This forest is habited by localized bird species such as the White-faced Nunbird and the Toucan Barbet.  The most impressive views of the valley can be appreciated from here with a picnic lunch while on tour or at our open air dining area surrounded by feeders offering great photo options and spectacular views of Tandayapa Valley. After dinner, Night Walk to our 2 ponds to observe  night insects, frogs and  possible animals, including olinguitos and kinkajous at feeders. Overnight San Jorge/Tandayapa Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Four - San Jorge de Milpe Orchid & Bird Reserve (Upper Tropical Rain Forest) Nature Tour with swimming at the waterfalls and picnic lunch. Visit a wild virgin cloud forest around Pichincha Mountain and trek on great jungle trails inside a natural paradise. This is considered a bird watching paradise, majestic cascading waterfalls, wild surroundings, Yumbo civilization ruins, tropical plants/flowers/ numerous butterflies and wild orchids within our tropical reserve. The stunning upper tropical rainforest surrounding the lodges feature well-kept pristine hiking trails, with 8 different trails to explore the different features of the reserve, with 11 spring fed waterfalls, crossed by the large Chaguaryacu River. Open air dining. After dinner, partake in a Night Walk looking for owls, potoos, different frogs and insects.  Overnight San Jorge/Milpe Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Five - Early breakfast & transfer to San Jorge/Quito: Select one activity for today:

#1 Sacred Waterfalls & Medicinal Plants at San Jorge Botanical Reserve/Quito.  We will trek to the Highland Tropical Rainforest, visiting up to 5 sacred waterfalls (for active people). Here, we will learn about some of the 250 varieties of native medicinal plants in the region. At the same time, you will take in the fabulous panoramic views of Quito, its lush valleys and majestic mountains and the volcano peaks of Cayambe, Antizana, Pasochoa, Pululahua, Pichincha, and Illalo. We can observe 11 mountains from various points of San Jorge Botanical Reserve. Includes picnic lunch at the waterfalls. Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

#2 The Last Incan’s Emperor’s Trails Hiking & Historical Tour (Chasqui Trail) following the same footsteps as the pre-Incans.  This active hike will take us from Quito to the Yumbos land towards Tulipe which crosses San Jorge Botanical Reserve/Quito.  We see the coluncus and old road vestiges when hiking the area, along with panorama views of the mountains, flora and fauna makes for a wonderful hiking adventure.  5 hour hike.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals  

Day Six -Otavalo Indian Market & Surroundings Visit the world famous Otavalo Indian Market. You will have the opportunity to shop for world famous handmade wool and alpaca products. Also, visit Cotacashi (leather village), OR San Antonia de Ibarra (wood carving village). Includes lunch at typical restaurant in Otavalo. Overnight San Jorge/Quito, includes 3 meals

Day Seven - Select one activity for today
#1 Papallacta Natural Hot Springs & Hiking Journey through the High Andes Barren Plains (4000 mts. o.s.l). Drive the same route as Francisco De Orellana walked when he discovered the Amazon River. Visit Tumbaco, Cumbaya and Pifo Valley. Take a morning hike, learning about the flora and fauna of the surrounding area. We will climb up the Central Andes chain until we reach Papallacta Lake where we will then stop at the thermal hot springs. During the trip, your guide will give you a botanical and ecological explanation of the Coca Cayambe Reserve, which is considered an Andes Condor area. Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

#2 Cotopaxi Volcano National Park - Guided Tour with transportation to Cotopaxi Volcano National Park – Drive south by Pan American Highway & arrive to the Cotopaxi National Park in the morning.  Hike the trails & surroundings, photograph Limpiopungo Lake.  View birds, Andean Gulls and others.  If a clear day – superb views of Cotopaxi Volcano.  Optional - Drive up to the refuge garage.  Overnight San Jorge/Quito Lodge, includes 3 meals

Day Eight - AM transfer to Quito Airport or downtown Quito

Options:  Middle of the World, Shamanism, Alpaca weavers, Native Museums

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