SPANISH + INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY TREK (HIKING)
Ecuador is considered one of the most biodiverse countries on earth. According to a study carried out by Conservation International in 1998, Ecuador is part of the list of 17 most biodiverse countries. (Read more here.)
Although a very small country, Ecuador holds a great variety of ecosystems due the presence of the Andes, the proximity of the Pacific coast, the meeting of the Humboldt and Central American currents, and the influence of the Amazon basin.
This exclusive trip will take you on one of the best treks in Ecuador, listed by several magazines and books as the most enjoyable and biodiverse trek in the country! Not only will you come away with a once in a lifetime experience, but you will have peace knowing that all the services during the trip are supplied by local communities, and that you are participating in real ecotourism.
QUICK PROGRAM ITINERARY
|Saturday||06/25/2016||Day 1||Airport Pickup – Otavalo|
|Sunday||06/26/2016||Day 2||Spanish Class|
|Monday||06/27/2016||Day 3||Spanish Class|
|Tuesday||06/28/2016||Day 4||Spanish Class|
|Wednesday||06/29/2016||Day 5||Spanish Class|
|Thursday||06/30/2016||Day 6||Spanish Class|
|Friday||07/01/2016||Day 7||Spanish Class|
|Saturday||07/02/2016||Day 8||Piñan Trek 1= Transportation and hike to Piñan Refuge|
|Sunday||07/03/2016||Day 9||Piñan Trek 2 = Hike to Donoso Lake, night at Refuge|
|Monday||07/04/2016||Day 10||Piñan Trek 3 = Hike to Rosatio Intag, night at Rio Lindo Lodge|
|Tuesday||07/05/2016||Day 11||Intag Coffee Tour (optional by bike)|
|Thursday||07/07/2016||Day 13||Spanish Class at Pucará|
|Friday||07/08/2016||Day 14||Spanish Class at Pucará|
|Saturday||07/09/2016||Day 15||Transfer to Quito Airport or other extensions|
DETAILED PROGRAM ITINERARY
Day 1: Airport reception and transfer to our mountain cabins & Pucará Spanish School
Day 2 to 7: Spanish classes…
Day 8: Beginning of the Piñan trek:
The community of Piñán, the paramo, and surrounding lakes, create the scene for this fantastic adventure. Your visit to this area will help to preserve this delicate ecosystem and also improve the life of the community that lives here. Our guides are actually members of the Piñan community, and most of the money that they receive go to the community development projects in Piñán. The horses utilized during the trip belong to families of the community, and the money that we pay them is shared between each other, and also a communal investment fund.
During our exciting journey on horseback we will cross many diverse ecosystems– Andean forest, paramo (moor), high paramo, and cloud forest. Our objectives during this trip are to not only enjoy the beauty of scenery, but to learn from each environment, experience intimate contact with nature, and to share closely with the people of the area.
The first day we will transport you from Pucará to Cochapata or Cienega del Hospital, in the proximity of the Cotacachi volcano and inside the Cotacachi Canapés National Reserve. From here we will travel to the community owned Piñan Refuge. (Read more here.)
Day 9: Hike around the Donoso Lake:
Piñan community is located at 3,190 m above sea level and is surrounded by lakes and mountains. In the morning, we will leave the community, hiking a loop around the most beautiful lake of the region, Donoso Lake. Our trail will land us back at the Piñan Refuge, and in the afternoon we spend time visiting the community and sharing with the locals.
Day 10: Hike from Piñan to Intag, from the Andes to the cloud forest
Leaving the paramo near the community, we will hike towards the beautiful mountain forest, following the ridge. We will then descend into to the Intag cloud forest region, one of the most biodiverse regions in the western Andes slopes. We will cross several ecosystems on this hike, changing landscapes at every corner. At the end of the trail we will be picked up by our transport and driven to Rio Lindo Coffee Lodge (www.intagcoffeelodge.com)
Day 11: Intag Coffee Tour
This day is to rest and enjoy the magnificent lanscapes of the Intag region. Here local farmers produce one of the best coffees in Ecaudor in an agro-forestery system. The organic farming processes used will be explained to us while we will participate in the harvest and other labors. Our visit will also take us to the coffee roasting plant of the cooperative (aacri.com), and we will end in the thermal pools of Nangulvi.
Day 12: Intag – Cuicocha lake – Otavalo
The route from Intag to Otavalo borders the Cotacachi Cyapaz National Reserve and one of the jewels of this region is inside the park. The Cuicocha crater lake will be the last nature stop of our trip, and we will hike together around the magnificent lake (takes about 4 hours). After the hike we will drive to Pucará and rest.
Day 13 and 14: Spanish lessons and rest at Pucará Bed & Breakfast!!
Day 15: Transfer to Quito or other extensions
Price: $1,799/pp if 2 people
Duration: 15 days
- 32 hours one-one spanish class
- Full private transport
- Lodging in Pucará, Piñan Refuge, Intag Coffee Lodge
- Alimentation during the rides and the Intag region visit. Cooking facilities are part of the services of our our lodge.
- Professional Spanish teacher
- Professional trekking guide
- National parks permits
- Intag Coffee Tour
- Thermal pools visit
- Personal equipment (available for rent on request)
- Extra activities