The Andes and Beyond

Immerse yourself in the Andean World, from Quito to Cuenca, and along the Avenue of the Volcanoes. Enjoy a journey of discovery with observations and excursions to centenary haciendas, fertile fields of vegetables and roses, Andean Highlands with snow-capped volcanoes and impressive waterfalls; touch the clouds on the high Paramo where vicuñas graze and scamper; ride the Devil's Nose on a thrilling 800-meters (2630-foot) descent to the Sibambe Station. The journey continues to the south, visiting the Inca Fortress of Ingapirca and the Spanish Colonial City of Cuenca. You may also want to visit Otavalo, home to one of south America’s largest open-air market, and find all kinds of handcrafts including tapestries made on Old-Spanish weaving looms, and even older pre-Columbian back strap looms. For a close and personal Nature Encounter, Mashpi Reserve is the best destination. Regarded as one of the most biologically-diverse ecosystems on the planet. Everywhere you look, you find life, in all its varied, surprising, and multi-coloured forms. Nowhere is this truer than within the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve. The Reserve enjoys a privileged position, harboring both cloud forest and rainforest. A profusion of plant and animal species has adapted to these environments, creating an incredibly rich ecosystem which is still revealing its secrets to science, still mysterious, still magical. As you can appreciate, Ecuador is more than the Galapagos and we would love to share it with you, so give us a call, and let’s get going.
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    6-DAY THE ANDES AND CASCADE AVENUE – FROM $1,499
    A six-day immersion in the Andean World, from Quito, along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, Riobamba, Devil Nose Train, and Colonial Cuenca. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Andes, with visits to centenary Haciendas, fertile fields of vegetables and roses, in close contact with the local culture. This is a journey along the history, the spirituality, the flavors, the customs, traditions, and legends of the Andean Region.

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    7-DAY MASHPI CLOUD FOREST, OTAVALO, AND QUITO – FROM $2,489
    A seven-day, one-of-a-kind Travel Experience of Ecuador’s Andean World, from colonial and modern Quito, to the fertile valleys of Otavalo dotted with beautiful Haciendas and the spectacular beauty of the Mashpi Cloud Forest Reserve, home to the Mashpi Lodge, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. This is a journey along the history, the spirituality, the flavors, the customs, traditions, and legends of the Ecuadorian Andean Region.

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    QUITO, THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD, OTAVALO, THE SOUTHEAST ANDES, AND THE AMAZON – FROM $2,598
    During our From the Andes to the Amazon in 8 days Ecuador vacation package you will discover the best of Mainland Ecuador, from the majestic city of Quito, to the beautiful fertile Otavalo Valley, to the Glaciers of the Southeast Andes, to the Amazon Jungle of the Napo River