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Eco-Lodges in Ecuador

 
Sacha Lodge

Sacha Lodge

Located in the heart of the Amazon basin, at 50 miles downstream from the town of Coca, and twenty minutes from the banks of the majestic Napo river. Sacha Lodge is idyllically situated on the banks of a tranquil lake, Pilchicocha, which used to form part of the Napo river itself. In this delightful setting guests can pursue a whole range of activities, such as guided walks through primary forest, canoe rides on undisturbed black water streams, view the rainforest canopy from a magnificent 40 meter high tower and enjoy guided tours to one of the biggest butterfly farms in Ecuador.
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Napo Wildlife Center

Napo Wildlife Center

Napo Wildlife Center is one of the most beautiful Eco-lodges in the Ecuadorian Rainforest. This ecotourism project includes the conservation of approximately over 82 square miles (53,500 acres - over 21,400 hectares ) of the most pristine Amazon Rain Forest within the Yasunė National Park, an important UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest tract of tropical rain forest in Ecuador. The Napo Wildlife Center, NWC Lodge is located by the Anangucocha lake, in the unique ancestral territory of the Anangu Quichua Community. Thanks to their own initiative and supported by the Tropical Nature Conservation System, we have built in partnership the most carefully designed first class Amazon lodge in Ecuador.
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La Selva Lodge

La Selva Lodge

Located in the rain forest of Ecuador's Rio Napo, about two hours down river by fast dugout canoe from Coca. La Selva is one of the more easily reached destinations in the Amazon and ideal for the birder traveling alone, rather than as part of an organized bird tour. The Lodge has 17 cabins built in the traditional style, each with its own toilet and hot shower, all located on a hill overlooking a lake named Garzacocha (Heron) lake. Around this region it is possible to find 14 species of monkeys, 600 of birds, 4.000 of fish and 15.000 species of plants.
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ECSani (15K)

Sani Eco Lodge

Clustered on the shore of a remote black water lagoon are our 8 newly constructed private, thatch-roofed cabañas. Each is equipped with twin beds, hammocks, electric lights, and modern bathrooms with showers. Our open-air dining room and bar offer exquisite views of colorful sunsets over our beautiful lake. The wildlife at Sani Lodge is outstanding. All the major mammals endemic to the area can be found here. There are also many types of monkeys and most visitors will be able to see at least a few varieties. Bird life is also abundant: some 550 species of rainforest birds can be found in the area - making it an excellent place for bird watching...
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Birdwatching in Ecuador

Birding in Ecuador
Birdwatching in Ecuador, Cloudforest

Ecuador - A Country for Birdwatchers

This short intensive birding tour explores one of the richest bird habitats - the cloud forest that covers the Andean slopes. The Maquipucuna Reserve is considered one of the top 10 biodiversity hot spots in the world, and Mindo, on the western slopes of the Andes also supports an extremely rich avifauna. These and other private and public reserves will be the focus of this private departure birding jaunt.
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cloudforest (32K)

Magic of the Cloud Forest

This journey will open your eyes to the magic of the cloud forest. The Cloud Forest like no other tropical eco-system exudes an air of magic and mystery. due to its high humidity and changing climatic conditions these areas are some of richest biodiversity hot spots on earth. During this adventure we will visit the beautiful private reserves of Bellavista, located on the edge of the Choco region, considered one of the most biodiverse places in the world. You will also visit Mindo and the Mindo Nabillo Reserve as well as Maquipucuna, a research and conservation station dedicatd to the preservation of the cloud forest habitats.
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Galapagos Adventures

 
Galapagos Cruise

Galapagos Cruise

We currently only offer one Galapagos Cruise - which in our eyes provides a supreme service and takes the 'eco' aspect seriously. In fact, this company is the first company in Ecuador to become a carbon-neutral operation. Their week long cruises are operated onboard very comfortable and regularly maintained yachts that are fitted to the highest standards. Land excursion are undertaken in small groups and guided by expertly trained naturalist guides. This cruise combines the highest standards of eco-consciousness with excellence in service and creature comforts.
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frigate (17K)

Galapagos Island Hopping

For all those who want to experience more of the Islands and travel less by boat. This is a great alternative to traditional Galapagos Cruises. Instead of traveling, eating and sleeping on a cruise boat you will stay at land-based hotels and choose your own restaurants for dinner. You will be able to see many (though not all) of the sites visited by cruise ships and be able to soak up the atmosphere of island life when you are not on a tour exploring the archipelago's amazing wildlife. This itinerary is active, but not especially strenuous.
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Galapagos Safari Camp - Surf and Yoga

Can there be a more unique environment to enjoy these tow fabulous pastimes? This active, multi-sports adventure packs in more than yoga and surfing though. Nature observation, snorkeling, mountain biking are all part of this package as well. An excellent package for body, mind and spirit. Minimum of 4 participants.
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Galapagos Safari Camp

Galapagos Safari Camp - Classic Program 7d/6n

Explore the Galapagos at a slower pace, from the land-based Galapagos luxury Safari Camp. Discover uninhabited islands and visit some of Santa Cruz' best spots, all at a relaxed pace and a comfortable base at the exquisite Galapagos Safari Camp. Experience the magic of BEING in the Galapagos Islands, not just darting about from one site to another. You can also just add a few days at the Safari Camp before or after your cruise.
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Diving Galapagos

Galapagos Safari Camp - Scuba Diving Program

Galapagos Safari Camp is an ideal base for diving in the islands, and the perfect alternative to a live-aboard dive experience. Galapagos marine life is very rich, but diving in the archipelago is only for intermediate and experienced divers, since there are strong currents, surges and eddies. Aside from the slightly challenging conditions, scuba diving in Galapagos is world-class, thanks to the abundance of marine life and the fact that it shows no fear of humans. You will typically have close encounters with very large rays, green turtles and sealions, as well as schools of sharks such as hammerhead, black tip and white tip.
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Soft Adventures in the Highlands

 
Podocarpus National Park

Podocarpus National Park & Vilcabamba Valley

This tour starts in Cuenca and combines nature and culture. We drive from Cuenca to Loja, a picturesque mountain town, where we will visit the cathedral and absorb the ambiance of the old colonial architecture of this town. The next morning we will visit the Podocarpus National Park, famous for its high degree of endemic species, found nowhere else. The complex topography combined with a mixture of Andean and Amazon climate zones creates unique microclimates throughout the park. There are up to 90 different tree species, including three species of the park's namesake genus, "Podocarpus"In the afternoon we make our way to Vilcabamba valley, also known as the 'Valley of Longevity' due to the remarkably long lives attained by its inhabitants.
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Cotopaxi Volcano

Southern Highlands

Visit the volcano landscape of the southern highlands. Starting off in Quito we make our way to Cotopaxi,where we will have time for a short hike around the Limpiopungo lake at 3,800 m and enjoy the wonderful highland terrain of this area. On the next day we'll visit Zumbahua, one of the least spoiled highland areas of Ecuador. We'll visit the amazing volcanic lake of Quilotoa and travel on to Baños, a picturesque town located at the gateway to the jungle. On the final day we'll drive to Riobamba before continuing to San Juan and the upper highlands of Chimborazo, Ecuador's highest volcano. We will see vicuñas graze the mountain slope, and depending on your physical conditions, may take a hike up to Whymper refuge.
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Paramos - El Angel Ecological Reserve)

El Angel Ecological Reserve and Otavalo

Starting in Quito, this is a short excursion to the famous Indian market town of Otavalo, with several scenic stop-overs along the way and an extra day spent at the El Angel Ecological Reserve, which was created in 1992 to protect 16000 ha of the distinctive high altitude grassland vegetation known as "paramo". Endemic to this region are the strange looking "Frailejones" which cover much of the grassland. There are also a number of beautiful lakes and trails.
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Cuenca

Explore the Ecuadorian Highlands
Quito, Otavalo, Cotopaxi National Park, Riobamba and Cuenca

We'll travel to the market town of Otavalo, where we will visit the famous Otavalo Indian market, known as one of the biggest and most colourful market in South America. From here we will travel to Cotacachi town, famous for its leather clothes, Cuicocha Lake and San Antonio de Ibarra. The next day we will visit Cotopaxi National Park, where we will have time for a short walk in the highlands around the vocano before continuing our trip to Machachi town. The next day we head south to the Zumbagua highlands, a beautiful Paramo area where we will find the impressive Quilotoa Crater Lake. From here we carry on to Baños, gateway to the Amazon. We take a short hike in the amazing cloud forest and admire the "Devil Cauldron" waterfall. In the late afternoon we'll continue our journey to Riobamba and stay overnight at a hacienda in the foothills of the impressive Mount Chimborazo (6,310 m), the highest and largest mountain in Ecuador.
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Cotacachi Lake

Northern Lake Land

Starting in Quito, this is a short excursion to the famous Indian market town of Otavalo, with several scenic stop-overs along the way. We'll visit the Cochasqui Indian Ruins and Cotacachi town, famous for its leather clothes and make stops at Cuicocha Lake and San Antonio de Ibarra. The next day we will take in the sounds and sights of this colorful Indian market. On the return journey we'll make stops at beautiful Mojanda Lakes and head for Cayambe and El Quinche before we arrive in Quito.
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Hiking and Trekking Adventures in the Andes

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Quilotoa Crater Lake

Quilotoa Crater Lake

This trek takes us high into the Andes to the Quilotoa crater lake. The first day is spent driving up into the mountains from where we will start the 5 hour trek the following morning. The night is spent in simple indigenous houses, providing a unique insight into to life of these mountain people and the challenges they face every day. During the trek we will pass several other mountain villages and get acquainted with this unique way of life 'on top of the world'.
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Andean Condor

Trekking Yanahurco de Piñan

Yanahurco means "Black Mountain" and it is an interesting, steep, old volcano located in the Western Cordillera in the north of Ecuador. This trekking adventure will take us through a beautiful landscape of lakes, streams and high páramos. With luck we will get a glimpse of the impressive flight of the Condor, the "King of the Andes"
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Cotopaxi volcano

Trekking Cotopaxi Vulcano

This overnight hiking trip provides an opportunity to explore the Cotopaxi Park. The first day we set up camp in Limpiopungo valley at 3,800 m. Hiking west, up to the foothills of the Rumiñahui Volcano we will reach the crater's edge at 4200m. Providing we have clear weather this trek offers magnificent views of Cotopaxi and Mount Sincholagua. The next day we will drive to the Cotopaxi car park at 4600m. From here we will hike for an hour to reach the Cotopaxi hut. After a warming drink we will continue to Cotopaxi's glaciers. this hike, at high altitude is not for the faint hearted.
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Ingapirca

Inca Trail to Ingapirca

Starting at the little village of Achupallas and ending at the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, this trek goes along colourful landscapes and offers beautiful views of the countryside. This trail is part of the impressive system of roads built by the Incas that connected Quito, the northern part of their empire, with the south of Chile. This is a relatively easy trek with spectacular views across the Andes. Still, climbing up to 4350m requires good physical condition.
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Antisana (4K)

Trekking Antizana Volcano

A trek through the highland landscape of the Antizana Volcano is a wonderful experience on the high Ecuadorian paramos. With luck, condors can be observed together with other species of birds and beautiful highland flora. This is a fairly demanding high altitude trek of 4 days/3 nights through the stunning highlands and volcanic landscape of the Ecuadorean Andes. We will traverse moraines near the volcano's glaciers to reach a mica lake. The views are magnificent, but hiking can get tough at such high altitudes. The first camp is at 3800m, the last, just below Antizanas southern peak, is at 4500m.
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