SHORT TRIPS ANDEAN

1 DAY SHORT TRIPS – INDIGENOUS MARKETS

Otavalo indian market & lakes:
Duration: 1 Day // Departure: Daily

We will pick you up at your hotel and then, we will depart from Quito to the north. On the way, we will stop at the Mirador of San Pablo (viewpoint). In Otavalo, the Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping takes place. This is one of South America’s most famous Indigenous markets. It offers an excellent selection of woven tapestries, blankets, hand-knit sweaters, pottery and more. It is a paradise for souvenirs. In the afternoon, we will visit the town of Cotacachi where you will find leather items, continue to Cuicocha lake. Return to Quito.

Pujilí Indian Market:
1 Day // Departure: Wednesday and Sunday

We will pick you up at your hotel and the travel to the village of Pujilí, which is located 96km southwest of Quito. Each Wednesday and each Sunday there is an Indigenous market with traditionally dressed villagers offering colorful local handicrafts. Here the specialty is artistic works made from clay.

We leave Quito and head south on the Pan-American Highway to Latacunga, from where we take the road going up the Western Cordilleras to La Mana on the coastal plains. We arrive there after a two-hour drive. We start our market day at the huge square, which is roofed. There the produce market takes place and we can see the various fruits and vegetables on sale. Afterwards we explore the surrounding streets, which are full of outside stalls, which sell everything from clothing, handicrafts, house wares to almost any useful article. Close by is the main square with a church and an imposing municipal building. After leaving the market area we will walk up the stairs leading to a hill a little bit outside of the town from where you have grand views to the surrounding valley and the town itself. We leave the busy market behind us and drive to Latacunga, the capital of the province. There we stop at the colonial center and walk around to enjoy its monuments, buildings, churches and squares. We head back to Quito in the afternoon.

Saquisilí Indian market:
Duration: 1 Day // Departure: Thursday

We will pick you up at the hotel and continue the trip to the province of Cotopaxi, 76 kilometers south of Quito, we will head to the town of Saquisilí, which has the largest and most famous Indigenous market of the central region of the Andes, it takes place every Thursday. We leave Quito and head south on the Pan-American Highway to Saquisilí, which is a little bit to the west of the highway and Latacunga. We arrive there after a 1 and half drive and our first stop is the animal market, which is located on the outskirts, just before entering the town. There the people gather to buy and sell cattle, horses, pigs, chickens and other animals and we watch the negotiating and appraising of the animals and other noisy activities. We continue to the town center, where the produce market takes place. The streets are full of outside stalls, which sell everything from clothing, handicrafts, house wares to almost any useful article. On the walk through the streets, I will explain the different products on sale and let you worry about the bargains you might get there. Negotiating a better price is a must and is expected from you. We also stop at the fruit and vegetable market so you can learn all about the rich diversity present in the country. We leave the busy market behind us and drive to the Hacienda La Cienega, where we stop for lunch and a chance for you to explore this huge complex with its own church. In the colonial times this hacienda was one of the largest in Ecuador and played host to famous guests like Charles Marie de la Condamine, Alexander von Humboldt and many Ecuadorian presidents. We return to Quito, where we arrive late in the afternoon.

Zumbahua indian market:
Duration: 1 Day // Departure: Saturday

We start very early in the morning going through the Avenue of the Volcanoes. After we reach the city of Latacunga we turn towards Pujilí and then up the old road towards the coast. In this area we see a really desolated Andean terrain with occasional shapes in the distance. Zumbahua is a typical mountain market where llamas and riding horses are traded. This town is known for the primitive art of Tigua where this style of painting was originated. A visit to the Crater Lake Quilotoa is included. Then we return to Quito.

1 DAY SHORT TRIPS – ANDEAN REGION

Cotopaxi National Park:
Duration: 1 Day // Departure: Daily

Departure from Quito through The Panamericana South Highway, enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the place, we drive to the impressive active volcano Cotopaxi (5.897 m. High). Our first stop will be at the Limpiopungo Lake, and during our stay at the National Park, we can do a moderated level of trekking. Also, we can see from the lake the silhouette of the Cotopaxi volcano. Return to Quito in the afternoon.

Cotopaxi National Park and indigenous market
Duration: 1 Day // Departure: Daily

The tour starts early in the morning to visit one of the Indigenous markets of the zone, Pujilí, Saquisilí, Zumbahua or Latacunga (depending on the day you will travel). You will be able to buy different ceramic articles, handicrafts, naïf paintings and, of course, admire the colorful attires of the Indians that are a very important part of the market. They barter among themselves and sell their products to the different visitors. After this visit, you continue to the Cotopaxi National Park, the highest active volcano in the world. You explore the bleak Andean plateaus and admire the birds of the zone or climb to the snowline and walk around the glacier before returning to Quito.

Andean Hacienda with horseback riding: 
Duration: 1 Day // Departure: Daily

Departing south from Quito we descend into the valley of Machachi, a green territory mainly made up of dairy farms, until we arrive at the chosen hacienda. This is a great way to get introduced to the Spirit of the Andean Haciendas and their daily workings. Visit the grounds and get suited for a horseback ride along old cobblestone roads and trails leading to a great view point of “La Viudita” which overlooks the entire valley.

Along the way, there will be plenty of breathtaking scenes and great photo opportunities. Return to the Hacienda and freshen up to enjoy a typical lunch hosted by the Hacienda owner. After lunch, get ready for an exciting demonstration by the Chagras (Andean cowboys) and lamas, on their riding and working skills, also this fantastic Hacienda offers a visit to their cheese maturing cellar, where you can observe the ripening and aging process. Return to Quito.

Quilotoa Lagoon
Duration: 1 Day // Departure: Daily

Departure from Quito, through The Panamericana South Highway, enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the place, where our destination will be visit Quilotoa Lagoon (key-low-toe-ha) with a high crater inside, a water- filled 3 kilometer (2 miles) wide caldera. This caldera was formed by the collapse of the volcano in an eruption that took place approximately 800 years ago. The caldera has since accumulated a 250 m (820 ft) deep crater lake, which has an extraordinary turquoise color because of dissolved minerals. It will take you a half hour hike down to the lake. Fumaroles are found on the lake floor and hot springs occur on the eastern flank of the volcano. The return hike takes one hour, or there is an option of renting a mule. (Optional and at expense of the passenger). During our trip we might have the possibility to see a naïf artist. Naïf art is a strong characteristic of this region and it is well known throughout the world. If the artist stand is open, you could have the opportunity to purchase one of these unique paintings.

Papallacta hot springs & spa

Papallacta is just two hours from Quito. This small town is located in the Napo province at 3300 meters above sea level in the Andes, you can enjoy the spectacular views of the paramo, its rivers and lagoons, it is located north from Antisana Volcano. You can also have a wonderful time in one of many thermal pools.

Waterfalls route Baños

Baños (de Agua Santa) is a small city in the Andean highlands of Ecuador under the smoke of Tungurahua Volcano. Its name, which is Spanish for «Baths (of sacred water),» comes from the famous hydrothermal springs in the area. It is equally popular with foreigners as with Ecuadorians. The streets are lined with hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, and tour agents. Although it seems a bit touristy and artificial, lots of people love it, and it is definitely worth a visit. It is an important hub for outdoor sports and jungle tours.

It is also known as the door to the Amazon. To arrive this magical place first you have to go through beautiful town of Ambato and go east, passing through the village of Salasaca which is famous for the handicraft of textiles and tapestries made in traditional handlooms. While in Baños town you have the opportunity to taste products made of sugar cane like molasses candy, brown sugar, sugar cane juice, etc, walk throughout its streets, visit its historical church, the surroundings of the town where you can see some of the waterfalls that are located through the via Baños – Puyo know as the “Waterfalls Route”, one spectacular and impressive waterfall that you can see is “El Manto de la Novia” (Bride´s Veil) among others. Also, el Pailón del Diablo (the Devil´s Cauldron), which is a magnificent waterfall in the Rio Verde area, about half an hour from Baños. The waterfall is about 80 meters high and it’s one of the most spectacular waterfalls to visit in Ecuador.

Riobamba city & Chimborazo highest volcano

Riobamba is a small charming Andean city with colonial architecture, cobble stone streets, impressive plazas and a fascinating market, you can explore the city, visiting the Riobamba Cathedral, the Maldonado Park, and other lovely places worth visiting.

Continue your adventure visiting the Highest Volcano Chimborazo, located in the Cordillera Occidental of the Andes, with 6263 meters above sea level. This non-active volcano is the highest in the world, and the closest point on earth to the sun. this place also is home of a variety of fauna like: vicuñas, maned wolf, birds. The majestic scenery is perfect for pictures.

Mindo Cloud Forest & hummingbirds:
Duration: 1 Day // Departure: Daily

Discover the mysteries of the Cloud forest, its unique flora and fauna. Visit el Pahuma Orchid Reserve and its orchid botanical garden and hike on trails through lush, epiphyte-laden cloud forest, alongside, sparkling creeks. The region of Mindo is within the protected Mindo-Nambillo forest, located a short two-hour drive to the northwest of Quito. Mindo cloud forest has an incredible diversity of avian fauna, particularly hummingbirds, as well as butterflies. This area of primary forest with an immense biodiversity also has some of the highest rates of plant endemism in the world: orchids, bromeliads, heliconias, ferns, vines, mosses and lichens grow in abundance here. At 84 km away from Quito you will find the protector Forest of Mindo where you will be able to experience a great adventure with nature. During the journey, you will enjoy a variety of landscapes full of contrast and make a long walk to observe different birds like humming birds, toucans, quetzals, and tanagers among others, as well as different kinds of orchids. After this exciting journey and relax time you will return to Quito.

Pasochoa Wildlife Refuge (hiking):
Duration: 1 Day // Departure: Daily

The highlight of the Pasochoa trek is its humid Cloud forest situated inside an extinct volcanic crater. Over one hundred bird species and fifty species of endemic Andean trees, as well as, deer, fox and sometimes pumas can be observed while hiking this nature reserve, and all within easy reach of the bustling town of Quito.
At forty-five minutes from Quito you can find the Protected Forest of Pasochoa, which is one of the last places where you can see Andean flora and fauna. You will have the opportunity to walk among and breathe in pure mountain air. You can either follow the self-guided paths or hire a specialized guide. There are many birds like humming-birds, blackbirds, etc., and a variety of Andean and wild plants like alder trees, myrtle frees, etc. Return Quito in the afternoon.

Roses & embroidery (with lunch):
Duration: 1 Day // Departure: Daily

We will pick you up at your hotel and continue travel until we arrive to the hacienda, where we can have a small sample of the spirit of the Andean haciendas and their daily work in the surroundings of this marvelous place. After enjoying a beautiful lunch and have lived this exciting experience we will have a demonstration of the Chagras with their spectacular show of fire, we can also get into the cellar of cheeses and taste these excellent products handcrafted in the same hacienda and learn everything about this process. We visit the local market and delight us with their offer embroidery. Then we will see the development of roses to finally return to the city of Quito.

2 DAY SHORT TRIPS – ANDEAN REGION

Quito outlooks, domes, middel of the world & botanic garden:
Duration: 2 Day // Departure: Daily

Day 1. Transportation will be provided from your hotel to Quito’s old town. The tour begins with a visit to the Independence Square, where the Presidential Palace, Archbishops’ Palace, the Cathedral and El Sagrario Church are located. In here we will be visiting the beautiful Cathedral´s domes. We will also visit the Church of La Compañia (1605), with its amazing gilt altars, this is considered as one of the finest examples of baroque art in America, and the Moorish influence can be noted in the intricate designs carved on the magnificent red and gold columns and ceilings. Afterwards we will take you to the church and monastery of San Francisco (1535); this is the oldest Ecuadorian church and the main altar inside is a spectacular example of baroque carving. There is also a fine collection of artworks, including paintings, sculptures and furniture dating back to the 16th century. We will drive up to the highest viewpoint of the city, “El Panecillo” hill, which is a beautiful place – where you can have a breathtaking view of the colonial and modern city of Quito. Also, at this place we can find an impressive monument of the winged Virgin of Legarda. Afterwards, you will visit two other points where you can have an amazing view of Quito, we will go to San Juan Outlook, located on Carchi and Nicaragua streets, in here you will be able to admire the Historic Center and if you are lucky you can also see Cotopaxi Volcano, Antisana and Cayambe. The next outlook to visit is The Itchimbia Park, in this place you can appreciate a 360° view of the city, in addition you can see some of the main touristic points like The Basilica del Voto Nacional. Return to the Hotel.

Day 2. We will pick you up at your hotel, in this day we will be going to Quito´s botanical garden, the hidden gem of the city. In here you will be able to see more than 5000 plants of about 500 species. The majority are native to our country. The botanical garden´s area is 18200 m2, which are divided into the different climatic zones of Ecuador, you can observe roses, lilies of the valleys, bromeliads, palms and so more. The highlight of this place is the orchid exhibition, in here you will find around 1200 native species of Ecuador´s orchids.

Otavalo and surroundings:
Duration: 2 Day // Departure: Daily

Day 1. Departure from Quito, we will visit the town of Calderón with its typical “masapan” handicrafts, brief stop at Cayambe where the equatorial line crosses dividing the world in two hemispheres. On the way, we will stop at the Mirador of San Pablo (viewpoint). Next, we will arrive to Otavalo to visit its indigenous market, full of Ecuadorian typical handicrafts. After lunch, we will visit the town of Cotacachi where you will find a variety of leather items then continue to Cuicocha Lake.

Day 2. The next day, breakfast will be served and we will continue to the town of San Antonio de Ibarra known for their handicrafts made of wood. Next, we will visit the town of Peguche and its waterfalls. In town we will see how the indigenous create their weavings. Return Quito in the afternoon.

Cotopaxi volcano & Quilotoa lake:
Duration: 2 Day // Departure: Daily

Day 1. Departure from Quito through The Panamericana South Highway, enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the place, we drive to the impressive active volcano Cotopaxi (5.897 m. High). Our first stop will be at the Limpiopungo Lake, and during our stay at the National Park, we can do a moderated level of trekking. Also, we can see from the lake the silhouette of the Cotopaxi volcano.

Day 2. In this day we will going to Quilotoa Lagoon where you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes of it, Quilotoa Lagoon (key-low-toe-ha) with a high crater inside, a water- filled 3 kilometer (2 miles) wide caldera. This caldera was formed by the collapse of the volcano in an eruption that took place approximately 800 years ago. The caldera has since accumulated a 250 m (820 ft) deep crater lake, which has an extraordinary turquoise color because of dissolved minerals. It will take you a half hour hike down to the lake. Fumaroles are found on the lake floor and hot springs occur on the eastern flank of the volcano. The return hike takes one hour, or there is an option of renting a mule. (Optional and at expense of the passenger) We will stop for a well-deserved lunch in the area. During our trip we might have the possibility to see a naïf artist. Naïf art is a strong characteristic of this region and it is well known throughout the world. If the artist stand is open, you could have the opportunity to purchase one of these unique paintings. In the afternoon we will be returning to Quito.

Waterfalls route Baños:
Duration: 2 Day // Departure: Daily

Day 1. We will pick you up in the hotel and we will drive on the South Panamerican Highway, along the Volcanoes Avenue, if we are lucky and the sky is clear we can make a small stop to see the Ilinizas and the Cotopaxi Volcano. Then, we will arrive at the beautiful town of Ambato and go east, we will pass through the village of Salasaca which is famous for the handicraft of textiles and tapestries made in traditional handlooms. In the afternoon, you visit the town of Baños and taste products made of sugar cane like molasses candy, brown sugar, sugar cane juice, etc.

Day 2. The next day, after having breakfast we will continue visiting the surroundings of the town where you can see some of the waterfalls that are located through the via Baños – Puyo “Waterfalls Route”, one spectacular and impressive waterfall that you can see is “El Manto de la Novia” (Bride´s Veil) among others. Also, you will visit el Pailón del Diablo (the Devil´s Cauldron), which is a magnificent waterfall in the Rio Verde area, about half an hour from Baños. The waterfall is about 80 meters high and it’s one of the most spectacular waterfalls to visit in Ecuador. Afterwards, you return to Quito.

Roses, embroidery & handicrafts:
Duration: 2 Day // Departure: Daily

Day 1. We will pick you up at your hotel and continue travel until we arrive to the hacienda, where we can have a small sample of the spirit of the Andean haciendas and their daily work in the surroundings of this marvelous place. After enjoying a beautiful lunch and have lived this exciting experience we will have a demonstration of the Chagras with their spectacular show of fire, we can also get into the cellar of cheeses and taste these excellent products handcrafted in the same hacienda and learn everything about this process. We visit the local market and delight us with their offer embroidery. Then we will see the development of roses.

Day 2. After breakfast, we will visit a community nearby to see beautiful handicrafts and some embroidery, then will continue our returning to Quito.

Short trips Quito city and its surroundings

Quito is located on the slopes of the Pichincha volcano. It is considered as a city of diversity, with its cultural expressions and natural wonders. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, with its best preserved and least disturbed historical center, its cloud forest full of rich flora and fauna. It is also one of the highest capitals in the world.

HISTORICAL CENTER:

The historical center is located in the south center of Quito. It is considered to be the largest, bestpreserved and least altered historical complex and the most important in South America. It was one of the first World Cultural Heritage
Site declared by UNESCO.

The most important buildings worth visiting in the center are: The Independence Square, where the Presidential Palace, Archbishops’ Palace, the Cathedral and El Sagrario Church are located.

Church of La Compañia (1605), with its amazing gilt altars, this is considered as one of the finest examples of baroque art in America, and the Moorish influence can be noted in the intricate designs carved on the magnificent red and gold columns and ceilings.

San Francisco (1535); this is the oldest Ecuadorian church and the main altar inside is a spectacular example of baroque carving. There is also a fine collection of artworks, including paintings, sculptures and furniture dating back to the 16th century.

Basilica Church, is one of the biggest and most recent churches in Ecuador, it is the highest churches in Ecuador and America Latina, it can be seen from different parts of Quito. It is also one of the most important works of the Ecuadorian neo-gothic architecture, with native flora and fauna of Ecuador as ornaments.

El Panecillo” hill, which is a beautiful place – where you can have a breathtaking view of thcolonial and modern city of Quito. Also, at this place we can find an impressive monument o the winged Virgin of Legarda.

QUITO THE ROUTE OF THE ARTISANS AND WORKSHOPS AND CHOCOLATE SHOW

During the Spanish colonial time Quito was the most important cultural and artistic center, this tradition continues, there are some places in the center where artisans and its workshops are full of beautiful handicrafts. In the historical center exists one place called “La Ronda”, one of the oldest streets in the center. In here are many shops and restaurants. La casa de las Artes de la Ronda is a cultural center where houses artistic expositions of famous artisans, it is also a place where future artisans can express their creations. There are some chocolate shops where can offer you tastings and the history of the finest chocolate in the world.

TELEFERICO DE QUITO (CABLE CAR)

During the Spanish colonial time Quito was the most important cultural and artistic center, this tradition continues, there are some places in the center where artisans and its workshops are full of beautiful handicrafts. In the historical center exists one place called “La Ronda”, one of the oldest streets in the center. In here are many shops and restaurants. La casa de las Artes de la Ronda is a cultural center where houses artistic expositions of famous artisans, it is also a place where future artisans can express their creations. There are some chocolate shops where can offer you tastings and the history of the finest chocolate in the world.

QUITO’S MUSEUMS

Quito has a variety of museums full of history. Guayasamin Museum where we can find the most complete collection of his work. Guayasamín (famous Ecuadorian artist) was also an avid collector, and the museum displays his outstanding collection of more than 4500 pre- Colombian ceramic, bone and metal pieces from throughout Ecuador.

“Casa de la Cultura” museum, where you can find marvelous works from the XVI, XVII, and XVIII centuries done by the School of Quito (Escuela Quiteña). The gold museum of the central Bank of Ecuador and return to the past looking at archeological pieces exhibited in chronological order.

Quito City Museum in the heart of Colonial Quito. It is the largest historic display that talks about the origins and evolution of the Ecuadorian capital. It occupies the oldest civil building in the city, which operated for many years the San Juan de Dios Hospital. The museum traces the daily life of citizens of those times, through stories, legends, traditions, flavors, clothes and even holidays.

BOMBOLÍ CLOUD FOREST «TOUR OF THE ORCHIDES»

Just 30 minutes from the Aloag town, on the road to the coastal region of Ecuador, located on the occidental side of the Andes mountains inside the Illinizas Ecological Reserve we will find a natural treasure called Bombolí Private Reserve which has an extension of 120 hectares of Primary Highland Forest and 80 hectares of Secondary Forest, the reserve will give us a feeling of peace and tranquility. This feeling of peace goes along with the pure contact with nature that you will find only in a place such as this one.

BOMBOLÍ CLOUD FOREST FULL DAY EXCURSION

Once we have arrived to the refuge house, the local family will give us a warm welcome. You will receive an introduction briefing by Oswaldito, where you will hear about their life in the mountain and also their complete dedication to protecting the forest. After this briefing, all the guests will have the opportunity to taste some delicious local delicacies like cheese, jams and caramel flavored cream, all of these products are completely made by the local family.

Bombolí Cloud Forest “tour of the orchides»

The tour of the orchids starts after the welcome and briefing by the owners. The excursion begins by visiting the gardens that are full of local plants like orchids, ferns, begonias, alders and much more. This visit will be done by walking around the refuge house while the host gives us some great information about the botanical and scientific aspects of this forest, also about his efforts to conserve this beautiful natural paradise located at 3200 meters above sea level.

On this walk we will also visit the Orchids Nursery, which was completely built by Oswaldito so these plants can have their own home, many of the orchids found here are in a peculiar miniature size which can only be found here. We continue our excursion towards the highlands of the forest so we can have the opportunity to visit a small Polylepis forest where you can admire all three-species found in Ecuador regarding that type of fauna. Next to this part of the forest we will also visit the family’s organic orchard where we can take a look at this unique idea of reutilizing old car tires to make them into flowerpots, the combination of this idea with the microclimates that are found in this area, it creates a space that is great for the growth of different edible plants like: lettuce, onions, mint, chamomile, carrots, lemon balm, lemon, cilantro, parsley, babaco, etc.

Following this visit, we will continue towards the upper part of the private reserve, we will walk through a trail surrounded by lots of trees and native plants of this area, also a wide variety of orchids. During this walk, we will hear from our guide an explanation of all the natural health benefits each one of these plants can give as a gift to us, this until we finally arrive to the “Primary Forest of Millenary Ferns”; these giant ferns will be the highlight of the beautiful scenery we will find here, along with a small but majestic waterfall that can be found here during winter season.

The beautiful landscape, natural richness and wide variety of ecosystems are all product of hard work during many years to protect and conserve this forest by its owners. This walk is of easy-medium difficulty and takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete, it´s a perfect way to walk into nature and get away from the hectic city life.

After this beautiful experience, we will return to the reserves main house so we can have a delicious lunch, made by Marianita, with organic products that in their majority have been harvested in this same reserve. After lunch, it´s time to participate in the elaboration of cheese, jams and or caramel flavored cream, all products that have been elaborated for many years here, making them of great quality and amazing taste. At the end of the day all of the visitors can acquire any of these products.

If time allows it, we can relax right by the chimney drinking some hot Bombolí coffee before having to head back to Quito.

BOMBOLÍ CLOUD FOREST FULL DAY EXCURSION

DAY 1

This adventure begins very early when our guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to paradise. Just half an hour from the southern outskirts of Quito is the private Ecological Reserve Bombolí which welcomes us with a unique peaceful environment that only nature can provide in its purest form.

Our first adventure will be a two-hour hike to an ancient fern forest of indescribable beauty, filled with giant ferns that are the main protagonists of this surreal landscape. On the way, we will discover trails surrounded by over 200 species of wild orchids, begonias and countless other species that grow richly in this area. Our final destination is a waterfall and a small water spring of about 5 meters in height located in the center of this forest. The vast ecosystem of natural richness and breathtaking beauty is the result of years of care and conservation by the owners.

After this experience, we will return to the country house where we will have a delicious lunch, made with natural and organic products, which have been planted and harvested mostly in the garden of the family.

After lunch, we can choose from some of the recreational activities offered here. One is the production of cheese which has been prepared here with dedication for years, resulting in a product of excellent quality and taste. A second option is to take a cooking class with Marianita preparing fresh cheese, sweetened condensed milk or one of her fifteen types of jams. Furthermore, we can visit the garden where we will see the bold “Bombolí” idea of​ ​reusing tires as pots, creating microclimates capable of giving life to sick plants. We will also see a large variety of other plant species, such as lettuce, lemon, mint, onion, lemon verbena, lavender, chamomile, lemon balm, leek, red alder, lemon, elderberry, and much more.

Later on, we will enjoy a traditional coffee or chocolate accompanied by desserts prepared by the talented hands of Marianita.

By late afternoon we will have a small discussion with the owners about this wonderful place and hear their story. Moreover, we can share our experiences and relax around the fireplace.

Before going to bed, we will take approximately a thirty-minute walk, where we will have the opportunity to listen to the sounds of some nocturnal animals. If we are lucky, we might see the mysterious owls which we can only encounter in Bombolí at night.  Finally, we can finish the day with the satisfaction of having enjoyed the most of every minute. It will be time to rest in a comfortable accommodation in the country house at Bombolí.

DAY 2

Today we will get up at 05h00 am in the morning to take advantage of the day. Before having breakfast, we will walk an hour and a half close to the hill of Bombolí to listen to the birds. They join on this hour to feed on the pollen of the flowers, forming a concert of songs that will brighten up our morning.

After breakfast, we hike for about three hours to the lower part of the reserve to explore the beautiful landscape that the rainforest makes up. It is a privileged rich ecosystem that developed hundreds of rivers and waterfalls over time. We will visit the top of two waterfalls of about 250 meters in height, where we can admire nature.

Coming back well adventured and hungry, we will enjoy our last lunch, prepared with produce offered by this generous land, and enjoy the flavors and smells of Bombolí!

Before returning to Quito, we will have the chance to learn the art of making mirrors, which are made out of wood from the forest. Either from fallen trees or donated from the surrounding properties. With this technique, also other objects such as beds, tables, chairs, decorations and many more can be made. The ingenuity and creativity might open our minds to conversation and reuse of material that nature provides us.