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Northern Andes: Nature, culture and Sports

Northern Andes: Nature, culture and Sports

per person
Cost: $489

The cultural legacy of Ecuadorian Andes hides wonderful ethnicities that inhabited it ancestrally; gorgeous landscapes of valleys, mountains, rivers, lagoons and roads. This is the ideal setting for an educational adventure designed for families eager for adventure and learning where you will visit the archaeological sites of Pambamarca and Quito Loma, enjoy incredible views of the northern Andes of Ecuador and learn about the ethnic groups that inhabited these lands and their ways of life. Cycle down ancient cobble-stone roads and hike around the caldera that forms the beautiful Laguna de Cuicocha, admire its turquoise waters and landscapes. The trip ends with a visit to one of the most famous and picturesque craft markets in the world, the Otavalo Market, where artisans and indigenous people from Ecuador exhibit their work at affordable prices. Incredible adventure to ride and hike off the beaten path lands and learn, and interact with ancient cultures.

  • Level
    Moderate
  • Duration
    3 Days
  • Activity
    Mountain Bike / Hike
  • Age Range
    8-75
  • Suggested Number of Participants
    4 min
  • Temporality
    Year Round
  • Languages
    English – Spanish
  • Includes
    Lodging
    Private transportation
    Local Expert
    Bikes and safety gear
    Entrance fees
    Food
    Filtered water
    Snacks
  • Not Included
    Personal Expenses
    Travel Insurance
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HIGHLIGHTS

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HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Incredible landscapes.
  • Visit and learn about archaeological sites
  • Sun-Dial at the equator
  • Visit Cotacachi - Cayapas National Park
  • Mountain bike descend.
  • Mountain bike
  • Cuicocha Crater Lake hike
  • Visit the Indigenous Otavalo Market
  • Share with indigenous communities

Tour Location

Pichincha e Imbabura Province APPROXIMATE ALTITUDE : 4700m - 2400m

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Sebastian Jurado From an early age I have dedicated my life to adventure and nature, which gave me the chance to lead expeditions for different North American adventure companies such as: MT Sobek and REI Adventures. I worked as a tour leader on Easter Island and Panama and I am a pioneer in leading sea kayaking and SUP in the Ecuadorian Amazon. I have a degree in tourism, which has allowed me to work in Costa Rica, and venture into opening new routes in Galapagos, Chile and Ecuador.

Two expeditions have marked my life intensely: the descent to La Cueva de Los Tayos with Tomas Espinosa and Felipe Meneses and kayaking across the San Blas Archipelago in Panama, where I got to know the Kuna culture up close and their incredible way of navigating the sea. For more than twenty years I have also dedicated my professional life to adventure: planning expeditions, exploring and curating new adventures and guiding travelers on unforgettable routes and experiences through amazing landscapes.
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