Condors and Culture in Otavalo - Small Group Tour

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What To Expect

Take in breathtaking views of San Pablo Lake. Spot vultures, owls and eagles on a nature walk. See hawks and falcons display their amazing flying skills during an exciting flight demonstration. Have a close encounter with the majestic Andean Condor. Enjoy traditional cuisine with a modern twist. Visit the mystical Peguche Waterfall. Pick up some colorful crafts at a traditional indigenous market.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Otavalo from Quito
Departs From:
Quito
Meeting Point:
Hotel Quito lobby (Av. Gonzalez Suarez N27 142 and Gonzalez Suarez)
Duration:
8 hours
Availability:
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 AM
Product Code:
9143
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Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

Begin your adventure by traveling through the beautiful highland province of Imbabura. Stop at San Pablo Lake to take in sweeping views of the Ecuadorian Andes. This place is a photographer's dream!

Continue the trip by paying a visit to a sanctuary that rehabilitates endangered, predatory birds. Home to many bird species as well as one of the world's most endangered birds, the mighty Andean Condor. This sanctuary does a wonderful job of feeding, housing and rehabilitating injured and mistreated birds.

Walk the trail and spot vultures, owls and eagles before watching an impressive flight demonstration. Admire the agility and skill of hawks and falcons as they fly, dive and find prey on command. Witnessing these remarkable creatures in full flight is truly mesmerizing! Stop to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant that serves innovative cuisine from both ancient and modern recipes (until 31 December 2016).

Continue the adventure with a short walk to the Peguche Waterfall, considered a sacred place. Surrounded by lush greenery, the powerful torrents of water create a hazy mist that wafts through this enchanting natural world.

Finish the tour by visiting an indigenous craft market full of vendors proudly displaying their wares. Wander through the market perusing the wide range of unique jewelry, hand-woven rugs, colorful clothing, bright bags, hand-carved ornaments and vibrant textiles. The quality here is exceptional and unlike anything you'll find elsewhere, so why not buy a souvenir and support the talented artisans that keep Ecuador's native cultures alive?

Starting 1 January 2016, stop to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local Otavalo native house and workshop that serves traditional cuisine from ancient recipes. Be introduced to the art of ancient weaving, traditional clothing and herbal medicines - all of it explained by our native host, who can introduce you to a legacy of hundreds of years of legends and oral traditions.

Return to Quito after an active day filled with rich and natural wonders, amazing wildlife encounters, tasty cuisine and cultural treasures.

Itinerary

  • Embark on an adventure that showcases Ecuador's diverse natural world and colorful culture.

  • Take in stunning Ecuadorian vistas.

  • Visit a rescue center dedicated to protecting, rehabilitating and reintroducing into the wild various species of endangered birds of prey.

  • Feast on Ecuadorian food.

  • Visit a sacred waterfall.

  • Shop at a vibrant indigenous craft market on this tour brimming with culture, history and wildlife.

Includes

  • English-speaking guide

  • Private transport

  • Entrance fee to Condor Park

  • Lunch

Excludes

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • Children below the age of 6 years are not permitted on the tour.

  • We suggest wearing comfortable clothing and shoes, a sweater or jacket and a hat.

  • Tour takes approximately 10.5 hours.

  • Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 12 guests.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 4 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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