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ITINERARY ECUADOR ANDEAN RAINFOREST PROGRAM
8 days/ 7 nights
DAY 01 – USA-QUITO Upon arrival and after going through the immigration and customs procedures, you will be met at the exit, by our tour operator in and transferred to Deluxe Casa Gangotena
DAY 02 – QUITO
AM Sightseeing tour of Quito (private): A visit to downtown Quito to relish in this urban jewel and its treasures of art and architecture. Quito’s colonial quarter, the largest and best preserved of South America, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The stroll starts at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. Visit the temple of La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. Continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. The tour ends at a lookout point with a great view of the city of Quito
OVERNIGHT DELUXE CASA GANGOTENA (B).
DAY 03 – QUITO/MASHPI JUNGLE LODGE
Pick up from your hotel, then, we will take the highway north of Quito, passing the Equator Monument and Latitude 0º, and then we will climb over the pass and from here on, it's downhill towards the Pacific Ocean.
After about two-and-a-half hours, we arrive at the entrance to the Mashpi Rainforest Biodiversity Reserve, which extends over the surrounding 1,300 hectares (3,212 acres) – a haven for wildlife and biodiversity. Here, we will stop at the Hummingbird Viewpoint to learn more about these irrepressible flying machines, enjoy a drink. We then wind our way 6 km (3.75 miles) further aboard electric buggies until we reach the lodge itself, at approximately 12 PM.
Here you will be welcomed with a refreshing drink and checked in to your room. Lunch is served soon after, followed by a short time to relax. After lunch, the afternoon's activities begin (please see options detailed below). These will depend on factors such as group size, physical abilities and weather conditions.
Before dinner, guests will meet their Naturalist Guides for a short briefing about the next day's activities. Optional night walks head out from the hotel following dinner.
You will stay 4 nights at Mashpi Lodge with all meals and excursions.
ABOUT MASHPI RAINFOREST BIODIVERSITY RESERVE AND LODGE
Mashpi Lodge is a private getaway only accessible to guests. Located on a high plateau, it is ideally situated to give breathtaking views of the forest and valleys from nearly every angle. The lodge, built with the latest techniques in sustainable building, is designed to blend beautifully with its surroundings. It features contemporary, minimalist design and decor, mixing warm earth tones and clean lines: a cozy cacoon amid the forest with the natural world just beyond, ideal for contemplation and relaxation. At the reserve's entrance camp, vehicles are left behind and guests board specially-designed electrically-powered buggies for their journey to the lodge itself. These buggies lower the impact of human presence on the forest by preserving fossil fuel and reducing noise.
The lodge is intimate, accommodation a maximum of 36 guests, in 18 ample 430 sq ft suites. Suites are tastefully furnished, with a king size bed or two queen-size beds. For those traveling with friends or family, connecting rooms are available.
Social areas include several relaxing lounges. Like the suites, these feature huge picture windows making guests feel part of their surroundings, where, at night, the only lights are the dance of myriad fireflies. Mashpi Lodge provides a Reading Room with internet access and an extensive collection of books and videos on the natural world. Masphi Lodge features two Jacuzzis, as well as specialized massages and treatments, many employing natural local ingredients such as earth, stones, herbs and leaves. Gourmet meals are specially prepared by our chef with local fresh organic produce and are accompanied by our house wine.
DAY 04, 05, 06, MASHPI JUNGLE LODGE
Exploring Mashpi Lodge for those who want to enjoy the beauty and magic of dawn in the forest – which is when most birds are active and calling, as well as when views are often most spectacular – early morning activities are organized before breakfast. Following breakfast, we head out from the lodge to explore, returning for lunch and a rest, before enjoying an afternoon amid Nature, then dinner, night walks and sleep (B, L, D).
#1 Guests will be supplied with rubber boots. Please ensure you send us your size. The lodge also supplies walking poles, but you may want to bring your own.
#2 We kindly ask that luggage not exceed 45 lbs (20 kilos) in weight, with one item per person.
#3 Due to the Lodge’s waste water management system, we request guests only use biodegradable soaps and shampoos (the Lodge supplies these as part of its amenities), and only flush toilet paper in lavatories.
#4 The small boutique at the lodge sells a range of books, guides, clothing (T-shirts, shirts, hats, buffs), crafts, as well as essentials (batteries, health care products, etc.).
• Sun block
• Walking shoes/sneakers
• Socks: we recommend joggers’ socks that don’t slip easily inside rubber boots. 2 pairs per day are ideal.
• Light-weight, earth- or dark-coloured, long-sleeved T-shirts and shirts
• Earth- or dark-colored, light-weight trousers
• Light fleece/sweater
• Goretex jacket – guests will also be supplied with waterproof ponchos
• Insect repellent (natural, not chemical like DEET)
• Good binoculars (Guides will have pairs to share)
• Small backpack for trails
• 6 Ziploc bags of different sizes for keeping things dry
• Sealable bag for packing dirty laundry in luggage
• Headlamp (or Flashlight)
• Extra batteries
• Appliance chargers. Plugs in Ecuador are US-style, 2 flat pins 110 volts. 220 volt adaptors can be supplied upon request.
DAY 07 – MASHPI JUNGLE LODGE/QUITO
On the last day, there Is an early breakfast, followed by a shorter morning activity and check out. There’s then time to relax at the Lodge, watch a video presentation or bird watch from the terraces. A substantial snack is served at 10.30 AM and we leave the hotel at 11 AM . About an hour away, we visit the intriguing archaeological site of Tulipe. We then drive back eastwards, winding our way up the Andes towards the capital, arriving at Quito hotels between 3 and 4 pm. Transfer to DCASA GANGOTENA HOTEL for overnight (B).
DAY 08 – QUITO-USA
Private transfer to the Quito airport for your flight to USA. (B)
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