Welcome to Parque Nacional Sangay


From the páramo (high-altitude grasslands) in the park’s western heights, which climb to over 5000m around each of the three volcanoes, the terrain plunges down the eastern slopes of the Andes to elevations barely above 1000m. In between is terrain so steep, rugged and wet (over 4m of rain is recorded annually in some areas) that it remains a wilderness in the truest sense. The whole park is home to some 500 bird species and 3000 plant species, and the thickly vegetated slopes east of the mountains are the haunts of very rarely seen mammals, such as spectacled bears, mountain tapirs, pumas, ocelots and porcupines.


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Devils Nose Train Ride from Alausi

The Devil's Nose Route is, without a doubt, the most impressive section of Ecuador's railway: a hair-raising trip down the rocky slopes of the Andes departing form the town of Alausi to the town of Simbambe on the way down to the coastal region.Depart by train to Sibambe. The train will descend more than 500 meters in less than 12km doing zigzag maneuvers on the mountain. This is a unique adventure and the most attractive of this route. You will experience a different landscape combinations between mountains, vegetation, and the central Andes valley. Arrive at Sibambe and enjoy the culture of Ecuador. Discover the history of the indigenous people, and learn more about the railroad construction which took place more than 100 years ago. You will have a short free time for pictures and a visit to the artisan market at Sibambe Train Station.When your time here is complete, you will depart back to Alusi by train.Two daily departures at 8am and 11am except on Mondays.

$362 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Cuyabeno Amazon Rainforest

Day 1. Arrival to Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve (lunch, dinner):Reception in Lago Agrio between 8:30am and 9am. Transfer to Cuyabeno River.Box lunch en route. Visitors have to register in the Reserve’s office and pay the entrance fee. Your naturalist guide will give information about the Reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two hours navigation through Cuyabeno River to the Big Lagoon where the Lodge is located. Along the river you will find several species in its natural habitat as monkeys, toucans, parrots, insect and the exuberant Amazonian vegetation. Arrival and check in. Night walk in the primary forest to observe amphibians and reptiles for about one hour. Return to the lodge for a welcome cocktail and dinner to conclude until your accommodation in double rooms.Day 2. Explore the Reserve and visit to the local natives (breakfast, lunch, dinner)Depart after breakfast to the Siona Indian Community of Puerto Bolivar, the largest ethnic group on the Reserve. Learn their customs, traditions, and way of life. Be part of the elaborate Casabe, local dish made of yucca (carbohydrates principal feed of the community). The trip takes two hours navigation downstream to get there. Admire the existing fauna along the Rio Cuyabeno such as: birds, monkeys, snakes, pink dolphins, tortoises and many others. A visit to the Shaman, is also included. Full day excursion with lunch in the community. Return to the lodge before night navigation watching Caymans. Dinner to conclude until your accommodation in double rooms.Day 3.-  Hike in the Jungle (breakfast, lunch, dinner)Breakfast. Trek in the primary rain forest for approximately three to five hours. Explore the beautiful and complex tropical ecosystem. Find the great species of plants, trees, and animal life. Lunch back at the lodge. Afternoon navigation is to the big lagoon, enjoying the lake, time to fish piranhas, swimming, and awaiting a very special sunset. Dinner to conclude until your accommodation in double rooms.Day 4.- Early bird watching and return to Lago Agrio (breakfast )Your bird watching excursion is optional prior to breakfast. Transfer to Lago Agrio for your return flight.

$450 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day Cuyabeno Reserve Amazon Rainforest Trip

Day 1: Lago Agrio – Big Lagoon ( lunch, dinner)Make your way to Lago Agrio, where you'll meet up with a guide between 8:30am and 9:00am, then transfer to the Cuyabeno River with a boxed lunch on the way.Upon arrival, all visitors must register at the Cuyabeno Reserve office and pay the park's entrance fee (not included). The naturalist guide will start with an orientation about the reserve's wildlife and plants, then set out on the 2-hour river journey to the Big Lagoon, where the lodge is located. As you travel, watch for monkeys, toucans, parrots, insect, and plants of all kinds. After check-in at the lodge, you'll have time to relax before an hour-long night walk through the primary forest, the perfect time to spot amphibians and reptiles. Return to the lodge for a welcome cocktail and dinner. Overnight in double roomsDay 2: Puerto Bolivar, indigenous community ( breakfast,lunch, dinner)After breakfast, depart to the Puerto Bolivar to meet the Siona Indian community, the largest ethnic group in the Reserve. During this tour you will learn their customs, traditions, and ways of life, learning to prepare casabe, a dish made of yucca. You'll also eat lunch within the community, and visit the local shaman. During the two-hour river trip to Puerto Bolivar, you'll have a good opportunity to see birds, monkeys, snakes, pink dolphins, and tortoises from the boat. Return to the lodge, then head back out after dark to spot caymans before dinner. Accommodation in double roomsDay 3: Rainforest Trek and Swimming ( breakfast,lunch, dinner)After breakfast, set out on a hike through the primary rain forest for  three to five hours, exploring a complex tropical ecosystem where you'll find a great variety of plants and trees. Have lunch back at the lodge, then enjoy an afternoon on the Big Lagoon, with time to fish for piranhas, swim, and watch the sunset.  Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight in double rooms. Day 4: Canangueno Lagoon ( breakfast,lunch, dinner)Travel by a traditional paddle canoe as you go bird-watching on Canangueno Lagoon, then set out for another hike through the forest. Overnight in double rooms.Day 5: Return to Lago Agrio ( breakfast)Rise early for an optional bird-watching excursion before breakfast. Check out of the lodge and begin the return trip to Lago Agrio, where this tour concludes.

$1555 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6- Day San Cristobal, Santa Cruz & Uninhabited Galapagos Island Hopping Express

Day 1: Transfer in + Tijeretas & Carola Beach  or Kayak Pick-up at the airport. Lunch, Option1: visit the Interpretation Center, the easy hike follows the trail to the Frigatebird hill, a viewpoint. Snorkel the shallow waters of Tijeretas Bay/Carola beach. Option2: 2 hours kayaking to have a better view of the species. Private service  Meals: LunchDay 2: Lobos Island Sea lion colony. Once here you could see blue footed boobies, marine iguanas and frigate birds, marine iguanas, rays and turtles in the sandy bottom. This tour includes a stop at Playa Ochoa. Share small groups 12 passengers Meals: Breakfast and LunchDay 3: Rancho Primicias Reserve- Garrapatero Beach At 6:30 pick you up and take you to the harbor 7:00 speedboat to Santa Cruz (approx. 2-hour ride). A local guide will receive you at the harbor. Drive to a Ranch in the highlands to see giant tortoises in their native environment! After lunch.  Garrapatero Beach where you can swim and relax. Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Day 4: Santa Cruz Island / Tortuga Bay (snorkeling)+ Charles Darwin StationVisit the Charles Darwin Research Station, and observe colorful land iguanas and a large variety of Galápagos Giant tortoises brought from the most important islands in the archipelago. We will also have the opportunity to hike to Tortuga Bay to observe the magnificient wildlife and before arriving into a beautiful beach Meals: Breakfast and LunchDay 6: Transfer to the airport Your driver will take you to the airport in Baltra. He  will accompany you until the check-in point where your program ends with your return flight to the mainland. Meals: Breakfast

$388 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Cuyabeno Amazon Expedition 4-Day Adventure from Lago Agrio

Day 1: There are two direct ways of traveling from Quito to Lago Agrio: by plane or bus. If you travel by plane, you will arrive in Lago Agrio at 9:30am. If you travel by bus, you must leave Quito a day in advance in order to reach Lago Agrio in time for the tour. Traveling by bus is 8 hours. Our adventure begins at 10am and we will travel by bus/truck to Tierras Orientales (2-hour approx). Begin our canoe journey down the Aguarico and continue along the Cuyabeno black water river to our lodge (3-hour approx.). After dinner our bilingual naturalist guide gives a captivating lecture.Day 2:The day begins early in the morning with a canoe excursion. The brisk morning hours are the best time to see the rain forest activity. After breakfast, trek in primary rain forest with our naturalist and native guides who will explain about the practical and medicinal uses of the plants. After lunch go out with either paddling or motorized canoes to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and find species of monkeys and dolphins. Venture in the forest to find species of insects, and with a bit of luck, species of snakes or frogs.Day 3: Start the day early for a whole day of exploring. We navigate downstream to observe the enchanting salt lick (exposed clay bank) where colorful parrots and parakeets feed on the clay to draw the toxins from their bodies. Return to the lodge for breakfast, then trek into pristine primary rain forest. Our native guide shares his wealth of knowledge, showing us the medicinal and practical uses of the rain forest's flora and fauna that their ancestors have taught throughout generations. We also learn how all life in the tropical rain forest co-exists in a fragile balance. Then we return for lunch. In the afternoon, we navigate along the Cuyabeno River where we have a good chance of seeing the freshwater pink and grey river dolphins (Inia geoffrensis and Sotalia fluviatilis) in the spectacular scenery. We also try our luck at piranha fishing. We visit the Kichwa Birdwatching Tower where above the canopy, we see a breathtaking view of the surrounding rain forest and observe a variety of species including toucans, parrots, monkeys and many more. After dinner, we venture out on a night excursion to search for caimans (alligator family) and nocturnal birds.Day 4: After breakfast we navigate along Cuyabeno Rivers towards to the Kichwa Indian Community where our naturalist guide explains the culture and traditions of the native people, from the past to the present. Then we travel by canoe down the Cuyabeno River and back along the Aguarico River to Pto. Gregorio, from where our bus/truck will take us to Lago Agrio (arrival at 4:00pm approx.). Take the departure flight/bus back to Quito for the end of the journey.

$408.38 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Cuyabeno National Park Experience

Day 1 (L,D):Begin your Cuyabeno National Park Experience with pickup at the Lago Agrio Airport at 9:55 a.m. or pickup at a central meeting point in town at 9.30 a.m. Travel to the lodge in the park, approximately 3 hours away. Relax and get settled in prior to an introductory walk around the lodge. Receive a briefing on the next few days, upcoming activities, and the area by your naturalist guide.Day 2 (B,L,D):Trek into the jungle with a Naturalist guide following breakfast. Find a variety of species including amphibians, butterflies, centipedes and millipedes, snakes, birds, monkeys or possible footprints of larger mammals on the trail. Return to the lodge to have lunch after a morning of exploring. Navigate the Cuyabeno River to the Kapok Island. Look for the monkeys, pink dolphins swimming in the fresh water, and more. Venture into the forest to see a variety of insects, spiders, tarantulas, snakes or colorful frogs. Head back to the lodge for dinner.Day 3 (B,L,D):An early activity will allows plentiful opportunities to watch some playful monkeys and some colourful birds. After breakfast, follow the Taricaya trail to visit the Seoqueya Community, where some local families of the Sionas Indigenous tribe live. A member of the family shows us how they prepare the 'yuca' bread which is called 'Cassave'. Navigate down-stream to visit the shaman house where he teaches us the ancient healing traditions and his lifestyle using the mystic practice of natural medicine. Return to the lodge to have lunch. Afterwards, take time to relax and enjoy the place. In the afternoon, go out with a motor canoe upstream to visit the Laguna Grande and admire the flooded forest by black water or 'Igapo'. See the Macrolobium trees, which are homes of Epiphytes plants and birds. Venture in the river to search for Caimans (alligator family) and fishing bats. Day 4 (B,L):The last early activity is a short canoe excursion to enjoy the sunrise over the jungle, which is a good time for bird watching. After breakfast you have time to prepare your luggage for the trip back and you will arrive in Lago Agrio around 2:30 p.m. where the tour ends. * The 5-Day tour consists of a morning walk and an extra canoe excursion admiring the wonderful landscape in the afternoon and also a night walk at the additional day.** The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, National Park regulations, lodge availability and unforeseeable circumstances.

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