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.

$880 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ecuador Cloud Forest 5 Days Hiking Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Fliying to QuitoStop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceTransfer in International Flight to Quito, Ecuador. Once you clear customs you’ll meet one of our Guides, then you´ll be taken to the hotel in Quito.The hotel is located in the heart of Quito´s business district and it has many facilities to make your stay very pleasant.Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Mercure Hotel **** Stars HotelDay 2: Pululahua Hike - Yunguilla Stop At: Puma Sacha, Nanegalito, Pichincha ProvinceEarly in the morning we will drive towards Pululahua Ecological Reserve to start our hike (8 miles) trough one of the active volcano calderas of Ecuador, you will enjoy the views and the Andean flora as we hike, then we will continue our tour by car until a community known as Yunguilla, where we will have lunch in a local restaurant and later we will visit all their projects at the village. Finally we will stay overnight at a family house (homestay), this is a unique experience for you and also a nice opportunity to learn more about the Ecuadorian culture. You could practice your Spanish with the families or also teach them some English!!!This First hike goes from 11550 ft. until 8500 ft.HIKING TIME: 3 HOURS Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Homestay at Yunguilla Village ** Stars homestayDay 3: Santa Lucia HikeStop At: Mindo Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve, Mindo, Pichincha ProvinceAfter breakfast on this day we will visit a nice viewpoint known as El Chochal, where you will see some of the highest volcanoes of Ecuador such as Pichincha, Cayambe, Cotacachi, Antisana, and Pululahua, as well a beautiful view of the cloud forest.Then it is time to start our 2 hike through the cliffs, trails and magical paths surrounded by forest. Los Culuncos trail was originally used as route to exchange o products between the mountain people and the coastal natives, it was also used illegally to transport brandy from Nanegal village to Calacalí nearby Quito, but now is only used for tourism. A long the way we will enjoy lunch and rest a bet before we continue to Santa Lucia Eco lodge.Second hike goes from 8500 ft. down to 6500 ft.HIKING TIME: 6 to 7 HOURS Duration: 7 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Santa Lucia Eco Lodge *** Stars LodgeDay 4: Cock of the Rock - Maquipucuna Hike Stop At: Maquipucuna Reserve, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceEarly hike to visit the fantastic Andean Cock of the Rock (this is the most representative bird from the cloud forest). This is a 1 hour to get to the lek's location, but this 5:00 am effort is really worth it. A sight you will never forget as the spectacular bird men perform their dance to attract women, it will be one the highlight of this trip.Breakfast is going to be at the Bird lek.Then we return to Santa Lucia to have lunch, and then prepare to go down to Maquipucuna. This hike is mainly in the cloud forest, so if we are lucky, we might see some other colorful birds and for sure a lot of orchids along the way. In Maquipucuna Eco lodge we will have dinner and then we will do a night walk near the lodge.Second hike goes from 6500 ft. down to 4500 ft.HIKING TIME: 5 to 7 HOURS Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Maquipucuna Lodge *** Stars LodgeDay 5: Quito City Tour / Cable CarStop At: Teleferico Quito, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceEarly in the morning we will enjoy a birding tour around the lodge, then we will have breakfast. Finally we will return back to Quito to start our city tour at Panecillo viewpoint to admire the Quito´s wonders from above, then we will walk around two hours visiting the highlights of the old city such as; San Francisco Church, Compañia de Jesús Church and Sagrario Church located on “Calle de la Siete Cruces” or Garcia Moreno Street. Then we will visit the Presidential Palace lobby at Quito´s main Square. Finally we will visit the first Gothic Church of Ecuador, considered the highest one in the city. This is another beautiful viewpoint to observe “The Avenue of the Volcanoes”.Then we will drive towards to the Teleferico or cable Car for another viewpoint of the AndesNOTICE: AFTER THE CITY TOUR YOU COULD TAKE YOUR FLIGHT HOME BY THE END OF THE AFTERNOON OR AT NIGHT.ALSO IF YOU PREFER WE CAN ADD 1 MORE NIGHT IN QUITO BEFORE YOU FLIGHT BACK HOME. (THIS LAST NIGHT COULD BE IN A HOTEL ONLY 15 MINUTES FROM QUITOS AIRPORT)Transfer Out – International Flight back home Our guide will drive you back to Quito´s international Airport, for your flight home… END OF THE SERVICES!!!From this day we can add more other excursions such as; Jungle Adventure 3 Days / 2 Nights, Galapagos Luxury Package 5 Days / 4 Nights.(We hope to see you soon in one of our other Destinations)Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: No Included

$60 Outdoor Activities

Tour Ingapirca & Gualaceo Chordeleg Tour Arqueologico Artesanal

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ingapirca Ruins, Ingapirca, Canar ProvinceEste tour nos permite conocer de una manera sintetizada los lugares más importantes de tipo cultural de las provincias de Azuay y Cañar. Primero iremos al sitio arqueológico de Ingapirca, donde encontraremos parte de la evidencia de la cultura Cañari e Inca. Sitio considerado como el más importante y mejor conservado de Ecuador. En el trayecto se puede degustar la oferta de gastronomía típica de la región (Biblián).Este recorrido además nos dirigirá hacia Gualaceo y Chordeleg. Lugares donde destaca la actividad artesanal. En Chordeleg visitaremos la joyería elaborada en oro y plata con la técnica de la filigrana. Además, visitaremos un taller donde se elabora figurillas de arcilla con motivos costumbristas inspirados en la vida cotidiana. En Gualaceo visitaremos el mercado local. Este lugar es reconocido por la gastronomía tradicional y el pintoresco paisaje conformado por las cholitas (mujer típica de la región). Para finalizar conoceremos el taller “Casa de la Makana”, donde conoceremos el proceso de elaboración de la famosa Macana o chal típico, elaborado con la milenaria técnica del ikat.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Parque Chordeleg, Chordeleg, Azuay ProvinceEste tour nos permite conocer de una manera sintetizada los lugares más importantes de tipo cultural de las provincias de Azuay y Cañar. Primero iremos al sitio arqueológico de Ingapirca, donde encontraremos parte de la evidencia de la cultura Cañari e Inca. Sitio considerado como el más importante y mejor conservado de Ecuador. En el trayecto se puede degustar la oferta de gastronomía típica de la región (Biblián).Este recorrido además nos dirigirá hacia Gualaceo y Chordeleg. Lugares donde destaca la actividad artesanal. En Chordeleg visitaremos la joyería elaborada en oro y plata con la técnica de la filigrana. Además, visitaremos un taller donde se elabora figurillas de arcilla con motivos costumbristas inspirados en la vida cotidiana. En Gualaceo visitaremos el mercado local. Este lugar es reconocido por la gastronomía tradicional y el pintoresco paisaje conformado por las cholitas (mujer típica de la región). Para finalizar conoceremos el taller “Casa de la Makana”, donde conoceremos el proceso de elaboración de la famosa Macana o chal típico, elaborado con la milenaria técnica del ikat.Duration: 2 hours

$339 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Caiman Eco-lodge

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cuyabeno Reserve, Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve, Sucumbios ProvinceExplore the Amazon Rainforest and discover interconnection on a deeper level. Over 500 species of trees exist in this area, an array of wildlife, insects, plants and stunning landscapes will make you want to wish you stayed longer. From exploring the flooded forest in dug out canoes, to treking deep in the forest, watching the sunset, understanding the complexities that exist between man & nature through the eyes of the local community. This space was definitely engineered for self transformation.Duration: 4 days

$440 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.

$499 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.

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