Welcome to Salasaca

On the Sunday after Easter, a magnificent street dance takes place on the road (slowing traffic considerably), and on June 15 the Salasacans dress up in animal costumes for Santo Vintio. Both Corpus Christi (on a moveable date in June) and the Feast of St Anthony (end of November) are colorfully celebrated.

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$940 Private & Custom Tours

Andes and Amazon Tour from Quito in 5-Days

Day 1: Quito – Cotopaxi National Park From Quito your professional guide takes you south over the Avenue of Volcanoes. Today, you visit the Cotopaxi National Park, to visit the Limpiopungo Lake and admire the volcano. The Cotopaxi Volcano measures 5897 meters and its snow-capped peak can be seen from a wide area. Next, you travel to Lasso, where you spend the night in a charming hacienda. (Lunch included) Day 2: Salasaca community and Casa del Arbol in BañosThis morning, you visit the Salasaca community living across the province of Tungurahua, where you have the opportunity to learn more about the region´s traditional cultures. Subsequently, you continue to Baños and visit the famous swing of Casa del Arbol, from where you have a breathtaking view of the town and the Tungurahua Volcano. (Breakfast included) Day 3: Route of the Waterfalls and transfer to TenaBaños is located at a unique location between the Andean Mountains and the Amazon Rainforest; this lush green area is known for its many waterfalls. After breakfast, you follow the Route of the Waterfalls to the Amazon Rainforest. A short hike downhill brings you to the impressive waterfall El Pailon del Diablo, the largest of the area. Next, you travel to Cotococha Amazon Lodge in Tena, where you enjoy a delicious dinner. (Breakfast and dinner included) Day 4: Swimming in the waterfall, Amazon hike, and nocturnal walkAfter a delicious breakfast and a short canoe trip, you start a one-hour hike to the waterfall. Your professional guide leads you through the secondary rainforest. Upon arrival at the waterfall ‘La Cascada de Latas’, you can bath in the crystal clear water while enjoying the serene environment. In the afternoon you learn about the local flora and how the Amazon people use particular plants for medicall purposes, during a hike through the primary rainforest. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included) **Please note that the activities in the Amazon are subject to change without prior notice due to natural and operational circumstances.** Day 5: Papallacta Hot Springs visit – QuitoAnother breakfast is served in the open restaurant facilitating close contact with the surrounding jungle. Subsequently, you head back to Quito. While traveling from the Amazon Rainforest back into the Andes, you see the beautiful transition from jungle to páramo highlands. In Papallacta you visit the naturally heated hot springs for a moment of ultimate relaxation. In the afternoon you arrive in Quito, where the tour ends. (Breakfast included)

$660 Day Trips & Excursions

4-Day Andes & Amazon Expedition

DAY 1: Quito | Papallacta Hot Springs | Cloud Forest |Tena | Misahualli | Amazon: We leave Quito in the morning and start with a drive up the  Eastern Cordillera, where we will go over a 4065 m. high mountain pass. It can be foggy up here but when the weather is clear we will be amazed by the magnificent views of the  Antisana volcano and the surrounding paramo wetlands. Within two hours we will reach  Termas de Papallacta, Ecuador's most beautiful thermal hot springs Resort and Spa, located in between spectacular mountain forests of the Eastern Andes slopes. DAY 2: Napo River | Canoe Ride |Wildlife | Caiman Spotting | Visit Quichua Family: After Breakfast, a short 20 minutes walking to the port in the Napo River will take you onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we  start a boat ride along the Napo River for approximately 2 hours. Some aquatic birds can be spotted on the way. Behind the shores of one the beaches along the River Arajuno is the famous  Animal Refuge known as Amazoonico.This refuge was founded for the purpose of protecting and taking care of the native and wild animals of the area that have either been injured, mistreated or been confiscated and handed over because they were being smuggled. This is a great opportunity to observe how it is exactly that these creatures live in their natural habitat, something which is rather hard to do given how elusive these creatures are in the wild. Box Lunch, Visit a Indigenous Family, once this visit is over, you’ll return to Suchipakari aboard a canoe.DAY 3: Baños de Agua Santa | Waterfalls Route | Tree House & Swing the End | Tungurahua Volcano: After our delicious breakfast we cross the Napo River. We will continue our journey to Baños de Agua Santa on Tungurahua Province. After Puyo we will enjoy spectacular views of the Pastaza gorge, the surrounding cloud forests with thousands of orchids, dramatic waterfalls, cliff side farms and untouched views of Sangay and Llanganates National Parks. This spectacular stretch through the Pastaza Corridor has been declared by the WWF 'A Gift to the Earth', a transition from rainforest to the Andean Mountains in less than 50 kilometers. DAY 4: Cotopaxi Volcano | National Park | Museum | Refuge 4800 msnm:In the morning we will leave Baños for another day full of diversity driving along the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes', through the central Andean valley. On our way we will come first along the Salasaca community, where we will have a look at the many tapestries and other woven products made by the local indigenous people who still maintain many ancient traditions. Afterwards we continue towards the central valley where with clear weather we will be able to see at least 11 of Ecuador's 55 volcanoes.

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