Study spanish in Quito Old Town, in the cloud forest, in Otovalo, at the beach or in the Amazon rainforest.

Baños a paradise of thermal springs, a region for in the contours of a beautiful valley and a destination of spectacular adventures; canoeing, bunjee jumping, mountain biking and horse riding.

Baños is known as the "Door to El Dorado" and offers many attractions: you can relax in the thermal baths, visit the Basilica of the "Reina del Rosario de Agua Santa", walk to the different waterfalls, go up Tungurahua volcano, sample the melcoches (sweets made from sugar cane molasses), and admire the variety of crafts made from balsa and tagua wood.

Baños, due to its central location in the country, its mild weather and its tourist attractions, is the ideal place to relax in a calm atmosphere, as well as to go on excursions and trips to neighboring attractions.

If you are a trekking fan, in Baños you will find countless minor trails over the surrounding mountains, of which we recommend those that go around Tungurahua volcano, at 5,016 meters above sea level.

For mountain biking fans, there is a trail called Baños - Rio Verde, that is 17 km long and has been considered South America's longest and most challenging. A large variety of adventure sports also flourish in the area.

The following are the main thermal baths:

  • The Virgin's Pools These will be found in the eastern central part of Baños, below the Virgin's Waterfall.
  • Agua Santa Its waters have a volcanic origin.
  • The "El Salado" pools These are somewhat out of the city center (15 minutes on foot, or you can take the city bus to "El Salado"). Its thermal waters are of volcanic nature.
  • The Modernas Pools These are near the Virgin's Pools, on Martinez Street.
  • The Agua de la Vida (Water of Life) Pools Here they have several pools of warm water.
  • The Santa Clara Pools These warm water pools are at the end of Santa Clara Street. Most of the hotels have heated replica fake breitling pools for their guests.

The most impressive and popular waterfalls are:

  • The Virgin of the Holy Water Waterfall You can have a full view of them from Baños.
  • The Ines Maria Waterfall (Pastaza River) This lies 1 km from the center of town, across the San Martin Bridge and near the Zoo.
  • The Agoyan Waterfall An replica cartier impressive waterfall 5 km from Baños (Pastaza River). Due to the use of the river water to generate hydro-electric power, it sometimes goes dry; It can be visited by bus.
  • The Manto de la Novia (Bridal Veil) Waterfall It is 12 km from Baños, before arriving to Rio Verde, where you will havea view of an impressive bridge over the river. You can get there either by bus or bicycle.
  • The Rio Verde Waterfall, or Pailon del Diablo At 20 km from Baños, the Rio Verde forms an impressive waterfall falling among the rocks.

Cuyabeno River Lodge Has sponsored tourism and scientific research in the Ecuadorian Amazon Basin since the creation of the lodge and the establishment of the reserve in 1979. We are the direct operators of Cuyabeno River Lodge and protect the most fragile zone of the Cuyabeno National Reserve.

Over 500 species of birds, 450 species of fish, 12,000 plant species, and hundreds of mammals, reptiles, and amphibians can be found in this diverse ecosystem. Our mission is to promote ecotourism in an environmentally and culturally safe manner in order to present Cuyabeno’s beauty to its visitors.

We offer standard four or five-day tours to our native-style cabins as well as longer adventure tours through the mysterious waters of Cuyabeno and into Peru. Join us as we venture into this unique and fascinating habitat!

Longer tours in the Amazon

For those who really enjoy the rainforest, why not consider a longer tour? Here is our 6 day tour, to whet your appetite:

  • Day 1 Upon arrival to Chiritza by bus, you will board a motorized canoe and navigate on the quiet Aguarico River to Puca Peña, a large sandy beach where we will set camp for the night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner served. Â
  • Day 2  We will break camp after a very early breakfast and continue downriver to the Playas of Cuyabeno, a Quichua community, where you will observe their customs and way of life. You will also enjoy the delta where the Cuyabeno River empties into the Aguarico River (a usual play area for the pink river dolphin). We will then continue up the Cuyabeno River to visit the Aguas Negras and Aguas Blancas Rivers before reaching the Amarumposa cabins where we will stay two nights. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.
  • Day 3 After breakfast at 8 am you will hike through the primary rainforest where your guide will introduce you to various medicinal plants. You will also have the opportunity to observe native animal species. Various animal tracks will also be seen (tapir, armadillo, paca, etc.). In the afternoon you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the river and fish for piranhas. After dinner, weather and river conditions permitting, your guide will take you on a nocturnal caiman-watching canoe ride. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.
  • DAY 4  We will continue up the river to the Laguna Grande after breakfast. Upon arrival at your new camp near the laguna we will take a short walk and swim before dinner and rest. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.
  • Day 5 At dawn your guide will take bird lovers to observe the numerous bird species that live in this region (optional). You will return to the camp for breakfast and then continue up the river to our last camp, Cuyabeno River Lodge, to spend the night. Short walk or canoeing in native canoes upon reaching the lodge. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served.
  • Day 6 On day six we will explore one last trail, with new opportunities to see different vegetation and animals before taking the early evening direct bus (6:30 pm) to Quito. Breakfast and lunch served.

Cotopaxi at 5897m is Ecuador's highest active volcano and the second highest peak in the country, only surpassed by Chimborazo. It is located in the Eastern Cordillera, some 60 km south of Quito. This perfect ice-covered volcanic cone requires proper ice climbing gear, adequate acclimatization to high altitude, good physical condition and stamina. Most of the time the ascent is not technically difficult but sometimes because of adverse snow and weather, conditions can become more challenging.

 

The park is located about 50km south of Quito. The journey takes about one and a half hours. Trips and tours are available from Quito, as well as from Ambato and Latacunga. The park is accessible by car or on foot, but there is no public transportation inside the area. There are two entrances, one south of Machachi and another north of Latacunga on the Panamerican Highway.

A trip to Cotopaxi nacional park should not be missed. Attracting mountaineer and casual day hikers, this beautiful peak has something to offer for everyone.

Daily Tours:

Leaving Quito at 8:00am with a bilingual guide, we take you south on the majestic Pan_American Highway to the entrance of Cotopaxi Nacional Park _Upon entering the nacional park we will do an acclimatization hike around laguana of Limpiopungo for approximate two hours and visit a museum exhibiting local flora and fauna After lunch , we hike for an hour more to the refuge center ( 4.800m) From there we continue onto to the glaciers for half an hour before returning to Quito by 7:00pm

Include:

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Box lunch
  • Not Ïnclude
  • Park entrance free ( $10)

Climbing Tours 2 or 3 Days

Summiting this magestic peak can be done in two days with a night`s stays in the refuge center or in three days with an additional night of camping and a day of trekking on Mt Rumiñahui.

Included

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Park entrance fee
  • Technical clinbing equipment
  • Meals
  • Stay in refuge / camping equipment
  • Short glacier instruction course at the refuge center

Exploring Ecuador`s Volcanoes

Ecuador's Andean region offers numerous options for trekking or climbing. Here are some examples of the addionional peaks worth checking out…

  • Mt Chimborazo 6.310m ( 20,703ft )
  • Iliniza Norte 5.016m ( 16,457ft )
  • Iliniza Sur 5.266m ( 17,277ft )
  • Mt Corazon 4.788m ( 15,197ft )
  • Mt Sangay 5.230m ( 17,159ft )
  • Mt Antizana 4.630m ( 15,197ft )

The Galapagos Marine Reserve was created in 1998, by the Special Law for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Galapagos Province. The islands have been recognised internationally as a Man and Biosphere Reserve, and as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In December 2001, the Marine Reserve was also designated a World Heritage Site.

The marine and terrestrial biodiversity in Galapagos is affected by an expanding human presence.

Over the last 20 years, development of the tourism industry and a boom in fishing have resulted in the growth of the local population from about 10,000 in 1990 to more than 28,000 residents in 2005. New inhabitants bring social and cultural beliefs and behaviors from the continent and are less concerned with environmental issues important to many of the earlier colonists.

The marine and terrestrial biodiversity in Galapagos is affected by an expanding human presence. Over the last 20 years, development of the tourism industry and a boom in fishing have resulted in the growth of the local population from about 10,000 in 1990 to more than 28,000 residents in 2005. New inhabitants bring social and cultural beliefs and behaviors from the continent and are less concerned with environmental issues important to many of the earlier colonists.

Tourism has also played a major role in the increase in population in recent years. The number of visitors has increased from about 41,000 in 1990 to more than 100,000 in 2005. While some tour operators support important conservation initiatives and adhere to strict environmental standards, the tourism industry, as a whole, has not been successfully or permanently linked with conservation of the islands’ resources or local economic stability and equity. Land tour in Galapagos:

Bay tour

The best bay tour in Academy Bay. Sta. Cruz Island Galapagos Ecuador

  1. LOBERIA: A small Island located at 2 miles of distance, where the Sea lions are, which are very curious and like to swim with people. At the bottom of the sea a great variety of invertebrates and fishes can be observed through the glasses with to sea lions. Coast Ride for interpretation of the marine birds, marine iguanas, and basaltic formations.
  2. SHARK CHANNEL: Fissure formed by swelling of the magma chamber, white tipped. Reef sharks like to sleep on the bottom, which are totally harmless. Among the lava rocks we find ocean birds nesting.
  3. THE LOVE CHANNEL: Another fissure, fantastic for photography, exceptional scenic beauty.
  4. FRANKLINS BAY: Marine turtles, golden rays, eagle rays, Mangrove zone, where pelicans and herons nest depending on the time of the year.
  5. LAS GRIETAS: 15 Minutes walk over lava rocks, where you can see Darwin finches, coast and lagoon birds, endemic and native vegetation. Las Grietas are the continuation of the sharks and love channel, only further in land, where the water is less salty. Here you can do cliff drives and swimming.
  6. THE DOGS BEACH: This is an optional walk named after the great amount of dog crabs found there together with the biggest marine iguanas of Santa Cruz Island.

Animals, birds and sea creatures that you can see in the Galapagos:

  • Land and air; Blue footed bobbies, masked boobies, pelicans , frigate birds, herons, shearwaters, crabs, sea gulls, finches, mockingbirds, etc.
  • Sea: Sea lions, sharks, marine turtles, marine iguanas, rays, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, coral algae, giant and blue eyes damsels, parrot fishes, hogfishes, sergeant mayors, angel fish, Creole fish, surgeon fish, blenny, streamer hogfish, etc.

Isabela tour

Departure every day with minimum 2 people

Land tour in Galapagos: Isabela Island, Santa Cruz island and San Cristobal Island

USD$680 per person (3 nights / 4 days) with tourists class hotels
USD$750 per person (4 nights / 5 days) with tourists class hotels
USD$890 per person (5 nights / 6 days) with tourists class hotels
USD$1010 per person (7 nights / 8 days) with tourists class hotels

Departure with Groups on Wednesdays and Saturdays

Land tour in Galapagos: Isabela Island, Santa Cruz island and San Cristobal Island

USD$580 per person (3 nights / 4 days) with economic class hotels
USD$680 per person (4 nights / 5 days) with economic class hotels
USD$940 per person (7 nights / 8 days) with economic class hotels

Prices include:

  • Lodging in different hotels (double rooms will be assigned in Galapagos).
  • 3 complete meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with drinks).
  • Transfers to the islands *panga and bus
  • Excursions on the islands.
  • Naturalist Bilingual Guide N.- 2

Prices do not include:

  • Entrance to the National Park Galapagos (US$ 100 per person).
  • Airplane Ticket.
  • Extra expenses and tips
  • Snorkelling equipment.
  • Scuba-diving (with previous notice).
  • Extra drinks (alcoholic drinks)
  • Lodging in Quito or in other cities.
  • Transfer Out and Transfer In (only Quito US$35 per two people one way).
  • Shipment taxes extra.

Navigable tour:

Check out our Galapagos cruises and Galapagos tours and start the journey of a lifetime today.

Boats and yachts have the following classes of accomodation available:

  • Economic & Tourist
  • Tourist Superior
  • First Class
  • First Class and Luxury Class

All Our Galapagos Yachts

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  • Floreana
  • Athala
  • Alta
  • Yolita
  • Golondrina I
  • Coral II
  • Andando
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  • Sagitta
  • Lammer Law
  • Rumba
  • Seaman
  • Samba
  • M/V Santa Cruz
  • Cormorant
  • Darwin
  • Beagle
  • Sea Cloud
  • Amigo I
  • Guantanamera
  • Fragata
  • M/V Eclipse
  • Spondylus
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  • Parranda
  • Encantada
  • Eden
  • Coral I & II
  • Sulidae
  • Nemo I
  • Millenium
  • Nemo II
  • Galapagos Legend

All Prices Include:

  • Lodging in the yacht of your preference (cabins will be assigned in the yacht).
  • 3 complete meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner with drinks).
  • Free drinking tea, coffe.
  • Transfers to the islands.
  • Excursions on the islands. uk replica watches
  • Naturalist Bilingual Guide N.- 2 (English, Spanish) or N.- 3 (English, Spanish and Biologist).

Prices do not include:

  • Entrance to the National Park Galapagos (US$ 100 per person).
  • Extra drinks (alcoholic drinks).
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  • Snorkelling equipment (price depends of the yacht).
  • Scuba-diving (with previous notice; price depends of the yacht).
  • Tips.
  • Lodging in Quito or in other cities.
  • Transfer Out and Transfer In (Quito, US$ 35 per two people one way).
  • Shipment taxes extra.

Galapagos Airfare price guide:

Price per person High Season Low Season
Quito - Galapogos - Quito US$ 457 US$ 401
Guayaquil - Galapogos - Guayaquil US$ 456 US$ 362
Quito - Galapogos - Guayaquil US$ 433 US$ 383
Quito - Galapogos - Guayaquil US$ 429 US$ 380

High Season: 15 June / 14 September - 01 November / 30 April

Low Season: 01 May / 14 June - 15 September / 31 October

Hotels in Galapagos:

  • Hotel in Santa Cruz
  • Hotel in San Cristobal
  • Hotel in Isabela

If you like to visit other part in Ecuador that you cant see here, just let us know and we will help you. In all our country we count with guides and private transportation.