Direct flights from the US arrive in Quito where our guide greets you to accompany you to your 4* hotel for the night. Tap water is filtered, so you can brush your teeth with it, although we provide bottled drinking water in every room. Off to the "middle of the earth" for hands-on experiments to learn about the equator, followed by a stop at an Orchid reserve, on to the town of Mindo, where we start our birdwatching activities.
Early morning is the best time to see some species with short hikes and zipline activities being optional. On to the famous Otavalo market for a day of shopping for those funny hats and other treasures. Our group will spend the day at a mountain spa, dotted with pools of naturally heated water. Get optional massage services or hike the nearby canyon for more birdwatching. Back to Quito for the night and then a full day at Antisano Volcano for birdwatching and a stop in a hacienda for tea. End your trip with a full free day in Quito to explore Guayasamin museum, bookstores, artisan market or restaurants of your choice.
Day 1 Arrival to Quito – Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Quito / Equator /Orchid Reserve/ Mindo
Day 3 Mindo
Day 4 Mindo / Otavalo
Day 5 Otavalo Market
Day 6 Otavalo / Thermal spa / Quito
Day 7 Full day Antisana Volcano/ Quito
Day 8 Free day in Quito/Transfer to the airport for night flight
Day 9 Early arrival in next destination