Nature & Kichwa Homestay 5 Days
On this tour you can enjoy the North of the Ecuadorian Sierra its landscapes and its people. Your accommodation will be in Kichwas families who will be very happy to share their culture, customs and traditions as well as their gastronomy.
The tour will start with a visit to Peguche Waterfall, followed by a visit to Lake Cuicocha where we have time for a short hike or a boat ride (optional), and finally an ethnobotanical garden. We stay for the night in an indigenous community, where our host family will show us their organic garden.
We will go to the El Ángel Ecological Reserve where we will get to know its interesting vegetation and wildlife. From the cold páramo grasslands of El Ángel we go to the warm Salinas area, seeing the drastic change in climate and vegetation along the way. From Salinas, we take the train to Ibarra and head back to our host family to spend the night.
We will travel throughout the Intag Valley, enjoying the spectacular vistas along the way, until we arrive in the village of Magdalena Alto. There, we start our hike (1-2 hours) to the Los Cedros Reserve which lies within the Chocó bioregion, known worldwide for its high biodiversity.
We will have all of day 4 to explore the cloud forests of the reserve and verify the stunning diversity among birds, amphibians, and orchids.
We will hike back to Magdalena Alto and return in our private vehicle to Otavalo or Quito.
- Private services
- Tour starts in Otavalo
- Spanish – English local speaking guide
- 4 nights accommodation
- Full board (4 Breakfast, 5 Lunch, 4 Dinner)
- Detailed activities
- Entrance fees
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
- Not specified meal
- Personal charges
- Other not specified
What to bring?
- Sunhat + Sunblock
- Walking Shoes/Sneakers
- Socks: Tall socks that don’t slip easily inside rubber boots.
- Light-weight Quick-dry Hiking Pants
- Goretex Jacket
- Insect Repellent
- Binoculars (waterproof) + Backpack
- Headlamp (or Flashlight) + Extra Batteries
- Inexpensive Magnifying Glass (optional)
- Personal First Aid Kit + Medication
- Camera + Dry Bags