Enjoy all of Ecuador’s beauty and offerings by taking a tour. SPE has appointed Metropolitan Touring Ecuador as the travel agency for this workshop. Please contact Irene Valverde to arrange your tours:
Av. De las Palmeras N45-74 y De las Orquideas
Phone: (593-2) 2990 600 ext 2250
Cel: (593-9) 99972 0735
Fax: (593-2) 334-1360
3 days / 2 nights
Located three hours by car from Quito in the evergreen wilds of the Andes’ western slope, Mashpi is a nature sanctuary located in the spectacular Chocó, one of the most celebrated bioregions in the world, known for its record-high endemism, rainfall and altitudinal range. Enjoy breathtaking views while observing hummingbirds, butterflies, toucans, tanagers, squirrels, and more. Explore the canopy up-close on an aerial bicycle, and take guided tours of the Howler Monkey and Cucharillo trails where you will learn about forest plants and their medicinal uses. Explore a “tropical orchard” and enjoy ingredients from these gardens in the dishes prepared back at the lodge.
This one-day private excursion offers guests dramatic Andean scenery along the Panamerican Highway, followed by time to appreciate the activity of South America’s most famous Indian fair, the Otavalo textime market. Watch Otavaleños barter in silence, and take time to negotiate the best bargains. Then journey to the Indian village, Peguche, and observe artisans who do their weaving processes in their homes. Enjoy lunch at La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa, the only luxury hotel in the Province of Imbabura, and only member of the elite international Relais & Chateaux Chain in the entire country. This full-day tour includes a private guide and driver, and lunch.
Spend an evening seeing romantic plazas, and impressive public and religious buildings of Ecuador’s capital, Quito, an old Colonial city. This three-hour driving excursion includes a private guide and dinner, and is available every evening.
5 days/4 nights
Fly over the Andes Mountain to the bustling oil town, Coca, located in the Amazon Basin. Journey in private canoes, hike through the rainforest, and swim with various fish species in the black-water lake, Pilchicocha. Observe vibrant-colored birds, butterflies, and Amazon forest animals with naturalist tour guides, and learn about native people and their relationship with the forest.