WOMEN EXPLORE EQUATOR
You'll arrive in the ancient Incan city of Quito (the first city to be declared a World Heritage site in 1978), where you are greeted and taken to your 4* hotel for the night.
Your trip starts by exploring Old Town Quito (Plaza Grande and then to the botanical gardens) many varieties of orchids and full of exotic plant species including.
We'll head north for a full day at Antisana Volcano for wildlife watching and an easy hike around the lake before we enjoy our picnic lunch in the shadow of the 19,000 ft summit. A colonial hacienda will be your home base while shopping the famous Otavalo market. Visits to nearby villages will afford you the opportunity to sample the local cuisine, including guinea pig, for those adventurous eaters and the unique music, weavers and healers of the indigenous culture. Next is a relaxing overnight in a superior resort with many thermal pools and (optional) massage.
Finally back in Quito, you'll have the chance to ride the cable car for a birdseye view of the city before your departure.
Day 1: Arrival in Quito
Day 2: Quito & Botanical Garden (BL)
Day 3: Full day Antisana – bird-watching and hiking (BL)
Day 4: Quito / Otavalo – Calderón, San Pablo lake, Quitsato and Peguche (BLD)
Day 5: Otavalo markets, Cotacachi and Cuicocha (BLD)
Day 6: Otavalo / Thermal springs spa (BLD)
Day 7: Spa / Quito (BL)
Day 8: Cable car / Evening flight back home (B)
Day 9: Arrival in home country
All accommodations, land transportation, transfers to and from airport, entrance fees to all sites listed, meals as listed, purified water, full-time, english-speaking local guide and tour leader
International airfare, travel insurance, departure taxes, drinks with meals, tips, meals not listed
Other practical information:
-Accommodations are dbl occupancy, sgl supplement available
-No visa required for American and Canadian citizens
-Special vaccinations not required
-Must be 21 years or older
-Wedding parties welcome
-Custom dates available for groups of 6 or more
-Extensions to Galapagos Islands and/or Peru - Machu Picchu available on request
-Group size is limited