The itinerary is designed to run starting on any day of the week desired but bear in mind that the Guamote market is only present on Thursdays, and that the local school visit at Inti Sisa is not possible on weekends. So if you would like to include these visits then please plan the days accordingly.
Day 1: Arrival Quito. Our driver will meet you in airport arrivals and transport you to the majestic Hotel Patio Andaluz in the historic old town district of Quito. Patio Andaluz is an exquisitely-renovated old colonial house located just 1 block from the central plaza of Quito that was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978, and is the only hotel in Quito to hold the Smartvoyager sustainable tourism certificate. Free time to relax and acclimatise to your new surroundings.
Day 2: Inti Sisa project and Chimborazo. Early morning transfer south down the Andes to the peaceful village of Guamote. Upon arrival there is time for an introduction to the Inti Sisa community project, visit to the local school and lunch. In the afternoon your volunteer guide will accompany you to the slopes of the nearby Chimborazo Volcano for a short trek and views of sunset over the Andes. Dinner and overnight at Inti Sisa Hostal. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Guamote Market-Black Sheep Inn. On Thursdays you can spend the morning visiting the local Guamote market, renowned as one of the most colorful and traditional in Ecuador today. On other weekdays it is possible to spend more time learning about the various work that Inti Sisa do within the local community. Afternoon transfer to the Black Sheep Inn in the small village of Chugchilan - some stunning mountain views and a hearty organic meal await your arrival! Includes: (B), (D).
Day 4: Quilotoa Laguna. A full day to enjoy the stunning scenery of the countryside that surrounds the Black Sheep Inn which affords many trekking opportunities. Also highly recommended is a trip to the Quilotoa Laguna - a picture-perfect emerald-colored volcanic crater-lake, it is possible to trek into the crater and there is also time to see some of the local artists at work on their Tigua paintings that the area is famed for. Overnight at the Black Sheep Inn. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 5: Quito, Capilla del Hombre. Return north to Quito after breakfast. In the afternoon a chance to visit the fascinating Capilla Del Hombre museum which was built by local artist Guayasamin as a tribute to humankind, and the art-work on display depicting the historic suffering and struggle of Latin America's poor indigenous population is extremely moving. Overnight at Patio Andaluz. Includes: (B).
Day 6: Quito-Santa Lucia. Transfer north out of Quito to the Santa Lucia Reserve where you will be met by a native guide to start your trek up to the lodge (approximative 1.5 hours, backpacks can optionally be carried up by mule) through the luscious natural environment of the cloud forest. Upon arrival to the lodge you will receive a warm welcome and an introduction to the activities you will be able to enjoy the following day. Optional night-time walk to listen to the nocturnal sounds of the forest. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 7: Santa Lucia project. An early breakfast to start the day followed by gentle trekking opportunities and a chance to learn about sustainable agroforestry in the area and visit the tree nursery and reforestation project. In the afternoon there is time to visit a handicraft workshop run by women of the local community at Marianita. Return to Quito, overnight at Patio Andaluz. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 8: Tour end. The trip ends after breakfast. Our driver can transfer you to Quito airport for your return journey home. Includes: (B).
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