Day 1: Today we drive to the north-west part of Quito and take the old road to Nono. This takes us up to the high paramo where we get our bikes ready to start the descent to the cloud forest that is on the other side of Pichincha volcano. We ride our mountain bikes for approximately 5 hours until we get to Tandayapa valley where our driver will meet us and take us to the Eco-lodge located in beautiful Mindo cloud forest; one of the richest areas of the country.
Day 2: Early in the morning we wake up with the sound of hundreds of birds, this day we hike in the cloud forest. Here we can see a very rich Eco-system, its vegetation typical of this area, and we can identify different species of birds such as the cock of the rocks, the mountain toucan, quetzals, and many humming birds; we can learn with our specialized guides about the flora and fauna of such a wonderful and rich environment.
Day 3: This morning we journey to a river and embark in our raft before descending 3 and 4 class rapids until we get to "Valle Hermoso" set right in the lowlands. We can see spectacular landscapes of the jungle part of the cloud forest, as many different species of birds around us. At the end of our exciting river adventure, our driver will be waiting for us to take us to a fine hotel in the area.
Day 4: We start driving westwards through the tropical weather of the lowlands where the sightseeing is fantastic. We have left the mountains and now everything is flat, with huge banana, African palm, rice, coffee and cocoa farms. People work hard in agriculture and one of the most important industries for our country is the production of bananas. Later on we arrive at Montecristi where we can see how the local people make the straw Ecuadorian hats (Panama hats); one of the leading regional industries. Late in the afternoon we arrive at Puerto Lopez in the Manabi province where we are ready to relax in our Hotel.
Day 5: After a good night's sleep in our hotel we are ready to head for the shore. We start our navigation at 09:00 am. and sail for about 40 minutes to dive sites in places like Roca de los Ahorcados, Isla de Salango, Rocas Ballenita, Punta Mala, Punta Piqueros, Horno de Pan, Bajo los Frailes, Punta Machalilla, La Viuda, Islote Sucre, Islote Pedernales, and Bajo de Cantagallo. We have time for 2 dives in one of these places where we can enjoy the beautiful underwater sightseeing; a mixture of rocks and coral reefs teeming with many different types of fish. The afternoon will be spent relaxing.
Day 6: Today we depart at 08:30 am to "La Isla de la Plata" which is an island located about one and a half hours offshore. Once we arrive in Drake Bay, we can visit places like Punta Escalera, Punta Palo Santo, Punta El Faro, Punta Machete, Roca Honda, El Acuario y Los Islotes. In these areas besides all the rich flora and fauna around the coral reefs we could be lucky and see eagle rays and reef sharks. Whale watching is possible from June to September. We get back in the afternoon.
Day 7: Early in the morning we drive about one hour to Manta's airport to board a 40 minute flight back to Quito and transfer to your Hotel.
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South America Ecuador Outdoor: Land Rambler Multi-activity