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CUENCA CITY FULL DAY with kids

Posted by Southland Touring On January - 30 - 2014 0 Comment

A visit from the charming city of Cuenca, where we find pleasant squares, narrow streets full of beautiful mansions built during the colony and witnesses of the troubled Republican era. For the youngest we include a visit to the didactic and amusing “FORBIDDEN NOT TO TOUCH” Museum in Pumapungo.  Then we visit the hats weaving  [ Read More ]

CAJAS NATIONAL PARK PLUS SPORT FISHING.

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The Cajas National park is well known for being one of the best places to walk and enjoy the great variety of flora and fauna in Ecuador. Here we offer several types of hikes in the area, from the easiest to the most demanding, the later programmed for a number of days, according to the  [ Read More ]

HORSE BACK RIDING & ORGANIC FARM FULL DAY

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This is a perfect way to enjoy the country side. During the morning horseback riding along countryside trails through indigenous and private farming sites, areas of primary forest, the ancient Inca trail and small hidden villages. The old trails from the colonial era follow the top of the mountain ridge, providing amazing views from the  [ Read More ]

BIRD-WATCHING IN CUENCA’S SURROUNDINGS SLT 001

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  Private, Any Day, Full Day Cuenca is strategically located near important ecosystems with an interesting diversity of birds: CAJAS NATIONAL PARK (35 Km) hosts some 150 upper Andean species; the most notable is the Violet-throated Metaltail, a humming bird which is practically endemic to this protected area. Other birds found in here are the  [ Read More ]

LLAVIUCO SLT 002

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  (17 Km), only 20 min away from Cuenca, is the lower part of the Cajas NP. It possesses a highly interesting mixture of habitats for bird-watching: well preserved mountain forests, paramos, lakes and pastures. The Mountain Toucan, Andean Guan, Masked Trogon, Turquoise Jay, various colorful Tanagers and 12 species of Hummingbirds and aquatic birds  [ Read More ]

THE YUNGUILLA VALLEY SLT 003

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(85 Km) the route takes us into an inter-Andean valley which marks a transition to the coastal plain, with different climatic zones and ecosystems: the western Andean foothills, the subtropical valley and the desert like zone. It is also the doorway to the Tumbesian region. Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Stripped Owl, the endemic Tumbesian Pacific Elania and  [ Read More ]

GUALACEO – LIMON ROUTE SLT004

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  (90 Km) begins at 3.500 m and ends in the other side of the eastern Andean range at 1.220 m providing different ecosystems: paramo, bush covered paramo, mountain forest and pre-mountain humid forest. Here we would find Masked Mountain Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Cotinga, Emerald Toucanet, etc.   Overview: Moderate activities of  8 hours per day  [ Read More ]

MANTA REAL & THE CAJAS NATIONAL PARK SLT 005 2 DAYS/1 NIGHT

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    DAY 1  CAJAS NATIONAL PARK & TAMARINDO Certainly this is one of the best trips to observe birdlife in the area. In the morning we will visit the mountain rainforest area and paramos of the Cajas National Park, with a range of altitudes from 3200 m to 4000 m.  In this area we  [ Read More ]

HORSEBACK RIDING IN ECUADOR

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It is one of the best ways to get to know the real Ecuador, the country lifestyle, one of the most special wonders of this little but magical realm. The mountainous topography of the Ecuadorian Andes, combined with the natural existent wonders such as volcanoes, lakes and forests, plus the ethnical component, creates the right  [ Read More ]

BIRD WATCHING IN THE SOUTHERN WONDERS SLT006 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

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This is a 5 days 4 nights itinerary that take us to the most important bird watching sites in Southern Ecuador, from high moorland (paramo), to cloud forest areas, subtropical valleys, dry forest and tropical zones, so it gathers a wide range of great ecosystems for an abundant diversity of birds, including some endemic species,  [ Read More ]

HORSEBACK RIDING AT HACIENDA TOTORILLAS SLT010

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Private, Any Day, Full Day Shared Basis, Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun, Full Day After half an hour drive from Cuenca, we reach Totorillas, a charming farm in an amazing natural spot, located by the Tarqui Ridge. Horseback riding is definitely the specialty and little experience is required, on a trip aimed at passengers that would like to witness  [ Read More ]

TOTORILLAS COUNTRYSIDE SLT011

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  Private, Any Day, 2 Days / 1 Night Shared Basis, Thursdays, 2 Days / 1 Night The country side of Totorillas is only half an hour south of Cuenca and it offers some of the most beautiful southern Andean landscapes; exhibiting cloud forest patches, indigenous agricultural grounds, stockbreeding farms and rugged topography. The area  [ Read More ]

SOUTHERN HACIENDAS SLT12

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Private, Any Day, 3 Days / 2 Nights This trip aims to follow country trails connecting private haciendas around the Tarqui area, allowing visitors to witness and share the real rural life and its milieu. Each hacienda has its own particularity and beauty, some are colonial with lots of history, others are modern and charm  [ Read More ]

AFTER THE INCAS’ FOOTPRINTS SLT13

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  Private, Any Day, 2 or more days The Incas had a highly developed road and communication system that connected important points and settlements along the Andean mountains. However, with the construction of modern roads, the Inca trail was not that important anymore, except for local people that still use it and follow many part  [ Read More ]

MOUNTAIN BIKING IN ECUADOR

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Due to the Ecuadorian topography and geographical diversity, sometimes shifting just in few hours, our country is one of the best destinations in South America for mountain biking. Our trips take visitors to the remotest sites, through beautiful natural areas, Indian villages, coastal fishing towns and jungle destinations. The designed trips range from easy scenic  [ Read More ]

THIRTY BRIDGES & CAJAS NATIONAL PARK SLT 031

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  Private, Any Day, Full Day Early morning we drive up along the southern road into El Cajas National Park. This countryside road takes us into the mountains up to 4100 m where we get off and start descending. The trip is full of beautiful landscapes carved by the Yanuncay River running next to the  [ Read More ]

BIKING TO INGAPIRCA SLT 032

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Private, Any Day, Full Day It is absolutely the best way to visit the main Inca complex in the country. The rural trail to Ingapirca follow part of the old train tracks combining stunning landscapes, farming areas and Cañari Indian culture. The Cañar province it is known as one of the most diverse places in  [ Read More ]

BIKING CUENCA SLT 033

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  Shared Basis, Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun, HALF Day Cuenca attracts visitors for its charming atmosphere, but most visitors only get to see the Old Historical downtown. However a lot of that charming is found in the new town too, since it has 4 rivers crossing the city, nice parks and natural sites as well as ancient buildings  [ Read More ]

FROM HIGH MOORLAND TO SUBTROPICAL DESERT SLT 034

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  Private, Any Day, 2 Days / 1 Night In the southern part of Ecuador we find several small, seldom used secondary roads that connect isolated villages and farming areas, which offer no interest for regular or heavy traffic. The 100Km road that drops 2000m, from Saraguro down to the Jubones desert is a perfect  [ Read More ]

FISHING IN THE HIGHLANDS SLT041

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El Cajas National Park offers great trout fishing opportunities in several of the 235 glacier type lakes, an amazing environment of moorland vegetation and spectacular rock formations. We provide the assistance of an experienced fisherman during the trips. Alternatively we could organize several days of fishing with camping in El Cajas National Park or in  [ Read More ]

HIKE AT CAJAS NATIONAL PARK & HORSEBACK RIDING AT HACIENDA SLT043

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Private. Any Day, 2 Days / 1 Night. El Cajas is considered a paradise for hikers due to its ecological conservation and natural beauty. On our trip, we do a moderate hike for about 3 hours through some of its 230 glacier lakes, admiring the moorland vegetation (high Andean grassland, like moors at high altitude)  [ Read More ]

ROCK CLIMBING SLT042

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Private, Any Day, Full Day Paute, Cojitambo, Sayausi, El Cajas, Girón, Susudel are some of the best rock climbing sites in the country and they are located in the area surrounding Cuenca. These climbing spots offer walls from 10 to 150m high and rating 5 – 5.12d. The level of difficulty will depend on the  [ Read More ]

CANYONING IN CABOGANA SLT044

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  The journey starts with a short 20 minutes ride Northwest of Cuenca, to the east flank of Cabogana Mountain. We then hike 40 minutes with an awesome view of the city, through farming fields and cloud forest until we get to the gorge of Rio Amarillo. The fun begins sliding through natural rock carved  [ Read More ]

TREKKING & HIKING IN ECUADOR

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Photo belongs to Delphine Ménard In the Southern Andes near Cuenca, we find El Cajas National Park, located in the majestic west mountain range. It is one of Ecuador’s natural wonders that must be added to the repertoire of every trekking amateur. Cajas lies at an altitude between 3200 m and 4500 m and boasts  [ Read More ]

CAJAS NATIONAL PARK SLT 051

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  Private, Any Day, Full Day El Cajas is considered a paradise for hikers due to its ecological conservation and natural beauty. On our trip, we do a moderate hike for about 3 hours through some of its 230 glacier lakes, admiring the moorland vegetation (high Andean grassland, like moors at high altitude) with amazing  [ Read More ]

TREKKING INTO EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK SLT 052

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Private, Any Day, 3 Days / 2 Nights (ASK ALSO FOR Private, Any Day, 2 Days / 1 Night) The 3 days trekking in El Cajas National Park will allow us to see the inner and most remote parts of the park, taking us along the ancient Inca Trail (known as Ingañan) which used to  [ Read More ]

INCA TRAIL: ACHUPALLAS TO INGAPIRCA SLT 053

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Private, Any Day, 3 Days /2 Nights The Inca empire was connected by a well maintained road system, most of which has disappeared with the passage of time. These roads were constructed with stones and in some places they were more than seven meters wide. It is still possible to hike along the best preserved  [ Read More ]

ARASHA RESORT & SPA

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Arasha is much more than the exotic fruit of this fragile region and more than Ecuador´s 8 times award winning and internationally acclaimed tropical resort and spa. It offers multiple rich experiences and activities, impeccable personalized service, exquisite cuisine and the finest tropical comfort. Enjoy a stress relieving massage, an educational eco-tour in the area  [ Read More ]

BELLAVISTA CLOUD FOREST RESERVE

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Bellavista offers comfort, tasty and varied cuisine, fine wines, combined with original and comfortable accommodation. The Colombo – British owners and everyone else who works here  believe in genuinely friendly, personal service and strive to open the doors for your own special  experience. The Smart Voyager Certified Eco-Lodge is amidst a 700 hectare private reserve  [ Read More ]

SEPTIMO PARAISO LODGE

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Septimo Paraiso Cloud Forest Reserve is a private protected area, created in 2001, with the aim of saving and preserving the forest and the diverse ecosystems that are contained within it. It is managed by the Green Mindo Foundation, which is in charge of the conservation and the study of its 420 hectares of pre-montane and montane  [ Read More ]

SACHATAMIA RAINFOREST RESERVE

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This private reserve holds 120 hectares of primary and reforested cloud forest in the Mindo-Nambillo Eco-corridor, which is world recognized for its immense biodiversity and has attained the first place in the annual count of bird species on a global level. One of the main attractions are the hundreds of bird species that inhabit the  [ Read More ]

COPALINGA LODGE

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A new alternative place to stay in Southern Ecuador for birders and nature lovers, located at 3 kms from Podocarpus National Park (Bombuscaro entrance) COPALINGA lodge is located at an altitude of 900 m.a.s.l. (approx. 3000 feet) The area is free of tropical diseases, such as malaria. The rooms are provided with screens, although there  [ Read More ]

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CUENCA FULL DAY CITY TOUR

Cuenca is waiting for us to discover. We start the day strolling through the cobbled ...

HACIENDA FARMING FULL DAY

  Only few minutes away from the city there are several cattle farms in which the ...

GUALACEO & CHORDELEG with kids

  In the morning enjoy the so called “garden of Azuay”, for its rich and luscious ...

CUENCA HALF DAY CITY TOUR

Have a guided visit through the highlights of the historical area of this beautiful World ...

INGAPIRCA ARCHAEOLOGICAL COMPL

  In the heart of the southern Andes we have the Archaeological Complex of Ingapirca, the ...

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