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Tip Top Travel

Lufthansa City Center

Telephone: +593 2 / 2563181
Fax:
+593 2 / 2228520
Email:
info@tiptoptravel.ec

Mariscal Foch E7-81 & Diego de Almagro,
Quito
Ecuador

Opening Hours
9:00 am

Tip Top Travel

CINNAMON ROAD

DAY 1.-  TRANSFER IN QUITO
Our guide will pick you up at Quito´s airport and drive you to your hotel, he’ll provide you with information about the city and also about you itinerary. 

DAY 2.- QUITO – TERMAS DE PAPALLACTA – COTOCOCHA
Our driver will pick you up to start the “Cinnamon Road”. This trail was the one that Francisco de Orellana took in its search for the lost city of el Dorado, which he never found, but at the end  it lead to the discover of the Amazon River. The adventure begins with a short hike around Antisana Reserve, during this walk you’ll be able to observe different types of orchids, some of the fauna and small waterfalls coming from the melting of Antisana's volcano glacier.

Afterwards you’ll be able to take the edge off the cold ambiance and enjoy the benefits of the thermal springs from Termas de Papallacta. Inside this touristic complex you’ll find several pools set at different temperatures designed with water jets and bubbles in order to provide a natural massage. This afternoon of relax can be completed with a therapeutic massage, aromatherapy or any body treatment to be found at the spa.  

 Just as important, feast on one of the national and international dishes served at the restaurant so all your senses will be pampered.  

 

In the afternoon you’ll move on the Amazon region where you’ll be welcome with a refreshing cocktail which can be drunk at the light of the fireplace in the living room where the guides will explain the activities to be done during your stay at the lodge.

DAY 3.- COTOCOCHA
After a delicious breakfast you depart by canoe upstream for fifteen minutes, arriving to a small shore where we begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, marveling ourselves with the jungle's secondary forest diverse flora and fauna. After our short hike, you'll find yourselves in a breathtaking cascade "La Cascada de Latas" where you will take a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters

and enjoy the surrounding views, which, mixed with the jungle sounds, make it an unforgettable experience. You return along the same way to get back at the lodge. For the adventurous: you can go tubing off the river. Float easily and enjoy the small rapids and great sights of the Amazon rain forest surroundings you!

After lunch we put on our rubber boots to start an exciting walk in the jungle's primary forest ready to find the secret wonders of the mysterious hidden jungle, finding amazing plant species with medicinal properties, which will be explained in detail by our expert native guide: their characteristics and how the jungle inhabitants used them in ancient times. We'll also observe a great variety of insects

and small groups of monkeys weaving around the giant trees; although we will need some luck to see them, for this reason it is important to remain very quiet to admire these beautiful creatures. Dozens of curious colorful birds tag along with us during our walk whistling enchanted notes and delighting our senses. After about three hours of walking we will arrive at the lodge again. At night, the amazing jungle sounds and the illumination with lots of candles, torches and oil lamps, create a unique and romantic atmosphere at Cotococha Amazon Lodge. Enjoy dinner and gather around the cozy fireplace.

Day 4.- COTOCOCHA – BAÑOS
After breakfast you will leave the Cotococha Amazon Lodge and continue our journey to Baños. On route you will make a short stop in Puyo, where you will visit a small Balsa wood factory. The local workers will show us how they make beautiful souvenirs of this extreme light lightweight wood type. There is also a store where some of their handmade souvenirs can be bought.

After Puyo you will enjoy spectacular views of the Pastaza gorge, the surrounding cloud forests with thousands of orchids, dramatic waterfalls, cliff side farms and untouched views of Sangay and Llanganates National Parks. This spectacular stretch through the Pastaza Corridor has been declared by the WWF 'A Gift to the Earth', a transition from rainforest to the Andean Mountains in less than 50 kilometers.

You’ll arrive in Baños just for lunch time; the afternoon will be all yours to walk around the city.

DAY 5.- BAÑOS
Today you will have a free day to spend in Baños. This friendly town is also known for its thermal hot springs with healing powers, but has much more to offer. Many different optional adventure tours can be organized, such as hiking, mountain biking, horse back riding, visit to the San Antonio cloud forest reserve and much more! There is also a possibility to hike to a viewpoint from where

you can see the immense Tungurahua volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in Ecuador. With some luck you may be observing an ash eruption! Optionally, you can undergo a massage or other health treatment in one of the Spas; there are even volcanic ash foliations available, a truly local experience!.

DAY 6: BAÑOS – COTOPAXI – QUITO
In the morning you will leave Baños and drive along the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes', through the central Andean valley. On our way you will come first along the Salasaca community, where you will have a look at the many tapestries and other woven products made by the local indigenous people who still maintain many ancient traditions. Afterwards you continue towards the central valley where with clear weather you will be able to see at least 11 of Ecuador's 55 volcanoes. At noon we recommend you to have lunch ancient hacienda, surrounded by the magic on the Andes. 

Later, arriving in the park you will pay a short visit to a little museum which informs about the park; its nature, geology, history and the eruptions of the centerpiece of this park; the Cotopaxi volcano (5897 m.), the world's highest active and snowcapped volcano! We continue our way into the park and stop at the Limpiopungo lake at 3800 meters altitude. Here you  can make a short walk while observing semi-wild horses, a variety of ducks, hummingbirds and the Andean gull and lapwing. If you feel fit enough we can continue our drive to the parking lot at 4600 m. from where it is a strenuous 45 minute walk up to the José Ribas refuge at 4800 m., a mountain refuge halfway the volcano. Here you will have some incredible picture opportunities and spectacular sceneries at the immense ice walls and deep crevasses of the glaciers

above you as well as the surrounding countryside of the Ecuadorian Andes with its many volcanoes and lovely green valleys filled with patchwork cultivated fields. Afterwards you return to our vehicle for our drive back to Quito.  

DAY 7.- QUITO 
Your itinerary on the mainland will begin with a tour around Quito, you’ll visit some of the most important buildings of the old town such us Compañía church and San Francisco convent, you’ll walk through emblematic locations like Independence square and will see off the colonial center with a panoramic view from Panecillo Hill. Right away you´ll head to the Middle of the World where the Geodesic Expedition established the parallel 0° in 1736. As an optional activity we suggest you to visit the Intiñan museum where you’ll be able to experiment with the forces of gravity. 

Early in the afternoon our driver will drop you off at the hotel.

DAY 8.- TRANSFER  OUT
The guide will pick you up at drive you to the airport where you’ll continue your journey to the Galapagos Island or to take your flight back home. End of services.