Santiago Garzón

 

Full Tours

These are example tours.

Depending on what you want to see and do, I can build a custom itinerary.  If you would like to discuss trip options, please send me an email.     ...Contact me.

Equator Program -- 8 day trip

Day 1    Arrive in Quito


Ilinizas Mountains

We will pick you up at the airport, and bring you to your hotel.  We can arrange various hotels, depending on your budget and tastes.
Day 2    City tour in Quito
This tour includes the historical center during the morning and the monument at the Equator Line during the afternoon.  Stay a second night in Quito.
Day 3    Cotopaxi


Cotopaxi

Drive south of Quito to visit the Cotopaxi National Park, ( 5.897 m/ 19.350 ft ).  In the afternoon, we will travel to the town of Baños.  Stay the night at a hotel in Baños.    Note:  If you want to extend this part of the trip by one day and trek to the summit of Cotopaxi, we can arrange the climb.
Day 4    Baños
Visit the town of Baños and hike the and waterfalls route.  Stay a second night at a hotel in Baños.
Day 5    Devil's Nose
Drive to Alausi for the scenic train ride.  We will take the train to visit to the Devil´s Nose rock formation.  In the afternoon we transfer to the Ingapirca Ruins near the town of Cuenca.  Stay the night at a hotel in Cuenca.
Day 6    Cuenca


Cuenca

Enjoy a full day city tour of Cuenca.  Stay the night at a hotel in Cuenca.
Day 7    El Cajas National Park
From Cuenca we will travel to visit the El Cajas National Park during the morning.  In the afternoon we will do a city tour of Guayaquil.  Stay the night at a hotel in Guayaquil.
Day 8    Flight out
Fly out from Guayaquil to your next destination.

Prices for these trips vary depending on season, number of people traveling, and choice of hotels.  For Prices and more details, please don't hesitate to Contact me.

Equator Program - 14 days

Day 1    Arrive in Quito


Indigenous Market in Otovalo

We will pick you up at the airport, and bring you to your hotel.  We can arrange various hotels, depending on your budget and tastes.
Day 2    City tour in Quito
This tour includes the historical center during the morning and the monument at the Equator Line during the afternoon.  Stay a second night in Quito.
Day 3    Otovalo
Visit to the indigenous market of Otavalo during the morning.  In the afternoon, take a trip to Cotacachi, a town of famous leather crafts market, and then to Cotacachi National Park.  Drive back to Quito.  Stay the night at a hotel in Quito.
Day 4    Cotopaxi


Cotopaxi

Drive south of Quito to visit the Cotopaxi National Park, ( 5.897 m/ 19.350 ft ).  In the afternoon, we will travel to the town of Baños.  Stay the night at a hotel in Baños.    Note:  If you want to extend this part of the trip by one day and trek to the summit of Cotopaxi, we can arrange the climb.
Day 5    Baños
Visit the town of Baños and hike the and waterfalls route. Stay a second night at a hotel in Baños.
Day 6    Quilotoa Lake


Mount Carihuairazo,
younger bronther of Chimborazo

Drive to the Quilotoa crater lake, located at 3500 meters.  Hike the ridge around the crater, or take a mule train down to the water's edge.  Afterwards, visit the Tigua painters and indigenous community. Stay the night at a hotel in Tigua.
Day 7    Chimborazo Volcano
Visit to the Chimborazo National Park ( 6310 m / 20,700 ft ).  Travel to Riobabamba and spend the night at a hotel in in Riobamba.
Day 8    Devil's Nose
Drive to Alausi to the train ride.  Take the train to visit to the devil´s nose.  Transfer to Ingapirca ruins in the afternoon.  Stay the night at a hotel in Cuenca.
Day 9    Cuenca


Open Air Train - Alausi

Enjoy a full day city tour of Cuenca.  Stay the night at a hotel in Cuenca.
Day 10    El Cajas National Park
From Cuenca we will travel to visit the El Cajas National Park during the morning.  In the afternoon we will do a city tour of Guayaquil.  Stay the night at a hotel in Guayaquil.
Day 11    Puerto Lopez
Continue north to Puerto Lopez, a local fishing town.  Spend the night at a hotel in in Puerto Lopez.
Day 12    Whale Watching
Take a bout out from the coast to see the whales.  Visit to La Plata Island, and then return to Puerto Lopez.  Spend the night at a hotel in Puerto Lopez.
Day 13    Travel
Transfer from Puerto Lopez to Quito. Spend the night at a hotel in Quito.
Day 14    Flight out
Connect with international flight or next destination.

Prices for these trips vary depending on season, number of people traveling, and choice of hotels.  For Prices and more details, please don't hesitate to Contact me.

Cuyabeno Jungle Program - 5 days


lizard and flower, seen from
the Cuyabeno River

Day 1    Travel to El Puente
From Quito, take a 10:00 AM flight to to Lago Agrio.  Drive from Lago Agrio to the town of El Puente.  From El Puente, we will proceed by Canoe down the Cuyabeno river to our camping place.  That evening we will be able to take part in an exciting night walk, where the real life of the jungle emerges.  Spend the night in the lodge on the Cuyabeno River.
Day 2    Cuyabeno River
After Breakfast, we trek into the primary rain forest, learning about medicinal plants biological flora and fauna.  After lunch, journey downstream to relax and enjoy the surrounding nature on tubes (water tubing).  Spend the night in the lodge.
Day 3    Laguna del Caiman
After breakfast we paddle down the Cuyabeno River by traditional dug-out canoe to the Caiman-cocha (Laguna del Caiman) where we will enjoy the unique natural environment.  We have lunch and then hike in the primary forest, getting some lessons in the use of plants for survival.  Before we go back to our camp, we’ll have a relaxing time to swim and enjoy the sunset on the magnificent Laguna Grande.  Spend the night in the lodge on the Cuyabeno River.


Lodge - Cuyabeno River

Day 4    Tarapuy Siona Community
In the morning, walk to the Tarapuy Siona Community.  A local naturalist guide will meet us and explain about the culture and traditions of the native people.  We will enjoy Piranha fishing in the afternoon, and then head back to our camp.  Later in the evening, we will take advantage of a night canoe trip to look for caimans (alligators).  Spend the night in the lodge on the Cuyabeno River.
Day 5    Back to Quito
Enjoy some early morning bird watching.  After breakfast, we will journey up Cuyabeno River to El Puente.  From there we will drive to Lago Agrio and then catch the plane back to Quito.

Prices for these trips vary depending on season, number of people traveling, and choice of hotels.  For Prices and more details, please don't hesitate to Contact me.

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