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Hakuna Matata in Quito

6 Days / 5 Nights

Package Overview

Ecuador bio diversity for the size of the country is amazing. This tour will take you an journey in Quito followed by a trip to the Amazon region of this amazing destination. You will get to appreciate the nature that abounds here. Ecuador is working hard to preserve the valuable Amazon Rain Forest. Learn about the different projects each community has taken on in this effort.

Agent Commission Starting At: $175.90

Package Pricing

Package starting at: $1759.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

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Arrive to Quito

- On your arrival at the airport you will be met by a representative and transfer to your hotel.

- Overnight accommodations in Quito.

Day 2

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Quito

QUITO SIX SENSES TOUR

- Through this formidable tour, real experiences will be obtained, by involving all five senses: Taste Touch-Hear-Sight-Smell and the extra sense and that is the "Sixth Sense” is the “Love”.

- All the love that our Artisans put in the productive process of the variety of products delicacies with high quality, where our guests can participate in the process of manufacturing these products.

- We start on the San Juan Hill by visiting the Cobo family’s pastry shop; at this small bakery, we will learn the process of making the traditional Quesadilla, one of Quito’s favourite deserts. We will get a chance to taste this delicacy and other original treats.

- Our second stop is a surprise visit to the ancient location of the temple of the moon; here we will experience “El Torno”, a Latin Trails exclusive attraction that takes us into the city’s past while affording expansive views of the amazing domes and rooftops that furnish the skyline.

- Our route takes us through the street of the seven crosses; we will enjoy views of the facades of old colonial homes and churches on our way to the central plaza.

- Our next experience will take us to the very origin of the golden seed “Cacao”, we will visit the workshop of the world’s best Chocolate Bar: “Pacari”! Chocolate boasts several gold medals at global competitions. Before we get a taste of this unique delicacy we will be introduced to the process of making our own truffles, we get a chance to be a chocolatier for a day and mix up exotic fruits, herbs and spices with the famous “Arriba” cocoa beans. All this while learning the entire process from the bean to the bar.

- As we continue through these historic streets we get a chance to meet a local family that makes their living by creating traditional sweets called Colaciones!.

- We will walk deeper into the heart of Quito, passing by historic buildings made of volcanic stones; the stunning views of the sculpted Compania Church will leave you longing for a visit of its interiors. To learn more about this and other churches we will make our way to the workshops of the master craftsmen from “The Escuela Quiteña”, these artists keep the secrets of the colonial art in Quito’s churches and museums, they are the people who have been in charge of restoring the altars and painting in these historic gems. They will share their secrets with us and allow us to try our artistic skills to create our very own crafts.

- Our final experience is at the handmade hat workshop, we will get a briefing on the traditional hats from Quito’s historic timeline as well as the distinctive headwear from the different ethnic groups that make up Ecuador’s live culture. We take part in the hat making process.

Overnight accommodations in Quito.

Day 3

B/L/D

Quito - Hakuna Matata Lodge

EXPLORER PROGRAM

- Experience unforgettable days of adventures off the beaten track. Explore culture, animals and plants of the rainforest and engage yourself in an undiscovered world of a rainforest community.

All of that you find less than 125 miles away from Quito in our comfortable Lodge on a spacious terrain including a tropical garden and a private protected forest and beach on the river.

- This program offers you a remarkable experience of ancestral cultures and the highlights of the Amazon jungle.

- Upon arrival at the Lodge you will enjoy lunch and afterwards choose one of the following activities:

Horseback riding

Explore the area on different hiking paths

Chocolate Tour

Overnight accommodations at Hakuna Matata Lodge.

Day 4

B/L/D

Hakuna Matata Lodger Explorer Program

CANOE TOUR - PARROT CLAY LICK - JUNGLE WALK - MONKEYS AT MISAHUALLI

- You will drive to the calm and small Arajuno River which is a branch of the huge Napo River, here you will board your canoe.

- After landing with your canoe there will be a short walk to the salt lick which attracts birds. It is recommended to bring binoculars to better observe the landing of the birds on the trees and afterwards their way to the salt lick.

- Once you’ve had your fill of bird watching, your guide will lead you to the next station, the indigenous community Santa Barbara with 23 families who are adding up to 120 inhabitants. The leader of the community will greet you and introduce you to some traditions and customs, including the production of “chicha”, a traditional drink that is up for tasting when it is done.

- Surely you are hungry by now and for that reason there will be a rarity for you – you will join an original buffet of the rainforest with the community. There will be carachama and bagre – both from the family of the catfish, bocachico – a fish from the salmon family, barbequed chontacuro-worms (optional) – a specialty in the region, yucca, maduro-bananas, salad from hearts of palm, tea from the guayusa leaves which is known for its ability to constrain hunger, fruits and cocoa.

- All of the above is harvested or caught freshly and prepared for you on the spot – enjoy this once in a life time experience! In case you do not feel filled up already the guide carries some sandwiches and fruits – also for the case if you feel a little bit hungry early in the morning.

- Strengthened by this wholesome and organic meal, you will be able to immerse deeper into the culture of the community, typical dances will be performed by kids for you and you can test your skills at the blow gun as well as the javelin. During a short walk afterwards you will see the ceiba which is the giant of jungle trees and has impressive buttress roots before you have the opportunity to buy some handicrafts made by the community.

- The sales revenue will go all into the community cash point which is used to buy canoe parts, pens, cloth or other objects for the community.

- After a short farewell by the mayor of the community you will head to the 6,200 acre big Jatun Sacha Reserve.

- About 1.5 hours later you will be back in your canoe to get to the car which drives you to the little town Misahualli where you will eat a typical “almuerzo” – lunch – before you can take a walk to the beach to be greeted by many capuchin monkeys. At around 3 pm you will be back at the Lodge to take pleasure in relaxing at the pool or in a hammock with a cocktail or keep on exploring the area.

- In the evening another 3 course meal is waiting for you which you can enjoy in the special atmosphere of the jungle.

Overnight accommodations at Hakuna Matata Lodge.

Day 5

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Hakuna Matata Lodge - Quito

EXPLORER PROGRAM

- Today your time in Hakuna Matata Lodge comes to an end. After enjoying breakfast, you still have some time before departing to relax at the pool, in a hammock or just keep exploring the area.

- Around mid-morning depart to Quito where you will be taken to your hotel.

- The rest of the day is at leisure.

Overnight accommodations in Quito.

Day 6

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Quito

- At appropriate time transfer to airport for departing flight(s) home.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • All Transfers and tours are private with English speaking driver-guide except the transfer to/from Hakuna Matata that will be provided with Spanish Speaking drive.
  • Rates are based on the number of passengers shown above.
  • Meals as per the itinerary.
  • Breakfasts are included at all hotels, unless otherwise stated.
  • All entrance fees.

 Package Does Not Include

  • International flights and airport taxes.
  • Beverages at any time or during meals, unless otherwise stated.
  • Tips, personal expenses.
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • Items and services not specified in the itinerary

 Package Notes

  • All prices are subject to change to conform to actual number of travellers.
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel insurance is recommended.
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General Information

  • Capital: Quito
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: US dollar (USD)
  • Area: total: 283,560 km2, water: 6,720 km2, land: 276,840 km2
  • Population: 14,573,101 (July 2009 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 95%
  • Electricity: 110-220V/60Hz (USA & European plugs)
  • Calling Code: +593
  • Time Zone: UTC-5

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