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San Clemente – Zuleta

San Clemente – Zuleta

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The basic concept behind this proposal is “coexistence”, it means, allowing a cultural exchange between our visitors and community residents through the stay on basic accommodation facilities while our host families want to show the traveler an authentic way of life based on our Andean cosmovision. This time together allows tourists to share indigenous culture, enjoy a new environment, experience a different way of life and delight in the proximity of nature and a traditional life, all within mutual respect.

In the other hand, in a great contrast Zuleta is a colonial working farm of 1,500 hectares that belongs to the family of Mr. Galo Plaza Lasso, a former president of Ecuador, for more than 100 years. At Zuleta you are a guest of the family and you are welcomed as such. Zuleta is for sure the best Hacienda in our entire Ecuador, with plenty options to explorer.

At a glance

 

DAY 1

AM: City tour at the historical center with Panecillo viewpoint. PM: Middle of the world experience at the Equator line and transfer to San Clemente Community.

DAY 2

AM: Visit to Cuicocha crater lake in Cotacachi – Cayapas National Park. PM: different communitarian activities.

DAY 3

AM: Visit to Otavalo market and Peguche community. PM: Transfer to Hacienda Zuleta.

DAY 4

AM: Full morning at Zuleta with cultural, natural optional activities.

Lunch at the Hacienda and drive back to Quito.

What ́s included
  • 4D/3N Andean Experience (all meals included).
  • Certified National Bilingual Guide and private driver.  Private transportation throughout the trip.
  • Entrance fees according to the program.
What ́s not included
  • Alcoholic and extra drinks.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses and tips.

 

  • Destination
  • Included
    Breakfast
    Personal Guide
  • Not Included
    3 Star Accomodation
    4 Star Accomodation
    5 Star Accommodation
    Airport Transfer
    Dinners
    Flight tickets
    Lunch
    Naturalist local guide

Tour Plan

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Detailed itinerary

DAY 1 – QUITO – EQUATOR LINE – SAN CLEMENTE (L, D)

In the morning, we will take a tour of this fascinating city. There are features of interested in both the new and old part of the town. Our tour may include La Basilica, Independence Plaza, The Presidential Palace, La Compañia Church, San Francisco Plaza and a view of Quito from Panecillo Hill. In the afternoon, we will drive to the Equator Valley for enjoining a traditional Andean Lunch. Later, visit the Intiñan Museum on the Equatorial Line. Transfer to San Clemente community in Imbabura Province. At the arrival, you will have time to share a nice briefing and dinner with a local Kichwa family. (http://www.sanclementetours.com/turismo_comunitario.php)

DAY 2 – CUICOCHA CAYAPAS NATIONAL PARK & SURROUNDINGS (B, BL, D)

Early start with the opportunity to prepare your own andean breakfast, learning old cooking techniques like “Tortillas de Tiesto”. After breakfast, we will departure to Cuicocha crater lake or lake of gods, a very important worhip site of our local community. Depending of your interest, you can hike from 1 to 5 hours around the lake in the Orchid ́s pathway. Box lunch is included, which will give the freedom to stay more time in the
woods, if it is your preference. Then, the whole region offers you a great number of other options like Cotacachi, the Leather ́s town, Peguche Waterfall and workshops like Ñanda Mañachi (the Andean music house), San Antonio de Ibarra famous for their handicrafts and art in wood. Back to San Clemente, with a member of your host family, you will walk through their gardens full of different ancestral crops and medicinal plants, identifying and learning about their properties and uses. If you are lucky, you will harvest your own Andean dinner.

DAY 3 – OTAVALO MARKET – HACIENDA ZULETA (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will say goodbye to San Clemente, expecting that all our clients, now leave this community with new prospects and ideas about the richness of a simple life in communion with the “pachamama”. Then, you will live a pleasant and enriching experience when you meet the Otavaleños, you will perceive their proud spirit, their modesty, and their attachment to a tradition that has existed since pre-spanish times. Owners of an ancient culture, exhibit with their ancestral costumes the complacency they feel for their land, for this and much more the artisan market of otavalo is one of the most important and colorful in the region. As soon as you consider is time to keep going, we will drive to one of best examples of beautiful structures of great historical and ecological value, Hacienda Zuleta, offering to us the opportunity to go back into Colonial life. Each hacienda has its own magic, but Zuleta has everything in one, like the condor huasi project, a cheese factory, an archeological site, located in the border with Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve, the opportinuty to see wild condors and the shy anden spectacled bears, and if it is not enough you can practice horseback riding, hiking, biking, etc. Hacienda Zuleta

DAY 4 – AM: HACIENDA ZULETA – ROSEFARM – QUITO (B, L)

In the morning, you can choose how you would like to visit “Condor Huasi” or house of condors by horse, car o bike. There is a group of condors in captivite doing a very important job in benefit of the wild ones. The purpose of the project is to obtain babies condors in captivity, and release them, but for this they need first to keep the condors
healthy. For this they must give them adequate environment and care. In addition, through behavioral studies, they know if the couples are compatible and to take decisions about the setting of the confinement, feeding, adaptation of spaces and others. Right there, you can hike into a very good andean mountain forest, always looking for more wildlife. Back at the Hacienda, lunch will be ready. After lunch, we leave to do our last activity, the visit to a rosefarm. Nowadays, Ecuador is one of the three most important countries in the world exporting some of the most beautiful flowers to 130 different markets worldwide. You will learn all about this industry, from planting, hasvesting to packaging. Our equadorian roses are very well reconized for its quality, color, variaty, beaty, and uninterrupted production. Finally, we drive back to your hotel. END OF OUR SERVICES.

NOTES:

  • Highly recommended to visit the Otavalo Market on Saturday, the best day for one of the largest indigenous market in Latin America.
  • Food detail: B: breakfast. L: lunch BL: box lunch BB: box breakfast D: dinner FB: Full board
Trip cost per person joining Quito
HOTEL
2 - 4 PAX
5 - 8 PAX
9 and more
Standard Room
$900,00
$700,00
$600,00
  • PAYMENT POLICY:
A deposit of 30% total invoiced for your trip is required to confirm your reservation. The remaining balance (70%) is required 30 days prior to the departure date. In cases of trips confirmed within 30 days of the departure date, payment in full is required for confirmation. You should receive confirmations with every payment you make.

CANCELATION POLICY:

  • For cancelations of 30+ days before tour departure date, the full amount minus a cancelation fee of 10% will be refunded to the client.
  • For cancelations between 21-30 days before tour departure date, a cancelation fee of 50% to the deposit paid will be charged.
  • For cancelations less than 20 days prior to the tour departure date, full amount of the tour is charged with no refund.

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