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Cloud Forest Experience – Independent

Cloud Forest Experience – Independent

From $ 940 AUD

Description

Embracing its position as the highest capital city in the world, Quito offers the opportunity to have your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds – quite literally. Journey from the colonial city streets to the cloud forest jungle to discover the verdant slopes of the Andes, where more than 330 species of bird make their home and the bright flowers of orchids and bromeliads vie for your attention.

Trip Name
Cloud Forest Experience - Independent
Last Updated
2020-08-07
Days
4
Capacity
4
Highlights
  • Explore the charming cobbled streets and architectural marvels of Quito's old town
  • Take in spectacular views along the scenic mountain road en route to the ecolodge
  • Hear the many different timbres of tweeting tropical birds as you awake each morning
  • Hike through the cloud forest with a naturalist guide to learn more about this remarkably diverse ecosystem
  • Discover one of four beautiful waterfalls hidden in the forest

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Quito
Your trip starts today in Quito with an airport arrival transfer. Your local guide will welcome you this evening at your hotel. Afterwards, you are free to go out and enjoy a dinner (optional) in one of Quito's many fantastic eating spots. Quito sits 2850 metres above sea level, under the towering Volcan Pichincha. It is a beautiful city – arguably one of the most beautiful in South America. The city stretches along the valley and is surrounded by the Andes. Quito is not only the capital of Ecuador, but it also has one of the most impressive and well-preserved Old Town areas amongst all the South American cities.
Day 2 - Cloud Forest (Bellavista Lodge)
Today you are picked up from the hotel at approximately 6.30 am. Leaving Quito we descend a scenic mountain road with forested mountains and beautiful views. Reaching the turn to Bellavista, you climb to the top of the mountain, again with fabulous views, where Bellavista lodge is perched. Settle into your room, enjoy a special breakfast whilst admiring the hummingbirds. Then you are invited to join the first hike into the forest. After a tasty lunch, you can take a guided hike with a Bellavista naturalist, or explore on your own. A guided hike will acquaint you with the exuberant vegetation (orchids, bromeliads, ferns, trees, etc) of the cloud forest, its bird life, and the fascinating adaptations to life in this special environment. The evening is relaxed; we recommend you take time to admire the incredible variety of moths, many of which are unknown to science. Keep an eye out for night birds such as the common potoo.
Day 3 - Cloud Forest/Quito
After a refreshing night’s sleep, an early morning bird hike in the serene morning light is well worthwhile. At approximately 8 am, our special Bellavista breakfast is served. Afterwards, perhaps explore on your own, or go with a guide to a waterfall! Every hike reveals something new even for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the forest every day! Lunch is served at 1 pm. Afterwards you can choose to take a short hike or just relax and enjoy observing the activity of the hummingbirds in flight. You are then driven back to Quito for your final night. Arrival in Quito is expected between 5 pm and 5.30 pm.
Day 4 - Quito
Your Independent Experience finishes after breakfast with a departure transfer to the airport. Alternatively, why not join another Independent Experience to the majestic Cotopaxi volcano on the Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Experience – PSCOX. 

Trip Dates

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01-10-202004-10-2020AUD $ 978-
02-10-202005-10-2020AUD $ 978-
03-10-202006-10-2020AUD $ 978-
04-10-202007-10-2020AUD $ 978-
05-10-202008-10-2020AUD $ 978-
06-10-202009-10-2020AUD $ 978-
07-10-202010-10-2020AUD $ 1,025-
08-10-202011-10-2020AUD $ 978-
09-10-202012-10-2020AUD $ 978-
10-10-202013-10-2020AUD $ 1,025-
11-10-202014-10-2020AUD $ 978-
12-10-202015-10-2020AUD $ 978-
13-10-202016-10-2020AUD $ 1,025-
14-10-202017-10-2020AUD $ 978-
15-10-202018-10-2020AUD $ 1,025-
16-10-202019-10-2020AUD $ 1,025-
17-10-202020-10-2020AUD $ 978-
18-10-202021-10-2020AUD $ 1,025-
19-10-202022-10-2020AUD $ 978-
20-10-202023-10-2020AUD $ 978-
21-10-202024-10-2020AUD $ 978-
22-10-202025-10-2020AUD $ 978-
23-10-202026-10-2020AUD $ 978-
24-10-202027-10-2020AUD $ 1,025-
25-10-202028-10-2020AUD $ 978-
26-10-202029-10-2020AUD $ 1,025-
27-10-202030-10-2020AUD $ 978-
28-10-202031-10-2020AUD $ 978-
29-10-202001-11-2020AUD $ 978-
30-10-202002-11-2020AUD $ 1,025-
31-10-202003-11-2020AUD $ 978-
01-11-202004-11-2020AUD $ 988-
02-11-202005-11-2020AUD $ 988-
03-11-202006-11-2020AUD $ 940-
04-11-202007-11-2020AUD $ 988-
05-11-202008-11-2020AUD $ 940-
06-11-202009-11-2020AUD $ 940-
07-11-202010-11-2020AUD $ 988-
08-11-202011-11-2020AUD $ 940-
09-11-202012-11-2020AUD $ 940-
10-11-202013-11-2020AUD $ 988-
11-11-202014-11-2020AUD $ 940-
12-11-202015-11-2020AUD $ 988-
13-11-202016-11-2020AUD $ 940-
14-11-202017-11-2020AUD $ 940-
15-11-202018-11-2020AUD $ 940-
16-11-202019-11-2020AUD $ 988-
17-11-202020-11-2020AUD $ 940-
18-11-202021-11-2020AUD $ 988-
19-11-202022-11-2020AUD $ 940-
20-11-202023-11-2020AUD $ 940-
21-11-202024-11-2020AUD $ 940-
22-11-202025-11-2020AUD $ 940-
23-11-202026-11-2020AUD $ 940-
24-11-202027-11-2020AUD $ 940-
25-11-202028-11-2020AUD $ 940-
26-11-202029-11-2020AUD $ 940-
27-11-202030-11-2020AUD $ 988-
28-11-202001-12-2020AUD $ 988-
29-11-202002-12-2020AUD $ 940-
30-11-202003-12-2020AUD $ 988-
01-12-202004-12-2020AUD $ 940-
02-12-202005-12-2020AUD $ 988-
03-12-202006-12-2020AUD $ 940-
04-12-202007-12-2020AUD $ 988-
05-12-202008-12-2020AUD $ 940-
06-12-202009-12-2020AUD $ 940-
07-12-202010-12-2020AUD $ 940-
08-12-202011-12-2020AUD $ 940-
09-12-202012-12-2020AUD $ 940-
10-12-202013-12-2020AUD $ 940-
11-12-202014-12-2020AUD $ 940-
12-12-202015-12-2020AUD $ 988-
13-12-202016-12-2020AUD $ 940-
14-12-202017-12-2020AUD $ 940-
15-12-202018-12-2020AUD $ 940-
16-12-202019-12-2020AUD $ 988-
17-12-202020-12-2020AUD $ 988-
18-12-202021-12-2020AUD $ 940-
19-12-202022-12-2020AUD $ 988-
20-12-202023-12-2020AUD $ 940-
21-12-202024-12-2020AUD $ 988-
22-12-202025-12-2020AUD $ 940-
23-12-202026-12-2020AUD $ 940-
24-12-202027-12-2020AUD $ 940-
25-12-202028-12-2020AUD $ 940-
26-12-202029-12-2020AUD $ 940-
27-12-202030-12-2020AUD $ 940-
28-12-202031-12-2020AUD $ 988-
29-12-202001-01-2021AUD $ 940-
30-12-202002-01-2021AUD $ 988-
31-12-202003-01-2021AUD $ 940-

Accommodation

Eco Lodge (1 night),Comfortable hotel (2 nights)

Transport

Private Vehicle

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