Medicinal spring waters for your health
One to three persons can experience a day of relaxation at the beginning or end of the Ecuador tour. Papallacta is located two hours from Quito to the east of the Andes range at 12, 500 feet. Enjoy thermal waters of this volcanic area; finish the day with a massage that will revitalize you. You may also want to eat fresh, stream trout. We can drive ten minutes over the mountain top to see the beginning of the Amazon falling off below and running 2, 300 miles to the east and huge diameter, clean, oil pipes coming out of the jungle headed to west coast ships. This is the exact spot Pizzaro and Orellana crossed discovering the Amazon in 1542. On the jungle side we can stop at a beautiful, profuse hummingbird site where sometimes they actually land on you! A great escape from huge Quito; can include a beautiful, fascinating rose farm. Ecuador is the world's largest rose producer, probably where your Valentine roses came from. Price quoted is for up to 3 people.
This tour can be for up to 10 people - see below.
Pick up at your hotel
Drive to the east of Quito and up, up and more up, the same route that Pizzaro and Orellana took to discover the Amazon River in 1542
Tour a fascinating rose farm if you like
On a clear day see in the distance amazing snowcapped Antisana volcano, the fourth highest volcano in Ecuador. I will loan you high quality, Nikon binoculars.
Crest the top and see a profusion of hummingbirds and the Amazon dropping off to the east below as well as jungle oil pipes headed up and over to the west coast, interesting if you have any interest/concern for the environment. I will explain Ecuador's ongoing conflict between environment and money. This scene will make it very real for you; you'll probably never forget it.
Swim in the geothermal pool and enjoy medicinal waters in the Papallacta spa if you like
Walk a short trail beside a beautiful mountain stream with llamas across country fences from you.
If you like, enjoy a relaxing massage and sleep all the way back to Quito
Drop off at your hotel
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At the lobby of your hotel in Quito
End location: At the lobby of your hotel in Quito
Duration: 8 hours
1 to 3 people in my nice SUV,
4 and up to 10 people - $333 includes me - by law, a safe, commercially licensed driver and vehicle must be hired. Vehicles used are appropriate in size to number of people and will be large SUV, touring van or small bus. I use only the best, safest, drivers and vehicles I have worked with many times; you'll be glad as we go up and down this tremendous mountain!
Vivian as your tour guide
Transportation in my nice SUV with me driving.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
52 USD - $52 is a per person based upon the cost of a trout dinner ($15), rose farm entrance fee ($10), hummingbird entrance fee ($5) and geothermally heated swimming pool ($22). The per person actual cost may be lower based upon each person's preferences.
Add $65 for one hour massage if desired
Rose farm - $10 per person
Personal expenses, meals, snacks, entrance fee to geothermal pool ($22 per person) and hummingbird location ($5 per person) - see above local cash needed estimate for additional details
All of the above things are optional.
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Vivian was so lovely. Knowledgeable about so many things and so pleasant. She was wonderful with my children and super helpful. All her suggestions were great. Her English was perfect. I highly recommend her.