“Chaski Route”, Mindo Cloud Forest & Middle of the World Monument

“Chaski Route”, Mindo Cloud Forest & Middle of the World Monument

Day 1: Quito –– Otavalo - Peguche – Cuicocha - Harvest techniques Magdalena -Karanki Community  
2 hours from Quito The Otavalo Craft Market is the most famous and picturesque in South America. Markets are meeting places for shopping, bargaining and chatter while people of the region exchange local produce, utensils, pots, and pans or textiles.
Cuicocha Lagoon - Its name comes from the Kichwa Indigenous language means "Lake Cuy" name because the guinea pig shape of the largest island in the middle of the lagoon.
Through a marvelous Andean setting we head into the indigenous community of Magdalena. The scene displays a wide array of crops which resemble a colorful patchwork on the eastern foothills of Imbabura volcano. The skillful people are known to produce outstanding embroidery.
Community members demonstrate local planting techniques, including the materials and animals used to farm a variety of products including potatoes, quinoa, lupin, corn, beans, wheat and other vegetables depending on their harvesting seasons.
Included entrance to Cuicocha lagoon, dinner and accommodation at Karanki Magdalena community.

Day 2: Magdalena - TRAIN RIDE–Salinas- Ibarra –Quito. 
The 26-km stretch takes 2 hours to complete, as you plunge from 2200 m. to 1500 m. above sea level. Salinas afro-Ecuadorian community, sponsored by Kleintours in an effort to boost tourism in support of this fascinating area, with a vision of helping it become an important tourist destination. Ibarra panoramic view, taste a typical sherbet - helado de paila Continue to the hotel in Quito for overnight.
Included breakfast, lunch in Salinas, helado de paila, accommodation in Quito.

Day 3: Pululahua -El Pahuma Reserve–Mindo Cloud Forest–Mitad del Mundo-Quito
Only 40 minutes northwest of Quito – the Pululahua Crater Viewpoint.  A chance to observe exotic species of birds, butterflies, flowers such as orchids and bromeliads, and much more at Pahuma Reserve.
On the return to Quito; “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World) and the Equator Monument situated at 0º0’0” where the planet is divided into two hemispheres: North and South.
Included breakfast, entrance Pahuma Reserve, Butterfly farm and Middle of the World complex.

 

 

 

“Chaski Route”, Mindo Cloud Forest & Middle of the World Monument