Condors and Culture in Otavalo

    • 10 hours
    • UIOC
    • Total price tool tip
      AUD $166
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Condors may be strong and skillful but sometimes even birds of prey get the blues. Visit a rehabilitation centre for condors that are down on their luck, then enjoy a nature walk, a visit to a sacred waterfall and some down time at a craft market. This Quito tour isn't full of the usual travel suspects. 

Highlights

* Take in breathtaking views of San Pablo Lake

* Spot vultures, owls, and eagles on a nature walk

* See hawks and falcons display their amazing flying skills during an exciting flight demonstration

* Have a close encounter with the majestic Andean Condor

* Enjoy traditional cuisine with a modern twist

* Visit the mystical Peguche Waterfall

* Pick up some colourful crafts at a traditional indigenous market

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Quito Urban Adventures Office (Reina Victoria N21-226 between Carrión and Roca in La Mariscal).
  • Finish:

    Quito Urban Adventures Office (Reina Victoria N21-226 between Carrión and Roca in La Mariscal).
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
 
  • Inclusions:

    Local English speaking guide, private transportation, entrance fee to Condor Park, lunch.
  • Exclusions:

    Items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for the guide

Additional information

Carbon Offset:Voucher exchange details

Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

Confirmation of booking

If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. <br /> Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.

Dress standard

We suggest wearing comfortable clothing and shoes, a sweater or jacket and a hat.

Child policy

Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively.  Children below the age of 6 years are not permitted on the tour.

Language

English

Tipping Info

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides and drivers, a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspire excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.

Itinerary

Head out of Quito for a tour of Otavalo and its wildlife and market. Begin your adventure by travelling through the beautiful highland province of Imbabura. Stop at San Pablo Lake to take in sweeping views of the Ecuadorian Andes. This place is a photographer’s dream, so now's not the time to realise you forgot your camera!
Our first stop on this Otavalo tour is a visit to a sanctuary that rehabilitates endangered, predatory birds. Home to many bird species as well as one of the world’s most endangered birds - the mighty Andean Condor - this sanctuary does a wonderful job of feeding, housing, and rehabilitating injured and mistreated birds.
Walk the trail and spot vultures, owls, and eagles before watching an impressive flight demonstration. Admire the agility and skill of hawks and falcons as they fly, dive, and find prey on command.  Witnessing these remarkable creatures in full flight is truly mesmerising!
Stop to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant that serves innovative cuisine from both ancient and modern recipes. Continue your adventure with a short walk to the Peguche Waterfall, considered by locals to be a sacred place. Surrounded by lush greenery, the powerful torrents of water create a hazy mist that wafts through this enchanting natural world.
Finish your tour of Otavalo by visiting an indigenous craft market full of vendors proudly displaying their wares. Wander through the market perusing the wide range of unique jewelry, hand-woven rugs, colourful clothing, bright bags, hand-carved ornaments, and vibrant textiles. The quality here is exceptional and unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere, so it's an ideal spot to pick up a unique local souvenir created by one of the many talented artisans at the market.
Return to Quito after an active day filled with rich and natural wonders, amazing wildlife encounters, tasty cuisine, and cultural treasures.

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