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Piñan Lake Trekking - 7 Days

Piñan Lake Trekking - Ecuador Trekking
Day 01: Otavalo - Cotacachi - Cuicocha - La Banda
Day 02: Irugunchu - Timbuyacu - Magnet Waterfall
Day 03: Pisangacho – Churuloma
Day 04: Polylepis Andean Forest - Yanacocha Lake
Day 05: Piñán Community and Lake
Day 06: San Francisco - Chachimbiro - La Banda
Day 07: Return to Quito


Detailed Itinerary:

At 9:00 o´clock you will be picked up from your hotel in Quito. You start your tour visiting the famous city of Otavalo, where you will do some shopping at the biggest Indian market of Latin America. Then you will visit the leather market of Cotacachi and the beautiful volcanic lake Cuicocha. Once you get hungry you will have our lunch at a typical restaurant of Atuntaqui. After this delicious lunch you will arrive to Hacienda La Banda, where you will be shown your room and have a walk around the hacienda. At dusk you will visit and have a relaxing swim at the hot springs of Chachimbiro, famous from its healing powers. Welcome dinner. -/L/D

After breakfast, you will start the trekking through the former Inca Trail towards Timbuyacu, where you will install the tents. After lunch you will visit and have a swim at the magnet waterfall, famous for its revitalizing strength. In the evening you will return to the campsite and enjoy a swim in the thermal water pools in front of the tents. B/L/D

In the morning you will walk towards Churuloma passing through Pisangacho, where you will be able to observe many plants and animals, and notice how the climate and the vegetation begin to change drastically. In the evening you will camp and learn a bit about the history of the place. B/L/D

Today you will continue the path towards Yanacocha. During the trip you will pass and admire a big Polylepis Andean forest. In Yanacocha you will share the afternoon with the community, which has been hardly influenced by the outside world. You will enjoy from a natural tea (great for altitude sickness) and then camp in order to prepare for the next day. B/L/D

On this day you reach your destination, Piñán. Here you will visit the community and enjoy from the magnificent scenery of this lake, which is one of the largest, most beautiful, and still pretty unknown to the Ecuadorians. On the road you will have the opportunity to see a great variety of birds of prey and if we are lucky maybe some condors. Dinner and camping. B/L/D

After breakfast you will return on horseback towards the main facilities of Hacienda La Banda. On the way back you will stop at the hot springs of Chachimbiro, as a reward for the effort done. After dinner, as a farewell, you will enjoy together salsa and merengue music. B/L/D

Breakfast. Check Out 10:00 o´clock B

B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner

USD 690.- per person
Minimum 2 People

In the price included:
Private transportation from Quito to Quito, accommodation in double or triple rooms with private bath, camp on the other nights, meals as mentioned above, entrance fees, English-speaking guide, sleeping bag.

Not included in the price:
personal equipment, travel insurance and tips, international flight airport tax (USD 41.- per person), personal expenses, beverages.

What to bring with you:
ainwear, torch, sun cream, sunglasses, hat with brim, warm clothing, small pack, canteen, camera (film 100 ASA)

Note:
Although this is a moderate trek, it could be very hard if you are not in good shape. Be ready to walk on trails as well as on cross-country terrain, marsh and forests. Do not expect to find well-marked trails like in the Alps or in the National Parks of USA.

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