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Weekentrips and other tours
We work with a well qualified and experienced tour operator , witch allows us to offer you great weekend trips as well as others tours. How about climbing a volcano, going on a breath-taking bike tour or an adventurous trip to the jungle? There is something for everybody. Please contact us for a non-committal chat. We are happy to help you put together an unforgettable trip to and within Ecuador.
 

Tour 1:

Cotopaxi Mountain Biking
1Day Tour (7.00-19.00)

Cotopaxi National Park biking tour is an exciting day that begins with spectacular views of the unique Andean landscape in the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Inside the national park we hike up to the refuge which is situated at 4,810m near the Cotopaxi snowline. Depending on conditions we will then hike up to 5,000m where we can  see the glacier.
Lunch is served with spectacular views of the valley below and of the surrounding volcanoes, followed by a safety briefing before we begin our downhill descent on mountain bikes! There are two sections to the mountain biking, the first of which we recommend to experienced riders. The journey finishes at the beautiful lagoon at the base of Cotopaxi.

Necessary Equipment:
- Warm clothing (including a change of clothes) - Gloves, Scarf, Hat - Sunglasses
- Hiking shoes/boats - Long socks - Water
- Waterproof jacket - Sun cream - Camera
- Cotton pants - Snacks

This tour goes to a height of 4,810m, it is important that you are prepared for this kind of altitude. We recommend acclimatizing at least two days around 3,000m. Cotopaxi has its own micro-climate and the weather in the area is very unpredictable, so please be prepared with warm clothes. The tour will leave in any weather.

It is important that you have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

Price:
$70.00 per person, min. 2 persons
$40.00 per person, min. 2 persons
Price Includes: Professional bilingual guide, transport to/from Quito, lunch, mountain bike & helmet.
Price Excludes: Park entrance fee ($2), tips for guide.  


 Cotopaxi Cotopaxi Nationalpark Cotopaxi Biketour


Tour 2:
Nono-Mindo 1 Day Biking Tour (7.00-18.00)

Ecuador offers a great diversity of routes for the mountain bike enthusiast, turning into a great destiny for adventures. The Nono – Mindo trail is very popular for both bird lovers and for adventurous types, since it combines both of these in one program.  We’ll descend from a wonderful cloud forest through the enormous Tandayapa canyon, leaving behind the beautiful Pichincha. The tour itself starts Nono where we will challenge your suspension as we encounter a cobblestone road.  After that, enjoy 25km of downhill biking to give you enough strength for the next 10km ascent at Bellavista. At some moments it seems to be a never - ending road, but you won’t have to worry since we’ll have a vehicle behind you just in case you get a bit tired!. After working hard to reach the final slope you’ll have the last descent arriving at the Calacali Road – La Independencia where we will go for 1.5km until we reach Mindo.
Tour length: 67km

Necessary Equipment:
- Comfortable clothing - Sunglasses - Sun cream
- Waterproof jacket - Extra water - Camera
- Comfortable shoes - Extra dry clothes -  Extra Snacks

It is important that you have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

Price:
$90.00 per person, min. 2 persons
Includes: Includes: Professional bilingual guide, lunch, transport from and to Quito, mountain bike, helmet.
Price Excludes: Entrance fees for Bellavista ($2) and butterfly farm ($4), tips for guide.

 Mindo Mindo Mindo


Tour 3:
Ilinizas North Climb 1Day Tour

Illinizas is an ancient volcano in the south of Quito which split into 2 separate peaks over 5,000 years ago. This tour climbs the northern peak which reaches an altitude of 5,126m. Illinizas Norte is a moderate trek with an exhilarating but easy scramble to reach the top. It offers superb views to the mighty Cotopaxi and surrounding volcanoes. This climb is perfect for acclimatization and for those aspiring to climb Cotopaxi.
The climb takes approx. 6 hours going up to a height of 5,126m. It is important that you are prepared for this kind of altitude, we recommend acclimatizing at least two days around 3,000m.

We recommend staying at Hosteria PapaGayo the night before your climb, prices start from $10 per night per person.
Either stay at PapaGayo or return to Quito (not included).

Necessary Equipment:
- Warm clothing - Wool hat - Sunglasses
- Scarf and gloves - Hiking boots - Camera
- Waterproof jacket - Cotton pants - Sun cream
- Small backpack - Energy drinks and snacks - Extra water

The weather in the area is very unpredictable and you must be prepared with warm clothing.

It is important that you have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

Price:
$75.00 per person, min. 2 persons
Price Includes: Professional bilingual guide, lunch, helmet and harness, return transport to Illinizas Norte from PapaGayo.
Price Excludes: Breakfast, tips for guide, park entrance fee ($5), transport to/from Quito.

Ilinizas norte Ilinizas norte Ilinizas norte

Tour 4:
Cotopaxi Climb 2 Days Tour

Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanos in the world (5,897m)! The climb to the summit occurs during the night; this allows watching the sunrise from the summit and displays unsurpassed views over Quito to the North, Chimborazo and Tungurahua to the south. From the top you have a magnificent view of the snow capped crater where it is possible to see steam emissions. The ascent departs from the “Jose Rivas” refuge at 4,800 and climbs through a mixture of volcanic sand, snow and glacier to the summit. The climb, although not classified as technical, requires the use of professional guides and specialized glacier hiking equipment. The ascent takes between 6-8 hours while the descent requires 2 hours.

Climbing at this altitude can be very difficult, so please be sure that you are well prepared. We recommend acclimatizing by spending at least six nights above 3,000m and climbing twice around 5,000m in the same week. This can be achieved through a Gulliver acclimatization program such as the 7 or 5 day program. Following an acclimatization program offers a much higher chance of making a successful climb of Cotopaxi.

We recommend staying the night at Hosteria PapaGayo the night before your climb, prices start from $10 per night per person.  

Stay at PapaGayo or return to Quito (not included).

Necessary Equipment:
- sleeping bag (available to rent for $10)
- big and small back pack
- warm hat
- inside polar gloves
- sunglasses
- water
- sun cream
- energy drinks and snacks
- camera
2 batteries AAA
- clock
-  Head lamp

It is important that you have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

Price:
$75.00 per person, min. 2 persons
Price Includes: Professional bilingual guide (maximum 1 guide per 2 people), transportation from to Cotopaxi and return, bed at refuge ´Jose Rivas´ on the 1st night, lunch on 1st day, dinner and breakfast at the refuge, special climbing equipment including:
- Polar pants - Gators - Crampons
- Polar jacket - Waterproof pants - Ice axe
- Plastic climbing boots - Outside gloves - Climbing harness
- Waterproof jacket

Price Excludes: Park entrance fee ($2), transportation from/to Quito, sleeping bag, inside gloves, tips for guide, optional celebration lunch.

Cotopaxi Cotopaxi Cotopaxi

Tour 5:
Jungle- Cuyabeno 4 or 5 Days Tour

Gorgeous landscapes and lagoons, anacondas, monkeys and river dolphins, all kinds of parrots and a romantic Eco-lodge are waiting for you in the Cuyabeno National Park, the second largest nature reserve in Ecuador.
The lodge is located right at the Coyabena River, where you can take a refreshing bath. The cabañas are practically furnished to serve their purpose.  Each one has its own bathroom with hot water.
The lodge is the only one in the Cuyabeno that has a 23 meter high tower from which you can observe birds of all kinds.
Hammocks are available throughout the lodge and invite you to relax.
All tours are guided by excellent and highly experienced tour guides.

It is important that you have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

Necessary Equipment:
- Comfortable clothing - Sunglasses - Sun cream
- Waterproof jacket - Waterbottle - Camera
- Mosquito Repelent - Torch

Price :         
4days/3nights:  $ 280.00

5days/4nights:  $ 350.00

Price includes: all meals, boots up to nr. 46, raincoat, excursions
Price excludes: Donation Siona community $ 4.00, alcohol. drinks or limonades, tips for the guide,trip to and from Lago Agrio: bus or flight.

more infos about the tour here

Please contact sandra@atahualpa.com for any other information.

Cuyabeno Cuyabeno Cuyabeno


Tour 6:
Galapagos 4 or 5 Days Tour

Without a doubt, the Galapagos Islands are one of the natural wonders of the world, a unique haven of amazing wildlife unlike any other. We offer island cruises and  land-based tours ranging from 4 to 8 days.
All tours are guided by excellent and highly experienced tour guides.

Cruises:

Darwin

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Tecnical Information
Category Tourist Boat
Capacity 16 passenger
Accommodation 8 double cabins with bunk bedss equipped with toilet,
shower and central AC
Crew 6 + 1 guide
Length 60 ft
Beam 18 ft

Touren
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4-Days-Tour
Tuesday to Sunday
Thursday Baltra, Islote Mosquera
Friday San Cristóbal- Punta Pitt, Islote Punta Pitt
Saturday
San Cristóbal- Cerro Brujo, Islas Lobos, León Dormido
Sunday
Santa Cruz- Charles Darwin Station, Baltra Airport


5-Days-Tour
Sunday to Thursday
Sunday
Baltra, Santa Cruz, Charles Darwin Station, Chato Highlands
Monday Isabela- Tintoreras, Humedales, Galapaguera, Muro de Lágrimas,
Sierra negra
Tuesday Rábida, Santa Cruz- Cerro Dragón
Wednesday
Santa Cruz, Caleta Tortuga negra, Sombrero Chino
Thursday Daphne, Baltra Airport


8-Days-Tour A
Thursday to Thursday
Thursday Baltra, Islote Mosquera
Friday San Cristóbal, Punta Pitt, Islote Punta Pitt
Saturday San Cristóbal, Cerro Brujo, Islas Lobos, León Dormido
Sunday Santa Cruz, Charles Darwin Station, Chato Highlands
Monday Isabela- Tintoreras, Humedales, Galapaguera, Muro de Lágrimas,
Sierra negra
Tuesday Rábida, Santa Cruz- Cerro Dragón 
Wednesday
Santa Cruz, Caleta Tortuga negra, Sombrero Chino
Thursday
Daphne, Baltra Airport

                                or

8-Days-Tour B
Thursday to Thursday
Thursday Baltra, Santa Cruz- Bachas Beach
Friday Plazas Islas, Santa Fé
Saturday Española- Gardener Bay, Islote Gardener, Islote Osborn,
Punta Suárez
Sunday Floreana- Mirador de la Baronesa, Post Office Bay, Punta Cormorant,
Devil's Crown
Monday Santa Cruz- Charles Darwin Station, Highlands
Tuesday
Isla Santiago- Puerto Egas, Playa Espumilla, Caleta Bucanero
Wednesday Islote Bartolome, Santiago- Bahia Sullivan
Thursday
North Seymour, Baltra Airport


GalapagosmapGalapagos-Karte

It is important that you have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.

Price:
From $1390 incl. fligth per person
The prices have to be asked because there are big differences between the seasons.


For more information please contact sandra@atahualpa.com


Touren
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Golondrina Yacht

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Tecnical Information
Category Tourist Superior Boat
Capacity 14 passengers
Accommodation 8 double cabins with bunk beds equipped with toilet,
shower and air coditioner
Crew 5 + 1 guide
Length 70 ft / 21  m
Beam 16.5 ft / 5 m


Touren
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4-Days-Tour Tuesday to Tuesday
Tuesday Baltra/FAirport- Santa Fe
Wednesday Española Islands
Thursday Floreana Islands
Friday North Seymour- Baltra Airport


5-Days-Tour Friday to Tuesday
Friday Baltra Airport Santa Cruz, Bachas beach
Saturday Genovesa Islands
Sunday Bartolome Island- Black Turle Cove
Monday Plazas Island- Santa Cruz, Charles Darwin Station
Tuesday Santa Cruz, Twin Craters- Airport

                             or

5-Days-Tour Monday to Friday
Monday Baltra Airport- Santra Cruz, Charles Darwin Station
Tuesday Santa Cruz, Twin Craters- Baltra Airport
Wednesday Española Islands
Thursday Floreana Island
Friday North Saymour- Airport


8-Days-Tour Friday to Friday
Friday Baltra Airport- Santa Cruz, Bachas Beach
Saturday Genovesa Island
Sunday Bartolome Island, Black Turtle Cove
Monday Plazas Island- Santa Cruz, Charles Darwin Station
Tuesday Santa Cruz, Twin Craters- Santa Fe
Wednesday Española Island
Thursday Floreana Island
Friday North Seymour- Baltra Airport

Galapagosmap Galapagos-Karte

It is important that you have current travel insurance including personal medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.


Price:
From $1590 incl. fligth per person
The prices have to be asked because there are big differences between the seasons.

For more information please contact sandra@atahualpa.com.

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