Cinnamon Route

Technical characteristics

Description of the circuit : Explore the changing landscapes, from the high and snowy Antisana paramos to the low and cloudy subtropical eastern forests.

Travel Theme : Observation of nature and birdwatching, photography

Group : 12

Duration : 4 days

Arrival city : Quito

Departure city : Quito

Physical Level : None, medium rhythm

Accommodation : Eco-Lodge

Transport : Private

Day 1: Quito - Antisana - Papallacta

Early in the morning, our guide will pick you up from your hotel. We will head to the eastern region of the Ecuadorian Andean Cordillera. We will first visit Antisana´s 120-thousand-hectare Ecological Reserve and explore its many ecosystems. The lush landscape of this high-altitude Andean reserve is a great spot for Condor sightings. Keep your eyes open while we traverse the pajonal plains! We will also search for large mammals such as the white-tailed deer and the Ecuadorian culpeo zorro. We will then stop at the Mica Lagoon to see a rich assortment of birds. Later on, take advantage of the Hacienda Guaytara Lodge’s (link) high-powered telescope to see speckled bears from a safe distance.

Included: Lunch and dinner. Specialized guide. Transportation. Entrance fees.

Day 2: Papallacta - Guango - San Isidro

After breakfast, we will resume our search for condors. Then we will descend along the Cinnamon route to the cloud forests of Guango for lunch and a stroll through breath-taking hummingbird gardens. Be sure to photograph sword-billed, tourmaline sunangel, and the collared inca hummingbirds. After lunch, come with us to the Papallacta River and watch torrent ducks, magpies, and tanagers. This riverbank is a haven for orchid enthusiasts.

We will then stroll along the Quijos River banks towards the San Isidro Reserve. Here we will sleep two nights in the comfortable Cabañas San Isidro (link) cabins. If you are up for it, join us after dinner for a night hike

Included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specialized guide. Transportation. Entrance fees.

Day 3: San Isidro – Yanayacu - Papallacta

The misty air of San Isidro creates a haven for moss, orchids and bromeliads, as well as the tree frogs, birds and small mammals that rely on them.Join us while we search for the rare mountain tapir and agoutis. In the afternoon, we will hike to the Yanayacu Scientific Station (6,600 FASL) and watch for birds along the way. Hear from the station’s resident scientists as they educate us on their research, as well as their conservation efforts. We will also learn reproductive behaviour of the local bird species, as well as butterfly adaptations to parasites. End the day with a dip in the soothing hot springs and spa in Termas de Papallacta (link).  

Included: Breakfast and lunch. Specialized guide. Transportation.

Day 4: Papallacta - Quito

In the morning, take a second dip in the Papallacta hotsprings and enjoy a hike to the border of the Cayambe-Coca Reserve. This is a great place to observe high-elevation plants and wildlife.  We will return to Quito after lunch. On our way back, we will make multiple stops to take in the breath taking Andean scenery. Expect a late-afternoon arrival in Quito.

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Net price per person depending on group size

Choose Number of people: Price Per Person: $465,00

Our prices include
  • Pick up from at hotel
  • Private transport
  • Specialized bilingual guide
  • All meals mentioned in the program
  • Entrance fees
  • Accommodation in double rooms (Standard category)
  • Special discount for AQUATROP participants
Our prices not include
  • Soft & alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Personal effects
  • Single Supplements (155.00usd)
  • Bank transfer fees
  • TAX (12%) for resident and Ecuadorian customers only