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Lowlands and the Coast - 6 Days

Lowlands and the Coast
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A notorious but great contrast from one region to the other in such a small period of time is definitely a blast! A generous region as well as its people, an extremely fertile area of Ecuador, authentic simple, hard-working people and vibrant lives, as well as vivid landscapes, fruits, seafood, street vendors, motorcycles, smiley relaxed faces, socially open, might be the best description for this visit. On the other hand, warm weather, refreshing sea breeze, endless beaches, fresh air, and fresh varied, well-seasoned seafood and last, the postcard sunset on the Pacific ocean.

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  • Mindo cloud forest
  • Lowlands lively towns
  • Visit mangroves protected area "Isla Corazon"
  • Visit the handmade sweets town
  • VisitMontecristi Hat (Panama Hat) town and workshop
  • Visit Pto Lopez the fisherman town and its beautiful beach
  • Isla de la Plata a similar ecosystem to The Galapagos´s (boat tour included)
  • Manta city (one of Ecuador´s main pier)
  • Freshly caught seafood everywhere

Day 1
Travel, Airport Pick up and Transfer to Accommodation

One of our tour leaders will welcome you and pick you up at the Quito airport and transport you to your accommodation.

Day 2
Quito- Mindo cloud forest

This morning you will head to the north west of Quito. To the Mindo-Nambillo cloud forest, wealth in regard to varieties of birds, butterflies, orchids and beautiful natural resorts in existing rivers and waterfalls.

After arriving in Mindo you will go bird watching for about 40 minutes, to then go to the Tarabita (cable car) and start a 40-minute moderate hike to the 5 waterfalls trail. After this, you will have lunch at a local restaurant and to your accommodation which will be ready to check in and relax. until 5:30 pm, at this time you will be ready to go to the frog concert which starts at 6 pm and then back to a good night rest.

Day 3
Mindo-Lowlands

After breakfast you will visit the orquid and butterfly greenhouse (40 min) and then the chocolate tour for (1 hour) where you are explained how chocolate is processed from the bean to the fines dark chocolate. Then get ready for a a long scenic drive of approximate 4.5 hours towards the lowlands, this trip surrounded by lush coastal green vegetation landscapes, deep canyons will start getting smaller as you get close to the coast. On the way, you will be able to spot, banana, cacao, pineapple, papaya, tangerine, mango plantations among others. Also, the temperature will increase and coastal towns will be more vivid and vibrant than towns in the highlands. We will get to the town of Chone for an overnight stay.

Day 4
Chone-Isla Corazon-Crucita

Today will be a busy day with several activities and stops on the go. In the morning you will visit Isla Corazon which is a community project to preserve its mangrove forest, home to some 99 species of birds being the beautiful frigate the most representative, this wildlife refuge has about 500 hectares and 60 of them are mangroves. This island is called Heart Island because from above it looks like a heart. This trip will be a canoe ride through the mangroves with a local community guide.

Then the journey continues towards the south to the town of Montecristi, where the famous Panama Hat is genuinely from. In recent years, it was recognized that the Panama hat is not from Panama but from Montecristi, here you will visit a weaving workshop and learn about this laborious process. Also, a visit to the town of Rocafuerte which is famous for its handmade sweets where you will also have the chance to see how entire families work on this. To finally drive to Puerto Lopez, a fisherman town that is visited, due to its location right in front of Isla de la Plata and its seasonal whale watching season. this is a lively town with a wider touristic infrastructure and a long beach, bars discos and other facilities. Get to your accommodation and get a good rest for the next day.

Day 5
Pto. Lopez- Isla de la Plata- Pto. Lopez

This morning you will be ready to visit Isla de la Plata. This small island with similar characteristics to the renowned Galapagos Islands. Here you will find several animals found in the Galapagos Islands, like the blue-footed boobies, frigates, sea lions, and iguanas. Despite the Galapagos and this Island are very far apart this island has several similarities to the Galapagos as flora, fauna, and weather. After coming back you will have the afternoon hours to relax by the beach.

this is a lively town with a wider touristic infrastructure and a 3.5 km long beach, bars discos and other facilities. Get to your accommodation and get ready to go for lunch, to then visit la Isla Corazon (a community project to preserve its mangrove forest) which is home to some 99 species of birds being the frigate the most representative, this wildlife refuge has about 500 hectares and 60 are mangroves

Day 6
Pto. Lopez- Manta

This day early morning we will leave tor the city of Manta towards the airport for those of you who have morning and afternoon flights or if you decide to extend your stay. we can drop you off at any accommodation in Manta

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Price From USD$1,225/person
1,225
Total $ 1,225 USD

Trip Facts

  • Minimum 2 Max 8 people, the trip will be cancelled in case there is not at least two people comfirmed for this trip.
  • Quito-Manta
  • Standard
  • Second sunday of every month (monthly departures)
  • Extra 50% from the cost of the price will apply if there is not at least one more traveler confirmed for this tour and/or not willing to share accommodation