Climbing Chimborazo & Cotopaxi

Tour in Ecuador

Climb the famous volcanos of Ecuador. Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador and is a very popular climb. The best seasons to climb are July, August, December, and January. You can also visit the city of Riobamba which is the closest city to the mountain and where you will have a great view of other volcanos and mountains like Tungurahua and El Altar. Cotopaxi it’s a beautiful and active volcano which is located near Quito. It is part of a National Park that also contains an amazing diversity of animals, birds, and plants. You can also enjoy the view of two beautiful lakes. There are many activities to do in both of these places. If you are interested or want more information about this trips, come by our office or visit our website.

Cajas National Park : Saturday, April 15

Tour Cajas National Park

This Saturday we are offering our Cajas Tour! Spend a couple hours hiking through that unique and wonderful National Park near Cuenca. Enjoy the wildlife and see colorful plants. After arriving in the Park you will take a hike around the lagoon, where you can discover many different birds. Than you will stop at the viewing point high up in Cajas, before doing a second hike through the Polylepis-Forest. Visit the homepage for more info, or come to the office to book today!

Sunday Trip to El Cajas

Tour Cajas National Park

Come with us and see what El Cajas National Park has to offer! We will be venturing on 2 different trails at various altitudes which shows off the beautiful lagoons, vegetation, fauna and llamas exclusive to this region. After our hike showing off the beautiful scenery of this region, we will have a very delicious lunch. For more information please visit our link here.

Tuesday, February 14th Trip to Cajas

Tour Cajas National Park

Take a trip to the wonderful El Cajas National Park. Once we leave Cuenca, we will be doing 2 hikes on 2 different trails which showcase the beautiful lagoons, vegetation, fauna and llamas exclusive to this region. After our hike on various altitude points showing off the beautiful landscape, we will have a very delicious lunch. For more information please visit our link here.

Sat, Feb 25th 3 day trip to the Tayos Cave

Cave Tour to the Rainforest in Ecuador tour a una cueva en la selva Höhlentour in den RegenwaldOn Saturday, February 25th we will start an exciting 3 day adventure expedition to the mythical Cueva de los Tayos (“Cave of the Oil Birds”). The cave got famous through an expedition in 1976 which included astronaut Neil Armstrong. It is located in a Shuar community in Limón Indanza and the entrances are within the rainforest. The entrance we use is a 55 meter deep hole leading to 5 kilometers of passages and a spacious chamber. The price is $340 per person. Write us an email, if you would like to sign up: info@arutamecotours.com.

Sat, Feb 4th Trip to Cajas

Tour/Cajas National Park

Join us on our adventure to the Cajas National Park.  We will take various hikes and get to see mystical cloud forest, lakes, old grown polylepis trees, and paramo grasses. The tour comes with a bilingual guide who will be happy to give explanations of what we come across. For more information check out our link here.

Biking and Canyoning Adventure (2 days)

Biking and Canyoning Adventure (2 days)

tours to the rainforest Ecuador tour a la selva tour in den Regenwald Canyoning Tour to the Rainforest in EcuadorFirst day: We start our tour at 8:30 am from Cuenca and drive about 1.5 hours to get to the highest point of the eastern mountains range of the Andes dividing Azuay and Morona Santiago. From there you swing yourselfe on a bike and go for the downhill biking adventure. You bike partly on asphalt and partly on dirt road along a windy road through the Andes. After about 1.5 hours you will have a break from biking and go on a hike trough the cloud forest to an amazing waterfall. Then you will enjoy lunch and when you are ready you go on the last leg to Limón. You reach the small town in the afternoon and before dinner everyone can refresh and relax for a while.

Second and last day: After breakfast, we meet to drive to the waterfalls for canyoning. The beautiful waterfalls are located in the rainforest and are great for a little adventure in the jungle. Besides rappelling down some walls you will also be able to slide and jump into pools to your heart’s content. For lunch we will return to Limón and then prepare our trip back to Cuenca, where we will arrive in the late afternoon.

Price per person:

$240 (2 people going)

$220 (3+ people going)

Small group
Tour time: 8:30 am to around 6 pm (following day)
Service: On request

The program includes:

  • 1 night accommodation in a hotel

  • Transportation, activities and all meals

  • Rubber boots, biking and canyoning equipment

  • Spanish and English speaking guide

The program does not include:

  • Drinks

  • Tips

  • Single supplement

  • Personal expenses

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

What to bring?

Limón is situated in the Amazon Rainforest so the weather is usually nice and warm, but you have to be prepared for light to heavy rains. Bring mainly light clothes and a few warmer ones for the evenings or when it starts raining. We recommend you pack the following for your trip:

  • Outdoor shoes
  • Rain jacket
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream (a high factor is recommended)
  • Lip balm (a high factor is recommended)
  • Binoculars (if possible)
  • Bathing suit
  • Small daypack
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Light cotton pants
  • Pullover
  • Long-sleeved light cotton shirts
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Passport (or a copy)
Hiking the Waterfalls of Giron

Hiking the Waterfalls of Giron

DSCN7403Our trip starts at 9 am from Cuenca. We will be heading to the Waterfalls of Girón, where we will hike about 2 hours to the base of the second waterfall. This trek has a high difficulty and we offer this tour also with a lighter hike, please click here for this option. After a delicious box-lunch and a small break with a beautiful view, we begin the 2-hour return along another route through rural area and partly primary forest. The return trip to Cuenca will take about 45 minutes and we will be back around 4:30 pm.

Price per person: $55 Shared trip
Tour time: 9 am to 4:30 pm
Service: Tuesday and Saturday

Please contact us for prices if you would like to go on a private trip.

Das Programm enthält:

  • Transportation and activities
  • Sandwich with juice
  • Spanisch- & Englisch-speaking guide
Das Programm enthält nicht:

  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Entrance: $2

lease note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

Climbing Cotopaxi and Chimborazo

Climbing Cotopaxi and Chimborazo

cotopaxiIn these 5 days we will climb the two most impressive mountains of Ecuador, the Cotopaxi (to the refuge at 4800 m) and Chimborazo (6310 m). A previous acclimatization is important to reach the peak of the Chimborazo. We therefore recommend to come a few days earlier to get used to the altitude, or to acclimatize already at your home country.

Day 1: Arrival in Quito (2800 m), Ecuador’s capital. We pick you up from the airport and bring you to your hotel.

Day 2 (B/L/D): After breakfast we drive to the Cotopaxi National Park. With 5897 m the Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanos on earth. Due to the current activity, the volcano can not be climbed up to the peak right now. For acclimatization we go on an 3-hour hike to the refuge at 4800 m and back to the parking lot. Then we continue south on the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” to Riobamba.

Day 3 (B/L/D): This morning we go on to the Chimborazo (6310 m). The majesty of Ecuadors volcanoes has long been considered the highest mountain in the world. We reach the refuge Hermanos Carrel (4800 m) after about 1 hour. With packed backpacks we ascend slowly to the Whymper refuge (5000 m). After lunch at 6 pm, we are having a final check before the climb. At 11 pm we set off to the summit of the Chimborazo.

Day 4  (B): The rather steep climb to the summit can take up to 7 hours. Depending on weather conditions we remain up to half an hour on the peak. Enjoy an unforgettable view over the mountains of Ecuador. Then we descent around five hours back to the refuge Hermanos Carrel and return to Quito.

Day 5 (B): After breakfast you will be transfered to the airport or go a connecting tour to the Amazon Rainforest or the Galapagos Islands.

Price from 2 persons on: $620 per person

The program includes:

  • All transfers with Jeep or van

  • accommodation hotels and refuge

  • Meals see program (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

  • Local englisch-speaking guide and mountain guide

  • Mountaineering equipment (pick, crampons, harnesses, etc.)

The program does not include:

  • Flight from/to Ecuador

  • Thermosflasche, Trekking clothing and equipment (sunglasses, headlamp, thermos, etc.)

  • Travel and mountain rescue insurance

  • Drinks

  • Single room

  • Tips

Please note that due to weather some itineraries can be subject to change and availability without prior notice.

 

Experience Ecuador – Adventure, Culture & Recreation

Experience Ecuador – Adventure, Culture & Recreation

14-day round trip

DSCN0497Description

Ecuador is one of the most diverse countries in South America. From the colonial cities you are quickly in dense rainforest, where you can explore the flora and fauna while hiking and boating. Visit small Indian villages in the Andean highlands and enjoy the view of snow-capped volcanic peaks. At Indian markets you watch the hustle and bustle and relax in hot thermal baths.

Possibilities for extensions: Galapagos Islands, Amazon region, coast or individual tours

Travel program

Day 1 – Arrival in Guayaquil, Ecuador

On arrival at the airport in Guayaquil your English-speaking guide awaits you already. After welcoming it goes directly to your hotel in Guayaquil, where you can recover from the journey and absorb the first impressions of Ecuador.

_MG_0973Day 2 – From the Coast to Cuenca with a visit at a Cacao Farm   B L

Today you will go on to Cuenca. On the way there we take a break on a family-run Cacao Farm. After an introduction to the planting and processing of cacao, we will roast the beans and produce our own chocolate. You will have a delicious lunch at the farm, before continuing through the Andes to Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador. On the way you pass the National Park Cajas with its rugged rock formations and countless lagoons. Your hotel is located in the historic center of the city, which was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in November 1999.

cuenca1Day 3 – Colonial City of Cuenca   B L

After breakfast you will get to know Cuenca. The city was founded in 1557 on the Inca settlement Tomebamba. For most Ecuadorians – and for many travelers alike – is the most beautiful city in the country. Located at an altitude of 2,530 m above sea level, it is a center for crafts, ceramics, Panama hats as well as gold and silverware. During the City Tour we will show you historic buildings along the Tomebamba River, the Ruins of Todos Santos, the flower market and the main square with the old and the new cathedral. There will be still time to visit a Panama hat factory. You will have the afternoon off for strolling through the narrow cobblestone streets with its whitewashed houses and noble façades and discover the beauties of the city yourself.

IMG_6170Day 4 – Cañari Community   B L

In the morning, upon our arrival at the community you will be offered a typical breakfast. During a walk in the primary forest you learn the Quechua names of the plants and their curative value. In a sacred place in the mountains rituals of energization and the greeting of Pachamama (“saludo a la Pachamama”) take place. Then, you will enjoy another small walk on the historical camino del Inca. For lunch we will share panpamesa with the community, a delicious traditional meal that is made from 100% organic ingredients. In the afternoon, you will be learning about daily activities of the community, like grinding corn and hear traditional music.

P1160012Day 5 – Hiking in the Cajas National Park   B L

After breakfast we will drive to the Cajas National Park, which lies in a hilly landscape with countless lakes and lagoons surrounded by tundra vegetation, the so-called Páramo. The first hike takes you to about 3,100 meters above sea level around the Laguna Llaviuco where you can observe numerous species of birds. Then you pass the pass “Tres Cruces” at an altitude of 4,167 m, where you will have an amazing view from a lookout point. At noon you will enjoy a hot meal and the second hike takes you to the Laguna Toreadora, where you can explore a fantastic Polylepis forest.

IMG_9582Day 6 – Ingapirca and arrival in the rainforest   B L

In the morning we start to the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador Ingapirca (in Cañari “stone wall of the Inca”). The guide will show you around at this fascinating archaeological site, whose stone structures surround the temple of the sun. After exploring Ingapirca you will continue to Baños, a small town at the foot of the active volcano Tungurahua. Enjoy the thrilling swing of the “tree house” over the valley of Baños and with an amazing view at the volcano.

DSCN8651Day 7 – Amazing waterfalls   B L

Today you will admire the majestic waterfalls of the “Pailon del Diablo”. After lunch we head further east. During the trip, the landscape changes, passing deep canyons and numerous waterfalls until you reach the hilly Amazon lowlands. In Puyo you will visit a rehabilitation center for wild animals from the jungle. You have the possibility to see wild cats, monkeys, parrots and turtles among others. At the end of the day you will go on to Tena.

IMG_1983 (Large)Day 8 – Encounter with a rainforest community   B L

In the morning you will explore the rainforest on a hike and in the afternoon get to know the culture of the indigenous Kichua. After a short ride on a motor canoe down the Napo River you will arrive at the Kichua community. There you indigenous women will show you how to wash gold from the river, make chicha, a typical drink of the rainforest from the yucca plant, and manufacture traditional pots of clay.

Thermas de PapallactaDay 9 – Papallacta   B

After breakfast you will continue your journey to Papallacta which is primarily known for its hot springs. The thermal hot springs of Papallacta are located in an area of 250 ha at an altitude of 3,330 to 3,500 m, which is known for its bizarre Páramo landscape. Its pools are among the cleanest and most beautiful in the country. Enjoy the thermal springs in Papallacta and the beneficial effects of warm thermal water in a beautiful countryside surrounded by clear mountain air. A modern spa is available (optional applications).

CotopaxiDay 10 – Cotopaxi Nationalpark   B L

After breakfast, you are driving along the famous “Avenue of the Volcanoes”, which offers you stunning views on the surrounding mountain giants. We will visit the National Park Cotopaxi, that certainly belongs to one of the most attractive nature reserves in the country. During a walk around the shallow “Laguna de Limpiopungo” at an altitude of 4,000 m above sea level, you will get to know the typical vegetation of the “Páramos” and see the majestic Cotopaxi (5,897 m) in the background. Today, you will stay overnight in the historic Hacienda La Cienega in which already Humboldt resided.

P1160790Day 11 – Laguna Quilotoa   B L

This morning you will visit the Quilotoa lagoon and see how the water changes its color depending on the light of the sun. Upon arrival you can enjoy a wonderful view, take a walk down into the crater, or go for a walk along the crater rim. In the afternoon we continue to Quito, capital of Ecuador and world cultural heritage.

Calle_de_la_Ronda,_Quito,_Ecuador,_2015-07-22,_DD_215Day 12 – Quito   B L

After breakfast you will tour the historic old town with its wealth of Spanish, Flemish, Moorish and pre-Columbian architecture. You will visit the Cathedral and its Museum as well as the church of La Compañia. The Square of Independence, the main square of the city,  and the no less attractive Square of San Francisco are part of the tour. You will continue to the Panecillo (“small loaf”) on a hill of the old city with his angel statue “Virgen de Quito”. Here you can enjoy the great views over the city and surrounding mountains. In the afternoon the journey continues to the Equator Monument “Mitad del Mundo” (“Middle of the World”).

P1170194Day 13 – Indigenous Market in Otavalo   B L

Today you will visit the famous handicraft market of Otavalo. At arrival in the small town you see the Plaza de los Ponchos, which represents the central point of the colorful market. You can watch the Indians of Otavalo dressed in traditional costumes, that are considered prosperous and reputable. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the market. Here, the Indígenas from the surrounding villages offer their colorful, handmade products, hand-woven rugs, wall hangings, knitted sweaters, colorful belts, hammocks and mountains of wool and fabric products.

Day 14 – Departure from Quito   B

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport and start your journey back home. Alternatively, you can book an extension to the Galapagos Islands.

Price: $2490 per person in a double room of a middle-class hotel, single room supplement $370

Included:

  • All listed tours and activities with English-speaking guide and private transfers

  • Tour, transportation, sightseeings and entrance fees according to program

  • Accommodation in a double room of a middle-class hotel

  • Meals as described (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Not included:

  • International flights

  • Potential airport fees

  • Meals, unless mentioned in the program

  • Personal expenses for drinks, trips et cetera

  • Travel insurance