Visit the Artisan Villages

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First we will stop in the small town of San Bartolomé, where you can observe the process of making guitars. Then, we will visit Chordeleg, which is famous for its traditionally-made jewelry of fine gold and silver, where you can stroll along the main road and plaza and visit the many jewelry shops. Afterwards, we will visit a silversmith and you can watch him creating this fine jewelry art work. Then you pass Gualaceo to get to a weaving workshop. For more information take a look here or contact us via info@arutamecotours.com.

Adventure in the rainforest

Canyoning Tour to the Rainforest in Ecuador

We will go canyoning, caving and rafting. And you will also visit a Shuar community in the middle of the rainforest. This will be the adventure of your life, let us know, if you want to join: info@arutamecotours.com

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Day Trip to Saraguro

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Visit the community of Gera and learn about their culture and be part of their daily activities. You will learn how they collect the liquid of a special plant and get to know the different steps of their own Tequila production. For lunch, you will have a traditional food and you can also taste the Tequila. You will enjoy a lot of natural sceneries and depending on the weather you will visit a waterfall near by before coming back. For more information visit our website or come by our office.

Cañari Community Day Trip – June 25

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Would you like to learn more about the Cañari culture?. Come with us to this day trip where you will meet the shaman of the community and learn about their daily activities. Upon your arrival, you will start with a small and traditional breakfast and a typical drink. After the guide will explain the daily life and cosmovision of these people. You will take a hike in the forest and also learn the Quechua names of the plants as well as their curative value. You will also get to visit their sacred place in the mountains where they do rituals. In the afternoon you will enjoy a tasty lunch made by the community. Afterward, we will continue learning and help with their daily activities. For more information visit our website or come by our office.

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.

Fri, Feb 10th, Trip to Artisan Villages

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Next Friday take a tour of the Artisan Villages offered in San Bartolome and Chordeleg. The tour begins at 9 am departing Cuenca where we head over to San Bartolome. There you can observe the process of making guitars. Later on we will visit Chordeleg, which is well known for its traditional jewelry made of fine gold and silver. Then we will also visit a silversmith and you can watch him working on the fine jewelry. We will also get to witness various items being weaved such as scarves. If requested, we can also stop at the Orchid Farm before returning to Cuenca. For more information click here.

Feb 2nd and 5th: Trip to Ingapirca

Tour/Ingapirca/Inca ruinsCome along with us and check out the beautiful historically rich ruins of Ingapirca, the most important ruins here in Ecuador. We will also stop in the small town of Biblian to get a feel of the indigenous culture here in the Andes region. For more information please check out our link here.

Friday: Artisan Villages Tour

Tour to the Artisan Villages tour pueblos artesanales tour Kunsthandwerksdörfer

This Friday we have a tour of the Artisan Villages offered in San Bartolome and Chordeleg. Our tour begins at 9 am where you can observe the process of making guitars. Later on we will visit Chordeleg, which is well known for its traditional jewelry made of fine gold and silver. Then we will also visit a silversmith and you can watch him working on the fine jewelry. Our last stop is in Bulcay, where you will find skilled weavers who produce different products like scarves using a special “ikat technique” to pattern textiles. If requested, we can also stop at the Orchid Farm before returning to Cuenca. For more information click here.

Day trip to Saraguro

Day trip to Saraguro

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Saraguro is home to an indigenous group who maintains many of its original traditions and ways of life. You will visit the community of Gera. In the laid back atmosphere you interact with the community and see their agricultural cultivations. One if them is the Penco, a Agave, from which they make a Tequila-like drink. You will learn how they collect the liquid of the plant and get to know the different steps of the Tequila production. For lunch you have traditional food in the community and can tast the Tequila. In the afternoon you will visit a viewpoint where you can enoy the natural scenery. There will be time to take a look at the local handicrafts before you will go on to a cave and a waterfall and then return to Cuenca.

Price per person: $75 Private trip
Tour time: 8 am to 6 pm Service: Every day

The program includes:

  • Transportation and lunch

  • All activities as listed in the itinerary

  • Spanish and English German speaking guide

The program does not include:

  • Beverages

  • Tips

  • Personal expenses

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

Birding Limon Indanza (3 days)

Birding Limon Indanza (3 days)

dscn3012-2 solangel-gorgiamatistaLimón Indanza is located in the southern Amazon region of Ecuador on the eastern slope of the Andes and only in this small area more than 430 bird species are registered. Parts of this birding tour will lead you into subtropical forest and partly you will be observing species from the tropical rainforest.

First day: We will meet at 9 am at the Arutam Ecotours office in Cuenca and start our journey to Morona Santiago in el oriente soon after. Our arrival at our hotel in Limón is scheduled around noon. Afterwards we will have a good lunch and explore the small town for a while. You will then need to put on “wet gear” (rubber boots and, in case of wet weather, a rain poncho), so that you can enjoy birdwatching in the rainforest. You will have the chance to observe a group of the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola peruvianus). Further sightings recently include: Red-billed Parrot (Pionus sordidus), Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas), Chestnut-ipped Toucanet (Aulacorhynchus derbianus), Roadside Hawk (Rupornis magnirostris), Little Cuckoo (Coccycua minuta), Scaled Pigeon (Patagioenas speciosa), Swallow-tailed Kite (Elanoides forficatus), Blue-necked Tanager (Tangara cyanicollis), Yellow-throated Tanager (Iridosornis analis), Blue-fronted Lancebill (Doryfera johannae), Violet-headed Hummingbird (Klais guimeti), Black-faced Dacnis (Dacnis lineata), Blue-rumped Manakin (Lepidothrix isidorei) and Highland Hepatic-Tanager (Piranga flava). At the end of the day we will return to Limón for a delicious dinner.

Second day: In the early morning we head towards the mountains in the bird-rich protected subtropical woods of Tinajillas-Río Gualaceño, where the beautiful Golden-crowned Tanager (Iridosornis rufivertex) and the Black-billed Mountain-Toucan (Andigena nigrirostris) are avian highlights. During this morning activity we will have breakfast, while we move on to various spots, where the Golden-headed Quetzal (Pharomachrus auriceps), Andean Guan (Penelope montagnii), Solitary Eagle (Buteogallus solitarius), Black Caracara (Daptrius ater), Amethyst-throated Sunangel (Heliangelus amethysticollis), Grass-green Tanager (Chlorornis riefferii), White-capped Tanager (Sericossypha albocristata), Orange-banded Flycatcher (Nephelomyias lintoni) and Smoke-colored Pewee (Contopus fumigatus) have been spotted. Lunch break will be taken at a local restaurante and afterwards you can relax for a while. In the afternoon we will take a walk close to Limón to a spot called Niño migrante. Some species that we will look for include the Laughing Falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans), Speckled Chachalaca (Ortalis guttata), Spotted Tanager (Tangara punctata), Masked-Tanager (Tangara nigrocincta), Yellow-bellied Tanager (Tangara xanthogastra), Fawn-breasted Tanager (Pipraeidea melanonota), Spangled Coquette (Lophornis stictolophus), Red-headed Barbet (Eubucco bourcierii), Gilded Barbet (Capito auratus) and Fasciated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma fasciatum). For dinner we return to Limón.

Third day: Very early in the morning we will drive to a small Shuar community in the middle of the rainforest. We start birding around the Zamora River, where we can see the White-throated Toucan (Ramphastos tucanus), Squirrel Cuckoo (Piaya cayana), Crimson-crested Woodpecker (Campephilus melanoleucos), Voilaceous Jay (Cyanocorax violaceus), Russet-backed Oropendola (Psarocolius angustifrons), Paradise Tanager (Tangara chilensis), Turquoise Tanager (Tangara mexicana), Magpie Tanager (Cissopis leverianus), Green Honeycreeper (Chlorophanes spiza) and Grayish Saltador (Saltador coerulescens). Breakfast will been taken out in the nature. Around midday we return to the community, where we have a traditional meal prepared by the Shuar. After our good-byes, we will return to the hotel and prepare our trip back to Cuenca, where will get in the late afternoon.

Price from 2 persons on: $320 per person

Tour time: 9 am to around 6 pm the last day

The program includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in a hotel

  • Transportation and all meals

  • Spanish and English speaking tour leader and birding guide with scope and audio gear

  • Rubber boots

The program does not include:

  • Binoculars

  • Drinks and personal expenses

  • Tips

  • Single supplement

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 poncho
  • Camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream (a high factor is recommended)
  • Lip balm (a high factor is recommended)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Binoculars (if possible)
  • Bathing suit
  • Small daypack
  • Hat or cap for sun protection
  • Cotton pants
  • Long-sleeved light cotton shirts
  • Long-sleeved warm sweater
  • Shorts
  • Comfortable shoes and sandals for Limón
  • Extra pairs of socks
  • Passport (or a copy)