Thursday: Full Moon Horseback Riding Adventure

Luna llenaOn August 18th we offer the next Full Moon Horseback Riding Adventure. Our tour starts at 4 PM from our office, from where you are going to take our private transport to the hacienda. Then you will pick the horse you are going to ride and after getting it saddled you start your ride through the night. After the adventure you take part in a fire ceremony, have some cheese and traditional Andean food as well as a glass of wine. Horses are limited, so let us know soon if you want be part of this experience.

Sunday: Tour to the charming Artisan Villages

IMG_1541On our Tour to the Artisan Villages we will stop in the small town of San Bartolomé, where you can observe the process of making guitars. Then, we will visit Chordeleg with its famous traditionally-made jewelry and our last stop is the colonial town Gualaceo. Here we will take a look at skilled weavers who produce different products like scarves using a special “ikat technique” to pattern textiles.

Find our observations on iNaturalist!

Caterpillar_DSCN1575We see lots of amazing animals and flowers when we are on our tours. Since we love nature and like to share our observations, we decided to join iNaturalist. It is a online social network of naturalists, citizen scientists, and biologists built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the world. Observations can be added via the website or from an app. The observations provide valuable open data to a variety of scientific research projects, museums, botanic gardens, parks, and other organizations. Check out what we have seen so far on our tours through Ecuador here.

Aug. 16th: Galapagos Cruise Offer

Flamingo YateLast Minute Offer on the Flamingo Yacht: Go on a 4-day cruise for only $850 per person!

ITINERARY:

Tuesday: Airport Baltra – Parte Alta (Santa Cruz)

Wednesday: Cerro Brujo – Punta Pitt / Islote Pitt

Thursday: Plazas Sur – Mosquera

Friday: Daphne Mayor – Airport Baltra

Saturday: 3-day hike on the Inca Trail

FullSizeRender5This three-day camping tour is a hike on the Inca trail from Achupallas to Ingapirca. We start Saturday, the 6th of August early in the and the trek will take you along highland landscapes ranging from 3100 to 4400 meters above sea level, through remote indigenous villages and pristine mountain lakes to the ruins of Ingapirca.

July 30th: 2-day trip to the rainforest

P1020296Saturday we go on a 2-day trip to the Amazon rainforest. The first day you will hike along a redwater river and see some waterfalls on your way. On the second day we will visit a Shuar community in the middle of the rainforest. After a hike to a sacred waterfall which ends in the Zamora river, you can enjoy a traditional meal prepared by the Shuar. Before saying good-bye the Shuars show you the village and their gardens. Write us for more information!

Whale watching in Puerto López

humpback-whale-436120_960_720 We offer a 4-day whale watching trip to Puerto López and surrounding areas on August 15th. A visit at a Cacao farm, day trip to Isla de la Plata with whale watching, lunch, snorkeling, guided hike of the island, a visit to the small community Agua Blanca with its sulfur lagoon and a canoe ride through the mangroves is included next to accommodation with breakfast and transportation. Please write us for more information: info@arutamecotours.com