Saturday: Waterfalls of Girón and Lake of Busa

Tour/waterfalls of GirónOur day trip starts at 9 am from Cuenca. First we will visit the Laguna de Busa in San Fernando, which is located at an altitude of 2800 m. After walking around the lagoon, we will have a tasty lunch before heading to the waterfalls of Girón. It’s just a short walk to get to the first waterfalls, and you can take your time to explore the area. Afterwards we will visit the museum Casa de los Tratados before making our way back to Cuenca, where we will arrive at about 4:30 pm. Write us for more information: info@arutamecotours.com

San Pedro Ceremony close to Cuenca

San Pedro Cacturs The San Pedro Ceremony is held on Friday the 20th of January in the tradition of the southern Andes during the day. Meeting point is the Arutam Ecotours office at 9:00 am from where you take a taxi to the location of the ceremony. The San Pedro Ceremony starts shortly after arrival and each participant is encouraged to find their own little space and be with the medicine. Fruit salad is served around 2 to 3 pm and a vegetarian soup at 6 to 7 pm. After dinner we lounge around and review the day. Ceremony is usually closed about 8 or 8:30 pm. After that people can stay the night or call a taxi. There are lots of pillows, blankets, and mattresses for the overnighters. The cost is $100 per person.

NEW: Canyoning, Caving and Rafting Adventure (3 days)

Rafting Tour to the Rainforest in Ecuador tour a la selva tour in den Regenwald

We have created a new exciting tour for adventurous travellers. During this tour you will be able to do some canyoning down amazing waterfalls, go rafting in the rainforest and discover a hidden trove with an underground river. You will also get to know the indigenous people from the Amazon region of Ecuador and enjoy a traditional meal in their community. Take a look at the full itinerary here.

 

Thursday: Full Moon Horseback Riding Adventure

Full Moon Horseback Riding tour in CuencaOn the 12th of January we offer the next Full Moon Horseback Riding Adventure. The 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.

Thursday: Cañari community and nature experience

Tour Cuenca Canari CommunityOur tour to the Cañari starts at 9 am from our office in Cuenca. Upon our arrival, you will be offered a typical drink of the community and the guide will explain the daily life and cosmovision of the Cañari Andina. After a traditional breakfast and a refreshing drink we will have a walk in the forest to learn the Quechua names of the plants as well as their curative value. In a sacred place in the mountains rituals of energization and the greeting of Pachamama (“saludo a la Pachamama”) will take place. We will also enjoy another small walk on the mythical and historical camino del Inca. For lunch we will share pampamesa with the community, a delicious traditional meal that is made from 100% organic ingredients. In the afternoon, we will continue learning about daily activities with the community, like grinding corn, traditional music with hand-made instruments and other playful activities. After our farewells, we will head off to Cuenca and arrive in town around 5 pm. The tour is $50 per person including transportation, breakfast, lunch and a translater. Let us know, if you would like to sign up for it!

Expedition to the Tayos Cave on Jan. 20th

Cave Tour to the Rainforest in EcuadorOn January 20th we will start an exciting 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. With a group of 6 persons going the price is $400 per person. Take a look at the itinerary here and write us, if you want to sign up: info@arutamecotours.com.

Waterfalls of Girón

Tour/waterfalls of Girón

Near Cuenca (45 minutes), we can visit “El Chorro de 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 be back around 4:30 pm.

Sunday: Day trip to Ingapirca

Tour/Ingapirca

This Sunday we offer a guided tour to the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador. On our way there, we will visit the Santuario de la Virgen del Rocio in the quiet village of Biblián and you will have the possibility to go to the Cañari market. In Ingapirca you will get to know a lot not only about the Incas but also about the Cañari, who also lived at this fascinating site. After exploring the ruins and its surroundings to your heart’s content, you will enjoy a tasty lunch. Here you find more information about the tour. Let us know, if you would like to join!

Jan. 5th: Bird-watching in Cajas

Birdwatching Cajas

Only 20 minutes away from Cuenca is the lower part of the Cajas National Park. It possesses a highly interesting mixture of habitats for bird-watching: well-preserved mountain forests, páramos, lakes and pastures. The mountain toucan, Andean guan, masked trogon, turquoise jay, various colorful tanagers and 12 species of hummingbirds and aquatic birds are among the highlights. The tour starts at 6 am, let us know, if you would like to join!

31st of Dec.: Hiking in the Cajas National Park

Tour Cajas National Park

Spend a day in the Cajas National Park to discover the mystical cloud forest, lakes, old grown polylepis trees, and paramo grasses. Hike with a knowledgable guide and get an amazing view from the Tres Cruces viewpoint on the continental divide. Take a look at the tour details here.