A Walk in the Clouds tour from Quito to Guayaquil 3 days / 2 nights
A Walk in the Clouds 3 days / 2 nights, daily from Quito to Guayaquil. Includes accommodation and all meals (fixed menus)
Quality Experiences in Rural Ecuador
Metropolitan Touring Ecuador is proud to present “Due South”, quality experiences for active travelers seeking excursion options in the countryside off the main roads to explore natural reserves and community projects of the people of rural Ecuador with overnights at remote lodges and haciendas.
These innovative excursions are in line with the company’s commitment to work very closely with the local people, offer comfort, service and be respectful to the environment and local cultures, while at the same time offering active soft adventure travel.
Discover and better understand the Andean region with exceptional evergreen landscapes, archaeological sites, segments of the legendary Inca Road and insights into the inner nature and way of life of its people.
Day by day
Dress in layers:
- T-shirt, blouse, sweater, coat) and rain protection.
- Sun protection (SPF 40) even if the day is cloudy.
- Raincoat poncho for Day 2 is suggested.
- Hat or cap, Good walking shoes.
- Bring please mosquito repellent.
Altitude range in the Andes:
- 2,550 meters (7,750 feet) to 3,900 meters (11,000 feet)
Average Temperature in the Andes:
- Day 10° to 25° C / 50° to 77° F.
- Night 6° to 10° C / 43° to 50° F.
Please expect hot and humid weather in the coast lands of Guayaquil 25° C / 77°F approx during the day, cooler temperatures at night.
**Eco- Route: This is the name given to the primary roads that, back in time, led to the main cities of Ecuador, and now offer exceptional rides through rural countryside, natural areas and historical towns along Ecuador. These ancient back roads, offer minimal traffic and the unique opportunity of a meaningful contact with nature and with the locals along the way. Although this roads are mainly dirt secondary roads, they are open to the public for tourist activities such as nature walks, nature interpretation, bird watching, and photography, among the most important. Please bear in mind that as per the configuration of the roads (dirt) they will be operational subject to local weather conditions and under the criteria of the guide, who will determine and make the decision whether to use them or not, after an evaluation of the circumstances locally.
Hacienda Leito Mountain Lodge
This is a mid-size cozy mountain lodge, with a spectacular setting, right in the boundaries of the Llanganates National Park. A great place to relax among the exuberant vegetation, the murmur of the wind and the warmth of the fireplaces. Rooms face the Llanganates or beautiful gardens and patios, and have private facilities. Hacienda Leito is renown for its extraordinary hospitality.
Hacienda Leito has 24 double/twin standard rooms and four Family Suites. It also has SPA facilities (pool, Jacuzzi, massage room ) under request, and not included in the given price of the program. Please ask your account executive for further information and details.
For over 300 years Hacienda Leito has witnessed countless events, from legends of the Jesuit Order of Saint Ignatius -who were expelled from the country during Colonial times by the Spanish King Charles III, and later, the opulence of the Spanish Captains and their families, appointed as Commendatores by the Spanish crown. Embrace the countless nights and dreams of those in search of the treasures of the Incas in the mysterious Llanganatis Mountains, their stories narrated in the books by famous Pool Williams and Eugenie Brunner.
Accommodation at Hacienda Leito is included in the given price.
The wonderful Hacienda Abraspungo is located at 2,754 metres above sea level and is surrounded by the magnificence of the Ecuadorian Andes. It is named after a glacial valley which is situated between the Chimborazo Volcano and Carihuairazo, in the exact centre of Ecuador. Hacienda Abraspungo, with its comfortable, charming and high level installations offers a personalized service in the ideal spot to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Andes. The architectural style found here offers the best of traditional colonial design often used in the ancestral mansions and haciendas of Ecuador. The Hacienda is adorned with old photographs and illustrations of Andean landscapes, which today constitutes a testimony to bygone eras. The antiques on display in the social areas give it a colonial flavour as well as a feel for the pre-Colombian cultures of the region. The visitor can truly appreciate the richness of the natural resources offered by the Chimborazo Province and Ecuador in general.
Each room takes its name from one of the mountains of Ecuador. That mountain is shown in the photographs displayed within the interior design in the room.
The owner’s commitment is to create a working environment which allows sustainable growth, enhancing positive image and generating an overall feeling of trust between the working force, the clients, and the community, aiming to become a point of reference within the tourist industry of Ecuador and the city of Riobamba. Abraspungo offers 42 comfortable rooms which incorporate modern interior design elements within the framework of traditional, colonial architecture. Distributed in distinct wings of the hacienda you can find beautiful singles, doubles, triples and suites, each furnished and equipped to satisfy our client’s needs. Each room enjoys direct access to the magnificent gardens and the distinct social areas.
Hacienda Manteles.- Guest House Hacienda, country Inn, Patate
Please ask your account executive for supplement for this property if you wish to upgrade. This is a 16-room tastefully decorated hacienda, near the Valley of Patate, surrounded by 500 acres of montane forest, between the Sangay National Park and the Llanganatis (meaning beautiful) Mountain Range. Not included in the given price, please ask your account executive about the supplement for accommodation at Manteles.
Hacienda Manteles, a hotel near Banos, awaits your visit, offering you a homely and welcoming atmosphere in one of the most beautiful hotel – haciendas in Ecuador. Manteles, built in 1965 was transformed into a hotel in 1992. Little by little, the property has been remodelled and refurbished to include all the home comforts and services that our guests deserve. Located 20km from the town of Baños and offering stunning views of the active Tungurahua Volcano, the hacienda has become a ‘must see’ during any trip to Ecuador.
The natural environment and ecotourism come together in Hacienda Manteles. Along with the wonderful gardens surrounding the main house, the hacienda encompasses a 200 hectare area of protected primary forest, through which one can reach the entrance to the mystical Llanganates National Park. This forest, among other wonders, is home to an abundance of wild orchids, native to the area. For those who love mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and trekking Hacienda Manteles offers the perfect setting, with a whole network of natural trails to really enjoy these activities. The surrounding peaks of the Andes provide the perfect back drop for an unforgettable visit.
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