Travel into the heart of Ecuador's Andean highlands on this active family adventure. Here among the volcanos, our Mother Earth, or Pachamama, is revered by indigenous peoples you meet. Hosted by local families you visit native markets, workshops of local craftspeople, and experience a traditional healing by a local shaman. In the Otavalo region, stay in the traditional hacienda of Isa and Juan Jose Noboa where you choose from a variety of adventures that fit your family's personal interests including kayaking Lake San Pablo, visiting a condor sanctuary, riding a narrow-gauge train to an Afro-Ecuadorian community, or hiking around Cuicocha Crater Lake.
Driving down the Avenue of the Volcanoes, you are hosted by the Perez family, Jorge, Maria Jose, and children Alicia, Amalia and Juan Martin, in their cozy boutique hacienda and participate in life on a traditional working estancia under the shadow of the mighty Cotopaxi Volcano. Hike up the volcano, ride horseback with the chagras (Andean gauchos), mountain bike, kayak, and join in daily farm activities. This exciting immersion into Andean adventures and ranch life provides a rich variety of experiences for everyone in your family to have fun while making new friends and bridging cultures worlds apart. Ask about combining this trip with a voyage in the Galapagos Islands or a wildlife adventure in the Amazon.