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Upcoming Touch The Jungle
No tours planned for 2016 . See a typical
itinerary below from a past Group Tour.
Tours typically include visits to Mindo Cloud
forest, Otavalo, Intag Valley, and areas of interest in Quito,
utilizing all locally owned businesses and operators. Touch
The Jungle tours are a real taste of local flavor, each region
different in natural habitat as well as cultures. We utilize
locally & community owned businesses as an effort to help
support those communities in their rainforest and wildlife protection
Cost of the tour is $950, you pay for your own
airfare to Quito, Ecuador arriving on November 13 or before.
November 7 - Fly into Quito, meet the rest of the group.
November 8 - Visit the Equator, and on to Mindo (cloud forest).
November 9 - Zip lining in cloud forest, visit butterfly conservatory,
river tubing in the Rio Mindo.
November 10 - Hiking through the Cloud Forest, try your luck
at rappelling down a jungle embankment, or swing like Tarzan
through the trees. Swimming and a waterslide, Come back by a
cable car. Travel on to Intag Valley, stopping at Tulipe Archaeological
Site built by the Yumbo People around 800 a.d. on the way,
November 11 - Visit the local hot springs for a relaxing dip,
visit the future site of the high school that our project will
begin construction on next year. Visit with a local family
and have a typical Ecuadorian meal. Followed by a performance
by the local dancing cowboys in their traditional dance and
November 12 - Visit the Apuela Sunday market, a local restaurant,
visit to the hot springs.
November 13 - horseback riding to the top of the mountain with
awesome views. Stop to visit a local elementary school up the
mountain, visit hot springs after dinner.
November 14- Hike the Face of Inca, visit Agave farm and learn
how they spin agave into twine. Tour of the organic coffee factory
November 15- 1 hour horse ride or ride jeep to a Kara sun worshipping
archaeological site and museum. Followed by a short mountain
hike of the area.
November 16- Depart Intag to a boat tour of the Volcanic Cuicocha
lake, with lunch at restaurant overlooking lake, and on to Otavalo.
November 17- Hiking at waterfalls and explore inside a mountain
that was an ancient Inca home. Visit to Quicha weavers and learn
how they take raw wool and work it into a final product, then
on to Coatacachi where some of the finest leather products in
the world are custom made.
November 18-Visit the farmers animal market, then the largest
crafts market in South America, also can visit the Condor Park,
a raptor bird rescue facility. November 25 - Travel back to
Quito, stopping on the way at the Quito Zoo.
November 19- Leave for the airport about 4am for your 6:30 flight
*Or you have the option of spending the day in Quito with a
guide for $100. Tour the old town, see the changing of the guards,
learn some history of the Ecuadorian culture and architecture.
*November 20: Fly home, be at the airport 3 hours before flight
(if you stayed the extra day)
Most everything is included in your $950 tour
fee such as your lodging, private transport, most meals, bi-lingual
translator, jungle guides, etc. There are a few extra activities
and meals are not included in the tour fee, that you can opt
to do or not at your own discretion. If you choose to do all
the extras it will cost under $180 for all of them. Airfare
to Quito, Ecuador is not included.
Join us for an authentic Ecuador rainforest experience
with the native people whose ancestors have lived on this land
for more than 400 years, miles from "civilization" and
modern conveniences, yet still having comfortable accommodations.
Starting off with a day tour of Quito and a visit to the Equator,
you'll travel on to the cloud forests of Mindo, famous for countless
butterflies and hummingbirds. You'll also visit the highland town
of Otavalo and experience the largest artesian market in all of
South America before traveling on to the northern highland cloud
forest area of the Intag Valley. At Intag, you will experience
the cloud forest by horseback, visit thermal hot springs, the
Junin Cloud Forest Reserve, and local organic coffee farms before
returning to Quito to prepare for your departure home. Intag is
also the new home of the Touch The Jungle wildlife rescue and
rehab center, starting facility construction in early 2010.
The costs of these tours provide sustainable
income for Ecuadorian Rainforest villages, who in turn preserve
their allotted jungle areas in pristine condition. Not only do
these Touch The Jungle eco-tours provide a means of preserving
virgin equatorial rainforest, they also provide a life-changing
"adventure of a lifetime" for those who take advantage
of these very cost-effective vacations. Touch The Jungle only
works with local community projects, where all of your tour fee
goes towards helping support the community's effort to protect
their forests. Touch the Jungle is a nonprofit proejct and we
do not receive any payment for the tours nor do any outside travel
agencies. 100% of your tour fee goes directly to actual travel
expenses and to the local community projects. Our guides are volunteers
for the project.
cost for this 2 week adventure is just $950 US excluding airfare.
(Fly to Quito, Ecuador) Everything you need to get you where
you will be going is included such as boat transportation to
Playa de Oro, round trip private van transportation, and a local
bilingual guide to answer all your questions and take care of
all your needs during your trip.
Because space is limited on each tour to 8 participants, please
sign up as soon as possible to reserve your space. You must
make a deposit of $400 to confirm your reservation on a tour,
with the balance due 45 days prior to departure. Your deposit
is NONREFUNDABLE if you cancel for any reason. If the Reserve
or Touch The Jungle has to cancel your tour date for any reason,
your entire deposit will be refunded. Tour Fees should be make
payable to the nonprofit organization Earthways Foundation,
but please contact our Tour Group Organizer, Grace
available space on your preferred tour date and further information
before mailing tour payments.
The nonprofit project Touch the Jungle works
in partnership with local community projects to provide these
organized ecotours to these destinations in order to help preserve
this important habitat for South America's smaller wildcat species
(the ocelot, margay, oncilla, and jaguarundi), and help the communities
fight against environmental damaging activities like mining and
logging. This is your chance to find out what is so very special
about this amazing but quickly disappearing tropical rainforest,
as well as to pass through remarkably different landscapes and
cultures in route to and from Ecuador's beautiful capital city,
Quito, through the northern highlands, cloud forests, and into
the rainforest. We have organized these tours to make this incredible
experience as easy as possible on you to do and also to help cut
down on individual traveling expenses by sharing it with a group.
All you have to do is just enjoy yourself and soak up all the
fun and adventure, we'll handle all the traveling details for
you. You also have the satisfaction of knowing your visit has
helped preserve this habitat and native wildlife species and the
communities that protect them. ALL of your tour fee goes towards
helping support the community's effort to protect their forests.
Touch the Jungle is a nonprofit proejct and we do not receive
any payment for the tours nor do any outside travel agencies.
100% of your tour fee goes directly to actual travel expenses
and to the local community projects. Our guides are volunteers
for the project.
Intag local festival dancers
Old swinging bridges dot the landscape in the Intag area
Each group tour is provided with a tour guide
that intimately knows the reserve and Ecuador. Earthways Foundation
has been supporting tourism in Ecuador since 2001. Your tour guide
will assist you in everything from start to finish for the tour.
The benefit of going on a scheduled tour with our tour guides,
is that you will not miss out on any possible activities or experiences
at the reserve that you may not otherwise be aware of, not to
mention that traveling in a group helps lower traveling expenses
and maximize safety while traveling. You also will not be required
to have the ability to speak Spanish, since a guide will be able
to communicate any needs to the staff for you. We do not take
in large groups to the reserve. Our scheduled group tours are
small groups open to anyone interested, and we do not take over
8 people per tour maximum. Average tour size is usually about
6 people. There must be a minimum of 5 people confirmed on each
tour for the tour price of $950, or the tour will be canceled
because we will be unable to meet expenses. However, if less than
4 people do sign up for a tour date, we can still accommodate
you. Our local tour guide, Ramiro, will still be able to offer
services to you as a tour guide, and the actual traveling costs
will depend on how many people are in the smaller group.
We will also be happy to organize a private group tour for
your own group, whether it be a group of family members, friends,
church group, school group, social club, etc. Prices, services,
and itinerary are the same for a private group or can be altered
to fit your groups needs. Prices will be determined according
to your group size and length of stay. Please contact Tracy
Wilson for availability of organizing a private tour for
your own group.
Horseback riding in the Intag forests
No Tours planned for 2016
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