Quito-Coca Nature Roadtrip
From the Andes to the Mighty Amazon Rainforest.
We will drive over 300 kms in 7 hours, driving from the top of Andean snow-covered volcanoes to the very bottom of the eastern Andean slope, ending our journey in the bustling frontier town of Coca.
Along the way we will take in the great physical features of the land, its broad valleys, steep canyons, billowing clouds and mist, and rushing rivers.
We will pass through many elevations, and amazing communities of plants and animals: paramo, polylepis woodland, cloud forest, subtropical and tropical forest.
The abundance and diversity of life here is mind boggling. from hummingbirds at snowline, to booming orchids in the cloud forest, rich assemblages of birds in the foothills, to, finally, an ocean of trees in the amazon lowlands.
Our day trip to Coca in the Amazon Lowlands starts with an early meeting at your hotel in Quito, Our first stop is the highest point in our journey, a mountain pass at 4500 metres (14763 ft). Here we will learn about the youngest mountain range in the world.
After breakfast with hummingbirds, we continue our descent to spend time at the San Rafael Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Ecuador, with a height of 131 metres (430 ft). After seen how nature works here, we continue to our final destination Coca (Francisco de Orellana) at 250 meters (820 ft).
|6:30||Papallacta Pass||Landscape, Wildlife Photography, Ecology|
|8:30||Guango||Hummingbirds feeders & Trails|
|0:30||San Rafael Waterfalls||Waterfall, Wildlife Photography, Ecology|
|13:00||Baeza, Sumaco, San Isidro (Lunch)||Drive|
|17:30||Coca: Hotel El Auca||Coca|
- Note: Itinerary might change due weather conditions, nature of the trip, personal interest and others.
What to bring for the day trip at hand?
All weather clothing
Camera and spare battery and card memory
Cost: $ 150 por persona
Hotel El Auca
Meals & drinks during trip