Blogs

Blogs

Otavalo

(80, 'Otavalo', 'otavalo-2007', '', 'First of all let me start of by saying that we have had to put up our prices for this tour to $250per person, as it is only the two of you and it doesn''t meet all the costs incurred. This does include everything, accommodation for two nights, transport, your own personal guide & meals!  

Let me tell you this is still a very good package deal as some agencies charge $175 dollars for one day in Otavalo per person. 

Please let me know what you think and if you would like to go ahead and book this trip.
', '', -2, 7, 0, 39, '2008-11-18 20:45:13', 62, '', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', 0, 0, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '2008-11-18 20:45:13', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '', '', 'show_title=\nlink_titles=\nshow_intro=\nshow_section=\nlink_section=\nshow_category=\nlink_category=\nshow_vote=\nshow_author=\nshow_create_date=\nshow_modify_date=\nshow_pdf_icon=\nshow_print_icon=\nshow_email_icon=\nlanguage=\nkeyref=\nreadmore=', 1, 0, 7, '', '', 0, 6, 'robots=\nauthor='); INSERT INTO `jos_content` (`id`, `title`, `alias`, `title_alias`, `introtext`, `fulltext`, `state`, `sectionid`, `mask`, `catid`, `created`, `created_by`, `created_by_alias`, `modified`, `modified_by`, `checked_out`, `checked_out_time`, `publish_up`, `publish_down`, `images`, `urls`, `attribs`, `version`, `parentid`, `ordering`, `metakey`, `metadesc`, `access`, `hits`, `metadata`) VALUES

Papallacta hot-springs

Papallacta hot-springs', 'papallacta-hot-ecuador', '', '

 

  • Type of Adventure: Relaxing day in high Andean thermal springs, with the option of some high Andean trekking. Option of staying the night in the resort.
  • Physical rating: 2-4, High in the Andes (3300m) mainly relaxing in the hot springs taking in the views. Or for those with a little more energy we can go trekking
  • Adventure rating: 2-4 A day of relaxing and sight seeing.
  • Adventure Highlights: One of the most scenic thermal baths in Ecuador with more than 3 dozen pools. Lush hill sides with views of volcan Antisana (5753m)

 

Papallacta thermal springs are located 70km east of Quito, the springs are situated high in the rural Andes with amazing views of the snow capped volcan Antisana. These springs are are set in the lush Andean hillsides where you can see hummingbirds feeding on the trumpet flowers. The design of these springs is in keeping with surrounding area and really makes you feel comfortable. There are 3 dozen hot pools and a mountain cold natural stream to cool down in. There are also trekking trails from 45mins to 4hrs. Papallacta has the option of spa treatments.

Approximate itinerary. We are flexible to your needs...

 

  • 08:30 - Leave Quito via the old town of Guapulo with its colonial white washed houses and 16th century church, time to stop for some amazing photos.
  • 10:00 - Leaving Quito behind we head into the valley and then up into the eastern Andes where the the landscape turns in to high Andean Paramo.
  • 11:00 - Time for some easy trekking on the market trails around Papallacta hot springs - Or head straight to the springs, you choose?
  • 12:30 -Lunch
  • 13:30 - Time to relax in the magical hot springs of Papallacta
  • 16:00 - Head back to Quito after good day in Ecuador.

 

.

Mode of Transport. We will be traveling in a fully expedition equipped Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4. The Land Cruiser is both safe and comfortable and has legendary off road capabilities. On board we carry a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, maps, tools, GPS. The vehicle will be driven by a UK trained and licensed truck/coach driver with many years of experience driving expeditions throughout Latin America.

Your guide. Pick the guide for you.

 

What’s included?

  • Transport in a safe and comfortable 4×4, with plenty of space for you and your bags.
  • Trained and experienced Mountain Guide will lead all of the treks.
  • Entrance on to the hot springs.

Extras

  • Personal snacks and drinks
  • Lunch ($5 -$10)

What to bring?

  • Walking boots or strong trekking type shoes.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Sun glasses.
  • Sun cream.
  • Sense of adventure…!

Cost… Only $55 per person! For 4 or more! Need more information…?

  • Would you like to reserve a space?
  • Still not sure yet?
  • Have more detailed questions check out FAQ?
  • Please do not hesitate to call or email…. English Spoken

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

www.ola-adventures.com

 

', '', 1, 5, 0, 34, '2008-10-24 17:45:16', 62, '', '2009-11-07 16:31:05', 62, 0, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '2008-10-24 17:45:16', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '', '', 'show_title=\nlink_titles=\nshow_intro=\nshow_section=\nlink_section=\nshow_category=\nlink_category=\nshow_vote=\nshow_author=\nshow_create_date=\nshow_modify_date=\nshow_pdf_icon=\nshow_print_icon=\nshow_email_icon=\nlanguage=\nkeyref=\nreadmore=', 5, 0, 12, ' Andean thermal springs Andean trekking Ecuador papallacta', 'Relaxing day in high Andean thermal springs, with the option of some high Andean trekking', 0, 1581, 'robots=\nauthor='), (59, 'Otavalo day', 'otavalo-day-ecuador-cuicocha-cotacachi', '', '

 

    • Type of Adventure: Cultural visit to Otavalo markets with the chance to visit the leather town of Cotacachi and the crater lake of Cuicocha.
    • Physical rating: 2-5 Otavalo is is situated at 2700m. We can spend the day strolling around the local markets or head up in to the high Andes for some trekking around Cuicochas crater lake. As always, you choose!
    • Adventure rating: 4-6 this is a nice day trip with lots of local color and culture.
    • Adventure Highlights: Otavalo Market, one of the biggest indigenous markets in Ecuador. Cuicocha, crater lake & Cotacachi, famous for it''s leather goods.



    • Approximate itinerary - always flexible to suit your needs.
    • 08:30 - 10:00 Leave Quito heading north on the famous Pan Americana
    • 10:00 - 10:30 Visit the Equatorial moment where you can have one foot in the Northern the other foot in the southern hemisphere.
    • 11:30 - Arrive in Otavalo just in time to see the markets in full swing, hit the stalls for some serious sopping or sit back with a coffee taking the buz and colors of the local people.
    • 13:00 - Lunch in Otavalo
    • 14:00 - Option to keep shopping or maybe visit the Condor park? Or maybe some local trekking?
    • 16:00 - Return to Quito

     

    Mode of Transport. We will be traveling in a fully expedition equipped Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4. The Land Cruiser is both safe and comfortable and has legendary off road capabilities. On board we carry a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, maps, tools. The vehicle will be driven by a fully licensed truck/coach driver with many years of experience driving expeditions throughout Latin America.

    Your guide. please choose a guide and let us know

    . What’s included?

    • Transport in a safe and comfortable 4×4, with plenty of space for you and your bags.
    • Trained and experienced Mountain Guide will lead all of the treks.
    • Entrance on to the equator museum.

     

    Extras

    • Personal snacks and drinks
    • Lunch ($5)
    • Optional Condor park ($4)

    What to bring?

    • Walking boots or strong trekking type shoes.
    • Waterproof jacket.
    • Sun glasses.
    • Sun cream.
    • Sense of adventure…!

    Cost… Only $55 per person!For 4 in a group Need more information…?

    • Would you like to reserve a space?
    • Still not sure yet?
    • Have more detailed Questions check out FAQ?
    • Please do not hesitate to call or email…. English Spoken

    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.ola-adventures.com

    Skype land line Click OLA. 00593 2 3818989

    Skype free ola-adventures (Click)

     

    Visiting Otavalo and its surrounding areas, Then have a look at the links below .

    near_otavalocotacachi_artotavalo_artMindo
    Waterfall near OtavaloCotocashi & CuicotchaMarket see it allBirds near Otavalo

     

     

     

     

     

    ', '', 1, 5, 0, 34, '2008-11-14 21:04:57', 62, '', '2010-03-17 19:39:38', 62, 0, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '2008-10-24 17:45:54', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '', '', 'show_title=\nlink_titles=\nshow_intro=\nshow_section=\nlink_section=\nshow_category=\nlink_category=\nshow_vote=\nshow_author=\nshow_create_date=0\nshow_modify_date=\nshow_pdf_icon=\nshow_print_icon=\nshow_email_icon=\nlanguage=\nkeyref=\nreadmore=', 14, 0, 11, ' see Condors', 'Cultural visit to Otavalo markets with the chance to trek and see Condors', 0, 988, 'robots=\nauthor='), (60, 'Volcano trekking and climbing starting at $55 a day.', 'volcano-trekking-and-climbing-starting-at-55-a-day', '', '

    The Adventure: High Andean Volcano trekking Physical rating: 6-10 high altitude trekking….

    Adventure rating: 6-10 Trekking skills required, some basic climbing knowledge advantage but not necessary Adventure Highlights: Spotting a Condor. Amazing views. Fresh Andean air. Summiting a Volcano. Being high in the Andes.

    Ecuador has a huge selection of active and dormant volcanoes from one day easy treks to extreme multi day expeditions. Being high in the Andes has a really special feeling that has be to experienced. Ecuador is one of the few places in the world it is possible to reach more then 5000m without years of climbing experience. Join us for the thrill of being high in the Andes. Quito is surrounded by many high Andean peaks many of these make great day hikes or they can be combined with acclimatization hikes if you have future plans to climb Ecuador’s high volcanoes. In just one day it is possible to summit huge volcanoes including; Guagua Pichincha, Pasochoa, El Corazon, Illinitzas Nortre, Atacazo.

    Below is a basic one day itinerary, however we can arrange multi day treks and expeditions. In recognition that everyone is different, our multi day treks are designed to complement your experience and requirements and in doing this we have found that this gives our clients greater flexibility and greater success in reaching the high summits. Please contact us for a tailored itinerary as we love to plan great adventures.

     

    • 06:00 Early start to get the best of the weather on the high Andean peaks
    • 07:00 Start our high Andean trekking
    • 12:00 Arrive on the summit
    • 13:00 Picnic lunch.

     

    amazing scenery 16:00 Head back to Quito

    Mode of Transport: We will be traveling in a fully expedition equipped Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4. The Land Cruiser is safe, modern and comfortable and has legendary off road capabilities. On board we carry a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, maps and emergency recovery tools. The vehicle will be driven by a UK trained and licensed truck/coach driver with many years of experience driving expeditions throughout Latin America. No more scary bus rides, you are safe in our hands.

    The Guide:  Please pick the  Ecuador guide for you, they are all great but worth a look!

     What’s included?

    • Transport in a safe, comfortable and modern 4x4, with plenty of space for you and your bags.
    • Trained and experienced bilingual mountain guide will lead all of the treks and climbs
    • Snacks, packed lunch, sport drinks and water.

    Cost. Prices start at just $55 per day.For 4 people contact us here in Ecuador', '', 1, 5, 0, 34, '2008-10-24 17:47:50', 63, '', '2009-08-18 02:08:27', 62, 0, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '2008-10-24 17:47:50', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '', '', 'show_title=\nlink_titles=\nshow_intro=\nshow_section=\nlink_section=\nshow_category=\nlink_category=\nshow_vote=\nshow_author=\nshow_create_date=\nshow_modify_date=\nshow_pdf_icon=\nshow_print_icon=\nshow_email_icon=\nlanguage=\nkeyref=\nreadmore=', 5, 0, 9, 'Adventure: High Andean Volcano trekking ', 'The Adventure: High Andean Volcano trekking ', 0, 638, 'robots=\nauthor='), (61, '1 day cloud forest', '1-day-cloud-forest-ecuador', '', '

    1 Day adventure to the Equator, Puluahua volcanic crater and the Cloud forest. Type of Adventure: Day trip taking the varied landscapes and climatic zones around Quito Physical rating: 2-5 Fun day trip with the option of some trekking Adventure rating: 3 -5 Some dirt road driving, the chance to trek in the mystical Cloud forest. Altitude of 1800m -2900m Adventure Highlights: Photograph of being in the Southern and Northern hemisphere. Taking part in the crazy equatorial experiments at the Inti Nan solar museum. Looking across the huge Puluahua crater. Drinking good coffee with hummingbirds in the lush tropical cloud forest. Click here to see photos.

    cloud forest ecuador adventures

    Journey to the Middle of the World for your famous picture with one foot in each hemisphere: northern and southern. Visit the Ethnographic Inti Ñan (Sun God) museum where we can take part in equatorial experiments.Next we continue our drive to theamazing Puluahua volcanic crater for Andean views.

    Form here on owe descend to the lush green tropical cloud forest on the western slopes of Pichincha volcano where we will stop for a fresh fish lunch (other dishes available).

    We then move in expedition mode and hit the dirt roads heading for the world famous Bellavista Inn, enjoy a coffee together while watching hummingbirds or go trekking enjoying cloud forest''s fauna and flora.

     

    • 08:00 Meet in La Mariscal area of Quito, before leaving for the Equator
    • 09:00 Have your picture taken on the Equator with one foot in the Southern and the other in the Northern hemispheres, or take part in some equatorial experiments.
    • 10:30 Enjoy the amazing views across the huge and bio-diverse Puluahua volcanic crater.
    • 11:30 Head down into the lush tropical Cloud Forest, one the most bio-diverse forests in the world.
    • 13:00 Fresh fish lunch (other dishes advalible) in a rustic Cloud Forest restaurant with fantastic views of the green tropical forest.
    • 14:00 Drive along the beautiful lost dirt roads of the Cloud Forest to the amazing Bella Vista Cloud Forest reserve. 15:00 Time for a coffee, relax watch the amazing hummingbirds. For those with little more energy a trek in the Cloud Forest on the well maintained trails of the Bella Vista reserve.
    • 17:00 head back to the Quito along the old road on, we can watch the lush tropical Cloud Forest give way to the high Andes Mode of Transport. We will be traveling in a fully expedition equipped Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4. The Land Cruiser is both safe and comfortable and has legendary off road capabilities. On board we carry a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, maps, tools, GPS. The vehicle will be driven by a trained and licensed truck/coach driver with many years of experience driving expeditions throughout Ecuador.

     

    Your guide. This adventure well be guided and driven by a qualified guide with many years of expedition experienced in Ecuador and Latin America Please look at the ($$$) as this will help with pricing. We always provide off the beaten track type adventure with a high European standard of safety. What’s included?

    • Transport in a safe and comfortable 4x4, with plenty of space for you and your bags.
    • Trained and experienced Mountain Guide will lead all of the treks.
    • Entrance on to the equator museum.

    Extras

    • Personal snacks and drinks
    • Lunch in a local restaurant ($2 - $5)
    • Coffee at Bella Vista lodge ($3)

    What to bring?

    • Walking boots or strong trekking type shoes.
    • Waterproof jacket.
    • Sun glasses.
    • Sun cream.
    • Sense of adventure…!

    Cost... Only $55 per person!Minimum of 4 people

    • Need more information…?
    • Would you like to reserve a space? Still not sure yet?
    • Have more detailed Questions?
    • Please do not hesitate to call or email…. English Spoken

     Ecuador Adventures contact us

    bella vista

    ', '', 1, 5, 0, 34, '2008-10-24 17:49:18', 192, '', '2009-08-18 02:13:14', 62, 0, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '2008-10-24 17:49:18', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '', '', 'show_title=\nlink_titles=\nshow_intro=\nshow_section=\nlink_section=\nshow_category=\nlink_category=\nshow_vote=\nshow_author=\nshow_create_date=\nshow_modify_date=\nshow_pdf_icon=\nshow_print_icon=\nshow_email_icon=\nlanguage=\nkeyref=\nreadmore=', 6, 0, 8, ' Equator, Puluahua Ecuador', '1 Day adventure to the Equator, Puluahua volcanic crater', 0, 929, 'robots=\nauthor='), (69, 'Active in Quito', 'active-in-quito-ecuador', '', '

    climbing

    So what is life like in Quito, you may ask? Here at OLA we have been making the most of our time here and pushing the city limits! Firstly, we start our day with a morning visit to the climbing wall where we keep fit for our adventures in the high Andes and practice our climbing skills. In the last year the climbing wall has gone from strength to strength, and soon they are opening a new boulder section that will allow beginners better access. If you ever fancy a climb, (whatever your ability) then contact us here at OLA.

    Along the same active theme we headed up the Teleferico last weekend. For those not in the ¨know¨ , the Teleferico is a cable car that takes people up to the huge 4800m Rucu Pichincha volcano that looms over Quito. For sightseers and trekkers alike this is a great way to get high in the Andes and gain some amazing views of Quito, and can be completed in a day. The top station is at 4100m thus meaning to reach the summit you still have to climb 700m. This may sound easy, but remember there is far less oxygen at this altitude …

    pachincha

    Finally on Sunday we got on our bikes and headed into central Quito. Normally this would be an extreme sport, as with most Latin American cities the traffic is unpredictable and dangerous! However, this Sunday (and every other Sunday) the roads are closed to traffic and thousands of people hit the road and cycle the 30km route. For me the best part is through Quito´s historical center, its such a great way to see the city. If you ever want to join us for a ride the/”>contact us.

    ', '', 1, 6, 0, 35, '2008-10-31 17:59:44', 62, '', '2008-12-14 20:56:04', 62, 0, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '2008-10-31 17:59:44', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '', '', 'show_title=\nlink_titles=\nshow_intro=\nshow_section=\nlink_section=\nshow_category=\nlink_category=\nshow_vote=\nshow_author=\nshow_create_date=\nshow_modify_date=\nshow_pdf_icon=\nshow_print_icon=\nshow_email_icon=\nlanguage=\nkeyref=\nreadmore=', 2, 0, 4, 'adctive in Quito ECUADOR', 'Here at OLA we have been making the most of our time here and pushing the city limits', 0, 64, 'robots=\nauthor='); INSERT INTO `jos_content` (`id`, `title`, `alias`, `title_alias`, `introtext`, `fulltext`, `state`, `sectionid`, `mask`, `catid`, `created`, `created_by`, `created_by_alias`, `modified`, `modified_by`, `checked_out`, `checked_out_time`, `publish_up`, `publish_down`, `images`, `urls`, `attribs`, `version`, `parentid`, `ordering`, `metakey`, `metadesc`, `access`, `hits`, `metadata`) VALUES (62, 'Kapawi Exploration by river', 'kapawi-exploration-by-river', '', ' River Trips at Kapawi Days 5/8 - Tuesday 27th/ Friday 30th March I referred to our first river trip to the Rio Pastaza sandbanks in my blog for 26th March. I have now accumulated the various river trips by motorised canoe for the other four days. Kapawi Ecolodge is located a 10 minute river ride from the major Rio Pastaza. Our tributary is the Rio Capahuari. The lodges are situated at the edge of a flooded oxbow lake, or cocha. When we arrived the stilts supporting the lodges had dry feet and the lagoon was almost dry with vegetation extensive. During the next three days the river and lagoon levels would rise some 11 feet (3.5m), as the tropical rains falling on the eastern Andes arrived at Kapawi. One of our first early morning trips was to the banks of the Rio Pastaza, where we gradually drifted shorewards from the middle of the 250m wide river, The Ashuar boatman maintained our position against the building current, keeping a wary eye open for debris. Apparently, the parrots, macaws and parakeets ingest the mud from the forrested river banks as an aid to digestion, in view of all the fruit and seeds that that they eat. The parrot-lick provides a very useful way of getting close. I discard my earlier photos as we drift nearer. The noise is impressive. Especially when alarmed, some 150 Chestnut-fronted Macaws, Ara severa, see photo, (Chestnut-fronted Macaws) rise as one, circle and crash back into the foliage. A flurry of Dusky-headed Parakeets, Aratinga weddellii, see photo, (Dusky-headed Parakeets -above), maintain their prime spot beneath the overhanging bushes, despite the best efforts of the Macaws to dislodge them. As the colourful birds alight on the branches their bright colours merge with the varied foliage, photo. (Acrobatic Chestnut-fronted Macaws -below). One afternoon we motor the 4km upriver to the junction of the Rios Capahuari and Kusutkau where we fish for Piranha. Our bait is thin strips of red meat. Immediately, small, fat-bellied, black and yellow Piranha miniatures are razoring the bait from our hooks. As we coax them to the surface they dart away. Naturally, the local Ashuar, the boatman and our guide demonstrate the method. Soon, a respectable number of the more familiar Piranha have been landed, demanding some initiative to remove the hook from those eager jaws. The gringos make a small contribution. Returning along the Capahuari we spot a Pink River Dolphin, Inia geoffrensis. The gentle creature rises a number of times as we follow its path, but we fail to get a photo. The guides suggest that they are coming this far up because river levels are rising. We also glimpse a medium sized Capybara, Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris, as it swims into the vegetation. Its'' reddish rectangular head held above the surface. That evening we dine with an elegant side dish of grilled Piranha. Highly recommended. On other morning river excursions many birds and the occasional monkey, see photo, (Red Howler monkey) could be seen from the boat as we drifted along the Rio Capahuari and its creeks. There were regular sightings of the noisy and garrulous Hoatzin, (Opithocomous hoazin),see photo, (Hoatzin) as small groups perched ungainly in the tops of the riverside bushes. These colourful turkey-like birds hissed and croaked their displeasure at our presence. The local indigenous Ashuar pole their dugout canoe upstream, clinging to the slacker waters of the shallows.(Dugout punt), The morning light mirrors the vegetation of the river banks, see photo, (Capahuari reflections). As morning develops, the birds quieten and breakfast beckons. Our final river trip was in a 12ft rubber dinghy (rib), which was taken several km upstream strapped to the bows of the canoe. We then drifted lazily with the current. Three of us decided to go for a swim. The water was blissfully cool as our sweaty bodies were cleansed. Our legs were not nibbled, (piranhas preferring the slacker waters), we had seen no Caimen, and only one water snake. We had heard stories of strange methods of entry by parasites, but the water was coo......ool. We drifted with the dinghy. As we turned to swim back to the boat, we recognised the pull of the current. It was a tough swim the 30m back, during which time we probably drifted 300m. The attraction of this vessel was the silent approach, No vibrating , chuntering outboard, no clanking gearbox. We see a number of birds. A sleek flycatcher, the Tropical Kingbird, Tyrannus melancholicus , that tirelessly and repeatedly dives into the water after insects, See photo,(Tropical Kingbird). two other birds of particular note, which also drew enthusiastic murmurings from the guides were, the Plumbeous Kite, Ictinea plumbea,see photo, (Plumbeous Kite) and the Greater Yellow-headed Vulture, Cathartes melambrotus, photo (Greater Yellow-headed Vulture).

    Our Friday morning river trip was cancelled due to torrential rain from 04:00 hrs. I was awake at six, and dressed nonetheless to watch the sun rise a few minutes later. As I looked over the cocha from my dry verandah, the rain formed a moving curtain in front of me. Gradually it stopped. The cocha had now filled from the shallow connection to the Capahuari. The water was only 3 feet below my feet. Four days ago the water had ben less than a foot deep, and some 14 feet below. The level had risen 11 feet in less than three days. The rain stopped. As it did, the Philodendron plants, an antidote to the mosquito, were occupied by the morning chorus. Three yellow-breasted Social Flycatchers scattered back and forth, photo (Social Flycatcher). A pair of Masked Crimson Tanagers courted brazenly between the large round leaves, photo (Masked Crimson Tanagers). An Amazonian Kingfisher, Chloroceryle amazona, photo,(Amazonian Kingfisher), vies with a White-winged Swallow, Tachycineta albiventer, photo (White-winged Swallow), for the best perch. Two poles in the mud and the boardwalk rail, perfect models! (

     

    ', '', 1, 7, 0, 37, '2008-10-24 19:40:39', 91, '', '2009-10-14 03:02:29', 62, 0, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '2008-10-24 19:40:39', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '', '', 'show_title=\nlink_titles=\nshow_intro=\nshow_section=\nlink_section=\nshow_category=\nlink_category=\nshow_vote=\nshow_author=\nshow_create_date=\nshow_modify_date=\nshow_pdf_icon=\nshow_print_icon=\nshow_email_icon=\nlanguage=\nkeyref=\nreadmore=', 10, 0, 13, 'Kapawi jungle ecuador', 'Kapawi jungle lodge ecuador, blog and photos', 0, 235, 'robots=\nauthor='),

    Casa del Sol

    52, 'Beach house Ecuador', 'beach-house-ecuador', '', '

    Casa del Sol beach house is located 5 Kilometers outside of Atacames. Esmeraldas, is the nearest large city and has an airport, about 20 km away - (1 hour by bus). The beach front house is truly spectacular. One can walk out the front gate right onto an enormous, empty beach. European-style house with a balcony with overlooking sea views. Main house has one living room, kitchen, dining area, bathroom/shower room & two bedrooms one with en-suite bath room, 6 can sleep in the apartment quite happily. Doors open up to outside eating area.

    Ecuador house for rent

    Private Pool shared by 12 other apartments. Garden with palm trees and other tropical flowers. House-care and food shopping available; caretakers and maid live nearby; daily cooking and cleaning can be arranged for you for a small cost. Shallow, gentle slope into the sea with waves big enough to be convincing but not dangerous; little or no current. Large gated courtyard in front with parking bays and charming front garden with walk bridge. Restaurants nearby where inexpensive massages and local artisan artifacts can be bought. There is also a small supermarket with a wider variety of European-style foods.

    Costal house ecuador

    We have a lot to offer in this area , whale watching (in season), diving and world class waves not more than 40mins away. As for tennis and golf we have a great 9 hole golf course outside the apartment and tennis pros on hand . We also advise a good night out in nearby Atacames to get a real feel for Ecuadorian beach life. See all the photos of this great Ecuadorian location Beach apartment for rent in Ecuadors coast. So please contact us now to book your stay, here in Ecuador.

    room for rent Ecuador

    • Great food
    • Beautiful beach front house
    • Loads to do
    • Great for kids and families
    • Very secure with guards on-site 24 hrs. a day
    • Good shopping near buy
    • Golf course where you can play all year round
    • You will go back feeling like you have had a real holiday
    • World class waves for surfing (from November - March 45 mins. away
    • All this for no more than $45 a day per/ person, with a minimum of 4.

    Additional costs are:

    • Personal snacks and drinks
    • Lunch and dinner - typically $5 -$10 per meal
    • Boat hire and equipment $10
    • Maid to cook and clean $10
    • Bus from airport to Same beach $10


        If you have questions, require further information or to reserve a space please email or telephone (English spoken). To see what past adventurers have to say

    click here.

      Remember, if this itinerary does not quite fit with your plans, due to us being a small company we will be more than happy to design a tailor made itinerary just for you at no extra cost.

      Contact us with your ideas!

        ', '', 1, 5, 0, 34, '2008-10-24 17:40:14', 62, '', '2009-11-05 02:24:56', 62, 0, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '2008-10-24 17:40:14', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '', '', 'show_title=\nlink_titles=\nshow_intro=\nshow_section=\nlink_section=\nshow_category=\nlink_category=\nshow_vote=\nshow_author=\nshow_create_date=\nshow_modify_date=\nshow_pdf_icon=\nshow_print_icon=\nshow_email_icon=\nlanguage=\nkeyref=\nreadmore=', 6, 0, 17, 'beach house ecuador', 'Need a house to rent along the coast of Ecuador , then OLA Ecuador will get you there !', 0, 1152, 'robots=\nauthor='),

        Beach-safari-ecuador

        'beach safari', 'beach-safari-ecuador', '', '

         

        • The Adventure: Beach safari to the tropical Coast. You can surf or just explore the hidden delights or Ecuador''s beautiful coast.
        • Physical rating: 4-8 Spend all day on the Surf until you are a pro... or for a more relaxing alternative, sunbathing and beach combing.
        • Adventure rating: 4-8 Chilled cocktails or big wave surfing, you decide
        • Adventure Highlights: Tropical beaches. Warm water waves. Learning to Surf. Sun set Cocktails. Fresh fish dinners.

         

        In addition to learning to surf in warm tropical  Ecuadorian waters we also offer Paragliding, Fishing, Mountain Biking or for those of you with a little less energy maybe a spot of beach combing along the deserted tropical beaches.

        Whatever your desires the beach can fulfill them all.

         

        • Day 1 08:00 - 12:00 Leave Quito crossing in to the northern Hemisphere. We then leave the chilly high Andes for the warm tropical Cloud Forest. 12:00 -13:00 Arrive in in our amazing tropical lodge for fresh local lunch and some bathing in the warm river. 13:00 - 18:30 Spend the afternoon exploring hidden waterfalls and tasting exotic organic tropical fruits. 18:30 Huge fresh dinner and try your hand at traditional chocolate making ...
        • Day 2 08:00 Fresh fruit breakfast 09:00 Time to continue our safari to the surf 13:00 Arrive at the lush tropical beach for a hearty fish lunch (other dishes available) 14:00 Lets surf! An afternoon of surf lessons, with a qualified instructor. 18:00 Sunset cocktails 19:00 Local dinner and time to kick back and relax.

         

         

        • Day 3 08:00 Early coffee to get us ready for the waves 09:00 Morning of surf lessons or maybe time to relax and soak up the rays 12:00 Fresh local lunch. 13:00 Time to continue our adventure south along the coast to Canoa 16:00 Arrive in time for an evening surf or maybe a spot of Paragliding 18:30 Another beautiful tropical sunset. 19:30 Lets sample the night life of Canoa...or maybe just enjoy a beach side cocktail
        • Day 4 09:00 Breakfast over looking the tropical beach 10:00 One last morning to master the art of surfing.... today you will be standing! 13:00 Last beach side lunch 14:00 Head back up into the Andes to Quito 20:00 Arrive back in Quito. The cost for this adventure starts from only $55 per person per day, or there is the option to be fully inclusive. For 4 or more people.

         

        This trip includes the following:

        • Transport in a safe and comfortable 4x4, with plenty of space for you and your bags.
        • Plenty of photos stops along the way.
        • Trained and experienced bilingual British guide.
        • Surf Boards and qualified instruction
        • Waterfall entrances

        Additional costs are:

        • Personal snacks and drinks
        • Lunch and dinner - typically $5 -$10 per meal
        • Optional Paragliding ($35) and mountain biking ($10)
        • Organic fruit farm tour $6
        • 3 nights accommodation from only $5 per person

        Mode of Transport. We will be traveling in a fully expedition equipped Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4. The Land Cruiser is both safe and comfortable and has legendary off road capabilities. On board we carry a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, maps, tools, GPS. The vehicle will be driven by a trained and licensed truck/coach driver with many years of experience driving expeditions throughout Latin America. Your guide. This adventure we be guided and driven by a Qualified mountain guide with many years of expedition experienced in Ecuador an Latin America. We always provide off the beaten track type adventure with a high European standard of safety. If you have questions, require further information or to reserve a space please email or telephone (English spoken). To see what past adventurers have to say click here. Remember, if this itinerary does not quiet fit with your plans being we are small grass roots company we will be more than happy to design a tailor made itinerary just for you at know extra cost. Contact us with your ideas!

        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

        contact us here in Ecuador for a cheaper deal then an agent in the UK or USA.

        Ecuador beach

        ', '', 1, 5, 0, 34, '2008-10-24 17:43:24', 62, '', '2008-12-14 21:04:48', 62, 0, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '2008-10-24 17:43:24', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '', '', 'show_title=\nlink_titles=\nshow_intro=\nshow_section=\nlink_section=\nshow_category=\nlink_category=\nshow_vote=\nshow_author=\nshow_create_date=\nshow_modify_date=\nshow_pdf_icon=\nshow_print_icon=\nshow_email_icon=\nlanguage=\nkeyref=\nreadmore=', 4, 0, 13, 'Ecuador Surfing prices', 'Beach safari to the tropical Coast. You can surf or just explore the hidden delights or Ecuador''s beautiful coast.', 0, 116, 'robots=\nauthor='), (57, 'otavalo', 'otavalo', '', '

        • Type of Adventure: Cultural visit to Otavalo markets with the chance to trek and see Condors.
        • Physical rating: 2-5 Otavalo is is situated at 2700m. We can spend the day strolling around the local markets or head up in to the high Andes for some trekking. As always, you choose!
        • Adventure rating: 4-6 this is a nice day trip with lots of local color and culture.
        • Adventure Highlights: Otavalo Market, one of the biggest indigenous markets in Ecuador. The amazing Condor Park. Surrounding Andean country side. Having your photo taken on the equator.

        • Approximate itinerary - always flexible to suit your needs.
        • 08:30 - 10:00 Leave Quito heading north on the famous Pan Americana
        • 10:00 - 10:30 Visit the Equatorial moment where you can have one foot in the Northern the other foot in the southern hemisphere.
        • 11:30 - Arrive in Otavalo just in time to see the markets in full swing, hit the stalls for some serious sopping or sit back with a coffee taking the buz and colors of the local people.
        • 13:00 - Lunch in Otavalo
        • 14:00 - Option to keep shopping or maybe visit the Condor park? Or maybe some localtrekking? 16:00 - Return to Quito

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        Mode of Transport. We will be traveling in a fully expedition equipped Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4. The Land Cruiser is both safe and comfortable and has legendary off road capabilities. On board we carry a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, maps, tools. The vehicle will be driven by a UK trained and licensed truck/coach driver with many years of experience driving expeditions throughout Latin America. 

        Remember pick your guide for your adventure in Ecuador

        • Transport in a safe and comfortable 4×4, with plenty of space for you and your bags.
        • Trained and experienced Mountain Guide will lead all of the treks.
        • Entrance on to the equator museum.

        Extras

        • Personal snacks and drinks
        • Lunch ($5)
        • Optional Condor park ($4)

        What to bring?

        • Walking boots or strong trekking type shoes.
        • Waterproof jacket.
        • Sun glasses.
        • Sun cream.
        • Sense of adventure…!

        Cost… Only $55 per person!For 4 in a group Need more information…?

        • Would you like to reserve a space?
        • Still not sure yet?
        • Have more detailed Questions check out FAQ?
        • Please do not hesitate to call or email…. English Spoken

        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.ola-adventures.com Jon. 00593 2 2562699

         

        ', '', -2, 5, 0, 34, '2008-10-24 17:44:39', 62, '', '2008-12-05 22:03:47', 62, 0, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '2008-10-24 17:44:39', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '', '', 'show_title=\nlink_titles=\nshow_intro=\nshow_section=\nlink_section=\nshow_category=\nlink_category=\nshow_vote=\nshow_author=\nshow_create_date=\nshow_modify_date=\nshow_pdf_icon=\nshow_print_icon=\nshow_email_icon=\nlanguage=\nkeyref=\nreadmore=', 2, 0, 4, '', '', 0, 3, 'robots=\nauthor='),

        paintings-ecuador

        Ecuador OLA paintings', 'paintings-ecuador', '', '

        Jonathon McKenzie Stanton

            My painting has come about after many years of a very intense and stressful career as a financial trader. I now run OLA-Adventures, a tourism company inside of Ecuador, which takes me to far away places where I have found I really appreciate the tranquility that nature has to offer. The paintings that I have produced are a reaction to having been in very stressful and hectic market places, I search for places devoid of stress that are as far from that old life as I can find. On recording these moments, I take a piece of this time with me until the work is finished. Ecuador has inspired my painting immensely. Due to its location on the equator, it has the most magnificent light that one could ever imagine. Not to mention its vast diversity in terrains which are unequalled in other parts of the world, this gives me the opportunity to paint a variety of landscapes.

         

        • 2002 - BA (Hons) Illustration - University college Falmouth
        • 1988-1995 - LIFFE Options Trader
        • 1992-1995 - DTB Option Futures Arbitrage
        • 1995-1998 - Options Trader SPY
        CoastEquatorial Coastline +0° 49'' 36.71", -79° 54'' 38.79" 101m 66cm 66cm read more!
        Evening LightStudies for coast painting Evening Light +0° 50'' 23.67", -79° 53'' 46.26" 10m 82cm 82cm read
        Isolationmore!Isolation 2940m -0° 10'' 47.95", -78° 28'' 2.80" 81cm 81cm read more!
        Rural Living EcuadorRural Living -0° 8'' 52.00", -78° 23'' 2.81" 2360m 85.5cm 86.5cm read more!
        Small holdingSmall holding +0° 9'' 42.99", -78° 22'' 49.76" 2200m 82.5cm 82.5cm read more!

        Illanizas EcuadorEnjoy the  video of me painting at 4200m at Illinizas Sur, Ecuador.

        Illinizas -0° 40'' 45.96", -78° 42'' 4.86" 4220m Please if you have time leave a comment.

         

        Please click on the link to see all paintings, if you then click on individual paintings you will be able to read about the art work painted here in Ecuador and leave a comment. The Grid reference can be put into google and this will show the location at which the painting was painted at. Grid reference, altitude and then height & width of art work. Summer Breeze -0° 9'' 29.24", -78° 23'' 19.77" 2328m 76cm 85.5cm read more!

         

         

         

         

         

         

        ', '', 1, 3, 0, 32, '2009-01-12 15:36:25', 62, '', '2009-02-10 14:42:55', 62, 0, '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '2006-10-10 14:00:00', '0000-00-00 00:00:00', '', '', 'show_title=\nlink_titles=\nshow_intro=\nshow_section=\nlink_section=\nshow_category=\nlink_category=\nshow_vote=\nshow_author=0\nshow_create_date=0\nshow_modify_date=0\nshow_pdf_icon=\nshow_print_icon=\nshow_email_icon=\nlanguage=\nkeyref=\nreadmore=', 14, 0, 1, 'Painting Ecuador ', 'Painting of Ecuador with GPS readings , this is the language of Ecuador', 0, 242, 'robots=\nauthor='),