Q & A Cotopax

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Great to hear from you and good to hear you are acclimatizing!
Spoke to Patricio, our guide, today, he is wondering whether you can make it on Monday instead of Tuesday  to reserve all the gear, just to secure we get the right footwear.

Kind regards,
Jon
www.ola-adventures.com

 

Yes, I am already in Ecuador and have already began acclimitizing. I actually just spent the last four days along the Quilotoa loop, which as you probably already know has an altitude pushing 4000m. I also plan to spend some time up near Cruz Loma in Quito in the next couple of days. So far, I have no problems with the altitude. In other news, I am absolutely free to meet on tuesday 20 May at 1000, just give me a location, and I´ll be there.
Cheers,
- Nic Sedenquist

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Hi Nic,

Just a few questions, are you in Ecuador already?

If you are it would be a good idea to try and acclimatise yourself to the altitude, maybe try and summit Rucu Pichincha and if climbing Iliniza Norte is a possibility then that would be even better.

I will be going up with you to Cotopaxi along with Patricio our guide, as believe it or not I haven''t climbed Cotopaxi yet either.

Just wondering whether you are free to meet myself and Patricio next Tuesday morning at 10:00am to pre-book all equipment needed for the climb.

Look forward to hearing back from you.

Jon
www.ola-adventures.com



 <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> wrote:
Hi Nic,

Hope this email finds you well.

Just to let you know that your deposit cleared. We will be in contact to arrange a time to meet you so that we can take you to hire all the equipment that you will need for Cotopaxi.

If you have any questions, don''t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,
Jon




 <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> wrote:
No worries Nic, nice to have you on board!

 <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> wrote:
Jon,

    I just wired the money to Fairbairn Bank at the Isle of Man, the wire goes out tomorrow (the cut-off time had passed for today.) Please let me know when it gets there, and thanks for your patience!
 


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Hey Jon,

     Sorry I haven''t been keeping in touch as much as I should. I''m absolutely up for climbing, and I have put some thought into the account transfer, since I''ll be in Ecuador on Monday, would it be easier to pay for it then, or should I still transfer money to the bank in the UK?

Thanks a ton, and I''ll get right on that deposit!
- Nic Sedenquist
 

 <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> wrote:
Hi Nic,

Great to have you on board! If you would like to pay the 50% deposit in US dollars. That being a total of $125,  below are the account details for our bank which is a very respectable one:
However,  if you would like to pay in Euros or Pound Sterling, we have accounts in these currencies as well.

Hope to hear from you soon,
Jon
www.ola-adventures.com

 <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> wrote:
Jon,

Thats great news! Now, how would I go about making a deposit on the climb?
Thanks a bunch,
- Nic Sedenquist
 

A great photo of the jugle here in Ecuador

 

jungle

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“One of the most remote, ecologically sound and culturally sensitive ecolodges in the world.”

 

 

 

Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve is located in one of the most remote and well protected parts of the Ecuadorian Amazon. Deep in the nearly two million acres of the Achuar people’s territory, Kapawi is accessible only by air—flying in small planes over an unbroken green expanse of rainforest. Kapawi is an award winning eco-lodge noted for its comfort and quality of service, for its ecological design and sensitivity, and for its abundance of wildlife and rich biodiversity.

 

 

 

 

 

ParranaBird jungle

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

The beauty of the Kapawi itinerary is that it is entirely flexible. You can design the most suitable program for your interests and fitness level when you are there. Activities range from a low physical level, to medium and high and are specially tailored for your group by the guide.

 

 

 

Maximum group size is 10 people, and groups are led by 2 guides - 1 naturalist, 1 Achuar local guide.

 

 

 

Some of the potential options include:

 

 

 

  • visit to the Achuar communities
  • treks in the rainforest - short hikes on well-defined trails or demanding hikes through poorly defined trails
  • canoe / kayak trips
  • bird-watching
  • wildlife-spotting
  • fishing
  • optional overnight camping in Achuar community (advance reservation required)
  • night safari

 

 

Kapawi represents a genuine alternative to the Achuar people against destructive deforestation practices. At present up to 70% of the workforce at the lodge are from the Achuar community, and up to 60% of local Achuar income comes from tourism.

 

 

 

The lodge itself is also built with ecological equilibrium in mind - built on stilts to minimise impact on surrounding vegetation, powered by a hybrid solar energy/diesel energy system, using biodegradable soaps and detergents, ecological sewage and waste disposal systems, and recycling of plastic/glass/metals. 
As such Kapawi is the largest and most successful community based project ever developed within Ecuador. Internationally recognised tourism awards that the lodge boasts include: British Airways tourism for tomorrow 1998, Conservation international excellence award, 2004 sustainable tourism awards finalist, Skal international ecoutourism awards 2002.

 

 

Ecuador jungle

 

Mode of Transport: Kapawi is located close to the Ecuador/Peru border on the Pastaza River.

 

Due to its remote location the lodge can only be reached by air from Quito via the small town of Shell in a small 19-person twin otter aircraft. Note that due to the nature of this small-aircraft flight it is not uncommon for delays to occur to the flight times.

 

What’s included?

 

 

    • Lodge accommodation based on double occupancy
    • 3 meals per day whilst at lodge
    • English-speaking guide
    • All activities in flexible itinerary
    • Transfer between airport and lodge

 

    • Exclusions
  • Entrance fee to Achuar Community ($10)
  • Quito-Shell-Quito (overland): $60 per person
  • Shell-Kapawi-Shell (flight): $274 + 12% tax per person
  • Tips / drinks from bar / other personal expenses

 

 

 

Prices for Kapawi 2010

 

 

Occupancy 3 nights/ 4 days 4 nights/ 5 days 7 nights/ 8 days
Double $799 $999 $1699

 

 

 

*Single supplement: add 40% to price list / Extra bed: deduct 40% for third person

 

3 nights /4 day tours: these tours leave: Friday - Monday

 

4 nights /5 day tours: these tours leave: Monday - Friday

 

7 nights /8 day tours: these tours leave: Monday - Monday OR Friday - Friday

 

 

 

If you have questions, require further information or would like to reserve a space please email or telephone (English spoken). To read more information about booking, click here.

South American Explorers

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I have one more question......I am a South American Explorers Member.........any discounts for the trip, and we are also interested in a one day Cotopaxi climping experience for 45/ pp......we are avid hikers but never climbed, is this ok......Plus can you give me the iternery for the quilatoa trip, so we can see what actually we will be doing, it looks like alot of driving, hopefully there is chances for hiking.

Yes you get up to a 10% SAE discount but not on Galapagos or accomidation, and the trip is now under detailed Quilatoa!

 

Testimonials uk

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I wasn’t interested in being “looked after”, but Joe was always available for questions. I don’t really like the traditional guided tour where you feel like herded sheep. I rather liked the “expert friend” version of guided tours that Joe provided.

-Jon (London, UK)

Ditto to all! (the above) We had an exce

 

# Ed & Sueon 01 Jun 2007 at 3:19 pm

Right at the start of our 15,000 mile solo trip a few years back we bumped into Joe whilst doing some planning in the South American Explorers Club.

What a find! Not only is Joe a top form good bloke, he knows loads of stuff! Over a period of days whilst we waited for our landy to arrive Joe shared his extensive knowledge and experience of travel through South America with us and pointed us in the direction of some really great off the beaten track treats.

If Joe is guiding you we are sure you’ll have a great time!

Ed & Sue ( http://www.overlandy.com)
# Katie Gilliamon 09 Sep 2007 at 10:19 am

If you are going to Ecuador, you must let Alfredo take you on an adventure. Whether you are going to the jungle, the mountains or the coast, trust me when I say you need to let Alfredo take you. I cannot say enough about how great he is! My brother and I had gone to Ecuador in January and rented a car for a week and travelled around some ourselves. However, this trip was so much better. My father and brothers and I recently booked him for a tour across the Andes to go whitewater rafting in Tena. We didn’t really have an agenda other than getting to our destination for rafting and we were very flexible. The trip, which would have been boring if we had simply taken a bus or a taxi, was incredible. We stayed a night at the hot springs in Papallacta. We also stayed in a jungle retreat (suggested by Alfredo) which in itself was worth the trip. And the rafting company that he suggested was awesome. It was truly amazing and all because of Alfredo. He is extremely knowledgeable and a really good driver (which is rare in Ecuador). Whether you want to take a paragliding flight in Canoa, surf or hike through the jungle, you really should get Alfredo. I feel as though he is part of the family. We all were very sad to have to part with him after the three-day adventure. Even if you just wanted to tour around Quito, I would recommend you get him even if just for a day. The only negative thing is that once you have Alfredo as your guide, you will never want to travel again without him.
# Alison,Tim & girlson 14 Oct 2007 at 5:49 am

The 3 days we spent with you was an amazing experience.Although we were apprehensive of using a guide the whole experience was wonderful We feel we got to see the real Ecuador, the part travellers just dont have the time to find.The local places you took us to eat were very special and the ideas you came up with for us as a family felt very personal .We would recommend you to families,young travellers ,older travellers and also the well seasoned traveller.Your knowledge of the local area and the local people was vast and this made our time in the high Andes trouble free and exciting.So a BIG THANK-YOU JOE you are a very exciting and interesting guy who will be definitely travelling with us again. Soon i hope.
# Marieon 28 Dec 2007 at 5:58 pm

Thanks Joe for the great Quilitoa Loop trip in beginning of December !
For anyone planning a trip with Joe: you will be well taken care of and learn loads about Ecuador on the way. Well worth the money to arrange this with OLA Adventures. If you are lucky you have sunshine along the way, and Joe is always keen on getting you those best pictures. Nothing is any trouble.

If you are interested in other trips Joe is very flexible in handeling any request you might have. And always with a small on his face. Thanks for this Ecuador experience !

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Testimonials USA

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  • I wasn’t interested in being “looked after”, but Patricio was always available for questions. I don’t really like the traditional guided tour where you feel like a herded sheep. I rather liked the “expert friend” version of guided tours that Patricio provided, this is without going into all that Patricio Tisalema has achieved.

Jon (London, UK)
 

  • Ditto to all! (the above) We had an excelente time with OLA Ecuador. 

 

Ed & Susan, USA. 01 Jun 2008

 

  • Right at the start of our 15,000 mile solo trip a few years back we bumped into Jon whilst doing some planning in the South American Explorers Club. What a find! Not only is Jon a top form good bloke, he knows loads of stuff! Over a period of days whilst we waited for our landy to arrive Jon shared his extensive knowledge and experience of travel through South America with us and pointed us in the direction of some really great off the beaten track treats. If Jon is guiding you we are sure you’ll have a great time!

Ed & Sue ( http://www.overlandy.com) Katie Gilliamon. 09 Sep 2007.
 

  • If you are going to Ecuador, you must let Alfredo take you on an adventure. Whether you are going to the jungle, the mountains or the coast, trust me when I say you need to let Alfredo take you. I cannot say enough about how great he is! My brother and I had gone to Ecuador in January and rented a car for a week and travelled around some ourselves. However, this trip was so much better. My father and brothers and I recently booked him for a tour across the Andes to go whitewater rafting in Tena. We didn’t really have an agenda other than getting to our destination for rafting and we were very flexible. The trip, which would have been boring if we had simply taken a bus or a taxi, was incredible. We stayed a night at the hot springs in Papallacta. We also stayed in a jungle retreat (suggested by Alfredo) which in itself was worth the trip. And the rafting company that he suggested was awesome. It was truly amazing and all because of Alfredo. He is extremely knowledgeable and a really good driver (which is rare in Ecuador). Whether you want to take a paragliding flight in Canoa, surf or hike through the jungle, you really should get Alfredo. I feel as though he is part of the family. We all were very sad to have to part with him after the three-day adventure. Even if you just wanted to tour around Quito, I would recommend you get him even if just for a day. The only negative thing is that once you have Alfredo as your guide, you will never want to travel again without him.

Alison,Tim & girlson, USA. 14 Oct 2007.
 

  • The 3 days we spent with you Alfredo were an amazing experience.Although we were apprehensive of using a guide the whole experience was wonderful We feel we got to see the real Ecuador, the part travellers just dont have the time to find.The local places you took us to eat were very special and the ideas you came up with for us as a family felt very personal .We would recommend you to families,young travellers ,older travellers and also the well seasoned traveller.Your knowledge of the local area and the local people was vast and this made our time in the high Andes trouble free and exciting.So a BIG THANK-YOU Alfredo you are a very exciting and interesting guy who will be definitely travelling with us again.

Marieon, USA. 28 Dec. 2007 
 

  • Thanks Carlos for the great Quilotoa Loop trip in beginning of December !
  • For anyone planning a trip with OLA: you will be well taken care of and learn loads about Ecuador on the way. Well worth the money to arrange this with OLA Adventures. If you are lucky you have sunshine along the way, and Carlos is always keen on getting you the best pictures. Nothing is any trouble.

 

Nicholas James, UK.  12th Dec. 2008

 

  • We cannot recommend Alfredo highly enough – he really was just fab. Cheers. 

 

Jen & Charlie, Australia. 10th May 2009

 

  • Jairo was great and I really appreciated his suggestions and patience.

 

Mariann O''Keefe, USA. 22nd June 2009   

 

  • We had an absolutely wonderful time on the trip!  The crew was very friendly and helpful.  I especially liked the captain and the cook.  We saw so many animals (manta rays, blue footed boobies, sea lions) and were very pleased.  Our guide, Andres, was extremely informative. Thanks again for all your help!!!  We have been recommending the Encantada to everyone we meet.  :)

 

Kerri Thorp & Dana Brady, USA. 21st June 2009

 

 

 

 

  • If you are interested in other trips Jon or Mel (contact OLA Ecuador) are very flexible in handling any request you might have...and always with a smile on their face. Thanks for reading about some Ecuador experiences!

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testimonials

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I wasn’t interested in being “looked after”, but Joe was always available for questions. I don’t really like the traditional guided tour where you feel like herded sheep. I rather liked the “expert friend” version of guided tours that Joe provided.

-Jon (London, UK)

th.

Ditto to all! (the above) We had an exce

 Ed & Sueon 01 Jun 2007 at 3:19 pm

Right at the start of our 15,000 mile solo trip a few years back we bumped into Joe whilst doing some planning in the South American Explorers Club.

What a find! Not only is Joe a top form good bloke, he knows loads of stuff! Over a period of days whilst we waited for our landy to arrive Joe shared his extensive knowledge and experience of travel through South America with us and pointed us in the direction of some really great off the beaten track treats.

If Joe is guiding you we are sure you’ll have a great time!

Ed & Sue ( http://www.overlandy.com)
# Katie Gilliamon 09 Sep 2007 at 10:19 am

If you are going to Ecuador, you must let Alfredo take you on an adventure. Whether you are going to the jungle, the mountains or the coast, trust me when I say you need to let Alfredo take you. I cannot say enough about how great he is! My brother and I had gone to Ecuador in January and rented a car for a week and travelled around some ourselves. However, this trip was so much better. My father and brothers and I recently booked him for a tour across the Andes to go whitewater rafting in Tena. We didn’t really have an agenda other than getting to our destination for rafting and we were very flexible. The trip, which would have been boring if we had simply taken a bus or a taxi, was incredible. We stayed a night at the hot springs in Papallacta. We also stayed in a jungle retreat (suggested by Alfredo) which in itself was worth the trip. And the rafting company that he suggested was awesome. It was truly amazing and all because of Alfredo. He is extremely knowledgeable and a really good driver (which is rare in Ecuador). Whether you want to take a paragliding flight in Canoa, surf or hike through the jungle, you really should get Alfredo. I feel as though he is part of the family. We all were very sad to have to part with him after the three-day adventure. Even if you just wanted to tour around Quito, I would recommend you get him even if just for a day. The only negative thing is that once you have Alfredo as your guide, you will never want to travel again without him.
# Alison,Tim & girlson 14 Oct 2007 at 5:49 am

The 3 days we spent with you was an amazing experience.Although we were apprehensive of using a guide the whole experience was wonderful We feel we got to see the real Ecuador, the part travellers just dont have the time to find.The local places you took us to eat were very special and the ideas you came up with for us as a family felt very personal .We would recommend you to families,young travellers ,older travellers and also the well seasoned traveller.Your knowledge of the local area and the local people was vast and this made our time in the high Andes trouble free and exciting.So a BIG THANK-YOU JOE you are a very exciting and interesting guy who will be definitely travelling with us again. Soon i hope.
# Marieon 28 Dec 2007 at 5:58 pm

Thanks Joe for the great Quilitoa Loop trip in beginning of December !
For anyone planning a trip with Joe: you will be well taken care of and learn loads about Ecuador on the way. Well worth the money to arrange this with OLA Adventures. If you are lucky you have sunshine along the way, and Joe is always keen on getting you those best pictures. Nothing is any trouble.

If you are interested in other trips Joe is very flexible in handeling any request you might have. And always with a small on his face. Thanks for this Ecuador experience !

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