Ecuador Families 2018

Family-Sustainable-Adventure Trip to Ecuador

Dates: March 2018 

Collaboration, Connection, Community 

 

 

 

 

 

Gogi Abroad and Nahual are happy to offer Family-Sustainable-Adventure trip to Ecuador. We envision these trips as an opportunity for families looking to travel, create community and learn local and sustainable practices, while partaking in adventure sports that are accessible to the whole family.

Family-Sustainable-Adventure package includes:  

  • Arrival meet and greet transfer at Quito airport and departure transfer back to Quito at the conclusion of the trip;
  • All ground transportation in Ecuador, via van, bus or trucks;  
  • Guides to help translate and guide you throughout the trip;
  • Nine nights accommodations in Ecuador as indicated. Three delicious meals each day with traditional teas, juices and water.
  • All sightseeing and crafts while we traveling in Ecuador;
  • Bikes for adults: Specialized Hardrock w/ disc brakes and front suspension. Available on 26” and 29” inch wheels, and they will be outfitted with  bikepacking gear. Bikepacking gear includes: Homemade frame bags, handlebar bags and saddlebags. They allow for minimalist packing. Lightweight gear is a must.

Bikepacker Magazine has an article about our trip: http://bikepacker.com/sustainable-family-adventure-bikepacking-trip-ecuador/

Not included: Airfare (around $500- $800);  International travel insurance, beverages not listed as included, tips, and souvenirs. We will stop off at a large and colorful Ecuadorian market in Otavalo and lunch in Otavalo on day 7, is not included. Families can take time to shop and eat at their pace. You will need to bring  your child’s bike and their helmet. Children’s trailers and small bikes are NOT included. We will provide more information about how to pack your child’s bike for the plane. It is pretty simple and common. Call the airlines to see what fees there are to bring a bike. 

Trip Leaders: Nahual offers expertise in guiding, teaching and our infrastructure at Palugo farm as a basecamp. Nahual can offer most of the equipment for the trips, including bikes, bikepacking gear.

  • Families will fly into Quito and will be picked up by Nahual staff and head to Palugo. Palugo farm is a Permaculture organic farm that operates adventure trips as an integral part of a healthy life. Most of the food consumed while on the farm and on expeditions will be organic and local.

Enjoying a meal after arriving to our campsite and a great day of biking!

An active itinerary for all of us!

The farm in Palugo is a friendly and educational place for young children and adults. Children will learn about the landscape, geography, plants, animals and see firsthand the volcano, Cotopaxi, in the distance from where we will sleep. This is the perfect trip for families that have always wanted to travel to South America and enjoy the outdoors and an biking adventure. The bike riding will be tailored to the group and provide cultural enjoyment and a sense of great accomplishment for everyone.

From working on the farm in Palugo, to biking to an indigenous village, this adventure gets families outside to experience the best of the Andes. These activities are organized to match kids’ abilities.

Educational highlights: This family adventure provides an educational experience with cultural insights about Ecuador, culture, Spanish, traditional crafts and a new environment.

Designed for families: This itinerary is designed from start to finish to cater to families. We make every attempt to provide organic and delicious meals that kids will love as well as adults. We also provide the opportunity to cook as a community and get involved in the process.

Details of the trip: Regions: Inter-Andean Valley

We will be staying on the beautiful Palugo Farm for the first two nights and the last three nights of the trip (Each family will share a lovely room and a bathroom). The Palugo Farm, just 40 minutes from Quito, it is truly a world away–a welcome oasis. Here the residents and visitors are dedicated to living in a sustainable manner and manifest this through dairy farming, ecological building, and sustainable agriculture. The Palugo Farm shares a common vision: a dream to walk upon the earth more lightly and work to nourish the land. The children and adults alike will learn about the flora and fauna as well as new foods that we will prepare for our bike trip to an indigenous village. During the bikepacking trip from Palugo to San Clemente we will be staying in tents for two nights along the way. Tents and tarps for camping, sleeping bags and pads are all provided for everyone.   Experienced guides who have traveled on the route many times from Palugo to San Clemente will be with you to help guide, translate and set up camp and cook along the way.   Once we arrive at the indigenous village you will stay in a lovely homestay for two  nights with comfortable beds and a bathroom. The indigenous village is located in San Clemente and is a thriving community that welcomes many foreigners yearly. We will visit the local school and play soccer with the school children. You will have the opportunity to cook with your homestay and connect with this beautiful and thoughtful community in the high Andes of Ecuador. 

A day on the bikes: Our riding days will start with an early breakfast followed by a meticulous preparation of the bikes and their loads. Distances will be  around 15-20 miles spread out  through the day with plenty stops to explore, meet with the locals and enjoy the andean landscape. Terrain in Ecuador is rugged, Ecuadorian ‘flat’ is up and down, up and down. Expect some climbs and a few exciting descents as part of our daily ride.

Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

DAY ACTIVITY FOOD LODGING NOTES
1 Airport pickup and arrival to Palugo farm D: Palugo Farm Palugo Farm B&B
2 Farm tour and introduction to bikes and bikepacking

set up + food gear preps

B, L, D: Palugo Farm Palugo Farm B&B Food preps include fruit dehydration, baking, pesto making and local snacks
3 Take a shuttle  after breakfast towards the town of Malchingui  where the bike ride will start. Ride along the canal towards Cochasqui. Camp. B: Palugo farm

L: On the road

D: Cochasqui camp

Tents   3-6 hour ride with stops. Amazing views, local towns and finish at the archaeological site of Cochasqui.
4 Cochasqui-San Pablo using the old railway road and back roads B: Checa home

L: Cayambe/road

D: Zuleta camp

Tents 5 + hours ride with varying terrain, small towns and a beautiful descent to San Pablo Lake.
5 Zuleta-San Clemente indigenous community B: Zuleta camp

L: Road

D: San Clemente community. Homestays

San Clemente community. Homestays 3-4 hours riding. Cobblestones and dirt roads. Beautiful traditional communities and farm land
6 San  Clemente Community B, L, D: SC community San Clemente community. Homestays Family stays. Rest, crafts and life with the San Clemente families. Traditional fiesta at the end of the day
7 San Clemente-Palugo via Otavalo Indigenous craft market B: San Clemente

L: Otavalo

D: Palugo farm

Palugo Farm Bus ride to Otavalo market (1hr) or option for early bike ride to market for those interested. Lunch and time at the craft market and return to Palugo Farm (2.5hrs bus ride)
8 Restful morning and gear clean up. Day of expedition debrief and unwind B, L, D: Palugo Farm Palugo Farm Walk around farm, optional farm chores with animals and family time
9 Hot Pools or Quito Old town B,D: Palugo farm

L: Quito

Palugo Farm As a group we will have the option of going to the Papallacta hot pools or visiting Quito Old town
10 Drive to airport – Depart

All of these photos were taken by El Taraumara and you can see more of their adventures and photos at:

http://eltaraumara.blogspot.com/

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