KTQ025 - Full day - Departures: Daily from Quito

Departing from Quito to the north, we drive across the colorful valleys of Guayllabamba and Cayambe. Guayllabamba is rich in fertile soil and through effective irrigation systems has become an important producer of avocado and the local cherimoya fruit (custard apple). Cayambe, traditionally dedicated to dairy cattle and manufacturing of dairy products, has recently enjoyed an important boom in rose farming. The breathtaking setting offers great photo opportunities and after two hours of traveling through the riveting Andean countryside, we arrive in the province of Imbabura, known as the Ecuadorian Land of Lakes.

Through a marvelous Andean setting we head into the indigenous community of Magdalena. The scene displays wide array of crops which resemble a colorful patchwork on the eastern foothills of Imbabura volcano. The skillful people are known to produce outstanding embroidery which could be admired and purchased directly from the artisans. Upon arrival passengers will choose on a 3-hour mountain bike journey across beautiful mountain landscapes and Andean rural settings or horseback riding through a variety of moorland vegetation. Enjoy a gastronomy lesson while the host family prepares a traditional lunch.
In the afternoon, community members demonstrate local planting techniques, including the materials and animals used to farm a variety of products including potatoes, quinoa, lupin, corn, beans, wheat and other vegetables depending on their harvesting seasons. Drive back to Quito.