COLONIAL HACIENDAS, ROSE PLANTATIONS & MEDICINAL HERBAL PLANTS

KTQ102 - 2 Days / 1 Nights - Departures: daily except Sundays / from Quito

Nature & Wildlife, Volcanoes, Gastronomy, Anthropology, Train Tour, Ethnicities, Handicrafts, Community Projects

Day 1: Quito – Rose Plantation – Peguche – Otavalo
Leaving Quito north along the Panamerican Highway we drive across colorful valleys. Guayllabamba valley, an important area producing avocado and the local chirimoya fruit (custard apple).  Cayambe valley on the other hand, traditionally dedicated to dairy cattle and manufacturing of dairy products, in the last three decades, has seen an important boom in rose farming. The region offers great photo opportunities. Arrival in the province of Imbabura, known as the “Ecuadorian lake province”.

This tour will take us to one of the rose plantations of the region.  Delight your senses in observation of the process of rose producing activity, from the hoop houses to the post-harvest rooms.  Beauty in colors, perfume and the sizes of the roses will prove to be a tour for the senses!

Visit the village of Peguche, known for traditional weaving and the handcrafted Andean musical wind instruments. Time for lunch (not included).  Overnight at nearby colonial hacienda.

Day 2: Otavalo – Magdalena – harvesting techniques - Quito
Breakfast. Continue to drive towards the indigenous community of Magdalena, located in rolling hills east of the Imbabura volcano.  The women of the region traditionally have embroidered the blouses of their costumes, now you can purchase utilitarian goods with this beautiful multicolored embroidery.
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.
To plow their land they use oxen, and have no need for fuel, thus protecting their environment. The Karanki culture creates their own “guachos” (rows of land for sowing), and use spades, curved shovels and yokes, or wooden rests with hoes attached to them that the ox pulls as it plows the land. Enjoy a traditional lunch prepared by the women of the community.  Return to Quito.