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3-DAY SPECTACLED BEAR WATCHING EXTENSION

3-DAY SPECTACLED BEAR WATCHING EXTENSION

$757 per person

Are you a wild animal lover? Ecuador has so many wildlife to show but one of the most beautiful mammals is the spectacled bear, this animal characterizes because the fur around his eyes has the form of lenses, therefore their name, it has unique habits because it feeds from fruits and vegetables, and sometimes of small animals, we will be able to find this stunning animal either walking and mostly climbing in the threes where they built their nests to feed peacefully or rest.
We did a study of the habits of this bear so we can increase the chance of travelers to see them, we know where they eat, sleep and do all their activities, that way we can guarantee the best chances of watching and taking beautiful photos of this playful animal.
But this tour is not only looking to give our travelers the experience of seeing a spectacled bear so close, is algo looking to enforce the conservation of their habitat and the mammal because it is endangered, we will teach you what we can do to protect them and give so many more generation the joy of encounter face to face with this bear.
We guarantee that it is a unique experience and it cannot compare with anything else; you will take memories with you that will last a lifetime!

  • Departure
    Quito / Ecuador
  • Included
    Activities
    Land Transportation
    Meals detailed in the itinerary
  • Not Included
    Domestic flights
    Fees and entrances to parks and museums
    Airport tranfer in & out
    International flight
1
OTAVALO MARKET
The Otavalo market is South-America’s most famous Indian fair. We get an early departure from Quito through dramatic mountain scenery northwards. You will have ample time to stroll along the narrow cobblestone streets filled with Otavalo Indigenous people wearing blue ponchos, white trousers and long braided hair and to explore their handicraft market, with its wonderful textiles, native paintings, ceramics, jewelry, tapestries and more at bargain prices. Continuing the trip, we will go to Cotacachi, which is famous for its leather articles.
Hands on cultural experience – AJ Sustainable Sacha WarmiKuna women project For lunch, we will head to Pijal, a small village located in the heart of the Andes to visit one of the AJ sustainable projects called Sacha WarmiKuna (women from the mountain). This is one fantastic effort developed by AJ and the local women with the main purpose to support their families and encourage the position of the women in the local society, providing them an alternative side work beside housekeeping, as a new option for an in-come. Once at the project you will experience an unforgettable cultural encounter, immersing yourself in the true spirit of the South-American woman and their skills for textiles and a deep culinary knowledge coming from the past generations. You will be part of the preparation of “Aji”, a local spicy salsa which is part of their identity, you will also share precious time with them and a tasty traditional lunch in which local women have used the fresh products harvested the same day from the surrounding organic fields. Later we will learn more about the weaving process of their textiles.
Don’t miss the amazing opportunity to have the chance to give back, by buying handmade scarfs here.
Accommodation: Hacienda Piman
Meals included:  Lunch
2
SPECTACLED BEAR WATCHING DAY 1
This will be an early morning, after breakfast we will head to the cloud forest to start our day on watching the spectacled bear, we will go to a view point to try and see them from the distance, as we know where they feed, this will me more likely to happen when the fruit season start and the bears head to the threes, this day is a full day experience of walking and be patient while the mammal appear and we can start taking our pictures always trying not to scared them away.
After this we will head to a homestay where we will enjoy our dinner and rest.
Accommodation: Homestay
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner  
3
SPECTACLED BEAR WATCHING DAY 2
In our last day of this wildlife adventure we will wake up early in the morning, enjoy our breakfast and head down to a path to get close to the bear, close up to 100 meters (328 ft), we will have the chance to watch them eat, climb threes and be part of their daily activities for a few hours before heading back with the great memories of being one of the luckiest ones that had the chance to spend time with this magnificent and charismatic mammal.
Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "buen viaje"!
Meals included: Breakfast
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