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ITINERIES

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The itineraries are examples and will be adjusted depending on group size and weather conditions.

Itinerary 1
3 Days/2 Nights

Day One: After your arrival at our parking lot a two hour hike through the forest to the lodge awaits you. You will climb 500 metres in altitude and be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views.  After lunch you can relax or hike a circular trail taking in the orchid garden and giant tree swing with an explanation of Santa Lucia’s conservation, sustainability and research projects including the camera trapping project to monitor Spectacled Bears and other large mammals. After dinner there is the option of a night walk to see and hear the sounds of nocturnal animals and birds of prey.

Day Two: Hike through pristine primary forest past mountain waterfalls and a swim in a beautiful pool. Return via sugar cane field and traditional sugar workshop/museum. (5 hour round trip with box lunch.) OR a 4am hike to the Cock of the Rock lek (bird mating ritual) returning at 9am. After lunch, a shorter version of the hike to the waterfalls or a walk to the sugar workshop.

Day Three: After breakfast hike down through the forest passing through the banana plantation with shade grown coffee trees, to the Umachaca River where you can walk upstream to a waterfall which cascades into a beautiful pool (seasonal option depending on the flow of the river.) A good spot for your box lunch. Then take the pre-Inca trail, used by the Yumbo people as a trade route. Much of the trail is in the form of a deep trench called a “culunco,’’ made by the Yumbo people - look out for tracks of wild pigs and the elusive Puma. The trail opens out into lush meadow. Around 3pm you will arrive at the trailhead.

Itinerary 2
4 Days/ 3 Nights

Day One: After your arrival at our parking lot a two hour hike through the forest to the lodge awaits you You will climb 500 metres in altitude and be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views.  After lunch you can relax or hike a circular trail taking in the orchid garden and giant tree swing with an explanation of Santa Lucia’s conservation, sustainability and research projects including the camera trapping project to monitor Spectacled Bears and other large mammals. After dinner there is the option of a night walk to see and hear the sounds of nocturnal animals and birds of prey.

Day Two: Hike through pristine primary forest past mountain waterfalls and a swim in a beautiful pool. (4-5 hour round trip with box lunch.)

Day Three: Early morning hike to the Andean Cock of The Rock lek (bird mating ritual) leaving at 4am, returning to lodge at 9.30am. After lunch a walk to the sugar cane field and sugar production workshop/museum.

Day Four: After breakfast hike down through the forest passing through the banana plantation with shade grown coffee trees, to the Umachaca River where you can walk upstream to a waterfall which cascades into a beautiful pool (seasonal option depending on the flow of the river.) A good spot for your box lunch. Then take the pre-Inca trail, used by the Yumbo people as a trade route. Much of the trail is in the form of a deep trench called a “culunco,’’ made by the Yumbo people - look out for tracks of wild pigs and the elusive Puma. The trail opens out into lush meadow. Around 3pm you will arrive at the trailhead.

Itinerary 3
5 Days/4 Nights

Day One: After your arrival at our parking lot a two hour hike through the forest to the lodge awaits you. You will climb 500 metres in altitude and be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views.  After lunch you can relax or hike a circular trail taking in the orchid garden and giant tree swing with an explanation of Santa Lucia’s conservation, sustainability and research projects including the camera trapping project to monitor Spectacled Bears and other large mammals. After dinner there is the option of a night walk to see and hear the sounds of nocturnal animals and birds of prey.

Day Two: Hike through pristine primary forest past mountain waterfalls and a swim in a beautiful pool. (Four to five hour round trip with box lunch.)

Day Three: Early morning hike to the Andean Cock of The Rock lek (bird mating ritual) leaving at 4am, returning to lodge at 9.30am. After lunch a walk to the sugar cane field and sugar production workshop/museum.

Day Four: All day hike to the highest point of the reserve to see the changing flora and fauna as the altitude changes. (Six hour round trip with box lunch – can be made into a shorter hike.) Alternative activity: a day of volunteering to support Santa Lucia’s sustainability or scientific projects.

Day Five: After breakfast hike down through the forest passing through the banana plantation with shade grown coffee trees, to the Umachaca River where you can walk upstream to a waterfall which cascades into a beautiful pool (seasonal option depending on the flow of the river.) A good spot for your box lunch. Then take the pre-Inca trail, used by the Yumbo people as a trade route. Much of the trail is in the form of a deep trench called a “culunco,’’ made by the Yumbo people - look out for tracks of wild pigs and the elusive Puma. The trail opens out into lush meadow. Around 3pm you will arrive at the trailhead.

Price include

  • Entrance to Santa Lucia Reserve

  • Accommodation

  • Full board from lunch on the first day to lunch on the last day

  • Guidance for each day

  • Mules to carry luggage up/down from lodge

Prices do not include:

  • Additional drinks eg beer and wine, transport unless stated, insurance.

More Resources

Please see the following pages and documents for more information:

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