Activities Inside the Jimenita

  • Feeding our friendly Llamas Oreo, Cinnamon, Galak and Crunch.You will be guided by Fares (the resident French bulldog who loves to guide guests to the Llamas) to the Llamas, just in case we have put signs for you as well.

  • Watch the different humming birds that live here. La Jimenita is located in a valley, that creates the perfect weather for having over 90 different species of birds and 10 different species of hummingbirds including the Giant Hummingbird. We offer birding tours inside our reserve with an additional cost.

  • Walking the trails and enjoying the scenery. From La Jimenita we have a exclusive view to the Chiche canyon, to Pichincha Mountain, to the mountain of Light “Ilalo”, and the Volcano Cotopaxi. (All of this depends on the weather.

  • Pre Inca-tunnel tour at night.Be capture by the magic of our in site archeological tunnel, where you can walk it and experience the connection with the Uku pacha (spirit of the inner earth). This tour is at 8:30 pm for everyone to enjoy a memory that will perdure a lifetime.

 

La Jimenita’s Condor Tour

We will drive to visit the Cayambe-Coca National Park and drive up to the Antisana entrance (4753 mts), the most impressive and closest extinct volcano to Quito. This reserve is a wildlife sanctuary, home to many species and one of the two places where the Andean Condor nests. 

Upon arrival to the reserve, we will have different small hikes in strategic points to look out for condors flying and if we are lucky see them in the nest or feeding from dead cows. 

We will observe birds, endemic mammals of the paramo region and native plants. and if weather allows, we will have a great view of Antisana, Sincholagua and Cotopaxi volcanoes while having a picnic and resting in the “pajonales” and enjoying nature. 

This tour starts at 7am and we return to the Jimenita around 2-3pm. We bring spotting scopes and binoculars to see the condors. 

Caparina Community Excursion

25 minutes away from the Jimenita, in the county called White Cliffs is the community of Caparina. Here we will hike uphill for 2 hours to 3 hours. We will be able to see beautiful landscapes and the project of conservation of the Ecuadorian paramo.

We will pass thru a hundred-year-old polylepis forest, get to the top of the mountain, and if the weather permits enjoy the view to the Valley of Tumbaco, Cumbaya, see Quito, the Lagoon of Nunalviro.

During the hike we see endemic plants, birds, hawks, owls, rabbits and in some cases the Andean fox. If you like hiking, you cannot miss out this breathtaking alternative.

 

Middle of the World Monument and Colonial Quito Tour

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is one of the most beautiful cities of Ecuador. It is divided into the old town also known as Colonial Quito and the new town, which is the more modern part. The Colonial Quito is still reminiscent of how it was 450 years ago. the streets are narrow and most of them are made of cobble stone. There are always large crowds of locals who work in the public offices that are inside the patrimonial buildings.

In 1978 the United Nations declared the city a World Cultural Heritage Site. We will start by visiting La Basilica Church, Independence Plaza, La Compañia, The Cathedral, San Francisco and Panecillo Virgin.

We will recommend a place to have lunch. Afterwards, well drive towards the middle of the world monument for about 30 minutes north and visit Intiñan Museum to later return to the hotel.

Northern Region of Ecuador (Cayambe, Otavalo, Cuicocha Lake)

We will start our day by going to an archeological complex that is date to the Pre Inca cultures that were in Ecuador. We will learn about this sacred pyramid complex that experts claim to be the most important in South America.

Along the way we will see beautiful mountain range scenery and Lake San Pablo. We will stop at Cayambe biscuits factory where you can try a delicious local pastry with cheese.

Once in Otavalo, if you choose to visit Parque Condor – a rescued bird sanctuary of hawks, eagles and condors where you can appreciate local wildlife and their program to protect and release them into the wild.

After it we will visit the Plaza of Los Ponchos, one of the best indigenous markets in South America for about 2 hours to shop local traditional crafts and textiles. After it we will have lunch in a traditional place, to try the local cuisine of the north and then go to Cuicocha Lake to take pictures and hike for 30minutes. 

Horseback Riding in the Andes

We will drive to Coturco Mountain, just 20 minutes away from the Jimenita, where you will start your horseback riding experience. You will get to ride the horse like a real “Chagra”(traditional country side horse rider from the Ecuadorian Andes”. In this experience you will try what’s to ride horses in Ecuador’s Andes and support the local community of Pifo. 

The other place where horseback riding is possible is in Cotopaxi, in the Hacienda La Alegria. Both experiences are very similar, the only difference is the drive to Cotopaxi is about 1h3min per way. Both places are beautiful.

Ancient Stronghold of Quitoloma

As the name says these ruins use to be the most important stronghold in the northern part of Ecuador, since they control all the trading that was going on between the north and the south region. Now all what is left are ruins of what experts claim that it was a stone garrison that had 17 different structures inside the complex. Some of them where the barracks where remaining’s of pottery and animal bones have been found. 

 After two very limited investigations done by the Ecuadorian government they claim this was built in the XV century however in their final report they stated that it could be much older than that, but due to the limit resources they couldn’t conduct more tests or search for more evidences to backup this claim. 

 Additional we have that this remote location remains intact thanks to the local community that looks after it and we support by visiting it.  

Excursion to the Yanacocha Reserve

Located in the northern part of Quito and 1h30min away from the Jimenita, after driving thru a secondary road of dirt we will reach the cloud forest and the Yanacocha reserve. This place is known for being one of the last lungs for the city, also the home of endemic birds and plants that cannot longer be seen in the city. 

This is also a place where with your visit you help to fund conservation and the study of environment that is endemic of Quito. This is not your average tourist destination; this one is for nature lovers where you will find the opportunity to get a glance of how it was before the colonization. 

We will hike to the waterfalls that is a trail of approximately 6km, and walk pass by tunnels, hummingbird gardens that will turn this walk into a place where you won’t forget easily.

 Cock Of The Rock, Birding In Mindo And Hummingbird Garden

Mindo is a mountainous watershed situated in the western slopes of the Andes,where two of the most biologically diverse eco-regions in the world meet: the Chocoan Lowlands and the Tropical Andes. We will leave the Jimenita at 4am to go towards Angel Paz Reserve and arrive around 6am and see the Cock of the Rock. After 1 hour of seeing them we will have breakfast and have a 3-hour birding tour inside the reserve.

Mindo offers spectacular scenery of the Cloud Forest, diverse flora and fauna, exciting adventures, over 500 species of birds and hummingbirds including the Violet-Tailed Sylph, Brown Inca, Hoary Puffleg, Choco Toucan, Golden headed Quetzal, Wattled Guan, Red headed Barbet and many others.

On our way back we will stop in the hummingbird garden eat a lunch in this amazing place and head back to the Jimenita to be arriving around 3-4pm.