miércoles, 1 de febrero de 2017

GAY CULTURE AND ACTIVITIES IN QUITO




If you’re interested in gay culture and activities in Quito - Ecuador, you’ve come to the right place! We are active members of the local gay community, and can offer you the following experiences:

·         We can take you to the gay bars and nightclubs in Quito,  and advise you on a range of issues from the styles of music and the kind of atmosphere they offer to personal security when you’re out and about at night.

·         At different times of the year, it is possible to attend and participate in gay events like the gay film festival, literary workshops focused on gay literature, Gay pride parade, etc. We actively participate in these events and would love to get you involved, if you wish! We can even introduce you to gay authors, directors, etc.



·         Restaurants are another part of the gay culture in Quito. We can take you to an upscale, reasonably-priced, gay-friendly restaurant which offers gourmet Belgian-Ecuadorian fusion cuisine. If you prefer lighter fare, there’s also a nice gay (not just gay-friendly) restaurant that offers drinks and light snacks.

·         When you’re looking for relaxation or a great massage, we can take you to the local saunas and also advise you on safety and security.

Also if you are planing to retire in Quito Ecuador, we can show you how to live here and save your money...



Will be a pleasure to guide you , please contact us:

ecuadorgaytours@gmail.com 
Skype: paiscanela

Phone: (+593) 2 6042845
Mobile & Whatsapp: (593) 986 588 404

To dial from outside Ecuador, replace the initial 0 with + 593
which is the country code for Ecuador.


Example: + 593 986 588 404

miércoles, 2 de noviembre de 2016

THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF "SAN MARCOS"


One day visit to one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Quito.
We will show you  its art,  historical houses,  museums,  cozy hotels, elegant and typical restaurants, places for handicrafts, taste one of the best coffes of Ecuador and also artisanal beer.

Fares: $ 40 per person
Includes: lunch, taste of ecuadorian coffe, and taste of artisanal beer and Tour Guide 



viernes, 3 de junio de 2016

TRANSFER IN AND OUT ( QUITO AIRPORT)

The international airport of Quito is outside the city. 
Depending where you are going to stay , it takes about one hour  to go there from down town  from  La Mariscal District


We provide a personal transfer  in and out. If your flight is late, don´t worry.
Be sure that somebody is waiting for you 



PERSONALIZED TRANSFER IN AND OUT
QUITO – AIRPORT – QUITO
Since 07:00 up to 19:00 -  $ 35
Since 19:00 up to 07:00 - $ 45

Reservations & Whatsapp: (593) 986 588 404
ecuadorgaytours@gmail.com
Skype: paiscanela 

If you are looking for a gay friendly lodge we recommed visit
http://quitogayhotels.blogspot.com 



domingo, 11 de mayo de 2014

TOUR QUITO AND LEARN CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH



Would you like to learn everyday Spanish while vacationing in Quito and learning about local customs and cuisine? I have years of experience working 1:1 with tourists who seek more than the casual tour experience, and I love my work and do it with a passion. I’ll make sure you improve your Spanish and have a fantastic experience in Ecuador. And I charge less than any Spanish language school that offers individual classes! Please don’t hesitate to contact me for details. Let’s work together and put together an interesting program that works for you.

QUITO CITY TOUR

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Quito, escorted by high volcanoes and formed by streets, broken and rocks where the houses become engraved like ooking for a solid shelter, are a city where people try to conserve her colorful traditions.
Quito is located on a horizontal strip of land running north to south between beautiful mountains. The splendor of the city's natural setting, combined with its attractive squares, parks and monuments as well as the warmth of its people, makes it a unique and unforgettable place.
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is considered one of the most beautiful regions in Latin America. Located in the Andean mountains at the foot of Mount Pichincha 9200 feet above sea level. Quito has a spring-like climate all year. Beautifully preserved colonial churches , convents, palaces, and other buildings of note contrast with the contemporary architecture , a cosmopolitan city of great cultural diversity.

Quito has been designated the “Heritage of Mankind” by the United Nations. Stationed at nearly 10,000 feet, Quito is almost twice as high as Denver, Colorado. Though because it sits only 25 kilometres from the Equator, Quito does not suffer through long winters like the Mile High City . On the contrary, Ecuador's capital enjoys mild days and cool nights almost year-round. The climate in the Andes varies according to the altitude and the time of the year.
The temperature ranges from 7 degrees C (55 F) at night to 26 C (78 F) at noon, and averages 15 C (64 F). There are two seasons, wet and dry. The wet season is called winter and the dry is considered summer. Quito's summer lasts about 4 months, from the end of June to September.
Quito sees its fair share of rain from October through May, though even during this period the climate supports a multitude of diversions.
There are enough sunny days during the rainy season to accommodate all but the most insatiable sun worshipers, and when the sun hides, Quito has plenty to offer indoors.

QUITO CITY TOUR
Main places of the old town.
Guapulo - El Panecillo - La Basílica - Old Town  - La Compañia - San Francisco - La Ronda. 

1 person - $ 40
2 persons - $ 60
Per each additional Person + $ 10
Private Transportation: $ 30 
NIGH AND DAY IN QUITO
1 Person $ 80
2 Persons $ 100
Per each additional person + $ 20



we will send you the fares according the places that you want to visit. 

miércoles, 16 de abril de 2014

MIDDLE OF THE WORLD TOUR



Francisco Guayasamin, my tour guide, and I visited the center or middle of the earth with the equatorial line. Water on one side of the line flowed clockwise and on the other side counterclockwise, just a few inches apart. When you walk along with line with outstretched arms and closed eyes, you can feel the two opposing centrifugal forces in each hand try to pull you in one of the Hemispheres. Your shadow is almost underneath you, and twice a year, for 3 minutes at noon, there are no shadows in that spot.



Then we visited a volcano in which indigenous people live on the land within the crater in a closed community with no electricity or IT. They live completely off the land and have few health problems. They ride donkeys and horses to transport their produce to market. The energy was incredible in both places.

And I found out  that your face will turn red even with 45SPF sunscreen and a hat. I asked Francisco to speak in Spanish except when I did not understand something. He explained it in English then we switched to Spanish. He is very knowledgeable about the multi cultural heritage that is Ecuador. We visited an archeological museum and an outdoor musuem that had huts and small cabins unique to the different indigenous peoples in various parts of the country. Ecuador is a mix of indigenous, African, Spanish, French, and other Central and South American countries. So there is a beautiful tapestry of facial structures and bodies types. Unfortunately Ecuador has not been immune to the influences of white people, so the same discrimination and systems of oppresion are present here.






Here in Quito, the altitude had me huffing and puffing when I took a walk in the morning. However the middle of the world was at a lower altitude so I could breathe with ease.

The cafe con leche here is incredible with not a trace of bitterness or acid. There is a subtle sweetness to the flavor. The same is true for the natural spring water.

NELSON SEARS

COMPLETE TOUR TO THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD Pululahua Volcano -  Temple of the Sun - Intiñan - Middle of the World Complex - Quito in Miniture
Optional: Ethnological Museum.

1 person - $ 40
2 persons - $ 60
Per each person more + $ 10 (each one)
Private Transportation: $ 25 One Way - $ 45 Round Trip

If you don’t want private transportation, tour starts at 09:00

lunes, 18 de marzo de 2013

MASHPI CLOUD FOREST

TOUR 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS


Mashpi Reserve, a 1,300 hectare (3,200 acres) conservation property located within the Metropolitan District of Quito, forms a part of the Ecuadorian Choco rainforest, known as one of the world’s greatest biodiversity hotspots. The sudden shift in altitude (from 2800 masl to 1000 masl) will allow us to discover the spectacular natural diversity of the Andean landscape as we travel through the dry valley of Pomasqui towards the cordillera’s western flank, into lush, misty cloud forest, and finally reach Mashpi.


Trails
As you enter the realm of the rainforests, you will become aware of Life at every step: mushrooms and “fox fire” fungi below, tree trunks festooned with orchids, lichens and mosses, giant ferns reaching up to the light above, coiling vines, swirling mists and clouds of moisture. And then, from nowhere, comes the sound of rushing water, a waterfall amid this glistening, green world, where you can wade through rivers, walk along their banks, revive your senses...

The two main trails are the Howler Monkey and Cucharillo (named after an oak). Both link up with the Tower #5 of the canopy gondola system. Along the trails, guests will learn more from both their Naturalist Guide and Local Guide about the myriad plants, insects and animals that inhabit this biodiverse universe. The guides will enthusiastically share their knowledge of their characteristics, behaviour and uses.

Due to Mashpi’s mountainous topography, trails are rarely flat. The Howler Monkey (mainly primary forest) and Cucharillo (mainly secondary), although short – 2 km and 700 m, respectively – are steep. The trails’ steepness is an advantage since the hillsides enable more light to penetrate the forest, thereby increasing the diversity of plants and animals that one can observe at each stratum. Both trails have been specially adapted to make walking easier, using embedded recycled plastic crates to create steps and firm paths.

The way back uphill on both these trails can be aboard the gondola, reached by wading through the shallow river in rubber boots, and walking the connecting trail to the Cotinga Tower.


Life Centre
Close to the lodge, the centre is conceived as a place for learning and discovery, but also where guests can disconnect, where they can contemplate the views, sit in comfortable chairs, read a book, and enjoy a fresh cane juice.

Guests will learn more about the butterflies that inhabit the region, being shown the process of these creatures from eggs to pupae to chrysalis to winged wonder. Some 200 species of butterfly have been identified to date in the Reserve, with nearly a dozen observable at the Centre. Other points of learning dozens of species of orchids, bromeliads and passion flowers all around the structure.
Close to the Centre, we have established an area for growing medicinal plants (ideal for a reviving herbal infusion) and beyond, many varieties of bushes and fruit trees, including banana and plantain, manioc, cacao, tobacco, coffee, bread fruit and heart of palm. These attract all sorts of wildlife, from birds to rodents to mammals – making for easier observation from the comfort of the Centre’s expansive wooden deck. Most of the interpretation at the centre will be imparted by local guides or people involved with the project from local communities. Guests will find ingredients from these gardens in the dishes prepared back at the lodge.


Observation Tower
There are few easier or better ways to appreciate the beauty of the Mashpi Reserve’s forest and hills than climbing the Observation Tower. Here, guests are able to enjoy an exciting bird’s-eye view and the dramatic panoramas that surround the lodge from the observation tower. This is a metallic structure, with a staircase that climbs to about eight-stories high (26 m or 85 ft.), ideal for wildlife observation, particularly at dawn or dusk. Species that can be spotted here include toucans, woodpeckers, barbets, tanagers and parrots as well as raptors. The tower lies a 10-minute walk from the lodge. 


Night walks
The Mashpi forest is transformed at night, with far more activity than during the day. Optional night walks will head out from the hotel after dinner to discover its nocturnal creatures and their behaviours, ranging from moths as big as your hand, to miniature glass and tree frogs, croaking toads, birds, owls, rodents and mammals, and even fox fire, an Avatar-like luminous fungus. It’s a magical world, often astounding at the micro level, and seldom explored, ready to be discovered in expert company.


Sky Bike
Located close to the hotel, the sky bike makes for an original and exciting way to explore the forest canopy up close. Designed for two people to use at once, one person pedals the bike along a cable stretched between two points in the forest, around 200 m (655 feet) apart, crossing a gorge above a river flowing between rocks and trees below. Silent, easy-to-use and fun, it’s an activity for children over 8 years-old accompanied by an adult, providing guests with another chance to observe the natural world close to the lodge and even spot its denizens.


Hummingbird Viewpoint
The forests of Mashpi boast 32 hummingbird species identified to date, inhabiting different specific altitudes, with around 19 species alone observable by guests. In order to make it easier to see these amazing creatures, a shelter with seating provides the ideal setting, feeders for the birds strung from its roof. The site is located at a natural viewpoint, which, on clear days, provides breathtaking views of the Reserve’s forested hills.


Refreshing waterfalls
Water is key to life in Mashpi, and there’s nothing like a refreshing dip at the end of a walk. Several rivers cross the Mashpi Reserve close to the hotel, many forming beautiful small waterfalls, cascades and pools. The water temperature is between 18 and 20°C (64 and 68 F).


RATES:
Single / Double
Wayra Room $ 1,362 per night
Yaku Suite $ 1.650  per night 




If you wan to see the video about Mashpi, please give a click HERE 

Included
• Accommodations, all meals, guided daily excursions (in English and Spanish only) to primary forest, Sky Bike, specialized lectures. Rain ponchos and rubber boots.
• Transfers in (shared basis), includes entrance fee and visit the Tulipe Archaeological Site
• Transfer out (Mashpi-Quito, shared basis)

Not Included
• Gratuities, bar, gifts and personal items.


For more information for please contact to: 

FRANCISCO GUAYASAMIN
E- mail: ecuadorgaytours@gmail.com
Mobile & Whatsapp : (593) 986 588 404
Phone: (593) 2 604 2845
Facebook: Quito Gay Tours
Skype: Ecuador Gay Tours