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Day 3-5: Sacha Lodge
The first is a 130-foot observation tower that gives visitors a chance to get above the rainforest canopy for incredible views of the area. This is also a great place to observe toucans and macaw and with luck spot noisy howler monkeys or a three-toed sloth.

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The second site is the butterfly house where over 40 local butterfly species are bred. Visitors can see the process of breeding and raising these colorful insects and wander through the "flying room." Finally, there's the Yasuní Macaw Lick. Just a short distance from Sacha Lodge is Ecuador's most famous macaw lick, where visitors can observe dozens of the magnificently colored birds feeding on the clay's salt.

Day 6: Sacha Lodge to Hacienda Pinsaqui
Complete your Amazon tour with a flight back to Quito. Two hours north of Quito lies one of Ecuador's finest haciendas. Nestled in the Otavalo Valley in the shadow of Imbabura Volcano, the 200 year-old Hacienda Pinsaqui was a favorite haunt of the revolutionary General Simon Bolívar. The thick whitewashed walls seem to whisper stories of a by-gone era.
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From the hacienda, go mountain biking in the countryside, visit the white city of Ibarra and the leather shops of Cotacachi, or take horses around Cuicocha Lake. Pinsaqui, with its gardens and old textile shops, is yours to explore

Day 7: Otavalo Market / Quito
After a pleasant breakfast at Pinsaqui, the day's adventures are open to you. Hike around the volcanic crater of Cuicocha,

visit the villages around Otavalo, or share a traditional lunch with an Otavaleño family. The choice is yours! Saturday is market day in Otavalo when indigenous people from the mountains descend into the valley to sell their crafts, textiles, cows, and goats in the tiny town of Otavalo. This afternoon we return to Quito to prepare for the next day's Galapagos adventures!

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