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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover amazing sights with expert guides in Ecuador’s cities of Quito, Cuenca, and Guayaquil
  • Stand in both, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres simultaneously at the Equatorial Line Monument
  • Discover handmade Indian crafts at the worldrenowned Otavalo market
  • Marvel at Laguna Cuicocha, a crater lake situated at an altitude of 3,000 meters
  • Shop for beautiful leather goods in Cotacachi, Ecuador’s leatherwork center
  • Relax and rejuvenate with a dip in the thermal baths of the Hotel “Termas de Papallacta”
  • Delve into fascinating nature at “Cotopaxi National Park,” one of the most attractive ecological reserves of the country
  • Spend the night in an atmospheric Hostería near Chimborazo Mountain
  • Take the Devil’s Nose ride by train for amazing Andes Mountain views
  • Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Incas at the ruins of Ingapirca
  • Step back in time in Cuenca, exploring Tomebamba River and the “Todos los Santos” ruins


Itinerary

Day 1 - SAT I QUITO

Welcome to Ecuador. Upon arrival at the international airport of Quito transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 - SUN I QUITO

Today you will enjoy a sightseeing-tour of the city of Quito through the historical center of the city and see the church of La Compañia, Independence Square with the Government Palace and the Cathedral. Then, visit the famous hill of the old town, Panecillo (little bread) where you will see the angel statue “Virgen de Quito” before heading to the Equatorial Line Monument called “Middle of the World” and stand in both, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres simultaneously. (B)

Day 3 - MON I QUITO I OTAVALO

In the morning head to the worldrenowned Indian handmade crafts market, Otavalo where you will find a vast variety of locally weaved designs in belts, tapestries, ponchos and other clothing items. Shop this colorful market – the ideal place to find unique souvenirs. Afterwards visit a school project in Peguche. This project looks after the education and adequate care of children in need in Ecuador. In 1997 the association started to renovate an old and tumbled-down Hacienda to make it a social center for children – the “Casa de Niños”. Today, this house contains a kindergarten for all age groups, a school, and the opportunity to be trained as a carpenter in the own carpenter’s shop. (B)

Day 4 - TUE I OTAVALO I PAPALLACTA

After breakfast, visit Laguna Cuicocha, a crater lake situated at an altitude of 3000 meters. Two islands emerge from the center, both of volcanic origin, covered with vegetation and rimmed with a type of reed called totora. Visit the town of Cotacachi, Ecuador’s leatherwork center. Next, transfer to the small Andean village Papallacta and enjoy the thermal baths of the Hotel “Termas de Papallacta” then stroll on to see the region’s flora and fauna. (B)

Day 5 - WED I PAPALLACTA I COTOPAXI

Rise and shine with breakfast at your hotel and then drive to “Cotopaxi National Park,” one of the country’s most attractive ecological reserves. On a walk near the shallow lake “Laguna de Limpiopungo,” learn about the typical vegetation of the so-called “Páramo” and will gaze in wonder at the beautiful view of Cotopaxi (5897m) in the background. Today you will also visit a beautiful flower plantation showcasing a great diversity of blooms. (B)

Day 6 - THU I COTOPAXI I RIOBAMBA

Start the day with a hearty breakfast and a visit to an authentic native market. Continue on to Quilotoa, the famous volcanic lake with beautiful views. In the late afternoon you will head to Riobamba, the capital of the province of Chimborazo and home to a number of indigenous communities. Close to Chimborazo Mountain, the highest peak of Ecuador, you will spend the night at one of the atmospheric Hosterías. (B)

Day 7 - FRI I RIOBAMBA I CUENCA

After an early breakfast, transfer to the train station in Alausí to experience the famous Devil’s Nose ride. Enjoy the fascinating landscape of the Andes on your way to the city of Cuenca. Enroute you will stop at the Inca ruin site of Ingapirca, the most important monument of pre-Spanish culture in Ecuador. Learn about the Inca beliefs and rituals as you walk in their footsteps through the former place where the Incas lived and held their ceremonies. (B,L)

Day 8 - SAT I CUENCA

Savor breakfast at your Cuenca hotel, then head out to tour the sights of the third largest city of Ecuador. Cuenca was founded in 1557 on an Inca settlement valley. See the historical buildings located along the Tomebamba River, the “Todos los Santos” ruins, the flower market, and the main square with the old and new Cathedral. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to stroll the area’s quaint cobble-stone streets with whitewashed houses and noble façades. (B)

Day 9 - SUN I CUENCA I GUAYAQUIL

Today we will travel on to Ecuador’s largest city, Guayaquil, the industrial and commercial center of the country. It is situated on the western banks of the Río Guayas about 56 km from its outflow into the Gulf of Guayaquil. The Guayas lowlands are characterized by mangroves and ever-growing banana plantations. Along the way, visit of a cacao plantation and learn about the cultivation of the cacao fruit. In Guayaquil, embark on a short sightseeing tour of the city. (B)

Day 10 - MON I GUAYAQUIL TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

Transfer to the airport for your international flight home or consider extending your trip with a Galápagos Islands experience. (B)

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Includes

  • Hotel accommodation for 9 nights
  • Daily buffet breakfast & 1 lunchbox
  • All transfers and services are via shared services with English Speaking guide
  • City Tour of Quito with Equatorial Line Monument
  • Visit of the Indian market
  • Visit of a school project in Peguche
  • Visit of lagoon Cuicocha and Cotacachi
  • Visit of the Cotopaxi National Park and flower plantation
  • Visit of an Indian market and the volcanic lake of Quilotoa
  • Visit of Inca ruin site of Ingapirca
  • City tour of Cuenca
  • Visit of a cacao project
  • City tour of Guayaquil
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Notes

    All rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Extra nights and triple occupancy available upon request. Rates are not valid during certain holidays and blackout periods.
    Please call for special international airfares and domestic flights in Economy or Business Class.
    Local Departure taxes, local airport taxes, beverages, personal expenses and other items not mentioned above are not included.

Departures & Rates


Travel in Comfort

2018

Date Double Single
January 20 $1969 $2499
January 27 $1969 $2499
February 24 $1969 $2499
March 10 $1969 $2499
April 07 $1969 $2499
April 14 $1969 $2499
May 05 $1969 $2499
June 02 $1969 $2499
June 30 $1969 $2499
July 14 $1969 $2499
August 11 $1969 $2499
September 08 $1969 $2499
September 22 $1969 $2499
October 20 $1969 $2499
November 03 $1969 $2499
November 17 $1969 $2499



Travel in Style

2018

Date Double Single
January 20 $2579 $3369
January 27 $2579 $3369
February 24 $2579 $3369
March 10 $2579 $3369
April 07 $2579 $3369
April 14 $2579 $3369
May 05 $2579 $3369
June 02 $2579 $3369
June 30 $2579 $3369
July 14 $2579 $3369
August 11 $2579 $3369
September 08 $2579 $3369
September 22 $2579 $3369
October 20 $2579 $3369
November 03 $2579 $3369
November 17 $2579 $3369


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