Colonial Style and Green Mountains in QuitoIndigenous crafts and handmade Indian crafts at the world-renowned Otavalo market Cotopaxi volcanoView of the city of CuencaDowntown night scene Guayaquil

Colonial Style and Green Mountains in Quito

Indigenous crafts and handmade Indian crafts at the world-renowned Otavalo market

Cotopaxi volcano

View of the city of Cuenca

Downtown night scene Guayaquil

Description

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

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
  • 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 - SUN I QUITO

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

Day 2 - MON 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 - TUE I QUITO

Today you have a full day free to continue exploring Quito or may enjoy an optional excursion to the Indian market Otavalo. In the morning head to the world-renowned 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. Here you will enjoy the unique variety of handicrafts and textiles unique to Ecuador (B)

Day 4 - WED I QUITO 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 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 5 - 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 6 - 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. En-route 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. After arriving in Cuenca, you will check in at your hotel. (B,L)

Day 7 - SAT I CUENCA

Savor breakfast at your 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 8 - 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 9 - 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 accommodations for 8 nights
  • Daily buffet breakfast & 1 lunch
  • All transfers and services are via shared services with an Englishspeaking guide
  • City tour of Quito including the Equatorial Line Monument
  • Visit of the Cotopaxi National Park and flower plantation
  • Visit a Colorful Indian Market & the Volcanic lake of Quilotoa
  • Visit to the ancient Inca ruin site of Ingapirca
  • City tour of Cuenca
  • City tour of Guayaquil
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Hotels

Riobamba

Hacienda Andaluza/Abraspungo| hotels in Riobamba  Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Hacienda Andaluza/Abraspungo

1 Night / Style
Hotel Hacienda Abraspungo offers accommodations in Riobamba. The hotel has a playground and views of the garden, and gue...

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Guayaquil

Hotel Unipark| hotels in Guayaquil Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Hotel Unipark

1 Night / Comfort
Unipark by Oro Verde Hotels is located beside Parque Seminario and within Unicentro Shopping Mall, opposite the Metropol...

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OR

Oro Verde| hotels in Guayaquil Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Oro Verde

1 Night / Style
The Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil is located in the most modern commercial and banking area of Guayaquil, the biggest and mo...

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Cuenca

Hotel San Juan| hotels in Cuenca Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Hotel San Juan

2 Nights / Comfort
Chic interiors can be enjoyed in a refurbished Colonial-style mansion in Cuenca. San Juan is only 200 m from Calderon Pa...

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OR

Hotel Mansion Alcazar| hotels in Cuenca Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Hotel Mansion Alcazar

2 Nights / Style
Mansion Alcazar is a colonial boutique hotel in the centre of the vibrant city of Cuenca. It offers elegant accommodatio...

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Cotopaxi

Hacienda La Ciénega| hotels in Cotopaxi Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Hacienda La Ciénega

Style
Featuring a restaurant and a garden, Hacienda La Cienega offers free Wi-Fi and American breakfast in Latacunga. Guests a...

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Quito

Hilton Colon Quito| hotels in Quito Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Hilton Colon Quito

3 Nights / Style
Hilton Colon Quito is located in the heart of Ecuador's capital, only 20 minutes away from the airport, in the financial...

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OR

Hotel Alameda Real| hotels in Quito Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

Hotel Alameda Real

3 Nights / Comfort
This elegant hotel boasts the most privileged location in the city: business, shopping and culture just outside the door...

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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

HOTEL/STARTING FROM PRICES VALID THRU DEC. 2019

You can also book this tour on a private car basis

   Double   Single 
 Travel in Comfort   $2,619  $3,139
 Travel in Style  $3,039  $3,789
 

Travel in Comfort

2019

Date Double Single
January 27 $1919 $2389
February 10 $1919 $2389
March 10 $1919 $2389
March 31 $1919 $2389
May 05 $1919 $2389
June 02 $1919 $2389
June 16 $1919 $2389
June 30 $1919 $2389
July 07 $1919 $2389
October 20 $1919 $2389
November 17 $1919 $2389
December 02 $1919 $2389



Travel in Style

2019

Date Double Single
January 27 $2449 $3169
February 10 $2449 $3169
March 10 $2449 $3169
March 31 $2449 $3169
May 05 $2449 $3169
June 02 $2449 $3169
June 16 $2449 $3169
June 30 $2449 $3169
July 07 $2449 $3169
October 20 $2449 $3169
November 17 $2449 $3169
December 02 $2449 $3169


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