Volcanoes Avenue – Termal Spa – Local Communities – Indigenous Markets This 12 day adventure Exploring Ecuador package brings you from Quito UNESCO World Her..
Exploring Ecuador | 12 Days
- Adventure program in private tour
- Accommodation in selected hotels
- 11 x Breakfast, 6 Menu lunch, 4 Menu Dinner
- Private transportation
- English - Spanish speaking certified guide
- All activities as mentioned
- Entrances fee in National Parks, train tickets, Pailon del Diablo, Casa del Arbol, La Compañía, Inti Ñan, Teleferico, Termas de Papallacta Spa, train tickets, Ingapirca and Chorro del Giron
- Coca tea
- All airport transfer service
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Personal expenses
- Alcoholic drinks
- Activities not specified in the program
- Travel insurance
- Food and drinks, unless specified
Optional (Available upon request)
- Vegetarian meals or preferences
- Extension programs in the Amazon Jungle or Galapagos Islands
- Flight tickets
- German and French guides upon request
Tour Details :
Arrival to Quito
Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel by private transportation. Overnight in Quito.
Quito City Tour – Cable Car – Mitad del Mundo
This Quito city tour and Teleférico is a full day tour which includes the Basilica Church, where you will make a brief stop and next visit the “San Juan Mirador” from where you will have a beautiful view of The Colonial Center of Quito. After walking through the colonial streets, you will then stop at the Independence Plaza to admire the Cathedral and the Government’s Palace. Then you will visit La Ronda Street, The Company Church, Santo Domingo´s Church, The Sagrario´s Church and San Francisco´s Church, which was built during the 17th century. After visiting the historical site, you will go to the Teleférico. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the city with views of beautiful valleys, snow-capped mountains and the capital Quito. From a point of more than 13,000 feet (4000 m) high, you will enjoy magnificent views. In the afternoon, you'll will go to Mitad del Mundo which is located fifty minutes from the northwest of Quito (Ecuador). In this Quito City Tour you will visit the current equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres. In addition you’ll have the chance to participate in several experiments at the Intiñan Museum. Things like watching water go down a drain in a different direction only inches away from either side of the equator, or balancing an egg on a nail, or using an ancient sun dial are some examples of what you can experiment here. Overnight in Quito.
San Pablo's Lake – Cuicocha Lagoon – Otavalo Market – Cotacachi
For the Otavalo Market tour we departure early in the morning from your hotel in Quito. We will take the north Panamerican up to our first stop in San Pablo lake, where you will enjoy a nice view of the volcano and the lake. Then we will visit an indigenous weaving workshop in Peguche. In the Otavalo Market, we also will know the natives from Otavalo, indigenous people rich in traditions and customs that permits the tourists to enjoy the typical, multicolored handcrafts. After lunch, we will visit an indigenous family that will show us how to make Andean music instruments and how to play them. Then we will go to Cotacachi, best known for its leather goods. You can find leather jackets, boots, handbags, just about everything. The quality is very good and it's fairly inexpensive. After that and we will head up to Cuicocha lagoon (Guinea Pig Lagoon). Cuicocha Lake is in the crater of an extinct volcano that last erupted 3000 years ago. It fell in on itself, and the dome makes a big island in the middle of the lake. Overnight in Quito.
Termas de Papallacta Spa – Hike - Relaxation
The Termas de Papallacta tour is a full day tour that goes through the valley of Tumbaco and reaches Papallacta Hot Springs, just in the southeast side of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve famous place by its thermal water pools in Napo province; then we will walk about 1 1/2 hours from a private cloud forest reserve where we can admire the beauty of nature rich in flora and fauna. After hiking we will go back to the thermal waters and enjoy a delicious bath taking advantage of the medicinal benefits that this place spring offers. Overnight in Quito.
Cotopaxi National Park – Hike – Interpretation Center
Departure in the morning to reach the Cotopaxi National Park in Cotopaxi province where we will visit the Interpretation Center and Limpiopungo lagoon; posibility to take a short hike in the surrounding of Limpiopungo valley, then we will drive up to 4.500 meters and walk up to Padre Rivas Refuge (4.830 meters). Stop for a drink in the refuge, after that if you are in a good shape try to get to the glacier (5.050 meters). Overnight in Cotopaxi / Chugchilan.
Andes Landscape – Hike – Local Communities – Lake
In the Andes landscape tour on the way to Quilotoa we will stop to visit and indigenous local house from the “Paramos”, we will observe their clothes and customs, but the most important thing is that we are going to be with them in a typical indigenous house made of straw. We will be sharing with them a short moment talking, watching and learning from them, about their life and how they prepare the soil to sow. We will also visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. We will continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater. Prepare yourself to enjoy an unforgettable experience by mule back riding! Enjoy the most beautiful landscape in the highlands and traditional indigenous villages! Possibly to visit and indigenous market. Overnight in Baños.
Pintoresque Waterfalls – Hot Springs Baños – Village Scenery
A full day of exploration of the town of Baños and the picturesque Valley of the waterfalls. The Pailon del Diablo is the largest and most spectacular Ecuador´s falls but other smaller ones are also impressive. There is also an opportunity to visit the hot springs in Baños. Our driver is at your disposal for the whole day to give you maximum flexibility in the visits that you would like to make such as Visit The House Tree, rafting, rest in the hotel, etc. Overnight in Alausí.
Alausí – Devil's Nose train – Ingapirca Ruins
After breakfast, early in the morning, we depart to Alausí, just less than 100km (62 miles), a beautiful old town with one hundred houses. Time to take the spectacular train considered the most difficult train of the XX century. You will descend gradually from the highlands to the lowlands, at times zigzagging or hugging the cliffs. In the descending at the lowest point the incredible devil's nose an interesting rock will appear in the horizon. The trail descends and then returns to Alausí again. Then we will depart to visit the indigenous market of Cañar before reaching the ruins of Ingapirca for a complete tour of the ruins and archeological museum, during the visit you will see the vestiges of Incas. Overnight in Cuenca.
Cuenca City – Parque Nacional del Cajas
We’ll head to Parque Nacional del Cajas, which is located 30km east of Cuenca. In this area there are about 200 recreational lakes propagated between 3,150 m 4,450 m. The lakes are connected by small rivers and crystal clear waters flowing into the Pacific. After a walk through the mountains, we’ll return to the city of Cuenca. City Tour in the afternoon. Overnight in Cuenca.
Chordeleg and Gualaceo Markets - Chorro del Giron Waterfall
Departure after breakfast to Gualaceo Valley, located 40 minutes from Cuenca. On the way enjoy the beautiful landscape of mountains, we´ll stop in the town of San Bartolome where we can see artistically crafted guitars and a variety of indigenous straw crafts. We’ll arrive in Gualaceo and come to appreciate the quality of the hand crafted gold and silver products there. In the afternoon we will visit the town of Chordeleg, famous for its hand crafted straw plant hats and silver. After that we will visit Chorro del Girón, this beautiful waterfall is about 70 meters high, its falling forms a natural pool of crystal clear water at the foot of the waterfall, there is a haven of approximately 10 x 10 m.Then follows the river with a width of 4 m. After this trip we will go to Cuenca again. Overnight in Cuenca
Arrival to Guayaquil City
Early in the morning, we will depart to Guayaquil (4 hours) In the afternoon, we will have a walking tour around “Malecon 2000” and “Las Peñas” neighborhood. Optional: Morgan Cruise (not included). Overnight in Guayaquil.