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Basic Ecuador

8 Days in Ecuador!

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Ecuador in Eight Days Itinerary

Day 1: Monday: Transfer airport/hotel. Accommodation.

Day 2: Tuesday: Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to the Otavalo Market.

Depart from our designated hotels in Quito on the Pan-American Highway north to Cayambe, where passengers get the opportunity to taste the scrumptious Bizkochos de Cayambe, a type of biscuit or bread, made in a clay oven (accompanied by leaf cheese or dulce de leche). After admiring the San Pablo Lake, we will arrive at the Otavalo Market, the largest in America, where the natives of the area, known as Otavalos, one of the most recognized ethnic groups of Ecuador, make and sell their handicrafts and textiles.

Those who wish may choose to stay in this area and enjoy more time walking around the market, and our bus will pick them up at the end of the tour (they will not have the visit to Cotacachi and Cuicocha), or continue with the journey to the town of Cotacachi, recognized for its leather clothing and crafts. On the way to Cotacachi, we visit an Andean instrument workshop called Ñanda Mañachi located in the Peguche area. Here, we spend some special moments with the locals and better understand the Andean culture.

Once in Cotacachi, you will have enough time to visit the town, the leather goods stores and have free time for lunch (not included).

Later we will visit the Ecological Reserve where the Cuicocha Lagoon is located, inside the Cotacachi Volcano crater, which originated after a volcanic explosion thousands of years ago. And if the weather permits it will be possible to make a walk by the lagoon, by sailing in the crater of the volcano in small boats (with additional cost).

Our transport will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up the passengers who stayed at that stop and will then return them to Quito and their respective hotels or departure points.

Day 3: Wednesday: Breakfast at the hotel. City tour: Historical Quito + Mitad del Mundo.

We will visit the historic center, the largest and best preserved in South America, in one of our original trolleys, which are a replica of the trams that circulated in Quito during the last century.

We visit the Church of the Basilica of the National Vow, where we will make a brief stop for an explanation of its façade, and later move to the Mirador del Panecillo, an iconic place in the city. Here we find a statue of the Alada Virgin, from where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito. Later, we will continue to the Plaza de San Francisco, one of the most representative places of the city, and full of history. Then we will walk to the Plaza Grande, the historic and political center of the city, surrounded by innumerable attractions including the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Church of La Compañía.

We continue our journey in the traditional La Ronda neighborhood, in whose romantic setting we find workshops where our visitors will learn from a group of authentic craftsmen how their works are made and about the trades of yesteryear that keep the cultural traditions of this interesting city alive. (Entrances to churches are not included).

We will make a stop in the pink zone of the city for an hour and a half of free time for lunch (not included), and later we continue with our excursion to the Middle of the World.

We go to the Middle City of the World, where you can see the monument that divides the southern and northern hemispheres of the planet. It was built in the eighteenth century where the French scientific expedition defined the exact position of the line in Ecuador that divides the world and is a must-see for those who visit Quito. This visit includes entrance to the complex of the Middle of the World where you can witness unique experiences that defy the laws of physics and that occur only in this part of the world. After visiting this privileged place and registering it in your passport, you will always see Ecuador and the Middle of the World in a different way.

Day 4: Thursday: Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion through the Avenue of the Volcanoes.

Depart from Quito to take an interesting tour of the Ecuadorian highlands, admiring beautiful landscapes of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, ideal for photography! Then we make a short visit to the Cotopaxi National Park (entrance not included). Arrival in the city of Riobamba, and lodging in a typical hacienda.
In case the Cotopaxi National Park is not operational due to the volcanic activity, we will visit the Quilotoa volcano and the incomparable turquoise lagoon found in its crater.
Does not include entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park.

Day 5: Friday: After breakfast, travel by bus from Riobamba to Alausí and by train. Arrival in Cuenca.

Travel by train from the Alausí station towards the “Devil’s Nose” (Sibambe), a unique engineering work embedded in the Andes (the journey takes about two hours by train). Continue by land to Cuenca, visiting en route the ruins of Ingapirca (does not include entry). Arrival and accommodation in Cuenca.

Day 6: Saturday: Breakfast at the hotel. City tour in Cuenca.

Tour of the city visiting the Calderón Park, New Cathedral and Old Cathedral, park of flowers, Museum of Modern Art, (includes tickets). Visit the Hats Straw Factory Toquilla by Homero Ortega. Barranco del Tomebamba and Turi river (panoramic view).

Day 7: Sunday: Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer by land Cuenca/Guayaquil.

We leave early in the morning from Cuenca to El Cajas National Park, characterized by its glacial lagoons and its high mountain vegetation. Here we will walk through this beautiful place to observe some of its lagoons and a primary forest. We will also visit the zone of 3 crosses that constitutes the continental divide of the waters. We will take a walk to observe this curious place. From this point, we will start a spectacular descent until we reach the Ecuadorian coast. On the way, we will observe an Andean mountainous landscape at the beginning and then observe totally different vegetation on the Ecuadorian coast, with large plantations of banana and cacao. Arrival to Guayaquil. Accommodation.

Day 8: Monday: Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer hotel/airport.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Prices per person, commissionable, in U.S. dollars
  • Packages do not include Municipal hotel rate in Quito, US $2.75 per room, per night, direct payment at the hotel.
  • Special packages & circuits are made in shared service SIB, so depending on the selected departure day, each of the excursions will be scheduled, which may vary in the order or day of operation, but always will be fulfilled with all visits.
  • Please check prices for these packages and circuits in private.
  • These programs can be combined with each other or with extensions to Galapagos, Amazon, beaches, optional excursions and additional nights
  • Do not include National Park taxes
  • International or national air ticket not included (if you require advice on this subject please contact us)
  • Valid until December 15, 2019