AMAZING ECUADOR - 19 DAYS
Thie amazing tour around Ecuador in 19 days offers a great loop around the main three regions of the country, such as the Andes Mountains, the Amazon jungle and the Pacific coast. Each region has its own unique fauna, flora, climate and culture.
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AMAZING REGIONS TO DISCOVER
Quito: The Historic Center of Quito was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO on September 8, 1978. It is the least altered and the best preserved in America. Mitad del Mundo. This is one of the most famous attractions in Quito, You can visit the monument or the insitu museum called Inti-Ñan. You can discover the great details of the solar system, the effect that the position of the equator and ancient cultures and much more..!
One of the most famous cloud forests is located in a valley, the Mindo Cloud Forest, of which about 19,000 hectares are protected, which is called the Mindo Nambillo Protective Forest. About 500 varieties of birds and 90 species of butterflies live in this ecosystem. Likewise, in the Mindo reserve park, more than 170 species of orchids have been identified and bromeliads, heliconias, ferns, vines, mosses and lichens abound. Despite being small in size, Mindo is home to about 500 varieties of birds and approximately 90 types of butterflies. In addition, more than 170 species of orchids have been found. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to see many birds.
It is the habitat where the greatest amount of wildlife is found, and where a great diversity of flora and fauna is found. The area has a rainy climate, and a system of lagoons, rivers and a tropical forest has formed.
Otavalo: It is called "Intercultural Capital of Ecuador" for its cultural and historical richness.
ITINERARY DAY BY DAY
Please find below a detailed description of the tour.
DAY 1: TRANSFER AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL
Welcome to Ecuador, a small but certainly charming country full of adventures. Our Guide will welcome you at your arrival and give you an introduction about the country and more details about your next adventure trip "Amazing Ecuador - 19 days".
You will be transferred to your hotel in Quito where you will spend the night. Overnight in Quito.
DAY 2: CITY TOUR IN QUITO + MITAD DEL MUNDO + TELEFERICO)
Our guide will pick you up at your hotel to visit some of the most famous squares, churches and colonial buildings in the city of Quito. The Independence square has a perfect spaniard design with the main buildings of the city, that includes the Presidential Palace, the Archiepiscopal Palace, the Mayor's Building, and the Cathedral. We will continue to the churches of El Sagrario and La Compañía, and then the church and convent of San Francisco. We will take a look inside the church and be amazed at the amount of exuberant gold that was used to decorate the oldest church in Quito. Then we will move to Panecillo and the statue of the Virgin of Quito. From here we will have the opportunity to see both parts of Quito and the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes!
We will continue to the Mitad del Mundo which is one of the most famous attractions in Quito, located about 10 km north of the capital of Ecuador. You can visit the monument and museums for having the best photos.. then we'll visit the insitu musuem "Inti-Ñan". In this place we'll have an explaination about the effects of the Equator line on this area, information about Ecuadorian cultures of the Andes and the Amazon basin, also their customs and traditions.
Finally you will visit the Teleferiqo (cable car) of Quito. This amazing trip will take you over 3,000 meters (above sea level) where you will reach the top of the PIchincha Volcano, having a great view of the city from the west side. The modern buildings of north, the old town on the center and wide area of south of Quito. After this visit we will be dropped off at our hotel. Overnight in Quito.
DAY 3: MINDO CLOUD FOREST - BUS TRIP TO CUYABENO
We head towards Mindo cloudforest where fun and adventure in nature is guaranteed. Located about 49 miles from Quito. Mindo is the most famous town for bidwachters in the Andes of Ecuador, due the amount of species we can find on the area.. Orchids, bromeliads and more than 40 species of butterflies are the highliths of this area. Our guide will lead to some activities possible to do in this day, some of them could be birdwatching hikking, also an ecological walk to the waterfalls or canopy. You will have time for lunch (Not included) then we will visit the Chocolate Factory or Butterfly Farm. After this interesting visit we will return to Quito.
you will have time to rest for few hour at your hotel in Quito. At night, our guide will pick you up and then you will reach the meeting point for taking your semi-private touriistic bus to Cuyabeno. Night trip to the jungle for about 8 hours.
NIGHT BUS TRIP TO CUYABENO RESERVE
DAY 9: OTAVALO MARKET - COTACACHI - CUICOCHA LAKE - QUITO
IWe'll visit the Peguche cascade. Then you will fee time for shopping in the big market of handicrafts in Otavalo, this is one of the biggest indigenous markets of America. Later we'll go towards the town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather products, such as clothes, bags, belts, wallets, sandals. Finally we will visit Lake Cuicocha. This lake is located in an old crater of the still active Cotacachi volcano. We can take an optional boat ride on the lake and observe the fumaroles.
In the afternoon we return to Quito. Overnight in Quito
DAY 10: QUITO - COTOPAXI VOLCANO
Our trip will continue today to the Cotopaxi National park. The Cotopaxi considered the largest active volcano in the world with 5897 meters high (19,347 feet high). During our stay in the National Park we will admire its natural environment, its Flora and Fauna with the explanations of your naturalist guide. We will try to ascend to the refuge located at 4,810 m (15,392 ft). Since the Cotopaxi Volcano is currently active, the ascent will be granted by the National Park authorities. We will also take a walk around the Limpiopungo lake that is located at the foot of the volcano to observe some birds of the Páramo region (Andean Grasslands). On a clear day, the view of the volcano reflected on the surface of the lake is magnificent. We make a short visit to the small museum that talks about the park, its nature, wildlife and the eruptions of the park's centerpiece. We will be able to visit the refuge where we will be able to enjoy the wonderful views that this place offers, be sure to bring warm clothes since the wind is strong in the thermo-stops, if we are lucky we will be able to observe the fauna that inhabits the Cotopaxi National Park. Overnight in local Hacienda in Cotopaxi area.
DAY 11: QUILOTOA LAGOON - BAÑOS
After breakfast we go to the North Pan-American Highway to go to the Quilotoa lagoon, on the way you can see wonderful landscapes (depending on the climate) we will pass through small indigenous towns that are part of the great multiculturalism of Ecuador, then a tour of 3 hours we will arrive at the Quilotoa lagoon, this lagoon characterized by the turquoise color due to the volcanic minerals, gives it a pleasant and colorful appearance, we can do different activities such as a walk to the crater, or you can stay to observe and appreciate the wonderful view. In the afternoon we go to Baños we will have a trip of approximately 3 hours where we will spend the night. Overnight in Baños
DAY 12: BAÑOS - "ROUTE OF THE CASCADES" - RIOBAMBA
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up at your hotel to visit the surroundings of the town. We will take the "Route of the cascades" where you will visit the different cascades in the area such as: Agoyan, Manto de la Novia and San Pedro, and you will also be able to enjoy the famous "Tarabita", a small cable car that crosses the great canyon over the Pastaza River. Then we will do a trekking to get to "El Pailon del Diablo"; a beautiful waterfall where we can have the opportunity to walk through the cloud forest. Then trip to Riobamba with a short visit of the Chiborazo volcano for some photos. Overnight in Riobamba.
DAY 13: RIOBAMBA - INGAPIRCA - CUENCA
We will visist some interesting historic places of the city of Riobamba in the morning... Then we'll go towards south and we'll the Balbanera church, which is the first one founded in Ecuador. Then a short time around the peaceful lagoon of Colta Lagoon. These two are unique Andean landscapes of the area.
We’ll reach the area of the Andean train called the famous "Devil’s nose" , the tour is not operating at this time due the company of trains is “out of business” but our guide will show you the operation and the route… After this visit we'll continue towards south and we’ll reach the Inca Ruins of Ingapirca, famous place of inca ancient times.. Overnight in Cuenca.
DAY 14: CUENCA CITY TOUR - GUALACEO AND CHORDELEG
We will start our adventure of this day have a city tour through the city of Cuenca, a beautiful city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will abel to discover its cultural and architectural diversity. visiting the most important churches and monuments of this city. We will also visit the Turi viiewpoint, where you will have a panoramic view of the entire city of Cuenca. After the lulnch (not included)
In the afternoon we will visit the colinal tows of Gualaceo and Chordeleg, two of the most important towns near the city, famous for their handicrafts made with gold and silver, and for their colonial traditions. Overnight in Cuenca
DAY 15: EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK – GUAYAQUIL CITY
We'll have a short hiking excursion around the El Cajas National Park. This is an interesting visit full of nature, the lagoons are the remains of the last ice age. The small and big lagoons are connected by internal small rivers, whose crystal clear waters flow into the Pacific ocean. The hiking also include a part of the famous forest of "trees of paper".
After this visit we'll continue the trip towards the coast of Ecuador to reach the city of Guayaquil. At our arrival we'll make a short city tour around the city and its main touristic places. Overnight in Guayaquil
DAY 16: GUAYAQUIL - MONTANITA
Today we will drive around the famous "Ruta del Sol" passing by several beaches of the Pacific Coast. We'll visit the town of Ballenita. Some other small villages along the route. Finally we'll reach Montañita where we'll spend the day in the beach. Late in the afternoon we go to Puerto Lopez. Overnight in Puerto Lopez.
DAY 17: ISLA DE LA PLATA (FULL DAY)
Get ready for the nature, due this day we will visit the Isla de la Plata. Called as "The little Galapagos" it's the perfect destination for nature lovers looking for a unique marine life. We will see also some species of birds such as blue-footed boobies and frigates, This place is famous for snorkeling due the diversity of marine life. From June to October you will be able to wacth humpback whales jumping in this area during their mating time. After this long day of adventure return to your hotel. Overnight in Puerto Lopez
DAY 18: PUERTO LOPEZ - PLAYA LOS FRAILES - TRIP TO QUITO
This morning we will visit Los Frailes beach, part of the Machallilla National Park in the province of Manabí. A magical and quiet place, where you can enjoy unique landscapes and connect with nature at its best. Then you will have a long trip back to Quito for about 7 hours.. Overnight in Quito
DAY 19: TRANSFER OUT - END OF OUR SERVICES
Breakfast at the hotel. Our guide will pick you up at his hotel to transfer you to the airport.
END OF OUR SERVICES
|CITY||HOTEL CATEGORY||HOTEL CATEGORY||HOTEL CATEGORY|
|QUITO||REINA ISABEL HOTEL
|| MERCURE HOTEL
|CUYABENO||NICKY AMAZON LODGE
|| JAMU LODGE
||JAMU LODGE (SUITE ROOM)
|MEALS INCLUDED|| BREAKFAST-LUNCH-DINNER
|OTAVALO||INDIO INN HOTEL
|COTOPAXI||CUELLO DE LUNA HACIENDA
||LA CIENEGA HACIENDA
||SAN AGUSTIN HACIENDA
|BANOS||LA FLORESTA HOTEL
|| SANGAY HOTEL
||LUNA VOLCAN HOTEL
|CUENCA||INCA REAL HOTEL
||MANSION ALCAZAR HOTEL
|PUERTO LOPEZ||MANDALA HOTEL
||LA TERRAZA HOTEL
Amazing Ecuador - 19 DAYS
** All prices are per person. The tour can operate any date with a minimum of 2 people**
|HOTEL CATEGORIES||PRICE PER PERSON|
|3* HOTELS||$3001 USD|
|4* HOTELS||$3352 USD|
|5* HOTELS||$4400 USD|
- Private transportation during the whole program with English speaking guide - driver
- Transfer airport – hotel - airport
- Transfer Quito – Cuyabeno - Quito
- Tour 4 days - 3 nights at lodge in Cuyabeno reserve.
- Accommodation in hotels according to your choice in double rooms
- Meals according to the program
- Excursions detailed in the itinerary
- Entrance fees to the museums and visits during the program
- Meals not specified in the program
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
- Visit to the indigenous comunity in cuyabeno reserve. $10 USD p.p
- Personal expenses
- wire transfer costs