ANDES AND COAST 11 DAYS
On this tour we will cross the Ecuadorian Andes and we will reach the Ecuadorian coast where we can enjoy the wonderful diversity that the Andes offer for you. Otavalo It is called "Intercultural Capital of Ecuador" for its cultural and historical wealth. We are heading towards Mindo, an inclement weather transition since in a couple of hours you will pass from the mountains with a cold climate to a warm-humid cloud forest. This small natural paradise offers an exuberant amount of activities that we will try to make the most of in our stay. We will visit the most lofty active volcano in the world and in a few hours we will go to the Ecuadorian coast where its beaches and marine life will captivate you.

 

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HIGHLIGHTS
✅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.
✅Cotopaxi National Park: In it we can find the largest active volcano in the world (5897 mts.) Also a lagoon where we can see animals typical of the Andean area and with luck the most emblematic animal of Ecuador, the condor.
✅Mindo: Mindo is world famous for bird watching, an unforgettable tourist destination for many foreign and domestic tourists, but there are plenty of other activities on offer, such as tubing in the rivers, horseback riding through beautiful landscapes, hiking in the woods or flying among the trees suspended from a zip line or 'canopy', as they are known in Mindo.
✅Quilotoa: The popularity of Quilotoa is due to the beauty of its landscapes and the spectacle of the calm waters. In the community of Quilotoa, also known as the "Summit" Route and accessed by bus from the town of Zumbahua, visitors can do ecotourism and adventure tourism with a high dose of adrenaline or simply contemplate the nearby landscapes.
✅Montañita: takes its name from being located in an inlet surrounded by hills and vegetation at the foot of the sea, like a valley with an extensive beach, currently it is an international tourist resort visited by young people who practice adventure tourism and surfers, its perfect right waves that reach up to 2.5 m attract tourists from all over the world.
✅Los Frailes: is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ecuador, due to its extension, white sand, the tranquility it offers as it is separated from the road and because it is usually empty. It belongs to the Machalilla National Park and is surrounded by cliffs and a viewpoint.
✅Puerto Lopez: It is known as "Ecological and tourist city", it has beautiful white sand beaches, and the privilege of having the Machalilla National Park. It is a canton in the province of Manabí considered by nature a fishing port, tourist and agricultural center.
✅Baños: Also known as "Piece of Heaven", "Gateway to the Amazon", "Puerta de El Dorado" or "City of the Volcano". It is the land of rivers to practice extreme sports.

Otavalo: It is called "Intercultural Capital of Ecuador" for its cultural and historical richness.
ITINERARY DAY BY DAY
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN QUITO

This is the first day of your 15-Day Colorful Ecuador Tour. After your flight to Quito, you will be picked up by one of our drivers and he’ll take you safely to your hotel.

​ HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Reina Isabel or similar (subject to availability)
​ HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability)

DAY 2: CITY LINE (QUITO COLONIAL + MIDLE OF THE WORLD)

​We will visit some of the most famous squares, churches and colonial buildings. The Plaza de la Independencia with its Presidential Palace, the Archbishop's Palace, the Municipal Building, the Statue of Independence 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 we will be amazed by the exuberant gold that was used to decorate the oldest church in Quito. Then we will move to the Panecillo and the statue of the Virgin of Quito. From here we will have the opportunity to see the two parts of Quito and the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes! We will continue to the Middle of the World where we will have lunch first. La Mitad del Mundo is one of the most famous attractions in Quito, located about 10 km north of the capital of Ecuador. There is an interesting open-air museum called Inti-Ñan.
It explains the solar system, the effect that the position of the equator has on gravity and ancient cultures and their peculiarities. It is definitely worth a visit! Then they will take us back to Quito and drop us off at our hotel.

​ HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Reina Isabel Quito or similar (subject to availability)
​ HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability)

DAY 3: OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET - MINDO - BELLAVISTA LODGE

In the morning we will move to Otavalo. It is called "Intercultural Capital of Ecuador" for its cultural and historical wealth. It is home to the largest indigenous artisan market in South America, called "La Plaza de Ponchos". Otavalo is the second largest and most populous city in the Imbabura province, known as the blue province. In the afternoon we will visit the main sites around Otavalo and the town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather products. Clothes, bags, belts, wallets, sandals, in Cotacachi we will find the best variety at the lowest prices. Then we will visit Lake Cuicocha. This lake is located in an old crater of a still active volcano. We can take an optional boat ride on the lake and observe the fumaroles. We head towards the Mindo Cloud Forest - Bellavista Lodge.
​ HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Mindo or similar (subject to availability)
​ HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Bellavista Lodge or similar (subject to availability)

DAY 4: MINDO FULL DAY - TRIP TO QUITO

Reaching the turn to Bellavista, you climb to the top of the mountain, again with fabulous views, where Bellavista lodge is perched. After breakfast, enjoy the flurry of hummingbirds and take a guided hike into the forest on our varied trails. After a delicious lunch, you can take a further guided hike with a Bellavista naturalist, or explore on your own. A guided hike will acquaint you with the exuberant vegetation (orchids, bromeliads) of the cloud forest,its bird life, and the fascinating adaptations to life in this special environment. The evening is relaxed – during or shortly after dinner, the Olinguito and Kinkajoo often visit the feeders right near the dining-room! There are also an incredible variety of moths, many of which are likely unknown to science….. After a refreshing night’s sleep, an early morning bird hike in the serene morning light is well worthwhile – the best time for birds. At 8 a.m., an ample breakfast is served. Afterwards, perhaps explore on your own, or perhaps go with a guide to a waterfall (hikes according to guide suggestions, availability and your interests!) Every hike reveals something new even for those of us who are fortunate enough to live in the forest every day!!
Lunch is served at one, and departure time is around 14.30 – 15,00h. Some people take a final hike in the forest, and some take a short siesta, others observe the birds or admire the ever – changing patterns of mist, cloud and sunny mountain vistas Finally, you leave, to be back in Quito before dusk

​ HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Reina Isabel Quito or similar (subject to availability)
​ HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability)
DAY 5: COTOPAXI + QUILOTOA FULL DAY - TRIP TO BANOS

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel to transfer you to one of the most emblematic points of Ecuador, the Cotopaxi volcano, considered the largest active volcano in the world at 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 high). Since the Cotopaxi Volcano is active at this time, the ascent will be granted by the National Park authorities. Or we can take a walk around Lake Limpiopungo that is at the foot of the volcano to observe some birds in the Páramo region (Andean Pastures). On a clear day, the view of the volcano reflected on the lake's surface is magnificent. We make a brief visit to the small museum that tells about the park, its nature, wildlife and the eruptions of the central axis of the park.
After this visit 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 peoples that are part of the great multiculturalism of Ecuador, after a 3-hour tour 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 perform different activities such as a walk to the crater, or you can stay to observe and appreciate the wonderful sight. In the afternoon we go to Baños.

​ HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: ​La Floresta or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
​ HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Luna Volcan or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
DAY 6: BANOS DE AGUA SANTA FULL DAY

After breakfast, you depart by canoe upstream for ten minutes, arriving to a small shore where you begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, discovering the jungle’s secondary forest diverse flora and fauna. After the short walk, you will get to the breathtaking waterfall Las Latas where you can take a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views, which mixed with the jungle sounds, makes it a unforgettable experience. Then you will return to have lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you will visit a Quichua family and learn about their millenary culture and traditions such as gold rinse in the river shoreline, traditional pottery making, making of typical drink “chicha” made of yuca (a traditional Ecuadorian manioc), and the use of the “serbatana” (blowpipe for hunting use). After this amazing encounter with Quichua culture, you return to the lodge by foot over secondary jungle pads. Upon arrival enjoy a snack. At night after dinner, you will have the usual meeting around the fireplace to share the day’s experiences.

​ HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: ​La Floresta or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
​ HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Luna Volcan or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
DAY 7: BANOS - TRIP TO MONTANITA

We will make a long trip towards Montanita on the Ecuadorian coast, where we can perform different activities or just enjoy the beach and at night you can enjoy the city that is well known for the party and the good atmosphere.

​ HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: ​Montanita or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)
​ HOTEL FIRST CLASS: ​Montanita or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)
DAY 8: PUERTO LOPEZ - PLAYA LOS FRAILES

Today we have the morning free to enjoy the beach different options that you have to do in montanita, at noon say goodbye to montanita.
We have a 2-hour trip to Puerto Lopez, in the province of Manabi, We will go to Los Frailes Beach, a magical and quiet place, where you can enjoy unique landscapes and connect with nature in its maximum splendor.

​ HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: ​​Hosteria Mandala or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
​ HOTEL FIRST CLASS: ​​Hosteria Mandala or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
DAY 9: ISLA DE LAPLATA (FULL DAY)

This day get ready because we will visit the fantastic Isla de la Plata. Known as the little Galapagos, it is the perfect destination for nature lovers looking for a unique adventure with incredible landscapes and diverse fauna. We will see species similar to those of the Galapagos, such as sea lions, blue-footed boobies and frigates, it is one of the most famous places to snorkel due to its richness and diversity of marine fauna. In the months of June to October this package includes the observation of humpback whales during their love rituals.

​ HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: ​​Hosteria Mandala or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
​ HOTEL FIRST CLASS: ​​Hosteria Mandala or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

 

RATES 2022
TYPE OF HOTELS PRICE PER PERSON
TOURIST CLASS $2,086 USD
FIRST CLASS $2,581 USD
** The tour can operate any date with minimum 2 persons**
INCLUDE: 
Meals according to the program
Private transportation during the whole program with English speaking guide - driver
Transfer airport – hotel - airport
Lodging in selected category of hotels in double rooms
Professional English speaking guide during the program
Excursions according to the itinerary
Museum entrance fees during the land program
NOT INCLUDED:
Meals are not specified in the program
Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
Personal expenses, tips, wire transfer costs.