4 WORLDS OF ECUADOR - 21 DAYS
This marvellos trip around the FOUR WORLDS OF ECUADOR will offer you a complete alternative to visit the best places of the country in one just tour of 21 days. Ecuador has four different regions that offer culture, adventure and wildlife suech as: the Andes, the Amazon jungle, Pacific coast and the highlight of Galapagos Islands. You will be able to visit indigenous comunities on the highlands, the rainforest jungle, the relax of the beach in the coast and the cruise around the Galapagos Islands.
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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..!
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.
UPPER NAPO AREA
Napo is a province in the Amazon region of Ecuador, it is characterized by having a high biological diversity, here we show you everything you need to know about it and the incredible places you should know. The upper area of the Napo River offers great lodges on the banks of the river with a magnificent atmosphere of iungle
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.
which means "Inca Wall" was, above all, an astronomical observatory of the movement of the sun and the moon, it was also a sacred space dedicated to the worship of their gods built by the Incas on the basis of a first Cañarí settlement, which populated the southern Ecuadorian.
Can you imagine walking among exotic birds, sea lions and giant tortoises? This will only be achieved in the Galapagos archipelago also known as the Enchanted Islands and unique laboratory.
MINDO CLOUD FOREST
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.
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 this complete tour.
DAY 1: TRANSFER AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL
Welcome to Ecuador, a small country but certainly charming and full of adventures. Our Guide will receive you at the Airport, will welcome you, and give you an introduction to the tour of Ecuador where we will visit the country for the next 21 days. The guide will transfer you to the hotel in Quito where you will spend the night. Overnight in Quito.
DAY 2: CITY LINE (QUITO COLONIAL + MITAD DEL MUNDO) + TELEFERICO
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 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 both parts of Quito and the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes! In the afternoon we will continue the famous 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..!Finally you will visit the Teleferiqo (cable car) of Quito. Over 2,500 meters you will reach the top of the PIchincha Volcano, this great visit is a unique experience, which offers a great view of the landscape of the north, center and south of the city. After this visit we will be dropped off at our hotel. Overnight in Quito.
DAY 3: COTOPAXI FULL DAY
Our trip will continue today to the Cotopaxi National park. The Cotopaxi is 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 which 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. In the afternoon return to Quito. Overnight in Quito.
DAY 4: TERMAS DE PAPALLACTA – LODGE IN UPPER NAPO
Today you can enjoy the famous hot springs "Termas de Papallacta". These hot springs are an excellent option for relaxing and the nature of the param in Ecuador. There are excellent self-guided walks and there is a complete spa where you can enjoy some beauty spa massages (extra fees not included). We will continue to the city of Tena and then to Huano to stay at La Casa del Suizo Lodge (depending on the lodge you choose.) Upon arrival we will receive a welcome cocktail and then we will transfer to your bungalow. If you wish, you can take a dip on a sandy beach on the Napo River. Overnight at Lodge in Upper Napo Zone.
DAY 5: AMAZON JUNGLE FULL DAY (SAMPLE)
Secondary Forest - Las Latas Waterfall - Quichua Family After breakfast, you canoe upriver for ten minutes, reaching a small shore where a fun and exciting one-hour hike begins, discovering the diverse flora and fauna of the secondary jungle forest. After the short walk, you will arrive at the impressive Las Latas waterfall, where you can take a refreshing bath in its crystal clear waters and enjoy the views of the surroundings, which mixed with the sounds of the jungle, make it an unforgettable experience. You will then return for lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon, you will visit a Quichua family and learn about their millennial culture and traditions, such as gold rinse on the river bank, traditional pottery making, the elaboration of the typical drink "chicha" made of yuca (a traditional Ecuadorian yuca ), and the use of the “serbatana” (blowgun for hunting use). After this incredible encounter with the Quichua culture, walk back to the lodge on pads of secondary jungle. Upon arrival enjoy a snack. At night, after dinner, you will have the usual gathering around the fireplace to share the experiences lived during the day. Remember that this is just one example of what a day could be like. You can decide what to do according to your interests in coordination with our guide. Overnight at Lodge in Upper Napo Zone.
DAY 6: AMAZON – PUYO – BAÑOS
After breakfast we will travel to Puyo and Baños all the way we will be able to observe the amount of landscapes that the Ecuadorian jungle offers and several rivers and tributaries that are next to the road. You have the afternoon free to visit the zoo or simply relax near the thermal waters of Baños.. Overnight in Baños.
DAY 7: BAÑOS - "ROUTE OF THE CASCADES" - TRIP TO RIOBAMBA
After breakfast, we will visit the surroundings of the town of Banos, the main church, and some other places... After this visit, you will visit the famous "route of the cascades" where you will visit some different cascades such as Manto de la Novia, San Pedro, and more... The highlight of this route is the famous "Pailon del Diablo cascade"; a beautiful and majestic waterfall around the cloud forest of the zone.
In the afternoon we'll go to Riobamba city. On the way, we will make a brief visit to the Chimborazo volcano for photos. Overnight in Riobamba.
DAY 8: RIOBAMBA - INGAPIRCA - CUENCA
We will visit some interesting historic places in the city of Riobamba in the morning... Then we'll go towards the south and we'll the Balbanera church, which is the first one founded in Ecuador. The 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 to 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 south and we’ll reach the Inca Ruins of Ingapirca, the famous place of Inca ancient times. Finally we'll reach Cuenca city. Overnight in Cuenca.
DAY 9: CITY TOUR IN CUENCA - GUALACEO - CHORDELEG
After the breakfast 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 lunch (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 10: EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK – GUAYAQUIL CITY
After breakfast we go to 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 11: GUAYAQUIL – MONTANITA - PUERTO LOPEZ
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 12: PUERTO LOPEZ - LOS FRAILES - PUERTO LOPEZ
On this day we have a relaxing day we will make a trip from Puerto Lopez to Machalilla National Park, and visit Los Frailes Beach. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ecuador due to its extension, white sand, and tranquility. It belongs to the Machalilla National Park and is surrounded by cliffs and a viewpoint. To get to the beach you must go through a beautiful dry forest that exhibits species of flora and fauna typical of the area. Then we will return to Puerto Lopez. Overnight in Puerto Lopez.
DAY 13: PUERTO LOPEZ - GUAYAQUIL
After the midday. Get ready to return to the city of Guayaquil, there is no rush you can relax on the beach in the morning or perhaps visit the small town of Puerto López famous for surfing. Overnight in Guayaquil..
DAY 14 TO 18: GUAYAQUIL - FLIGHT TO GALAPAGOS
Transfer hotel to airport in Guayaquil for taking the flight to the enchanted Galapagos Islands. .At your arrival in Galapagos the guide of the yacht will meet you and taking you on board.
5 days - 4 nights cruise on the Bonita Yacht or similar - FULL BOARD (subject to dates and avaialability)
DAY 18: RETURN FLIGHT GALAPAGOS - TRANSFER TO OTAVALO
Our guide will pick up you at the airport. Departures from Quito through the Pan-American North Highway until arriving at Cayambe town, where we'll have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos”, a type of biscuit baked in a clay oven. Then we'll reach the viewpoint of Lake San Pablo for photos and take some beverages. Overnight in Otavalo.
DAY 19: OTAVALO - MINDO
On this day in Otavalo, we'll visit the beauty cascade of Peguche with a short hike around the place. After this visit, we'll have time to visit the indigenous market of Otavalo, one of the largest in America. In this market, the people of the zone sell their textiles and handicrafts.
After free time in the market, we'll continue the trip to the town of Cotacachi, recognized for leather clothing and crafts. we'll continue with our final visit of the day, the Ecological Reserve Cuicocha, where the main attraction is the lagoon located inside the crater. It's possible a short walk around the lagoon or a short trip in small boats on the lagoon. (with additional cost). In the afternoon we will a short trip to Mindo, Overnight in Mindo.
DAY 20: MINDO CLOUD FOREST FULL DAY - QUITO
We head towards Mindo Cloudforest where fun and adventure in nature are guaranteed. Located about 49 miles from Quito. Mindo is the most famous town for birdwatchers in the Andes of Ecuador, due to the number of species we can find in the area. Orchids, bromeliads, and more than 40 species of butterflies are the highlights of this area. Our guide will lead to some activities possible to do on this day, some of them could be birdwatching hiking, 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.
DAY 21: 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. This will be the end of our tour of Ecuador. We have reached the end of our services for ECUADOR GREEN TRAVEL, it was a real pleasure to have shared the best of Ecuador with you.
- Meals according to the program
- Private transportation during the whole program with English speaking guide - driver
- Transfer airport – hotel - airport
- Accommodation in hotels according to your choice in double rooms
- Excursions according to the itinerary
- Entrance fees to the museums during the program
- Meals are not specified in the program
- Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
- Flight tickets Guayaquil - Galapagos - Quito (495 USD)
- Control card to Galapagos (20 usd per person)
- Galapagos National Park entrance fee (100 usd per person)
- Personal expenses
- wire transfer costs