The Andean Haciendas

HISTORICAL CITIES, HIGHLANDS
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Departure: Daily
  • Hotels: First Class Accommodation
  • Highlights: Quito – Otavalo Indian Market – Colonial Haciendas – Papallacta Hot Springs – Quilotoa Crater Lake – Rose Plantation

 

The Andean Haciendas Tour is the best way to connect with the serene charm of the Ecuadorian Sierra. Enjoy the fresh air and greenery of the landscape that contains the history of indigenous communities and the colonial haciendas. Admire the beauty of a fully functional 2112 hectares Ecuadorean hacienda at the famous Hacienda Zuleta. Enjoy the stunning views of the Andes mountains and the serenity of the lakes such as Quilotoa Crater Lake. You will be able to relax in one of the most beautiful hot springs of Ecuador, and visit rose plantations and the famous indiginous market of Otavalo.

If you are looking to take in the breathtaking Andes scenery, experience the Ecuadorian culture, and spend your nights in traditional haciendas along the way, this is the perfect trip for you!

Tour Information

  • Accommodations: First Class
  • Focus: Culture, Nature, Wild life, History and sightseeing of Andean Region
  • Physical Activity: Low
  • Departures: Daily.
  • Tour Type: Private

Summary Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Transfer in - Hotel Mercure
  • Day 2: Colonial city tour in Quito & Middle of the world - Transfer to Otavalo - Hacienda Pinsaqui
  • Day 3: Otavalo Indian Market visit - Hacienda Pinsaqui
  • Day 4: Otavalo and surroundings visit - Transfer to Papallacta - Termas de Papallacta Spa Resort
  • Day 5: Papallacta Hot Springs - Transfer to Quilotoa area - Hosteria Mama Hilda
  • Day 6: Quilotoa Crater Lake visit - Hacienda La Cienega
  • Day 7: Rose Plantation - Cotopaxi National Park - Hotel Patio Andaluz
  • Day 8: Transfer out

Package includes:

  • 2 Transfers (hotel - airport - hotel)
  • 1 night in a First class hotel in modern Quito - Hotel Mercure
  • 1 1 night in a First Class hotel in old Quito
  • 1 Colonial & Historical city tour in Quito & Middle of the World visit
  • 1 Transfer to Otavalo
  • 1 night in an Andean Hacienda near Otavalo – Hacienda Pinsaqui
  • 1 day Otavalo Indian market visit
  • 1 Otavalo and Surroundings visit
  • 1 night in a Colonial Andean Hacienda near Zuleta – Hacienda Zuleta
  • 1 Transfer to Papallacta
  • 1 day Hot Springs visit in Papallacta
  • 1 night in Papallacta at Termas de Papallacta Spa Resort
  • 1 night in Quilotoa area – Hosteria Mama Hilda
  • 1 Transfer to Quilotoa Area
  • 1 Quilotoa Crater Lake visit – Special Lunch in Hacienda San Agustin del Callo
  • 1 night in Cotopaxi National Park area – Hacienda La Cienega
  • 1 Rose plantation visit and Cotopaxi National Park tour
  • Private transportation
  • English – Spanish speaking guide
  • Meals described in the itinerary
  • All entrances fee

Package does not include:

  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses
  • International Airfare

Day 1 - Transfer in Quito


When you arrive in Ecuador, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your charming hotel in Quito, where you will receive your full itinerary and information about Ecuador and your trip. Accommodation Hotel Mercure

Day 2 - City tour in Quito & the Middle of the World


Independence square Middle of the World Monument and Museum

After breakfast, your will visit “Quito” the most beautiful and colonial city in South America, declared by UNESCO part of the Cultural Heritage of mankind. You will explore the colonial part of the city and you will start in the Independence square, with the presidential palace, the city hall, the Sagrario church and the Cathedral. You will then, visit San Francisco church and museum-monastery (1535), the San Agustin monastery and the finest example of baroque art in America, La Compañía church (1605) and its breathtaking gilded altars. You will then visit the art & crafts gallery of Tianguez and finally, drive up to the Panecillo hill and enjoy an amazing view of Quito from above, and admire the only winged-Virgin statue in South America. This is a great spot to take pictures above Quito;

After visiting the Colonial center of Quito you will arrive to the Middle of the World Monument and Museum, which is located 25 km north of Ecuador’s capital. There you will find the monument on the equatorial line marking latitude 0° 0´0”, where you will have the opportunity to stand in both hemispheres and take wonderful pictures. Here you can also visit the ethnographic museum on site as well.Then you will be transferred to Otavalo where you will overnight in a unique historical hacienda. Accommodation Hacienda Pinsaqui

Day 3 - Otavalo Indian Market


Otavalo Indian Market

Today you will visit the biggest and most colorful indigenous market in Latin America, the famous Otavalo. Here, you will visit its Ponchos market, famous around the world for its colorful tapestries, hand-knitted wool sweaters, native paintings, wood carvings, silver jewelry, woolen and straw hats, and much more, all at bargain prices. After a great shopping you will arrive to Cotacachi known for its leather works and San Antonio de Ibarra for its excellent woodcarvings. Lunch will be served at a typical nearby hacienda or country inn. Afterwards you will be transferred to the Hacienda Zuleta where you will stay over night. Accommodation Hacienda Pinsaqui o Cusin (B - L).

Day 4 - Otavalo & Surroundings visit


Today you will visit Cuicocha one of the most interesting crater lakes in Ecuador; this active volcano has a lagoon inside its crater as well as 2 small islands. You can enjoy a boat ride around the crater and listen to the stories and legends of this magical place. You will also visit the Peguche waterfalls near Otavalo. Afterwards you will be transferred to Papallacta where you will stay over night and enjoy the Hot Springs. Accommodation Termas de Papallacta Spa.

Day 5 - Papallacta Hot Springs visit


Today you will visit one of the most beautiful hot Springs in the Andes of Ecuador; the hydrothermal value of Hot Springs is thanks to Papallacta location between two volcanoes, Volcano Cayambe and Volcano Antisana.The source temperature of the thermal baths varies between 30°C and 70°C (86°F and 158°F). At the pools the temperature ranges from 36°C to 40°C (97°F to 104°F). Thermal waters contain sulfates, sodium, calcium, chloride and traces of magnesium which are odorless, colorless but have a slightly salty taste. Here you will have the opportunity to relax in the private pools of hot water of Papallacta or enjoy one of the varieties of massages or treatments that Papallacta SPA can offer you.In the afternoon you will be transferred to the area of Cotopaxi National Park where you will overnight. Accommodation Hosteria Mama Hilda.

Day 6 - Quilotoa Crater Lake visit with lunch in San Augustin del Callo Hacienda


Today you are going to a remote mountain region in the western side of the Ecuadorian highlands, where indigenous communities keep crops at altitudes of over 13,120 ft, and where the famous Tigua paintings were born. You will arrive to the dark green Quilotoa Crater Lake inside an extinct volcano (12,497 ft), where you can hike to the crater or just admire the beautiful landscapes of the Highlands of Ecuador.

You will have lunch in Hacienda San Augustin del Callo. This working farm offers an unrivaled glimpse into Ecuador’s rich and colorful past. Since the 15th century San Agustin de Callo has served as Inca fortress, Augustinian convent and temporary home for the French Geodesic Mission.

Day 7 - Rose Plantation visit and Cotopaxi National Park


Today you will visit Verdillano Roses Plantation; here you will hike through the different greenhouses and the room where the flowers are ready for transportation. During the visit they will explain you how are the cultivation of roses, activities and markets.

Afterwards you will admire the Cotopaxi (19,347 feet) the highest active volcano on earth, and its National Park. Upon you arrival to the park you will visit the interpretation center where you will find history about the last Cotopaxi eruption as well as information about the flora & fauna of this beautiful national park.Then you will visit the Limpiopungo Lake and admire the Andean moorlands with its birds or you can start climbing up to the snow line and arrive to the first shelter of the mountain located at 15,744 ft. Accommodation Hotel Mercure

Day 8 - Transfer Out


After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home


 

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