Andean & Coastal Ecuador - 12 Days

DISCOVER THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY IN SOUTH AMERICA

Tour Design

Private tours and allows for customization based on customer requirements

Departure Dates

All year around - Daily based on availability

Difficulty Level

Easy – Moderate

OVERVIEW

The Andean and Coastal Ecuador package focuses on the two regions where most Ecuadorians live. You will explore the highlands of Ecuador. Home of volcanoes, Indian markets, colonial cities, indigenous communities, impressive landscapes, rivers and lakes. The Andean region has a cool climate and it is a zone rich in traditions and offering beautiful landscapes throughout. When you travel, the vegetation and climate changes dramatically before your eyes, together with all other surroundings. The coastal region of the country, with its people, beautiful beaches, fishing towns and great seafood, will make you wonder if you are in a different country all together.

Highlights

Duration: 12 Days

Departure: Daily

Hotels: First Class Accommodation

Highlights: Quito – Otavalo – Cuicocha Lake – Cotopaxi – Ingapirca – Cuenca – Guayaquil – Machalilla – Manta

TOUR ITINERARY

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure

 

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

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure (Breakfast)

Day 3 - Otavalo Indian Market & Peguche waterfall visit

Today you will visit the biggest and most colorful indigenous market in Latin America, the famous Otavalo. Its market is 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 at bargain prices. After this, you will go to the Peguche Waterfall near Otavalo, where you will arrive after a refreshing walk. In the afternoon you will return to Quito, enjoying the rural landscape.

Accommodation: Hacienda Pinsaqui (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

Day 4 - Cuicocha Lake and Surroundings

Today you will visit Cuicocha Lake, one of the most interesting crater lakes in Ecuador. This active volcano has a lagoon inside its crater with two small islands. If you like, you can enjoy a boat ride around the crater and listen to the stories and legends of this magical place or take a short hike for a beautiful view. After this, you will continue discovering this amazing area near Otavalo. On your way back to Quito you will enjoy the fantastic agricultural mosaic of rural Ecuadorian.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

Day 5 - Cotopaxi National Park visit

Your adventure will start driving south of Quito where you will admire the Cotopaxi (19,347 feet) the highest active volcano on earth, and its National Park. Upon your 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. Afterwards you will visit the Limpiapungo 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. After lunch you will admire Ecuador’s highest mountain the snow capped Chimborazo (20,697 ft.) in your way to Riobamba which is the birthplace of Ecuador’s first constitution (1830). You will spend the night in a nice colonial hacienda.

Accommodation: Hacienda Abraspungo (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

Day 6 - Andean Train & Ingapirca Ruins visit

After an early breakfast you will continue your excursion south passing by a picturesque Indian area in the highlands of Ecuador. Here you will admire the oldest Catholic chapel in the country “Balbanera chapel”. Then, you will arrive to Alausi train Station. Here you can experience the Devil’s nose route going from the highest Andes to the low lands. This is an unforgettable experience where you will have an opportunity to ride through the Andes and pass through several towns, rivers of the region.

After a Box lunch on the road you will arrive to Ingapirca ruins, the most important religious and political complex of Inca ruins in Ecuador. Afterwards, you will continue your drive to the beautiful city of Cuenca (Ecuador’s third largest city), for an overnight stay. In the evening you can enjoy a free night to roam through this charming city in the South of Ecuador on your own.

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia (Breakfast & Box Lunch)

 

Day 7 - Cuenca City Tour

Today you will discover one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Latin America “Cuenca” which is located at 2,500 meters above sea level in a valley surrounded by 4 rivers and mountains with a very colorful countryside. Cuenca is famous for its art and history; there you will be able to admire its beautiful marble Cathedral, its cobblestone streets, graceful wrought-iron balconies, flowered plazas and museums. The people of Cuenca are known for their great hospitality.

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

Day 8 - Transfer to Guayaquil – City and Natural & Historical Park tour

Today you will visit Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and one of the most important ports in the Pacific Coast of South America. Visit the living tradition of the “Las Peñas” neighborhood, walk around the riverfront Malecon 2000 with its botanic gardens, and monuments with a view to the Guayas River. Walk up to the Santa Ana hill to have a spectacular views of Guayaquil, and drive through the “9th of October” Avenue to see the “Centenario” park and discover the spirit of this cosmopolitan city and Ecuador’s economic center. After Lunch you will visit the Natural Historic Park of Guayaquil, a place where it is possible to admire local flora and fauna like Caymans, Iguanas, Arpee Eagles and a beautiful segment of mangrove forest. On the cultural side, visit a replica of a late nineteenth century Guayaquil neighborhood.

Accomodation: Grand Hotel Guayaquil (Breakfats & Lunch)

 

Day 9 - Transfer to Puerto Lopez with Los Frailes Beach visit

Today you will continue your trip from Guayaquil to Machalilla area. There you will enjoy the Machalilla National Park, beautiful place with white sand beaches like Los Frailes Beach, surrounded by primary dry forest that is full of life, you can visit the Agua Blanca archeological museum to learn from one of the native guides about pre-Columbian cultures, the local way of life and the natural history of the area.

Accommodation: Hosteria Nantu (Breakfast)

 

Day 10 - Whale watching (seasonal) & Isla de la Plata visit

Between the months of June through September, Manabí receives the visit of the whales, which come from the Southern Hemisphere to mate in this area. You can see them jumping with all their majesty, offering an unforgettable show and reminding us of the magic of Mother Nature. This occurs on your way to La Isla de la Plata (Silver Island), a beautiful wildlife sanctuary known as the Little Galapagos because it is inhabited by some of the same species as in Galápagos such as the Red, Blue, Frigate birds, Pelicans, Albatross, Masked boobies, seagulls and many other birds. The island is named after the legend of pirate Sir Francis Drake whom is said to have stolen the gold from the Spanish ships and hid it somewhere on the island in a secret place that has never been found.

Accommodation: Hosteria Nantu (Breakfast)

 

Day 11 - Pacoche Forest & Montecristi Village visit – Flight to Quito

Today you will visit Pacoche Forest; a reserve with an ecosystem similar to that of the Amazon Rainforest. During a short hike you will have the chance to meet different species of monkeys and birds. Subsequently, you will visit Montecristi village, famous for the worldwide known “Panama Hats” and other handicrafts. This is the perfect opportunity to buy the last souvenirs. In the late afternoon you will be transferred to the airport of Manta for your flight back to Quito, where you will be welcomed and brought to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure (Breakfast)

 

Day 12 - Transfer Out

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

INCLUDED

Private transportation

Hotel accommodation in first class hotels

Tours described in the itinerary

English - spanish speaking guides

Meals described in the itinerary

NOT INCLUDED

International & domestic flights

Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages

Tips & Gratuites

Personal Expenses

The tours were amazing. Just the right blend of city and nature. Having six different personalities to please couldn't have been easy, but it was done beautifully.

Christine Hallick

Canada

MAP & AREA

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