The Indian Trail - 10 Days

DISCOVER THE MOST BEAUTIFULL COUNTRIES 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 Indian trail will begin in the northern part of Ecuador in the heart of the highlands visiting Quito home of the first Indian communities the Quitus. Here you will admire the best of Spanish art, history and colonial edification with Indian heritage. In the south of the country, you will explore Ingapirca, the most important religious and political complex of the Incans in Ecuador. In the East of Ecuador you will explore the Amazon jungle home of the first Indian communities, that ahve inhabited this land for over 10,000 years. Here you will explore one of the most diverse, unique and richest rainforest environments in the world.

Highlights

Duration: 10 Days
Departure: Daily
Hotels: First Class Accommodation
Highlights: Quito – Cotopaxi National Park – Ingapirca Inca Ruins – Cuenca – Amazon Rain Forest

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, 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

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.

Day 3 - Cotopaxi National Park

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 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. Afterwards you will visit the Limpiopungo Lake and admire the Andean moorlands with highland 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.) as you travel on your way to Riobamba, which is the birthplace of Ecuador’s first constitution (1830). Here you will have a brief tour of the city, which includes its French-influenced plazas, the Cathedral, admire the city from the “Quito” hill and learn about Ecuador’s history from its murals.
Accommodation Hacienda Abraspungo (B – L)

Day 4 - Andean Train & Ingapirca Indian Ruins

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 are going to arrive to Alausi train Station. If the train is available, you will 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.
Accommodation Hotel Santa Lucia or Carvallo (B – Box Lunch)

Day 5 - Cuenca City Tour

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. After lunch in the afternoon you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Quito.
Accommodation Hotel Mercure (B – L)

Days 6 to 9 - Amazon Rain Forest

You will transfer to the airport to take a brief flight east of Quito to the jungle town of Coca, here you will take a canoe ride to arrive to the Lodge located in a Primary Rainforest where you will enjoy rare and exotic wildlife with intriguing insects, unique species of birds and butterflies and magical sceneries. Here in the next 4 days you will explore one of the most diverse, unique and richest rainforest environments in the world. Explore this gigantic and mysterious jungle visiting the rain forest tower (135 ft). You will visit Ecuador’s largest butterfly farm and the parrot clay lick, which attracts a host of colorful birds. Meet native communities that have inhabited in this land for over 10,000 years. You will find those specially designed trails for bird waiting with a specialist guide that will let you unveil the secrets of the rainforest making the best of your jungle journey.
Accommodation La Selva or Sacha Lodge (B – L – D).

Day 10 - Transfer Out

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

INCLUDED

Domestic Flighhts

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 flights

Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages

Tips & Gratuites

Personal Expenses

The people of Ecuador, however, made this trip. I've never met so many friendly, laid back people anywhere. That's a treasure that exceeds every other asset a place can show a visitor.

Reg Prewitt

USA

MAP & AREA

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