Retiring in Ecuador - 10 Days


Tour Design

We can customize this private tour based on your wishes & budget – call us and talk with an expert

Departure Dates

You can start your private tour every day of the year!

Difficulty Level

Easy – Moderate


This great trip focuses on the culture, history and daily living in Ecuador by taking you to some great places for a future retirement. This trip focuses on visiting the main areas in the Andean region of the country that are ideal to retire in. These areas offer an excellent quality of life and provide many great benefits for those considering Ecuador as a place they might make their home in the future. The trip begins in the capital of Ecuador, Quito – then to Cotacachi and Otavalo. The trip then turns south, through the Avenue of the volcanoes and arrives to the southern region of the country, spending time in Cuenca, and Vilcabamba valley.


Besides the private tours, which can start any day of the year, Latin Frontiers now also organices 3 group tours per year. The next group tour will happen from

  • Feb 22nd to Mar 3rd 2019
  • May 17th to 26th  2019
  • Sep 13th to 22nd 2019

Please contact us, we`d be happy to send you the itinerary!


Duration: 10 Days
Departure: Daily
Hotels: First Class Accommodation
Locations: Quito – Cotacachi – Cuenca – Vilcabamba valley


Day 1 - Transfer in Quito

When you arrive in Ecuador, you will be met by our representative and will be transferred to your charming hotel in Quito.

Accommodation: Hotel Ilatoa Lodge

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

Today you will discover Quito, one of the most beautiful colonial cities in South America and declared by UNESCO as part of Cultural Heritage of mankind. You will explore the colonial part of the city, starting at the Independence Square with the presidential palace and the city hall. Next, you will visit San Francisco church and museum-monastery (1535), and the finest example of baroque art in America: La Compañía church (1605) with its breathtaking gilded altars.

Subsequently you will visit the impressive cathedral and drive up to the Panecillo Hill to enjoy an amazing view of Quito and admire the only winged-Virgin statue in South America. This is also a great spot for taking pictures of Quito.

After visiting the colonial center of Quito you will go to the Middle of the World Monument, which is located 25 km north of Ecuador’s capital at latitude 0° 0´0”.

You will have the opportunity to stand in both hemispheres and take wonderful pictures. Here you can also visit the ethnographic museum on site where you can learn about local cultures and challenge gravity. Then you will visit the K´antu showroom Chocolate, where you will discover the whole process of artisanal chocolate production, from beans to tablet. Then you will be transferred to Otavalo to overnight in a nice colonial hacienda.

Accommodation: Hacienda Pinsaqui (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)

Day 4 - Cotacachi village & surroundings - Flight to Loja

This morning you will visit the village of Cotacachi, which local specialty is leather works. This small town has around 42,000 inhabitants and has an active expat community with mainly North Americans, because of the clean air, beautiful environment and its location not far from Quito. It is a small place where you can easily walk from one place to another; to the market, a restaurant, the bus station, etc. Today you can explore this area, visiting some real states and learn about the common day by day in the Ecuadorian life in a small village. On your way back to Quito you will enjoy the beautiful agricultural mosaic of rural Ecuador. You will be taken to the airport to take a short flight to Loja. Upon arrival to Loja, you will be met by your Latin Frontiers representative and transferred to your hotel in Vilcabamba.

Accommodation: Hostería Madre Tierra (Breakfast)

Day 5 - Vilcabamba Valley visit

Today you will explore Vilcabamba, where around 7,000 people live. This charming town is known for its ideal climate and as a place of longevity. It has a relatively large expat community and their influence is noticeable through the restaurants, serving a mix of international and local food. In the afternoon your guide will show you the highlights of the town. Vilcabamba means `sacred valley´ in the language of the Incas and is composed of two words: Huilco meaning `sacred´ or `God´ and Bamba meaning `valley´; hence, “Valley of God” or “Sacred Valley”. If you are looking for an area that is quiet and with great views and weather, Vilcabamba is a magnificent place to live or have a vacation home.

Accommodation: Hostería Madre Tierra (Breakfast)

Day 6 - Vilcabamba & Loja city tour

Today you will explore more of this beautiful valley located in the southernmost province of Loja, 42 kms (27 miles) south of the city of Loja. The picturesque valley of Vilcabamba lies in the heart of rural Ecuador at approximately 1500 meters (5000 feet) above sea level. Being in the center of the world, it maintains a springlike temperature of 18° to 28° Celsius (65° to 82° F) year-round. Then you will be transfer to Loja city, one of the southern cities in Ecuador. The province of Loja offers a unique combination of moor, cloud forest and jungle. In addition, its capital, the city of Loja and natural wonders that exist in the surrounding area remained almost immaculate, due to the distance of their location in the south of the country, waiting to be discovered by travelers. Those who come to there are amazed with its landscapes, its Indian markets, colonial architecture and the incomparable hospitality of its people. Then you will be transferred to Cuenca to overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia (Breakfast)

Day 7 - Colonial City tour in Cuenca

Discover one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Latin America: Cuenca, chosen repeatedly as best retirement destination by International Living. The city has around 400,000 inhabitants and is located at 2,500 meters above sea level in a valley surrounded by four rivers and mountains with a very colorful countryside. Cuenca is famous for its art and history; you will be able to admire its beautiful marble cathedral, its cobblestone streets, graceful wrought-iron balconies, flowered plazas and museums. Furthermore, the people of Cuenca are known for their artisanal skills – for example in making Panama Hats – and great hospitality. Today you will have also the opportunity to meet an expat and share some time to talk about his experience living in Ecuador.

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia (Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 8 - Cuenca & surroundings tour

This day is focuses on living in Cuenca. You will explore more of this beautiful city, and you will visit areas around the city. Cuenca has the perfect balance between local and international influences, which you find back in arts and food. During this day you will visit some expat areas, as well as parks, markets and restaurants while enjoying the scenery and learning about people’s lifestyle and local traditions.

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia (Breakfast)

Day 9 - Flight to Quito - Leisure day in the colonial City

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight back to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito you will be welcomed by our representative and brought to your boutique hotel in the colonial center of the city. You will have free time the rest of the day to enjoy of the city on your own.

Accommodation: Hotel Patio Andaluz (Breakfast)

Day 10 - Transfer out

After breakfast depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.


Domestic flights

Private transportation

Hotel accommodation in first class hotels

Tours described in the itinerary

English - spanish speaking guides

Meals described in the itinerary


International flights

Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages

Tips & Gratuites

Personal Expenses

Hotels used were excellent! Cities booked were good since there was an expat population & the couple we had lunch with was wonderful with all the information they gave us.

Kim Hegazy



Map Retiring Ecuador


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