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Quito – Ecuador

 

 

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ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS IN 20 DAYS

A trip through mainland Ecuador highlights the most impressive of the continent and the Galapagos Islands. The country has four drastically different regions: the mountain chain or better known as the Andes mountain range, the exuberant Amazon jungle that gives us the opportunity to connect with mother earth and allows us to reflect on how important it is to conserve it, the Pacific coast that It has a large amount of marine life that will undoubtedly leave you impressed and of course the Galapagos Islands Galapagos is one of the main tourist attractions of Ecuador that shows its insides to show its fascinating evolution of flora and fauna, in an environment similar to a spectacular paradise and living laboratory that was visited in 1835 by the English scientist Charles Darwin, and verified "The Theory of Evolution". Each region has its own unique fauna, flora, climate and culture that characterizes and differentiates each one. You can visit the entire equator in 20 days.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.
  • Cotopaxi National Park: 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.
  • Papallacta: famous for its hot springs and pools, as well as its beautiful hilltop setting.
  • Guango Lodge: The best place to see various types of birds.
  • Casa del suizo lodge: takes you to the Amazon, one of the wonders of our planet. You hardly have to leave the lodge to enjoy the incredible biodiversity of the Napo River.
  • Baños: 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.
  • Ingapirca: 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.
  • Cuenca: it is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It was declared a World Heritage Site for its unique beauty.
  • Guayaquil: Its shopping centers, parks, museums and boardwalks are the most visited by travelers who are enchanted by the magic that the so-called "Pearl of the Pacific" offers.
  • Galapagos: 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.
  • Otavalo: It is called "Intercultural Capital of Ecuador" for its cultural and historical richness.

ITINERARY DAY BY DAY

DAY 1: TRANSFER AIRPORT – HOTEL
Transfer from the airport to hotel. Overnight in Quito.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco de Quito or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)

DAY 2: CITY LINE (QUITO COLONIAL + MIDLE OF THE WORLD)
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 we will 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 the two parts of Quito and the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes! We will continue to the Middle of the World where we will have lunch first. La Mitad del Mundo is one of the most famous attractions in Quito, located about 10 km north of the capital of Ecuador. There is an interesting open-air museum called Inti-Ñan.
It explains the solar system, the effect that the position of the equator has on gravity and ancient cultures and their peculiarities. It is definitely worth a visit! Then they will take us back to Quito and drop us off at our hotel.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco de Quito or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 3: COTOPAXI FULL DAY
Our guide will pick you up at your hotel to move to one of the most emblematic points of Ecuador, the Cotopaxi volcano, 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 feet high). Since the Cotopaxi Volcano is active at the moment, the ascent will be granted by the National Park authorities. We will also hike around Lake Limpiopungo that is at the foot of the volcano to observe some birds from the Páramo region (Andean Pastures). On a clear day, the view of the volcano reflected on the lake's surface is magnificent. We make a short visit to the small museum that tells about the park, its nature, wildlife and the eruptions of the centerpiece of the park. Once we are up, we will take a short break at the refuge before continuing to the nearby glacier. Enjoy incredible photo opportunities and spectacular scenery on ice walls and deep crevasses.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco de Quito or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
 

DAY 4: TERMAS DE PAPALLACTA – LA CASA DEL SUIZO JUNGLE LODGE
After breakfast we will head to the east of Quito. Our first stop will be the Termas de Papallacta, this beautiful spa with thermal waters where you can relax and enjoy swimming pools perfectly suitable for relaxation and fun. In a magical and natural environment with cozy facilities that offer exclusivity combining high quality treatments with the benefits of thermal water. (Entrance to the general pools included) We will continue the trip to the Guango lodge for a brief bird watching and we will enjoy the wonderful amount of hummingbirds around this place, it is not uncommon to see 14 species of hummingbirds in an hour and the sword-billed of hummingbird with its long and unique beak is sure to surprise you.
We will continue to the city of Tena and then to Huano to stay at La Casa del Suizo Lodge.
Upon arrival we will receive a welcome cocktail and then we will move to your bungalow. If you wish, you can take a dip on a sandy beach on the Napo River. A delicious dinner will be served at the lodge and the site manager will explain the next day's activities. 
HOTEL: La Casa del Suizo or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / D)

DAY 5: LA CASA DEL SUIZO JUNGLE LODGE FULL DAY
 
Secondary Forest - Waterfall Las Latas - Quichua Family 
After breakfast, you depart by canoe upstream for ten minutes, arriving to a small shore where you begin a fun and thrilling one hour walk, discovering the jungle’s secondary forest diverse flora and fauna. After the short walk, you will get to the breathtaking waterfall Las Latas where you can take a refreshing bath in its clear crystal waters and enjoy the surrounding views, which mixed with the jungle sounds, makes it a unforgettable experience. Then you will return to have lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you will visit a Quichua family and learn about their millenary culture and traditions such as gold rinse in the river shoreline, traditional pottery making, making of typical drink “chicha” made of yuca (a traditional Ecuadorian manioc), and the use of the “serbatana”  (blowpipe for hunting use). After this amazing encounter with Quichua culture, you return to the lodge by foot over secondary jungle pads. Upon arrival enjoy a snack. At night after dinner, you will have the usual meeting around the fireplace to share the day’s experiences.  
HOTEL: La Casa del Suizo or similar (subject to availability) (B/L/D)

 

DAY 6:  LA CASA DEL SUIZO JUNGLE LODGE – 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.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: La Floresta or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Luna Volcan or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 7: BAÑOS - ROUTE OF THE CASCADES - TRIP TO RIOBAMBA  
After breakfast we will visit the surroundings of the town and we will take the "way of the waterfalls" where you will visit the different waterfalls in the area and you will do a trekking to get to "El Pailon del Diablo"; a beautiful and majestic waterfall where we can have the opportunity to walk and live a completely unforgettable adventure through the cloud forest. Time for lunch in the town (not included). Then travel to Riobamba .. On the way we will make a brief visit to have a view of the Chimborazo volcano ..
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Casa Real or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Andaluza or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

 

DAY 8: RIOBAMBA - INGAPIRCA - CUENCA
We will enjoy a visit to the Colta lagoon and the Balbanera located in a picturesque Andean town, where there is a peaceful lagoon in whose waters the Chimborazo is reflected on clear sunny days; the railway line and the town of Cajabamba. This beautiful lagoon is known in the Puruhá language as "Kulta Kucha", which means "Pato Lagoon". The Colta lagoon is unique. It is a large, elongated water mirror, surrounded by exuberant vegetation. It can be seen from the road in all its splendor, adorned by the Chimborazo and by an impressive nature, with unique Andean landscapes. It is said that the first Spanish foundation of the capital city took place here, its founder, Diego de Almagro, this foundation was not recognized and led to a later foundation at the foot of the Pichincha in December 1534.
Laguna de Colta allows activities such as: walks, photography, observation of flora and fauna, observation of the landscape and adventure.
Here the first church in Ecuador was built. Then we will take the most interesting and legendary train "tren de los Andes" over the famous devil's nose (3 hours approx.). Our trip continues to the most important Inca Archaeological Complex in Ecuador, the Ingapirca Fortress. In the surroundings, we will see how the famous artisans make the “Panama Hats.” After this interesting visit, we headed to Cuenca.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Posada del Angel or similar (Subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Carvallo or similar (Subject to availability) (B / - / -)

 



DAY 9: CITY TOUR IN CUENCA – GUALACEO – CHORDELEG
This day we will have a city tour through the city of Cuenca, a city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and discover its cultural and architectural diversity. visiting the most important churches and monuments of this city, we also observe the broken bridge, and we visit the tourist viewpoint of Turi, where we can have a panoramic view of the entire city of Cuenca. Enjoy the history and architecture of the city on this picturesque tour! In the afternoon we will visit 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.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Posada del Angel or similar (Subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Carvallo or similar (Subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 10: EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK– GUAYAQUIL CITY
After breakfast we go to a short excursion to El Cajas National Park or the Gualaceo Valley (depending on weather conditions) and then we will travel to Guayaquil. El Cajas National Park has several small lagoons (more than 230). They are the remains of the last ice age. The lakes are connected by small rivers, whose crystal clear waters flow into the Pacific. We will have a short walk through this protected area. We will continue the trip to Guayaquil.
HOTEL: Unipark or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 11: GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS
Transfer To the airport to take the flight to the enchanted Islands of Galapagos. At your arrival the guide of the yacht will meet you at the airport to take you on board. 

DAY 11 TO 18: FULL BOARD IN GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (8 days / 7 nights tour)
8-day cruise aboard the DARWIN tourist class yacht or similar. (Subject to availability and dates) The itinerary that is carried out will be according to the yacht of your choice since all the yachts in Galapagos handle different itineraries.When you make your choice of yacht we will send you the fully detailed itinerary.

DAY 18: FLIGHT RETURN GALAPAGOS - QUITO
After the morning visit the guide of the yacht will take you to the airport and return to Quito, at your arrival our guide will meet you to take you to the hotel.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco de Quito or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

DAY 19: OTAVALO INDIAN MARKET
In the morning in approximately two hours we arrive in Otavalo. The town of Otavalo is the heart of its culture and in the market we will find all possible souvenirs at affordable prices. There is also an animal market on the outskirts of the city. Be part of and witness the trade among the indigenous people of Otavalo. In the afternoon we will visit the main sites around Otavalo and the town of Cotacachi, famous for its leather products. Clothes, bags, belts, wallets, sandals, in Cotacachi we will find the best variety at the lowest prices. Later we will visit Lake Cuicocha. This lake is located in an old crater of the still active Cotacachi volcano. We can do an optional boat ride on the lake and observe the fumaroles.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: San Francisco de Quito or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

 

DAY 20: TRANSFER OUT
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport. We reached the end of our services for ECUADOR GREEN TRAVEL, it was a real pleasure to have shared the best of Ecuador with you.
HOTEL: No hotel (-/-/-) 
 

RATES 2020 - 2021:

TYPE HOTEL  PRICE PER PERSON YACHT IN GALAPAGOS + FLIGHT TICKETS
TOURIST CLASS  $2211 USD $ USD
FIRST CLASS  $2772 USD $ USD
ASK FOR THE SPECIAL RATES FOR GROUPS FROM 10 PAX 

 


INCLUDED:

  • Meals according to the program
  • Private transportation during the whole program with English speaking guide - driver
  • Transfer airport – hotel - airport
  • Lodging in standard class hotels in double rooms
  • Professional English speaking guide during the program
  • Excursions according to the itinerary
  • Flighth tickets Guayaquil - Galapagos - Quito
  • Museum entrance fees during the land program

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Meals are not specified in the program
  • Control card to Galapagos (20 usd per person)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (100 usd per person)
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses, tips, wire transfer costs.

 

 

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