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Quito – Ecuador

 

 

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THE ANDES AND GALAPAGOS IN 15 DAYS

This classic Ecuador eco tour will show you all the highlights of this multi-diverse country During this classic 15-day Ecuador tour you will visit 2 main regions of Ecuador: the Andes and the Galapagos Islands. In the Andes you will visit the most prominent places in Ecuador where the Andean area will take us to one of the highest places in the world, the Cotopaxi volcano. the largest active volcano in the world and its natural reserve full of life. We will also visit one of the most beautiful lagoons on the planet and we will pass through indigenous communities that are historical icons of Ecuador. And the most incredible thing is that we can visit the enchanted islands, it 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. We will also visit Otavalo It is called "Intercultural Capital of Ecuador" for its cultural and historical richness where you can enjoy in person the rich culture of Ecuador.

HIGLIGHTS

  • 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.
  • Quilotoa: The popularity of Quilotoa is due to the beauty of its landscapes and the spectacle of the calm waters. In the community of Quilotoa, also known as the "Summit", visitors can do ecotourism and adventure tourism with a high dose of adrenaline or simply contemplate the nearby landscapes.
  • 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: Portal de Cantuna (-/-/-)

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: Portal de Cantuna (B/-/-)

DAY 3: COTOPAXI FULL DAY - LA CIENEGA 
Our guide will pick you up at your hotel to transfer you to one of the most emblematic points of Ecuador, the Cotopaxi volcano, considered the largest active volcano in the world at 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 ft high). Since the Cotopaxi Volcano is active at this time, the ascent will be granted by the National Park authorities. We will also walk around Lake Limpiopungo that is located at the foot of the volcano to observe some birds from the Páramo region (Andean Grasslands). On a clear day, the view of the volcano reflected on the lake's surface is magnificent. We make a brief visit to the small museum that tells about the park, its nature, wildlife and the eruptions of the central axis of the park. We will arrive at the humid forest of Chuquiragua paramo and we will take a short walk (if the weather allows it). We will also visit a rose farm in the afternoon we will learn about the process involved in producing the most beautiful flowers in the world. We will spend the night at a local farm. (Subject to availability)
HOTEL: La Cienega or or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)

DAY 4: QUILOTOA LOOP – BANOS
After breakfast we go to the North Pan-American Highway to go to the Quilotoa lagoon, on the way you can see wonderful landscapes (depending on the climate) we will pass through small indigenous towns that are part of the great multiculturalism of Ecuador, after a tour 3 hours we will arrive at the Quilotoa lagoon, this lagoon characterized by the turquoise color due to the volcanic minerals, gives it a pleasant and colorful appearance, we can perform different activities such as a walk to the crater, or you can stay to observe and appreciate the wonderful sight.
In the afternoon we go to Baños. where we will spend the night.
HOTEL: Spa Luna Run Tun or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/D)

DAY 5: 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: La Andaluza or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/D)



DAY 6: RIOBAMBA - DEVIL'S NOSE TRAIN - 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: Carvallo or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)


 

DAY 7: CITY TOUR IN CUENCA – TRIP TO GUAYAQUIL
This day we will have a city tour through the city of Cuenca, a city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and we will 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 travel to Guayaquil.
HOTEL: Unipark or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)

DAY 8: GUAYAQUIL – TRANSFER TO AIRPORT
This day our guide will take us to the airport to take the flight to the Galapagos Islands.
6-day cruise aboard a first-class yacht (or similar) The cruise and air tickets to Galapagos are booked separately and are subject to availability.

DAY 8 TO 13: FULL BOARD IN GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS TOUR)
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 the yacht we will send you the completely detailed itinerary.

DAY 13: 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: Portal de Cantuna (B/-/-)

DAY 14: 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: Portal de Cantuna (B/-/-)

DAY 15: 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  $1633 USD $ USD
FIRST CLASS  $1832 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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