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Quito – Ecuador

 

 

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THE ANDES AND GALAPAGOS

15 DAY ECUADOR CLASSIC TOUR: ANDES & GALAPAGOS
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This classic Ecuador green travel tour will show you all the highlights of this diverse country. During this classic 14-day tour of Ecuador, you will visit 2 main regions of Ecuador: the Andes and the Galapagos. In the Andes you will visit the highlights of nature, culture and colonial history. On the Galapagos Islands you can enjoy the white beach and blue waters, while you see sea lions, flamingos, iguanas, many special birds and many tropical fish!

 

 

ITINERARY DAY BY DAY

DAY 1: TRANSFER AIRPORT – HOTEL
Transfer from the airport to hotel. Overnight in Quito.

First class: Hotel boutique Portal de Cantuna (-/-/-)

 

DAY 2: CITY LINE (QUITO COLONIAL + MIDLE OF THE WORLD)
We’ll visit some of the most famous squares, churches and colonial buildings. La Plaza de la Independencia with its Presidential Palace, the Archbishop Palace, the Municipal building, the Independent Statue and the Cathedral. We’ll continue to the Sagrario, and la Compania churches, and then San Francisco church and convent. We’ll have a look inside the church and will be amazed by the exuberant gold used to decorate the oldest church in Quito. The driver will to take us to the Panecillo and the statue of La Virgin de Quito. From here we’ll have the best views of Quito and the surrounding snowcapped volcanoes! We’ll continue towards Mitad del Mundo where we’ll have lunch first. Mitad del Mundo is one of Quito’s most famous attractions, situated about 10 km to the north of Ecuador’s capital. There is an interesting open-air museum called Inti-Ñan.
It explains the solar system, the effect the position of the equator has on gravity and ancient cultures and their peculiarities. This is definitely worth a visit! Afterwards we’ll be taken back to Quito and dropped off at our hotel.

First class: Hotel boutique Portal de Cantuna (-/-/-)

DAY 3: COTOPAXI
Departure by car from the hotel through the Panamerican Highway admiring the diverse ecosystems of the route, as a clear sign of the majesty of the Andes. We continue to the Cotopaxi National Park, arriving at the foot of the impressive active volcano. Visit the Museum Park, the Limpiopungo Lagoon and and through an interesting hike will reach the forest of chuquirahuas to 4200 meters. (if the weather permits).

We’ll visit also a rose farm in the afternoon… Overnight in a local hacienda.

First class: Hotel La Cienega or or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)
 

DAY 4: QUILOTOA LOOP – BANOS
this day will make the loop around the crater of the Quilotoa lake. Then we’ll go to Banos


First class: Hotel spa Luna Run Tun or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/D)
 

DAY 5: BAÑOS - ROUTE OF CASCADES - RIOBAMBA   
Today, after breakfast we take the “road of the waterfalls” where you will visit the different waterfalls, also adventure options like canopy or the tarabita ride on the gorgeof Pastaza river….Then we’ll visit the famous cascade “El Pailon del Diablo”; a beautiful waterfall where we can have a chance to walk through the cloud forest. Time for lunch at the town (not included). Then trip to Riobamba.

First class: Hotel LA Andaluza or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/D)

 

DAY 6: RIOBAMBA -  DEVIL’S NOSE TRAIN - INGAPIRCA - CUENCA 
Small tour in Riobamba, then visit to Balbanera church. Then a trip in one of the most interesting and legendary "Andes-train" over the famous devil's-nose (3 hours aprox). Our Trip continues to the most important Inca archeological Complex of Ecuador, the fortress of Ingapirca. In the surroundings, we will see how the famous artisans make the “Panama Hats”. After this interesting visit, we go to Cuenca.

First class: Hotel Carvallo or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)

 

DAY 7: CITY TOUR IN CUENCA – TRIP TO GUAYAQUIL
City tour around the city visiting the most important churches and monuments of this important city, cultural heritage of the humanity. Then we will visit El Turi, a natural hill where we can have an amazing overview of the city. At the afternoon we wil go to Guayaquil.

First class: Hotel Unipark or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)
 

DAY 8: GUAYAQUIL – TRANSFER TO AIRPORT
Transfer to the airport to take the flight to the Galapagos Islands.
6-day cruise aboard a first class yacht.Cruise and flight tickets to Galapagos are booked separately and are subject to availability.


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