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Quito – Ecuador

 

 

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6 DAY TOUR AROUND THE ANDES

In this tour we are going to travel part of the volcanic chain of Ecuador, where we can enjoy wonderful landscapes and learn about the Ecuadorian Andean culture. We are going to visit emblematic places such as the Cotopaxi Volcano, the largest active volcano in the world and one of the most beautiful lagoons on the planet. The Quilotoa lagoon. The Quilotoa is the westernmost volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes, within its crater a caldera with a diameter of almost 9 km has been formed. This is the product of the collapse of the volcano, which occurred about 800 years ago. According to studies, the volcanic flow managed to reach the Pacific Ocean.

In the 250 m deep caldera, a lagoon has formed. The minerals have given the surface a greenish and bluish hue when it is hit by sunlight. Inside, there are springs that, from the shore, can be seen as bubbling trails that rise to the surface.

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 Route of the "Summit" and which is accessed by bus from the town of Zumbahua, visitors can do ecotourism and adventure tourism with a high dose of adrenaline or simply contemplate the nearby landscapes ..

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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" Route and accessed by bus from the town of Zumbahua, 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.

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: QUITO - COTOPAXI – QUILOTOA LAGOON - BANOS
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. Or we can take a walk around Lake Limpiopungo that is at the foot of the volcano to observe some birds in 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 brief visit to the small museum that tells about the park, its nature, wildlife and the eruptions of the central axis of the park. After this visit 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 peoples that are part of the great multiculturalism of Ecuador, after a 3-hour tour 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 overnight in Baños.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS:  La Floresta or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Luna Volcan or similar (subject to availability)  (B/-/-)

DAY 3: 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 4: 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 quiet lagoon in whose waters the Chimborazo is reflected on clear sunny days; the railway 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 body of water, surrounded by lush 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 gave rise 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. The first church in Ecuador was built here. Our journey 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 go to Cuenca, where we will have a city tour, 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.
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Inca Real or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Mansion Alcazar or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)

DAY 5: CUENCA - GUALACEO – CHORDELEG
On this day we will visit the cityof Cuenca, with its churches and museums… Also El Turi scenic place. Then the traditional towns of Gualaceo and Chordeleg, two of the most important towns near the city famous for their crafts made with gold and silver, and for their colonial traditions. According to its history from earlier times, the town of Chordeleg was a land of skilled goldsmiths who worked precious metals, giving various shapes especially to gold, a metal that was abundant in the rivers of the area
HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Inca Real or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Mansion Alcazar or similar (subject to availability) (B/-/-)


 

DAY 6: OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES IN CUENCA ( EL CAJAS NP. OR BANOS DE CUENCA)
After breakfast we will make a day tour in Cuenca surroundings.

You will make some hiking in el Cajas National Park. IN the afternoon few hours in the hot spring waters in Banos de Cuenca. Around 6 pm you will go to the airport to take your flight back to Quito.
End of our services.
HOTEL: No hotel

RATES 2021:

TYPE HOTEL  PRICE PER PERSON
TOURIST CLASS  $1261USD
FIRST CLASS  $1590 USD
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TARIFAS 2022
TYPE HOTEL  PRICE PER PERSON
TOURIST CLASS  $1311 USD
FIRST CLASS  $1640 USD
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ASK ABOUT OUR RATES IN SIMPLE ACCOMMODATION *1 PASSENGER*

 

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 TWIN room
  • Professional English-speaking guide during the program
  • Excursions according to the itinerary
  • Museum entrance fees during the land program.
  • Flights Cuenca - Quito. 

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Meals are not specified in the program
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses, tips, wire transfer costs.