Natural Ecuador  
14 Days

This tour is designed to visit the 3 regions of Ecuador in a short time, enjoying the best views of the country staying in comfortable places to make the trip as pleasant as possible.
You can go from the Sierra region to the Amazon and from the Amazon to the Coast in Ecaudor enjoying and learning each of its cultures, knowledge and history. You will also notice the change in relief as we advance along the route and how from being close to one of the highest points on the planet we reach sea level. in a matter of days. You will enjoy all the ecosystems that Ecuador offers for you and all in one package.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ruta del Sol: It is a route where we can appreciate the natural and cultural wealth of great importance for tourism in the coastal strip of Ecuador.
  • Isla de la Plata: Its fame dates back many years and its main characteristic is in the diversity of birds and marine species that inhabit the place.

ITINERARY DAY BY DAY

Welcome to Ecuador, a small country but certainly charming and full of adventure. Our Guide will meet you at the Airport, welcome you and give you an introduction about the tour of Ecuador and Galapagos in 20 days. He will transfer you to your hotel in Quito where you will spend the night.

  HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Reina Isabel or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)
 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)

1

DAY

TRANSFER AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL

Our guide will pick you up at your hotel to visit some of the most famous squares, churches and colonial buildings in the city of Quito. 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 be amazed at the amount of exuberant gold that was used to decorate the oldest church in Quito. Then we will move to Panecillo and the statue of the Virgin of Quito. From here we will have the opportunity to see both parts of Quito and the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes! We will continue to the Middle of the World which 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 among other effects that exist given the location in which our country is located. You can also get to know a bit of Ecuadorian cultures such as their customs and traditions. Definitely worth a visit! Then we will be taken back to Quito and dropped off at our hotel.

  HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Reina Isabel or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)
 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)

2

DAY

CITY LINE (QUITO COLONIAL + MIDLE OF THE WORLD)

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 through the Limpiopungo lake that is located at the foot of the volcano to observe some birds in 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. After this visit we go to the North Pan-American Highway towards 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 of 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 view. Return to Quito.

  HOTEL TOURIST CLASS: Reina Isabel or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)
 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Patio Andaluz or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)

3

DAY

COTOPAXI VOLCANO - QUILOTOA LAGOON - QUITO

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 TOURIST CLASS: La casa del Suizo or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / D)
 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Hamadryade or similar (subject to availability) (- / - / -)

4

DAY

TERMAS DE PAPALLACTA – LA CASA DEL SUIZO JUNGLE LODGE

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 an 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 TOURIST CLASS: La casa del Suizo or similar (subject to availability) (B / L / D)
 HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Hamadryade or similar (subject to availability) (B / L / D)

5

DAY

AMAZON JUNGLE FULL DAY 

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 / - / -)

6

DAY

AMAZON – PUYO – BAÑOS

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 / - / -)

7

DAY

BAÑOS - ROUTE OF THE CASCADES - TRIP TO RIOBAMBA  

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.). (**AT THIS TIME THE TRAIN COMPANY IS "OUT OF BUSSINESS, WE CAN ONLY SEE THE ROUTE FROM THE CAR**).
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: Inca Real or similar (Subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Mansion Alcazar or similar (Subject to availability) (B / - / -)

8

DAY

RIOBAMBA - DEVIL'S NOSE TRAIN - INGAPIRCA - CUENCA

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: Inca Real or similar (Subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Mansion Alcazar or similar (Subject to availability) (B / - / -)

9

DAY

CITY TOUR IN CUENCA – GUALACEO – CHORDELEG

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 TOURIST CLASS: Unipark or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)
HOTEL FIRST CLASS: Unipark (SUITE ROOM) or similar (subject to availability) (B / - / -)

10

DAY

EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK– GUAYAQUIL CITY

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport.

END OF OUR SERVICES
HOTEL: No hotel (-/-/-) 

MEALS: 
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

14

DAY

TRANSFER OUT

INCLUSIONS

English speaking guide

Private transportation

Entrance fees according to the program

Accommodation to the program

Meals acocording to the program

Yacht to watch whales

RATES 2022

** The tour can operate any date with minimum 2 persons **

TYPE HOTEL PRICE PER PERSON
TOURIST CLASS HOTELS $2825 USD
FIRST CLASS HOTELS $3268 USD
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THE TOUR INCLUDE:

  • 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
  • Museum entrance fees during the land program

NOT INCLUDE:

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