THE BEST OF ECUADOR

A trip through mainland Ecuador's best places in 20 days / 19 nights, visiting the most impressive of the country and a cruise around the Galapagos  Islands The country has four drastically different regions: the mountain Andes, the exuberant Amazon jungle that gives us the opportunity to connect with the nature and allows us to reflect on how important it is to conserve it, the Pacific coast and finally of course marvellous Galapagos Islands on board of comfortable cruise. Each region has its own unique fauna, flora, climate and culture that characterizes and differentiates each one. You can visit the entire Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in this fantastic tour of 20 days.

AMAZON JUNGLE

ANDES

GALAPGOS ISLAND

CULTURE

TOUR 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.
  • Mitad del Mundo. This is one of the most famous attractions in Quito, You can visit the monument or the insitu museum called Inti-Ñan. You can discover the great details of the solar system, the effect that the position of the equator and ancient cultures and much more..!
  • Yasuni National Park: Napo Wildlife Center is Located in the heart of the Yasuní National Park, a UNESCO a Biosphere Reserve, the Napo Wildlife Center provides visitors with great opportunities to explore the treasures hidden in the sacred lands of the Amazon Rainforest in Ecuador.
  • Cotopaxi National Park: ​Cotopaxi is a tourist place in Ecuador, one of the heights that you cannot miss visiting. Discover here how to get there, climate, altitude, biodiversity, and more. A representative volcano of the Sierra Region.
  • Quilotoa: Quilotoa or "princess diamond" in Kichwa, is one of the colossi of the avenue of volcanoes in whose crater lies a spectacular lagoon, hence you will always hear stories of the Quilotoa Volcano and the Quilotoa Lagoon.
  • 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.
  • Galapagos Island: 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.
DAY 1:  TRANSFER AIRPORT TO THE HOTEL

Welcome to Ecuador, a small country but certainly charming and full of adventures. Our Guide will receive you at the Airport, will welcome you and give you an introduction to the tour of Ecuador where we will visit the country for the next 20 days. The guide will transfer you to the hotel in Quito where you will spend the night. Overnight in Quito.

  • Double accommodation in a hotel of your choice.
DAY 2: ​​CITY LINE (QUITO COLONIAL + MITAD DEL MUNDO) + TELEFERICO

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 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 both parts of Quito and the surrounding snow-capped volcanoes! 
In the afternoon we will continue the famous Mitad del Mundo. This is one of the most famous attractions in Quito, You can visit the monument or the insitu museum called Inti-Ñan. You can discover the great details of the solar system, the effect that the position of the equator and ancient cultures and much more..!
Finally you will visit the Teleferiqo (cable car) of Quito. Over 2,500 meters you will reach the top of the PIchincha Volcano, this great visit is a unique experience, which offers a great view of the landscape of the north, center and south of the city. After this visit we will be dropped off at our hotel.  Overnight in Quito.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Double accommodation in a hotel of your choice.
DAY 3: ​FLIGHT TO COCA CITY TO LODGE IN YASUNI (SAMPLE OF PROGRAM)

This morning we will take a short flight from Quito to the town of Coca, lasting about half an hour. A short drive from the airport to “La Mision”, the main port of Coca, will bring you to “the gateway to the Amazon” where Francisco de Orellana set sail in 1541.

Our method of transportation will now be a comfortable covered canoe powered by twin outboard motors where we can enjoy a box lunch and coffee provided en route. This craft will take us downstream on the Napo River for about 2.5 hours to the Napo Wildlife Center (NWC) welcome station.

Here we will take a short break and make use of the facilities before transferring to smaller canoes that are used instead of motorized vehicles to maintain the pristine landscape and habitats. Over the next couple of hours, we will paddle you up Añangu Creek to the NWC lodge, which is situated on the bank of a tranquil lake amid a vast tract of primary rainforest where hunting is prohibited. On this canoe ride, you have high chances of spotting wildlife! Various species of monkeys, as well as large birds like toucans, parrots, and even macaws, can be seen.

  • Meals: Breakfast - Box Lunch - Dinner
  • Standard double cabin at Yasuni Lodge.

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