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Category: Star RatingLuxury
Duration: 13-day tour
Highlights:
  • Andes Highlands
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Guayaquil
  • Quito
From: US$ 7097 per person
  • La Compania Church in Oldtown Quito.La Compania Church in Oldtown Quito.
  • Chimborazo Volcano in the Andes Highlands.Chimborazo Volcano in the Andes Highlands.
  • Quilotoa Lagoon in the Andes Highlands.Quilotoa Lagoon in the Andes Highlands.
  • Indigenous celebration in the Andes Highlands.Indigenous celebration in the Andes Highlands.
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Scenic Ecuador + Galapagos

Although Ecuador is one of the smallest countries of South America, it has a privileged location. Situated in the middle of the Andes along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, this beautiful country has thousands of microclimates and ecosystems which makes it an amazing destination. In short distances, you can find everything and live a great experience according to your every fleeting desire. You will be marveled by mountains, rivers, forests, beaches, unique animals, rich flora and fauna, a unique and well preserved culture, delicious cuisine, and friendly people. On this 13-day tour, you will have a unique experience that combines tours of cities of the mainland and also the idyllic Galapagos Islands, where the finest, exclusive cruises offer an amazing experience that shares luxury with nature.

 

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13-day Scenic Ecuador + Galapagos Tour

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13-day Scenic Ecuador + Galapagos
Day 1 Quito

Upon arrival in the capital of Ecuador, Quito, one of our representatives will meet and transfer you to your hotel to settle in. We will have panoramic tours of Quito's Colonial District and then take you back to your hotel so you can prepare for the next day's activities.

Day 2 Otavalo

Early in the morning we drive to Otavalo, one of the most colorful and traditional cities in the highlands of Ecuador. Here we visit the famous market well known in Latin America for being one of the largest indigenous markets in the region, but also known for the great diversity of handicrafts, colorful clothes, variety of Andean instruments, and the warmness and hospitality of the people. This a perfect place to buy some souvenirs to take home a piece of Ecuador or to see the talented products of local artisans.

After this cultural visit, we will visit the amazing Cuicocha Lake. Located in the crater of a volcano, this unique turquoise lake is a spectacular sight, with two islets in the middle of the lake. With its marvelous volcanic location, Cuicocha is a must-see place during your visit to Ecuador. Continuing with our experience, we reach Cotacachi, well-known for making all kinds of clothes, shoes, and handicrafts from leather. After this visit, we return to your hotel in Quito.

Day 3 Cotopaxi National Park

We leave from Quito early in the morning towards Cotopaxi National Park. We are going to learn about the Andean paramo and all its benefits, but also about one of the highest active volcanoes in the world – Cotopaxi – with an altitude of 5,897 m (or 19,347 ft) above sea level. We'll take a short walk to get up-close looks at the vegetation and learn about the great adaptations animals have made to survive in this environment. After our hike, we will visit a local hacienda to have a tasty and healthy lunch. Finally, we return to your hotel to rest.

Day 4 Chimborazo

After breakfast, we’ll go to Chimborazo National Park, to check out the highest mountain of Ecuador, Chimborazo, with an altitude of 6,268 meters (or 20,564 ft) above sea level. The park has a great diversity of animals, such as alpacas, vicuñas and llamas that we may see on the hike that we will do of the surroundings. We will also learn about one of the most thrilling and unique professions – the “Hieleros” – people that climbed mountains to reach the glaciers and cut huge cubes of ice in order to transport it to noble families in the towns below. At the present time, the purpose is far gone, but there is one man, Baltazar Ushca, who continues with his work and still transports the ice cubes to a market near the city of Riobamba. After this interesting day, we’ll visit a local hacienda to rest for the night.

Day 5 The Devil's Nose

After breakfast we drive to a small town call Alausi, where the train station is located. Along the way, we can see the mountains, the beautiful Colta Lake, and the first church in Ecuador –the Balbanera. Once we reach the train station, you’ll check in, and another great experience begins. Today, you have the opportunity to experience how creativity and engineering were combined to construct a 45-degree zigzagging railway known as La Nariz del Diablo or “The Devil's Nose.” Can you imagine the process of such an achievement in the early 20th century? The train guide will tell you the history of this incredible train, the construction progress, the issues, and conditions workers and engineers had to deal with, and much more.

Later you will have a box lunch, and we continue our trip by going to the Inca archaeological complex of Ingapirca; the remains of the complex are a good example of the Inca’s skills and knowledge. Even though the purpose of the complex is not clear, many studies suggest it was a ceremony temple. After we finish our tour, we go to the beautiful city of Cuenca, where we’ll spend the night; you can rest in the hotel or walk around to see the city at night.

Day 6 Cuenca

Be prepared to see one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador! After breakfast, we start our tour in Cuenca, which is surrounded by 4 different rivers. The city is also the capital of the Azuay province and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. We will see great architectural structures, beautiful churches, representative parks and symbolic sites. First, we visit the colonial quarter of the city by going to the first site of construction in the city, built around the same time as the old cathedral. Then we head to Calderon Park and finally the New Cathedral.

Your guide will tell you the history of these and more places, the different construction styles, traditions, legends, and more fascinating facts about Cuenca, the people, and their traditions.

We will have lunch and taste local flavors, and then we'll continue to a very interesting place where of one of the most representative icons of Ecuador is manufactured. Although it is misnamed, the Panama Hat is a typical, traditional art form native to Ecuador. In the Toquilla Straw Hat Museum, we'll learn more about the raw material toquilla, the history of the hats, how they originated in Ecuador, how they got their misnomer, the process of making a hat, and much more. In 2012, the complex art of weaving this hat was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list. After this visit, we returned to the hotel, and we'll spend the night in this gorgeous city.

Day 7 Guayaquil

On this day, we say goodbye to the beautiful highlands and hello to the warm coast! In just a few hours, we will be in Guayaquil, the biggest city and the main port and shipyard of Ecuador. On the way down, we'll make some stops in amazing places. This day, you will see how quickly the ecosystems, weather, and people changes.

Still in the highlands, our first stop is in a hacienda in Cajas National Park. This huge and attractive paramo is one of the most important water reservoirs of the country. Also the views of the landscape is a sight worth seeing. This is where we bid farewell to the highlands and start descending towards the coast. On our way to Guayaquil, we can see different plantations of cacao, banana, and plantains. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, we will do a scenic tour of the most representative sites, like Seminary Park or the beautiful Malecon 2000 Boardwalk. Then we go to our hotel to spend the night and prepare for the next day – our departure to the marvelous Galapagos Islands!

Day 8 Transfer out – Galapagos Islands

Early in the morning, one of our representatives will transfer you to the airport and assist you with the Galapagos flight. You will arrive on one of the Islands, and a member of our team will meet you at the airport to start your journey in one of the most special places in the world. The Galapagos is a lively natural paradise, where the animals are not afraid of people so you can see them up close, making your trip even more unique!

Day 9-11 Galapagos Cruise

The activities will be programmed based on the cruise itinerary, but on each cruise you will have the opportunity to enjoy different islands and do numerous fun and interesting things. Each island is special and unique. Despite their proximity to one another, there are animals in specific places that don't stray far from their specific habitat, and each island has its own vegetation and fauna, so you never get bored. We have the best naturalist guides on board to show us around, share, and teach you all their knowledge in order to make your time with us more pleasurable.

Likewise, we offer many activities. Some of them are snorkeling, where you can appreciate the Galapagos sea life by swimming among fish, tortoises, sea lions and more. Also you can do some hikes on the islands to see how the animals live. For example, did you know that the marine iguana is the only sea-faring lizard that can dive to get food? Well, on your Galapagos tour, you will learn fascinating facts like this and much more. Moreover, you'll see how the vegetation changes from one place to another, and of course depending of the weather and season you can see different kinds of birds flying or joining us on the walks or posing for your pictures.

In addition to these activities, there are centers and research stations which you'll visit and learn interesting information about the Islands, history, and projects aimed at preserving these enchanted islands. On board, you can rest as the catamaran cruises over calm waters, admire the magic sunsets, or see the constellations at night. Furthermore, the food on board will give you a sample of traditional and international flavors.

Your tour will be full of great memories, exciting experiences, and unforgettable times that will make you want to come back.

Day 12 Return to Quito

Today, you will go back to the delightful city of Quito. Once you land, a representative of our team will be waiting for you to transfer you to your hotel, where you can explore the night life of the capital city or rest and enjoy the hotel facilities.

Day 13 Departure

We'll arrange your pickup according to your flight's departure, and a member of our staff will transfer you to the airport to catch your international flight.

NB. Itineraries are subject to change and can be modified without previous notice.

2016 prices per person

13-day Tour
Per person US$ 7097

Rates include:

  • Private services with local English speaking guide as per itinerary
  • Sevices and Entrances fees  as detailed in the itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Entrance to museums, monuments, ruins as per program
  • Permanent assitance by our operation department
  • Accomodation at five stars hotels
  • Air domectic  transportation Only Ecuador flights

Not included:

  • Air international transportation
  • Meals and services do not mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses
  • Laundry, phone bills, or any extra
  • Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park
  • Tips
  • Extras

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