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Ecuadorian Andean Highlights

Ecuadorian Andean Highlights

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Ecuador is located in South America is one of the smallest countries that consists of 4 regions Sierra, Amazonia, Costa And Galapagos, enjoys a privileged location in the Center of the world and is crossed by the Equatorial line which gives us certain very peculiar conditions, especially in the capital city of Quito where the weather is very unpredictable,another natural attraction that this beautiful country gives us is the location, which allows us to be in the different regions in a short time, enjoying different climates, besides the possibility to observe the great diversity of animals and plants that characterize the region.

Tour Plan


DAY 1: Transfer in to the Hotel in Quito

We will pick you up from the airport and drive you to the hotel. Depending the time when you arrive, we can include an activity for 2 or 3 hours. If you have any problem, you can contact your agent in Quito. Accommodation: Hotel Casa Sol or similar Meals: none

DAY 2: City Tour

We will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning and we will visit downtown of Quito which has many beautiful churches and squares. The streets are cobbled and narrow, surrounded by barroco-style houses that transport us to the colonial age. A few minutes from downtown lies El Panecillo, a natural viewpoint, whose main attraction is the statue of La Virgen de Quito and from where we can see the whole city. Later, we will eat a great lunch and continue to Mitad del Mundo (middle of the World), the Intiñán Museum, where you can carry out scientific experiments and learn more about the history of the towns that inhabited the place. Finally, we return to the Hotel. Accommodation: Hotel Casa Sol or similar. Meals: B

DAY 3: Trip to Mindo

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel. Prepare to be amazed by the colorful attractions of Mindo where we visit a beautiful Waterfall and then head to a butterflies farm where you will have the chance to encounter hundreds of different species of native butterflies. Then, we will enjoy a tasty organic chocolate-factory tour where we can see the steps of the making of a chocolate and the products that can be created along the way. By the afternoon we will drive to Otavalo for 3.5 hours approximately. Accommodation: Hotel El Indio Inn or similar. Meals: B

DAY 4: Visit Otavalo

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel. Discover the most famous artesian indigenous market in Ecuador, the Otavalo market. We will visit the Condor Park if it's possible (depending on the days) where our guide will provide an explanation about the local indigenous culture. We continue to the town of Cotacachi, then onward to beautiful Cuicocha lagoon. By the afternoon, we will return and have a stop in Cayambe where we will taste the town’s famous bizcochos (biscuits cooked on fire) and admire the beautiful landscapes of El Lechero, Otavalo and Lago San Pablo. Accommodation: Hotel LLovisna or similar Meals: B

Day 5: Visit Cotopaxi

One of the highest active snow-caped volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi’s symmetric cone rises from a vast plain that is home to llamas, condors and herds of wild horses. This amazing adventure includes hiking, and scenic drives through the park’s majestic landscape. We’ll also share information about the different fauna, flora and history of the park. Cotopaxi has its own micro-climate and the weather in the area is very unpredictable, so please be prepared with warm clothes. Accommodation: Hotel La LLovisna or similar. Meals: B

Day 6: Visit Quilotoa Lagoon

Enjoy beautiful views of the Andes on the ride to Quilotoa lagoon, where we’ll pass through the ancient canyon of Zumbagua and many towns and farmlands. We will continue to visit an indigenous home where you have the opportunity to interact with the local people. The tour concludes with an option to hike down into an extinct volcano crater to Quilotoa Lagoon, a unique sparkling emerald lake. The return hike is steep and takes approximately one hour with the option of renting a mule with extra cost. Accommodation: Hotel Alisamay or Similar. Meals: B

Day 7: Visit Baños de Agua Santa

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel. Beautiful waterfalls and lush forests surround the tranquil town of Baños. Baños de Agua Santa, also known as Baños, is a city in eastern Tungurahua province, in central Ecuador. Baños is one of the most popular cities in Tungurahua for adventure and tourism. It is known as the “Gateway to the Amazon” as it is located on the Pastaza River in the High Amazon Basin. The city is a major religious centre, as most Catholics believers say that the Virgin Mary appeared nearby the waterfalls to protect the city from natural disasters. The city is intimately linked with the highly active Tungurahua volcano. The city itself boasts a beautiful central park and waterfalls that include the magical “Pailón del Diablo” and “Manto de la Novia”. Accommodation: Hotel Casa Sol or similar. Meals: B

Day 8: Transfer to the airport flight back home

We will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport.

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Minimum 2 people Ecuadorian Andean Highlights on google maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/ZrVTGJjJoX12 Physical condition you need, rating out of 10:  2-4 medium Price Includes: Land tour: Bilingual guide, comfortable transportation. Transfers: Spanish speaking driver - Company shuttle service 1 Airport-Hotel 1 Hotel-Airport Accommodation:  Accommodation in the hotels stated in the itinerary or hotels of similar standard, in double room.   Meals: Meals are specified on each itinerary.   Price does not include: Drinks and alcoholic beverages Travel Insurance Extra meals Personal expenses Airlines/Local taxes updates Tips Anything which is not mentioned as includes Please Note: The operator reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances. Prices are subject to changes due to local taxes updates. National flights: Airline baggage allowance is 23 kilograms per person. Hotels, trains and other services are quoted without reservations. They are subject to change without previous notice unless booked.   Important Notice: If your tour includes traveling in altitude, we highly recommend realizing a previous appointment with your doctor for a general physical checkup. We also recommend checking if you need to take any vaccination. It is important that you have a current travel insurance including personal medical insurance, also a copy of it and a copy of your passport. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have. Please, keep in mind that the law of Ecuador ask you to have a private insure before you come to the country, then when give us your information please include the name, address and phone number of your insure please.  
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