Day 1: Arrive in Quito
The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.
Day 2: Visit Otavalo Market
Today we can explore the market town of Otavalo. The market has been ia tradition since pre Incan times, and there are many authentic goods and crafts to purchase. Haggle with the locals for colourful handmade gifts, especially the famous woven textiles. Once we have enjoyed the markets we will return to Quito for the night.
Days 3 and 4: Baños
We continue by bus through spectacular scenery to Baños, a spa town famous for its hot thermal springs. Besides soaking in the pools, there are pathways to walk into the surrounding mountains and the chance to go horseback riding in the hills (optional). The less energetic can spend their time relaxing in cafés and shopping for souvenirs. Baños is the best place to buy beautifully painted balsa wood animals and try taffy, a local sweet.
Days 5 and 6: Cuenca
We travel onto the old colonial market town of Cuenca (kwen -ca) - Ecuador's third largest city. Cuenca is the home of the Panama hat and you will have the chance to visit a factory. Cuenca's beautiful colonial air of cobblestone streets, open plazas and whitewashed buildings with ironwork balconies has earned it the UNESCO World Heritage Site status. You have the option to visit the celebrated Inca ruins of Ingapirca, the country's most important archaeological site. The fortress complex has a central platform where the Incas worshipped the sun. The Cañari people built the original structures and you can still see the place where these pre-Inca folk worshipped the moon.
Day 7: Quito
At 2,850 metres above sea level, Quito is the second highest capital city in the world. It was founded in 1534 by the Spanish and was originally an Inca stronghold. As the headquarters of the recently formed Union of South American Nations (which was modelled on the European Union) Quito is also considered the capital of South American integration. It is situated in a hollow at the base of the live Volcano Pichincha and the whole length of the city can be seen from atop Panecillo Hill where the enormous Statue of the Virgin of Quito stands. The city has two main sections – the old and the new. The new is the main commercial area with lots of good restaurants and bars, whereas the old city is the colonial area in the centre, with steep calles (cobblestone streets), busy plazas and indigenous markets. The Equatorial Monument is just 23 kilometres north of the city, and also houses an excellent museum that displays clothing, other wares and photos of the varied and colourful Ecuadorian people.
Day 8: Depart Quito
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
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With Ecuador’s capital Quito brimming with architectural beauty as well as sitting on top of the equator it’s not hard to see why it was one of the first World Cultural Heritage Sites. We begin and end our adventures in the vibrant capital but not before we visit lush forests, bubbling hot springs and colonial towns.
What to Know
Quito is located at 2,800 metres above sea level, making it the second highest capital city in the world. You may feel the effects of altitude, which affects all people differently. If you have just arrived it is suggested you take it very easy for the first day and follow the below recommendations: -Drink plenty of water, around two to two-and-a-half litres per day. Bottled water is available everywhere. -The affects of alcohol and cigarettes are made considerably worse by the thin air. Try to avoid these in excess for the first few days. -Take it easy. Walk slowly and avoid sudden movements On arrival in Quito we recommend you change enough money into the local currency for the first four or five days of your tour. The currency used in Ecuador is the US dollar. These are available from ATMs or with US$ travellers cheques. Ecuadorian notes tend to be of poor quality and you will have trouble exchanging these if you are travelling outside of Ecuador.
About the Destination
The historic centers of Quito and Cuenca are lined with photogenic plazas, 17th-century churches and monasteries, and beautifully restored mansions. Wandering the cobblestone streets amid architectural treasures from Spanish colonial days is a fine way to delve into the past. Beyond the cities, the Ecuadorian landscape unfolds in all its startling variety. There are Andean villages renowned for their colorful textiles and sprawling markets, Afro-Ecuadorian towns where days end with meals of fresh seafood and memorable sunsets, and remote settlements in the Amazon where shamans still harvest the traditional rainforest medicines of their ancestors.
Whenever people tell me they want to visit South America, but don't know where to begin, I recommend Ecuador. This is a country that seems to have it all: Andean peaks, Amazon rainforest, indigenous markets, colonial towns, sun-drenched beaches – not to mention a rather famous chain of volcanic islands full of fascinating wildlife. Adding to the appeal is Ecuador's (relatively) small size and its ease of travel (good roads and an easy-to-remember currency). But best of all are the Ecuadorians themselves: kind-hearted, generous and proud of the great strides they've made in the last decade, they are in fact the nation's greatest treasure.
Things to Do
- Teleferico sky tram to Volcan Pichincha
- Museo Solar
- Walking tour through old town (3 hours)
- Plaza de la Independencia
- Museo de la Ciudad
- White water rafting
- Bridge swing/bungee jump
- Waterfall and volcano viewing
- Hot baths
- Mountain biking
- Ingapirca ruins
- Catedral Vieja and Catedral Nueva
- Museo de Arte Moderno
- City Tour
- Cajas National Park
How to get there
We recommend flying into Quito, Ecuador. That is where your adventure will begin and end.
- 10 Sleeps
What is Included
Rate from $1,089 includes:
- Otavalo Market
- 7 Nights in hotels
- Travel by Bus
- 6 Breakfasts
- Tour leader, English Speaking local guides
Rates Do Not Include:
- International flights and departure taxes
- Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms
- Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodations
- Spending money- budget for meals, snacks, drinks, souvenirs, laundry, extras
- Optional Excursions
- This tour doesn't have fixed departure dates. Instead, the departure dates can be customized. The final departure dates will depend on the client's preferences and availability of accommodations and/or other components of this tour.
- The rates of this tour can be changed without prior notice
- This tour is offered by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay
- All information about this tour is provided and updated by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay.
Ecuador tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States, United Kingdom or France for a stay up to 90 days.
Rate of $1,089 USD is subject to change.
Rates are based on availability and season. All rates are quoted in USD. Some packages are customizable. Final pricing depends on add-ons.
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