29 Days Tour
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, was the first city declared by UNESCO as a Cultural Heritage of the city in 1978. It is located in the Andes Mountains, at 2830 meters above sea level, surrounded by 12 volcanoes like Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Antisana, and Cayambe. The city of Quito is the best-preserved historic center and the largest in Latin America. For this reason, it was declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This historic center is characterized by its architecture, monuments, streets, offers cultural, academic, and recreational options, museums, bookstores, shows, and an extensive variety of art, such as sculptures of the “Escuela Quiteña” of the sixteenth century, Republican art, contemporary art, and modern art. In this city, you have the opportunity to go back in time and relive the colonial era, as well as learn a bit of Latin American history. The beauty of the Historic Center includes majestic churches such as, for example, the Basilica del Voto Nacional, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito, Iglesia Compañía de Jesús, Iglesia San Francisco, Iglesia San Francisco, Iglesia Santo Domingo, among others, as well as some important and representative museums of the history of the colonial era such as, the Museo de la Ciudad, the Museo de Cera, the Casa de Sucre or Casa de Benalcázar. You can also visit squares, where you can appreciate the architecture, culture, and traditions of Quito and observe some monuments, among the main ones we have the Plaza and Sucre Theater, the Plaza Grande along with the monument of Independence, the Plaza San Francisco or the Plaza de San Diego, among others. Quito is developed in the North-South part of the country, positioned on the western side of the Andes mountain range, which makes it exactly in the middle of the world, it is for this reason that a monument has been built in 1736 called “Mitad del Mundo” (Middle of the World). This monument is a sphere built in stone on a large cement slab surrounded by a stone periphery, this construction is in honor of the Equatorial line, which separates the southern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere around the world. Imagine having one foot on the northern hemisphere and the other on the southern hemisphere, and telling your friends or family that you are standing on two hemispheres of the planet at the same time, is an experience not to be missed. As you get to know the city of Quito, from the center to the north, you will be able to observe the difference between the old city and the modern city, with tall and very modern buildings considered the skyscrapers of this beautiful city.
In the north of the country, passing through the “Mitad del Mundo” monument, passing through the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, taking the Calacalí – Nanegalito road, we arrive at the small town of Mindo, located about 80km northeast and 2 hours from the city of Quito, in the middle of the highlands and coast region, in the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve. Mindo is known internationally as “Vida de Pájaro or Pájaro Importante”, it is characterized mainly by its cloud forest and lush vegetation, it is for this reason that you can do bird watching, inhabit a large number of butterflies, insects, frogs, and a variety of orchids among others. Among the main activities you can do at this spectacular site, is the visit to the orchidarium where you can observe more than 200 species of orchids, and you can appreciate the colors of these flowers. You can also visit the butterfly farm, where the butterflies are cared for and fed. For those bird lovers, this area is perfect for bird watching, this is one of the main activities that can be done in Mindo, there are approximately 500 species of birds in this area. You can also hike in the middle of the forest and enjoy nature. In Mindo there are several trails, where you can breathe fresh air and find spectacular waterfalls, safely, and depending on the waterfall, you can enter and take a dip in the waterfall to cool off and relax for a few minutes. Mindo is also known as a town where you can do extreme and adventure sports such as canopy, kayaking, rafting, tubing, and canyoning. Thanks to the climate and soil of the area, this helps the cultivation and care of the cocoa bean, which is used for the creation and elaboration of chocolate, among the activities offered by the town of Mindo is to learn about the elaboration of Ecuadorian chocolate. At night, you have the opportunity to enjoy the nocturnal sounds made by animals such as insects, frogs, or crickets. Mindo is a precise town for those who want to get away from the city for a few hours and share with nature, enjoy the sounds of insects, waterfalls, and streams, learn about the species of birds that inhabit the area, and marvel at the colors and shapes of butterflies and orchids. Mindo is a town that offers adventure sports and lots of adrenaline for those who like to risk a little more than usual.
It is a small city located in the north of the Ecuadorian highlands. It is known as a tourist destination because it has charming places, tourist attractions, friendly people, culture, traditions, and gastronomy. It is located in the province of Imbabura, two hours from the city of Quito, at an altitude of 1100 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by the Imbabura Volcano, the Fuya Fuya mountain, and the Cotama and Rey Loma hills. Otavalo is considered a cultural city with many traditions because most of the population is indigenous, called Kichwa Otavalo, they have their clothing, women wear a white blouse with embroidery of some colors and figures, which makes it striking clothing, also wears an Anaco which is a long skirt of blue or black, a thick sash that is located at the waist of the woman. As for the men, they wear a white shirt and pants, blue poncho, hat, and espadrilles. This population is well known nationally because it is dedicated to the manufacture and marketing of textile handicrafts, in addition, the Otavalo population is known as the best artisans in the country. Otavalo is full of traditions and cultural festivals such as the Yamor Festival, the Inti Raymi, and the Kuya Raymi. Among its cultural attractions, we have the Plaza de Ponchos, where several artisans exhibit and sell their products at very affordable prices, this market is very colorful and has several garments, wood products, and some handicrafts. We can also find the Peguche Waterfall, considered one of the most important attractions of the city of Otavalo, this waterfall is surrounded by a forest where you can perform activities such as camping or picnic, this site is mainly used for ancestral ceremonies such as the Inti Raymi. We can also observe San Pablo Lake, which welcomes us upon our arrival to Otavalo. The Fuya Fuya Hill is for those who like to do activities such as mountaineering. The Condor Park, a site dedicated to the rescue and care of birds of prey. Among the activities that can also be offered during your visit to the city of Otavalo, is the visit to the Cuicocha Lagoon, considered one of the most important lagoons in the country, which is located in the Ecological Reserve Cotacachi Cayapas. This small town is perfect for those who wish to learn a little about the culture and tradition of our ancestors, the Otavalo population still preserves these traditions and allows the tourist to learn a little about this culture, full of customs, legends, and ancestral traditions that was inherited by generations until today.
Only 67 km from the city of Quito, the town of Papallacta located in the province of Napo at 3710 meters above sea level, on the slopes of the eastern cordillera, is considered the entrance to the Ecuadorian Amazon from the Metropolitan District of Quito. It is part of the protected area “Cayambe-Coca National Park” and the “Antisana Ecological Reserve”. It is well known for its tourism services such as lodging and spas; its thermal and medicinal waters and spectacular scenery. Among the natural resources in Papallacata, we have the Papallacta Lake System, composed of approximately 28 lagoons formed by a set of large bodies of water with a small surface. This place also has the Papallacta Lagoon that welcomes us to the town of Papallacta, the water comes from the thawing of the snow-capped mountains of Cayambe, Sarahurco, and some springs of the moors that are around the lagoon. Papallacta is considered a perfect place for those who want to enjoy the exuberant nature, paths sprouted with roots and orchids, crystalline waters, polished black stones, and enormous. The climate is humid and smells of moss, earth, and sweet flowers. In this area, you can observe wildlife such as birds, foxes, wolves, and spectacled bears. Its main attraction is the thermal and medicinal pools, which help to boost health and wellness tourism in the country. The hot springs are mineral waters that emerge from the earth at a temperature higher than 5°C (41°F) than what the local soil registers. These waters come from subway layers of the earth where they register a higher temperature, because they come from these subway layers, the water has many minerals that help treatments. In Papallacta, the hot springs are located in the Andean moor surrounded by natural landscapes, its waters come from the Chacana volcanic caldera. “Termas Papallacta is one of the main complexes and the most visited in Papallacta, it offers lodging services with comfortable cabins and beds, a spa with an extensive menu of massages and curative therapies, a spa with an extensive circuit of pools with a variety of temperatures and a restaurant where you can have lunch and dinner.
Located in the Amazon region, located in the provinces of Napo and Orellana, in the central-eastern part of the Ecuadorian Amazon, between the Napo River and the Curaray River. It is the largest protected area in continental Ecuador, surrounded by biodiversity and tropical rainforest. Within the area, it protects part of the territory of the Waorani nationality. In Yasuní National Park there is a great amount of biodiversity in both flora and fauna, hundreds of species of trees and plants, wide rivers, short and narrow rivers, and a great variety of animal species such as the jaguar, the anaconda, and the harpy eagle, lions, pocket monkey, qualified as the smallest primate in the world, reptiles, and amphibians, 99.73% of the park is represented by original natural vegetation. There are communities within the Yasuní National Park such as the Tagaeri and Taromenane, indigenous peoples who decided to isolate themselves from the world, also known as uncontacted peoples, who cannot be visited and do not wish to be visited. To protect this area of the Amazon rainforest, UNESCO declared it a Biosphere Reserve in 1989. The reserve is considered a perfect place for bird watching, there are several species registered and are considered rare, fragile, or vulnerable, there are 598 species of birds. There are also 150 species of amphibians, the frog is the most commonly seen in this area, 121 species of reptiles, and between 169 and 204 species of mammals. A total of 2113 species of flowers have been identified and an estimated 3100 species exist. There are also several rivers in the reserve besides the Napo River: the Aguarico, Coca, Tiputini, Yasuní, Pañayacu, Payamino Huamayacu, and Itaya, among others. Among the most recognized attractions in the Yasuní National Park in the tropical rainforest, are the Tambococha, Jatunococha, and Añangu lagoons. The activities that can be done in the reserve are hiking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, bird watching, orchid tourism, trekking, scientific tourism, community tourism, nature tourism, ancestral tourism, health tourism, and finally adventure tourism. This place is perfect for those who wish to visit, know and learn about the flora and fauna that is part of the Amazon rainforest, considered one of the largest lungs on our planet. For the position that Ecuador is located, we are privileged to have this region, and for us, Ecuadorians is a privilege and pleasure to take care of this reserve and appreciate the generosity that gives us the Amazon rainforest.
It is the second national park created in Ecuador, after the Galapagos National Park, in 1975. In this park is the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano, an almost perfect snow-capped cone that reaches 5897 meters above sea level at its highest point. It is internationally recognized as a symbol of our natural geography. Many mountaineers from all over the world have managed to summit the volcano, and many people still dream of doing so someday. It is one of the active volcanoes in Ecuador and is considered one of the highest in the world. The Cotopaxi is located within the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”, the name given by the explorer and naturalist Alexander Humboldt in 1802, he called this to all the volcanoes that are in the central and northern highlands of Ecuador. Among the volcanoes that surround it are: Corazón, Rumiñahui, Pasochoa, Ilinizas and Sincholagua. Cotopaxi National Park is a protected area of Ecuador, located in the Cotopaxi province, 60 km from Quito, is located in the center of the inter-Andean alley, and is close to several cities starting with Latacunga, Quito, and Ambato, which is why it is one of the most visited national parks. The predominant ecosystem is the paramo, the characteristic vegetation of the area is grassland and small shrubs. The National Park has 11 natural and 6 cultural attractions. Among the main natural attractions we have the Limpiopungo Lagoon, considered the most representative of Cotopaxi National Park, we also find the Santo Domingo Lagoon, Laguna Cajas, Laguna Cajatamba, Manantial, the Condor Huayaco Waterfall, the Cotopaxi Volcano, and the Owl Cave. Cotopaxi National Park also has cultural sites such as the José Rivas Refuge, the Interpretation Center, South Face Refuge, Paja Blanca Lodge, Pucara de Salitre Ethnography, and Piedras Lajas Mine. As mentioned above, it is one of the most visited National Parks by all national and international tourists, it is a very recognized symbol around the world, for this reason, you can not miss this site, besides the scenery in this place is impressive, the Cotopaxi Volcano with its majesty causes the tourist not stop looking at it. Among the activities that can be done in the Cotopaxi National Park are cycling, hiking, horseback riding, photography, flora, and fauna watching, picnics, camping, and mountaineering with proper security, and protection.
Known for its enchanted turquoise color, it is one of the most representative lagoons of this beautiful country. Quilotoa Lagoon of volcanic origin, recognized as one of the most beautiful in the world, is approximately 3 km in diameter, and has greenish, blue, or turquoise waters, this depends a lot on sunlight and has an almost round shape. It is located approximately 4000 meters above sea level and 15 km from the town of Zumbahua in the province of Cotopaxi, in the western part of the Andes. Inside the crater, a caldera of approximately 9 km in diameter has formed. It was formed due to a volcanic collapse 800 years ago. The depth of the lagoon is 250 meters, the minerals in the lagoon cause it to be green/blue especially when sunlight hits the crater. Inside the lagoon, there are springs that from the shore you can see how bubbling trails rise to the surface. The Quilotoa Lagoon is well known due to the beauty of its landscapes and the spectacle of the calm waters, the community, the handicrafts, the flora and fauna of the area, the climate, and the gastronomy. Its geography makes this tourist attraction visited by international and national tourists. Among the activities that can be done in this tourist spot, visit the viewpoints, camping, hiking around the volcano or walking to the shore of the lagoon, horseback riding, observation of flora and fauna, photography, and boating or kayaking. This place is perfect for those who like mountain adventure, you can also enjoy the scenery with the beauty of this lagoon, take pictures and if you are lucky you will be able to observe wildlife in the area as the moor wolf, fox, rabbits, deer, cerv-icabra and other species.
Baños de Agua Santa is a small town located in north-central Ecuador, in the foothills of the Tungurahua Volcano, is part of the province of Tungurahua, and is considered one of the most visited cities by international and domestic tourists for its wide variety of tourist attractions. It is a magical place full of vegetation, nature, waterfalls, and volcanoes, also has a variety of adventure and adrenaline activities such as canopy, tarabita, Bungee Jumping, canyoning, rafting, bungee jumping, expeditions, mountain climbing, climbing, cycling, among other activities. Baños de Agua Santa is guarded by the Tungurahua Volcano also known as “Mama Tungurahua”, it has a height of 5023 meters above sea level, and is one of the active volcanoes of continental Ecuador, and is known as one of the most impressive attractions of Baños. Another very important attraction of the city of Baños de Agua Santa is “El Pailon del Diablo”, one of the most fascinating waterfalls around the world because it is the largest and most famous in Ecuador, the waterfall is located 30 minutes from the city, has approximately 100 meters high and three meters of water jumps, the waterfalls with such force that generates an impressive whirlpool. Baños is also characterized by its wide variety of wellness and health tourism offerings, just as in Papallacta, Baños has thermal pools and has several SPA complexes with a variety of relaxing and therapeutic massages such as the Cajon bath. Baños de Agua Santa has several natural resources, which allows tourists to enjoy the magic of nature in this area. Baños is known for the great variety of waterfalls which we can visit and enjoy these, among the main ones we have, Agoyán Waterfall, El Manto de Novia Waterfall, another well-known waterfall in Baños is called Machay, to reach this site you must make a short walk of 40 minutes, if the weather and the state of the waterfall and the river allow it, you have the opportunity to bathe in its crystal clear waters. The nightlife of this city is very colorful and lively, you can stroll through the city, visit the church of the Virgin of Baños, and visit the craft market or the food market, where they offer typical dishes of Ecuador. This place is ideal for those who want to enjoy nature and want to do adventure activities that challenge the adrenaline of once. It is a very beautiful and colorful city.
The Chimborazo Fauna Production Reserve was created on October 26, 1987, located in the provinces of Chimborazo, Bolivar, and Tungurahua. The protagonist of this reserve is the majestic Chimborazo Volcano, its height varies from 3800 to 6310 meters above sea level, which corresponds to the highest point of the volcano. We can also find the Carihuayrazo Volcano with 5020 meters above sea level. This reserve is located in the Ecuadorian highlands, in the center of the country, is the only place in Ecuador where you can see Vicuñas and where there are reserves of flora and fauna and two adjacent snowy mountains, the climate in this sector is cold with a temperature from 0 ° to 10 ° C. The reserve is surrounded by Andean páramo, on the eastern side is the humid páramo and on the western side is the drier páramo known as “El Arenal”. The Chimborazo Volcano is used as a symbol in Ecuador’s national coat of arms as a representative of the Andean region of Ecuador. The reserve has a high tourist potential and was decreed as the highest mountain in the world taking into account the center of the Earth, it is also the closest point to the sun at 6354 km. Among the activities that we can perform are photography, hiking, biking, climbing, camping, and mountaineering, in addition, many tourists come to the Chimborazo Volcano to make the summit. The fauna found in this area is very different from that found in the area of Cotopaxi National Park or Quilotoa Lagoon, among the animals that can be observed are vicuñas, llamas, guanacos, rabbits, deer, wolves, pumas, opossums, and birds such as hawks, tanagers, and hummingbirds. Approximately 38 indigenous and Campesino communities live in this reserve and carry out agricultural and livestock activities. This contributes to the tourism sector because some people are interested in community-based tourism, which is based on living and sharing with the families indigenous, learning about their daily lives, and learning about their culture and traditions. This tourist site is for those who like nature, and enjoy mountaineering, it is also for those who seek to interact with local people and want to learn about the indigenous culture of Ecuador.
It is one of the most beautiful and internationally recognized cities of Ecuador, this is due to its colonial and republican architecture, it is ideal for adventure tourism, cultural, religious, or relaxation. It is the second city recognized as Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 1999, this is due to its heritage such as the majestic churches, monuments that represent historical moments of both the city and the country, squares, parks, and its traditional and colonial houses. Cuenca, also known as the “Athens of Ecuador”, has a privileged climate because it is located in an extensive valley in the middle of the Andean column, which makes the temperature variable between 7° to 15° C in winter and 12° to 25° C in summer, this climate is perfect for the sowing of flowers and orchids. Among its most important tourist attractions, we have the Historic Center of Santa Ana de Los Cuatro Rios de Cuenca, considered one of the most beautiful for its colonial architecture, where you can also find local handicrafts such as straw hats, tinsmithing, jewelry, pottery, textiles, and leather. The most representative churches of the historic center of Cuenca are San Sebastián, Santo Cenáculo, La Catedral Nueva de la Inmaculada Concepción, La Iglesia de Carmen de San José, Iglesia de la Merced, Iglesia Cristo Rey y todos los Santos, Iglesia de San Blas, Iglesia San Francisco, Iglesia Santo Domingo and finally the Vieja Catedral. On the other hand, we have the opportunity to visit some tourist spots that are located near the city of Cuenca. Ingapirca Archaeological Complex, known as the most important pre-Columbian complex of Ecuador, in this complex rests an Inca architectural complex best preserved in the country, is located in the province of Cañar 1h30 minutes from the city of Cuenca at 3160 meters above sea level. Ingapirca, Kichwa word meaning “wall or wall of the Inca”. We can also visit the Cajas National Park, located 20 km from the city of Cuenca, between 3000 and 4500 meters above sea level. This park is recognized because it has at least 232 lagoons, it is also characterized by its mountains and hills, on this site you can hike, camping, fish, and photograph. These sites are perfect for those who like to learn a little about the history of Latin America, from the events in the Pre-Columbian period to the colonial era, you can also learn all about the culture and tradition that influences today. For those who like nature, you can visit the National Park El Cajas, magical and spiritual for the energies that the place possesses.
It is the largest city and the main port of the country is a very active city and is suitable for domestic and foreign visitors. Guayaquil, also known as “The Pearl of the Pacific”, is located in the province of Guayas in the coastal area of the country. It offers a wide range of tourist sites, a city of art, music, gastronomy, friendly people, and sunsets that light up the skies of the city, full of customs and traditions. The city of Guayaquil also has a historic center with colonial buildings, however, this is not as extensive as the Historic Center of Quito or Cuenca, but anyway it is well known because in colonial times was one of the main trading cities because it has the largest port in the country, today is still considered one of the most important cities for being “The economic capital of the country”. Among the sites that can be visited in the city of Guayaquil, is the Cathedral, the Seminary Park, the Palace of the Government, Cerro Santa Ana, the Barrio Las Peñas, the Malecon 2000, the Samanes Park, the Historical Park of Guayaquil, also going to use the Aerovía in Guayaquil, is an air-suspended public transport system that connects the city of Guayaquil with the canton Daule, It has 5 stations, the route of this aerial tramway starts from the center of the city of Guayaquil, travels over the Guayaquil River and arrives at the last station in the Daule canton, from this transport you can get a panoramic view of the city of Guayaquil, the Daule canton and the Guayas River. There are places near the city of Guayaquil, which we can visit and enjoy its landscapes, these are, Santay Island, National Recreation Area Parque Lago, Puerto Hondo, the Ecological Reserve Manglares Churute and finally, you can visit a cocoa farm, where they teach us about the process of cultivation and harvesting of cocoa, and also tell us what is the process of making Ecuadorian chocolate. Guayaquil is full of culture and traditions among the most outstanding are the Amorfinos, in the festivities, they sing or recite beautiful verses to women, we also have the serenades and rodeos. This city is full of history and traditions, the buildings represent the colonial era in the center of the city and the modern buildings in the north. It is perfect for those who like city life but also has the opportunity to escape close to the city and visit resorts where you can enjoy nature.
One of the wonders of Ecuador and a magical place where you can learn about animal life, care, and conservation of nature. The Galapagos Islands, the province of Ecuador, located 972 km from the Ecuadorian coast, is also called the Insular Region. It is an archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean and is made up of 13 large islands, 6 small islands, and 107 rocks also known as islets. The Enchanted Islands, are recognized by almost everyone as a place with a great variety of endemic species of flora and fauna, the conservation and care of these islands have also attracted the attention of many tourists from different parts of the world, as well as scientists, biologists, among others. The Galapagos Islands have some recognition, first, they were declared National Park in 1959. In 1978 they have also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and are also called a Whale Sanctuary, a Biosphere Reserve, and a RAMSAR Site (which means: wetlands protection). In 1986 the Archipelago was declared a Marine Reserve. The Galapagos Islands is the most visited place by tourists from all over the world, it is the place that attracts the most attention and above all, it is the most requested place to visit in Ecuador. The three main islands in the Galapagos are San Cristobal, Santa Cruz, and Isabela, these are among the largest and are the inhabited islands in the entire archipelago, ie in these, there is population, hotel infrastructure, and catering. There are two airports in the Galapagos Islands, Baquerizo Moreno Airport located on San Cristobal Island and Seymour Airport located on Baltra Island, near Santa Cruz Island, these two airports receive tourists either from Quito or Guayaquil. San Cristobal Island, located on the east and south side of the Archipelago, is near Española Island and Floreana, two large but uninhabited islands. Each of these islands has its charm and beauty, among the most visited points on San Cristobal Island we have, Leon Dormido, Isla Lobos, Puerto Chino, Galapaguera, the Interpretation Center, Cerro Tijeretas, Playa Mann, Punta Carola, Playa Loberia, among others. You can observe many sea lions, land and sea turtles, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and crabs. In the center of the Archipelago, we find Santa Cruz Island, located near some of the larger islands of the Archipelago, such as North Seymour Island, Bartolomé Island, Plazas Island, Mosquera Island, and Santa Fe Island, among others. Without a doubt, to talk about the Galapagos Islands would take a lifetime to tell and explain what wonders can be found on each island. In this case, Santa Cruz Island is a very beautiful island and recognized by tourists because on this island the hotel infrastructure and tourist services are more developed. On this island you can visit the upper part, where we see the giant tortoises, the largest of the Galapagos Islands, we can also visit The Cracks, The Lava Tunnels, The Twins, Tortuga Bay, the bays of Santa Cruz as Whale Bay or Tortuga. We can also visit the Charles Darwin Station, a scientific station where several discoveries have been made about the animal life of the Galapagos Islands, in this area of the Galapagos Islands we can find giant tortoises, sea lions, land and marine iguanas, sea turtles, sea lions, a great variety of fish and blue sharks. Finally, we have Isabela Island, near this island we have Fernandina Island. Isabela Island is the most extensive of the Archipelago, for this reason, you can visit some sites such as the Sierra Negra Volcano, the Chico Volcano, Concha Perla, Wetlands, Urbina Bay, Cabo Rosa Tunnels, Tintoreras Islets, the Wall of Tears, the Turtle Breeding Center, Tagus Cove, Punta Espinoza, Puerto Villamil, among the animals that can be observed in this area are sea and land turtles, iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, penguins, albatross, among others. To the north of the Galapagos National Park, we also find Genovesa Island, and in the center, Rabida Island, Santiago Island, and Sombrero Chino Island. Galapagos has an infinity of spectacular places, it takes a lifetime to get to know every part of this incredible place. All tourists who visit this magical park are enchanted and in love.