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Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN QUITO – WELCOME DINNER
Welcome to Ecuador! We are thrilled to have you here. Your journey begins with a 15-minute drive to the Puembo neighborhood near Quito Airport. As you leave the airport, you'll pass through the cargo area and into the Andean highlands, characterized by rolling hills, lush valleys, and farmlands. The road to Puembo winds through charming rural areas with traditional adobe houses decorated in vibrant colors. As you approach Puembo, the scenery becomes lush with various flowering plants. Depending on the route, time of day, and weather, you might catch breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks like Cotopaxi or Cayambe, part of Ecuador’s impressive volcanic landscape. We hope your first day in Ecuador is filled with wonder and discovery. Enjoy a delicious dinner as a warm welcome to Quito. We look forward to sharing many more unforgettable adventures with you in this captivating country.
Overnight

Quito

Hotel

Casa Gangotena and/or similar

Meals

-/-/-

DAY 2: COLONIAL CITY TOUR, COOKING CLASS & LA MITAD DEL MUNDO (MIDDLE OF THE WORLD) MONUMENT
A guide will pick you up for city tour in Quito. Start in the colonial center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to numerous historic buildings and squares. You will visit Plaza Grande and the beautiful churches of La Compañía and La Basílica. Then, you’ll walk down La Ronda, the oldest street in Quito. Around midday, head to a traditional cooking class. There, you’ll learn about the incredible gastronomy of this country and how to prepare it, and you will enjoy a delicious lunch. Afterward, make your way to the Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) monument to stand on the line of the equator. Strike a pose with one foot in each hemisphere and see how your balance is affected at latitude zero. Then, enjoy the nearby museums and exhibits, including the Planetarium, the Ethnographic Museum, and the Artisanal Beer Museum. There is also a small-scale model of Quito here, giving you a unique perspective on the city.
Overnight

Quito

Hotel

Casa Gangotena and/or similar

Meals

B/L/-

DAY 3: CUICOCHA LAGOON - COTACACHI - OTAVALO MARKET
In the morning you will hike around the crater lagoon of Cuicocha. On the trail your guide will explain to you the high-altitude flora and fauna and the history of the once active volcano. Alternatively, you can ride in a boat around the two islands. Then you will visit Cotacachi, a lovely town know for the leather and nice stores, you may have lunch there. In the afternoon visit the Otavalo Market. Otavalo features one of the most important traditional markets of South America. Here, the indigenous people of the surrounding areas gather to trade anything from animals over handicraft to fresh vegetables and fruits. Take a stroll through the streets and maybe try some of the local street food such as salted mango or fritada con mote, fried pork with cooked corn.
Overnight

Otavalo

Hotel

Hacienda Zuleta and/or similar

Meals

B/-/-

DAY 4: OTAVALO- PAPALLACTA-QUITO
Today you will go ahead to Papallacta into the Andean Valley (3300 mm over the sea level) you can relax and enjoy its pools, naturally heated by the volcanic hot springs. Also, if the weather is clear, you will be able to see the giant Antisana Volcano (reaching a height of 5,758 meters) looming above. In the Afternoon you will return to Quito.
Overnight

Quito

Hotel

Casa Gangotena and/or similar

Meals

B/-/-

DAY 5: HORSEBACK RIDING DAY AT COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK
This morning, you will have the opportunity to experience the joy, adrenaline, and nostalgia that our Chagras (Ecuadorian cowboys) live day by day while they are working in the high mountains of the Andes. You’ll be met with sweeping views of the páramo (typical Andean landscape) and the snowcapped peak of Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi National Park is the best place to explore the nature of the Andes and surrounding volcanos. After climbing 1000 meters, we will arrive in a different realm, passing the lagoon and mesmerizing as the sun shines on the Cotopaxi tip. Keep your eyes peeled for wild horses, rabbits, birds, and deer along the way! Saddle up for a trek of a lifetime, diving into the true heart of adventure. Gallop across windswept plains and explore the area’s native forests before heading to a beautiful hacienda to spend the night.
Overnight

Cotopaxi National Park

Hotel

Onboard the San Agustin del Callo Hacienda

Meals

B/-/-

DAY 6: QUILOTOA - BAÑOS
Today’s drive takes you into the western Ecuadorian Andes, where you’ll visit the picturesque Quilotoa Lagoon. This spectacular crater lake was formed centuries ago by a massive volcanic eruption. Walk along the crater’s rim to enjoy splendid views, or hike down a path to the edge of the turquoise waters, where you can enjoy kayaking in the lagoon. If you’re looking for a less adventurous trek, mules are available to rent for the return uphill hike. Afterward, get back on the road and continue to Baños, where you’ll get settled into your accommodation for the night.
Overnight

Baños

Hotel

Onboard the Samari Spa Resort

Meals

B/-/-

DAY 7: WATERFALLS AVENUE & PAILÓN DEL DIABLO - RETURN TO QUITO
This morning, take a scenic ride along the Ruta de Cascadas (Waterfall Route) to the village of Rio Verde. Along the way, you'll see beautiful waterfalls, including the famous El Pailón del Diablo (the Devil’s Cauldron), where water cascades 265 feet through the cloud forest. After exploring, we head back to Quito, keeping an eye out for the natural beauty of the Andes. We may see stunning volcanoes such as Chimborazo, Carihuairazo, the Ilinizas, Cotopaxi, Corazón, Rumiñahui, Pasochoa, and possibly Antisana. This spectacular volcanic landscape brings a sense of harmony to mind, body, and spirit. This evening, consider exploring Quito. Options include dining at a restaurant with a view of the Centro Histórico or the city in general.
Overnight

Quito

Hotel

Wyndham UIO and/or similar

Meals

B/-/-

DAY 8: WELCOME TO CUENCA! THE ATHENS OF ECUADOR - UNESCO HISTORIC CITY TOUR
Welcome to Cuenca! You to get to know the beautiful city today, especially its UNESCO-recognized historic center. The tour starts in the San Sebastián neighborhood on the western edge of the city center. You’ll visit the Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno (Modern Art Museum) and its colorful gardens. Then it’s time to visit Cuenca’s famous cathedrals: the Iglesia El Sagrario, also known as the “Old Cathedral,” and the Catedral Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción, aka the “New Cathedral.” While the old cathedral is now a museum, the new one, with its famous blue and white domes, is an operating Catholic church. Later, visit Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla, the Panama hat museum. Yes, those famous hats are made here in Ecuador from toquilla straw. Learn how weavers create these hats and the techniques that can turn one of these everyday hats into an expensive accessory.
Overnight

Cuenca

Hotel

Mansion Alcazar and/or similar

Meals

B/-/-

DAY 9: CAJAS NATIONAL PARK
You will leave Cuenca and head westwards to the Cajas National Park. This National Park comprises more than 200 interconnected high-altitude lagoons. The Cajas is not only source of many rivers, but even connects to the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. Then your private transportation will leave you at your accommodation
Overnight

Cuenca

Hotel

Mansion Alcazar and/or similar

Meals

B/-/-

DAY 10: EXPLORING THE ANCIENT INGAPIRCA RUINS
Prepare for an extraordinary day exploring Ingapirca, the largest Inca complex in Ecuador. Led by our experienced private guide, you will embark on an unforgettable adventure through this ancient site. Nestled in the Andean landscape at 10,498 feet (3,200 meters), Ingapirca offers a breathtaking backdrop for your exploration. Originally inhabited by the Cañari people, who settled here long before the Incas, Ingapirca showcases the cultural exchange and peaceful coexistence between these two civilizations. As you step onto the grounds, you'll be greeted by mesmerizing archaeological wonders. Marvel at the precision stonework and intricate carvings that adorn the temple, showcasing the Inca’s advanced engineering skills. Ingapirca offers a unique opportunity to connect with the past and gain a deeper appreciation for Ecuador's cultural heritage, inviting you on an unforgettable journey of discovery.
Overnight

Cuenca

Hotel

Mansion Alcazar and/or similar

Meals

B/-/-

DAY 11: FREE MORNING IN CUENCA - FLIGHT TO QUITO
The beauty and colonial ambiance of Cuenca is best experienced on foot. The three-to-four-hour Cuenca city tour weaves its way through the old town center, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, to give you a short introduction to the city before heading to Turi to enjoy the incredible view. You will have a free day until your flight to Quito.
Overnight

Quito

Hotel

Wyndham UIO and/or similar

Meals

B/-/-

DAY 12: TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT FOR YOUR FLIGHT BACK HOME
At the scheduled time specified beforehand, a transfer arrangement will be made for you to ensure a smooth and timely journey to the airport. This transfer service will conveniently transport you from your current location to the designated airport, allowing you to catch your flight and return home comfortably.
Overnight

N/A

Hotel

N/A

Meals

B/-/-

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN QUITO – WELCOME DINNER

We extend a warm welcome to Ecuador, and we couldn’t be more excited to have you here! Your journey begins with a sense of relaxation and anticipation as you embark on a 15-minute drive toward the Puembo neighborhood in the surrounding area of Quito Airport.
As you depart from the airport, you might initially traverse through the airport cargo area, and the landscape gradually transforms. You might encounter stretches of the Andean highlands characterized by rolling hills, lush valleys, and farmlands. The road to Puembo might wind through charming rural roads, offering glimpses of local life and traditional adobe houses adorned with colorful decorations. The vegetation changes as you approach Puembo, featuring a mix of lush greenery, including various flowering plants.
Depending on the route taken, time of the day, and weather, you might catch breathtaking glimpses of snow-capped peaks such as Cotopaxi or Cayambe in the distance, especially on a clear day. These stunning volcanoes are part of Ecuador’s impressive volcanic landscape, adding a dramatic touch to the scenery.
We sincerely hope that your first day in Ecuador is filled with wonder and discovery, and we eagerly anticipate sharing many more unforgettable adventures with you as you delve deeper into the treasures this captivating country has to offer. Settle down and enjoy a delicious dinner to get a proper welcome to Quito.

Overnight: Quito
Suggested Hotel: Casa Gangotena and/or similar
Meals: -/-/-

DAY 2: COLONIAL CITY TOUR, COOKING CLASS & LA MITAD DEL MUNDO (MIDDLE OF THE WORLD) MONUMENT

A guide will pick you up for city tour in Quito. Start in the colonial center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to numerous historic buildings and squares. You will visit Plaza Grande and the beautiful churches of La Compañía and La Basílica. Then, you’ll walk down La Ronda, the oldest street in Quito. Around midday, head to a traditional cooking class. There, you’ll learn about the incredible gastronomy of this country and how to prepare it, and you will enjoy a delicious lunch.
Afterward, make your way to the Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World) monument to stand on the line of the equator. Strike a pose with one foot in each hemisphere and see how your balance is affected at latitude zero. Then, enjoy the nearby museums and exhibits, including the Planetarium, the Ethnographic Museum, and the Artisanal Beer Museum. There is also a small-scale model of Quito here, giving you a unique perspective on the city.

Overnight: Quito
Suggested Hotel: Casa Gangotena and/or similar
Meals: B/L/-

DAY 3: CUICOCHA LAGOON - COTACACHI - OTAVALO MARKET

In the morning you will hike around the crater lagoon of Cuicocha. On the trail your guide will explain to you the high-altitude flora and fauna and the history of the once active volcano. Alternatively, you can ride in a boat around the two islands.
Then you will visit Cotacachi, a lovely town know for the leather and nice stores, you may have lunch there.
In the afternoon visit the Otavalo Market. Otavalo features one of the most important traditional markets of South America. Here, the indigenous people of the surrounding areas gather to trade anything from animals over handicraft to fresh vegetables and fruits. Take a stroll through the streets and maybe try some of the local street food such as salted mango or fritada con mote, fried pork with cooked corn.

Overnight: Otavalo
Accommodation: Hacienda Zuleta and/or similar
Meals: B/-/-

DAY 4: OTAVALO- PAPALLACTA-QUITO

Today you will go ahead to Papallacta into the Andean Valley (3300 mm over the sea level) you can relax and enjoy its pools, naturally heated by the volcanic hot springs. Also, if the weather is clear, you will be able to see the giant Antisana Volcano (reaching a height of 5,758 meters) looming above.
In the Afternoon you will return to Quito.

Overnight: Quito
Suggested Hotel: Casa Gangotena and/or similar
Meals: B/-/-

DAY 5: HORSEBACK RIDING DAY AT COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK

This morning, you will have the opportunity to experience the joy, adrenaline, and nostalgia that our Chagras (Ecuadorian cowboys) live day by day while they are working in the high mountains of the Andes.
You’ll be met with sweeping views of the páramo (typical Andean landscape) and the snowcapped peak of Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi National Park is the best place to explore the nature of the Andes and surrounding volcanos. After climbing 1000 meters, we will arrive in a different realm, passing the lagoon and mesmerizing as the sun shines on the Cotopaxi tip. Keep your eyes peeled for wild horses, rabbits, birds, and deer along the way! Saddle up for a trek of a lifetime, diving into the true heart of adventure.
Gallop across windswept plains and explore the area’s native forests before heading to a beautiful hacienda to spend the night.

Overnight: Cotopaxi National Park
Accommodation: Onboard the San Agustin del Callo Hacienda
Meals: B/-/-

DAY 6: QUILOTOA - BAÑOS

Today’s drive takes you into the western Ecuadorian Andes, where you’ll visit the picturesque Quilotoa Lagoon. This spectacular crater lake was formed centuries ago by a massive volcanic eruption. Walk along the crater’s rim to enjoy splendid views, or hike down a path to the edge of the turquoise waters, where you can enjoy kayaking in the lagoon.
If you’re looking for a less adventurous trek, mules are available to rent for the return uphill hike. Afterward, get back on the road and continue to Baños, where you’ll get settled into your accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Baños
Accommodation: Onboard the Samari Spa Resort
Meals: B/-/-

DAY 7: WATERFALLS AVENUE & PAILÓN DEL DIABLO - RETURN TO QUITO

This morning, ride along the scenic Ruta de Cascadas (Waterfall Route) toward the village of Rio Verde. Along the way, you’ll see the route’s namesake water features. When you arrive in town, take a short hike to one of the better-known waterfalls in the area, El Pailón del Diablo (the Devil’s Cauldron). Here, the water cascades 265 feet (81 m) down through the cloud forest.
Later we head back to Quito. In route, we keep our eyes open for the natural beauty of the Andes as we might have an opportunity to see any number of gorgeous volcanoes, including Chimborazo, Carihuairazo, the Ilinizas Sur y Norte, Cotopaxi, Corazón, Rumiñahui, Pasochoa, and maybe even Antisana and more. Being in the middle of this spectacular land of volcanoes really allows your mind, body, and spirit to come into a harmony most of us don’t experience as often as we’d like.
This evening is a good time to explore some in Quito if you’d like. So many choices: Dinner at a restaurant with a view – of the Centro histórico or just the city in general.

Overnight: Quito
Suggested Hotel: Wyndham UIO and/or similar
Meals: B/-/-

DAY 8: WELCOME TO CUENCA! THE ATHENS OF ECUADOR - UNESCO HISTORIC CITY TOUR

Welcome to Cuenca! You to get to know the beautiful city today, especially its UNESCO-recognized historic center. The tour starts in the San Sebastián neighborhood on the western edge of the city center. You’ll visit the Museo Municipal de Arte Moderno (Modern Art Museum) and its colorful gardens. Then it’s time to visit Cuenca’s famous cathedrals: the Iglesia El Sagrario, also known as the “Old Cathedral,” and the Catedral Metropolitana de la Inmaculada Concepción, aka the “New Cathedral.” While the old cathedral is now a museum, the new one, with its famous blue and white domes, is an operating Catholic church.
Later, visit Museo del Sombrero de Paja Toquilla, the Panama hat museum. Yes, those famous hats are made here in Ecuador from toquilla straw. Learn how weavers create these hats and the techniques that can turn one of these everyday hats into an expensive accessory.

Overnight: Cuenca
Accommodation: Mansion Alcazar and/or similar
Meals: B/-/-

DAY 9: CAJAS NATIONAL PARK

You will leave Cuenca and head westwards to the Cajas National Park. This National Park comprises more than 200 interconnected high-altitude lagoons. The Cajas is not only source of many rivers, but even connects to the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. Then your private transportation will leave you at your accommodation

Overnight: Cuenca
Accommodation: Mansion Alcazar and/or similar
Meals: B/-/-

DAY 10: EXPLORING THE ANCIENT INGAPIRCA RUINS

Prepare for an extraordinary day as you journey to Ingapirca, Ecuador’s largest Inca complex. With our experienced guide, you’ll explore the fascinating history of this ancient site, nestled in the majestic Andes at 10,498 feet (3,200 meters). Originally settled by the Cañari people, Ingapirca highlights the cultural exchange and peaceful coexistence between the Cañari and Inca civilizations.

Marvel at the precision stonework and intricate carvings that adorn the temple, showcasing the Inca’s advanced engineering skills. Ingapirca offers a unique opportunity to connect with Ecuador’s rich cultural heritage, inviting you on an unforgettable journey of discovery.


Overnight: Cuenca
Accommodation: Mansion Alcazar and/or similar
Meals: B/-/-

DAY 11: FREE MORNING IN CUENCA - FLIGHT TO QUITO

The beauty and colonial ambiance of Cuenca is best experienced on foot. The three-to-four-hour Cuenca city tour weaves its way through the old town center, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, to give you a short introduction to the city before heading to Turi to enjoy the incredible view.
You will have a free day until your flight to Quito.

Overnight: Quito
Suggested Hotel: Wyndham UIO and/or similar
Meals: B/-/-

DAY 12: TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT FOR YOUR FLIGHT BACK HOME

At the scheduled time specified beforehand, a transfer arrangement will be made for you to ensure a smooth and timely journey to the airport.
This transfer service will conveniently transport you from your current location to the designated airport, allowing you to catch your flight and return home comfortably.
Overnight: N/A
Suggested Hotel: N/A
Meals: B/-/-

INCLUDING

Mainland: 

– All private airport transfers
– Meals as mentioned in the program
– All private excursions
– Private guides
– Accommodation: 4.5-star hotels
– Internal flights to and from Cuenca (UIO – CUE – UIO)

Quito:

Casa Gangotena: Double Jr Suite
Wyndham UIO: Double Suite

Otavalo:

Hacienda Zuleta: Zuleta deluxe double
– Cotopaxi:
San Agustin del Callo Hacienda : Casa Inca double room

Baños:

Samari Spa Resort: Double Jr suite

Cuenca:
Mansion Alcazar: Premium double room

NOT INCLUDED

– International flights
– Meals not mentioned in the program
– Travel insurance, and repatriation insurance
– Optional excursions, activities, and optional tours
– Required COVID Tests if applicable
– International Airport Fees if applicable
– Tips and Personal expenses