Ecuador travel
 

Ecuador Tour

  • Destination: Alausí/Devil's Nose, Amazon Rainforest, Andes, Baños, Cajas, Chimborazo, Cloud Forest, Cotopaxi, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Indigenous Markets, Ingapirca, Pacific Coast, Papallacta, Quilotoa, Quito, Riobamba
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Price: USD2310

Our Ecuador Tour truly lives up to its name as it showcases the best Ecuador has to offer: gorgeous scenery, fascinating culture and history, the Andes, the Ecuador rainforest, hot springs, an indigenous market, as well as the cities of Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil. It’s a 14-day highlight tour where each day has something new and unique to offer.

 

Itinerary

Ecuador Tour (14 days/13 nights)

Our Ecuador Tour is as comprehensive as its name suggests. It includes the best of Ecuador’s nature and culture and reflects the country’s amazing diversity in its itinerary: The cities of Quito and Cuenca will transport you back in time to Spanish Colonial times with their architecture and attractions. The hot springs of Papallacta, the tropical rainforest of the Amazon, and the snow-covered volcanoes of the Andes will awe you with their scenic beauty. A thrilling mountain train ride, a colorful indigenous market, and the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador are additional stops on this tour before you make your way through banana and rice plantations to the tropical port city of Guayaquil on the Pacific coast. Our Ecuador Tour shows you all the highlights of this small Andean nation.

Every Sunday, from Quito to Guayaquil

 

Day 1

Arrival in Quito
You will be transported from the airport to your hotel, where you will spend two nights.  (-/-/-)

Day 2

Quito City Tour
Your Ecuador Tour starts with a visit to the “Mitad del Mundo” equator monument and the Inti Ñan Museum before you embark on a comprehensive city tour of Quito. Ecuador’s capital is nestled in a lush, green valley at 9,350 ft. at the foot of the Pichincha volcano. Quito is one of the oldest cities in South America and one of the few that were able to preserve many of their historical buildings from the Spanish Colonial era. The city’s old town district was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978.

Day 3

Cloud Forest – Papallacta Hot Springs  
Today you cross the eastern cordillera of the Andes  to reach the hot springs of Papallacta, at an altitude of about 11,000 ft. You go for a short hike along the wild and scenic Rio Papallacta. The trees along the trail are covered with orchids, bromeliads, mosses, and lichen. Later, you have the option to soak in the thermal hot springs or enjoy a massage (not included).  (B/-/-)

Day 4

Scenic Waterfalls – Amazon Rainforest 
Today’s drive through dense cloud forest, past gorges and waterfalls, is a scenic highlight of your Ecuador Tour. In the afternoon, you reach the Río Napo, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon. On some backroads and finally by canoe, you travel to either Liana Lodge or Casa del Suizo, where you will spend two nights. Dinner included.  (B/-/D)

Day 5

Jungle Adventure

Liana Lodge (Standard): 
After breakfast, you explore the nature preserve „Selva Viva“ and tour the animal rescue center„amaZOOnico,“ which rehabilitates monkeys, toucans, parots, tapirs, anteaters, ozelots etc. that inhabit this part of the Amazon jungle.  Return to Liana Lodge. You will be accompied all day by a Kichwa guide, who shares his knowledge of the local ecosystem and the various uses of native plants. You are sure to observe many different types of birds and insects (butterflies, ants, termites etc.). (B/L/D)

Casa del Suizo (Superior): 
This lodge also provides outstanding opportunities to explore the rainforest and to participate in activities: hikes through the tropical rainforest, a rafting trip on the Río Napo, a visit to a Kichwa family, or simply peace and tranquility at the pool or in your hammock. (B/L/D)

Day 6

Pastaza Canyon — Baños / Patate
Your first destination on your Ecuador Tour today is the small, tropical town of Puyo, where you visit a workshop that produces colorfully painted, hand-carved balsa wood figurines. As you continue your trip, you enter the spectacular Pastaza Canyon with deep gorges and numerous waterfalls. You stop in Rio Verde to hike to the roaring waterfall of Pailón del Diablo before driving to the small town of Baños. From your hotel you will have a fantastic view of the active Tungurahua volcano.  (B/-/-)

Day 7

Market in Zumbahua – Quilotoa Crater Lake
Your morning drive takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery of the Andes. Indigenous farmers grow crops in these sparse mountain regions at an altitude of more than 13,000 ft. You visit the colorful authentic market in Zumbahua, which is attended by many of the farmers from the small villages of the surrounding area. From here, you continue on to the picturesque Quilotoa crater lake, where you hike from the rim of the crater down to the turquoise-colored lake. Towards evening, you arrive at your hotel in the Cotopaxi region. (B/-/-)

Day 8

Cotopaxi National Park
Today’s leg of your Ecuador Tour is dedicated to the majestic volcano giant Cotopaxi. In the morning, you  drive to Cotopaxi National Park. On a hike at the foot of this imposing volcano, you have a chance to study the diverse plant life of this high-mountain region. By car, you ascend to the Hermanos Carrel refuge at an altitude of about 14,764 ft., where the scenery becomes desolate and almost bizarre.  You have the option to hike to the José Ribas shelter at 15,748 to see an impressive glacial avalanche nearby. In the afternoon, you continue on your way towards Riobamba.  (B/-/-)

Day 9

Chimborazo – Riobamba 
Your Ecuador Tour continues with a drive to Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest mountain at 20 702 ft. In the desert-like Arenal, you will be able to spot vicuñas as you drive to an altitude of about 15 750 ft. If you like, you can hike to the Edward Whymper refuge at 16,404 ft. in about 45 minutes. You return to Riobamba. (B/-/-)

Day 10

Train ride across the Devil’s Nose and Ingapirca 
You leave early in the morning for a scenic mountain drive to Alausi, the point of departure for the famous and historically significant train ride across the Devil’s Nose (Nariz del Diablo). The train tracks that zigzag several hundred feet up the steep side of the Devil’s Nose are an impressive engineering feat and a popular tourist attraction. After your train ride, you continue on to Ingapirca to visit Ecuador’s largest and most important Inca ruins. A tour of the beautiful temple ruins and fortifications will introduce you to the culture and history of the Incas and their predecessors, the Cañari. You arrive in Cuenca late in the afternoon. You spend two nights at a hotel in the historical city center of Cuenca. (B/-/-)

Day 11

Cuenca city tour
Today’s Ecuador Tour itinerary gives you the chance to discover the charms of Cuenca’s Colonial history. The city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Some of the highlights of your city tour include the riverwalk along Rio Tomebamba, the imposing cathedral, the daily market, and the colorful flower market. An additional highlight is an informative tour of a panama hat factory. In the afternoon, you will still have time to stroll through the city’s romantic cobblestone streets or visit one of the many museums. (B/-/-)

Day 12

Cajas National Park – Guayaquil
Today’s drive first takes you through Cajas National Park, a humid, hilly region dotted with more than 200 small lakes. From here, you start your descent through different vegetation zones towards the tropical lowlands and finally the thriving port of Guayaquil. In the afternoon, you visit the Parque Histórico in Guayaquil, which features many of the animals native to the coastal region, as well as authentic reconstructions of historical houses and haciendas. (B/-/-)

Day 13

Guayaquil City Tour
Guayaquil is best discovered on foot: watch exotic iguanas at the Parque Bolívar, stroll along the riverwalk to the historical quarter of “Las Peñas”, and survey the lively city, the Río Guayas, and the green coastal mangroves from a panoramic overlook on Santa Ana hill. (B/-/-)

Day 14

Transfer to the airport
Your Ecuador Tour comes to a close as your guide picks you up at your hotel to take you to the airport.

Prices

Ecuador Tour (14 days/ 13 nights)

This tour can be booked in SUPERIOR or STANDARD class.

 

Standard hotels for this tour

– Hotel Vieja Cuba

– Hotel Termas de Papallacta

Liana Lodge

Hacienda Leito / Isla de Baños

Hosteria Cuello de Luna

Mansión Santa Isabella

Hotel Victoria

Hostal Macaw / Hotel Continental

 

Participants English-speaking Guide German-speaking Guide
2 USD 2970 USD 3130
3-4 USD 2455 USD 2585
5 + USD 2310 USD 2375
Single occupancy surcharge USD 385 USD 385

 

All prices per person, with double occupancy.
Prices good through 31 December 2017. Prices may be subject to change without notice.
Please Note: Prices may be higher during national holidays.
Hotel Termas de Papallacta: Saturdays and holidays: 2-3 pers. incur surcharge of USD 70/pp for single, USD 40/pp für double, USD 30/pp for triple

Superior hotels for this tour

Hotel Mercure Alameda

Hotel Termas de Papallacta

Casa del Suizo

Hacienda Manteles / Finca Chamanapamba

Hacienda La Cienega

Hacienda Abraspungo

Hotel Santa Lucia

Hotel Hampton Inn

 

Partipants English-speaking Guide German-speaking Guide
2 USD 3280 USD 3460
3-4 USD 2755 USD 2880
5 + USD 2625 USD 2715
Single occupancy surcharge USD 625 USD 625

 

 

All prices per person, with double occupancy.
Prices good through 31 December 2017. Prices may be subject to change without notice.
Please Note: Prices may be higher on national holidays.
Hotel Termas de Papallacta: Saturdays and holidays: 2-3 pers. incur surcharge of USD 70/pp for single, USD 40/pp for double, USD 30/pp for triple

 

 

Services

Included in the price

– Private transportation, including airport pick-up and drop-off.

– German or English-speaking guides for all of your trip

– Accommodations as listed in the itinerary

– Meals as listed in the itinerary (B = breakfast, L/BL = lunch/box lunch, D = dinner)

–  Train ticket

– All admission fees

Not included

– Massage and/or spa treatments

–  All meals and services not listed in the itinerary

– Beverages

– Tips

– Personal expenses

 

 

Please Note: Services listed in the itinerary may be subject to change due to organizational or climate factors. We expressly reserve the right to change routing for safety reasons (e.g., weather, strikes) and/or to change hotels within the same category.

 

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