Ecuador Adventure & Highlights | Mágico Ecuador

This 17-day trip to Ecuador Highlights will give you the chance to really get to know both the Andes landscape and Coastal line. The small nation on the equator offers you a great variety of landscape..
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This 17-day trip to Ecuador Highlights will give you the chance to really get to know both the Andes landscape and Coastal line. The small nation on the equator offers you a great variety of landscapes as well as nature and cultural highlights, which you will be able to observe on this fully guided tour. From the capital Quito, which was one of the first cities declared a UNESCO World Heritage site to Cuenca, you will go to throught the Volcanoes Avenue up to experience the breathtaking of the coastline from this diverse country. You will enjoy of impressive volcanoes in the Andes, get to see colourful indigenous markets and finally follow the Route of the Sun.

Services

Included
  • Adventure program in private tour
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • 16 x Breakfast, 8 Menu lunch, 5 Dinner, 1 box lunch
  • Private transportation
  • English - Spanish speaking certified guide
  • All activities as mentioned
  • Entrances fee in National Parks, train tickets, Pailon del Diablo, Casa del Arbol, La Compañía, Inti Ñan, Teleferico, boat to Isla de la Plata, Parque Histórico, Termas de Papallacta, snorkelling
  • Coca tea
  • airport transfer
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Excluded
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Activities not specified in the program
  • Travel insurance
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Tips
Optional (Available upon request)
  • Vegetarian meals or preferences
  • Extension programs in the Andes, Amazon Jungle packages or Galapagos Islands
  • Flight tickets
  • German and French guides upon request

Tour Details :

Arrival to Quito

Reception at the airport and transfer to hotel by private transportation. Overnight in Quito.
Day 1

Quito City Tour – Cable Car – Mitad del Mundo

This city tour and Teleférico is a full day tour which includes the Basilica Church, where you will make a brief stop and next visit the “San Juan Mirador” from where you will have a beautiful view of The Colonial Center of Quito. After walking through the colonial streets, you will then stop at the Independence Plaza to admire the Cathedral and the Government’s Palace. Then you will visit La Ronda Street, The Company Church, Santo Domingo´s Church, The Sagrario´s Church and San Francisco´s Church, which was built during the 17th century. After visiting the historical site, you will go to the Teleférico. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the city with views of beautiful valleys, snow-capped mountains and the capital Quito. From a point of more than 13,000 feet (4000 m) high, you will enjoy magnificent views. In the afternoon, you'll will go to Mitad del Mundo which is located fifty minutes from the northwest of Quito (Ecuador). You will visit the current equatorial line and straddle the two hemispheres. In addition you’ll have the chance to participate in several experiments at the Intiñan Museum. Things like watching water go down a drain in a different direction only inches away from either side of the equator, or balancing an egg on a nail, or using an ancient sun dial are some examples of what you can experiment here. Overnight in Quito
Day 2

San Pablo´s Lake – Cuicocha Lagoon – Otavalo Market – Cotacachi

Departure early in the morning from your hotel in Quito. We will take the north Panamerican up to our first stop in San Pablo lake, where you will enjoy of a nice view of the volcano and the lake. Then we will visit an indigenous weaving worshop in Peguche. We also will know the natives from Otavalo, indigenous people rich in traditions and customs that permits the tourists enjoy the typical, multicolored handcrafts. After lunch, we will visit an indigenous family that will show us how to make andean music instruments and how to play them. Then we will go to Cotacachi, best known for its leather goods. You can find leatherjackets, boots, hand bags, just about everything. The quality is very good and its fairly inexpensive. After that and we will head up to Cuicocha lagoon (Guinea Pig Lagoon). Cuicocha Lake is in the crater of an extinct volcano that last erupted 3000 years ago. It fell in on itself, and the dome makes a big island in the middle of the lake. Overnight in Quito.
Day 3

Termas de Papallacta Spa – Hike – Relaxation

A full day tour that goes through the valley of Tumbaco and reaches Papallacta Hot Springs, just in the southeast side of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve famous place by its thermal water pools in Napo province; then we will walk about 1 1/2 hours from a private cloud forest reserve where we can admire the beauty of nature rich in flora and fauna. After hiking we will go back to the thermal waters and enjoy a delicious bath taking advantage of the medicinal benefits that this place spring offers. Overnight in Quito.
Day 4

Cotopaxi National Park – Hike – Interpretation Center

Departure in the morning to reach the Cotopaxi National Park in Cotopaxi province where we will visit the Interpretation Center and Limpiopungo lagoon; posibility to take a short hike in the surrounding of Limpiopungo valley, then we will drive up to 4.500 meters and walk up to Padre Rivas Refuge (4.830 meters). Stop for a drink in the refuge, after that if you are in a good shape try to get to the glacier (5.050 meters). Overnight in Cotopaxi / Chugchilan
Day 5

Andes Landscape – Hike – Local Communities – Lake

On the way to Quilotoa we will stop to visit and indigenous local house from the “Paramos”, we will observe their clothes and customs, but the most important thing is that we are going to be with them in a typical indigenous house made of straw. we will sharing with them a short moment talking, watching and learning from them, about their life and how they prepare the soil to sow. We will also visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. We will continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater. Prepare yourself to enjoy an unforgettable experience by mule back riding! Enjoy of the most beautiful landscape in the highlands and traditional indigenous villages! Possibly to visit and indigenous market. Overnight in Baños
Day 6

Pintoresque Waterfalls – Hot Springs – Village Scenery

A full day of exploration of the town of Baños and the picturesque Valley of the waterfalls. The Pailon del Diablo, is the largest and most spectacular Ecuador´s falls but other smaller ones are also impressive. There is also an opportunity to visit the hotsprings after which the town has been named. Our driver is at your disposal for the whole day to give you maximum flexibility in the visits that you would like to make such as: Visit to The House Tree, rafting, rest in the hotel, etc. Overnight in Baños
Day 7

Optinal activities in the morning - Village Scenery

This day you will have the guide and the private transportation at your disposal for the optionals activities such as: horseback ridding, canopy, bungee jumping. After that we will depart to Alausí. Overnight in Alausí.
Day 8

Alausí – Devil´s Nose train – Ingapirca Ruins

After breakfast, early in the morning we depart to Alausí, just less than 100km (62 miles), beautiful old town with one hundred houses. Time to take the spectacular train, considered the most difficult train of the XX century. You will descend gradually from the highlands to the lowlands, at times zigzagging, or hugging the cliffs. In the descending at the lowest point the incredible devils nose an interesting rock will appear in the horizon. The train descends and then returns to Alausí again. Then we will depart to visit the indigenous market of Cañar before reaching the ruins of Ingapirca for a complete tour of the ruins and archeological museum, during the visit you will see the vestiges of Incas. Overnight in Cuenca
Day 9

Cuenca City – Parque Nacional del Cajas

We’ll head to Cajas National Park, which is located 30km east of Cuenca. In this area there are about 200 recreational lakes propagated between 3,150 m 4,450 m. The lakes are connected by small rivers and crystal clear waters flowing into the Pacific. After a walk through the mountains, we’ll return to the city of Cuenca. City Tour in the afternoon. Overnight in Cuenca
Day 10

Chordeleg and Gualaceo Markets - Chorro del Giron Waterfall

Departure after breakfast to Gualaceo Valley, located 40 minutes from Cuenca. On the way enjoy the beautiful landscape of mountains, we´ll stop in the town of San Bartolome where we can see artistically crafted guitars and a variety of indigenous straw crafts. We’ll arrive in Gualaceo and come to appreciate the quality of the hand crafted gold and silver products there. In the afternoon we will visit the town of Chordeleg, famous for its hand crafted straw plant hats and silver. After that we will visit Chorro del Girón, this beautiful waterfall is about 70 meters high, its falling forms a natural pool of crystal clear water at the foot of the waterfall, there is a haven of approximately 10 x 10 m.Then follows the river with a width of 4 m. After this trip we will go to Cuenca again. Overnight in Cuenca
Day 11

Cuenca – Guayaquil

Early in the morning we will depart to Guayaquil (4 hours) In the afternoon, we will have a walking tour around “Malecon 2000” and “Las Peñas” neighborhood. Optional: Morgan Cruise (not included) Overnight in Guayaquil
Day 12

Guayaquil – Puerto López

In the morning we will visit in the “Parque Histórico”, which was created through the initiative of the Central Bank of Ecuador, and is intended to preserve for future generations the best of wildlife, traditions and ancient urban architecture this coastal city. In the afternoon we will head to Salinas Beach. Finally, by taking the Route of the Sun, we will reach Puerto Lopez. Overnight in Puerto Lopez
Day 13

Puerto López – Isla de la Plata

We will depart to Puerto Lopez to take the amazing tour to Isla de la Plata by boat, this island is home to many peculiar birds: blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca boobies, magnificent frigatebirds, waved albatrosses, tropicbirds and peruvian pelicans. Isla de la Plata has established trails that a guide will walk you through. In the excursión you could do snorkeling. If you bump into whales, dolphins, or orca to or from the island the captain will stop so you can observe them. Overnight in Puerto Lopez
Day 14

Puerto López – Los Frailes Beach – Machalilla National Park

Los Frailes is one of the most beautiful beaches of Ecuador, characterized by its natural environment, transparency of its waters, its stunning scenery and rock formations. We will also enjoy of 2 hours hike in Machalilla National Park Overnight in Manta
Day 15

Montecristi Village - Handcrafts – Quito

After breakfast we will visit Montecristi, this village is internationally renowned for the high quality of the “Panama Hats” they produce (yes, you read correctly, Panama Hats are and always have been from Ecuador and not from Panama). Lying at the foot of a large hill called Montecristi, the small town of the same name has many attractions such as Eloy Alfaro’s (an ex-Ecuadorian President) house, the Hermanas Largacha Museum, and the Monserrate Sanctuary, where thousands of Ecuadorian and foreign pilgrims traditionally flock, especially on the weekends. Another place of interest is La Pila, whose artisans make a variety of sculptures and replicas of Pre-Colombian ceramics. In addition to hats, these artisan centers display other handmade crafts made of different types of straw and iron. Overnight in Quito
Day 16

Airport transfer

Latin Adventures Ecuador: Breakfast and airport transfer service depending on you flight
Day 17

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