• Tour Quito

  • San Francisco included

  • Tour Cotopaxi

  • Waterfall Baños

  • Devil´s Nose Train

  • Ingapirca Ruins

  • Cajas National Park

  • Guayaquil Tour

ANDES AND AMAZON PROGRAM

This will be an incredible adventure taking you from the Amazon Rainforest to the mountains of the Andes. You’ll enjoy magnificent views while past via the Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the most picturesque volcanoes in the world. Afterwards, you’ll hike through the Cloud Forest into the Amazon. You will have the opportunity to relax in luxurious first class hotels as well as a unique chance to experience daily life in a hometowns. This is an adventure combination tour with hiking and visiting and a wonderful landscapes of the volcanoes, visiting the Baños waterfalls, the gorgeous city of Cuenca and down to Guayaquil, 14 days to discover the beautiful landscape Ecuador has to offer.

ITINERARY

DAY 1DAY 2DAY 3DAY 4DAY 5DAY 6DAY 7DAY 8DAY 9DAY 10DAY 11DAY 12DAY 13DAY 14
Quito Transfer InCity Tour and MIddle of the WorldQuito
Cotopaxi
Quito
Quito
Otavalo
Otavalo
Papallacta
Papallacta
Tena
Tena
(Casa del Suizo)
Tena
Baños
Baños
Riobamba
Riobamba
Ingapirca
Cuenca
Cuenca City TourCuenca
Cajas
N.P
Guayaquil
Guayaquil
City Tour
Guayaquil
Transfer
Out

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Ecuador’s climate varies with its regions. This area has an altitude of about 7550 ft (2300 m) above sea level and because of this, the temperature is comfortable, and does not get too hot. The climate is mild, often warm and dry, with an 18°C average temperature during day and 11°C at night.

CURRENCY

The currency of Ecuador is the United States dollar, accepted as the national currency of Ecuador in January 2000. The money that is circulated includes notes and coins.

PASSPORTS AND VISA REQUIREMENTS

All tourists need a valid passport and an entry form-tourist card which is provided by your air carrier. Citizens of Canada, UK and USA do not need to obtain a visa for stays up to 90 days.

QUITO CITY

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is nestled in an Andean valley at an elevation of 9000 feet. The city is literally surrounded by volcanoes — some of these, like Mt. Pichincha, very much active. Quito is considered to be one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. The historic center of Quito, known as the “Old City” is replete with narrow and winding cobblestone streets, magnificent churches and open squares. The buildings that line the streets reflect Spanish colonial influence with their balconies, red-tile roofs, thick columns and central patios. The importance of the colonial remnants found in the Old City prompted UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) to declare Quito a Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1979.

Old Town

Historic Quito is the oldest and best preserved colonial sector in South America. The famous Escuela de Arte de Quitoflourished in the old city and is well known for its unique baroque style. This style is reflected in the rich and profuse decorations of the interiors of many of the Quito’s churches. These European influences were combined with the inspiration of indigenous art to create a unique Quiteño style. For its artwork, Quito has been termed the “Florence of America.

COTOPAXI

The Cotopaxi is a volcanic peak, in the Cordillera Central of the Andes, central Ecuador. Rising to 19,393 feet (5,911 metres), it is among the world’s highest volcanoes. Cotopaxi has an almost perfectly symmetrical cone, interrupted only by one minor cone—the Cabeza del Inca (“Inca’s Head”). The mountain has a long record of violent eruption. The largest historical eruptions took place in 1744, 1768, 1877, and 1904. The eruption of 1877 was known for its lahars (volcanic mudflows) that traveled more than 60 miles (100 km) to meet the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Amazon River basin to the east.

The Cotopaxi Volcano National Park is located south of Quito, and in it we can find volcanoes as the Cotopaxi Volcano 5 897 meters and the Sincholagua 4 893 meters and mountains as the Rumiñahui 4712 meters and Morurco 4 840 meters. Among these mountains there are numerous valleys, lakes and rivers over 3 500 meters above sea level. To entry the Cotopaxi Volcano National Park you must go in a 4×4 jeep so you will be able to get to the refuge.

OTAVALO CITY

For hundreds of years, Otavalo has hosted one of the most important markets in the Andes, a weekly fiesta that celebrates the gods of commerce. Vendors hawk a dizzying array of handmade traditional crafts as well as an ever-increasing number of slyly disguised imports. The market tradition stretches back to pre-Incan times, when traders would emerge from the jungle on foot, ready to conduct business. The exquisite weavings and textile-making skills of Otavaleños (people of Otavalo) have been exploited by the Incas, the Spanish and, eventually, Ecuadorians. However, life improved for many after the Agrarian Reform of 1964, which abolished the long-standing tradition of serfdom and permitted local land ownership.

These days the market has morphed into a broader cultural crossroads and has become something of a must-see destination for tourists from around the globe. It certainly feels light years away from the tiny town backpackers visited in the early 1990s. But don’t let its popularity dissuade you from visting. Otavaleños and indígena (indigenous) people from the surrounding villages still wear traditional clothing – women in embroidered white blouses, long wool skirts, fachalinas (headcloths), woven belts, canvas sandals and strands of beads; and men in felt hats, blue ponchos and calf-length pants, hair braided in one long strand. And while certainly many struggle to profit from their crafts, otavaleños are the most commercially successful indígena people in the country.

PAPALLACTA

Papallacta is a very small town tucked away into the Andes Mountains with little to do besides visit the legendary Papallacta Hotspring . Hot water naturally flows from the mountains and several hotels chanel it into pools of varying temperatures where guests can bask, day and night. The climate in Papallacta is generally cold and rainy, so it’s lovely to spend a day or two in the natural hotsprings and appreciating the cold but beautiful surrounding landscape.

TENA CITY

Tena is the main regional town and capital of the province of Napo. Call the colonial period the Spanish as “the city of cinnamon” Region dedicated to the cultivation of bananas, cocoa, corn, naranjilla, sugarcane, coffee, etc..

It is a beautiful city in the center of the population, divided by the river Tena. Economically active population is engaged in agricultural activities and livestock. Also in the city are concentrated provincial government, in which there is good economic activity is to reverberations in the installation of different types of trade as shops, warehouses, restaurants, hotel, etc. Another remarkable economic center is very striking Misahuallí Rainforest by attracting domestic and foreign tourists.

BAÑOS CITY

Baños  is famous for some of them are fed by thermal springs from the base of the active Tungurahua volcano. Baños’ elevation gives it an agreeable climate, and the surroundings are green and attractive. For a while there, the attraction of watching the erupting Tungurahua practically dwarfed the baths. Although not as dramatic as it was, the volcano still puffs smoke and ash. Ironically, the crater cannot be seen from the town itself, but all the tour companies will take you to good vantage spots, or you can walk to ones nearby. “Banios” is also the gateway town into the jungle via Puyo and Misahualli. East of Baños, the road drops spectacularly, and there are exceptional views of the upper Amazon Basin stretching before you. In the town itself, there are more attractions: an interesting Basilica, a small museum, a little nightlife and restaurants with local cuisine.

RIOBAMBA CITY

Riobamba is the capital of the province of Chimborazo, located at the Chambo River Valley in the Cordillera de los Andes. Is known as the Sultana de Los Andes and is surrounded by high and beautiful mountain ranges that form a natural frame, resulting in an infinite range of landscapes, large and small enclosed valleys. Among the most important is the snow-capped Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador at an altitude of 6310 meters over sea level.

Devil´s Nose Train, The train leaves from the train station at the center of the city of Riobamba to Devil’s Nose, located at 2346 meters over sea level., Passes and gaps Cajabamba Colta and Guamote small town, which has an endless landscape and offers visitors culture, folklore and handicrafts that are present in the Indian fair, where are sold and traded many different products in a mosaic of their own original culture.

INGAPIRCA RUINS

Ingapirca is the largest and best preserved archaeological site in Ecuador, is located 80 km from the city of Cuenca, in the province of Canar. Its construction combines Adobe coppery brown used by the Canarian culture with bluish green andesite stones brought later by the Incas. It was built with millions of hewn stone in the middle of the eighteenth century.

According to the evidence from the complex, all buildings had walls of cut stone, completed the upper part of adobe, its gabled roof with a heavy fall, had a structure of wood, bamboo, tied with twine and covered with straw moor.

The ruins of Ingapirca was an important religious, political, scientific, military and administrative and is comprised of a cemetery, solar observatory, a temple, tanks, chambers of priests, a ceremonial plaza and cobblestone streets.

Ingapirca means “Inca Wall” and is divided into three parts or departments.

CUENCA CITY

Cuenca is the third largest city in Ecuador and the capital of the province of Azuay. Located in an Andean valley of the southern highlands of Ecuador, is the ideal place for travelers looking to get lost and discover all the charm and cultural richness. Cuenca was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The architectural beauty of its historical center with all its elements: churches, parks, colonial houses, cobbled streets, archaeological remains and the gorge of the river Tomebamba. Cuenca City of finding and maintaining contrasts traditional conservatism and reflected in real cultural monuments like the Cathedral Cuenca, famous for its blue domes, and especially for its Romanesque architecture, which glows gold and lavish marble delivery the magnificence of this building that in its sector is among the best of America Hispania.

The city is also known as the “Athens of the Andes” or “Athens of Ecuador” for being the birthplace of poets and great men. It possesses a rich cultural, historical, archaeological, natural that projects only as an emporium of tourist development in the southern region of Ecuador.

CAJAS NATIONAL PARK

Cajas National Park is made, the vast majority, Sub-Alpine Rainforest, commonly known as moor. The Banks provide about 60% of drinking water for the city of Cuenca. Two of the four rivers of Cuenca originate in the boxes, rivers Tomebamba Yanuncay and guidelines, which eventually flow into the Amazon.

Cajas National Park and Reserve is clearly a beautiful desert valleys, lakes, vistas and rock formations high moor. The floor of encuebtra moor covered with a layer of straw and a wide variety of plants in a pad, that constitute true reservoirs of water in the soil. There are also a number of species of small shrubs.

Near the Cajas National Park can find a wide variety of animals, among which stand out are the Andean condor, the partridge, the hummingbird, the cuchipau, the curiquingues, the chaupau, blackbird and guan. There are also white-tailed deer, spectacled bear, puma, deer of the moor, heath rabbit, curiquingues, tapir, Andean gulls and other birds of the moor. The avifauna is composed of 157 species of birds.

GUAYAQUIL CITY

Guayaquil, known as the “Pearl of the Pacific”, is a city that holds history and tradition. It was founded in 1538 and, in colonial times, became the largest shipyard in South America. Today, Guayaquil, Ecuador’s economic capital is the main port of the country, considered one of the largest in the world because of its location and infrastructure provides facilities to international maritime trade .. Guayaquil is full of impressive and important commercial buildings, parks turned into gardens, stately mansions, warm and hospitable people, has an excellent hotel infrastructure, allowing you to meet the most demanding needs of its visitors.

Currently, the city has areas that in some cases have become urban icons of Guayaquil, such as its commercial center where they emphasize October 9th Avenue buildings such as the Bankers Club (the highest in the country), its neighborhoods and residential in the north and south of the city, and some of its monuments like the Monument to the heroes of 9 October and the Chamber of the Rotunda located in the center.

One of the main attractions is its river Guayaquil, Guayas River, which borders the west of the city, emptying into the Gulf of Guayaquil on the Pacific Ocean.

  • Includes:
    • Guide – English bilingual driver / Spanish
    • Tours and transfers as described in the program
    • Hotel accommodation of your choose
    • Meals mentioned in the program: B = Breakfast
  • Not Include:
    • Personal expenses
    • Tips
    • Alcoholic drinks and Non- Alcoholic Drinks
    • Items not specified in the program
    • Additional Services
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