• San Francisco included

  • Tour Cotopaxi

  • Waterfall Baños

  • Cajas National Park

  • Tour Quito

  • Ingapirca Ruins

ECUADOR ANDES TOUR

Ecuador is a small treasurous country. With 4 very different regions from active volcanoes to the peaceful sleeping sea lions in Galapagos Islands, passing the threatening anacondas in the deep Amazon jungle, Ecuador will amaze you in every step. Too much to choose from? Count on our experts’ advice to create the perfect customized trip for you. You’ll get to meet the locals while enjoying exotic dishes in astonishing landscapes, and we will take care of each step of your trip.

ITINERARY

DAY 1DAY 2DAY 3DAY 4DAY 5DAY 6DAY 7DAY 8
Quito Transfer InQuito City Tour & Museum or Equator LineCotopaxi National Park Cotopaxi Baños RiobambaRiobamba Alausí Devil’s nose train Ingapirca CuencaCuenca City Tour Cuenca QuitoDeparture from Quito

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.

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.

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.

Day 1 – Transfer In

On arrival at Quito’s Mariscal Sucre Airport, you will be welcomed by one of our professional guides who will assist you with the private transfer to your hotel and help you accommodating and giving helpful information for your stay in this world heritage city.

Accommodation at hotel Patio Andaluz, Casona de La Ronda or Casa Gardenia including breakfast.

Day 2 – Quito City Tour & Museum or Equator Line

This tour will depart early in the morning with a panoramic view of Alameda Park and the Basilica, followed by a walk down the street of the Seven Crosses, then continue with a short visit of the Independence Square.  From here, we can admire the presidential palace and the main cathedral.  After this, we will visit the amazing La Compañía Church and its gold-plated interior, San Francisco Church and its surrounding area that are the reasons why in 1978 Quito was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Around midday, the tour will continue to one of the well-known museums, our recommendations are: El Alabado, Men Chapel or City Museum. Another alternative is to take you to the monument at the Middle of the World. You may choose to visit either the Ethnographic or the Inti Ñan Museums, both located near the monument.

There is opportunity to stop for a traditional Ecuadorian lunch (you can check with us the additional cost)

Return to your hotel and our guide will be happy to offer you alternatives for the rest of the day and night.  There are many places to enjoy the city.

Day 3 – Cotopaxi National Park

Depart from hotel after an early morning breakfast towards the Cotopaxi National Park, one of the most important visits in Ecuador, it has the highest active volcano in the world.   We can observe the endemic flora and fauna of the area like wild horses, deer, llamas and more.  We will visit Limpiopungo Lake, located near Rumiñahui volcano, 4757 meters, or go hiking to observe birds.

Accommodation: Cotopaxipungo or similar including breakfast.

Day 4 – Cotopaxi-Baños-Riobamba

Depart to Baños to enjoy a hiking tour to get to one of the many waterfalls we can find in Baños and enjoy this tiny town with many amazing attractions like white-water rafting or kayaking, canyoning, rock climbing, bridge jumping, trekking, horseback riding, mountain biking, etc.

Then, we will continue our trip to Riobamba, we will pass by Chimborazo to enjoy the landscape and the nature as well as the environment.  On arrival in Riobamba we will visit a museum and the important places of the city.

Accommodation: Hacienda Abraspungo including breakfast.

Day 5 – Riobamba-Devil’s Nose-Ingapirca-Cuenca

After breakfast, we will depart to Alausí for a ride on the Devil’s Nose Train.  This train ride is famous in Ecuador and known as the most difficult railway in the world.  There were difficulties when constructing the railway line because of the rough terrain of the Andes, the construction ran into a problem when they found the rock known as the” Nariz del Diablo”.  The solution they found was to carve in zig zag out of the rock allowing the train to climb the ascent.

The train ride offers beautiful views of the Ecuadorian landscape.  On clear days, you will see Chimborazo volcano.

We continue our tour to visit the Archeological Inca Ruins “Ingapirca”.  These ruins, dating back to the 15th century, are the most important architectural legacy of the Incas in Ecuador, they are a significant part of Ecuador’s pre-Hispanic patrimony.  Located in the province of Cañar, about an hour and 45 minutes from Cuenca.  Our guide will take you to the ruins, it is supposed it was a religious and administrative center, as well as a fortress.  This archeological complex includes what it is supposed to be the Sun Temple, a castle, roofless fortification, courtyards, terraces and houses.  The local guides will transport you to the past and how they think it was.

After the tour of Ingapirca, our guide will take you to Cuenca. 

Accommodation: Santa Lucia or similar including breakfast.

Day 6 – Cuenca City Tour

Cuenca is Ecuador’s third largest city; many consider to be the most beautiful Ecuador’s city, it still retains its provincial air. Its red tiled roofs, cobblestone streets, plazas, one of them full of flowers and museums, make it very special. We will have a city tour to discover the beauty and charm for which Cuenca was recognized by the UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

This is a walking tour in the colonial downtown area of Cuenca, to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of its people, the colourful parks and plazas, religious monuments and handcraft shops, plus an explanation of Cuenca’s history.

Day 7 – Cuenca – Quito

Morning free to visit museums or more places or to buy some souvenirs.  In the afternoon the guide will take you to the airport to return to Quito.

Accommodation: Hotel Patio Andaluz, Casona de La Ronda or Casa Gardenia including breakfast

Day 8 – Departure from Quito

Transfer to the airport for international connection.

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  • Includes:
    • Privates transfers and tours with English speaking driver guide
    • Meals detailed in the itinerary
    • Breakfasts are included at all hotels
    • Entrance fees
  • Not Include:
    • International flights and airport taxes
    • Additional meals and drinks (soft & alcoholics)
    • Tips, personal expenses
    • Travel and medical insurance
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