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Ecuador Highlights

  • Duration

    13 days
  • Tour Type

    Group Tour
  • Tour Style

    Classic
  • Price From

    £3,190pp
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An adventure through Ecuador, this tour ventures through the contrasting landscapes of the Andes and the coast. See beautiful mountain scenery, enjoy time in thermal baths and marvel at ancient Inca ruins and colonial architecture.

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Tour Itinerary

  • Days 1-2

    FLY TO QUITO

    DAYS 1-2: FLY TO QUITO

    Fly overnight to Ecuador's historic capital, Quito, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the day at leisure until this evening's welcome dinner.

    • Dinner
  • Day 3

    DISCOVER QUITO

    DAY 3: DISCOVER QUITO

    Discover Ecuador's capital with a stroll through the UNESCO-recognised colonial quarter, visiting some of South America's most ornate churches and cathedrals. From the church domes, take advantage of the 360 ̊ panoramic views of the historic centre and the surrounding mountains. Enjoy a traditional Ecuadorian lunch while overlooking the Andean landscape.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4

    OTAVALO

    DAY 4: OTAVALO

    Travel through dramatic mountain scenery to Otavalo, home to one of South America's most famous textile markets. Visit an indigenous village community and learn about their weaving techniques before heading to a local hacienda for lunch. Continue to the town of Cotacachi before heading back to Quito stop at Cuicocha Lagoon and enjoy a short boat trip to learn about the local flora and fauna.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5

    THERMAL SPRINGS

    DAY 5: THERMAL SPRINGS

    Travel on the Cinnamon Trail, the route Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana took in 1542, when he crossed the Andean mountain range. At the entrance of the Amazonian jungle, we find Papallacta, home to several thermal spring pools where you can relax and revitalise your body. In the afternoon enjoy a nature walk alongside pristine mountain streams.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6

    COTOPAXI – RIOBAMBA

    DAY 6: COTOPAXI – RIOBAMBA

    Travel along the Avenue of the Volcanoes and colourful Ecuadorian highlands to reach the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary. Continue to Limpiopungo Lagoon for a short walk where a variety of birds and occasional wild horses can be spotted. On clear days, the Cotopaxi Volcano is a magnificent backdrop. Continue on to Riobamba, stopping for lunch at a local hacienda.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7

    INGAPIRCA

    DAY 7: INGAPIRCA

    This morning spend time visiting the Inca fortress of Ingapirca, an important remnant of a Cañari site later occupied by the Incas. There are very few pre-Hispanic remains as impressive as these ancient ruins, which in Kichwa mean “wall of the Inca”. Later continue to the city of Cuenca.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8

    CUENCA

    DAY 8: CUENCA

    Spend a full day discovering the city of Cuenca. Visit artisan and flower markets before continuing to the Museum of Modern Art. Stroll on the cobble stone streets of the old town main square, dominated by the imposing blue-domed cathedral, and admire the city's historic riverside houses. After lunch, take a short drive to a ceramics handcraft shop, followed by a visit to a Panama Hat factory. This evening, head to Turi Hill lookout and enjoy a refreshing local drink with views of the city.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9

    CAJAS NATIONAL PARK

    DAY 9: CAJAS NATIONAL PARK

    Travel to Cajas National Park, located in the western part of the Andes, home to 235 lakes of glacial origin. Stop and stroll around for views of Llaviucu Lake and La Toreadora Lake. Later this afternoon, descend to the vibrant coastal city of Guayaquil.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10

    CACAO PLANTATION

    DAY 10: CACAO PLANTATION

    Travel along Ecuador's fertile tropical coast to a cacao plantation. Learn about the history of the family owned property along with the process they use to obtain the best cacao powder in the world. Enjoy lunch at the plantation before returning to Guayaquil.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11

    GUAYAQUIL

    DAY 11: GUAYAQUIL

    Enjoy a day sightseeing in Guayaquil, admiring colonial and modern architecture. Also visit the popular Iguana Park, where wild iguanas roam freely. Continue to Guayaquil's waterfront esplanade to see its monumental palace and plazas. Continue to Barrio Las Peñas, one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Guayaquil, whose wooden constructions have been beautifully restored and now house many art galleries. Later this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 12-13

    FLY GUAYAQUIL TO UK

    DAYS 12-13: FLY GUAYAQUIL TO UK

    Transfer to the airport and fly to the UK, arriving home the following day. Any time before your transfer is at leisure to explore Guayaquil independently.

    • Breakfast
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