Discover Ecuador - 8 Days / 7 Nights

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Reina Sofia Hotel
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Dann Carlton Hotel
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What To Expect

Take the Discover Ecuador Package allowing you to visit the cities of Quito and Cuenca with its colonial architecture and cultural patrimonial that possess Ecuador

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Ecuador from Quito
Departs From:
Quito
Meeting Point:
Airport pick-up
Duration:
8 days / 7 nights
Availability:
Monday and Wednesday at upon request
Product Code:
1556
Voucher info:
Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

ITINERARY STARTING ON MONDAY

Day 1 – Monday: Transfer Airport / Hotel

Day 2 – Tuesday: Breakfast. Excursion to Otavalo Market

Depart from Quito through the Pan-American North Highway until arriving to Cayambe, where the passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce). Afterwards, we will make a brief stop at “Miralago”, to admire a wonderful view of Lago San Pablo, amazing views. The tour then continues to Otavalo where Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken place. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items.

Passengers may choose between staying longer in Otavalo or go to visit to the leather shops at Cotacachi. On the way to Cotacachi, we will visit a traditional workshop of Andean instruments "Ñanda Mañachi" located in Peguche and then reach Iluman, land of shamans and healers, where we will have the opportunity to witness an ancestral indigenous ritual by a Shaman.

In Cotacachi you have enough time to visit the village, the shops of leather goods and free time for lunch. Return to Quito picking up passengers in Otavalo (spot determined by Gray Line Guide).

** Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passangers that stayed there, after that will return to Quito with passengers that are on board.

Day 3 – Wednesday: Breakfast. Quito City Explorer (Historic Quito) + Equatorial Monument

We begin in the northern part of the city with a tour along the most important commercial areas, where most of the hotels in Quito are located. Then we head to the historic center to visit the Basilica del Voto Nacional, where we will make a brief stop and explanation to later reach the Plaza de la Independencia, where through a walking route you will see the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañia Church, recognized for its adornments and gold altars. Tour will continue towards the Church of San Francisco, built in the seventeenth century. (Entrance to churches are not included). Then headed to the Mirador del Panecillo (entrance included) a place renowned for its beauty, where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito.

We will stop at the “Zona Rosa” of the city, to have free time for lunch, and then continue to the northem part of the city, heading up to the “Middle of the World City”(entrance is included) where the monument that divides the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere will be observed. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line. At the end, optional visit either to Intiñan or Ethnographic Museum (entrance is not included).

Day 4 – Thursday: Breakfast. Departure from Quito through the ¨Avenue of the Volcanoes¨ admiring the beautiful Andean landscape which is a great opportunity to take pictures, brief stop at the Cotopaxi National Park (entrance is not included). Arrival to Riobamba and accommodation in a typical hacienda of the region.

*If it is not operating the Cotopaxi National Park due to volcanic activity, you will visit the Quilotoa volcano and the unique turquoise lagoon situated in his crater.

  • Does not include access to the Cotopaxi National Park, neither viewpoint of Quilotoa = USD 2.00

Day 5 – Friday: After breakfast departure to the train station located in Alausí. From her we´ll enjoy a train ride towards the famous ¨Devil’s Nose¨ (a magnificent work incrusted in the Andes), return to Alausí (train ride takes approx. 2 hours). After the train ride visit to the Ingapirca Inca Ruins (entrance is not included), the biggest Inca archaeological complex in Ecuador from the XV and XVI centuries, (ticket to the complex not included) through the ride you will get to watch the weavers of the famous “Panama Hats” at work. These are typical artisans from the area. Arrive to the City of Cuenca to spend the night.

** Train Operation is subject to change

Day 6 – Saturday: Breakfast. City Tour Cuenca

We will travel through the city visiting the Calderon Park, the New and the Old Cathedral, the Flower Market, Modern Arts Museum. We continue the tour to the Homero Ortega Panama Hat factory to observe the complete process of manufacturing. We will also observe the “broken bridge” and finally visit the tourist balcony of “Turi” where we can see a panoramic view of the whole city of Cuenca. Free afternoon

Day 7 – Sunday: Breakfast. Transfer Hotel / Airport. Flight to Quito (air ticket included). Transfer Airport / Hotel in Quito.

Day 8 – Monday: Breakfast. Transfer Hotel / Airport.

ITINERARY STARTING ON WEDNESDAY

Day 1 – Wednesday: Transfer Airport / Hotel

Day 2 – Thursday: Breakfast. Departure from Quito through the ¨Avenue of the Volcanoes¨ admiring the beautiful Andean landscape which is a great opportunity to take pictures, brief stop at the Cotopaxi National Park (entrance is not included). Arrival to Riobamba and accommodation in a typical hacienda of the region.

*If it is not operating the Cotopaxi National Park due to volcanic activity, you will visit the Quilotoa volcano and the unique turquoise lagoon situated in his crater.

  • Does not include access to the Cotopaxi National Park, neither viewpoint of Quilotoa = USD 2.00

Day 3 – Friday: After breakfast departure to the train station located in Alausí. From her we´ll enjoy a train ride towards the famous ¨Devil’s Nose¨ (a magnificent work incrusted in the Andes), return to Alausí (train ride takes approx. 2 hours). After the train ride visit to the Ingapirca Inca Ruins (entrance is not included), the biggest Inca archaeological complex in Ecuador from the XV and XVI centuries, (ticket to the complex not included) through the ride you will be to watch the weavers of the famous “Panama Huts” artisans typical from the area. Arrive to the City of Cuenca to spend the night.

** Train Operation is subject to change

Day 4 – Saturday: Breakfast. City Tour of Cuenca, we will travel through the city visiting the Calderon Park, the New and the Old Cathedral, the Flower Market, Modern Arts Museum. We continue the tour to the Homero Ortega Panama Hat factory to observe the complete process of manufacturing. We will also observe the “broken bridge” and finally visit the tourist balcony of “Turi” where we can see a panoramic view of the whole city of Cuenca. Free afternoon

Day 5 – Sunday: Breakfast. Transfer Hotel / Airport. Flight to Quito (air ticket included). Transfer Airport / Hotel in Quito.

Day 6 – Monday: Breakfast. Quito City Explorer (Historic Quito) + Equatorial Monument

We begin in the northern part of the city with a tour along the most important commercial areas, where most of the hotels in Quito are located. Then we head to the historic center to visit the Basilica del Voto Nacional, where we will make a brief stop and explanation to later reach the Plaza de la Independencia, where through a walking route you will see the Cathedral, the Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañia Church, recognized for its adornments and gold altars. Tour will continue towards the Church of San Francisco, built in the seventeenth century. (Entrance to churches are not included). Then headed to the Mirador del Panecillo (entrance included) a place renowned for its beauty, where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito.

We will stop at the “Zona Rosa” of the city, to have free time for lunch, and then continue to the northem part of the city, heading up to the “Middle of the World City”(entrance is included) where the monument that divides the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere will be observed. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line. At the end, optional visit either to Intiñan or Ethnographic Museum (entrance is not included).

Day 7 – Tuesday: Breakfast. Excursion to Otavalo Market

Depart from Quito through the Pan-American North Highway until arriving to Cayambe, where the passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce). Afterwards, we will make a brief stop at “Miralago”, to admire a wonderful view of Lago San Pablo, amazing views. The tour then continues to Otavalo where Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken place. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items.

Passengers may choose between staying longer in Otavalo or go to visit to the leather shops at Cotacachi. On the way to Cotacachi, we will visit a traditional workshop of Andean instruments "Ñanda Mañachi" located in Peguche and then reach Iluman, land of shamans and healers, where we will have the opportunity to witness an ancestral indigenous ritual by a Shaman.

In Cotacachi you have enough time to visit the village, the shops of leather goods and free time for lunch. Return to Quito picking up passengers in Otavalo (spot determined by Gray Line Guide).

** Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passangers that stayed there, after that will return to Quito with passengers that are on board.

Day 8 – Wednesday : Breakfast. Transfer Hotel / Airport.

Includes

• Transfer airport / hotel / airport

• 4 nights’ accommodation in Quito

• Breakfast

• Quito City Explorer (Historic Quito) + Equatorial Monument

• Excursion to Otavalo Market

• Excursion to Riobamba by the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” with a brief visit to the Cotopaxi National Park.

• 1 night lodging at Riobamba (First class****) with breakfast

• Excursion by train up to Alausi, passing through the “Devil’s Nose” and we will continue to Cuenca by road visiting the Ingapirca Ruins.

• 2 nights lodging in Cuenca

• Breakfast

• City tour in Cuenca

• Transfer hotel / airport in Cuenca

• Airline ticket Cuenca / Quito

• Transfer airport / hotel in Quito

• Hotel taxes

Excludes

  • Entrance fees (unless specified)

  • Meals and Drinks (unless specified)

  • Tips and Gratuities

  • Personal Expenses

  • Optional Activity Cost

Hotel/Accommodation List

Reina Isabel/Carvallo - Tourist Category

Holiday Inn or Nu House /Carvallo - Superior Category

Mercure Alameda/Sta Lucia - First Category

Dann Carlton/Sta Lucia - First Sup. Category

JW Marriott/Mansion - Luxury Category

Please Note

  • The following information per participant will be required upon booking:

  • Title

  • Full name as indicated on passport

  • Nationality

  • Date of birth

  • Flight arrival date, time, number

  • Hotel name and contact number

  • Diet or allergies requirement

  • Language (Spanish or English)

  • Municipal tax 2.00 USD per room, per night is not included, each passengers have to pay directly.

  • This tour must be booked at least 15 days before the departure date.

  • Please inquire for Single Room and Triple Room rates.

Cancellation Policy

  • 25% Cancellation Fee (75% reimbursement): 45 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 16 to 44 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 15 days or less prior to date of activity.

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