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Classic Ecuador Tour
Classic Ecuador Tour
Tour Inclusions:
  • International airfare from most major Cities in the USA and Canada
  • Train ride from Ibarra to Salinas aboard the Liberty Train
  • Train ride aboard the Devil's Nose in Riobamba
  • Three nights' 4* Hotel Quito accommodation with breakfast
  • One night 4* Hotel Hacienda Abraspungo in Riobamba
  • Two nights 4* Hotel Carvallo in Cuenca
  • One night 4* Hotel Hampton Inn Guayaquil
  • One night accommodation Guest House Magadalena Karanki Community
  • All meals while your stay in Magdalena Karanki Community
  • Guided City Tour of Colonial Quito with Middle of the World Monument
  • Guided Tour of Otavalo Market, Peguche Town and surroundings
  • Horseback riding, mountain biking in Magdalena Karanki Community
  • Scenic Drive through the Avenue of Volcanoes in Baños
  • Visit to Ingapirca Ruins with boxed lunch included
  • City Tour of Cuenca
  • Visit to El Cajas National Park/ Cuenca
ITINERARY
Day 01
Board your international flight to Quito, we offer departures from most major Cities in the USA and Canada.
Upon arrival our Representative will assist you and transfer you to your Hotel.
Overnight in Quito.
Hotel: Hotel Quito.... More details: Click Here >>
Upgrade to: Swissotel Quito.... More details: Click Here >>
Meals: None.
Activities: None.
Day 02: Quito
Breakfast at the Hotel then take a Colonial city tour: Quito displays the largest colonial town of the Americas and is the first UNESCO's World Heritage Site. The City dates back to 980 A.D. Enjoy the eclectic architecture ranging from the modern quarters to varied colonial facades on churches and private residences decorated and balconies built along the last five centuries. Quito is one of the best preserved Colonial Cities in Latin America. Highlights of your tour: Walk along the so called street of the seven crosses and pass by the Jesuit Convent, once head quarters of the first university in the country, and El Sagrario church with a unique orthodox cross dating back to the seventeenth century. Metropolitan Cathedral with excellent samples of the Spanish renaissance, the monument of Simon Bolivar, The Basilica of the Heart of Jesus a great example of Gothic Architecture, Parks El Ejido and Alameda, Independence Square or Plaza Grande as it's known to local people flanked by the Presidential and the Archbishop's palaces, Continue approximately 11 miles (18 Km.) north of down town Quito, we visit "Mitad del Mundo" (Middle of the World) and the Equator Monument situated at 0º0'0" latitude. This site is where the Equator Line crosses through the Country dividing the Earth into Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
In the eighteenth century The French Geodesic Expedition erected here one of the three landmarks for their planet calculations to deduct the shape of the planet. This monument complex which replicates colonial architecture, a typical central plaza, a church and bull-fighting ring. We also visit the Intiñan Solar Museum, where you'll find scientific and experimental aspects of being right at the Equator.
Overnight in Quito.
Meals: Breakfast is included.
Hotel: Hotel Quito.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: Colonial City Tour and visit to Middle of the World Monument.
Day 03: Quito - Otavalo - Peguche
After breakfast embark on an excursion to visit: the Otavalo Market. One of the most fascinating and largest indigenous craft markets in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes an excellent place to buy very good quality handcrafts, embroidered clothing, local ceramics, great variety of wool scarves and sweaters.
Meet the artisans and mingle amongst the local people who visit the market wearing their traditional colorful attire.
Continue to Peguche Village, home to the indigenous Kichwa people, known for its beautiful textiles the artisans in this area still practice wool weaving using techniques passed on to them by generations, great spot to visit if you like textiles. Peguche is also famous for its Andean musical instruments see firsthand how they make their wind instruments by visiting a workshop, afterwards visit Cotacachi Town, Located at the foothills of the Cotacachi volcano, famous for its leather industry, and impressive landscapes. Finish with a visit to Cuicocha Lake a beautiful Crater Lake with stunning views.
Arrive to Magdalena Karanki Community for overnight at one of the Community houses.
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner is included.
Hotel: Karanki Magdalena.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: Visits to Otavalo Market, Towns of Peguche and Cotacachi, visit Cuicocha Crater lake.
Day 4: Magdalena Karanki - Salinas
Magadalena Karanki. A place where the indigenous Karanki people have maintained their traditions and way of life for centuries. In Magdalena you find beautiful embroidery. Enjoy a home stay experience with the Karanki people, you will stay at one of the five Guest Houses attended by the Karanki, enjoy home cooked meals, cozy fireplace and stunning views of the Andean Mountains. You get a choice of exploring the area thru horseback riding, mountain biking or hiking.
Then drive to Ibarra City at the foothills of the Imbabura Volcano, here you board the famous Liberty train for a Journey to the town Of Salinas. You will enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding landscapes as you pass through mysterious tunnels, and spanning canyons. Salinas is an important tourist destination not only because of the beautiful train ride to get there but because is home to a vibrant Afro-Ecuadorian Community, well known for its agricultural activities specially sugar cane plantations.
Return to Quito for Overnight.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch is included.
Hotel: Hotel Quito.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: Leisure activities in the Community of Magdalena Karanki, Liberty train ride.
Day 5: Quito - Baños - Riobamba
This morning travel to Baños a small town four hours drive from Quito, surrounded by beautiful landscapes in a Valley of waterfalls. On your way to Baños travel through the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" a stretch of 185 miles lined with Ecuador's highest volcanic peaks, weather permitting you should get a glimpse of the highest active volcano on Earth Cotopaxi. Continue your drive south to Riobamba, this City is located in the middle of Ecuador and is surrounded by four of the largest Volcanoes in South America giving you the opportunity to enjoy spectacular Andean landscapes.
Overnight in Riobamba
Meals: Breakfast.
Hotel: Hacienda Abraspungo.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: Visit to the Town of Baños, drive through Avenue of the Volcanoes.
Day 6: Riobamba - Train Ride Devil's Nose, Cuenca
Breakfast at your Hotel, then start your tour driving through some of the most charming and picturesque indigenous regions of Ecuador. Your next activity is the famous train ride aboard The Devil's nose, a century old slow scenic rail journey that now runs as a Tourist trip only on a section of its original route. Continue on to the Pre-Columbian ruins of Ingapirca, the rounded Temple of the Sun is the best preserved of all the building of which many only the stone foundations remain. The ruins are Inca-Cañari, and you can see the traditional Incan style of building where no mortar was used. The site also houses a small Museum with a collection of Inca and Cañari artifacts. Continue on to Cuenca for overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch.
Hotel: Hotel Carvallo.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: Devil's Nose train ride, visit the ruins of Ingapirca.
Day 7: Cuenca
After breakfast on to a Guided City Tour of Cuenca, an UNESCO World Heritage City Cuenca surrounded by the Andean Mountains is one of the most beautiful Cities of Ecuador.
Cuenca has a very pleasant weather year around and has become a popular choice with North American retirees. Wander through the narrow cobbled streets admiring the colonial architecture, some of the highlights are:
The Museum of Modern Art, The Old and New Cathedral, the old one dates back to the 1500's and is now a Museum, the new one (The Cathedral Nueva) is recognizable by its large blue domes and exquisite stained- glass windows. Continue on to Calderon park and San Francisco Market in the historic downtown.
Enjoy panoramic views of the entire City from the Church of Turi a look out situated on top of the highest hill. A popular souvenir to purchase in Cuenca is a Panama Hat.
Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Cuenca
Meals: Breakfast.
Hotel: Hotel Carvallo.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: City Tour of Cuenca.
Day 8: Cuenca - El Cajas National Park - Guayaquil
After breakfast drive to El Cajas National Park. Drive only an hour away from Cuenca to this beautiful Nature Reserve, an area of 28,544 hectares famous for the two hundred clear water lagoons scattered amongst the mountainous landscapes La Toreadora is the largest and most well known lake in the Park.
The scenery is very unique and so is the flora and fauna endemic to the Park, there are many species of birds who live here like the Andean Condor and water birds that populate the lakes. The highest altitude within the Park is at Architect's hill (4450 meters) and lowest at 3,150 meters above sea level is in the area called Llaviuco. Continue your drive to the City of Guayaquil where you overnight.
Meals: Breakfast.
Hotel: Hampton Inn by Hilton Guayaquil.... More details: Click Here >>
Activities: Visit to El Cajas National Park.
Day 9: Guayaquil – Tour Ends
Our representative will assist you with your arrangements for your return home.
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Hotel Pics
Quito
Middle of the World
Otavalo Market
Otavalo Market
Magadalena Karanki
Magadalena Karanki
Avenue of the Volcanoes
The Devil's nose
Ruins of Ingapirca
The Cathedral Nueva in Cuenca
El Cajas National Park
La Toreadora Lake
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