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Ecuador Landscapes with Culture, Cloud Forests and Quito

PRIVATE TOUR - 10 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 3363

Private Tour Highlights

  • Strolling through the brightly colored and bustling markets of Otavalo, home to some of the most vibrant bazaars in South America.
  • Losing count of all the beautiful butterflies and orchids at the lush conservatory in the village of Mindo.
  • Taking a walk through Independence Square in Quito, stopping off at the Presidential Palace, Cathedral, San Francisco Monastery and El Sagrario Church along the way.
  • Relishing a delicious lunch and delightful overnight stay in a lovely, traditional hacienda in Otavalo.
  • Straddling the middle of the world during a visit to the equatorial line while in Quito.
  • Enjoying beautiful views of the Cotopaxi Volcano and enigmatic National Park.
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Tour Overview

Enjoy the vast Ecuador Landscapes with Culture, Cloud Forests and Quito. This region is comprised of mountains, volcanoes, and the high plains full of diverse and indigenous cultures. Visit the market town of Otavalo, see the massive Cotopaxi Volcano, and take the exciting Devil’s Nose train from the small village of Alausí. We will spend two nights in Cuenca, arguably the most beautiful setting in Ecuador, before returning north to Quito.

Inclusions
Price includes flight from Cuenca to Quito, all transfers, day excursion in Quito, double or single-occupancy accommodation with private facilities, bilingual guiding services, meals as indicated, and all tours and entrance fees. Price does not include beverages, personal expenses or gratuities. Local airport departure taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Airfare taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are included in the cost.

*Saquisili Market
Saquisili is one of the most colorful and complete Indian markets in Ecuador. The whole town is a market on Thursdays and one can walk around and shop for handicrafts of all kinds. Especially attractive is the animal market.

*Latacunga Market
The small city of Latacunga celebrates its market day in five plazas. This is a very colorful spectacle and a photographer’s delight.

*Devil’s Nose train departs on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, the Chaski Antawa program (starting on day 7) can start any day except Wednesday and the best day to visit the Otavalo Market is on Saturday.
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Pricing Details
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Double £$3127 £$3363 £$3773 £$5065
Single £$5353 £$5726 £$6550 £$8932

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

Quito

Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel.

Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the hotel.

Day
2

Full Day Colonial Quito Tour & The Equator

The tour begins today with a visit to Independence Square where the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral and El Sagrario Church are located. Also visit the Church of La Compania (1605), and enjoy a brief visit to the church and monastery of San Francisco (1535). The oldest Ecuadorian church, the collection of artwork here includes paintings, sculpture and furniture dating back to the 16th century. Leaving the churches, visit the recently restored 24 De Mayo Boulevard, named after the battle which sealed Ecuador´s independence. Also visit La Ronda Street in Old Quito. Lined with colonial houses and inspired by painters, poets, musicians and historians, this visit gives a taste of traditional Quito. The tour will then continue 30-minutes outside of Quito, towards the Middle of the World. Visit the main Monument honoring the correct location of the equator and visit the Ethnographic Museum, located inside the Equator Monument. Or, visit the Inti Nan Museum, a scientific and cultural Museum located in the exact place where the Equator Line crosses. ...read less

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Day
3

Quito - Cotopaxi NP – Banos

Pick up at the hotel in Quito and transfer in private transportation to the Cotopaxi National Park. Here, admire the beautiful snow-capped volcano and have an optional hike. Head to the Hacienda La Cienega for a tasty lunch (included). La Cienega is one of the oldest haciendas, dating back to the seventeenth century. After lunch, stop at Saquisili Market (if Thursday), or Latacunga Market (Tuesday or Saturday), see information on these markets below. Transfer to Banos and evening at leisure.

Pick up at the hotel in Quito and transfer in private transportation to the Cotopaxi National Park. Here, admire the beautiful snow-capped volcano and have an optional hike. Head to the Hacienda La Cienega for a tasty lunch (included). La Cienega is one of the oldest haciendas, dating back to the seventeenth century. After lunch, stop at Saquisili Market (if Thursday), or Latacunga Market (Tuesday or Saturday), see information on these markets below. Transfer to Banos and evening at leisure.

Quito_Cotopaxi_Closeup_Ecuador
Day
4

Banos – Devils Nose Train – Ingapirca – Cuenca

Early in the morning, drive to the village of Alausi, enjoying spectacular mountain views on the way. Here, board the famous "Devil's Nose" train (operates only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). From Alausi, travel south to Cuenca, visiting the ruins of the Inca fortress Ingapirca en route. Stay overnight in the enchanting city of Cuenca. Box lunch included.

Early in the morning, drive to the village of Alausi, enjoying spectacular mountain views on the way. Here, board the famous "Devil's Nose" train (operates only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). From Alausi, travel south to Cuenca, visiting the ruins of the Inca fortress Ingapirca en route. Stay overnight in the enchanting city of Cuenca. Box lunch included.

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Day
5

Cuenca

City tour of Cuenca. Visit the Calderon Park, new and old Cathedral, The Park of the Flowers, the City Museum and modern art, the Canari-Incas of all saints’ ruins, Canon of the Tomebamba and Turi River. Overnight in Cuenca.

City tour of Cuenca. Visit the Calderon Park, new and old Cathedral, The Park of the Flowers, the City Museum and modern art, the Canari-Incas of all saints’ ruins, Canon of the Tomebamba and Turi River. Overnight in Cuenca.

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Day
6

Cuenca – Quito

Transfer to airport to take the flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the selected hotel.

Transfer to airport to take the flight to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, transfer to the selected hotel.

Quito-Panoramic-View-Ecuador
Day
7

Quito – Otavalo - Cotacachi

Departing from Quito towards the north, visit the famous village of Otavalo framed in the majestic Andes. Visit the craft market and from there, head to a traditional hacienda to check-in and for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the crater lagoon of Cuicocha. On the back, stop at the village of Cotacachi, well-known for its varied leather manufacturing. Overnight at Hacienda Pinsaqui.

Departing from Quito towards the north, visit the famous village of Otavalo framed in the majestic Andes. Visit the craft market and from there, head to a traditional hacienda to check-in and for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the crater lagoon of Cuicocha. On the back, stop at the village of Cotacachi, well-known for its varied leather manufacturing. Overnight at Hacienda Pinsaqui.

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Day
8

Chaski Antawa Train – Otavalo – Quito

After an excellent breakfast in the hacienda, depart from Ibarra 30 minutes north. Take the “Chaski Antawa Train” (messenger train) for a great adventure and scenery experience. This rail road was built at the beginning of the twentieth century and was not finished until a few decades later and connects the northern highlands with the tropical coast of San Lorenzo. From Ibarra aboard the “Chaski Antawa”, descend to the warm and dry valley of Ambuqui; all along great scenery views of well-kept crops, the most prevalent is the sugar cane, in a unique biodiversity. Magical environments surround the landscape, crossing mysterious tunnels through the mountains, large canyons and astonishing bridges. During the 26 km ride to the Salinas town Station, well known by the salt mine extraction. Experience the descent from 2,200 mts to 1,500 mts (7,216 to 4,920 feet) in an approximately 2 hours ride. A box lunch will be served on this community and from there, drive a few miles north to the village of Mascarilla; an afro-Ecuadorian community known by the unique clay made masks. Learn about this work with the native people of this place. After this cultural interaction, go to Otavalo for a short visit to its famous indigenous craft market. This colorful and magical market is the biggest and most important in South America. In the afternoon, return to Quito and detour to the Equator complex and to the extinct crater of Pululahua Volcano. Accommodation at “El Crater Hotel”; located right by the brim of the caldera for overnight. ...read less

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Day
9

Mindo – Quito

After breakfast, depart west and down the slopes of the Andes. Cross the cloudy rain forest on a curvy road loaded with great forest and impressive waterfalls towards the village of Mindo. Mindo is located in this green lush valley surrounded by thick forests and full of many different attractions. A lovely butterfly and orchid conservatory will be visited. Lunch will be served at the Lodge where a huge number of hummingbirds can be observed and fed. After lunch return to Quito for an evening arrival.

After breakfast, depart west and down the slopes of the Andes. Cross the cloudy rain forest on a curvy road loaded with great forest and impressive waterfalls towards the village of Mindo. Mindo is located in this green lush valley surrounded by thick forests and full of many different attractions. A lovely butterfly and orchid conservatory will be visited. Lunch will be served at the Lodge where a huge number of hummingbirds can be observed and fed. After lunch return to Quito for an evening arrival.

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Day
10

Flight Home

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home or continue with a Galapagos cruise or excursion of one’s choice.

Transfer to the airport to take the flight back home or continue with a Galapagos cruise or excursion of one’s choice.

Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Banos, Tungurahua, Ecuador

Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador

Otavalo, Imbabura, Ecuador

Places You'll See

  • Quito-Ecuador-Hillside

    Quito

    The magnificent city of Quito is bursting with cultural, historical, and artistic character. Along with its scenic parks such as Parque La Carolina, visit its enchanting museums like the Museo del Banco Central. Take a trip to the Mitad del Mundo, or the “Middle of the World”, where the first measurements to prove the earth was round, were taken.

  • Banos-Waterfall-Ecuador

    Banos

    On the foothills of the Tungurahua Volcano, lies the city of Banos. One of the final cities before reaching the depths of the Amazon, Banos offers many exciting activities to take in. Enjoy the picturesque waterfalls, such as the famous Cascada de La Virgin, or take on nature with jungle tours, rafting, bungee jumping and so much more at the capital of adventure!

  • Cuenca-Cathedral-Ecuador

    Cuenca

    Well known for its stunning and historical architecture, Cuenca is a City that holds a great amount of history. Visit the historic center of the city that has been named a UNESCO Heritage Site with its historical structures. Take a tour of The Ruins of the former Inca Empire, Ingapirca, and learn of these ancient people.

  • Otavalo-Market-Ecuador

    Otavalo

    Surrounded by the volcanic peaks of Imbabura, Cotacachi, and Mojanda, Otavalo is hiking, camping and fishing. Kayak on the San Pablo Lake, one of the biggest in Ecuador, or enjoy the beauty of the Peguche Waterfall. On Saturdays, visit the market, which takes up nearly one third of the town, to buy locally made crafts such as clothing, jewelry, and stone carvings.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Quito : Stuble Suites

Quito : Vieja Cuba Boutique

Quito : NU House

Banos : Volcano Hotel

Banos : La Posada del Arte

Banos : Hacienda Leito (Patate)

Cuenca : El Dorado

Cuenca : Hotel Victoria

Otavalo : Las Palmeras

4 Star Properties

Quito : La Casona de la Ronda

Quito : Casa Aliso

Banos : Sangay Spa Hotel

Cuenca : San Juan Hotel

Otavalo : Hacienda Pinsaqui

Otavalo : Hacienda Cusin – Monasterio Room

5 Star Properties

Quito : Swissotel

Quito : Le Parc Hotel

Quito : JW Marriott in Quito

Banos : Samari Spa & Resort

Banos : Luna Runtun

Cuenca : Santa Lucia

Otavalo : La Mirage Garden Hotel & Spa

Luxury Properties

Quito : Plaza Grande

Quito : Casa Gangotena

Cuenca : Mansion Alcazar

Testimonials

Jenny and Penny from Australia

Traveled March, 2010

Getting to Machu Picchu was a highlight & completed the lifetime package

I am home again after the most fantastic trip. Of course my feet have not touched the ground yet, so much to do & mail a meter high. My heartfelt thanks to you especially, but also all the crew both on the ground & manning the desks.We were never let down once. Always a smiling face in the foyer or standing at the airport gate. I don’t know how you pulled it all off especially with our last manic changes. It was hard work at times I will not deny it. The last 2 weeks were tight & we were both very tired, but getting to Machu Picchu was a highlight & completed the lifetime package. We stood there in awe. I will get Jenny to send you a photo to prove it, she is better at photos than me.I am so glad I booked those 5 nights in BA at the end & enjoyed the Tango show, shopping & galleries, high tea at a posh hotel. I will not hesitate to recommend both you & Yampu. I hope we cross paths one day or certainly when I return to that magical part of the world I will contact you.

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Jodi from Australia

Traveled May, 2009

I would love to encourage people to enjoy the same amazing experience as I had

We are back from our trip and I wanted to say a special thank-you for everything that you have helped us with. The trip was unbelievable; we had the best time of our lives. If I had it over I would not change a thing!We are definitely interested in a central-american tour, maybe in a few years time and I would not dream of going anywhere but straight back to you to help me plan it!!!! I’m also more than happy for you to use me as a reference; I would love to encourage people to enjoy the same amazing experience as I had!Thanks again for everything 🙂

Raymond F.

Traveled June, 2013

Overall the trip was a success

Overall the trip was a success all went according to plan which is very good given the number of locations etc. we enjoyed the three countries. We enjoyed Costa Rica the most with lots of wildlife sightings there and friendly people, but Mexico was close behind and apart from the Mayan ruins which lived up to expectations we did see quite a lot of wildlife there too.

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