DEEP INTO ECUADOR
TRAVEL through the Andean landscape, as you get deep into the Ecuadorian countryside. Experience a variety of different cultures, food, historical monuments, and natural wonders as you enjoy the most luxurious accommodations.
||Transfer from the airport to the Sheraton Hotel or a similar hotel
||Tour around Quito and visit The Middle of the World Monumen
It is an eight-hour tour. Enjoy the panoramic view of Cumbaya and Tumbaco Valleys. We offer you a walk around the historic area of Quito. This includes a visit to the four more interesting museums inside the Colonial area (the city museums, the museum of Colonial Art, the Maria Augusta Urrutia´s museum, the San Francisco´s museum).
Go uphill to the Panecillo where the statue of the Virgin of Quito is located.
This is the best opportunity to enjoy a spectacular view of the city.
We can enjoy the delicious food in one of the most prestigiuos restaurants of Quito, during lunch (Cueva del oso). Get ready to visit the "Middle of the World" that offers you the oportunity to put one foot in each hemisferic of the world. We willvisit the Etnographic museum and the many handicraft stores around the colonial city "Mitad del mundo" (Middle of the world).
Later on we will get back to the hotel going trough residential neighborhoods in Quito.
||We will go to the north ot Quito through the "Volcano Avenue" and visit and indigenous market, wich sits close to the Cotopaxi volcano. Depending on the day we will visit the markets at Latacunga (Tuesday and Saturday), Pujili (Wendesday or Sunday) or Saquisili (thursday)
We will stop for lunch at "Las Rosas" and continue our trip to Guano and Riobamba
||In the morning we will continue our trip on a train. We will leave from the train station in Riobamba, pass through many interesting stops on the way including "Nariz del Diablo" (the devil´s nose", and we will return to Alausi where a car will be waiting for us. We will continue our trip by car to visit the archeological ruins of Ingapirca, which are a part of the Inca and Cañari time periods.
Then we will arrive in Cuenca
||Full day in Cuenca
Cuenca, is the most populated city in Ecuador, is the cultural capital of America
Cuenca is the host to the international biannual paintin exibition. It was declared world heritage site. It is a city that should be visited all around, because of the wonderfull handicrafts produced in different shops around the place.
We will depart for Guayaquil
We will go through the Cajas National Park. A park with 250 lakes.
Enjoy the classic Andean paramo
Lunch in Guayaquil
City tour in Guayaquil, one of the most important commercial centers in South America.
|Day 7 to 10
||Choose between an optional trip to Galapagos Islands, or to the "Ruta del Sol", trip around Ecuadorean beaches and islands around the coast.