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Essential Ecuador

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A tour of Ecuador's highlights

Do you dream of going to South America but don't know where to start? Ecuador is the answer! This 9-night vacation offers the perfect introduction to the colonial cities, volcanoes, indigenous markets and lakes of Ecuador.

What's Included
  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Quito (UIO), out of Guayaquil (GYE)
  • All airport and inter-city transfers
  • 2 nights in Quito at the Mercure Alameda Hotel, or similar
  • Quito City Tour with Equatorial Line Monument (6 hours)
  • 1 night in Otavalo at the Hacienda Pinsaqui, or similar
  • Visit to the School of Peguche (social project)
  • Visit to the Otavalo Indian handcrafts market
  • 1 night in Papallacta at the Hotel Termas de Papallacta, or similar
  • Visit to Laguna Cuicocha
  • Visit to Cotacachi and Papallacta villages
  • 1 night in Cotopaxti at the Hacienda La Cienega, or similar
  • Visit to Cotopaxti National Park and flower plantation
  • 1 night in Riobamba at the Hosteria Abraspungo, or similar
  • Visit to Quilotoa volcanic lake
  • Train ride to Devil's Nose, with boxed lunch
  • Visit to Ingapirca Inca monument (en-route to Cuenca)
  • 2 nights in Cuenca at the Hotel Carvallo, or similar
  • Cuenca City tour (half-day)
  • 1 night in Guayaquil at the Unipark Hotel, or similar
  • Visit to cacao project
  • Guayaquil sightseeing tour
  • Breakfast daily
*Please note that some of the activities included in this itinerary (particularly Papallacta, Cotopaxti and Quilotoa) may be strenuous for children, due to the high altitude.

Great Ways to Explore
  • Plant your feet right on the equator at the Equatorial Line Monument in Quito!
  • While you're in Ecuador, see not one but two volcanic lakes: Laguna Cuicocha and Quilotoa. 
  • Visit a Panama hat factory in Cuenca and pick up a straw hat for yourself. Contrary to popular belief, Panama hats originated in Ecuador, not Panama.
  • Ecuador is famous for its high quality cacao beans. Visit a cacao plantation outside Cuenca to learn all about the magic bean!
  • End your trip with a sunset stroll on Guayaquil's malecon (riverfront) overlooking Guayas River.
Package Overview

Ecuador may be small in size, but it is uniquely endowed with a dramatic topography and a variety of climatic zones, vegetation, and wildlife. Without ever leaving the country, you can see jungle-rainforest and the high slopes of the Andes in just a matter of hours. 

Begin in the capital of Quito, called the "Convent of America" for its plethora of churches and monasteries. See the city's highlights on a guided tour, then make your way to Otavalo, home of a famous crafts market. Leave Otavalo and arrive in Papallacta, where you'll soak in warm thermal baths and visit Cuicocha volcanic lake. Visit Ecuador's largest national park, Cotopaxi, and see its namesake volcano!

En route to your next destination of Cuenca, take a hair-raising train ride called the Devil's Nose and then visit Ecuador's most important Incan ruins. Spend two nights in Cuenca, known for its arts, culture and production of Panama hats. Taste a cacao bean straight from the tree at a cacao plantation before arriving in your last destination of Guayaquil. In Ecuador's largest city, immerse yourself in the rhythms of the locals. Take in as much culture as you can before flying home.

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