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Quito and Avenue of the Volcanoes Tour

7 days/ 6 nights

Package Overview

Experience a combination of Ecuador's most prolific historical and geographical landmarks and vistas during this 7 day tour about the pathways of Quito and its surrounding areas. From 16th century cathedrals to awe inspiring volcanoes, and everything in between, you can experience all that makes the Capitol City of Quito such a memorable destination.

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Package Pricing

Package starting at: $1559.00 PP * Prices based on double occupancy. Prices per person in USD.

Travel Itinerary

Day 1

A bilingual guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. He will be able to assist you in anything you may need.

Overnight in Quito.

Day 2

The tour begins with a great view of Orellana's way and Guapulo Sanctuary (XVII Century) Later see the stone carved façade of Ecuador's House of Congress. Afterwards, walk in the old city visiting the Independence Square, surrounded by historically important buildings. Visit the Cathedral (XVI Century), Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church (XVII Century), and one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America, La Compañia de Jesus (XVII Century). The Church of San Francisco and Monastery were built a few months after the Spaniards arrival (XVI Century).

We will drive 15 Km. north of Quito, towards the Middle of the World where the equatorial line divides the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. We will visit the main Monument built in honor to the French Scientific Expedition that arrived to Ecuador in the XVIII century to define the correct location of the equator. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the Ethnographic Museum, located inside the Equator Monument, which shows a display of the main cultures of Ecuador. Or, visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural Museum, located in the exact place where the Equator Line crosses.

Overnight in Quito.

Day 3

Drive along the Panamericana highway well known as (The Volcanoes Avenue) towards the world's highest active volcano, Cotopaxi (5,897 meters). Drive on a third order road through a Pine forest to Limpiopungo Lake located 3,800 meters above sea level along the slopes of the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano. If you wish, you can drive further to the parking lot located at 4,500 meters in order to hike up to the Refuge at 4,800 meters. (Good health condition is required in order to hike). Head to a local hacienda for a tasty lunch (included). In the afternoon drive to Riobamba and on the way visit a local Indian Market.

Day 4

Early in the morning we will drive to the village of Alausí, enjoying spectacular mountain views on the way. Here we will board the famous "Devil's Nose" train. From Alausí, we travel south to Cuenca, visiting the ruins of the Inca fortress Ingapirca en route. Continue to the enchanting city of Cuenca. Box lunch included.

Day 5

City tour of Cuenca. We will 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. Lunch included.

Day 6

After breakfast, drive to Guayaquil through the spectacular Cajas roads. After four hours of driving you will be delighted with the change of altitude and landscape. The road reaches 4,000 meters of altitude and is surrounded by a beautiful Paramo landscape full of lakes. This adventure ends at sea level where the agriculture of the coast plays an important role in the landscape. Arrive in Guayaquil.

Day 7

A guide will pick you up from the hotel and transport you to the airport in order to take your transferring flight.

Additional Package Information

 Package Includes

  • Lodging, transfers, tours as described in itinerary
  • Meals as described in itinerary
  • English speaking guide and driver

 Package Does Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Drinks and alcoholic drinks
  • Meals not mentioned in Itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • Price subject to change and availability
  • Sequence subject to change
  • Pricing based on 6 people, call for pricing if less than 6
  • To prevent any loss due to cancellation, travel insurance is recommended.
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7 days/ 6 nights Ecuador Vacation Package

General Information

  • Capital: Quito
  • Government: Republic
  • Currency: US dollar (USD)
  • Area: total: 283,560 km2, water: 6,720 km2, land: 276,840 km2
  • Population: 14,573,101 (July 2009 est.)
  • Language: Spanish (official), Amerindian languages (especially Quechua)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 95%
  • Electricity: 110-220V/60Hz (USA & European plugs)
  • Calling Code: +593
  • Time Zone: UTC-5

Points of Interest

  • Quito City Tour
  • Middle of the World Equator Tour
  • Cotopaxi & Riobamba
  • Devils Nose Train
  • Cuenca