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Fascinating Ecuador 2017

From 12 - 19 Days

Package Overview

ECUADOR is the synonymous with Diversity… Come and discover this fabulous blend of landscapes, climates, ecosystems and cultures, all in a small territory, similar to the area of the U.K. or the state of Colorado in the U.S. Here, within minutes by air, you can swiftly move between the Pacific Coast, the Andean Highlands, the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador’s Four Worlds, all in one fascinating, friendly country…..Ecuador is a colorful universe of varied, pure magic…

This package can be modified to add additional days in the Galapagos.

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Travel Itinerary

Day 1

Quito

Assistance and transfer from the airport to the selected hotel. Overnight in Quito

Day 2

Quito, a world Cultural Heritage Site

Known as the “Andean Shangri-la” or the “Florence of America”, touching its brilliant blue sky at 2800 m above sea level, Quito was the first city to be declared by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site, in recognition of its historic, architectonic and artistic value.

Surrounded by a spectacular setting of snow-covered volcanoes, some eight of them visible from the city on a clear day, and just a few minutes from the Middle of the World, the capital of Ecuador offers truly breathtaking views.

The City’s Historical Center, the largest and best preserved in Latin America, displays on its centuries old narrow streets, plazas, churches, monasteries and monuments a superb fusion of cultures and artistic styles which fascinates visitors and represents an unparalleled historic jewel.

Day 3

Optional full day excursions from Quito

Option 1: Mindo, a Natural Paradise & Tulipe, Yumbos Ceremonial Center

Discover one of the world’s top-five biodiversity hotspots, according to Conservation International; listen and enjoy the concert of life around you. At 80 km northwest of Quito we find a Reserve of 15,000 acres of rainforest of incredible beauty and tranquility; this amazingly bio diverse region is home to 2000 species of plants, including at least 90 species of ferns and vivid flowering varieties such as bromeliads and orchids. Constant moisture in this montane environment provides perfect conditions for epiphytes and allows great variety of vegetation with hundreds of species of birds and butterflies. The sacred valley of Tulipe holds vestiges of the Yumbos culture. During the colonial times, Yumbos was the term used to refer to the indigenous living in the tropical and subtropical areas in the surrounding valleys of Quito. The insitu museum shows various structures in a shape of pools, made of stone and associated with aqueducts. These pools were filled with water to permits shamans to observe stars. Several petro glyphs have been found in stones located in the rivers close to the Ceremonial Center.

Option 2: Andean Handicrafts and Living Ways of the Northern Highlands

Located at 2530 meters above sea level we find the fertile Province of Imbabura. This magical land surrounded by lakes is home to art, history and living pre-Inca cultures. We will visit Peguche, a picturesque little town whose inhabitants are famous for their weaving on hand made looms making cloth of vivid colors representing figures of the Andean Region. In the area, we also find the strong and artistic people of San Antonio. Their art studios with wood, stone and ceramic sculptures that represent the Quito school of art remind us of the indigenous villages who kept this Spanish cultural for generations.

All the artistic towns sell their art in the Otavalo Market. More than just a shopping trip, this tour teaches us about the work, traditions and culture of our indigenous communities.

Option 3: The Central Highlands and the Antisana Ecological Reserve

The Volcano Antisana lies in the Central Highlands, in the foothills of the 5705 meter high glacier covered peak. This reserve is privately owned and regulated, but its goal is the preservation of the native flora and fauna of the Andean paramo. Between 3600 and 4800 meters, we entere a habitat called the paramo, where the plant and animal life are both highly adapted to the extreme condition. Because of the high winds, low precipitation, and cold temperatures, nothing taller than the grass and low lying succulents can be found. Even hardy, high altitude shrubs are found only in crevices and stream beds hidden from the wind.

Day 4

The Amazon Rain Forest

The easternmost region of Ecuador hosts the most pristine and remote part of the gigantic Amazon Basin, still easily accessible from Quito and other highland cities. Safely venture into the world’s largest remaining tropical rainforest, where more than one third of the earth’s fresh water flows, our planet’s largest supplier of oxygen, and home to an immense biological diversity which explodes into thousands of unique species.

At first glance, the rain forest is a vast green ocean of wilderness. But by observing carefully, you will be amazed by the richness and variety of animal and plant species, thousands of colorful birds and butterflies, myriads of bizarre insects, medicinal plants, elusive but equally fascinating varieties of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, living on this last frontier, criss-crossed by small and large rivers, creeks and lakes, teeming with life and unique surprises at every corner.

Day 5

Amazon Rain Forest

Lodges in the Amazon rainforest are located in tranquil zones, some at the shores of Ecuador's amazon rivers and a stone's throw away from the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains, close to indigenous villages or overlooking vast expansions of the surrounding tropical rainforest.

Each morning the guests may trek and paddle through the lush, primary rainforest which surrounds the Lodges. The native guides possess vast knowledge of the diverse local fauna and flora, as well as the medicinal uses of many plants.

Itineraries are flexible depending on the number of days and the passengers' preferences.

Day 6

Amazon Rain Forest

Day 7

Misahualli - Quito

Depart from Misahualli by land to the city of Quito.

Day 8

The Central and Southern Highlands

This 400 kilometer stretch of the Andes is rightfully known as “The Avenue of the Volcanoes." It is a breathtaking natural boulevard flanked by impressive volcanoes and giant peaks covered with glaciers and perpetual snows, towering well above 4, 5 and even 6 thousand meters above sea level. In between, a never ending line of emerald green valleys, dotted with gold-colored fields provide spectacular sights, a paradise for photographers.

In the extreme south is Cuenca, another World Heritage Site city, fascinating with its colonial architecture, impressive churches and cathedrals, cobble-stoned streets and fine handicrafts. This is a true gem of history, art and a vibrant center of culture.

Day 9

Riobamba - Cuenca

This route offers beautiful panoramic views of the highlands and a good opportunity to see some of the ethnic groups living in the country. In the southern highlands lies Ingapirca, Ecuador’s main Inca archaeological site, close to the city of Cuenca, an important political and administrative Inca Centre in the 1400´s. Visit the Fortress and then continue to Cuenca, another Unesco’s Heritage Site.

Day 10

Cuenca, the jewel of the southern highlands - Quito or Guayaquil

Half day excursion in Cuenca

The main icon of the southern Andes is the city of Cuenca, the country’s third largest city in size and population. Cuenca has also preserved its rich colonial past beautifully with its narrow streets, white houses with flower-pot balconies, impressive churches, with their majestic domes and towers; convents, museums, plazas covered with flowers and monuments, all surrounded by the scenery of green hills and mountains and the presence of four rivers which cross or border the city. For all its beauty and well preserved history, Cuenca was also declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. After your half day excursion, transfer to the airport to get your flight to the city of Quito or the city of Guayaquil.

Day 11

Quito or Guayaquil - Galapagos

At the scheduled time, transfer from the hotel to the airport to take the flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival in Galapagos, transfer with assistance from the airport to start the selected cruise or land based program.

The Enchanted Islands of Galapagos

Exploring the unique ecosystems of the Galapagos is the experience of a lifetime. Whether strolling through colonies of blue or red-footed boobies, prehistoric looking iguanas or perhaps swimming, snorkeling or diving with frolicking sea-lions or curious and playful penguins, these are just some of the memorable moments you will experience on these islands.

There are more than 60 options for enjoying the Galapagos Islands, from luxury ships to smaller sailboats or yachts, or land-based programs. You tell us what you prefer and we will select the option which best suits your personal interests and traveling dates.

Day 12

Galapagos - Guayaquil or Galapagos - Quito

Depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the airport in Galápagos in order to take your flight back to the continent. Upon your arrival to Quito or Guayaquil you will be met by our personnel in order to transfer from the airport to your hotel.

Evening Guayaquil scenic tour

This cosmopolitan city is the largest port in Ecuador and offers what any major city in the world can: a rich historical background, wonderful museums, a handsome modern district with great shopping and good restaurants. Guayaquil is a prosperous city leading the economy of the country. There are a number of historical places that can be reached by car, like the Centenario or Las Peñas neighborhood, or on foot like the Seminar Park, Cathedral, the Riverfront, Malecon, the Moorish tower, and the famous Caraguay Fish market (morning only). Another great place to discover!

Additional Package Information

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  • Tours, transfers, meals as described in itinerary

 Package Does Not Include

  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Gratuities

 Package Notes

  • All rates are valid for 2017
  • All rates are subject to change
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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
  • Amazon Rain Forest
  • The Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Ingapirca
  • Cuenca
  • Guayaquil
  • Galapagos