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Andean Adventure & Culture (7 day/ 6 nights)

$4,115.00

This tour is a wonderful mix of altitude, attitude, valleys & mountains.

Description

This tour is a wonderful mix of altitude, attitude, valleys, mountains and most important of all, the opportunity to immerse your self in various Andean indigenous communities. No trip to Ecuador is complete without interacting with the locals whose beliefs and heritage remain deep despite the dynamic modernization that the 21st century ushered in. This trip can be combined with a pre or post extension to the Galapagos.

Custom itineraries/departures are available upon request.

Price

$4,115 per person (double occ)/ $2,195 single room supplement
Based on minimum 2 guests

Package Includes

  • Accommodations and meals indicated above
  • Tours as indicated above
  • All entry fees
  • Airport meet and greet + transfers
  • Domestic flights (if applicable)

Package Excludes

  • International flights
  • Tipping/ gratuities
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Laundry, telephone, fax, internet
  • Travel insurance (recommended)

Additional information

Day 1

Arrive Quito

Met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Hotel Casa Gangotena (B)

Day 2

Historic Tour of Quito

This interesting city tour goes through diverse neighborhoods for a look at both colonial and modern Quito. Also, visit the “middle of the world," named during the First Geodesic Mission to Ecuador in the 18th century to determine the exact curvature of the planet. Take a walk along the equator, and learn why there are two separate markers!
Hotel Casa Gangotena (B)

Day 3

Cotopaxi National Park

Today’s destination is no other that the world’s highest active volcano: Cotopaxi. With 5,897 meters high, Cotopaxi elegantly adorns the Cordillera Real of the Ecuadorian Sierra. Hacienda San Agustin del Callo (B,L,D)

Day 4

Quilotoa Crater Lake/ Salasaca

Depart to visit the Quilotoa Crater Lake. Quilotoa is a beautiful lagoon at the top of the Quilotoa volcano. It is one of the most spectacular places in the Ecuadorian Sierra. Its name comes from two Quechua words "Quiru" which means tooth and "toa" means queen due to the shape of the lagoon. Later, visit the Salasaca community. The Salasacas speak Spanish and Quichua. Their main economic activities are agriculture, livestock-raising and handcrafts. Local craftsmanship includes items such as tapestries, which are woven by hand on looms of very ancient technology. Hostería Andaluza (B,L)

Day 5

Riobamba/ Alausi/ Ingapirca/ Cuenca

Take a train journey through indigenous Chimborazo communities settled in the beautiful Andean highlands. You’ll pass by typical Andean landscapes, like green hills with many patchwork cultivated fields, small communities scattered on the hillsides with colorful dressed Indians, and snow-capped volcanoes until you arrive at Alausi. From here you start descending to the amazing “Devil’s Nose” with an incredible zigzag part to cross until you arrive at the station of Sibambe, where you can visit a local museum in order to know the history of Ecuadorian rail. After your return to Alausi. we continue to visit the amazing Ingapirca Inca Ruins, known for the Temple of the Sun, with storage chambers, observatories and roads, each with its own purpose. The temple is a very fascinating part of the complex and is located in the center of the archeological site. Finally you travel to the Colonial city of Cuenca, known as “the city of the four rivers”
Hotel Boutique Mansion Alcazar (B)

Day 6

Cuenca

Today you will have the opportunity to stroll around this charming colonial city, declared a Cultural Heritage site of Mankind by the UNESCO. Get familiar with the city through its colonial buildings with beautifully decorated patios, as well as its nice and gentle inhabitants and cozy atmosphere. 
Hotel Boutique Mansion Alcazar (B)

Day 7

Cuenca/ El Cajas National Park

Visit the 70,000 – acre El Cajas National Park which is home to cloud forests, rocky lunar landscapes and lakes (more than 200 of them) among jagged peaks that characterize this reserve.

You stand a good chance of seeing the wild llamas that were reintroduced to the park in the late 1990s. The park’s other animal inhabitants, such as the spectacled bear, puma, and tigrillo, are more elusive. A long bird list counts hummingbirds, toucans, and Andean condors. After making a hike of your preferred distance we continue our travel to Guayaquil, the biggest city of Ecuador located on the coast. Hotel Wyndham (B,L)

Day 8

Depart

Fly to Quito. Connect to your onward flight home. Or continue to the Galapagos

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