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Exploring Ecuador: From Highlands to Hot Springs

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What's special?
special Visit in Baños
special Visit the Amazon
special A relax moment in the hotsprings
Embark on a captivating journey through Ecuador, where history, nature, and culture converge to offer a rich and diverse experience. Explore the remarkably preserved Historic Center, a testament to Latin America's vibrant past. Immerse yourself in the enchanting province of lagoons, savoring its gastronomic delights. Venture into the awe-inspiring landscapes surrounding an active volcano, culminating in the exploration of a magical turquoise lagoon. Baños, the gateway to the Amazon, beckons with its scenic beauty and vibrant atmosphere. Ascend to the closest elevation to the sun at Chimborazo, revealing panoramic vistas.

My passion for travel and exploring new and exciting places knows no bounds. From the enchanting landscapes to the captivating culture, I wholeheartedly believe that Ecuador, Galapagos, Colombia, and Peru are exceptional destinations that offer a treasure trove of experiences.

Tourist Hotel Accommodation is an integral part of the travel experience, providing a temporary home away from home for travelers seeking comfort, convenience, and a glimpse into the local culture. These accommodations range from budget-friendly options to more luxurious establishments, catering to a diverse spectrum of travelers with varied preferences and needs. Any questions about the trip? You can let me know in the Q&A section!

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Transportation to the mentioned sites
Lodging in hotels of the chosen category
Excursions and visits
Bilingual national guide
Meals: according to the itinerary
Activities mentioned in the itinerary
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Trip Itinerary
1

Quito

Day 1-2
We extend a warm welcome to Ecuador, and we couldn't be more excited to have you here! Your journey begins with a sense of relaxation and anticipation as you embark on a scenic 45-minute drive into the enchanting city of Quito. Along the way, the picturesque landscapes will provide a delightful backdrop as you receive a comprehensive overview of the itinerary for your upcoming adventures, setting the stage for a truly memorable experience. Upon your arrival and check-in at your hotel, we recommend taking some time to immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Quito and explore its captivating cultural offerings. Situated at an astonishing elevation of 9,350 feet (2,850 meters), Quito proudly stands among the highest cities in the world, and its breathtaking views are sure to leave you in awe. Meals included: -
2

Otavalo

Day 2-3
Our journey takes us along the iconic Pan-American Highway, heading north to the Quitsato solar clock. This culturally significant site, constructed in pre-Hispanic times, was designed to track the solstices and equinoxes. It's also the very spot where the equator line intersects, marking it as the literal center of the world. To truly savor the local flavors, we make a delightful pit stop for a cup of Ecuadorian coffee or rich chocolate, accompanied by delectable biscuits - oven-baked treasures bursting with unmatched flavor. What's even more special is that we'll have the chance to witness the entire baking process. Our next destination is the vibrant town of Otavalo. Just a short drive away, we pause at a scenic viewpoint overlooking the breathtaking San Pablo Lake, with the majestic Mount Imbabura standing tall in the background. Soon after, we'll arrive at South America's largest and most renowned indigenous handicraft market (open every day of the week). Take a leisurely stroll around La Plaza de los Ponchos, with approximately 2 hours to explore and shop for unique treasures. We then head to Cotacachi, known for its craft market specializing in high-quality leather products. You'll have about 45 minutes to peruse the charming shops. Our final stop takes us to the stunning Cuicocha Lagoon, nestled at 3068m (10,065.62 ft) within an active volcanic crater, complete with picturesque islets or domes, a natural wonder you won't want to miss. Meals included: Breakfast
3

Quito

Day 3-4
Fuel up with a hearty breakfast at your hotel, setting the tone for a day of exploration. You'll be picked up and whisked away to the captivating Historic Center of Quito, where every cobblestone, plaza, and colonial structure tells tales of centuries gone by. This cherished district earned its UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Humanity designation in 1978, and it's not hard to see why. Our adventure begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Basilica, a neo-Gothic masterpiece. Its stained glass windows come alive with vibrant floral scenes, while playful gargoyles pay homage to the country's rich wildlife. Climb the towers for a sweeping view that will surely steal your breath away. Next, step into the grandeur of the San Francisco convent, a sprawling testament to history, and be captivated by the opulent baroque splendor of La Compañía church, where various artistic styles seamlessly blend within gold-adorned interiors. Meals included: Breakfast
4

Quilotoa Lake

Day 4-5
After a delicious breakfast, you will continue north to Cotopaxi National Park. You will visit Lake Limpiopungo, located in the highlands of the park. Here, you will have a spectacular view of Cotopaxi Volcano's gigantic cone. Lake Limpiopungo offers a variety of birds, and occasionally even wild horses. A short walk around the lake will allow you to admire the Andean plant and animal life along the way.to visit another volcanic wonder: Quilotoa. This 2-mile (3 km) wide crater lake is filled with 820 feet (250 m) of mineral-rich green water. Hike along the lake's outer rim, enjoying the views from three lava domes, or follow a path to the lake itself. Hiking in the area, especially uphill, can be challenging, so consider renting a mule for some help along the way. After exploring the lake, it's time to travel south to Baños de Agua Santa, a city on the edge of the Amazonian Basin known for its hot springs and nearby waterfalls. Meals included: Breakfast
5

Baños de Agua Santa

Day 5-6
Experience the magic of Baños, the doorway to the Amazon rainforest, nestled in the shadow of the lively Tungurahua volcano. Here, you'll find a climate that's just right, setting the stage for thrilling adventures and encounters with nature. And of course, you can't miss a dip in the inviting hot springs that have made this village a must-visit for travelers. Start your day by following the picturesque Route of the Waterfalls, beginning at the Agoyan dam. You'll make your way to the stunning Manto de la Novia Waterfall, where you'll have the chance to hop on the Tarabita (a cable car) for a ride across the Rio Patate to explore the waterfall on the other side. As you journey on, you'll reach the Mirador de San Jorge viewpoint before arriving at the awe-inspiring Pailón del Diablo, a waterfall that stands tall at around 100 meters. A leisurely 30-minute stroll through a tropical mountain forest will take you to the base of this natural wonder, followed by a relaxed 45-60-minute walk back up. Afterward, you'll return to Baños for a leisurely afternoon on your own terms. Meals included: Breakfast
6

Chimborazo

Day 6-7
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Chimborazo, Ecuador's towering pinnacle. Feel the serenity and thrill as you ascend to the closest point to the sun on Earth. Starting from Banos, we'll kickstart the day with a hearty breakfast stop along the scenic Panamerican Highway E35. The journey continues into the Chimborazo Fauna Reproduction Reserve, where the landscape transforms into a breathtaking panorama of natural wonder. At 4800 meters, the Hermanos Carrel Refuge marks our first encounter with the heavens. From here, an invigorating hike leads to the Whymper refuge, perched nearly 5000 meters high. For the daring souls, there's an opportunity to surpass the 5000-meter altitude. Lunch at the upper refuge fuels our descent. As we return to the lower refuge, the memories of this extraordinary ascent will linger. Finally, we head back to Banos, our hearts filled with the triumph of this remarkable journey. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch
7

Papallacta

Day 7-8
Get ready for a day packed with Ecuadorian wonders! Our adventure kicks off in the morning in Puyo, where you can grab a delightful breakfast (not included) to fuel your day. Then, it's off to Paikawe Lagoon for some enchanting wildlife encounters and a playful canoe ride. Ever wondered about the magic of Ecuadorian chocolate? Get the insider's scoop and even taste a bit! Next, we'll visit the Santa Rita neighborhood for a tour of a cocoa farm, followed by a traditional lunch experience (not included). In the afternoon, prepare for ultimate relaxation at the Papallacta Hot Springs. These soothing waters hold the very essence of volcanic energy, offering a truly rejuvenating experience. Whether you're into local delicacies, scenic hikes, or spa treatments, there's something for everyone here. As the day draws to a close, we'll make our way back to the vibrant city of Quito. Meals included: Box Breakfast
8

Mariscal Sucre Quito International Airport

Day 8
At the designated time for your international flight, your private driver will be waiting for you at your hotel lobby to help you with your luggage and drive you to the airport for your departure. Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Summary
Accommodation
Hotel
8 days trip
Quito, Otavalo & 6 more
Transportation
Car
What's excluded?
International and national flights
Visa and Passport fees
Alcoholic or additional beverages
Medical fees
Excess baggage charges
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