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Exploring Ecuador's Wonders

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Alvaro

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What's special?
special Visit to Cotopaxi National Park
special Visit to Otavalo Indigenous Market
Explore the captivating diversity of Ecuador over 15 unforgettable days. Begin your journey in Quito, home to the best-preserved Historic Center in Latin America. From there, venture into the province of lagoons, where local gastronomy delights your taste buds. Admire the landscapes around the active volcano Cotopaxi and the stunning turquoise Quilotoa lagoon. Baños, often called the gateway to the Amazon, offers a day filled with adventure and relaxation. Chimborazo, the closest point on Earth to the sun, provides a unique high-altitude experience. Engage with local communities, visit an archaeological complex along the Inca Trail, and discover the vibrant markets in Cuenca. Delve into the world of cacao at a local hacienda, sample exquisite chocolates, and explore Ecuador's Pacific Coast, including Silver Island (Isla de la Plata) and Machalilla National Park. Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Tsachila people and observe endemic birdlife in a protected area while learning about high-altitude coffee production. This 15-day journey promises a rich tapestry of experiences in the heart of Ecuador.

I specialize in curating exceptional and unforgettable journeys within my homeland. With a passion for creating unique experiences, my mission revolves around ensuring that every traveler embarking on our adventures discovers the extraordinary beauty and diversity our country offers. From hidden gems to iconic landmarks, I strive to craft personalized trips that showcase the richness of our culture, landscapes, and traditions, ensuring each traveler's exploration is a remarkable and cherished experience.

All accommodations provided for your stay are carefully selected hotels offering double rooms with either a comfortable matrimonial bed or two twin beds, ensuring a restful and pleasant stay. Each room boasts private bathrooms and a comprehensive array of amenities, guaranteeing a relaxing and rejuvenating experience throughout your journey. The hotels are chosen to offer comfort and convenience, allowing you to unwind and refresh after each day of exploration in utmost comfort. Any questions about the trip? You can let me know in the Q&A section!

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Transportation to the mentioned sites
Excursions and visits
Transfers (Airport - Hotel - Airport)
English speaking guide
Meals: according to the itinerary
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Trip Itinerary
1

Quito

Day 1-2
Upon arrival from your international flight, passengers will receive a warm welcome at the airport. Our amiable team ensures a seamless and comfortable transfer to your hotel in the enchanting city of Quito, marking the effortless commencement of your journey. Meals included: -
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Quito

Day 2-3
This trip takes us north along the scenic Pan-American Highway, leading us to the fascinating Quitsato solar clock. This remarkable cultural site, originally constructed in pre-Hispanic times, was designed for tracking solstices and equinoxes. Located right on the equator line, it's often referred to as the center of the world. To savor the local flavors, we pause for a delightful coffee or chocolate break, accompanied by delicious Ecuadorian cakes that are akin to small, oven-baked bread with an exceptional taste. What's even more special is that we get to witness the baking process. Our next destination is Otavalo, famous for hosting the most extensive indigenous handicraft market in South America. This bustling market is open every day of the week. Here, you'll have approximately 2 hours to explore and shop to your heart's content at La Plaza de los Ponchos. Before reaching Cotacachi, we pause at a scenic viewpoint overlooking San Pablo Lake, framed by the magnificent Mount Imbabura. Cotacachi is renowned for its leather goods, and you'll have 45 minutes to browse through the charming craft shops. Our final stop is the breathtaking Cuicocha Lagoon, nestled within an active volcanic crater at 3068 meters (10,065.62 feet). This lagoon features intriguing islets or domes. After an enriching day, we'll head back to your Quito hotel, ensuring a comfortable and convenient return. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
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Quito

Day 3-4
Your day kicks off with a delicious breakfast at your hotel, setting you up for an adventure through Quito's enchanting Historic Center. This area is a captivating blend of cobbled streets, charming squares, and well-preserved colonial architecture dating back to the XVI-XVIII centuries, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1978. Our first stop takes you to the awe-inspiring neo-Gothic Basilica. Its towering presence showcases stained glass windows resembling vibrant flowers, while wildlife-inspired gargoyles adorn its façade. Ascend its towers for breathtaking panoramic views. Next, we delve into the rich history of Latin America's largest convent, San Francisco, and the baroque beauty of La Compañía church, where different art forms seamlessly merge, and the interiors gleam with golden opulence. The afternoon is yours to explore at your own pace, giving you the flexibility to dive deeper into the city's treasures or simply relax. Meals included: Breakfast
4

Baños de Agua Santa

Day 4-5
Get ready for an scenic 2-hour drive along the central Pan-American Highway to reach the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. Here, you'll have the chance to explore local handicrafts and immerse yourself in the Andean culture. A hike around the Limpiopungo lagoon on the high plains allows you to closely observe the region's diverse flora and fauna. Next, a short drive up the Cotopaxi volcano's slopes takes you to "the parking lot," where your ascent to the refuge begins. Enjoy a hot beverage while taking in panoramic views of the Cotopaxi National Park's vast Paramo (Andean Highlands), with the extinct volcanoes Ruminahui, Pasochoa, and Sincholagua as a backdrop. After a satisfying lunch, your journey continues to the stunning turquoise Quilotoa lagoon, a place steeped in history and legend, believed to be the last resting place of the Inca. Along the way, you'll visit the Toachi Canyon viewpoint, formed by volcanic pyroclastic flows that have sculpted a dramatic gorge, running through the Iliniza Reserve. A visit to a Tigua handicraft workshop offers insight into the local customs and traditions through charming naïve paintings. As you arrive in the Quilotoa community, be prepared for breathtaking views from a viewpoint overlooking the magnificent lagoon. Finally, you'll head to the quaint Andean village of Baños to continue your adventure. Meals included: Breakfast
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Baños de Agua Santa

Day 5-6
Let's set out on an extraordinary journey to Baños, renowned as the gateway to the Amazon rainforest, nestled gracefully in the shadow of the active Tungurahua volcano. This charming town is blessed with the perfect climate, offering a haven for nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike. While you're here, make sure to relish a soothing soak in the world-famous thermal springs, which have etched Baños' name in the traveler's folklore. Baños presents you with an enticing adventure along the Route of the Waterfalls. It all begins at the majestic Agoyan dam and leads you to the breathtaking Manto de la Novia Waterfall. Here, you have the chance to experience the thrill of the Tarabita (cable car), gently transporting you across the meandering Rio Patate to explore the waterfall on the opposite bank. As you journey forward, passing the captivating Mirador de San Jorge viewpoint, you'll eventually discover the awe-inspiring Pailón del Diablo, a waterfall that plummets roughly 100 meters. You can immerse yourself in its grandeur with a short 30-minute walk through the lush tropical forest to reach its base, and then a leisurely 45-60 minute stroll back. After this unforgettable experience, you'll return to Baños, where you'll have the rest of the afternoon to explore at your own pace, perhaps discovering hidden gems and local treasures as you embrace the town's charm. Meals included: Breakfast
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Baños de Agua Santa

Day 6-7
Join us on an extraordinary adventure to Chimborazo Mountain, where you'll encounter the unparalleled tranquility of standing at the Earth's nearest point to the sun, a moment that will render you speechless and quite possibly breathless. Hike to astounding altitudes exceeding 5000 meters at the grand "El Chimborazo." Our excursion commences in the charming town of Baños. After a quick breakfast pitstop along the Panamerican Highway E35, we venture to the Chimborazo Fauna Reproduction Reserve. At the Hermanos Carrel Refuge, situated at a breathtaking 4800 meters, we start our ascent to the Whymper Refuge, perched at almost 5000 meters. The most adventurous among us can journey even higher to surpass the 5000-meter threshold. A well-deserved box lunch at the upper refuge precedes our descent to the lower refuge and our return to Baños, where you can reflect on an extraordinary day. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch
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Guamote

Day 7-8
Our adventure kicks off with an early morning departure, setting out on the Panamerican Highway. We head south towards the indigenous market of Guamote, one of the nation's most vibrant and colorful markets. Here, you'll gain profound insights into the local Kichua community's way of life, clothing, traditions, and economy. As you navigate the bustling streets, brimming with a multitude of products and animals, you'll become part of this lively village's daily rhythms. Next, we journey into the prestigious Sangay National Park, a UNESCO Natural Heritage of Humanity. A leisurely 3-kilometer hike leads you to one of the stunning Ozogoche lakes within the park's expanse. This pristine environment is home to over 45 lagoons and boasts a rich array of wildlife, including the emblematic cucuvies bird, and an array of highland flora such as Stipu Ichu (paramo grass), Cortaderia, and bromeliads. As you reach the viewpoints, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring vistas of the untamed landscape framed by the encircling mountains. The serenity of this ecosystem offers an opportunity for peace, the crisp mountain air, and an unfiltered connection with nature. The day concludes in Guamote, a city steeped in history, culture, gastronomy, and religion. Here, you can unwind and immerse yourself in the unique ambiance of your hotel. Meals included: Breakfast
8

Cuenca

Day 8-9
Venture into an entirely distinct realm with an invigorating hour-and-a-half drive. The journey unfolds with a visit to the awe-inspiring Devil's Nose viewpoint, offering breathtaking vistas, and the quaint Sibambe Train Station. Delight your taste buds with a traditional lunch, lovingly prepared by a local Kañari family (please note that lunch is not included). Engage in a unique ritual ceremony, an extraordinary window into the age-old customs of the Kañari people. Our adventure leads us to the remarkable Ingapirca Ruins, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site of profound significance. These ruins are an integral part of the Inca Road system, known as the "Capac Ñan." Explore the diverse architectural marvels within the site, including the Temple of the Sun, Pilaloma, La Condamine, La Vaguada, Ingachungana, the enigmatic Face of the Inca, the Turtle, the Intihuayco, and the evocative Stairway of the Ravine. During our visit, we'll also have the opportunity to explore the Site Museum, where an array of archaeological treasures from the Inca era are showcased, discovered during the ongoing restoration efforts of the site. Finally, arrival to the city of Cuenca and drop off at Parque Calderón Meals included: Breakfast
9

Cuenca

Day 9-10
A captivating journey through the enchanting city of Cuenca right after a hearty breakfast. Our exploration begins at the Pumapungo Museum, a unique archaeological gem nestled on the former Inca site of Pumapungo. As you traverse the historic artisan neighborhoods with colonial roots, you'll have the opportunity to soak in the rich culture and creativity that grace every corner of this city. We'll delve into the heart of Cuenca as we navigate through the bustling central markets and visit renowned museums, including the Modern Art Museum. Our cultural odyssey leads us to the grandeur of the cathedral, a breathtaking testament to Cuenca's historical and architectural significance. As the day unfolds, we'll ascend to the magnificent Turi viewpoint. From this vantage point, you'll be treated to a sweeping panorama that unveils the city's colonial center and its picturesque surroundings. The afternoon beckons with leisure, allowing you to savor your favorite moments or explore more of Cuenca's treasures at your own pace. Meals included: Breakfast
10

Puerto Lopez

Day 10-11
Start your day with a delightful breakfast, setting the tone for an adventure that awaits. After a 40-minute drive, we reach the breathtaking Cajas National Park, nestled in the scenic west of Cuenca. Our hike commences at the stunning Laguna "La Toreadora," offering you an opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the park's most significant lake complex. From there, we embark on a hiking journey that spans up to two and a half hours. Traverse the highlands and their wetland moors, where you'll connect with the rich flora and fauna of the area, including the renowned Polylepis trees. It's a journey of discovery and appreciation for the natural wonders that thrive here. In the afternoon, we take you to a typical coastal agro-ecological farm to relish a delightful lunch (not included). Here, you'll have the chance to explore cocoa plantations, engage in the intricacies of cocoa harvesting and drying, and savor the essence of rich, local chocolate. Your chocolate journey continues with a visit to a chocolate workshop, where you'll learn the art of crafting delectable chocolate bars. As the day draws to a close, we embark on the final leg of our adventure. A short drive of about an hour brings us to the vibrant city of Guayaquil, where we'll pick up fellow travelers. Together, we embark on the last stretch of our journey to Montañita, and finally, we reach your cozy haven in Puerto Lopez. Meals included: Breakfast
11

Puerto Lopez

Day 11-12
The morning brings an exciting journey as we venture to the small port, the gateway to our Isla de la Plata (Silver Island) adventure. This secluded haven is a natural paradise, home to an array of seabirds like blue-footed boobies, red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, cuckoos, and countless others. Embark on a 2-hour exploration along the island's enchanting trails, offering insights into its diverse flora and fauna. Discover the island's rich ancestral history, filled with intriguing tales (yes, even pirates!) and captivating cultures. As you traverse the island, be ready to be mesmerized by stunning landscapes featuring majestic cliffs, serene beaches, and hidden bays. The day's highlight comes when we invite you to snorkel alongside the island, immersing yourself in the vibrant marine life that thrives in its crystal-clear waters. Glide through underwater coral reefs, swimming with an array of colorful fish, graceful sea turtles, playful dolphins, majestic manta rays, and, depending on the season (June to September), awe-inspiring humpback whales. As we make our way back to the port, indulge in a delicious box lunch. With the afternoon at your leisure, you can choose to relax or explore further at your own pace. Meals included: Breakfast, Box Lunch
12

Manta

Day 12-13
A Day of Cultural Immersion Prepare to delve into the heritage of Ecuador's Manteño people. Our journey commences in the heart of the coastal dry forest at the Ancestral Community Agua Blanca. While wandering along the forest's winding paths, spot the resident iguanas lounging amidst the trees. As we reach the end of these picturesque trails, a soothing sulfur pool awaits, offering a chance to unwind in its warm waters. The Marvel of Machalilla Venturing deeper into Machalilla National Park, our hike through the dry forest reveals an awe-inspiring viewpoint overlooking the Pacific coast. This is a moment for reflection and appreciation. Then, immerse yourself in the crystalline waters of Los Frailes, considered the most exquisite beach on continental Ecuador. Exploring Montecristi's Craftsmanship En route to Manta, our journey brings us to Montecristi, a place of time-honored craftsmanship. Learn the intricate art of crafting different types of hats using Paja Toquilla, often mislabeled as Panama hats. This remarkable tradition has earned its place on UNESCO's Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Meals included: Breakfast
13

Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas

Day 13-14
Our journey commences with an immersive visit to the community of Chorrillos, where the ancient art of cabuya-making still thrives. Delve into the intricacies of this fading craft while exploring the myriad of handcrafted treasures that adorn the village. From there, we venture to the ethereal La Segua wetland, a RAMSAR protected area teeming with endemic avian life and embraced by vibrant local communities. As the day unfolds, we pause for a traditional lunch, allowing you to relish local delicacies such as crispy Chame (fish) and savory chicken tonga, thoughtfully prepared by the La Segua community. By evening, we find ourselves in Mushily, a heartwarming Tsáchila tribe community project in Santo Domingo. Here, under the evening sky, we savor a delectable dinner and nestle into our cozy hotel, a perfect immersion in Ecuador's rich cultural tapestry. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
14

Quito

Day 14-15
Begin your day with an authentic Tsáchila breakfast, lovingly prepared by the local community. Afterward, embark on a picturesque 2-hour drive to Mindo, a picturesque village nestled within the Choco Andino biosphere reserve, one of Ecuador's most biologically diverse regions. In Mindo, a private natural reserve beckons, offering a captivating birdwatching experience and a chance to get up close to enchanting hummingbirds. Dive into the world of high-altitude coffee, learning about the entire coffee-making process, from bean to brew, while sampling various preparations and flavors. Savor local gastronomy during lunch (not included), then journey back to Quito, where you'll straddle both hemispheres at the Equatorial Monument, marking the day's memorable conclusion. Enjoy a comfortable night's rest at your hotel in Quito. This Ecuadorian adventure artfully combines nature, culture, and culinary delights. Meals included: Breakfast
15

Quito

Day 15
Begin your day with a delightful breakfast served right at the hotel, ensuring you're all set for your upcoming adventures. Following this, we'll take care of your transportation to the airport for your international flight. It's our way of making your departure as hassle-free as possible, all while ensuring you leave Ecuador with a heart full of fond memories and a promise to return someday. Safe travels! Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Summary
Accommodation
Hotel
15 days trip
Quito, Quito & 13 more
Transportation
Car
What's excluded?
International flights
Personal expenses
Alcoholic or additional beverages
Travel insurance
Tips and gratuities
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