Essential Ecuador

Day 1: QUITO

Arrival to Quito International airport, where our representative will be waiting to transfer you to the hotel Casa Aliso.

Day 2: QUITO - MINDO

Breakfast included at the hotel.

Pick up from your hotel for private guided City Tour of Quito; visit the colonial area to enjoy the Independence main Square with its awe Cathedral, the Government Palace and Archbishop Palace. Visit the beautiful gold church of “La Compañia” (1606), which has the most ornate and richly sculptured façade and San Francisco Monastery is considered a finest example of the Baroque architecture in America. You will also see the church of San Francisco (1535).

Continuing the tour to the north of the city where the Equatorial Line is located, you will find a monument marking the latitude 0º 00' 00''. This tour includes a visit to Inti-Ñan solar museum and lunch at local restaurant. Then, drive northwest to Mindo Cloud Forest, check in and overnight at Sachatamia Lodge. B/L/D

Day 3: MINDO - OTAVALO AREA

Early in the morning opportunity to enjoy the “Cock of the Rock” ritual, then return to the Lodge for breakfast and explore Sachatamia Lodge Cloud Forest Reserve; walk on the differed trails to observe the flora and fauna of the area. Lunch included. In the afternoon drive northeast to Imbabura province. Overnight at Hacienda Cusin. B/L

Day 4: OTAVALO MARKET

After breakfast, full day private guided excursion to Otavalo and its famous indigenous market just in time to bargain for hand-knitted wool sweaters, colorful tapestries, wood carvings, silver jewelry, native paintings, woolen and Panama hats, and much more. Then enjoy a visit to Cotacachi, an entire town dedicated to selling fine leather products and handicrafts. Continue to Cuicocha crater lagoon and overnight at Hacienda Cusin. B

Day 5: OTAVALO - COTOPAXI

Breakfast included at the hotel and transfer to visit Antisana National Reserve en route this area is a good place to see a condor!! Lunch included at local restaurant, opportunity to do horse riding (payable locally). Then drive to Lasso area, overnight at Hacienda La Cienega, Cotopaxi are. B/L

Day 6: COTOPAXI N. P. - QUITO

Breakfast included at the hotel You will depart from Quito in the morning for a scenic drive along the Pan-American Highway to Cotopaxi National Park. This is an ecological sanctuary of 36,000 hectares (88,920 acres) surrounding Cotopaxi, the second highest volcano in Ecuador, especially attractive for nature lovers, with the treeless vegetation of the Andean moorlands or paramo. Bird life includes: Andean gull, ducks and with some luck, the condor. The tour includes a drive through the surrounding parkland with its paramo vegetation, wonderful views, birds and flowers to Limpiopungo Andean lagoon at about 3,800 m above sea level or the opportunity to walk to the refuge below glacier. Return to Quito and overnight at Casa Aliso. B

Day 7: QUITO - RETURN

Transfer to Quito airport to return flight or extension to Galapagos Islands or Amazon Rain Forest. B

END OF OUR SERVICES

- Private transportation
- Professional English speaking guide
- Entrance fees to museums & National Parks
- Meals as itinerary specification
- Transfers in / out to hotel / airport
- Accommodation in double rooms (First Class Hotels)
- Personal items
- Alcoholic drinks
- Tips
- Meals not mention on the itinerary
- Insurance of any type
$1450
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