ANDES

The Ecuadorian Andes, creating a natural divide between Amazon and Coastal regions, is an area of astounding beauty and diversity. The striking peaks of the volcanoes provide a magical backdrop to the rolling hills and patchwork fields of the valleys. This patchwork is also reflected in the cultures of the region; many indigenous cultures continue their traditions and Quechua can still be heard spoken, now often mixed with Spanish. The cities of the Andes are also a real treat, boasting colonial architecture, bustling markets and pre-Incan history, there is something for everyone.

Introduction - Andes and Amazon 15 days

A land of incredible diversity, Ecuador has a wealth of natural and cultural attractions to choose from. This tour encompasses our favourite destinations of the Andean and Amazonian regions… finishing off in Guayaquil, should you decide to extend your trip to discover the delights of the Galapagos. From charming colonial cities nestled in breath-taking Andean valleys to the lush green landscapes of the Ecuadorian Amazon, this 15-day tour provides a perfect package in which you can experience the authentic Ecuador.

Day 1 Arrival to Quito
  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour

Activity length: Approx 2 hrs

Overnight: Quito

Day 2 Quito
  • City tour of Quito, UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit to Equator, Mitad del Mundo

Highlights # history, architecture, shopping, culture#

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Quito

Day 3 Otavalo and surroundings
  • Visit to the indigenous town of Otavalo, including the famous “Plaza de los Ponchos” market
  • Visit to nearby Calderon Village and San Pablo lake

Highlights #shopping, crafts, scenery, culture#

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Quito

Day 4 Cotopaxi National Park
  • Visit to Cotopaxi National Park
  • Hike to first refuge, depending on weather conditions, and visit to Limpiopungo Lake

Highlights # mountain scenery, hiking, nature, photography #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Cotopaxi area

Day 5 Quilotoa
  • Visit to the stunning Quilotoa crater lake
  • Hike down into the crater, returning on foot… or a donkey
  • Visit to local Tigua art galleries

Highlights # scenery, culture, hiking, art #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Cotopaxi area

Day 6 Antisana & Papallacta
  • Visit to Antisana Ecological Reserve, including short walk
  • Visit to Papallacta Thermal Spa

Highlights #scenery, walking, relax, pamper#

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Papallacta area

Day 7-8 Tena & Lodge in the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Choose your own jungle itinerary to get the best out of your time in the Ecuadorian Amazon (hikes, visit to Amazoonico animal rescue centre, fishing, raft building, tubing, and more)

Highlights #amazon scenery, hiking, culture, wildlife, activity, relax#

Activity length: depending on your selection of activities

Overnight days 7, 8: Lodge

Day 9 Baños & the Avenue of waterfalls
  • Visit to Pailon Del Diablo waterfalls & Machay Butterfly Centre
  • Free time to explore the town of Baños, or simply relax 

Highlights #waterfall views, shopping, crafts, thermal baths, relax, bungee#

Activity length: Approx 9 hrs

Overnight: Baños

Day 10 Leisure day, Baños
  • A free day to enjoy the delights of Baños, from adrenaline sports to pure relaxation

Highlights #waterfall views, shopping, crafts, thermal baths, relax, bungee#

Activity length: Depending on your chosen activities

Overnight: Baños

Day 11 Riobamba and Chimborazo
  • Visit to Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest peak
  • Walk to first refuge, depending on weather conditions
  • Short afternoon city tour – Riobamba

Highlights #mountain scenery, walking, history, culture, vicuñas#

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Riobamba area

Day 12 Devil´s Nose train & Ingapirca Complex
  • Ride the famous Devil’s Nose train
  • Visit to the Cañari and Incan archaeological complex of Ingapirca

Highlights # scenery, zigzag train track, archaeology, history, culture#

Activity length: Approx 12 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 13 Cuenca City Tour & Gualaceo and Chordeleg
  • Morning city tour – Cuenca, UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site
  • Visit to local towns of Gualaceo and Chordeleg, famous for their crafts

Highlights #colonial architecture, history, culture, crafts, jewellery, shopping #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 14 El Cajas National Park & Guayaquil
  • Visit to El Cajas National Park, including hike
  • Visit to cacao plantation
  • Short City Tour – Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city.

Highlights# Scenery, hiking, agriculture, architecture #

Activity length: Approx 9 hrs

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 15 Transfer to Guayaquil Airport
  • Transfer to Guayaquil airport for connections home, or Galapagos or Amazon extension tour (please ask for details)

Activity length: Approx 1 hr

This tour is also possible in the reverse direction – Guayaquil to Quito.

* Tailor-made itineraries are also available*

We keep our itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact us for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have.

TOUR DETAILS

Price: from $2800 p/p

Min: 2 people/Max: 16 people

INCLUDED

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Visits and excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast is included in all packages
  • Other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft & Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Tips
Introduction - Northern Ecuador 9 days

Take a wonder with us along the famous ‘Avenida de los volcanes’, from the UNESCO site of Quito heading south to discover the stunning scenery that can be found at almost every turn… weather permitting of course! Majestic volcanoes tower over Andean villages, colourful indigenous markets provide an insight into daily life…and of course excellent shopping opportunities, and the small town of Baños, gateway to the amazon, awaits with endless options of adrenaline sports… or simply relaxation. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful areas of the region, and this tour provides a perfect introduction to the nature, culture and history that Ecuador has to offer…

Day 1 Arrival to Quito
  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour

Activity length: Approx 2 hrs

Overnight: Quito

Day 2 Quito
  • City tour of Quito, UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit to Equator, Mitad del Mundo

Highlights # history, architecture, shopping, culture #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Quito

Day 3 Otavalo and surroundings
  • Visit to the indigenous town of Otavalo, including the famous “Plaza de los Ponchos” market
  • Visit to nearby Calderon Village and San Pablo lake
  • Visit to local community in Otavalo to learn about their crafts and culture

Highlights # shopping, crafts, scenery, culture #

Activity length: Approx 9 hrs

Overnight: Machachi area

Day 4 Cotopaxi National Park
  • Visit to Cotopaxi National Park
  • Hike to first refuge, depending on weather conditions, and visit to Limpiopungo Lake
  • Optional short hike or horse ride on the trails of a local hacienda

Highlights # scenery, hiking, nature, photography #

Activity length: Approx 6-8 hrs

Overnight: Machachi/Latacunga area

Day 5 Indigenous market & Quilotoa Crater
  • Visit to indigenous market
  • Visit to Tigua art galleries
  • Walk at Quilotoa Crater

Highlights # indigenous culture, art, crafts, spectacular views #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Latacunga area

Day 6 Baños - Optional adrenaline sports or relax
  • Free time to explore the town of Baños, take part in adrenaline sports or simply relax

Highlights # shopping, crafts, thermal baths, relax, bungee #

Activity length: Depending on your activity choices

Overnight: Baños

Day 7 Baños, Waterfalls Avenue & Salasaca
  • Visit to Pailón Del Diablo waterfalls & Machay Butterfly Centre
  • Visit to Indigenous community of Salasaca

Highlights # waterfall views, nature, culture #

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Riobamba

Day 8 Chimborazo
  • Visit to Chimborazo, the highest volcano in Ecuador (6263m)
  • Depending on weather conditions, visit to first refuge (4800m)
  • Optional short walk to the second at refuge (5000m)
  • Return journey to Quito

Highlights # volcanic scenery, vicuñas, walking #

Activity length: Approx 9 hrs

Overnight: Quito

Day 9 Transfer to Quito International Airport
  • Transfer to Quito International Airport for connections home, or Galapagos, Amazon or Southern Ecuador extension tours (please ask for details)

Activity length: Approx 2 hrs

We keep our itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact us for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have.

* Tailor-made itineraries are also available*

TOUR DETAILS

Price: from $1750 p/p

Min: 2 people/Max: 16 people

INCLUDED

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Visits and excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast is included in all packages
  • Other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft & Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Tips
Introduction - Southern Ecuador 7 days

A microcosm of Ecuador itself, southern Ecuador provides an incredibly rich mix of history, culture and nature, all in easy reach from the UNESCO heritage site of Cuenca. Nestled in the mountains of the Andes, Cuenca is a perfect base from which to explore the south. The surrounding towns and villages are steeped in tradition and provide excellent opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture, discover the crafts… and of course do a little shopping. From the rolling hills of the provinces to the glacial lakes of El Cajas, there are endless paths to follow and views to enjoy…

Day 1 Arrival to Cuenca & City tour
  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour
  • City tour of Cuenca, UNESCO World Heritage site

Activity length: Approx 7 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 2 Gualaceo, Chordeleg & Principal
  • Explore the countryside of the Azuay province
  • Visit the IKAT weavers of Gualaceo, the artisan jewellers of Chordeleg and the community of Principal

Highlights # crafts, shopping, rolling hills, country life #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Gualaceo area

Day 3 Devil´s Nose train & Ingapirca Complex
  • Ride the famous Devil’s Nose train
  • Visit to the Cañari and Incan archaeological complex of Ingaprica

Highlights # scenery, zigzag train track, archaeology, history, culture, sunset #

Activity length: Approx 9 hrs

Overnight: Ingapirca area

Day 4 Cuenca
  • Free time to enjoy this beautiful colonial city

Highlights # architecture, culture, history #

Activity length: Depending on your choice of activities

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 5 Horse riding & Cooking class
  • Enjoy the beautiful Azuay landscape from horseback
  • Visit to organic product centre/restaurant, with cooking class

Highlights # nature, scenery, food, horses #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 6 El Cajas National Park
  • Visit to El Cajas National Park, including moderate hike
  • Journey to Guayaquil through spectacular scenery, descending from the Andes to the Coast
  • Optional short city tour - Guayaquil

Highlights # hiking, mountain scenery, flora and fauna, glacial lakes, tropical journey #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 7 Transfer to Guayaquil airport
  • Transfer to Guayaquil airport for connections home or Galapagos, Amazon or Northern Ecuador extension tours (please ask for details)

Activity length:  Approx 1 hr

We keep our itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact us for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have.

* Tailor-made itineraries are also available*

TOUR DETAILS

Tour details

Price: from $1299 p/p

INCLUDED

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Visits and excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast is included in all packages
  • Other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft & Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Tips
Introduction - Southern Ecuador 7 Days + Loja

Southern Ecuador has a wealth of cultural and natural delights just waiting to be enjoyed. From the heights of Cuenca at 2500 masl to the valley of Vilcabamba at 1500masl, this is journey not only transitions altitudes, but landscapes too - from Andean mountain to verdant valley – and cultures – from the buzz of small city life in Cuenca to tranquil and traditional Saraguro. By stepping just a little off the routes usually on offer in this area, we’d like to introduce you to these gems of southern Ecuador...

Day 1 Arrival to Cuenca
  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour
  • City tour of Cuenca, UNESCO World Heritage site

Activity length: Approx 7 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 2 Gualaceo, Chordeleg & Principal
  • Explore the countryside of the Azuay province
  • Visit the IKAT weavers of Gualaceo, the artisan jewellers of Chordeleg and the community of Principal

Highlights # crafts, shopping, rolling hills, country life #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 3 Girón & Yunguilla
  • Visit to the spectacular “El Chorro de Girón” waterfall
  • Visit to Museo de los Tratados, commemorating the end of the war of 1829
  • Stop at local sugar cane distillery to learn about production techniques

Highlights # waterfall views, history, rural landscapes #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Yunguilla area

Day 4 Oña - Saraguro
  • Visit to the town of Oña to witness the local agave liquor
  • Tour of the culturally rich town of Saraguro

Highlights # stunning scenery, culture #

Activity length: Approx 9 hrs

Overnight: Saraguro - simple accommodation

Day 5 Saraguro - Loja - Vilcabamba
  • Loja city tour
  • Relax in serene Vilcabamba, “The Valley of Longevity”

Highlights # mountain scenery, history, relax #

Activity length: Approx 5 hrs

Overnight: Vilcabamba

Day 6 Vilcabamba
  • Hike in the tranquil Vilcabamba valley
  • Witness the cigar-making process at local tobacco farm
  • Free time to enjoy the facilities of the hotel/hostal – optional massage treatments or horse ride

Highlights # nature, hiking, local production, relax #

Activity length: Depending on choice of activities

Overnight: Vilcabamba

Day 7 Podocarpus National Park
  • Short hike on one of the National Park trails
  • Transfer to Cuenca or Loja Airport for connections home or Galapagos, Amazon or Northern Ecuador extension tours (please ask for details)

Highlights # beautiful scenery, hiking, the great outdoors #

Activity length: Depending on transfer option

We keep our itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact us for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have.

* Tailor-made itineraries are also available*

TOUR DETAILS

Price: from $1380 p/p

Min: 2 people/Max: 16 people

INCLUDED

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Visits and excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast is included in all packages
  • Other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package

NOT INCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft & Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Tips