Northern Ecuador 9 days

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Northern Ecuador

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.

  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour

Activity length: Approx 2 hrs

Overnight: 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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*

Price: from $1750 p/p
Min: 2 people/Max: 16 people


  • 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


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

Polylepis Tours

Polylepis Tours is a Tour Operator dedicated to delivering the best of Ecuador’s four regions to our clients. Bringing together the finest of our local providers, to showcase the amazing diversity that this wonderful country has to offer.