SPECIAL TOURS

If you are looking for something a little different, why not try one of our special interest tours? Ecuador cultivates some of the world’s finest cacao, is considered one of the best places in Latin America to learn Spanish, and with the range of facilities and experiences on offer is also a great place for all the family to enjoy an adventure together… discover the real Ecuador…experience the authentic..

Introduction - Cacao, Nature & Culture 12 days

Ecuador cultivates some of the world’s finest cacao; from small scale farmers at local fincas to world famous chocolate producers, we invite you to travel the wonderful journey of Ecuadorian cacao.   This tour takes in some of the traditional highlights of Ecuador, complemented by visits to fincas, artisanal producers, co-operative working initiatives and local communities.

Discover the real Ecuador…. Experience the authentic…

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

Activity length: Approx 2 hrs

Overnight: Quito

Day 2 Quito city tour & Cheztiff Pasteleria
  • City tour of Quito, UNESCO World Heritage site, including Mitad del Mundo
  • Visit to Cheztiff Pasteleria for artisan chocolate production demonstration

Highlights # history, architecture, shopping, culture, cacao #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Quito

Day 3 Mindo Cacao & Hummingbirds
  • Visit to a local cacao finca in Mindo to learn about the organic cacao production process
  • Observation of Hummingbirds

Highlights # organic cacao, lush valleys, hummingbirds #

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Mindo

Day 4 Antisana & Papallacta
  • Visit to Antisana Ecological Reserve, including a short hike
  • Visit to Papallacta Thermal Spa

Highlights # scenery, walking, relax, pamper#

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Papallacta

Day 5 Liana Lodge & Community
  • Arrival at Liana Lodge
  • Visit to local cacao finca dedicated to the production of cacao national

Highlights # jungle scenery, wildlife, cacao national, canoe trip#

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Liana Lodge

Day 6 Liana Lodge
  • Visit to animal rescue centre – Amazoonico
  • Rainforest walk
  • Visit to local artisans

Highlights #scenery, wildlife, crafts #

Activity length: Approx 6hrs

Overnight: Liana Lodge

Day 7 Puyo - Baños
  • Visit to Pailon Del Diablo waterfalls & Machay Butterfly Centre
  • Short tour of Baños town

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

Activity length: Approx 9hrs

Overnight: Baños

Day 8 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 9 Chimborazo - Salinas de Guaranda
  • Visit to Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest peak
  • Walk to first refuge, depending on weather conditions
  • Visit to the co-operative working initiative “Salinerito” in the village of Salinas de Guaranda

Highlights # mountain scenery, walking, culture, vicuñas, co-operative working#

Activity length: Approx 10hrs

Overnight: Vinces

Day 10 Vinces - Señor de los Caballos
  • Demonstration of traditional production techniques used here for hot chocolate and ‘queso fresco’, fresh cheese.
  • Visit to traditional fincas of the area

Highlights # traditional fincas, hot chocolate, fresh cheese #

Activity length: Approx 7hrs

Overnight: Señor de los Caballos

Day 11 Vinces - Señor de los Caballos
  • Horse ride through local plantations of cacao, banana and teak
  • Afternoon to enjoy the facilities of the hotel
  • Optional cacao skin treatment – to be reserved in advance

Highlights # horses, scenery, relax #

Activity length: Depending on your chosen activities

Overnight: Señor de los Caballos

Day 12 Manglares Churute - Guayaquil
  • Visit to small scale cacao and chocolate producer
  • Short visit to Manglares Churute Reserve in search of birdlife and monkeys
  • Visits to Parque de las Iguanas and the Malecon in Guayaquil

Highlights # cacao, wildlife #

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 13 Transfer to Guayaquil airport
  • Transfer to Guayaquil airport for connections home, or Galapagos extension tour (please ask for details)

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

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 $2550 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 - Cacao, Nature & Culture 6 days

Ecuador cultivates some of the world’s finest cacao; from small scale farmers at local fincas to world famous chocolate producers, we invite you to travel the wonderful journey of Ecuadorian cacao.   This tour takes in some of the traditional highlights of Ecuador, complemented by visits to fincas, artisanal producers, co-operative working initiatives and local communities.

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

Activity length: Approx 2 hrs

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 2 Manglares Churute - Guayaquil
  • Visit to small scale cacao and chocolate producer
  • Short visit to Manglares Churute Reserve in search of birdlife and monkeys
  • Visits to Parque de las Iguanas and the Malecon in Guayaquil

Highlights # cacao, wildlife,tropical fruits #

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 3 Vinces - Señor de los Caballos
  • Demonstration of traditional production techniques used here for hot chocolate and ‘queso fresco’, fresh cheese.
  • Visit to traditional fincas of the area

Highlights # traditional fincas, hot chocolate, fresh cheese #

Activity length: Approx 7hrs

Overnight: Señor de los Caballos

Day 4 Vinces - Señor de los Caballos
  • Horse ride through local plantations of cacao, banana and teak
  • Afternoon to enjoy the facilities of the hotel
  • Optional cacao skin treatment – to be reserved in advance

Highlights # horses, scenery, relax #

Activity length: Depending on your chosen activities

Overnight: Señor de los Caballos

Day 5 Salinas de Guaranda
  • Visit to Salinas mountain
  • Visit to the co-operative working initiative “Salinerito” in the village of Salinas de Guaranda
  • Cycling (optional)

Highlights #Mountain scenery, walking, culture, chocolate,co-operative working#

Activity length: Approx 9hrs

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 6 Transfer to Guayaquil airport
  • Transfer to Guayaquil airport for connections home, or Galapagos, or Northern Ecuador extension tours (please ask for details)

Activity length: Approx 1hr

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 $1125 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 - Cacao, Nature & Culture North 6 days

Ecuador cultivates some of the world’s finest cacao; from small scale farmers at local fincas to world famous chocolate producers, we invite you to travel the wonderful journey of Ecuadorian cacao.   This tour takes in some of the traditional highlights of Ecuador, complemented by visits to fincas, artisanal producers, co-operative working initiatives and local communities.

Discover the real Ecuador…. Experience the authentic…

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

Activity length: Approx 2 hrs

Overnight: Quito

Day 2 Quito city tour & Cheztiff Pasteleria
  • City tour of Quito, UNESCO World Heritage site, including Mitad del Mundo
  • Visit to Cheztiff Pasteleria for artisan chocolate production demonstration

Highlights # history, architecture, shopping, culture, cacao #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Quito

Day 3 Mindo Cacao - Hummingbirds
  • Visit to a local cacao finca in Mindo to learn about the organic cacao production process
  • Observation of Hummingbirds

Highlights # organic cacao, lush valleys, Hummingbirds #

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Mindo

Day 4 Liana Lodge - Community
  • Arrival at Liana Lodge
  • Visit to local cacao finca dedicated to the production of Cacao National

Highlights # jungle scenery, wildlife, cacao national, canoe trip#

Activity length: Approx 8hrs

Overnight: Liana Lodge

Day 5 Liana Lodge
  • Visit to animal rescue centre – Amazoonico
  • Rainforest walk
  • Visit to local artisans

Highlights # scenery, wildlife, crafts #

Activity length: Approx 6hrs

Overnight: Liana Lodge

Day 6 Transfer to Quito airport
  • Transfer to Quito airport for connections home, or Galapagos, 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 $1175 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 - Family Tour 8 days

When you’ve always been a traveller, settling for the traditional kiddie themed breaks might not be for you. Here at Polylepis Tours we provide an adventure to enchant both the kids, and the bigger kids of the family. If you are looking for unforgettable experiences to share, look no further…. experience the authentic!

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 chocolate restaurant to enjoy the treats on offer
  • Visit to equator, Mitad del Mundo

Highlights # history, architecture, shopping, culture#

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Quito

Day 3 Machachi
  • Visit to eco-farm in the Machachi area
  • Horse ride through the countryside

Highlights # agriculture, the country life, stunning scenery #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Lasso/Latacunga area

Day 4 Chimborazo
  • Walk in the ‘fairy-tale’ Polylepis forest
  • Visit to Chimborazo, including optional short walk to the second refuge

Highlights # volcanic scenery, wildlife, forest #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Riobamba

Day 5 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 #

Activity length: Approx 10 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 6 Cuenca
  • Morning – horseback riding and cooking class
  • Afternoon – city tour - Cuenca, UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site

Highlights # colonial architecture, history, shopping, horses #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 7 El Cajas National Park & Guayaquil
  • Visit to El Cajas National Park, including walking and fishing activities
  • Visit to cacao plantation
  • Cycling or walking activity in Guayaquil

Highlights # scenery, walking, fishing, agriculture, cycling #

Activity length: Approx 9 hrs

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 8 Transfer to Guayaquil airport
  • Transfer to Guayaquil airport for connections home, or Galápagos 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

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 $1760 p/p (children under 11 years old receive a discount of 15%)

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 - Learning Spanish Tour 22 days

Take your Spanish learning on the road with you in this 21- day tour of Ecuador. With traditional school-based classes in Quito and Cuenca, and a tour of the highlands in between to put your new phrases into practice. What better place to do your homework than whilst hiking in Cotopaxi National Park, ordering a hot chocolate at Quilotoa or walking in the steps of the Inca at Ingapirca… experience the authentic!

Day 1 Arrival to Quito (preferably a weekend arrival)
  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour

Activity length: Approx 2 hrs

Overnight: Quito

Days 2 - 6 Quito - Spanish Classes & activities
  • Select either morning or afternoon classes
  • A choice of optional activities to during the week, including; city tour, cooking classes and dance classes

Highlights # language, history, architecture, shopping, culture#

Activity length: depending on optional activities

Overnight: Quito

Day 7 Cotopaxi National Park
  • Visit to Cotopaxi National Park
  • Hike to first refuge, depending on weather conditions, and visit to Limpiopungo Lake

Highlights # scenery, hiking, nature, photography #

Activity length: Approx 6 hrs

Overnight: Cotopaxi area

Day 8 Quilotoa
  • Visit to the stunning Quilotoa crater lake
  • Hike down into the crater/around the crater
  • Visit to local Tigua art galleries

Highlights # scenery, culture, hiking, art #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Latacunga area

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 8 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 Chimborazo & Cycling
  • Visit to Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest peak
  • Walk to first refuge, depending on weather conditions
  • Cycle down the mountain with wonderful snow-capped backdrop

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

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Alausi 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 Ingaprica

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

Activity length: Approx 10 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 13 Cuenca
  • Morning – city tour - Cuenca, UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site
  • Afternoon – free time to explore the city a little more

Highlights # archaeology, history, culture, relax #

Activity length: Approx 4 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 14 Tarqui Valley
  • Morning – horseback riding
  • Afternoon – cooking class

Highlights # scenery, horses, organic goodies #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 15 Cuenca - free day
  • A free day to relax or study before classes begin!

Highlights # thermal baths, shopping, study #

Activity length: depending on activities chosen

Overnight: Cuenca

Days 16-20 - Spanish Classes & Activities
  • Select either morning or afternoon classes
  • A choice of optional activities  during the week, including; city tour, cooking classes and dance classes

Highlights # language, history, architecture, shopping, culture#

Activity length: depending on optional activities

Overnight: Cuenca

Day 21 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 8 hrs

Overnight: Guayaquil

Day 22 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.

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 $2600 p/p

Min: 2 people /Max: 16 people

INCLUDED

  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Spanish lessons 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