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Signature Ecuador - Quito to Guayaquil

9 Days
From AUD 5,556

STYLE: Extension package

Trip Code: ECLTSIGE

DIFFICULTY RATING: 2 (light adventure)

Start: Quito, Ecuador

Finish: Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Ecuador

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Daily 

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Private transfers & touring throughout 

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Quito Six Senses Tour, Cotopaxi national park tour, Chimborazo national park tour, Riobamba & Ingraipca Ruins, Cuenca City Tour, Saraguro Tour with Lunch at Shamuico restaurant, Cajas national park 

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OVERVIEW

On this trip you will discover the magic of Ecuador, travelling overland from Quito to Guayaquil. Start your trip in Quito, with a stay in a boutique hotel in the old town. Travel to Cotopaxi and Chimborazo NP and enjoy the stunning scenery and then continue into the highlands to explore Riobamba and Cuenca. A highlight of the trip will be a visit to the indigenous town of Saraguro where you will enjoy a weaving workshop before having lunch at Shamuico. The head chef Samuel Ortega is a native from Saraguro who spent several years in Spain, where he studied gastronomy and worked at many high-end restaurants. 

If you would like to explore more of Ecuador this tour can easily be combined with a trip to the Galapagos, Amazon or Ecuadorian Cloud Forest. 

ITINERARY

Arrival in Quito

You will arrive in the city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The city is situated 2,850 metres above sea level within the Andean foothills and is known for its snow-capped mountain backdrop, colonial architecture and artwork. Once part of the Incan Empire, Quito has been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site thanks to its well-preserved historic centre. Transfer to your boutique hotel, located in the old town and you’re free to explore on your arrival.

Quito Six Senses Tour

Today you will enjoy a tour of the charming city of Quito. The tour will tick off all of the main sites, including Independence Square, the Government Palace, the busy street of La Ronda and some of the beautiful baroque churches that the city is famous for.

You will also enjoy a range of experiences. These will vary depending on the day and the time of year, but can include things like market visits, empanada or ice cream making (and tasting), working with an artisan to make your own Panama hat or even helping to restore colonial art!

Your tour will end with a cocktail at a rooftop bar where you will have the perfect view over the old town and Panecillo hill. (B)

Cotopaxi National Park

Today you will head south from Quito to visit Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world. Despite the altitude, the park is home to numerous birds and varied plant life. Weather permitting, there are spectacular views from the north face of the mountain. The surrounding scenery includes volcanoes like Pasochoa, Ruminahui and Sincholagua. You will also have the opportunity to visit a local indigenous market.
At the end of the tour you will transfer to your charming Hacienda accommodation nearby for an overnight. (B, L)

Chimborazo National Park

Enjoy an excursion to Chimborazo National Park, a sanctuary of Ecuador's natural beauty. Witness the imposing presence of Chimborazo volcano and explore the park's history at the Visitor Center. Ascend to the Andean highlands for panoramic views of snow-capped peaks and pristine lakes, guided by an expert naturalist. Conclude your day with a transfer to your hotel in Riobamba and overnight. (B)

Riobamba to Cuenca

Enjoy a scenic drive to Alausi, stopping at the historic 'Balbanera' Church, Ecuador's first Catholic church dating back to 1534. Continue to the charming village of Guamote, visiting the Inti Sisa community's educational center. Here, delve into the traditional art of weaving as a local artisan demonstrates the intricate process of crafting ponchos from sheep and alpaca wool. Gain insight into the daily lives of mountain-dwelling communities by stepping into an authentic Andean house, or Choza. After a picturesque 45-minute drive, arrive in Alausi to enjoy panoramic views from San Pedro hill and a folkloric presentation, followed by a leisurely stroll through the Valley. Continuing onwards to Cuenca, marvel at the awe-inspiring Inca Ruins of Ingapirca, a remarkable fortress blending Inca and Cañari architecture. Arrive into Cuenca, and check into your boutique hotel. This evening immerse yourself in the cities vibrant cultural tapestry. (B,L)

Cuenca

Take a city tour of Cuenca, starting your day with the breathtaking views from the Turi viewpoint. Wander through the picturesque 'Barranco' district, lined with terraced houses along the Tomebamba River, before delving into the rich cultural heritage of the city at the Pumapungo Museum. Witness the artistry behind Panama hat crafting at a local factory, where 'Paja toquilla' fiber hats are intricately made. Explore Cuenca's Historical district, discovering vibrant markets, the grand 'New Cathedral,' and the timeless beauty of Colonial and Republican architecture in the main square. (B)

Saraguro & Pucara

Departing Cuenca, traverse through the Andes and enjoy the tranquil beauty of rural villages, expansive cattle farms, and quaint farmlands. Upon reaching Saraguro visit the quaint and traditional village of Guera. Here, you'll gain insights into local culture with a visit to a charming house museum, sampling the region's typical drink, 'Uahango.' Continuing your exploration, visit Pucara, a historically significant site revered for its strategic importance as both a war observatory and spiritual sanctuary. Marvel at the sweeping vistas of the Yunguilla Valley. Return to Saraguro to explore the region's rich textile heritage at a traditional workshop, where skilled artisans demonstrate intricate loom techniques. The highlight of today will be lunch at Shamuico restaurant, led by Chef Samuel Ortega, a Saraguro native with extensive culinary expertise garnered from Spain. (B,L)

Cuenca to Guayaquil via Cajas NP

Following a hearty breakfast, venture northwest towards the captivating expanse of Cajas National Park. Upon arrival, a plethora of activities awaits, including invigorating hikes,immersive bird-watching experiences and tranquil lakeside walks. Marvel at the diverse flora and fauna. A highlight of the park visit is exploring the Interpretation Center nestled beside La Toreadora Lake. Your journey continues towards the vibrant city of Guayaquil, with travelers treated to breathtaking mountain scenery and delightful transitions in vegetation as we approach the enchanting Ecuadorian coastline, promising a sensory feast for all. On arrival check into your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to relax or explore.

Depart Guayaquil

Take the included shuttle from your hotel to the airport in time for your onward departure.

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WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Explore the Ecuadorian highlands! Soak in the beautiful lanscapes and vistas and get to know the friendly locals. 

  • Spend some time in the colonial city of Quito and enjoy a tour that delights all of your senses. 

  • Get off the beaten track at Chimborazo national park, where you can see waterfalls, enjoy hiking and spot wild vicuñas.

  • Explore the small and charming city of Cuenca and the nearby small town of Saraguro. You will have the chance to buy authentic handicrafts and learn more about weaving. 

  • End your trip in the coastal city of Guayaqiil - the perfect jumping off point for a trip to the Galapagos. 

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Superior

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service.

Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

Pricing per person & date


Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service

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Important Information

  • Inclusions

    Private transfers throughout with a local driver and/or guide
    Shared transfer from Mindo to Quito 
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Other meals where stated
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide as detailed in the itinerary
    Small group sightseeing while in Mindo at Jungle Lodge 

    Exclusions 

    International and internal flights not indicated
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel Insurance
    Beverages unless otherwise specified 
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides/drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • A single supplement surcharge applies and is subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.

  • Prices are based on per person, twin share.
    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time.
    All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Seasonality and availability at time of booking.

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