This Ecuador tour offers unique experiences in diverse landscapes – from the breathtaking UNESCO Yasuni Biosphere Reserve to the scenic volcano region of Cotopaxi and Riobamba. Also, unearth the charms of Quito, the most visited city of South America, and the colonial and Inca heritage of Cuenca. End your vacation on the high seas, cruising the majestic Galapagos Islands at a leisurely pace.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 3QuitoUNESCO World Heritage Site, Middle Of The World Equator, Independence SquareHotel Patio Andaluz, Casa Gangotena
3 - 6YasuniWetland Ecosystem, Incredible Biodiversity, Indigenous CommunitiesNapo Wildlife Center
6 - 7CotopaxiCotopaxi and Quilotoa Volcanoes, Indigenous Market, Horseback RidingHacienda La Ciénega
7 - 8RiobambaMajestic Volcanoes, Indigenous Communities, Hiking and ExcursionsHosteria La Andaluza
8 - 10CuencaInca Heritage, Colonial Architecture, UNESCO World Heritage siteMansion Alcazar, Hotel Santa Lucía
10 - 11GuayaquilIguana Park, Palace of Administration, Cristal Palace, WaterfrontHilton Colon, Oro Verde
11 - 15GalapagosUNESCO World Heritage Site Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz Island, Fernandina Island, TrekkingYacht Anahi, Petrel
15 - 15QuitoUNESCO World Heritage Site, Middle Of The World Equator, Independence Square

Ideal For

  • Heritage
  • Landscape
  • Wildlife

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 3

International Arrival.

Transfer to Hotel with guide (1.5h)

Quito

2 Days

The capital of Ecuador, Quito, is one of the most visited countries in South America.

Included Activities

Quito City tour and Middle of the World
On this private full day guided tour, visit the Independence Square flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. Continue to the Church of San Francisco, one of the greatest religious buildings of the New World. Its impressive façade and atrium lead to its gold interior, Baroque influence by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. Then continue approx. 25 km north of Quito to the ‘Middle of the World.’ Here at the 30 m tall monument, learn about the French-Spanish geodetic expedition of 1736-1744 which determined the position of the Equator. Stand and have your picture taken with one leg in the northern hemisphere and the other leg in the southern hemisphere of the earth. (Full day, private activity, lunch included)

Hotel Options
RoomDuplex
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Casa Gangotena – Opt 2
RoomLuxury Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
Day 3 - 6

Transfer to Airport (1.5h)

Flight from Quito to Coca

Yasuni

3 Days

Located in northeast Ecuador, the UNESCO site of Yasuni Biosphere Reserve and National Park is one of few places in the world where plant, mammal, amphibian, and bird species all reach their maximum biodiversity.

Included Activities

Included Activities at Napo Wildlife Center (4 days)
Pick up at Coca airport. The activities of the day begin with a two-hour motorboat ride along the Napo River, a privileged opportunity to observe majestic Amazonian wildlife species such as kingfishers and herons. Embark on a paddle-canoe journey along the estuaries leading to the Napo Wildlife Center standing on the shores of the Añagu Lake. On day two, visit several parrot clay licks and admire the colorful spectacle of more than 11 species of birds coming together to feed with the minerals concentrated in the soil. In the afternoon, hike a forest trail leading to a local township to learn about the customs and traditions of the Kichwa Añagu Community. On day three, climb 36 meters high to the Canopy Observation tower where flocks of birds such as vibrantly colored tanagers, macaws and toucans will pass you by. In the afternoon, explore the lower levels of the forest that are home to lizards, monkeys, rare insects and snakes. Also keep your eyes open for Giant Otters at the black Añagu Lake. On day four, slowly sink in the sounds and sights of the forest as you enjoy the paddle-cannoe and motorboat ride back to Coca.

Hotel Options
RoomCabana
MealsFull Board and Activities
StyleLodge
Day 6 - 7

Private transfer from Quito to Cotopaxi (75 km, 1 hr)

Cotopaxi

1 Day

The Cotopaxi province of Ecuador is home to what German explorer Alexander von Humboldt coined ‘The Avenue of Volcanoes’ and contains some of the most dramatic mountain scenery of the country.

Hotel Options
RoomHacienda La Ciénega-Standard
MealsFull Board
StyleFarmhouse / Estancia
Day 7 - 8

Transfer to Riobamba

Riobamba

1 Day

Riobamba is situated 2750 meters above sea level and surrounded by majestic volcanoes, some of which are still active. Because of this privileged location, the city is also known as ‚Sultana of the Andes‘.

Included Activities

Andean Volcano Adventure
Venture into the scenic Panamericana South Highway towards the breathtaking Cotopaxi peak, the world’s highest active volcano at 5,897 meters of altitude. Stroll around the vast Limpiopungo Lake to sink in the magnificent views of the snowcapped Cotopaxi and nearby Rumiñahui peaks. A short trek in the National Park may grant you the opportunity to admire unique wildlife species such as the Andean condor, the Andean fox, the Andean spectacled bear, the white-tailed or little red brocket deer. Before heading out, stop by the Interpretation Centre to pick up a handmade souvenir or to grab snacks to take along for the drive towards Riobamba.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleFarmhouse / Estancia
Day 8 - 10

Transfer to Cuenca

Cuenca

2 Days

Cuenca is Ecuador’s third largest city and situated in the highlands of Ecuador at 2500 meters. Originally an Incan city, it was conquered by the Spaniards in the 16th century.

Included Activities

Explore the Inca ruins of Ingapirca
After breakfast we will head to Alausi, a charming village where you can observe local residents in full traditional ethnic wear. From the heights of Loma de Llugli, feel the gaze of Saint Peter bestowing his blessings as you hop on the public train towards the Devil’s Nose station. En route to Cuenca, you will visit the archaeological site of Ingapirica, the most important and best preserved Inca ruins of Ecuador. Envision what life was like for the early Cañari settlers who built the Sun Temple, the Incas who converted the site to a military stronghold or the Spanish who built new cities with original stones from this sacred place. Learn more at the museum before lunchtime and relax afterwards for the remaining two hour journey towards the beautiful city of Cuenca.

Full day sightseeing Cuenca
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the colonial city of Cuenca is best appreciated by foot. Experience the beauty and atmosphere of the Old Town as you browse through its flower and handicrafts markets, step into art galleries and magnificent churches, admire the beautiful colonial buildings with wrought iron balconies and carved wooden doors. Choose from a variety of museum exhibitions ranging from religious and colonial art to archaeological relics and anthropological exhibitions of various ethnic groups of Ecuador. Appreciate the differences among modern neighborhoods and historic houses perched on cliffs high above the Tomebamba River. You will be treated to an amazing panoramic view from Turi point, and as per your preference, the tour will conclude with a visit to a ceramic art gallery, a Panama hat factory or a local artist’s workshop.

Hotel Options
Mansion Alcazar – Opt 1
RoomGarden Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleHeritage
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 10 - 11

Transfer to Guayaquil

Guayaquil

1 Day

Guayaquil, the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ is Ecuador’s largest city and an important trading center of this small Andean country.

Included Activities

Experience Conscious Food and Travel at Hacienda La Danesa
After breakfast we will take you on a drive (3 hours, 30 minutes) towards the coastal region of Naranjito. A select setting amidst teak wood trees and rivers welcomes you to the Hacienda La Danesa, an authentic countryside experience. Managed by the third generation Olsen family, the once traditional dairy and cacao farm has taken a bet on sustainable tourism. Exclusive guided tours enlighten visitors on the process of transforming cocoa almonds into fine artisan chocolates. You will also get an opportunity to walk through banana plantations and to observe the daily farm activities that contribute to the restaurant’s farm-to-table menu. Savor an exquisite health conscious organic-based lunch prepared with ingredients grown or sourced from the local community. The evening ends with a one-hour drive to your hotel in Guayaquil.

Hotel Options
Hilton Colon – Opt 1
RoomHilton Colon-Executive
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Oro Verde – Opt 2
RoomLeading Suites
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Day 11 - 15

Transfer to Airport

Flight from Guayaquil to Baltra (1 h, 50 min)

Transfer to your Cruise

Galapagos

4 Days

Located 1400 km west of mainland Ecuador and reached by small boats, the Galapagos Islands are a strictly protected, beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Included Activities

Included Activities at Petrel
Aboard the Petrel you can enjoy many shore excursions as part of your cruise experience, and of course, all onboard meals and soft drinks are also included. Experience the Galapagos Islands with a bilingual naturalist and local assistant as you soak up the diverse fauna of the archipelago, as well as striking volcanic features and places of historic interest. (For more information please visit: www.haugancruises.com/petrel-galapagos-cruise/itinerary.html)

Included Activities at Yacht Anahi
Aboard the Yacht Anahi you can enjoy many shore excursions as part of your cruise experience, and of course, all onboard meals and soft drinks are also included. Experience the Galapagos Islands with a bilingual naturalist and local assistant as you soak up the diverse fauna of the archipelago, as well as striking volcanic features and places of historic interest. (For more information please visit: www.yachtanahi.com/itineraries/a2-5-days.html)

Hotel Options
Yacht Anahi – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsFull Board & Activities
StyleCruise
Petrel – Opt 2
RoomStaterooms
MealsFull Board & Activities
StyleCruise
Day 15 - 15

Flight from Baltra to Quito with 1 stop in Guayaquil

Quito

0 Days

The capital of Ecuador, Quito, is one of the most visited countries in South America.

International departure.

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 9,837 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 11,751 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis) on the indicated meal plan for 14 nights.
  • Economy flights for all sectors : Flight from Quito to Coca, Guayaquil – Baltra, Baltra – Quito (with stop in Guayaquil)
  • All activities as listed :
    • Quito: Quito City tour and Middle of the World
    • Yasuni: Included Activities at Napo Wildlife Center (4 days)
    • Riobamba: Andean Volcano Adventure
    • Cuenca: Explore the Inca ruins of Ingapirca
    • Cuenca: Full day sightseeing Cuenca
    • Guayaquil: Experience Conscious Food and Travel at Hacienda La Danesa
    • Galápagos: Included Activities at Petrel
    • Galápagos: Included Activities at Yacht Anahi
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, accompanied by our tour guide
  • If your itinerary includes self-drive travel then all such travel comes with CDW insurance for an unlimited number of kilometers. For further details about the type of car please speak to your Travel Consultant.
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes
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Ecuador – Amazon, Mainland & Galapagos

15 days $ 9,837 / person

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