8-Day In-Depth Ecuador Tour Package From Quito: Cotopaxi - Devil's Nose Train - Cuenca
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Product Code: 4522-231073
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Visit Cultural Heritage Cities
  • • Visit Cotopaxi, highest active volcano in the world
  • • Board the scenic Heritage Train
  • • Discover ancient archaeological sites
  • • Great combination of culture and nature
  • • Trips between highlight attractions of maximum 4 hours
Tour Code
4522-231073
Duration
8 days
Departure City
Quito
End City
Quito
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, Historical, UNESCO, Nature, Family

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Enjoy activities and tours that are perfect for the whole family

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Easy

Perfect for any fitness level

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Accessibility: Partly accessible

Tour has wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions for foldable wheelchairs

Itinerary
Day 01
Quito

Quito

Hotel: Local Hotels or similar

Welcome to Quito!

Today you'll land at Quito International Airport where you'll meet your guide and transfer to the hotel.

In the evening you'll enjoy dinner followed by an information briefing.

Tips:
Dinner is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Quito

Quito

Hotel: Local Hotels or similar

We’ll drive you to the historical district, to admire the exceptional charisma of the Plaza de la Independencia and its surrounding Palaces: Presidential, Municipal and Archbishop’s. Then we'll discover the imposing church of la Compañia de Jesús and its fine baroque architecture and the character of the ancient monastery of San Francisco.

Next we'll continue northwards to the monument that marks the latitude 0º 00’ 00” better known in the world as the Equator, locally known as the Middle of the World. Here you can literally jump from the northern to southern hemisphere of the planet. This tour includes a visit to the Inti Ñan Museum, a clever and fun, didactical museum about the influence of the equator in daily live.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner are included.
Day 03
Riobamba

Quito - Cotopaxi - Riobamba

Hotel: Local Hotels or similar

In the morning we’ll leave Quito and head towards the Cotopaxi Volcano, where we’ll visit one of the most important national parks of Ecuador.

Cotopaxi’s perfect conic shape might be appreciated and inviting at Quito’s horizon. Experience the beauty of one of the highlights in the legendary “Avenue of Volcanoes,” as Alexander Von Humboldt rightly named this part of the Ecuadorian Andes. We’ll take the Panamerican Highway southwards amid a series of small villages, grazing lands and farming fields that create delightful landscapes.

Then we’ll take the side road that will take us to discover the impressive volcanism, flora and birdlife that this National Park protects. A visit to the Interpretation Center and the Limpiopungo Lake as well as a short easy hike will let us enjoy this nature wonder.

In the afternoon we’ll arrive to the hotel in Riobamba.

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Day 04
Riobamba

Riobamba - Nariz del Diablo - Ingapirca - Cuenca

Hotel: Local Hotels or similar

Early in the morning we’ll leave the city of Riobamba to head to the town of Alausí in the Chimborazo Province, where we’ll board the train that had started the day from Riobamba.

We’ll have a chance to enjoy the most impressive part of this railway going into the “Devil’s Nose,” a geographical formation that has led to a zigzagging railway perched on the Andes cliffs (admission not included).

Return to Alausí on the train for lunch. Afterwards, we’ll start our way to Cuenca, taking a detour to visit the Archaeological Complex of Ingapirca (admission not included) the best preserved and most important Inca Site in Ecuador.

Then we'll arrive in Cuenca

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Day 05
Cuenca

Cuenca

Hotel: Local Hotels or similar

Cuenca is waiting for us to discover its rich history, culture, and attractions.

We'll start the day strolling through the cobbled streets of this beautiful World Cultural Heritage Site, crossing over four rivers that add to the splendor and give the city its complete name. Squares, balconies and churches will make perfect pictures.

The “chola cuencana” traditional costumes will surprise and delight us and the outstanding pink marble Cathedral is for sure going to take your breath away.

The visit won’t be complete without walking along the Tomebamba River and enjoying a panoramic view of the city from the Turi Hill. One of the most interesting visits of the day will be to the museum and factory of the famous, but misnamed, Panama Hats, a true symbol of Ecuador.

Along the way we'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and have the rest of the day free afterwards.

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.
Day 06
Quito

Cuenca - Gualaceo - Chordeleg - Cuenca - Quito

Hotel: Local Hotels or similar

In the morning we'll head out into the countryside around Cuenca visit the ancestral “ikat” weaving workshops and the skillful “toquilla” hat weavers.

Then we’ll wander through the biggest orchid farm in South America.

Finally, we'll end our day trip in the town of Chordeleg, famous for its artisans that transform gold and silver in truly masterpieces. We'll enjoy lunch at Hosteria Santa Bárbara before returning to Cuenca and having the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the colonial city.

In the afternoon we’ll transfer to Cuenca’s airport for your flight to Quito.

Upon arrival in Quito we will transfer you to the hotel.

Tips:
Breakfast and lunch are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07
Papallacta

Papallacta or Otavalo

Hotel: Local Hotels or similar

Today you have a choice between two tour options.

PAPALLACTA THERMAL SPRINGS

On the entrance to the Amazon Basin on a cool climate area above 3000 m of altitude we find the natural hot springs of Papallacta that have their origin on the heart of the Antisana Volcano. The water temperatures fluctuate between 36 and 42 C. And they are considered to alleviate various illnesses such as arthritis, bad circulation and digestive problems among others.

You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the thermoludic area and chose from a variety of optional massages and beauty treatments offered at the spa. This is a relaxing experience for your body and soul.

OTAVALO

We’ll start this day heading northwards to the town of Calderón to visit the famous bread-dough handicrafts workshop. Through changing landscapes we’ll arrive to a sightseeing point over the San Pablo Lake that welcomes us to the Imbabura Province.

We’ll continue to the city of Otavalo where you’ll have some time to stroll through the colorful handicraft stalls.Visit one of the nearby handicraft producing towns and shops in the area before you enjoy lunch and return to Quito.

Tips:
Breakfast is included.
Day 08
Quito

Quito

Today we'll say farewell, check-out of the hotel, and transfer you to the airport for you flight to the Galapagos or elsewhere.

Visiting Attractions

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Guided tour
  • 4 & 5 stars hotels and hosterías
  • Transportation
  • Meal plan
  • Certified tour guide
  • Entrance fees

Package Excludes

  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
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    08/02/2016
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    "Ecuador vacation was spectacular, very well-planned, It was a wonderful vacation!!"

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    Penny

    08/02/2016
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    Our guide was splendid! always willing to answer questions and help. It was a remarkable tour Can't wait for the next trip.

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    Scott

    08/02/2016
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    It was a unique experience in Ecuador. So many local wonderful sights. I can't say enough good things about this country.

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