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Ecuador Colorful Variety Tour - 10 days

Group tour / Guaranteed departures from Quito
Accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels

Quito (2) – Otavalo (1)  - Papallacta (1) – – Cotopaxi (1) – Riobamba (1) – Cuenca (2) – Guayaquil (1)

Category: Cultural group tour,

Day 1: Arrive Quito
Arrival at the airport in Quito, meet your greeter and transfer to the hotel and check-in.


Day 2: Quito (B)
Half day city tour. Visit the Equatorial Line Monument called “Middle of the World” where you get a truly rare experience to stand in both, the Northern and Southern Hemi­spheres simultaneously. Visit the monument and Ethnographical Museum, which shows the history of the Indian cultures of Ecuador. Afterwards you will enjoy a sightseeing-tour of the city of Quito which leads you through the historical centre of Quito for a walk through the culturally diverse history of this city.


Day 3: Quito – Otavalo (B)
Transfer to Otavalo and visit of a school project in Peguche. Afternoon you will discover the worldwide known Indian handcrafts market Otavalo. The town consists of rather functional buildings with the Plaza de los Ponchos as the centre. Here you will enjoy the unique variety of handicrafts and textiles that offer this giant colourful market and certainly, you will be able to carry some new souvenirs with you. Return to hotel in Quito.


Day 4: Otavalo - Papallacta (B)

Visit of the Cuicocha lagoon and the little village Cotacachi. Transfer to Papallacta, famous for its thermal springs.


Day 5: Papallacta - Cotopaxi (B)
Drive along the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” to the South. Visit to the Cotopaxi National Park, walking tour at Laguna Limpiopungo and visit of a beautiful flower plantation.


Day 6: Cotopaxi - Riobamba (B)
After breakfast you will visit the colourful and original market of Zumbahua where you can learn about the life of indigenous people. The market offers a colourful variety of handicrafts, a variety of food and herbs as well as authentic tools and household articles. Afterwards you continue about 14 km on to Quilotoa, the famous volcanic lake with beautiful views. In the late afternoon you will continue on to Riobamba, which is the capital of the province of Chimborazo, where a great number of indigenous communities live. Close to Chimborazo, the highest mountain of Ecuador.


Day 7: Riobamba - Cuenca (B, Lunchbox)
After an early breakfast you will be taken to the train-station in Alausí to board the train for the famous Devil´s Nose ride. Enjoy the fascinating landscape of the Andes. Lunchbox is included.


Note: Due to weather conditions or technical problems of the train, train ride is subject to reconfirmation!


You will start the approximately 2 hours drive to the City of Cuenca.

On your way you will stop at the Inca ruin site of Ingapirca, the most important monument of pre-Spanish culture in Ecuador. After arriving in Cuenca, you will check in at your hotel.


Day 8: Cuenca (B)
After breakfast, you will visit the sights of Cuenca, the third largest city of Ecuador. During the city tour you will see the historical buildings, located along the Tomebamba River, the “Todos los Santos” ruins, the flowers market and the main square with the old and new Cathedral. Furthermore, you will be led to a Panama hat factory.

The afternoon will be at leisure. You may walk around the narrow cobble stoned streets with the whitewashed houses and noble façades to explore the beauty of this town on your own.


Day 9: Cuenca - Guayaquil (B)
This day we will travel on to Ecuador’s largest city Guayaquil, which is the industrial and commercial centre of the country. The Guayas lowlands are characterized by mangroves and ever increasing banana plantations.

Upon arrival short sightseeing tour of the city.


Day 10: Departure (B)
Transfer to airport for flight back home. Thank you for visiting Ecuador


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