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Ecuador Vacation Package - Ecuador Fun Adventure Tour

Tour begins and ends in Quito

Day 1
Arrive in Quito

Day 2
Visit Quito and the surrounding areas

The Historic Center in Quito
Located in the Andes Mountains at 2,800 meters above sea level, Quito's Historic Center stretches for more than 320 hectares, making it the largest in all of the Americas.

This area is the home to some of Ecuador's most important churches, chapels, colonial monasteries and convents, plazas, museums, government buildings, and important architecture from the early 20th century. In September of 1978, UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific

and Cultural Organization) described Quito as "a harmonious ensemble sui generis, where the actions of man and nature are brought together to create a work unique and transcendental of its kind" and declared Quito the first World Cultural Heritage Site.
Visit the Middle of the World

Hundreds of years after the indigenous people of Ecuador designated a place called Catequilla as the middle of the world, a French expedition traveled to Ecuador to confirm the geographic measurements. In the dusty foothills of the Andes Mountains, the famous "Mitad del Mundo" monument straddles the equatorial line: the center of Planet Earth.

Day 3
OTAVALO:
San Luis de Otavalo, or simply just Otavalo, is located in the Imbabura province about 110 kilometers north of Quito. According to the chronicles of Sancho Ponce de León (from the 16th century) Otavalo means "shelter for everyone" in Kichwa. Otavalo is the home of the largest open-air market in all of South America and is most famous for the indigenous artisan wares that are sold every Saturday.

PEGUCHE: Peguche is a community that is just outside of Otavalo. It is famous for its beautiful waterfalls that are located within walking distance from the village.
A trip to the waterfalls is a great way to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the surrounding area without having to go very far from town. It's only an hour walk through the countryside to get from Otavalo to the Peguche Waterfalls.

The park around the waterfalls can fill up with tourists on the weekends, but if you go during a weekday you can usually have the place all to yourself.

Day 4
Papallacta Hot Springs: Crossing through the Cayambe – Coca Reserve on the way to Papallacta you´ll have the opportunity to take in the lush green mountainside. Not far from Ecuador's capital city is the Papallacta Lagoon where you can enjoy a soak in the relaxing natural hot springs that are common in this region of Ecuador.

Here you will find plenty of walking and horseback riding trails. Papallacta is the perfect place for people who are looking for adventure, relaxation, and a chance to connect with nature. From here there are also incredible views of the large lagoon and surrounding mountains.

Day 5
Cotopaxi: We can't forget about the Cotopaxi National Park. Here we will visit one of Ecuador's most impressive attractions- the Cotopaxi Volcano. Standing at 5,897 meters it is the second tallest peak in Ecuador.

From here we will go up and visit the José Rivas refuge at 4,800 meters above sea level. We will return to the car park at an altitude of 4,500 meters and continue on to see the Limpiopungo Lagoon at 3,820 meters.

Day 6
Quilotoa Lake: This is a pristine sparkling lake that has formed in the crater of the extinct Quilotoa Volcano at 3,900 meters above sea level. It is located in the Zumbahua District of the Cotopaxi Province and it is part of the Iliniza Ecological Reserve. The name Quilotoa comes from the Kichwa words "quiru" meaning tooth and "toa" meaning queen. This name is due to the elliptical shape of the lake that measures approximately 3.15 kilometers in diameter.

There is a 440 meter drop from the top of the crater to the surface of the lake. The southeast edge of the crater borders the Huyan Tic peak, also known as Puerta Zhalaló, at an altitude of 4,010 meters. This region is great for hiking, especially around the top of the crater, and it is also a good spot for camping.

Day 7
Baños (relax): It is the most touristy city in Ecuador and the perfect place for ecotourism activities and extreme sports like rafting, canyoning, swing jumping, mountain biking, etc. Baños, also known as "La Puerta del Dorado" (The Doorway to Gold) and "El Pedacito de Cielo" (A Little Piece of Heaven), offers several different attractions such as: natural hot springs, the Basilica de la Reina del Rosario de Agua Santa, waterfalls, and the Tungurahua Volcano- always take precautions, of course, being that it is an active volcano that is currently erupting.

While here you can try melcochas, a local sweet that is made from sugarcane and can be found on every street corner in town and browse the many artisan shops that sell crafts made from Balsa Wood and Tagua (also known as vegetable ivory).

Day 8
Baños – Puyo Adventure:
We leave Baños in the morning and drive 20 km. to Río Verde (Green River). Along the way you will be able to enjoy the impressive scenery that is spotted with waterfalls every few kilometers which gives it the name the Waterfall Route.

From here we will head out on the Pastaza River to take a ride on the rapids (Class 3-4).
By the end of the afternoon we will have made it to "Hola Vida," an ecological reserve in the tropical rainforest where we will stay for the night.

Day 9
Puyupungo:
This day will be completely dedicated to exploring the Ecuadorian jungle. We will take a long hike through the jungle, stopping at a waterfall along the way, then float down the river in a canoe. We will be able to watch the sun set over the jungle canopy from a lookout point along the river.


Day 10
After a hearty breakfast in the jungle we will head off on another adventure, this time repelling down waterfalls practicing Canyoning.

Day 11
Chimborazo is the tallest volcano in Ecuador, located in the central Andes it is about 150 km. southeast of Quito. The mountain is also famous for being the farthest point from the center of the earth. The area around Chimborazo is great for hiking, especially up to the second refuge at an altitude of 5,000 meters.

Day 12
Alausi Train:
Sharp pointed rocks nearly scratch the windows on one side of the train while you look down over the ledge and into the deep abyss from the other. The route known as "Nariz del Diablo" (Devil's Nose) recently reopened operations in Ecuador and is a great way to see some of the best scenery in the country.


Day 13
Cuenca:
On December 1, 1999 the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visiting the city you will see why. The downtown area is filled with historic relics such as old museums and churches- one example is the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, one of the largest and most beautiful churches in America. You will find many other churches in Cuenca that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Strolling through the city you will notice the quaint cobblestone streets, homes with elegant facades and balconies, beautifully painted ceilings, as well as different architectural styles that show the European influences on the city. The city is also known as "Cuenca de los Andes" (Andes Basin) and "Atenas del Ecuador" (The Athens of Ecuador).

Cajas National Park- A great example of the highland ecosystem, Cajas National Park has 232 different lakes that are spread all throughout its extensive valleys. Some of the most important and most frequently visited are Lagartococha, Osohuaycu, Mamamag or Taitachungo, Quinoascocha, La Toreadora, Sunincocha, Cascarillas, Ventanas and Tinguishcocha. The great number of lakes helps regulate and conserve the streams running throughout the park providing drainage routes. There are several rivers in Cajas such as Tomebamba, Mazán, Yanuncay, and Migüirnacen that are extremely important to the people of Cuenca as they provide clean drinking water for the city. At the same time, the rivers are also very important to the Paute Hydroelectric Complex, which provides electricity to nearly the entire country.

Due to its location high in the Western Andes surrounded by mountains, Cajas National Park has developed an interior system of interconnected lakes. The climate can be somewhat irregular in this region. There are frequent frosts, nearly constant drizzle, and a thin fog giving the park a very mystical feel.


Day 14
Machalilla National Park
: You can't leave Ecuador without visiting the beach and that's why we'll head to the Machalilla National Park, famous for its beaches, diverse flora and fauna, gastronomy, and archeology. In just one day we will be able to taste some of the delicious seafood from Puerto López, swim at Los Frailes Beach, and visit the archeological ruins in Agua Blanca (White Water) that date back hundreds and hundreds of years.

Day 15
Montañita
: This small town, located in the perfect place, has become a favorite destination for beach lovers. Whether you prefer a simple walk along the shoreline or riding the waves on a surfboard, Montañita is a great place for outdoor activities. But the town really comes alive after the sun goes down…when the bars and dance clubs turn up the music and invite you in for a dance. Over the past few years many artists and musicians have come to call Montañita home and they add character to the town along with the thousands of tourists from all over the world that visit year after year.


Day 16
Transfer back to Quito
End of tour

 

The tour includes:
Bilingual Spanish/English Guide
Private Transportation
Food

Minimum: 6 people

Ambato y Halflants - Baños de Agua Santa - Tungurahua - Ecuador
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