Ecuador Vacation Package - Ecuador Fun Adventure Tour
Tour begins and ends in Quito
Arrive in Quito
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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
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.
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.
After a hearty breakfast in the jungle we will head off on another adventure, this
time repelling down waterfalls practicing Canyoning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transfer back to Quito
End of tour
The tour includes:
Bilingual Spanish/English Guide
Minimum: 6 people