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Ecuador at Glance 4d/3n

ECUADOR 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

 

Day 1: Quito – International Flight – Welcome to Ecuador

After the arrival, our guide will welcome and transfer you from the airport to the hotel. Overnight in Quito. -/-/-

Day 2: Quito City tour – Middle of the world

At 2,800m above sea level, Quito is extended along the foot of the Pichincha Volcano. The journey begins with a visit to Guápulo lookout, the twentieth-century buildings, castles, the building of the Constituent Assembly, with its stone wall where by pulse it has been carved, the vast history of Ecuador.

The route continues towards down town Quito, visiting the colonial churches, monasteries, cloisters, chapels, streets; full of stories and legends that allow us to closely observe the structures that lush rose in the heyday of the Baroque, and inside many different samples stored in painting and sculpture that took shape in the hands of artists of the ‘’Escuela Quiteña’’.  Then, you will go to the ‘’Panecillo’’, a small hill with magnificent view which provides access to the four cardinal points of the city.

Ecuador, geographically positioned in the center of the globe, crossed by the equator, allows the visitor the experience of putting one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the southern hemisphere, so the country is considered the land in permanent spring. Visit the Intiñan Museum where it shows in a precise and a practical way the wisdom that Andean Native peoples had in relation to the Sun King.

At a short distance from Middle of the World City you can observe the Pululahua Crater, a dormant volcano with changing vegetation in cultivated fields and inhabited at the crater.

Return to the hotel. B/-/-

Day 3: Quito – Cotopaxi or Otavalo

Option 1: From Quito, early in the morning our guide will pick you up from your hotel and begin our trip to south Andes; In this amazing route we will see the most authentic colorful Andean breathtaking landscape.

After this great experience, we are ready to visit a beautiful rose’s farm. Here, we will learn about harvesting, post harvesting and packing, and learn about this wonderful natural product, so sublime, so perfect, full of beauty and exquisite aromas.  We will get the knowledge to understand why these roses can only be produced in the Middle of the World.

Through the ‘’Panamericana’’ route, 70 km from Quito, you will observe the Cotopaxi Volcano, the highest active volcano in the world (5.897meters high altitude). Cotopaxi National Park with its magnificent perspective landscape contains a unique flora and fauna, and also an incredible display of the magnitude of volcanic eruptions. Pita River with the beautiful waterfall of the same name and the Tambo River, are originated from the melting of the volcano. The small lagoon of Limpiopungo reflects in their water the blue sky heaven’s color. Return to Quito B/-/-

Option 2: Leaving Quito, in the north direction and along the Panamerican Highway we will see overlapping mountains, a green countryside, and on clear days when the sky is blue, the Cayambe snow peak will be our constant companion during the entire trip.

At the foot of Imbabura volcano, there is San Pablo Lake, the largest Lake in the province… then we will visit the town of Peguche and its waterfalls. In town we will see how the indigenous create their weavings then we continue to Otavalo Indian Market,  their work in cotton and wool fabric has traveled across the world, thanks to the extraordinary commercial ability and adaptation of the artisans, textile tireless workers, imaginative, who show their crafts in the popular fair of Poncho (warm coat) at the square of the same name. After lunch we will visit Cotacachi, where its residents have structured family workshops specialized in the production of quality leather goods, and where the art of music goes together with the course of everyday. Return to Quito. B/-/-

Day 4: Quito – Farewell – International Flight

Free morning in Quito. Transfer Out International Flight

 

TOUR INCLUDES:

-  Private transportation for excursions

-  All transfers in /out

-  Bilingual guide (English / Spanish) for excursions and transfers

-  Accommodation in double room with breakfast

-  Meals as detailed in the itinerary

-  Entrance fees and taxes

-  All excursions and visits detailed in the itinerary

-  All necessary equipment for activities mentioned in the itinerary

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:

-  Additional meals

-  Tips

-  All drinks

-  Personal expenses

-  VAT for Ecuadorian people and local agencies (12%)

-  Personal equipment & required clothing for Andean climate (3ºC-15ºC/37ºF- 59ª)

-  Any item not mentioned in the itinerary




Itinerary 1

4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS

DAY 1 Quito – International Flight – Welcome to Ecuador DAY 2 Quito City tour – Middle of the world DAY 3 Quito – Cotopaxi or Otavalo DAY 4 Quito – Farewell – International Flight

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