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Cultural Ecuador: Mountains to the Sea

11 days from £4,555pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • Explore the colonial architecture of Quito.

  • Visit a remote indigenous community.

  • Take a train ride through the Andes.

  • Relax at a beautiful countryside hacienda.

Price includes

Scheduled international flights
In-destination transfers
Activities and excursions as detailed
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  • Quito
  • Avenue of Volcanoes
  • Cuenca
  • Hacienda La Danesa
  • Guayaquil

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Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Day 1 Quito

International outbound flight , Quito

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Quito. You'll be met at the airport and transferred to Casona de la Ronda, where you'll stay for two nights. In the afternoon you'll stretch your legs with a private walking tour of Quito's historic colonial center.

Day 2 Quito


Today you'll drive north with your guide for a visit to Otavalo where you'll visit the indigenous market as well as several nearby towns famous for their exceptional artisans.

Day 3 Avenue of Volcanoes

Quito , Avenue of Volcanoes

From Quito your guide will drive you south, following the beautiful scenery of the Andes and visiting a local market along the way. In Riobamba you'll spend two nights at Hosteria Abraspungo.

Day 4 Avenue of Volcanoes

Avenue of Volcanoes

Today you'll visit San Rafael, an indigenous community high in the mountains, where you'll see the Alpaca project, which introduces a sustainable source of income to this remote community.

Day 5 Cuenca

Avenue of Volcanoes , Cuenca

You'll continue by car and then by train through the Volcano route of Ecuador to Cuenca where you'll stay three nights at Mansion Alcazar.

Day 6 Cuenca


Your guide will give you a private tour of charming Cuenca, including stops at Plaza San Sebastian and El Carmen de la Asuncion.

Day 7 Cuenca


Today's tour will focus on the numerous handicrafts made in Cuenca and the surrounding villages with visits to their workshops and galleries.

Day 8 Hacienda La Danesa

Cuenca , Hacienda La Danesa

From Cuenca you'll be driven to Hacienda La Danesa, where you'll relax at this authentic farmhouse in the countryside, enjoying activities at the property.


Day 9 Hacienda La Danesa

Hacienda La Danesa

Excursions from the hacienda can include horseback riding, bicycling, tubing and demonstrations of farm work, while you'll enjoy delicious meals made from ingredients sourced on site.


Day 10 International return flight

Hacienda La Danesa , Guayaquil , International return flight

You'll have the morning to relax before heading to the airport in Guayaquil for your flight home.

Day 11 International return flight

International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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