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Cultural Ecuador: Mountains to the Sea

10 days from $4,795pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Quito
  • Riobamba
  • Cuenca
  • Hacienda La Danesa
  • Guayaquil
  • Explore the colonial architecture of Quito.

  • Visit a remote indigenous community.

  • Take a train ride through the Andes.

  • Relax at a beautiful countryside hacienda.

Audley Travel specialist Ryan

What our specialists say...

This mainland Ecuador trip offers a comprehensive cultural experience, mixing traditional indigenous villages with more modern Spanish influences. Beginning in the capital of Quito, you'll then head south along the Andes and Ecuador's famous "Route of the Volcanoes", taking-in the breathtaking scenery, with stops in small market towns along the way. In Riobamba you'll visit a remote, indigenous, hillside village which has reintroduced the native alpaca as a self-sustaining industry for the inhabitants. You'll continue by train to the charming colonial city of Cuenca, visiting additional nearby towns, famed for their handicrafts and artwork. The trip finishes with a stay at a traditional working hacienda, where you can relax in the peaceful countryside or take part in activities such as horse riding, cycling or tubing in the nearby river, before flying home from nearby Guayaquil.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Quito
  • Riobamba
  • Cuenca
  • Guayaquil

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Day 1 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.

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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.

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Day 3 Riobamba

Quito , Riobamba

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.

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Day 4 Riobamba


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.

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Day 5 Cuenca

Riobamba , 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Return home

Hacienda La Danesa , Guayaquil

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

Audley Travel specialist Jenna
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