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Cultural Ecuador: Mountains to the Sea

10 days from $4,990pp

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Tour 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:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Quito
 
Avenue of Volcanoes
 
Cuenca
 
Guayaquil
 

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