Travel Ecuador in style: During this Ecuador luxury tour you get to know the country’s nicest places with a great combination of city sightseeing and natural beauty. You visit the indigenous markets, explore Quito’s historic center and enjoy the activities in the unique cloud forest. Each hotel of your trip is special – from an historic hacienda to the modernist Mashpi Lodge in the cloud forest.
The Ecuador luxury tour combines perfectly with one of our Galapagos Luxury cruises.
Highlights: Some of Ecuador's best hotel, Quito's beautiful old town, the amazing cloud forest, Otavalo's indigenous market
Number of days: 7
Interests: Birdwatching, Cities, History, Nature & Wildlife
Total CO2 emission, in lb (per day for cruises): 321
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Day 1: Arrival in Quito – Otavalo
Upon your arrival in Quito, your English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport. They will take you to Otavalo.
Your Hotel: 16th-century Hacienda Zuleta offers four centuries of Ecuadorian
Day 2: Otavalo
In the morning visit Otavalo, famous for its enormous indigenous market. It is held every day on the Poncho Square, on Saturdays it extends and covers nearly a third of the whole town. You can find many different handicrafts produced in the surrounding villages: fine woven goods like blankets, hammocks, and tablecloths, jewelry made of silver or the tagua nut (also called vegetable ivory), musical instruments, leather goods, and many other things.
In the afternoon you explore the Cotacachi Cayapas Nature Reserve. Visit the Cuicocha Lake, which is inside the crater of the Cotacachi volcano, at an altitude of 10,040 ft. It is called “Lake of the Gods” by the local indigenous people. On a walk along the lake you can enjoy the region’s biodiversity, the view of the lake with its two small islands, and the landscape with the volcanoes Cotacachi, Imbabura, and Cayambe. In the afternoon you will go to Quito.
Your hotel: The boutique hotel Casa Gangotena on Quito’s Plaza San Francisco has been voted as Ecuador’s best hotel. Enjoy the tasteful decoration and noble atmosphere of this beautiful residence.
Day 2: City Tour Quito
Start the day’s activities with a visit to Quito’s colonial city center. It is Latin America’s biggest and best conserved historic center and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978. On a walk around the old town, your guide will show you some of the most beautiful buildings and churches, before taking you up the “Panecillo”, a hill south of Quito’s center, which offers an amazing view of the city.
In the afternoon you visit the “Middle of the World”, close to Quito (approx. 45 minutes). It is at the place where in the 18th century a group of French scientists determined the Equator to cross – they missed the actual GPS-determined Equator by only about 200 yards. In the site’s small village there’s the Equator monument as well as different exhibitions and documentation centers. The museum Inti Ñan – at the site of the actual Equator – offers fun interactive experiments which demonstrate the Equator’s effects.
For the night you return to your hotel in Quito.
Day 4-5: Cloud Forest
Today you travel on into the cloud forest, which is a special form of rainforest at an altitude between 2,950 and 8,200 ft with a huge diversity of wildlife. Your lodge serves as a luxurious base camp to discover the beauty of this unique region. Activities include guided hikes through the unique forest, bird watching, visits to waterfalls, the life center, a sky bike, viewpoints, hummingbird viewpoints, and relaxing in the lodge’s peaceful environment.
Your hotel: The sophisticated and strikingly contemporary Mashpi Lodge is designed as the ideal springboard for exploring the Mashpi reserve. It was built with the latest techniques in sustainable building and blends beautifully with its surroundings.
Day 6: Quito
After one more hike or another activity in the morning, you go back to Quito after lunch. Enjoy your last evening in this beautiful city with dinner at one of Quito’s best restaurants and enjoy the amazing view over Quito that it offers.
Day 7: Flight to Galapagos or back home
Today your guide will take you back to the airport. Start a luxury cruise in the Galapagos or travel back home after an amazing week in Ecuador.
Price per person: US$ 2925
(based on 2 people traveling)
- 6 nights in double rooms in luxury and first class hotels, with breakfast
- professional English-speaking guide
- private transportation
- license to visit Cotacachi-Cayapas Nature Reserve
- full board and activities in the Cloud Forest
- dinner on the last day
- international and domestic flights
- meals not specified
- entrance fees to museums, churches, etc.
- personal expenses
- optional excursions and activities
- personal travel insurance
The right hotels are of course an important part of an Ecuador Luxury tour. We chose the following, find detailed descriptions in the itinerary.
- Quito: Casa Gangotena
- Otavalo: Hacienda Zuleta
- Cloud Forest: Mashpi Lodge
The Ecuador Luxury Tour is one example how can travel to Ecuador in the most comfortable way. Of course a shorter or longer stay is possible.
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