OVERVIEW

Let’s see for yourself what you can explore with the Andean Highlights Tour. Alongside the Andes you will find many different landscapes. In contrast you will find the beautiful colonial Cities of Quito and Cuenca. Additionally, there is the famous train ride to the Devil’s Nose as well as indigenous Cities. Moreover, there are colorful markets, the largest Inca site in Ecuador and, of course, the majestic snow-capped volcanoes. Finally, the trip will take you through banana and cocoa plantations to the tropical port city of Guayaquil. The Andean Highlights Tour is a small-group tour and starts on a Saturday.

TOUR FACTORS
Difficulty 20%
Adventure 30%
Comfort 100%
Family friendly 95%

ITINERARY:

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Arrival in QuitoWelcome to Ecuador! The Andean Highlights Tour starts here.
At arrival at Quito’ international airport, your local guide will meet and greet you. Without further ado he will take you to your hotel in Quito’s buzzing new town.

Accommodation during the tour

Hotel: 3* hotel

Pick up at around 8:30-08:45.

First of all, you will enjoy Breakfast at the Hotel. Right after this your tour begins with a visiti to the capital of Ecuador. Quito is located at 2.850 meters above the level. Therefore, it is nestled in a green Andean Valley. In fact, Quito is one of the oldest cities in South America. Additionally, it has preserved numerous monuments and artistic treasures of the Spanish colonial period. Hence the colonial Centre of the city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978. Surely you will be guided to some of the city highlights: El Sagrario, La Compania, Santo Domingo, La Merced and San Francisco. Later on you will see the “El Panecillo” hill. Due to this you will have a great view above Quito.
Without delay the trip to the famous Equator Monument “Middle of the World” begins. In fact, it is located in a dry valley on the northern outskirts of Quito. Over there you will explore the Museum in Inti Nan. Of course it was built next to the equator monument. Also you will see a lot of experiments. Generally, there are proving the exact location of the equatorial line.

Accommodation during the tour Overnight in 3* hotel

 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

The Andean Highlights Tour will bring you towards the Cotopaxi province. Our first stop will be the indigenous market of Pujili, a treat for the senses. We will continue along winding roads that pass the most beautiful landscapes of the Ecuadorian Andes to reach the picturesque Crater Lake Quilotoa. From the crater rim it’s possible to walk down to the turquoise lake shores, a hike worth taking. No need to worry about the way back, because there are horses and mules (not included in the program) to help with the climb. Enjoy the unique magic and beauty of this crater lagoon.

Accommodation during the tourOvernight in 3* hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

In the morning you will discover the Cotopaxi National Park and the diverse flora and fauna. While being already there you will take a hike to the Limpiopungo lagoon. By the way, this lagoon is in a 3800 meters’ height. Later on you will see many rose plantations. In Fact, Ecuador is famous for those roses. Additionally, there will be a guided tour through the plantation. Afterwards the trip continues to Banos. A lively City known for thermal hot springs and its beautiful cathedral.

Accommodation during the tourOvernight in 3* hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

Finally, you are in Banos. A city with a pleasant climate. Due to its height of only 1.800 meters. Whenever you can you should have a look at the beautiful cathedral. Otherwise just enjoy the unique scenery. Soon enough the “waterfall route” will begin. In fact, you will walk along the Pastaza Canyon to get to Rio Verde. The final destination will be the Devil’s cauldron, which is a massive thundering waterfall.
The Andean Treasures Higlights Tour continues to the highest volcano in Ecuador. In this case the Chimborazo which has a 6.320 meters’ height. The Edward Whymper refuge offers a great view from an altitude of 5,000 meters.
Ultimately, the day ends in Riobamba.

Accommodation during the tour Overnight in 3* hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

Today will be an early start for you. A train ride is waiting for you. Actually it is one most famous ones in the world. Called the Devil’s Nose. Surely an unforgettable journey. Because the train goes up and down the hill various times.
Also it would be a great idea to have lunch on the way to Ingapirca. Because it is one of the largest Inca sites in Ecuador. There you can learn a lot about the Inca and Canari cultures as well.
Afterwards you are going to Cuenca. Firstly, check in to your hotel. Then you can enjoy some local dinner options.

Accommodation during the tour Overnight in 3* hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

After breakfast the Andean Highlights Tour will start in the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca. Also an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your guide will show you the imposing new cathedral and the flower market. Further you will visit a museum dedicated to the famous Panama braided hat.

Soon enough you can have lunch at a restaurant. Otherwise you can look for a local fusion cuisine. In fact, you’ve got the afternoon free. So you can explore this charming city on your own.

Accommodation during the tour Overnight in 3* hotel

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast, head west to cross El Cajas National Park. There is surely a lot to sea. A variety of plant and animal life. As well as over 200 lagoons.
The next Destination will be Guayaguil. Alongside the way you will drive through a lot of different plantations. They differ from cocoa, banana to rice and even sugar cane. Once you have arrived it is time to check in the hotel. Within the city is a lot to see. See the Parque Bolívar or the Plaza de Administracion. Further you can have a look at the Moorish Clock Tower. Also there is the Malecón 2000 boardwalk. Additionally, you can visit the artist district of Las Penas.

Round off your tour with a farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant.

Accommodation during the tour Overnight in 3* hotel

Meals included: Breakfast | Dinner

Hopefully you enjoyed the Andean Highlights Tour! Say your goodbyes to Ecuador – it’s time to catch your return flight. Or go on and head to the Galapagos Islands. We would be happy to assist you on various available options!

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • 8 nights in double room accommodation with private bathroom, in selected Superior Hotels/ Hacienda, and breakfast included
  • English-speaking guide and private transport with qualified driver ( + 4 people)
  • Meals as detailed above
  • Activities and excursions as described in the program
  • Entrances in: National Park Cotopaxi and Chimborazo, all churches, Equator Monument, Quilotoa, rose plantation, waterfalls, train ticket, Ingapirca
  • 24-hour local emergency support number

starting from

$ 1925,- p.p.

in US DOLLAR

*Please contact us for special offers and child discounts. Prices are subject to change.

*Price based on double occupancy.

DEPARTURE DATES:

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2019

Jul 05. – Jul 13.     from US$ 1925,- p.p.

Jul 19. – Jul 27.     from US$ 1925,- p.p.

Aug 02. – Aug 10.     from US$ 1925,- p.p.

Oct 11. – Oct 19.     from US$ 1925,- p.p.

Oct 25. – Nov 02.     from US$ 1925,- p.p.

Nov 08. – Nov 16.     from US$ 1925,- p.p.

Dec 06. – Dec 14.     from US$ 1925,- p.p.

Consider as you reserve:

My own room:

Single supplement fee: USD $530,-p.p.

Not Included:

International airfare to and from destination; meals not described; cost of medical immunizations as needed; trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance; cost of optional activities; excess baggage charges; airport taxes (if any); alcoholic beverages or soft drinks; optional gratuities to your guides; items of personal nature.

Travel Insurance:

To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Travel insurance is intended to cover medical expenses, trip interruption and cancellation, theft and other losses incurred while traveling domestically or internationally.

Visa and Entry Requirements

Ecuador requires a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.