OVERVIEW

Travel Ecuador in style! During this Ecuador luxury tour you certainly get to know the country’s most beautiful places. Due to a great combination of city sightseeing and natural beauty. Further you will visit the domestic markets and explore Quito’s historic center. Moreover you will enjoy the activities in the unique cloud forest. Most notably each hotel of your trip is special. From an historic hacienda to the unique Mashpi Lodge in the cloud forest.

The Ecuador luxury tour combines perfectly with one of our Galapagos Luxury cruises.

TOUR FACTORS
Difficulty 30%
Adventure 65%
Comfort 90%
Family friendly 90%

ITINERARY:

Click to see every day in detail

First of all your guide will meet and greet you at the international airport “Mariscal Sucre”.  Secondly you will drive north to the Imbabura Province. In order to the drive you will pass the impressive Cayambe Volcano. After a two hour drive you will finally reach the historic Hacienda Zuleta. Absolutely a perfect place to immerse yourself in Ecuadorean culture and traditions. Because it is full of history. Most notably it has some mysterious pre-Inca mounds and colonial Spanish roots. Besides two former presidents of Ecuador had lived there.

  Hacienda Zuleta (or similar)

  Meals included: Dinner

First order in list will be the visit of Otavalo. Especially infamous for its market. In fact the market is held every day on the Poncho Square. Also on Saturdays it even covers nearly a third of the whole town. So you will certainly find different handicrafts. Mostly they are produced in the surrounding villages. Such as fine woven goods like blankets, hammocks, and tablecloths and many other things.
In the afternoon you will explore the Cotacachi Cayapas Nature Reserve. You may visit the Cuicocha Lake, which is inside the crater of the Cotacachi volcano. Besides  it is at an altitude of 10,040 ft. Due to this it is called “Lake of the Gods” by the local people. While walking around the lake you will find yourself within the region’s biodiversity.  Hence you will get the chance to enjoy the view. Due to that you can see the lake with its two small islands. Also the landscape with the volcanoes Cotacachi, Imbabura, and Cayambe. In the afternoon you will head to Quito.

  Boutique Hotel Casa Gangotena (or similar)

 Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

First of all you will start the day with a visit to Quito’s colonial city center. Most notably it is Latin America’s biggest and best conserved historic center. Besides it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1978. Due to a walk trough the old city you will certainly see beautiful buildings and churches. Furthermore you will visiting the “Panecillo”. A hill south of Quito’s center offers you an amazing view over the city.
In the afternoon it gets more exciting. Hence you will visit the “Middle of the World” which is close to Quito. Most noteworthy is that the Equator crosses at this point. Certainly there is a lot to see in the small village. There’s the Equator monument as well as different exhibitions and documentation centers. Also you may visit the actual Equator and the museum Inti Ñan. It also offers fun interactive experiments to demonstrate the Equator’s effects.
For the night you will return to your hotel in Quito.

  Boutique Hotel Casa Gangotena (or similar)

 Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will travel into the cloud forest. Which is a special form of rainforest. Because it is at an altitude between 2,950 and 8,200 ft. As a result there is a huge diversity of wildlife. Your lodge serves as a luxurious base camp to discover the beauty of this unique region. The best way to explore the beautiful Mindo cloudforest is by hiking. Also there are various walking trails to choose from here. Accompanied by a naturalist guide you will also learn about the flora and fauna. Furthermore you will be looking out for howler monkeys, butterflies, frogs and more. Passing giant ferns and fox fire funghi is one opportunity. You may rather watch clouds of butterflies bring color to a quiet corner of the forest.  Even more activities are included. First of all the guided hikes through the unique forest. Also bird watching or visiting waterfalls. Further there is the life center as well as the sky bike and hummingbird viewpoints. You can certainly just relax in the lodge’s peaceful environment as well.
Your hotel will be the Masphi Lodge. It is a new hotel with an awesome adaption to the Mashpi reserve. It was built with the latest techniques in sustainable building. Moreover it has been designed to blend beautifully with its surroundings.

  Mashpi Lodge (or similar)

 Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch| Dinner

Seems like you will have to leave the lodge. Because you will head back to Quito. Maybe you want to enjoy your last evening in this beautiful city. Probably with dinner at one of Quito’s best restaurants.

  Boutique Hotel Casa Gangotena (or similar)

 Meals included: Breakfast | Box Lunch | Dinner

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

Meals included: Breakfast

MASHPI LODGE:

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • 4 nights in double room accommodation in First Class hotels, incl. breakfast buffet
  • 2 nights in double room accommodation in Rainforest Lodge, full board, activities in international small group, with English-speaking guide
  • Private transportation and professional English-speaking guide
  • Meals as detailed above
  • Entrance fees to museums, churches and sights in Quito
  • 24-hour local emergency support number

starting from

$ 3280,- p.p.

in US DOLLAR

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

*Price based on double occupancy.

Consider as you reserve:

My own room:

Single supplement fee: USD $390,-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.