OVERVIEW

Travel along the famous Ruta del Sol. From South to North, this tour shows you Ecuador’s most beautiful beaches, important archaeological sites, an island with a hidden treasure and great wildlife, and much more.
Please note that during summer (from July to September) the weather is rather cold and windy on the Southern and Central Ecuadorian coast. However, it’s the best time of the year for whale watching. The most famous city for whale watching along the Ruta del Sol is Puerto Lopez in the South of Ecuador.

Please note that some parts of the Ruta del Sol were hit hard during the earthquake in April. However, the hotels on this tour are all operating, and tourism to the affected areas will be a great economic help in the reconstruction process.

TOUR FACTORS

Difficulty 55%
Adventure 60%
Comfort 70%
Family friendly 90%

ITINERARY:

Click to see every day in detail

 Arriving in Guayaquil  your guide meets you at the airport and takes you to a hotel on the beach. In this hotel you spend your first night.

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In the morning you can relax at the beach or by the pool, take walks and discover archeological sites or simply visit the friendly town of Salinas. Your next stop is Puerto Lopez. Enjoy the tranquility on the beach, or the bustling activity in the port, the great, fresh seafood and the laid-back atmosphere of the Pacific.

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  Meals included: Breakfast

The Isla de la Plata (Silver Island) was named after a silver treasure that Sir Francis Drake is said to have hidden there. It lies just off the coast of Puerto Lopez and is also called “Little Galapagos” because you can find some of the same animal specias and birds here. A special highlight is the whale watching from the ship. During the southern hemisphere’s winter, the humpback whales come up from Antartica into the warmer waters.

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  Meals included: Breakfast

Follow the Ruta del Sol further north until you reach Bahía de Caráquez. On the way you will pass the Machalilla National Park where you can visit the Agua Blanca community, whose inhabitants guard 5000 year old cultural treasures, which are testimony of the pre-Hispanic coastal cultures. Among other things you can find funeral urns, stone thrones, ceramic ornaments, and more than 600 remains from stone buildings. In the village you will also find a (rather smelly) sulfur lake, whose waters and mud, however, are very good for the skin. Spend the night in Bahía de Caráquez.

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  Meals included: Breakfast

When the tide is low, you leave Chirije via the beach and travel further north to Jama, which was to the one of the most important pre-Hispanic cultures at the coast – the Jama-Coaque. Visit a small workshop/museum, enjoy the tranquil beaches, or just relax to the sounds of the ocean.

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  Meals included: Breakfast

The Cojimes Peninsula is slowly being developed as a tourist destination, having the most beautiful beaches covered with coconut palm trees.

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  Meals included: Breakfast

Today you reach your final destination, on Ecuador’s Northern coast. The great thing about this area is that it is not as affected by the climate change in summer. Enjoy the hotel’s private beach and discover the surrounding wildlife in the Galera-San Francisco Marine Reserve.

 

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  Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy the morning on the beach, before you take an afternoon flight from Esmeraldas to Quito. You spend the night in the countryside close to the airport.

In time for your flight, we will take you to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • 8 nights in double rooms with breakfast
  • professional English-speaking guide
  • private transportation
  • flight from Esmeraldas to Quito

starting from

$ 1530,- 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.