This 12 day tour takes you to most highlights Ecuador has to offer. See the historic centre of Quito, visit indigenious communities, shop at Otovalo’s artisan market, drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and end this Ecuador vacation with a 4 day cruise on the awesome Galapagos Islands.
- 12 days / 11 nights
- 7 nights in hotels based on US standards
- 3 nights in cabin on your Galapagos Cruise
- 1 night stay in a local community
- Tours in Quito, Otovalo, Baños, Riobamba, Cuenca & Galapagos Islands
- Daily departures
- Completely customizable
- Also available in Superior & Luxury
This is the ultimate Ecuador vacation. See almost all the sites in 12 days. Visit the historic centre of Quito and Cuenca. Shop at Otovalo’s famous artisan market, drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and visit several national parks in this country. And ass if this was not enough, finish this great trip with a 4 day luxury cruise on the Galapagos Islands, the cradle of Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.
DAY 1 - Quito
On arrival in Quito you will be picked up and taken to your hotel in the centre of Quito close to most tourist sites, restaurants and entertainment.
DAY 2 - Quito
Today you will go on a tour of Colonial Quito. This tour will take you through the bustling streets and squares in the largest historical old town of the Americas. Optional you can also visit the Middle of the World Museum, located on the Equator itself, only 30 minutes from Quito.
DAY 3 - Otovala
In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Quito and taken to Otavalo to visit the local market for an arts and crafts shopping adventure. After this you will depart for Ibarra where you will catch the Chaski Antawa train that departs from Ibarra to Salinas; cross sugar cane plantations, magical landscapes, tunnels and bridges that span steep canyons, ridges and patchwork fields. From here on well drive to Magdalena where you will spend the night in the Local Karanki community that inhabits a paradise lost in time amongst llamas and condors and the patchwork slopes of Imbabura Volcano.
DAY 4 - Otavalo
Today you will have a full day to appreciate the beauty of the countryside in this part of Ecuador. Towering volcanoes, the crater lagoon of Cuicocha, and a visit to Cotacachi, a village specialized in the production of leather goods before driving back to Quito and your hotel for the night.
DAY 5 - Baños
Today you will be picked up from your hotel in Quito and taken to Baños. On route, admire the Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano on earth. Baños is famous for its large quantity of beautiful waterfalls in and around town. In the afternoon you will continue to Riobamba where you will spend the night.
DAY 6 - Devil’s Nose train ride – Ingapirca Ruins
From Riobamba you will leave for a drive through some of the most picturesque indigenous areas of the country. You will embark the Devil’s Nose train ride and continue your way south to the Ingapirca Ruins, one of the few Inca Ruins in Ecuador before continuing to Cuenca where you will spend the night.
DAY 7 - Cuenca
In the morning you will have a city tour of Cuenca, maybe the most beautiful city in Ecuador. Afterwards you will depart for the El Cajas National Park, known for its beautiful landscapes and more than 200 lagoons. From the park you will continue to Guayaquil and your hotel.
DAY 8 - Galapagos Islands
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for your flight to the famous Galapagos Islands. On arrival on Baltra Island you will be taken to your Galapagos cruise ship. After settling in, you will set sail for the some of the most beautiful and special islands on this planet.
DAY 9 & 10 - Galapagos Islands
These days you will continue your cruise on the Galapagos Islands. You will visit several islands, enjoy the views, the excursions and of course the fauna and flora you will encounter during these days. Meanwhile travelling from island to island, you can indulge yourself with the luxury and tranquility of travelling by boat through this wonderful destination.
DAY 11 - Galapagos Islands - Quito
After returning to Baltra Island, you will be taken to the airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland. On arrival in Quito you will be picked up and taken to your hotel for the night.
DAY 12 - Quito
During the day you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the airport for your international flight.
This package is also available in Superior and Luxury varieties with private tours and 4 or 5 star hotels. All our packages are completely customizable and can be combined to your preferences. Please note that flights have not been included at this stage unless stated above. For information about any type of South America vacation you may be looking for, please do not hesitate to contact your personal travel expert now!!!