Highlands of Ecuador

Classic, Quito to Quito
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Tour description

If you’re short on time it doesn’t mean your cultural experience in Ecuador shouldn’t be colossal. This eight-day tour mixes exciting stuff like cities listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lively markets, and natural wonders like Cotopaxi volcano, so you get to soak in impressive cityscapes as well as sweeping vistas like a well-travelled, insightful sponge.

What's included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Otavalo Handicrafts Market visit
  • Cotopaxi volcano stay
  • Cotopaxi National Park visit
  • Devil's Nose train excursion
  • Orientation walk of Cuenca
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Wander quito and colonial cities
  • Marvel at an active volcano
  • Shop at the otavalo market
  • Ride the famous devil's nose train.

Itinerary

Day 1: Quito Arrive at any time.

Day 2: Quito/Otavalo Explore the largest handicraft market in South America, Otavalo market. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables.

Day 3: Otavalo/Cotopaxi Travel by bus to Cotopaxi National Park. In the afternoon, opt to explore the area or mountain bike with views of Cotopaxi Volcano. Spend the night in a mountain lodge near the national park.

Day 4: Cotopaxi/Alausí In the morning, visit Cotopaxi National Park before continuing on to Alausi.

Day 5: Alausí/Cuenca Board a train for an included excursion bound for the Devil's Nose, enjoy the ride on the switchbacks carved into the mountainside. After, head to Cuenca and marvel at its colonial architecture.

Day 6: Cuenca Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Cuenca. Opt for a city tour, go hiking in Cajas National Park, or soak in nearby hot springs.

Day 7: Cuenca/Quito Fly back to Quito and enjoy the night in this historical city.

Day 8: Quito Depart at any time.