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Ecuador Highlights

  • Duration
    14 days
  • Tour Type
    Group Tour
  • Tour Style
    Classic
  • Price From
    $7,740pp

An adventure through Ecuador, this tour ventures through the contrasting landscapes of the Andes and the coast. See beautiful mountain scenery, enjoy time in thermal baths and marvel at ancient Inca ruins and colonial architecture.

  • Fully Inclusive
    Touring with Guides and entrance fees
  • Included Meals
    Breakfasts: 11 , Lunches: 10 , Dinners: 11
  • Flights
    International flights and current taxes
  • Accommodation
    11 nights in 4 star accommodation
  • Group Tour
    Max Group Size: 28
  • Physical Rating 2Learn More
    X A reasonable level of fitness is required, as you'll be spending time on your feet and doing a bit of walking to cover short distances during your daily sightseeing. There will also be some climbing of steps and climbing on and off of coaches and boats. Download the detailed tour dossier for details of your chosen tour. Learn More
    Walking, some steps and extended time on your feet.
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Tour Highlights

Our Ecuador Highlights tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.

Authentic Experiences

Our Ecuador Highlights Tour has been thoughtfully designed and thoroughly researched to bring you a range of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, many of which are entirely exclusive to us.

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fly To Lima
    Day 1: Fly To Lima

    Fly to Peru's capital Lima, arriving the same day. Remainder of the day at leisure.

    • Dinner
  • Day 2
    Fly To Quito
    Day 2: Fly To Quito

    Fly to Ecuador's historic capital Quito. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before an evening welcome dinner.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 3
    Discover Quito
    Day 3: Discover Quito

    Today, enjoy a tour of Ecuador's capital and its surrounds. Stroll through the colonial quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit some of South America's most ornate churches and cathedrals including San Francisco and La Compañía. From the church domes take advantage of the open, 360˚ panoramic views of the Historic Centre and its surrounding mountains. Later continue to the Equatorial Monument, which marks the exact Middle of the World latitude 0º. Visit the Ethnographic Museum located inside the monument. Continue to a nearby colonial-style town, complete with main square, church, post office & bullring. End the tour with a traditional Ecuadorian lunch while overlooking the Andean landscape.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 4
    Otavalo
    Day 4: Otavalo

    Travel through dramatic mountain scenery to Otavalo, home to one of South America's most famous Indian textile markets. Visit an Indian village community and learn from a local family the techniques of weaving before heading to lunch at a local hacienda. Continue to the town of Cotacachi famous for its natural and cultural beauty. Before heading back to Quito stop at Cuicocha Lagoon, a crater lake, located in the Cotacachi Cayapa ecological reserve and enjoy a short boat ride to learn about the local flora and fauna.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 5
    Papallacta Thermal Springs
    Day 5: Papallacta Thermal Springs

    Travel on the Cinnamon Trail, the route the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Orellana took in 1542, when he crossed the Andean mountain range in search of spices and gold, only to discover the Amazon River. Here, at the entrance of the Amazonian jungle find Papallacta, home to several thermal spring pools where you can relax and revitalize your body. In the afternoon enjoy a nature walk along the marked paths alongside pristine mountain streams.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 6
    Cotopaxi - Riobamba
    Day 6: Cotopaxi - Riobamba

    Travel along the Avenue of the Volcanoes and admire the colourful fields that cover the Ecuadorian highlands to reach the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary. There, the guide will provide an overview of the Andean habitat. Continue to Limpiopungo Lagoon for a short walk where a variety of birds and occasional wild horses can be spotted. On clear days, the Cotopaxi Volcano is a magnificent backdrop. Before continuing to Riobamba stop for lunch at a local hacienda.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 7
    Ingapirca
    Day 7: Ingapirca

    This morning spend time visiting the Inca fortress of Ingapirca, an important remnant of a Cañari site later occupied by the Incas. There are very few pre-Hispanic remains as impressive as these ancient ruins, which in Kichwa mean 'wall of the Inca'. Later, continue to the city of Cuenca.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 8
    Cuenca
    Day 8: Cuenca

    Spend a full day discovering the city of Cuenca. Visit a colourful artisan market followed by a visit to the Museum of Modern Art. Next visit a flower market on the small plaza in front of the carved stone entrance to the Church of El Carmen de la Asuncion. Stroll on the cobblestone streets of the old town main square, surrounded by the imposing blue doomed cathedral. Later travel along the city's riverbank admiring the historic houses. After lunch take a short drive to a ceramics handcraft shop, followed by a visit to a Panama Hat factory to observe the manufacturing process of this famous toquilla straw hat. Later this evening travel to Turi Hill lookout and enjoy a local beverage while overlooking the city.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 9
    Cajas National Park
    Day 9: Cajas National Park

    Travel to Cajas National Park, located in the western part of the Andes, home to 235 lakes of glacial origin. Stop and stroll around for views of LLaviucu Lake and La Toreadora Lake. Later this afternoon descend to the vibrant coastal city of Guayaquil.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 10
    Cacao Plantation
    Day 10: Cacao Plantation

    Travel along Ecuador's fertile tropical coast to a cacao plantation. Learn about the history of the family owned property along with the process they use to obtain the best cacao powder in the world. Enjoy lunch at the plantation before returning to Guayaquil.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Day 11
    Guayaquil
    Day 11: Guayaquil

    Enjoy a day sightseeing in Guayaquil, admiring colonial and modern architecture. Also visit the popular 'Iguana Park', here iguanas roam undisturbed and perch on the treetops, blending perfectly with the green leaves. Beside the park is the neo-gothic Metropolitan Cathedral. Continue to Guayaquil's ravishing Malecon 2000 to see the Crystal Palace, the Integration Square, the Plaza of the Flags and the Plaza Olmedo, which are together, at the beginning of a 2.5km waterfront, running parallel to the River Guayas and featuring historical, cultural and entertainment areas. Then on to Barrio Las Peñas, one of the oldest neighbourhoods of Guayaquil, whose wooden constructions have been beautifully restored, housing many art galleries. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Later this evening, enjoy a farewell dinner.

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
  • Days 12-14
    Fly Guayaquil To Australia
    Days 12-14: Fly Guayaquil To Australia

    Fly to Australia via Santiago, Chile, arriving home two days later.

    • Breakfast
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Ecuador Highlights map

Places Visited: Lima (1N) - Quito (3N) - Cotopaxi (1N) - Riobamba (1N) - Cuenca (2N) - Guayaquil (3N)

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