This program includes:
Accommodation and transportation during the entire program
Dinner (See itinerary)
Lunch (See itinerary)
This Tour is with 4 star hotel o similar.
Ask about this program with “Hotel experiences: first class & Spa””
All the hotels in our packages are verified by our staff to have international quality guarantees.
This does not include:
- Flight tickets
- Dinner on the 6th and 7th day of the tour
- Visas, border taxes, airports, customs clearing, etc.
- Telephones, extras of any kind that are not specified.
- Tips to guides or drivers.
- Dinner on the 1st night – Arrival night, 3th day, 5th day,
- Lunch 4th day, 7th day (See itinerary)
- Personal headphones for passengers.
- Horse ride around the lake.
Trip recommendations by VIVAECUADOR for this excursion trip program:
- Don´t forget to hydrate yourself
- Take your camera with you
- Wear comfortable clothing and hiking shoes for mountainous places if possible.
- Wear waterproof clothing in certain places if necessary
- In case of emergency, do not forget to have a list of your contacts numbers at hand along all the trip.
1° DAY 1: Arrival at Quito city.
Tourists will be picked up at Quito airport and taken to the hotel by a driver/guide who will give information of each place, speaking visitor’s mother tongue. Once in the hotel, clients will have an entire day to adapt and enjoy the surroundings of this beautiful city. Lodge and dinner are included.
DAY 2: Baroque Art and the capital city, Quito.
A day to discover the amazing capital of Ecuador; we will make a complete tour in which the users can choose between two options:
- a) To visit the colonial sector of Quito and its churches: the cathedral, ‘’La iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús’’, San Francisco Church and its cloister, among other baroque masterpieces.
- b) To visit the Carondelet Palace (available between 9:00 a.m. to 16:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday) and a stroll through the colonial city centre. At the end of their visit, travelers will be accompanied by a tourist guide to ‘’Panecillo’’ (10 minutes by car), to a hill that houses a giant statue of the Virgin of Quito. This place offers a wonderful panoramic view of the city. We will then have time for lunch.
We continue our course to Santa Clara, a typical market of Quito where tourists can see the selection of fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish. It will be a perfect chance to learn about the local customs, also we will visit the “Capilla del Hombre” a famous museum that exhibits paintings by Oswaldo Guayasamín, an Ecuadorian artist who enjoys a great fame inside and outside of the country beyond his death. Lodge and dinner will be included.
DAY 3: ‘’To la Mitad del Mundo”.
To start the day, we will go to La Mitad del Mundo monument, making a stop in “latitud 0º” (0 degrees latitude) point, where a round platform (54 meters in diameter) represents the equator. This monument shows us a popular city divided into two hemispheres: the north and the south. At the foot of the monument we will see a drawn representative of the imaginary border connecting the two hemispheres of the globe. The most wonderful experience that our travelers will have is the opportunity to swing by walking on the equinoctial line, putting their foot in both hemispheres, and to take a picture in ‘’La mitad del mundo’’.
Tourists will be on the equator, where the gravity has a remarkable decrease, for this reason when the traveler is in the middle of the world his/her weight is less than in any other place on Earth. Lunch, return to hotel (lodge), and the rest of the afternoon free.
DAY 4: Cuenca, city of Arts. Flight Quito – Cuenca.
In the morning, the group will be ferried to the International Airport (Quito); where the visitors will take a direct flight to Cuenca city. Once in Cuenca Airport, our driver will wait for the tourists and take them to the hotel. We will stay near the city center to become familiar with the beautiful city of Cuenca, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In the afternoon, we will start our guided visit through San Sebastián Plaza, western colonial border of the city. Our first stop is ‘’House of Temperance’’, the current location of the Museum of Modern Art, here we will appreciate contemporary pieces of Ecuadorian art and exhibitions by foreign artists. We will have a visit to the city center to discover the inhabitants’ lifestyle and visit places such as San Francisco market. Additionally, we will enjoy the contrasting colors and fragrances at Plaza de las Flores, one of the most beautiful flower markets of the world. In the Abdon Calderon park visitors will admire the seal of the old cathedral next to the new building, surrounded by pine trees, where we will observe the famous pavilion of golden leaves, with its floors covered in pink marbles, imported from Carrara (Italy).
Our next stop is at a traditional hat Factory (toquilla straw hats), a type of traditional Ecuadorian hats, also known as “Panama Hat”. Tourists will learn about the manufacturing process for those hats, which is an important business activity of the country. Then, we will visit the banks of the Tomebamba river to enjoy the colonial vestiges of the ‘’hanging houses’’ and the famous ‘’Broken Bridge’’. At the end of the tour, travelers will go to the Turi sector and get a panoramic view of Cuenca. Dinner and return to hotel.
DAY 5: Will be an excursion in the Cajas National park.
Join us and explore one of the most spectacular sceneries of Ecuador during an excursion across Cuenca (6 hours). This park has high-altitude landscapes that includes: alpacas, ancient Polylepis trees, lakes, and moorland vegetation; a perfect destination for nature lovers who desire to practice outdoor activities and escape city life. Lunch during the excursion. Lodge included.
DAY 6: Trip to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.
Departure to “Ruinas de Ingapirca” (9:00 a.m.) To start the day we will visit the ‘’Virgen del Rocío’’ Church. This building has a particular gothic style, dating from the late nineteenth century. Then, we will visit an indigenous family dedicated to the elaboration of Straw hats, where we can watch the used material and the elaboration process. These hats are authentic crafts from the Southern Ecuador, playing an important role in the economy of the area. Lunch in the surroundings…
We will continue our excursion with a walk through the charming highlands, enjoying the splendid landscapes along the way. Tourists will visit the ‘’Ruins of Ingapirca’’, a pre- Colombia archeological complex, the most important of Ecuador, which is made of a set of Inca ruins of perfectly carved stones. The Inca temple was built in the Cañar Valley during the fifteenth century. This place is located
About 96 km northeast of the city of Cuenca, it is located about 96 km northeast of the city of Cuenca, at an altitude of 3,200 meters above sea level. Once in Ingapirca, we will find an elliptical platform known as the ‘’Temple of the Sun’’. Travelers will see courtyards, terraces and other ruins compound by a large outcrop of flowers. Return to hotel, dinner and lodge included.
DAY 7. Private transportation / transfer from Cuenca to Guayaquil
After the arrival at the hotel, tourists will visit Guayaquil city center in a 4-hour excursion by the main avenues and streets of the city. Our first stop will be the Seminario park, also known as Simon Bolivar park. Also, visitors will have the privilege to admire its beautifully ornamented garden, and an artificial lagoon, we will know why this park is called ‘’Parque de las iguanas’’. With Guayaquil’s Cathedral as a backdrop, we will see up the exotic iguanas from Guayaquil, those animals can measure up to one meter in length and they are one of the main tourist attractions of the city. While we cross the popular Malecon 2000, we will see a variety of museums, gardens, docks and viewpoints. This walk along the Guayas River has become the most visited place in Guayaquil.
Next destination will be ‘’La Rotonda’’, where the monument of the liberators of South America was constructed, we will learn about the famous “Guayaquil Conference” that took place in 1822 between the Venezuelan Simon Bolivar and the Argentinian Jose de San Martin. We will visit to the oldest sector of the city to explore the colonial neighborhood of ‘‘Las Peñas’’. The colorful houses built in wood represent true masterpieces. Before concluding our Guayaquil city tour, we will go to Las Peñas viewpoint (The Old Guayaquil during 16th Century) where we will appreciate a breathtaking panoramic view of the city and the popular Guayas River. After this last stop, we will return to your hotel. Lodge and dinner included.
DAY 8. Return to the original destination.
Breakfast; free morning to enjoy the place, and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to your country.