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9-Days Exploring the Andes

Have a great taste of the main highlights of the Ecuadorian Andes, and live a real unforgettable lifetime experience through charming landscapes and legendary active volcanoes! Enjoy the peacefulness of towering waterfalls and tropical rainforests and getaway from the noise of the big cities! Get the best of Ecuador on this fabulous private adventure!

per adult from

$2,339

AUD

Duration

9 days

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

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  • What's included :
    • 9x Breakfast
    • 1x Dinner
    • 1x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 9 nights
    • Private transportation
    • Certified English speaking guide
    • Mentioned lodging or similar (depending on availability)
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Flight ticket Cuenca-Quito
    • Entry/Admission - Antisana Ecological Reserve
    • Entry/Admission - Cotopaxi National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Ingapirca Ruins
    What's excluded :
    • Additional meals
    • Drinks
    • Additional hotel nights

  • Day 1: Ready for a life time experience!

    Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito Ecuador
    This is the perfect way to start discovering Ecuador, without missing a single highlight on your journey! According to your flight schedule; after landing in “Mariscal Sucre Airport" of Quito, your certified bilingual tour guide will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it, in order to pick you up and drive you approximately 40 minutes up to Quito! Once you arrive to the city, you will relax and stay the overnight at Hotel Reina Isabel, which is in a very privileged location in new town!
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Reina Isabel, or Hotel Ibis, or Hotel Casa Q.

    Day 2: Condors Watching and great birding!

    Stop At: Antisana Ecological Reserve, Ecuador
    Your guide will pick you up at 7:30 a.m. from your hotel. You will drive up to the eastern cordillera towards Antisana Volcano, the fourth highest volcano in the country (18,713 ft)! It is a perfect volcanic cone, consisting of two volcanic cones; the oldest one was eroded by an ancient glacier. At 12,500 f.a.s.l., you will have great opportunities of finding interesting wildlife such as: eagles, carunculated caracaras, white-tail deer, foxes and of course, the majestic Andean condors, considered the largest flying birds in the world and one of the rarest species that may have survived since the era of the mega beasts (10.000 years approx.)! It is in this reserve where you have the best chances of spotting these huge birds! You also walk through the Andean foothills to the Mica lagoon (13,287 ft), result from the end of the last ice age. You will stay in Chilcabamba Lodge, with spectacular infrastructure and privilege location!
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Chilcabamba Lodge, or Hacienda El Porvenir, or Hacienda Los Mortiños.

    Day 3: Unforgettable hikes!!

    Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador
    Cotopaxi (19,347 ft) is the second highest active volcano of the world! Upon entering the national park you will be surrounded by pristine forests, mountains, lakes and wild horses. You'ill appreciate the wildlife in its own natural habitat while you are participating in the walk around Laguna Limpiopungo (12,467 ft)! Here you'll have the challenge of driving up to 14,763 feet, and then walking up to 16,000 feet, where the Refuge is! Then you visit San Agustin, a unique colonial hacienda built over impressive Inca structures! Here you will have a typical meal, surrounded by Inca walls and llamas, while you learn all about the history of this cozy place! Then you will take the Pan-American Highway to head south along the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" driving up to Tigua. You visit the hut of an indian family where you will have the opportunity to interact with the local people! You will stay the overnight at “Posada de Tigua”.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Dinner
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Posada de Tigua or Hostal Chuquiragua.

    Day 4: Discovering the legendary Crater Lake

    Stop At: Quilotoa, Quilotoa, Cotopaxi Province
    You start at 9:00 a.m., after having breakfast. You will visit the crater lake of Quilotoa Volcano, which has an emerald colour in its waters, and it is located at 3.600 meters (11,811 ft), from here you'll enjoy a spectacular view of the foothills of the Andes. This day includes a steep hike down to the crater of the Volcano, which takes about 25 minutes going downhill. The way back will take about one hour to the parking lot; otherwise, you have the option of renting a mule to make it more comfortable! After this magical adventure, you go towards the city of Baños de Agua Santa. On the way you will visit Salasaca Indian Market, and you'll have a great view of Tungurahua Volcano, that has been active since 1999! Once you arrive to Baños, you'll walk through the picturesque streets of the city and have time to visit the convent of the “Virgin of Agua Santa”, where you can see paintings with clear descriptions of different eruptions of the volcano! You will stay at the Hotel Volcano.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Volcano, or Hotel Monteselva, or Hotel Floresta.

    Day 5: Adventure and fun!

    Stop At: Banos, Banos, Tungurahua Province
    Breakfast. You start at 9:00 a.m. straight down to the "Avenue of the Waterfalls"! On the way you will admire the hydroelectric dam and waterfall of Agoyán and the cascades "Puerta al Cielo", and "Manto de la Novia" where you use the cable car to cross the Pastaza River Canyon, which is located between the edge of the Sangay National Park and the Llanganates National Park. You will hike about one hour to "Pailón del Diablo", experiencing a big climate change and Amazonian vegetation! After lunch, you will return back to the city of Baños, to relax and enjoy all the facilities that this city offers: restaurants, hot springs, SPA, zoo, healing treatments and massages; or you could arrange some other excursion as white water river rafting, canyoning, paragliding, etc. Overnight at Hotel Volcano, and time to enjoy its great and peaceful nightlife!
    Duration: 7 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Volcano, or Hotel Monteselva, or Hotel Floresta.

    Day 6: Close to the sun!

    Stop At: Volcano Chimborazo, Ecuador
    We start at 8:00 a.m. towards Chimborazo mountain, which is the highest volcano in Ecuador (20,702 feet) and the farthest point from the centre of the Earth, it means the closest point to outer space; reason why it is known as "the closest point to the Sun", because the Earth's diameter in the equatorial latitude is wider than in the latitude of Mount Everest! It is in this mountain where Alexander von Humboldt made important annotations that contributed to the study of the geology of the planet. From Ambato, you start driving up to "El Arenal" (13,779 feet), where you can observe the three types of South American camels that Ecuador has, living in between inhospitable places and indian communities! You will have the opportunity to hike up to 16,404 feet, to appreciate the majesty of its glaciers! Around 4:00 p.m. you'll arrive to Riobamba, and will stay at Hacienda Abraspungo. If the weather permits, you'll enjoy watching the Tungurahua and Altar volcanoes from its gardens!
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hacienda Abraspungo, or Hotel Santa Isabela, or Casa Real.

    Day 7: Discovering a great history!

    Stop At: Ingapirca Ruins, Ingapirca 030356 Ecuador
    At 8:00 a.m. you start your journey towards the most beautiful city of Ecuador! on our way it will be possible to visit the first Catholic Church of Ecuador built by the Spaniards on 1534, and the Alausí Train Station, which is located at 2.346 meters (7,696 ft) to have a coffee or a snack. You continue with your journey through the Ecuadorian Austro, but not before visiting the fantastic archaeological complex of Ingapirca, considered the most outstanding one in Ecuador! Here you can clearly learn all about the Inca and Cañari cultures, which were very important pre-Columbian civilizations in South America! You will stay your overnight at Posada Ingapirca to keep enjoying the misteries of our past.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Posada Ingapirca

    Day 8: Enjoying the most beautiful city of Ecuador!

    Stop At: Cuenca, Cuenca, Azuay Province
    Breakfast. You'll travel at 8:00 a.m. from Ingapirca to Cuenca, which is the third largest city in Ecuador and also considered as a World Cultural Heritage Site (UNESCO 1999). This city offers fascinating streets, bridges and colonial squares. As soon as you walk towards the main square, known as the “Abdón Calderon Park”, you can observe the Old Cathedral, also known as "El Sagrario" (recently renovated), built over Inca structures! Some of the Incas stones still can been seen clearly! The second Cathedral is the "New Cathedral"; which is considered the largest one in South America. You'll stop at the potteries workshops and the famous straw hats known as "Panama Hats", here you will know its history and tradition! You will stay the overnight at Hotel Victoria, located in an important sector of the city, along the river-banks of Tomebamba River.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Hotel Victoria, or Hotel Posada del Angel, or Hotel Carvallo.

    Day 9: End of our adventure. You made it!

    Stop At: Quito, Quito, Pichincha Province
    After having breakfast you will have free time to explore the city by your own! In the afternoon, you will be picked up by your local vehicle to be transported to the Mariscal Lamar Airport of Cuenca, to take the flight back to Quito. End of our unforgettable adventure in the Ecuadorian Andean mountains!! End of services.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: No Hotel included.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up will be done from your own hotel or address within Quito's district, at 8:00 a.m.
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • 9 C° - 20 C° / 48,2 F° - 68 F
    • It is responsibility of every traveller that he/she is adequately insured against personal accidents and medical expenses during his/her trip to Ecuador, as well as having travel cancellation and baggage insurance to protect him/her.
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Infant seats available
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

12

Organised by Ecuador Best Tours

Activity ID: V-23463P21

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