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Ecuador in Depth

(22 Days)

Quito | Otavalo | Papallacta | Misahualli | Baños | Riobamba | Ingapirca | Cuenca | Vilcabamba | Guayaquil | Galapagos Islands

Day Routing
01 Quito

Arrival in Quito and transfer to the hotel Sierra Madre.

02 Quito

Sightseeing tour through Quito, including the Colonial old part of the city.

03 Quito

Guests will enjoy their day at leisure.

04 Quito - Otavalo

Visit of the Equatorial Line Monument near Cayambe and afterwards the famous Indian handicraft market of Otavalo. Overnight at Hostería Chorlavi.

05 Otavalo

Hiking trip to the crater lake Cuicocha and visit of the small town Cotacachi, Ecuador's center of leatherworks.

06 Otavalo - Papallacta

Visit of the Indígena-school in Peguche, followed by the small Andean village Papallacta, which is famous for its thermal baths. Guests have the possibility to take a dip.

07 Papallacta - Misahualli

Excursion to a jungel lodge in Misahulli to explore the flora and fauna accompanied by a bilingual guide.

08 Misahualli

Canoe ride along the Napo River to the animal sanctuary AmaZoonico for spotting some wild animals.

09 Misahualli - Baños

Transfer to Baños, gateway to the Amazon. Exploration of the nearby waterfall Pailón del Diablo and afterwards city tour through Baños. Overnight at Hostería Isla de Baños.

10 Baños

Day at leisure. Possibility to go hiking, rafting, horse riding or mountain biking.

11 Baños - Riobamba

Transfer to Riobamba, enjoy spectacular views of the nearby imposing mountains Chimborazo, Tungurahua and Altar. Hiking tour through the Chimborazo National Park, with luck spotting some Llamas.

12 Riobamba - Ingapirca

Train ride along the legendary “Devil’s Nose”. Afterwards, guests will be taken to Ingapirca, the Incan ruins and most important monument of pre-Spanish culture in Ecuador. Overnight at Posada de Ingapirca

13 Ingapirca - Cuenca

Transfer to Cuenca, the third largest city of Ecuador, which will be explored during a city tour. Guests will see historical buildings, located along the Tomebamba River, the “Todos los Santos” ruins, the flowers market, the main square with the old and new cathedral and visit a Panama Hat factory.

14 Cuenca

Hiking tour in the El Cajas National Park, situated in the majestic Andes.

15 Cuenca - Vilcabamba

Following the Panamericana southwards to Vilcabamba. On the way, the Indians of Saraguro will be met and guests will learn about their culture. The next stop will be Loja, a small charming town at an altitude of 2100m.

16 Vilcabamba

Half-day hiking tour to discover the surrounding. The afternoon is at leisure.

17 Vilcabamba - Guayaquil

Transfer to Guayaquil, the industrial and commercial center, as well as Ecuador’s largest city.

18 Guayaquil - Galapagos Islands

Flight to Baltra, Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, transfer to Puerto Ayora. Afterwards, visit of the Charles Darwin Research Center.

19 Galapagos Islands

Full day boat excursion to visit one of the islands Seymour North, South Plazas, Bartholomew, Floreana, Santa Fe or Dragon Hill. Lunch on board is included.

20 Galapagos Islands

Full day boat excursion to one of the islands, not visited the day before. Lunch on board is included.

21 Galapagos Islands

Day at leisure for snorkeling and mountain biking.

22 Galapagos Islands - Quito

Transfer to the airport of Baltra and flight to Guayaquil or Quito, from where the connecting flight is departing.