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Ecuadors Highlights Experience

(10 Days)

Quito | Mashpi | Otavalo | Cuenca | Guayaquil

Day Routing
01 Quito

Arrival in Quito and transfer to your hotel.

02 Quito

Half day city tour of Quito. The city has a rich varity of religious and cultural sights. Visit of the church La Compañia as well as the church San Francisco. Continue to the equatorial monument „Middle of the Earth“.

03 Quito - Mashpi

3-hour drive along the Anden tails towards the Mashpi Lodge 4*. On the way guests will visit the crater Pululahua, the  archeological site of Tulipe and the Colibri station with 32 different species of colibris. After lunch they will venture a 2 hours hike in the cloud forest. During the night walk scores of vermins, nocturnal birds and the Kinkajous - a mammal living on trees - can be observed. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

04 Mashpi

The dawn rewards early birds with unique nature adventures. After breakfast guests will leave the lodge for a 15 minutes walk to reach a 30 meter high look-out. After 162 steps they  will overview the cloud forest in his full glory and biodiversity. A further attraction of the Masphi Lodge will be „Sky Bike“. In dizzy hight guests cross over a canyon and river. The distance of 200 meter will be put back on a bicycle over a steel cable. After lunch a „Life Center“ will be visited. This information center is arranged within the cloud forest and explains the biodiversity of the surrounding area. Near the center a tropical garden was edified with fruit trees, coffee– and cacao plants. 

05 Mashpi - Quito

The day starts at 6:30 h with a first observation tour in the dawn. During a 2 hours hike along moos covered trees, bromelain and orchids guests will reach the 50 meter high Copa waterfall. Return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon transfer back to Quito.

06 Quito - Otavalo

Visit to colourful Otavalo, host to the most famous market in South America. Time at leisure for some local handicraft and souvenir shopping.

07 Otavalo - Quito - Cuenca

Transfer to Quito. Flight to Cuenca and transfer to the hotel.

08 Cuenca

During a city tour of Cuenca, a former large Cañari settlement, guests will visit historical buildings along the Rio Tomebamba, the ruins of „Todos los Santos“, the flower market as well as the old and new cathedral. A panama hat factory will be visited at the end of the tour. The remaining day will be at leisure.

09 Cuenca - Guayaquil

El Cajas National Park is one of Ecuador´s most beautiful parks –  a must-see for every rambler! The park is located on an altitude from 3200m to 4500m, covers a size of 28,544 hectare, domiciled a varity of extraordinary Flora and Fauna and boast with impressive rock formations. Around 125 species of birds are homelike in the Cajas national park, like the Condor. Continue to Guayaqzuil. This city with 3 Mio. residents is the economic and financial center of Ecuador and is located at the west bank of  the Río Guayas.

10 Guayaquil

Transfer to the airport for the individual homebound flight.