Highlights of Ecuador: 10 days – 9 nights

DEPARTURES:

  • 07AUG
  • 14AUG

This is the perfect package for those looking for adrenaline and adventure knowing the best of this incredible country in the “middle of the world”.

ITINERARY:

Day 1. QUITO – AVENUE OF THE VOLCANOES – BANOS

08:00 Deparure from the Terminal to the Quilotoa lagoon, if weather permitting will appreciate the volcanoes and glaciers, Pasochoa, Illinizas and Cotopaxi. Already in the lagoon down and walk. Lunch in Zumbahua. Followed by a transfer and direct travel to Banos. Once there, crossing in cable car by the waterfall in the “Agoyan” or “Mantle of bride” on the Rio Pastaza and hiking in the cascade of El Pailón del Diablo. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 2. BANOS – RIOBAMBA

Breakfast. Day for enjoy Banos. We have included and programmed for our passengers rafting in the morning, with operation and care of local guides. We’ll do it for the Pastaza river leaving the hotel at 09:00 and returning 14:30, with specialized guide, equipment, instruction and practice before. Already in the river adventure takes 2 hours, we will have pictures of our experience. Lunch included. Afternoon at 15:00 transfer to the city of Riobamba, on the way we will appreciate to snowy Chimborazo, hike in the surroundings of the hotel. Dinner and accommodation

Day 3. RIOBAMBA – ALAUSÍ – CUENCA

Breakfast. 08:00 depart from Riobamba South to Alausi, where we will board the train with departures daily 11:00 hours, then enjoy an adventure through the exciting “Devil’s nose”, (train ticket with lunch included), then by land we will visit archaeological ruins Canaris – Incas OF Ingapirca to visit (only if time, after the train ride, allows it), includes entry. Finally arrive at Cuenca, dinner and accommodation.

Day 4. CUENCA

Breakfast. 08:00 visit in the morning from the city of Cuenca, declared world heritage for its architectural wealth and all the landscapes that give the 4 rivers that cross it, visit of the “Museum of cultures Aboriginal or “ethnographic”. Typical lunch. In the afternoon will be the vehicle ready to Travel for places of interest in the surrounding area such as jewelry, hats, shopping or visit the towns of GUALACEO with the “orchids jarden” and jewelry of CHORDELEG. Dinner and accommodation

Day 5. CUENCA – GUAYAQUIL

Breakfast. 07:00 trip to Guayaquil, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area lakes and sanctuary of the “El Cajas” also opportunity to see crops of bananas plantations while descending to the Coast. In Guayaquil, lunch and afternoon visit to the city and its main monuments as the new Malecon 2000 in front of the Guayas River. We have included a ride on “La Perla”, the new attraction of the city. Transfer to the bus terminal of Transportes Ecuador and return to Quito (ticket included). Night on board.

Day 6. QUITO

Arrival early in the morning. Transfer to hotel. Accommodation. Rest of the day at leisure to discover this beautiful and ancient city, full of contrasts.

Day 7. QUITO – YACHANA

Breakfast. Early in the morning (10h00) departure by private car for driving 228 kilometers (141 miles) to Yachana by a 99% asphalt road crossing by the Oriental Sierra and descending later to the amazing Amazonia. If time permits, you will see the spectacular Antisana Volcano of 5,753 meters high. Will stop at Hollin Cascade. You will be received at Yachana with a warm welcome from our native staff that will serve you a refreshing beverage and snack while you are introduced to the facilities. In the afternoon, your guide will take you on a short hike; this hike will take you into the jungle where you will see a giant and beautiful Kapok tree (Ceibo). Your guide will surprise you explaining a lot of things along the way. During your rainforest trek your guide will explain the uses of various medicinal plants and amaze you with his knowledge of the several species of birds and animals that inhabit the rainforest, which he calls home. Dinner is served between 7:00 – 7:30 PM. After dinner will have a meeting with young natives around a fire for knowing ones with others and exchanging experiences of both worlds. Of course, myths, legends and traditions will be our special guests tonight.

Day 8. YACHANA

You have the option to start your day early by participating in a bird watching excursion or sleep little longer before enjoying a splendid breakfast, the first of the day’s Amazon culinary delights. After a traditional breakfast from the Amazon, you will board our ranchera (typical local bus) and accompany your guide as he leads you on a journey into the rainforest stopping to observe birds, and possibly monkeys, along the way. During your rainforest trek your guide will explain the uses of various medicinal plants and amaze you with his knowledge of the several species of birds and animals that inhabit the rainforest, which he calls home. Return to the Yachana for lunch and an opportunity to rest before the next activity. In the afternoon the administrative will give an explanation about how the Yachana Training Center works and the strong support of the Yachana Foundation with his educational program. After this you will take our ranchera to Agua Santa community in order to board a raft downriver to observe a local family doing panning for gold. From there, using either inner-tubes, a small rubber raft or just life jackets, you can float/swim as you continue down river enjoy the spectacular scenery that surrounds you. At some point you will get on board of a motorize canoe to head back to Yachana. After dinner in the evening your guide will offer to take you on a night walk to discover a totally different side of the forest that only comes alive after dark. On this walk, you have the chance to see many small insects, amphibians, reptiles and other animals.

Day 9. YACHANA

After breakfast, you will onboard our ranchera go to a farm where you can see and harvest so many products you have probably never seen or prepared before. You will be part of a culinary activity fixing your own typical lunch from the amazon under the supervision of our chef. In the afternoon after lunch, you will travel by canoe to the home of shaman and his family to learn about local Kichwa culture and traditions, and to participate in a cleansing ceremony. Afterwards, try your skills on the art of hunting using a typical blowgun and spear. This is a wonderful cultural activity to know a local family and learn more about the kichwa tradition and way of living. Return to Yachana for dinner at 7:00 – 7:30 PM. Rest before dinner and enjoy the sunset from our dining hall. After dinner you will learn how to make chocolate using organic cacao harvested from the local families. Turn the cacao beans into delicious jungle chocolate, one of the main ingredients for several of the delectable desserts served at Yachana. This is one of our highlight as you prepare chocolate in a traditional way.

Day 10. YACHANA – COCA – QUITO

After a hearty breakfast, travel by a private car from Yachana back to the city of Coca for your flight back to Quito. END OF OUR SERVICES

PRICES PER PERSON IN USD (Minimum 2 pax)

  • Cuadruple: 880
  • Triple: 970
  • Double: 1,110
  • Single: 1,605

INCLUDING:

  • Touristic transportation from Quito to Guayaquil
  • Visits: Quilotoa, Pailon del Diablo Cascade, Rafting by the Pastaza river, Devil´s Nose Train, Ingapirca*, Cuenca city sightseeing, El Cajas, Guayaquil with La Perla ride.
  • Guayaquil – Quito public bus ticket**
  • 09 nights of accommodation (Allisamay/Banos, Metropolitano/Riobamba, Santa Monica/Cuenca, Sandmelis/Quito, Yachana/Amazon)
  • Private transportation from Quito to Yachana & Yachana to El Coca Airport (Spanish)
  • One way air ticket Coca – Quito
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner as specified in itinerary
  • Spanish / English bilingual guides
  • Entrance fees and admissions according to itinerary
  • Applicable taxes

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Tips, alcoholic/bottled beverages, laundry, personal expenses
  • Diner day 5. Breakfast, lunch, dinner day 6. Lunch day 7
  • Hotel´s extras or optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

RESERVATION POLICY:

  • 50% deposit to be received within 7 days of our confirmation.
  • Balance must be paid 15 days prior to beginning of services.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • No reimbursement will be done after receiving payments

IMPORTANT NOTES:

(*) Visit to Ingapirca ruins will be done if time permits to do it

(**) Extra night in Guayaquil (or Quito) -plus- air ticket GYE-UIO: USD 146/Cuadruple; USD 151/Triple; USD 167/Double; USD 205/Single