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Alan and I had a truly wonderful experience in Ecuador. Santiago and the rest of staff were excellent hosts, as was the La Pinta and its staff. We had an amazing trip.
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THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING!! The trip was outstanding; all the arrangements were perfect – from the time we were met at the airport in Quito – to the time we were returned to the airport in Guayaquil.
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Central & Southern Andes (6 Days)

During this vacation adventure tour, explore two colonial cities that offer the best art collections in the country and a close contact with artisans of traditional utensils used locally.  Also discover the amazing scenery and various microclimates of the Avenue of Volcanos.  For small groups, couples or families, this trip is the perfect mix of outdoor activity, cultural exploration and natural history. It’s an exciting way to experience the varied cultures and landscapes Ecuador has to offer. Throughout experience flawless service from bilingual professional guides, drivers, hosts and Latin Excursions staff as we help you plan your trip from start to finish.

If you’re looking for: traditional  haciendas, Ecuadorian cuisine, mixture of natural wonders and local culture.

Extend your trip:

Northern Andes, Galapagos Islands, Amazon Rain Forest,  or Peru to visit Machu Picchu.

Highlights:

  • Stay in historic haciendas and colonial cities
  • Dine on traditional Ecuadorian cuisine at family-friendly restaurants
  • Explore the rich sights and sounds of the Ecuadorian Andes
  • Ideal for families
  • Tailor made experiences

Itinerary Overview

DAY DESTINATION ACTIVITIES
1 Quito City Tour  Starting early in the morning we will have time to visit the colonial section ofQuitoon a walking tour along its cobblestone among buildings from the 16th to the 18th centuries. We’ll also visit Independence Square where the Presidential Palace is located, and marvel at the ornate interior of the Baroque/Moorish Church of San Francisco as well as the golden interior of La Compañia church.   Afternoon at leisure.  Lodging at selected hotel, B, L
2 Antisana Volcano  Following the Cinnamon Trail that Francisco de Orellana took in 1542 insearch of “El Dorado,” we detour to a private hacienda at the foothills of the Antisana Volcano (5,753 m/19,000 ft). With 90,000 hectaresas Ecological Reserve, it is one of the most important sanctuaries for a number of endangered species. The magnificent Andean condor, the spectacle bear, puma, paramo wolf, and others find protection here. Enjoy the magnificent landscape of a pristinepáramo (a highland moor). After a late lunch continue to Cotopaxi Province.  Lodging at selected hacienda.   B, L, D
3 Quilotoa lake  Quilotoa volcano does not stick out like other volcanoes as it does not have a cone and its crater rim only raises itself gradually from its surroundings with an average altitude of 3,500 m.  The crater itself is filled with alkaline water that gives the lake its unique emerald color.   Almost the entire outer wall (and even some of the steep inside wall) is used for farming with small fields and pastures, reaching right up to the top.  Due to its altitude the scenery en route to Quilotoa includes other volcanoes like Cotopaxi, Illinizas, Tungurahua, Pichincha, Rumiñahui and more, on a clear day even the gigantic Chimborazo.  Small indigenous communities like Zumbagua and Tigua add the human touch to impressive scenery of mountain ranges, agricultural fields, llama and sheep herds.  Return to the hacienda for a late lunch.  In the afternoon explore the hacienda surroundings or just relax.  Lodging at selected hacienda.  B, L, D
4 Indigenous market  This morning explore a non-tourist indigenous market in the area, your senses will be overwhelmed by the variety of colors, textures, fragrances and noise of a typical Andean market.  Return to the hacienda around mid-morning to relax or continue exploring the hacienda, perhaps do some horseback riding or visit a green house.  Depart to Quito by mid-afternoon directly to the airport for the flight to Cuenca.  Upon arrival at Cuenca transfer to selected hotel.  B, L
 5  Ingapirca ruins One-and-a-half hours north of Cuenca, passing by small Andean towns and indigenous villages, surrounded by rich agricultural fields is the Inca astronomical observatory and fortress of Ingapirca. This is the most important Inca site inEcuador, where the Inga and his entourage would rest during trips to this northern part of the Inca Empire. The structure of the Central Temple offers classic Inca architecture: walls formed by square or polygonal blocks, trapezoidal doorways, niches and windows, rectangular rooms, and the typical circular highland fortress of that period, return to Cuenca after lunch.  Selected hotel.  B, L
6 El Cajas & Cuenca About 1 hour out of Cuenca is the rugged and beautiful El Cajas National Park, with over 200 lakes and ponds formed by the remains of a glacial, it has a total extension of 28,800 hectares with altitudes going from 300 to 4,500m / 984 to 14,764ft above sea level, although most of it is over 3,000m/9,843 ft above sea level.  It is home to many  Andean species, surrounded by the typical tundra-like environment of the paramo among amazing geological formations. In the afternoon explore Cuenca, ideal for those looking to blend into the relaxed setting of a truly romantic colonial city. Walking along its cobblestone streets or watching people go bye in its town square before the great cathedral is both peaceful and inspiring.  Declared a Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, it is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the country due its architecture, surroundings and small town ambiance. The city is crossed by four rivers and surrounded by green valleys. Its inhabitants create some of the finest crafts in the country. Sights to be visited include the blue-domed Cathedral, the flower market, and the Cañari ruins of Pumapungo.   Board an early night flight to Quito.  Upon arrival  in Quito transfer to selected hotel.  B,L

 

Hotels in Quito:

CATEGORY COLONIAL AREA MODERN AREA
Luxury  Casa Gangotena, plaza view  Hilton, La Pinta Executive Suite Premium
Deluxe  Patio Andaluz, standard room  Mercure, deluxe suite


 

 

Hotels in Cuenca:

 CATEGORY COLONIAL AREA
Luxury Mansion Alcazar, suite
Deluxe Santa Lucia, standard room

 

 

 

Haciendas:

 CATEGORY  HACIENDA
Luxury San Agustin de Callo, suite
Deluxe Hato Verde, standard room

 

 

 

2012 rates per/person, starting with 2 guests, air ticket included

CATEGORY AREA IN DOUBLE ROOM  SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Luxury Colonial $ 3,122 $ 1,673
Modern $ 2,848 $ 1,399
Deluxe Colonial $ 2,102 $ 393
Modern $ 2,049 $ 382

Final rate depends on total number of guests in the group.

Rates might increase on special holidays.