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.
Hannah, we are back from our fabulous vacation, and I am so very thankful to you for setting it all up. Please provide me with your supervisor's name and email address so I can give you proper credit! Dilger couple, Custom Galapagos Land Based, March 2012
The luxury Cruises like lapinta, Isabela, and santa cruz cruise are ultimate luxurious ships. these cruises will make your journey a pleasant one.
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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Northern Andes (3 Days)

This adventure tour takes you to the Northern Andes Highlands and is perfect for those looking for more Ecuador, before or after a visit to The Galapagos. Begin the adventure with a relaxing two night stay at a hacienda in the Andes outside Quito, experiencing the local culture and traditions. 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.

Extend your trip:

Central & Southern Andes, Galapagos Islands, Amazon Rain Forest, or Peru to visit Machu Picchu.


  • Stay in historic haciendas
  • Dine on traditional Ecuadorian cuisine at family-friendly restaurants
  • Explore vibrant indigenous markets
  • Ideal for families
  • Tailor made experiences

Itinerary Overview:

1  Northern Andes, Otavalo indigenous market  Just 1 ½ hours north of Quito lies the lush volcanic highlands. This land is rich in friendly and colorfully attired indigenous people, historic working haciendas, and towering volcanoes with verdant slopes. On weekdays we may visit a roses green house. Our destination is the Otavalo Indian craft market. As we pass into the highlands, we’re treated to a sweeping view of Imbabura and Cotacachi Volcanoes rising above San Pablo Lake. Our first stop is the Otavalo market, famous throughout the Andes for its handicrafts, textiles and tapestries.  We will arrive at the hacienda in the afternoon, and start exploring its grounds. Accommodation at selected hacienda.  B, L, D
 2  Hacienda exploration  Today we will explore the hacienda grounds and visit its surrounding indigenous communities.  Activities may include horseback riding (extra fee), biking (extra fee) or simply hiking among the beautiful scenery of an agricultural area.   Haciendas in colonial times were the backbone of the country’s economy, with large territories as property of the same family, generation after generation, who developed a close relationship with the local inhabitants, creating a unique “hacienda culture”.  The center of this relationship was the hacienda house, built around the 16th century it still maintains a special old time ambiance.  We will be able to visit indigenous communities and learn about their agricultural life style and how they combine their daily duties with their love for arts and crafts.  Accommodation at selected hacienda.  B, L, D
3  Northern Andes and Quito  This morning we will continue exploring the area according to our personal interests, perhaps this is a good time to try and learn horseback riding or just hike towards one of the mountains in the surroundings, discover a lake, a condor recuperation center, a birds of prey demonstration, discover what is behind a wall or a hill, or simply relax and walk around the hacienda house enjoying its old time ambiance or reading in a secluded part of the garden, for a short time feel like you are living in past centuries without the interference of modern artifacts.   After lunch we will return to Quito.  Accommodation at selected hotel.  B, L


Hotels in Quito:

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





Luxury Zuleta, junior suite
Deluxe Cusin, standard room




2012 rates per/person, starting with 2 guests

Luxury Colonial $ 1,816 $ 304
Modern $ 1,679 $ 167
Deluxe Colonial $1,143 $ 257
Modern $ 1,116 $ 251
Final rate depends on total number of guests in the group
Rates might increase on special holidays