Our Ecuador Magic 10 day tour will traverse the Andes mountains and the beautiful beaches of this spectacular country. The natural landscapes that Ecuador provides are phenomenal and our Ecuador Magic tour will allow you to visit many local communities, see wondrous volcanoes and learn more about local traditions and food. You will have the opportunity to stay in amazing locations such as Otavalo, Quito, Cotopaxi, Banos de Agua Santa, Riobamba, Cuenca and Guayaquil with city tours and countryside delights at every location. Your 10 day Ecuador Magic tour starts now!
Price (per person) USD$: 1,940 (comfort hotels) / USD$ 2,150 (first class hotels)
• Available ALL YEAR LONG
DAY 1: Welcome to Ecuador
You will be met at the airport in Quito by our trained staff who will escort you to Otavalo. On the way you will visit the Quitsato Sundial, just north of Quito. Learn more about the position of the equator at La Mitad del Mundo and enhance your astronomical awareness of the pre-Hispanic culture. You will enjoy a short stop in Cayambe to taste one of the local specialties, biscochos de Cayambe, a crumbly buttery biscuit. Overnight stay in Otavalo.
DAY 2: Local traditions of Ecuador: Otavalo Market
Today you will explore the colorful Otavalo Market where traditional crafts and textiles are brought to life. A great place to find souvenirs including tapestries, ponchos and jewelry. Stop by Peguche, where the locals are known for their music and traditional dances. Visit the markets and see some of the Andean musical instruments up close. Explore Cotacachi, a town nestled between two volcanoes and famed for the fine quality leather products available. Return to Quito for your overnight stay.
DAY 3. City tour of Quito
After breakfast you will tour the historic center of Quito, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There are many beautiful buildings in the city center and today you will have the opportunity to visit the Church of San Augustin, built in Spanish Baroque architecture and the Church of La Compania de Jesus, one of the best known churches in Quito. The tour will continue to the Basilica del Voto Nacional, through the traditional streets of Calle La Ronda, up to the viewpoint of El Panecillo to see the monument to the Virgin Mary and will end with a tour of the Intinan Museum which focuses on the native tribes of Ecuador. Overnight stay in Cotopaxi.
DAY 4. Cotopaxi National Park
After breakfast, you will have the chance to visit Cotopaxi National Park, a protected area, and the impressive Cotopaxi volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Learn more about the Andean wilderness, the flora and fauna which inhabit the area and take in a spot of bird watching. You may even catch a glimpse of the wild horses that live in the park. Enjoy lunch in these beautiful surroundings and relax as you walk around the nearby lagoon. Overnight stay in Baños de Agua Santa.
DAY 5. Baños: waterfall circuit
This area of Ecuador has much natural beauty. Baños de Agua Santa is located on the northern foothills of the Tungurahua volcano and named after the hot springs located in the town. Today you will have the chance to visit the Pailon Diablo waterfall (the Cauldron of the Devil) and enjoy a relaxing volcanic stone massage. Overnight stay in Riobamba.Bolivian region.
DAY 6. Train ride on the La Nariz del Diablo – Inca ruins of Ingapirca
Departing Riobamba, you will travel by road to Alausi and board the train to travel through the section of the railway line knows as the Devil’s Nose utilizing a number of switchbacks to clamber down the 500m drop, providing you with spectacular scenery at every turn. Your afternoon adventure continues with a visit to Ingapirca to see the Inca ruins located nearby. The Ingapirca ruins are the largest Inca ruins in Ecuador. Transfer to Cuenca with an overnight stay in this city located in the highlands of Ecuador.
Day 7. City tour of Cuenca
Your city tour through Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city, provides many opportunities to explore the picturesque surroundings. Today you will visit the old cathedral and the new cathedral, built as a replacement when the older one became too small. You will also have a chance to see beautiful parks, the bright flower market, the Pumapungo museum with its colorful dioramas and the Panama hat factory. Despite its name, the Panama hat originated in Ecuador and traditionally made using the leaves of the jipijapa palm. Next we travel to Chordeleg, known for its fine jewelry. You will have the chance to visit the main square and do a bit of shopping before you head to Gualaceo, a river front town. Here you will have time to explore the markets and learn about the traditional weaving methods known as ikat.
Day 8. City tour of Guayaquil
Today you will go on a city tour of Guayaquil to see Parque Centenerio, the largest park in the town center and the Iguana Park to see hundreds of iguanas. You have the opportunity to feed the iguanas but we don’t recommend picking up these dragon-like creatures as their claws are extremely sharp. Your tour will continue on to Plaza San Francisco and then to Puerto Santa Ana and Malecon 2000 providing stunning waterfront views. You will visit the artistic Barrio Las Penas, the lighthouse (El Faro) and stop at the artisan market to browse the local wares. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.
Day 9. Cacao Nursery – Native Community of Shuar
After breakfast you will visit Las Canas, the biggest cacao nursery in the nation, to learn about the harvesting and production process of bananas and cacao. After lunch you will visit the native Shuar community and the hot springs managed by them, returning to Guayaquil for tastings of yogurt, cocoa, chocolate and other local foods. Overnight stay in Guayaquil.
Day 10. End of the tour.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. We hope you have enjoyed your 10 day Ecuador Magic adventure.
The Tour includes
- Private transfers in and out of airports and bus terminals
- Tourist transportation during the excursions
- All entrance tickets listed in the programme
- Private services (Private English speaking guide and transportation):
- Otovalo: Quitsato Sundial, visit to Cayambe, Otovalo market, visit to Peguche and Cotacachi
- Quito: Quito city tour, Church of San Augustin, Church of La Compania de Jesus, Basilica del Voto Nacional, Calle La Ronda, El Panecillo, Museum Intinan
- Cotopaxi National Park
- Banos de Agua Santa: Pailon Diablo
- Riobamba: Devil’s Nose train ride
- Cuenca: Cuenca city tour, new cathedral, old cathedral, Panama hat factory, Pumapungo Museum
- Guayaquil: Guayaquil city tour, Parque Centenerio, Iguana Park, Plaza San Francisco, Puerto Santa Ana, Malecon 2000, Barrio Las Penas, El Faro, artisan market, Cacao Tour and native Shuar community
- Lunch: 2
Single Supplement: USD$ 350 (standard hotels) / 490 (first class hotels)
- International airfares to Quito and from Guayaquil
- Other meals not listed
- Personal expenses including telephone bills, laundry expenses, etc.
- Insurance against theft and loss or other accidents
- Other non-specified extras