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Images of Ecuador

11 days from £4175 per person

Perhaps more than any other country, Ecuador encompasses South America. Jungle, colonial towns and volcanic valleys blend with stunning countryside and an abundance of wildlife to create a destination that is both enlightening and magical. From the stately capital Quito, journey south through the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’, past small market towns and wonderful ancient Inca sites. Ecuador is a special country where Spanish influence combines to create a wonderful confection of tradition, natural beauty and captivating atmospheres.

Route: Quito – Cotacachi – Cotopaxi – Riobamba – Cuenca – Guayaquil

Itinerary Highlights

Quito, Ecuador’s capital, sits at an altitude of 2850m in the Andes. Built on the site of an Inca city the city is known for its Spanish colonial buildings, some of which are 500 years old.

Cotacachi and nearby Otavalo are market towns famous for their handicrafts, predominantly leather goods and textiles, but jewellery, musical instruments and spices are also traded.

The centre of Cuenca in Ecuador’s South is a historical centre, with many impressive colonial buildings and monuments. The Old and New Cathedrals are symbols of the city.

Itinerary: Images of Ecuador

Fly from London Heathrow with Iberia Airlines via Madrid to Quito. On your arrival you will be met and transferred by car to your accommodation. (N)
Accommodation in Quito: Plaza Grande Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Casa Gangotena (or similar)
Today tour this stately capital and UNESCO World Heritage Site, starting your day with a visit to La Compania with its awe-inspiring gold-leaf interior and fine collections of colonial art. Also visit the baroque-style San Francisco Convent – the first great religious building in South America dating from 1535 – and the Equatorial Monument before finishing the day at Panecillo Hill. Topped with a statue of Quito’s ‘Winged Virgin’ there are spectacular views of both the surrounding mountains and city below. (B)
Accommodation in Quito: Plaza Grande Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Casa Gangotena (or similar)
Leave Quito and drive north from through dramatic the mountain landscape. The journey to Cotacachi passes tiny villages, white churches and sparkling lakes. (B/D)
Accommodation in Cotacachi: La Mirage Hotel & Spa (or similar)
Today explore the local market villages around Cotacachi which are noted for their traditional handicrafts. (B/D)
Accommodation in Cotacachi: La Mirage Hotel & Spa (or similar)
This morning visit the colourful market town of Otavalo which is one of the most famous in the area and has been trading since pre-Incan times. Afterwards take lunch at a local hacienda and continue past Quito and through the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ to Cotopaxi, at 2,930 metres, to discover the flora and fauna of this beautiful region. (B/D)
Accommodation in Cotopaxi: Hacienda San Agustin de Callo (or similar)
Today drive through stunning scenery to Banos, a small market town situated in a beautiful valley known for its waterfalls and hot springs. After lunch continue to Riobamba at 2,750 metres to take in the wonderful views of five volcanic peaks – Chimborazo, Altar, Tungurahua, Carihuairazo and, on a clear day, Sangay. (B/D)
Accommodation in Riobamba: Albergue Abraspungu (or similar)
Today, if possible, join the train for the spectacular ride to Alausí before continuing via the Devil’s Nose to Huigra. Travel by car onto the country’s most renowned Inca site at Ingapirca and end the day at Cuenca. (B/L/D)
Accommodation in Cuenca: Mansión Alcazar (or similar)
This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Cuenca, considered to be one of Ecuador’s most beautiful Spanish colonial cities and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cuenca is also an important handicrafts centre and is famous for its ikat shawls, Panama hats, ceramics and jewellery. Your afternoon will be at leisure to further explore the cobbled streets of the old city at your own pace. (B)
Accommodation in Cuenca: Mansión Alcazar (or similar)
This morning drive through the Cajas National Park to Guayaquil, a colourful port. In the afternoon take a tour to Santa Ana Hill for views of the city. (B)
Accommodation in Guayaquil: Oro Verde Hotel (or similar)
Upgrade option: Hotel del Parque (or similar)
This afternoon return to Guayaquil Airport and depart on the Iberia Airlines flight via Madrid to London Heathrow. (B)
Arrive London Heathrow in the afternoon. (N)
**KEY: N = No meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

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What's included

  • International flights from the UK
  • Domestic flights
  • Private car and driver
  • Sightseeing with local English speaking guides
  • Hotel accommodation and taxes

What's not included

  • Cost of visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature

Guide to Price

The above price is based on two people travelling together and sharing accommodation in low season. The price is only a guide and can vary according to selected airlines, hotels and date of travel. If you wish to travel with your family, friends or on your own we will be very happy to assist you with your arrangements.

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