Ecuador Highlands Tour

DAY 1: QUITO COLONIAL AND EQUATOR
The Capital of Ecuador welcomes you with the first peek of the country. We will walk through the historical plazas and churches of the old town.

In the afternoon we will visit the Equator complex to witness the amazing experiments that your local guide will show you as proof that you will be standing right on the Equator line!

Accommodation: Hotel in Quito

DAY 2: COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK
On this day of your tour of the highlands of Ecuador, we head south to the perfect shaped Cotopaxi volcano, here we will have a short hike to the refuge of the mountain and discover some of the Paramo species living in the area.

A nice box lunch to enjoy the view next to Limpiopungo lake where various species of Andean birds can be observed, we will finish our day at a fantastic Andean hacienda in the area. Horseback riding is also available and optional.

Accommodation: Historic Hacienda at Cotopaxi area

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 3: QUILOTOA CRATER LAKE
Get ready for an impressive view! We will drive up enjoying amazing views of the Ecuadorian Highlands, at the end of the road, we will reach the Quilotoa crater lake. Once you arrive, you will have the first peek of this stunning caldera, we hike down to the shore of the lake, where kayaks are available for rent.

The hike back up can be a little demanding, but there is also the option of doing this part by a mule which the locals rent. Later on, we will enjoy a hot soup and full lunch to recover strength. In the afternoon we will go back to your Cotopaxi hacienda to enjoy the sunset in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Accommodation: Hacienda at Cotopaxi area

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 4: BAÑOS NATURE TOWN
After a morning transfer from your Hacienda to the town of Baños, you will discover how fast the landscapes change, from Paramo to subtropical, we will visit the waterfalls valley while we learn about the local gastronomy and enjoy outdoor sports if you feel like it.

There are plenty of options to choose from such as bungee jumping, trekking to some of the waterfalls, taking cable cars across the rivers, every part of this day will be an adventure. If you would like to explore the city by night you can enjoy some nightlife or taste great food at a local restaurant, Baños is indeed a real highlight of your Ecuador Andes itinerary!

Accommodation: Hotel in Baños

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5: FREE MORNING IN BAÑOS AND BACK TO QUITO
On this morning you can enjoy the hotel, the town, and the adventure that Baños has to offer. You can book a massage in advance or plunge into the hot springs, after all you are on holidays! Your private English speaking tour guide will be at your disposal and happy to offer options for this day. In the afternoon we will drive back to Quito to rest.

Accommodation: Hotel in Quito

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6: OTAVALO MARKET AND SURROUNDINGS
Heading north we will stop on the way to try some of the famous local biscuits as well as to enjoy amazing views of the San Pablo lake and of the Imbabura volcano. Continuing north we will visit the town of Otavalo, our first stop will be the indigenous market, where you will have the chance to see and buy handicrafts, ponchos, hats, paintings and many other products made by the local people.

We will also do a quick stop at the colonial picturesque town of Cotacachi. We will then drive back to Quito where our unforgettable Andes Ecuador tour will finish with a drop off at the airport or at your hotel in the city.

Meals included: Breakfast

Standard Hotels Luxury Hotels
2 Passengers - Per Person (2021 Prices)
$900$1,150
3 Passengers - Per Person (2021 Prices)
$800$990
4 Passengers - Per Person (2021 Prices)
$765$895

Discounts available for larger groups


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