Ecuador 360 Highlights Tour

DAY 1: OTAVALO INDIGENOUS MARKET
The tour starts with a trip north from Quito in the early morning towards the Otavalo indigenous market. En route, we'll stop briefly at a stunning panoramic viewpoint of the Imbabura Volcano and San Pablo Lake. The small town of Otavalo bustles with activity and makes the perfect first stop to immerse you in a world of artisan goods, from colorful textiles, alpaca coats, paintings, jewelry, leather, and so much more. Then in the afternoon, you'll head to another incredible market in Cotacachi, where the town's masterfully crafted leather goods have earned it a well deserved reputation. The day ends with a stop in the small village of Peguche, known for its hand-crafted musical instruments and the beautiful waterfall.

Accommodation: Palmeras de Quichinche Lodge or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 2: PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS
Today you will drive through the winding Andean paramo, where you might see incredible animals like the cara-cara, Andean condor, deer, pumas, or perhaps even a spectacled bear. Then you will arrive at the day's only destination - Papallacta Hot Springs Resort, where you can soak your worries away in the volcanic waters of their pools backdropped by stunning mountains and colorful paramo flowers.

Accommodation: Termas Papallacta Spa & Resort

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3: HUMMINGBIRDS IN THE CLOUDFOREST
An early morning marks your departure from the highlands and your descent into the tropical Amazon Rainforest, with a curvy and beautiful drive through the sierra. At the Guango Reserve, you'll see many different species of hummingbirds, followed by an opportunity to see the blanket of clouds covering the Amazon at the Guacamayos-Macaw Lookout. Then, when you arrive to the Arajuno River, a motorized canoe will take you on a short ride to the secluded Itamandi Amazon Lodge for the evening.

Accommodation: Itamandi Amazon Eco-Lodge

Meals included: Lunch and dinner

DAY 4: AMAZON CANOE RIDE AND WILDLIFE
Depart the lodge in the morning on a canoe towards the AmaZOOnico, where conservationists shelter animals in danger of extinction. You'll also have a chance to learn about the indigenous cultures when you visit a local Kichwa community. Here, you will learn about their way of life and their daily activities and also have the opportunity to learn how to cook some local recipes and perhaps even how to make chocolate in its purest form.

Accommodation: Itamandi Amazon Eco-Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 5: VALLEY OF WATERFALLS IN BAÑOS
Witness a balsa carving shop as you drive further south to Puyo. You'll also stop in Sangay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the infamous Pailon del Diablo waterfall. Afterwards, you'll have some time to explore other famous waterfalls around the town of Banos. Later on, you'll have another chance to soak in the hotsprings at the base of the active Tungurahua Volcano. .

Accommodation: La Floresta Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 6: CHIMBORAZO VOLCANO AND VICUÑAS
Today takes you to the majestic Chimborazo Volcano, soaring to an elevation of 6310 meters above sea level (the furthest point from the center of the earth!). This peak dominates the landscape for miles in every direction. You will have an opportunity to do a short hike to the Glacier's edge as well before heading to the classic mountain lodge for the evening.

Accommodation: Chimborazo Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

DAY 7: DEVIL’S NOSE TRAIN AND INGAPIRCA RUINS
Embark on one of the most daringly engineered railroads in South America - the Devil's Nose. From the small town of Alausi, you will board this switchback railway that zigzags from the highlands to the coast in a rapid descent. Afterwards, you'll visit the Inca ruins at Ingapirca, where you will learn about how this site is a unique fusion of Canari and Inca architecture and how it was relevant as a religious site. The day ends in the colonial city of Cuenca.

Accommodation: Hotel Victoria or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 8: CUENCA CITY
Your final day takes you through the historically colonial town of Cuenca, visiting the major highlights including Calderon Square, the New Cathedral, El Turi panoramic lookout, and El Barranco. Then you'll visit a factory where the Panama hats are made. A short evening flight to Quito brings your 8-day tour to a bittersweet end.

Meals included: Breakfast

Tour
Group tour per person
$1,200
Private tour per person (minimum 2 passengers)
$1,350
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