Ecuador touring holidays:
A Taste of Ecuador
A great value short tour of Ecuador. This design works well as a short visit to the mainland in combination with a Galapagos cruise, and for solo travellers.
Day 1 You will be met on arrival at Quito airport and transferred to a 3* hotel well located in the Mariscal section of town.
This will be your base for all five nights.
Day 2 BL An early start to join a shared full day tour. You are driven through the countryside to Otavalo.
You will have plenty of time to enjoy the lively and colourful markets, with a wide choice of textiles, handicrafts and jewellery. Look out for locals dressed in blue ponchos, white trousers and long plaited hair.
Lunch is included either at a restaurant beside San Pablo lake or a local hacienda.
Day 3 B A guided city tour of the historic quarter of Quito is arranged for you today.
The shared tour includes a visit to the Parliament building, St Augustine Convent, Independence Plaza bordered by the Cathedral, Presidential Palace, Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace and a visit to the Church of San Francisco which has the painting of the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. You are then driven out of the city to visit the Equator monument.
The afternoon is free in Quito,perhaps to visit museums or, if the weather is fine, to ride the cable car to the top of Pichincha.
Cotopaxi National Park
Day 4 BL This morning you board the ‘Chiva Express’: a single carriage train made from a colourful Ecuadorian bus (or ‘chiva’) mounted on a diesel train chassis.
The train heads from the old station in Quito along the Avenue of the Volcanoes to Cotopaxi National Park below Cotopaxi volcano. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.
The return journey to Quito is by road.
Day 5 B This morning you are collected from your hotel and driven to Quito airport for your onward connection: perhaps a flight to the jungle, to the Galápagos or home.
Excursions are shared with other participants who may be of any nationality.
Guide price £410
6 days / 5 nights Starts and ends in Quito on any Friday
Includes: all transport in Ecuador, all accommodation, shared services of a bi-lingual guide on days 2,3 & 4, some meals (except for 1 lunch and 4 dinners – allow £40 spending money for these). Brochure correction: our printed brochure mistakenly omits Day 3 of the itinerary.
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Regions visited on this Ecuador touring holiday
› Quito and the Northern Andes
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