Explore the highlands of Ecuador, home to various national parks and UNESCO´s first world heritage site. Come and get to know the cultural richness of its marvelous capital Quito known as “Luz de America”, and the starting point for tourists visiting the country. Quito is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America, having the largest historical centers in the region, its parks and mainly for warmth and friendliness of its people, is some the attributes that make Ecuador an attractive destination. Get to know the Cotopaxi National Park It is the oldest park in the country designated as such in 1975, covers an area of 33 400 hectares and has a height ranging from 3400-5897 meters on the summit of the mountain.
Cotopaxi National Park is the place to share with family and friends an experience filled with adventure, skills and high hill. The area has a diversity of ecosystems and a fascinating Andean volcanic history and beautiful scenery and unique species. Further south also known as the door to the Amazon jungle Bañosis surrounded by beautiful rivers including the spectacular Rio Pastaza serving as a backdrop for adventure sports. Its climate is hot and humid at a height of 1800 m on the slopes of Tungurahua volcano.
Arrival in Quito and transfer to your hotel.Overnight at Fuente De Piedra.
Today you are going to visit the Capital’s colonial downtown. Declared by UNESCO “World Cultural Heritage”, Quito invites you to visit its historic and modern treasures, walking around the Independence Plaza, the Metropolitan Cathedral, and Archbishop’s Palace, the Municipality, and the Carondelet Government Palace. Due to its multiple temples and cloisters, Quito is known as “America’s Cloisters.” You will visit “La Compañía” church and the San Francisco Convent. Later you will be taken to “El Panecillo”, a small hill in the middle of the city with a fabulous view of the 45 km long and 4 km wide city and the snow-capped volcanoes. After that you have the opportunity to get on the Teleferico which is an installation of transport that works according to the principle of the sway. The hardiness and scanty maintenance of the structure have been determinant factors in the election for the constructions placed in high mountain, in diverse parts of the world. In the afternoon we will visit the world famous Equator, “Mitad del Mundo” which is located only 30 minutes from Quito. From here you can jump from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. In the 18th century the French Geodesic Expedition arrived here to perform important researches and investigate the Earth’s actual form. Visit also the interesting Intiñan Museum where you learn about all the different cultures of Ecuador.Overnight in Fuente De Piedra Hotel.
Drive south through the “Volcanoes Avenue” and visit of the Cotopaxi National Park. This reserve is about one and a half hour from Quito and lies at the foot of the world’s highest active snow-capped volcano (5897 m.) The road will take us to the Limpiopungo Lake, where we will walk around the area. In the premises of the national park upon request you are able to do horseback riding. For more information about the additional activities in Cotopaxi please contact one of our sales agents. Overnight in Rumipamba De Las Rosas.
Today drive to Baños called “The Door to the Amazon Jungle” which is located at the foot of the Tungurahua volcano and is famous for its thermal waters and the “Agua Santa” Virgin, opportunity to enjoy semi-tropical temperature. Visit the small picturesque town of Baños and try their delicious candies and sweets. On the way, you´ll visit the Salasaca market and its variety of handicrafts. The main attraction in Baños is the “Waterfalls Route” – the PAILON DEL DIABLO falls. It has three jumps and an amazing whirlpool at the bottom; it gets its name “Devil´s Pot” because the rock behind the fall is shaped as the profile of the devil.In Baños you have the opportunity to undertake some extra activities such as rafting, rock climbing, kayaking and paragliding. For more information about each activity do not hesitate to consult with one of our sales agents. Overnight in Isla De Baños.
After breakfast, your driver and guide will pick you from your hotel and the journey goes back to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito you have the afternoon to yourself where you have the opportunity to go bar hopping in the Mariscal district, one of the most touristic locations in Quito with several entertainment outlets. Overnight in Fuente De Piedra Hotel.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the international airport in Tababela to embark on your international flight. END OF JOURNEY
|Day 1||Transfer in – Overnight in Quito|
|Day2||Quito City Tour + Mitad Del Mundo&Teleferico – Overnight in Quito|
|Day 3||Drive to Cotopaxi National Park – Overnight in Salcedo|
|Day 4||Drive to Baños – Overnight in Baños|
|Day 5||Return in Quito – Overnight Quito|
|Day 6||Transfer Out|