The historic Spanish Colonial capital city of Quito .The city was built on the ruins of the old city of Quito, one of the capitals of the Inca Empire.
Price per person:
Hotel Vieja Cuba or Hotel La Cartuja:
- Single Room $530
- Double Room $399
- Single Room $736
- Double Room $495
- Single Room $965
- Double Room $615
Day 1: Quito – International Arrival
Our guide will meet you on arrival at Mariscal Sucre Airport to help you with your luggage and accompany you to your selected hotel.
Day 2: Lake Province and Otavalo
After breakfast, you are picked up by your guide and driver and head north out of the city toward the lake province of Imbabura.
The first stop is the village of Calderon, known for its decorative and delicious dough bread dolls and biscuits. After sampling exotic fruits from the nearby Guayllabamba Valley, you then cross the line of the Equator to reach Cayambe. There, on a clear day, the snow-capped mountain of Cayambe looming majestically to the East. At 5,790 meters, it represents the highest point anywhere along the equator on the Earth.
From the fertile slopes of Imbabura volcano, you can enjoy a magnificent view of Ecuador's largest lake, San Pablo. Afterwards visit the famous Indian crafts market at Otavalo, the most important market of its kind in Ecuador and one of the best in South America. Among the wares for sale, the traditional weavings are the most sought after items here. Woolen goods include blankets, scarves, gloves, sweaters and ponchos. Jewelry and Panama hats and colorfully embroidered blouses and shirts are also excellent bargains. You will have ample time to engage in bargaining (good natured haggling is expected) to take home some fabulous gifts and souvenirs.
In the afternoon, visit Cotacachi Village, well known for its leather and Cuicocha Crater Lake. Then back to Quito and your Hotel. (B)
Day 3: Quito: City Tour And The Equator
The tour begins with a great view of Orellana's way and Guapulo Sanctuary (XVII Century).
Later see the stone carved façade of Ecuador's House of Congress. Afterwards, walk in the old city, visiting the Independence Square, surrounded by historically important buildings. Visit the Cathedral (XVI Century), Presidential Palace, El Sagrario Church (XVII Century), and one of the most beautiful baroque churches in South America, La Compañia de Jesus (XVII Century).
The Church of San Francisco and Monastery were built a few months after the arrival of the Spanish (XVI Century). Afterwards We will drive 15 Km. north of Quito, towards the Middle of the World.
Here you will have two options, either to visit the Ethnographic Museum, located inside the Equator Monument — which shows a display of the main cultures of Ecuador. Or, visit the Inti Ñan Museum, a scientific and cultural Museum, located in the exact place where the Equator Line crosses and where you will be shown with different scientific experiments that you are truly stand on the 0° Meridian. Afternoon free to relax in you hotel or explore on your own. (B)
Day 4: Quito /Farewell
Breakfast in your Hotel. The rest of the morning is free time, depending on the time of your departing flight. Transfer to the Airport. (B)
(B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
- Land services with english speaking guide
- 03 nights in Quito in selected hotel or similar with breakfast
- Excursions described in itinerary with English-speaking guides
- All Museums and National Park entrance fees
Rates do not include
- National or international flights
- Airport tax
- Meals and/or beverages not described in the itinerary
- Tips, phone calls or other personal expenses