Classic Ecuador

10 Day Tour

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OVERVIEW

Discover the best of Ecuador and its main touristic destinations. This holiday combines nature, culture, and cities, and guarantees you will enjoy these handful of days filled with life in this marvelous country.

DAY 1 - QUITO ARRIVAL

You will be greeted at the airport by your driver and guide who will accompany you to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is at leisure.

DAY 2 - QUITO COLONIAL & THE MIDDLE OF THE WORLD

During the morning, enjoy a short journey toward the north of the city where you will be able to know the “Latitude 0” of our planet and visit the Intiñan Museum or “Road of the Sun” that shows an incredible, sample of pre-columbian and indigenous view, culture and costumes.

After this visit enjoy a wonderful tour through the streets and main squares of Quito Historic Center, declared by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage in recognition for its architectonic and artistic value. Narrow and sometimes steep streets surrounded of a great exhibition of classic architecture, colonial style houses, gracious flowered balconies, charming squares and more than 50 monumental churches, convents, monasteries cloisters and historic monuments get together at the best preserved historical center in South America. (B)

DAY 3 - FULL DAY EXCURSION TO THE NORTHERN HIGHLANDS

The everlasting fertile province of Imbabura is located at 2530 m above sea level. Its magical land is surrounded by lakes are cradle of artists, histories and living pre-Inca cultures. The tour stops at Quitsato Complex in Cayambe, located right in the middle of the world. Where you will learn how the ancient cultures lived in the area, defining when to plant and to harvest by observing the sun and the stars.
Then, you will visit Peguche, a picturesque little town whose inhabitants are famous for their weaving abilities on hand made looms in vivid colors. You will appreciate their work in textiles and sweaters in amazing colors. You will also visit the House of instruments, where a wide variety of Andean instruments like the sikus, kenas and charangos may be appreciated. (B,L)

DAY 4 - FULL DAY EXCURSION TO THE COTOPAXI REGION

We will drive South of Quito, through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, towards the Cotopaxi Province, on the way and depending on the weather conditions we can have a beautiful view of the Highest active volcano in the world. We will drive up to Pujili village, famous for its CAtherdral whose façade was built in pumice rock and for its inidgenous market held every Wednesday and Sunday , we will visit a Tigua Workshop where its owner will show some of his “Naif” paitings. Retrn to Quit in the afternoon. (B)

DAY 5 - QUITO - THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Assistance and transfer from the hotel to airport to take the flight to the Galapagos islands. Once arrival in Galapagos and after entrance procedures, assistance and transfer to selected programme.

THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

WOE Galapagos Blue Footed BoobyLocated in the Pacific Ocean, 1000 kilometers from the South American mainland, this Ecuadorian Archipelago, made of 14 major islands and more than 60 smaller islands and islets, surrounded by its Marine Reserve, the world’s second largest, is known as a “Living Laboratory” or “Showcase of Evolution”

The combination of converging marine currents, a volcanic geological structure and their oceanic isolation has resulted in this “melting pot” of unique species, found nowhere else on earth. Some of the most notorious samples are the marine iguanas, the giant tortoises (called “Galapagos”) and the 13 varieties of Darwin’s finches.

This uniqueness inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, following his visit to the islands in 1835. Since then, they have become a Mecca for scientific investigation. Today, as a strictly protected National Park and the world’s first natural area designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the Galapagos are also one of the world’s most fascinating tourist destinations and a true Wonder of Nature. (B,L,D)

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DAY 8 OR 9 - GALAPAGOS - GUAYAQUIL

Departure to the city of Guayaquil, upon arrival you will be assisted at the airport and transferred to the hotel. Then, you will have a brief panoramic scenic excursion of the city, the largest port in the country, gives you a good opportunity to learn about the culture and the customs of the people living in the coastal area of Ecuador. (B)

DAY 9 OR 10 - GUAYAQUIL DEPARTURE

At scheduled time transfer to the airport to take your international flight. (B)

PRICES ON REQUEST

The guide prices shown are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.

Prices are generally for private arrangements based on two people travelling together and sharing a room. There are a number of factors which will influence the price; these include the standard of accommodation, the season, and the Galapagos Islands or Amazon Add-on.

OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS

Galapagos Islands and The Amazon Basin

  • Galapagos Islands Interlude: Tourist Superior Hotels
    4 days / 3 night's extension programme switching your stay betwern San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela
  • Galapagos Islands Combined hotel & cruise
    Cruise programme with 3/4/5/7 night cruise around the Islands
  • Amazon Cruise through the Exuadorian Rainforest
    8 day cruise on-board 5* M/V Anakonda
  • Yasuni National Park Area
    4 days / 3 night's with flights to Coca region

HOTELS AS LISTED OR SIMILAR

  • Quito 3* hotel Vieja Cuba
  • Quito 4* hotel Dann Carlton
  • Quito 5* hotel Swissotel
  • Guayaquil 3* hotel Hotel Palace
  • Guayaquil 4* hotel Courtyard by Marriott
  • Guayaquil 5* hotel Hotel Colon

Holiday Prices Include:

  • Accommodation at hotels listed above or similar including daily breakfast
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing programs by private air-conditioned vehicle including all admission fees
  • English speaking local guide service in each city
  • Luggage handling and transfers from airport to hotel and vice versa.

Value for money

We believe that value for money is important, we want you to travel with ICAN Holidays again. When comparing prices, ensure you are comparing like for like as often there may be a cheaper option, but there may be hidden extras or the quality may not be as good.

Classic Ecuador - 10 Days
Visit the highlights of Ecuador. (Code: CTE)

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