7 Day Tour
Price on Request
Explore the Andes and their famous Avenue of Volcanoes, Colourful valleys, picturesque villages and majestic cities such as Quito and Cuenca, World Heritage Sites full of history, colonial art and architecture.
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 - COLONIAL QUITO AND THE INTIÑAN MUSEUM
You will visit the best of Colonial Quito, the largest and best preserved historic center in the Americas. We will take you to some of the most beautiful and unusual corners of old Quito, with its flower-pot balconies, quaint plazas with stone carved fountains, and spectacular churches and convents. Then, a short drive North of the city will lead you to our planet´s latitude 0, the place where you can stand with one foot on the northern hemisphere and the other one on the southern hemispher, an out-of-the ordinary experience. Visit one of the local museums, where you may appreciate the wonderful world of the Andean cosmo-vision, its culture and traditions.
The afternoon is free to further explore Quito.
DAY 3 - ANDEAN HANDICRAFTS AND MARKETS
You will travel north of Quito to the Imbabura Province, Land of Lakes, at an elevation of 2530 meters. The area is much like a gigantic painting on which the artist has splattered earth tones. There are plenty of cultural experiences since it is rich in tradition, history, culture, and handicraft. Today, you will visit the small, quaint town of Peguche, famous for its community members' skill at handcrafting clothing. Lunch will be provided at one of the charming haciendas or hosterias in the area, the menu features delicious traditional dishes.
DAY 4 - ARTISAN VOLCANO REGION - PATATE VALLEY
The Antisana volcano is the fourth highest mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes. Massive glaciers feed water to lakes and rivers of the reserve, which sustain the abundant wildlife of the region. Fifty percent of the Andean Condors that live in Ecuador have chosen Antisana as their home, as well as many other species of highland birds. The route south of Quito goes through the Famous Avenue of the Volcanoes up to Patate region. Very close is located Baños, this small village is considered the Gate to the Amazon Rainforest, the environment is impressive, a mixture of highlands landscapes with vegetation that becomes exuberant and greener as it descents to the Amazon Basin, along the Pastaza river canyon it is possible to admire dozens of waterfalls
DAY 5 - INGAPIRCA FORTRESS - CUENCA
Your ultimate destination today is the city of Cuenca, yet roughly two hours before reaching it are the Incan ruins of Ingapirca Fortress, definitely a highly important archeological center in Ecuador. While scholars have conducted plenty of studies of the complex, its true purpose still alludes us. After visiting the fortress, lunch will be offered in a local restaurant, and then, you will continue back on the road to Cuenca.
DAY 6 - CUENCA
The city of Cuenca is located in the southern Andes of Ecuador in a charming valley set within a beautiful highland landscape. It is an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. It is also known as Santa Ana of the four rivers. The city tour will let you experience the allure of Cuenca is in its French Neo-classical buildings, and its lovely balconies decorated with colourful geraniums that you will find on the Main Square and certain churches.
DAY 7 - DEPARTURE
At the scheduled time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil or Quito and connections.
PRICES ON REQUEST (EXCLUDING INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS)
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 level of private guiding versus shared excursions.
Galapagos Islands and The Amazon Basin
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4 days / 3 night's extension programme switching your stay betwern San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela
- Galapagos Islands Combined hotel & yacht: Tourist Hotels
3 days / 2 nigt's extension programme with daily visits to the Islands
- Amazon Cruise through the Amazon 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
- Patate 3* hotel Hacienda Leito
- Patate 4* hotel Hacienda Leito
- Patate 5* hotel Hacienda Leito
- Cuenca 3* hotel
- Carvallo Hotel
- Shanghai 4* hotel Victoria Hotel
- Shanghai 5* hotel Mansion Alcazar
Holiday Prices Include:
- 6 nights’ 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.
Wonders of Ecuador - 7 Days
Visit the highlights of Ecuador. (Code: CTE)