Best of Ecuador

From the colonial city Quito to the colorful market of Otavalo, the famous thermal baths of Papallacta, visit the Cotopaxi National Park and the largest Inca site of Ecuador, the Ingapirca ruins. The very best of Ecuador!

Day 1

Arrival in Quito. At an altitude of 2.800 metres, Quito is the second highest capital city in South America.

Day 2

Half day city tour of Quito. The colonial old town was the first location in the world to be designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Continue to the Equatorial Monument “Middle of the World”, where you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere.

Day 3
Quito – Otavalo

Transfer to Otavalo to visit a school project in Peguche and the Otavalo handicraft market, the most famous indigenous market in South America. Time at leisure for some local handicraft and souvenir shopping.

Day 4
Otavalo – Papallacta

Visit of the Cuicocha lagoon and the little village Cotacachi. Drive to the small Andean village Papallacta, which is famous for its thermal baths. Enjoy the pleasant effect of the warm, odourless thermal water surrounded by a wonderful landscape. Overnight in Papallcata.

Day 5
Papallacta – Cotopaxi

Drive along the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” to the South. Visit to the Cotopaxi National Park, walking tour at Laguna de Limpiopungo and visit of a beautiful flower plantation.

Day 6
Cotopaxi – Riobamba

Enjoy the diversity of an original market and continue to the volcanic lake of Quilotoa with stunning views of the lake and the mountain ranges. Transfer to Riobamba.

Day 7
Riobamba – Cuenca

Train ride to the Devil’s Nose, which offers spectacular Andean scenery along the way. Visit to the largest Inca site of Ecuador, the pre-Columbian Ingapirca ruins.

Day 8

Half day excursion to visit the main sights including the flower market and a Panama hat factory. Guests explore the cobblestone streets, handsome plazas and churches of the city.

Day 9
Cuenca – Guayaquil

Transfer to Guayaquil incl. Visit of a cacao project enroute. Short panoramic sightseeing tour upon arrival.

Day 10

End of the roundtrip and departure flight or post-tour.

  • Meet and greet on arrival at Airport.
  • Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner).
  • Entrance fees where applicable.
  • Tours as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Professional English-speaking guide/driver guide.
  • Transfers
  • Travel Protection is offered on all packages at an additional cost.