Andes of Ecuador

 

8 days/7 nights

 

 

Day 1. Arrival and Hotel Check-in

Upon arrival to Quito you be provided transportation to your Hotel.

Hotel: Hotel La Casona de la Ronda

 

 

Day 2. Machachi and Avenue of the Volcanoes

At 8:30 AM your driver will meet you at the hotel to take you Machachi to Hacienda Umbria located along the avenue of the volcanoes, south of Quito.

Lunch will be served at Hacienda Umbria. Arrive early and learn how to prepare Ecuadorian dishes by participating in the cooking.The hacienda is a paradise located in the magnificent setting of the Ecuadorian Andes. A place where you can disconnect from reality and rediscover the authentic pleasures of life. From the break of dawn, the impressive view of the local snow-capped peaks of Corazón, Rumiñahui, Cotopaxi and Ilinizas, invite you to enjoy your natural surroundings in their purest form through activities such as riding on the hacienda’s wonderful Andalucian horses, mountain biking and hiking through the local native forests and trails among the native orchids. The farm offers gourmet food and excellent wines.

After lunch you will drive to La Alegria Farm where you will be served dinner and spend the night.

Hotel: La Alegria Farm

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 3. Full day in La Alegria Farm or drive to Cotopaxi National Park

After a delicious breakfast you can enjoy a horseback ride at the Farm or drive to Cotopaxi National Park, located only 30 minutes from La Alegria.

The Cotopaxi National Park is an ecological sanctuary of 36,000 hectares (88,920 acres) surrounding the highest active volcano in the world. Especially attractive to nature lovers, this park has treeless vegetation of the Andean moorlands or páramo. You may see herds of llamas, wild horses, and perhaps deer, rabbits, frogs and lizards. Bird life includes the Andean gull, ducks, and several species of hummingbirds and with some luck, the condor. Look directly up the magnificent mountain, rising 5897 meters (19,700 feet).

In the afternoon, return to the farm for lunch and to relax.

Hotel: La Alegria Farm

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 4. Drive due North to Imbabura Province.

Leave La Alegria Farm at 9:00 AM and head north. You will follow the Panamerican Highway to Cayambe, where you will visit a Rose Plantation followed by lunch in the Compania Farm.

This antique hacienda offers history, fresh air, scenery, and excellent food. La Compañía once belonged to the Jesuit order. The house and chapel have been in the hands of the Jarrín family for over 100 years. The owners welcome you to enjoy typical Ecuadorian cuisine and exotic fruits and juices for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or tea. Lunch is followed by a visit to the rose plantation where a guide will show you every detail about rose production.

In the afternoon continue due north to Hacienda Cusin, located on the foothills of Imbabura Volcano, near San Pablo Lake.

Hotel: Hacienda Cusin

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 5. Otavalo Market and back roads

The morning is free for you to enjoy the area.

At 10:00 AM drive west towards Otavalo city, crossing rolling hills and the famous huasipungos (the places where the indigenous people have their houses and crops).

Imbabura province is known for the excellent craftsman. Each village in the area produces different types of things, such as wall hangings, shawls, wool jumpers and cardigans, wood carvings, leather goods, and other amazing articles.

In Otavalo you will be able to visit the main square of the city where the local indigenous people sell their crafts. You will find different type crafts, from wool and Alpaca sweaters, to paintings, wall hangings and hammocks. The Otavaleños are hardworking people that were born with the gift of being excellent artisans. Along the back roads and foothills of Imbabura volcano you will be able to observe small villages of Agato, Peguche and Iluman, where you will stop to get to know the culture and its people. Saturday is market day, and you will have 3 to 4 hours to enjoy the fair, then continue for lunch in Pinsaqui Farm.

In the afternoon, visit Cotacachi village known for its excellent leather goods. Later return to Cusin to rest.

Hotel: Hacienda Cusin

Meals provided: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

 

Day 6. Equator Monument and return to Quito

In the morning enjoy the beautiful gardens of Cusin. Departure is at 10:00 and travel to the Equator Monument in Cayambe followed by lunch in the Café de la Vaca Restaurant.

In the afternoon, return to Quito.

Hotel: La Casona de la Ronda

Meals provided: Breakfast and lunch. Dinner on your own.

 

Day 7. Colonial Quito

At 8:30 AM you will start a tour of Colonial Quito. Take in the beauty and history of colonial Quito with emphasis on the old city. The visit begins with a quick view of some residential neighborhoods in modern Quito and then it continues to central Quito.

The tour starts in the Parliament Building, where stone murals record some important features of Ecuador’s history. Afterwards, continue to downtown and visit the colonial temples and monasteries of this urban jewel, designated by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Independence square, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace. Continue by foot to La Compania de Jesus and the church of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World. Its impressive façade and atrium lead to its gilt interior a Baroque influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar.

At approximately 1:30 PM you will have lunch in the Octava de Corpus.In the afternoon, visit the Olga Fisch Gallery and Archeology collection. The rest of the afternoon is yours for shopping and relaxing.

Hotel: La Casona de la Ronda

Meals provided: Breakfast and lunch. Dinner on your own.

 

Day 8. Return home

Along the way to the airport, visit the back roads of Otavalo at Imbabura Province. Enjoy lunch at Hacienda Umbria where the owner will cook with you.

 

​Ethaka Travel hosts groups from 2-20 people. The price varies depending on the number of people. Please contact Ethaka Travel for information on pricing. 

info@ethakatravel.com or 817-914-8601 

 

All Hotels are Premium Hotels. Contact info@ethakatravel.com for more information.

 

Price includes:

  • Ecuadorian guide and trip leader when group is above 6 passengers

  • transportation to all places with private driver

  • all specified meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 

  • accommodation in all hotels based in double occupancy

  • guided tours and entry fees to parks and museums

 

Price does not include:

  • International airfare

  • beverages in restaurants

  • laundry,

  • meals that are not specified in the itinerary 

  • personal expenses

  • tips

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