Wonders of Ecuador
Wonders of Ecuador
Upon arrival, our collaborators offer a welcoming reception and will transfer you to the hotel. A documentation kit, detailed program explanation plus luggage and hotel registration assistance is offered. Overnight in Quito.
In the morning a short trip to the north of the city of Quito will lead us to our planet's Latitude 0´0´0´´where the Intiñan museum known too as "The trek of Sun" will guide us through the wonderful world of the Andean Cosmo-vision, culture and traditions. After this visit, enjoy of a wonderful tour through the streets and main squares of Quito Historical Center. A visit to the Church and Convent of Santo Domingo is part of this spectacular visit.
Overnight in Quito.
An early start will take you due north on a beautiful scenic drive to the province of Imbabura, a magic land of lakes and mountains of outstanding beauty. The day opens the possibility to learn about the customs of the people living in the area, learn about the relationship between the concept of the Middle of the World and all the archaeological sites found in the area.
The Northern Highlands are the home of the Otavalo Community, the Otavalos are known around the world for their weaving patterns and textiles which pre-date the Spanish conquest. The market is world known for its colorful textiles, woven on back-strap and shuttle looms, its piles of ponchos and hand-made textiles, hats, Indian jewelry and creative handicrafts. This is a unique occasion to wonder through this maze of color and enjoy some fun bargaining and buying great quality handicrafts at superb prices. Close by is the town of Peguche where some of the Otavalo Indians live and opens the possibility to see the typical houses of the area. Lunch will be offered at one of the many charming Hosterias or Country Inns of the area.
Overnight in Quito.
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 spices of highland birds. The route south of Quito goes through what it has been called the Avenue of the Volcanoes up to Patate.
Overnight in Patate
Located approximately two hours away from the city of Cuenca; The Ingapirca Fortress is without any doubt the most important archeological vestige left by the Inca Civilization in Ecuador. Despite the great number of studies made in the area, is a mystery until today the final use of this architectonic complex. Its different spaces make us doubt if it was a fortress, a center of astronomic observation or a temple devoted to the sun and the moon. Inside the complex, we will find a clear evidence of the greatness sumptuousness of the Cañari and Inca Cultures; the different didactic areas that we found in this onsite museum represent clearly a rich cultural interchange, plus an evident prove of the expertise hands of this pre Hispanic communities in the ceramic, sculpture and metallurgy industries. After this exciting experience, lunch and continue your trip to city of Cuenca.
Overnight in Cuenca
Located at the Southern Highlands in a picturesque valley surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery we found the city of Cuenca declared by the UNESCO a World Cultural Heritage in 1989. Cuenca, known as well as "Santa Ana of the 4 rivers", was specifically built to satisfy the demands of the Spanish elite during the conquest period; today this city displays with glamour a French Neoclassic architecture represented in its nicely decorated balconies with colorful geraniums, main squares and colossal churches that exalt the monumental beauty of this old colonial city. Our excursion is an encounter with traditions, emblematic shields, culture, art and religiousness, is a walking stroll through the city historic center, a special path that will allow us to admire the magnificence art and cultural diversity of the city exploring some of the most
unusual angels and perspectives.
Overnight in Cuenca.
At schedule, transfer to the airport to take your flight to Guayaquil. At your arrival, assistance to connect with the International flight.
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Transfer to the hotel if you are taking the Extension to Galapagos.
Overnight in Guayaquil