Best of Ecuador

Duration:7 days

Day 1

Quito

Arrive into Quito, capital of Ecuador, a country full of natural beauty. Nearly a third of Ecuadorians are Indians and their life has changed little since their land was invaded by the Spanish. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2

Quito – Otavalo

This journey is a treat of brilliant scenery and artisan villages, like Calderon, a small town where bread dough figurines are made in many shapes and sizes. Depart Quito this morning, along the valleys of Guayllabamba and Cayambe, with their dairy farms and rose plantations. Arrive at lunchtime at one of the charming country inns or colonial haciendas where you will spend the night. Visit the town of San Antonio de Ibarra, famous for its woodcarvings, the town of Cotacachi, an entire town dedicated to selling fine leather products, and the town of Peguche where textiles are woven in old-fashioned shuttle looms.BLD

Day 3

Otavalo – Quito

After a hearty country breakfast, visit the Otavalo market, piled high with ponchos, woollen goods, tapestries, the original “Panama” hat, sweaters, Indian jewellery and many handicrafts. Return to QUITO in the afternoon.BL

Day 4

Quito

This afternoon tour colonial Quito with a charming surprise around every corner – the northern residential section with broad avenues and streets of castles, the House of Culture, Legislative Palace and the Independence Plaza, plus a visit to the San Agustín Monastery and finally to a high vantage point for fabulous views of the city.B

Day 5

Quito – Cotopaxi

Travel today to Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. Cotopaxi, which means “neck of the moon”, rises from a valley about 2,750 meters above sea level to a height of 5,897 meters above sea level. Surrounding Cotopaxi Volcano is the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary of 36,000 hectares (88,920 acres), especially attractive for nature lovers, with the treeless vegetation of the Andean moorlands or paramo. On your visit here you may see some of the fauna and bird life of the highlands, which includes the Andean gull, ducks, several species of hummingbirds and with some luck, the condor. Overnight at Hacienda la CiénegaBLD

Day 6

Cotopaxi – Quito

Today visit a local Indian market, the handicraft centre of the potteries of La Victoria and time to explore the countryside and neighbouring small towns. Return to QUITO this afternoon.BL

Day 7

Quito

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.B

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  • B: BREAKFAST
  • L: LUNCH
  • D: DINNER

Dates and cost

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Minimum 2 passengers

What’s included

  • Accommodation with private facilities.
  • Meals, sightseeing and transfers as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Service charges and taxes (excluding airport and air ticket taxes).

What’s not included

Catopaxi National Park entrance fee; Airport or air ticket taxes or levies, port taxes (except where shown as included); passport or visa fees; excess baggage charges; any insurance; any meals, air fares or sightseeing not specified in the itinerary; optional gratuities to guides, drivers etc; beverages; laundry or other items of a personal nature and any items not specifically mentioned as being included.

How to Book

The completion and return of the booking form is mandatory to the acceptance of reservation. We advise that you book as far ahead as possible. To initiate your reservation, please complete the Booking Form which must be signed and returned to Adventure Associates along with the applicable Deposit. Reservations are established only when you receive written confirmation and acceptance of the Booking Form and deposit payment. Ticketing and joining instructions are normally issued two weeks prior to departure.

Deposit required: $250 per person
Balance due: 60 days prior to departure
If booking within
60 days of departure:
full payment must be made

Should a booking be amended once reservations are processed, a $55 amendment fee per booking for each amendment made, plus any communication expenses incurred, will be added to the cost of the tour.

Cancellations

Written instructions only will be accepted by Adventure Associates to cancel a reservation. Cancellation charges are subject to regulations or airlines, cruise companies, coach and tour operators, hotels and any other Principals involved. If it is necessary to cancel your arrangements, the following non-refundable provisions will apply.

More than 60 days prior to departure $300 per person
Between 59 and 35 days prior to departure 50% of tour cost per person
Between 34 and 14 days prior to departure 75% of tour cost per person
On or within 13 days prior to departure No Refund

Note

  • All the above amounts are in addition to any fees levied by the airlines, hotels or cruise companies. Communication charges incurred may also be added to the above.
  • All cancellation provisions will be strictly applied. If the non-refundable amount is more than your advance payment, you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned in these Terms and Conditions you are strongly urged to take out travel insurance at the time of your reservation. Adventure Associates or your Travel Agent will be pleased to advise you on the best policy which may protect you.

All cancellation provisions will be strictly applied. If the cancellation charge is more than your advance payment you remain liable for the difference. For these and other reasons mentioned above you are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance. Once the tour has departed there will be no refund for any unused portions of the trip.

Otavalo Note: Packages are generally based on First class, centrally located hotels, except where specified, and include transfers between airports, hotels, sightseeing and meals as indicated in the itinerary. Ask us for details should you wish to stay in Deluxe Hotels, or another hotel of your choice. EcuadorFlag Tour costs are quoted in Australian Dollars per person unless otherwise indicated. All itineraries and prices may be subject to changes beyond our control as a result of airline rescheduling, tour arrangements, fare and hotel rate increases. Prices may also be adjusted due to currency fluctuations. Please check before you book with your travel agent or Adventure Associates to ascertain if there are any alterations to the tour you select.