Quito and the Highlands Tour
6 days - Quito - Otovalo - Avenue of the Volcanoes
departures on: Mon., Tues. and Wed.
day 1 - arrive Quito, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel
day 2 - (Tuesday or Saturday) breakfast, Departure from Quito through The Panamericana North Highway. Brief stop at Calderon, a town where the famous "masapan" dolls are made, we will continue passing through Guayllabamba town with its typical fruit cherimoyer, we will stop at the highway that conduces to Cayambe to admire and take pictures of the beautiful landscape and snow caped mountains of the zone, crossing the equatorial line at Cayambe we will pass by Guachala (used to be the middle of the world monument), before we head up to Otavalo we will make a stop at Mira Lago to take pictures of the beautiful San Pablo Lake. The tour then continues to Otavalo here the Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items. Continuing the trip, we will go to the town of Peguche and visit a typical house of this zone. Finally, a visit to the leather shopping stores at Cotacachi is planned before returning to Quito through the Cajas-Tabacundo road.
day 3 - breakfast, then a comprehensive city tour includes visits to residential neighbourhoods at the northern end of the city, visiting the " Guapulo Mirador", passing through the 12 of October Avenue up to the Culture House and the Legislative Palace (Congress) where the rock murals that are related to the history of Ecuador can be appreciated.. The tour will then continue through the Gran Colombia Avenue up to the Basilica Church. Walking through the colonial streets we will then stop at the Independence Plaza admiring the Cathedral, the Government's Palace, and the Archiepiscopal palace. Furthermore, we will visit La Compañia Church where adornments and gold altars can be appreciated, a visit to the Sagrario Church and San Francisco which was built in the XVII century will be also done ( entrances are not included) Then we will be heading to the "Panecillo Mirador" (entrance is included) a beautiful place from where a sight of colonial and modern Quito will be taken. We will continue at the northern part of the city heading up to the "Middle of the World City" (entrance is included) where the monument that divides the Northern Hemisphere from the Southern Hemisphere will be visited. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line. The Ethnographic Museum can be also be visited ( entrance is not included) Finally we can visit the Sky lift complex (ticket not included), passengers returns to hotels by their own in this case.
day 4 - (Thursday) breakfast, Departure from Quito through the ¨Avenue of the Volcanoes¨ admiring the beautiful Andean landscape this is a great opportunity to take pictures, brief stop at the Cotopaxi National Park, lunch is included, arrival to Riobamba and accommodation in a typical hacienda of the region, dinner.
Day 5- breakfast will be served and departure to the train station from Riobamba to the ¨Devil's Nose¨ a magnificent work incrusted in the Andes (around 7 hours) box lunch is included. Return to Quito in the afternoon.
day 6 - breakfast, then transfer to the airport
** Train Operation is subject to change
note: tour dates may be changed to fit into scheduled departures, as mentioned above
2017 price per person in US$: