Suggested Tours in Ecuador
Here are a few popular suggested tours. Some are a little more exclusive and some use group day tours where possible to keep the costs down. We can add Amazon and/or Galapagos options to these tours or we can do similar tours with private guides.
We can offer private tours with a unique collection of boutique hotels, haciendas and lodges, from up and down this small but beautiful country. We are delighted to share with travellers from around the globe these beautiful places to stay - each one brimming with hospitality, warmth, charm and character. - Historical estancias can be ones such as Zuleta, La Alegria, Pinsaqui, Abraspungo, Hato Verde and more.
Ecuador Haciendas Create a Memorable Experience
The following tours use group day tours
Sample Private Tour Itineraries
Ecuador North and South
Day 1 – arrive Quito
and transfer to hotel
Day 2 - to Otovalo
Breakfast, at hotel. Transfer to Otavalo. Coffee break at Hacienda la Compañia (highland breakfast in this 100 year old hacienda that still keeps its original decoration and charm).Visit to the rose plantation (includes a tour of the facilities where the roses are packed to be exported all over the world). Visit to the textile workshop, where handmade scarves, sweaters, rugs and many other products are woven using ancient knowledge of millenary cultures, for example, the use of bugs to dye the wool.
Visit to Otavalo food market, maybe animal market and indigenous handicraft and textile market.Lunch at PALMERAS DE CUSIN. Visit to Cotacachi, an Andean town known for its beauty and it artisans, specialized in hand made leather attires and accessories. Accommodations and dinner at Hacienda Cusin or Piman
Day 3 - to Ibarra for culture, train & shaman
Breakfast at Hacienda Cusin. Transfer to Ibarra´s train station for a train ride to Salinas de Ibarra (passing through dry Andean forests, over hanging bridges, along a precipice and through mountainside tunnels).Dance show at the African/Ecuadorian community restaurant, Lunch at Pantavi, which belongs to an artist.
Transfer to Iluman. Visit to the “yagcha” (shaman), where he will explain and show his rituals and knowledge. Transfer Back to Quito. Overnight some place like Stubell Suites or La Rabida.
Day 4 - tour Quito, then to Avenue of the Volcanoes
Breakfast at Hotel. City tour to Quito´s historical center, including interesting visits like the colonial hat workshop and the sweetshop of the cloister nuns. Lunch at the cafeteria of the Plaza Grande Hotel.
Visit to Mindalae Museum, that exhibits the artwork, clothing and utensils of Ecuador’s indigenous people, with special emphasis on the peoples of the rainforest or visit to Alabado Museum, located in a beautiful historical house from the year of 1671, dedicated to ancient American civilizations that occupied the area of Ecuador. Transfer to Hacienda La Alegria for overnight.
Day 5 - Cotopaxi area, return to Quito
Breakfast. Visit to the pottery workshop in La Victoria. Visit to the artisan´s association in Pujili. Visit to Saquisili indigenous market (an Andean market untainted by tourism and where natives still trade products without the use of money). Tour Cotopaxi. Lunch, then transfer back to Quito.
Day 6 - fly to Cuenca for touring
Transfer to airport.Flight Quito – Cuenca. City tour in Cuenca historical Center. Visit to the Museum de las Conceptas (former monastery that now presents the art and way of life of cloister nuns).Lunch at el Maiz restaurant (Ecuadorian and fusion cuisine).
Visit to the Banco Central Museum, located in the ruins of the city of Tomebamba, the second most important of the Incan Empire. The museum also has a very complete exposition on the different indigenous nations that have live in Ecuador throughout the ages. Visit to the toquilla hat (panama hat) workshop and museum. Accommodations at Hotel Santa Lucia, an old colonial house adapted as a first class charming hotel.
Day 7 - Cuenca area artisans
Breakfast at Hotel Santa Lucia. Transfer to Gualaceo. Visit to a textile workshop to learn about the weaving an dying of the materials with the use of natural ingredients and ancient techniques. Visit to the Andean wine factory, made of fruits found only in the Ecuadorian highlands such as nispero and capuli. Visit to the handicraft center, where artisans from the region gather their products for commercialization.Lunch at la Casona de Diego (international cuisine)
Transfer to Chordeleg. Visit to the Lituma brothers jewelry workshop, who design handmade exclusive art in gold and silver. Visit to a pottery workshop and store to see the production process of this handmade pieces. Visit to Chordeleg´s central square, filled with jewelry and pottery stores. Accommodations at Hotel Santa Lucia.
Day 8 - Ingapirca ruins, fly to Quito
Breakfast at Hotel Santa Lucia. Transfer to Ingapirca. Visit to Ingapirca ruins, constructed of perfectly carved stones that fit together seamlessly. The main ruin is the elliptic structure of the Temple of the Sun, used for ceremonies and rituals of the Cañari and Inca culture. Transfer to Cuenca. Lunch at el Tiesto restaurant (Ecuadorian and fusion cuisine)
Transfer to the airport. Flight Cuenca – Quito. If you have an early morning flight the next day, we can put you in a hotel closer to the airport, such as Hacienda Su Merced.
Day 9 - Depart
Breakfast at Hotel. Transfer to airport
Avenue of the Volcanoes Tour
Day 1 Arrive Guayaquil
Private guided transfer in from flight to Boutique Hotel Mansion del Rio. Overnight in Boutique Hotel Mansion del Rio with breakfast included.
Day 2 Guayaquil - Cuenca
In the morning enjoy a guided tour of Guayaquil including a visit to the Malecon 2000 and Santa Ana Hill. Lunch in a local top restaurant. In the afternoon travel up into the Andes, through Cajas National Park into the colonial city of Cuenca. Dinner and overnight in Hacienda Caballo Campana with breakfast included. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Cuenca
In the morning enjoy a tour of the city of Cuenca including visits to the main churches, the flower market, a stroll along the river, the Turi lookout and local Panama hat factory. Lunch at a local top restaurant. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city some more or visit a museum of your choice. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Caballo Campana with breakfast included. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Cuenca - Riobamba
In the morning enjoy a visit to the magical Inca ruins at Ingapirca. Lunch included in a local restaurant. In the afternoon continue your journey north to Alausi, from where you will embark on your journey by train along the famous Devil's Nose route which dramatically zigzags down the Andes, one of the most exhilarating train rides in the world! The train then returns to Alausi, the trip takes around 2 and a half hours in total. (The train operates every day of the week except Mondays). Continue onto Riobamba. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Abraspungo with breakfast included. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Riobamba - Baños
After breakfast at the hacienda enjoy a visit to the Chimborazo Faunistic Reserve. At 6,310m, Chimborazo is Ecuador's tallest mountain. It was believed to be the tallest mountain in the world until Mt. Everest was surveyed in the mid-19th century. After arriving at the reserve you can either hike or drive up to one of the 'huts' which is found at 4,900m. Look out for the resident herds of wild vicuñas! Lunch at a local mountain lodge. In the afternoon continue onto the Hacienda Manteles near Baños. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Manteles with breakfast included. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Baños
After breakfast head off towards Baños and from there follow the course of the Pastaza River towards Puyo, a stunning road trip which passes a number of beautiful waterfalls including the Manto de la Novia and the Pailon del Diablo. Return to the mountain spa town of Baños for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy a stroll around the main square and nearby streets, sample the local 'melcocha', a handmade toffee which is prepared on every street corner. Take a dip in the local hot springs. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Manteles with breakfast included. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Baños - Cotopaxi
In the morning hike to the local Payacucho Waterfall which is located within the hacienda's privately protected 200 hectare cloud forest reserve. This hike is suitable for all levels of fitness and takes around 1 and a half hours. The hacienda provides welly boots since the trail crosses small streams before arriving at the waterfall. Lunch included in the hacienda In the afternoon visit the village of Salasaca which is well known for the weaving of tapestries. The people here have a unique style of dress with black woven ponchos and wide-brimmed, white felt hats. After strolling around the market, visit the home of a master weaver, and learn all about the ancestral technique of backstrap weaving. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Hato Verde with breakfast included. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Cotopaxi
After breakfast set off for a full day tour to the stunning Quilotoa Crater Lake, with a stop off at the village of Tigua on the way to see the colorful paintings which are produced by the local indigenous artists. Box lunch provided On arrival at Quilotoa enjoy a hike down to the beautiful blue/green waters of the crater lake. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Hato Verde including breakfast. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Cotopaxi - Quito
After breakfast enjoy a visit to the wonderful world of the Ecuadorian Paramo that is Cotopaxi National Park. The majestic snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano is the highest active volcano in the world. Lunch included at a local hacienda within the National Park. On arrival in Quito enjoy a city tour by night.
Dinner and overnight in Boutique Hotel Café Cultura including breakfast (B,L,D)
Day 10 Quito - onward
Private transfer out to the airport to catch your international flight (B)
Day 1: Otavalo
Arrive in Quito’s Tababela airport & private transportation to Hacienda Pinsaqui, a 300 year old manor house filled with history and culture located 5 minutes away from the Otavalo handicraft market
Lodging and dinner in Hacienda Pinsaqui in the main living room next to the fireplace.
Day 2: Quito
Early breakfast in Pinsaqui and visit to the world famous indigenous market in Otavalo and Cotocachi. Transfer to Quito for city by night tour
Dinner and Lodging in the best suites in Café Cultura, the first boutique hotel in Ecuador located in the heart of the city of Quito
Day 3: Aloag
World famous breakfast in Café Cultura. Transfer to Hacienda La Alegria, world famous for their horse riding excursions and nominated by CNN as the 12th best horse riding experience in the world for an introduction to horse riding in the afternoon.
Dinner and lodging in one of the cozy suites of La Alegria.
Day 4: Cotopaxi
Early breakfast in La Alegria. Transfer to Hacienda Hato Verde, an enchanting working dairy farm located on the flanks of the Cotopaxi volcano. Visit to Cotopaxi National Park
Dinner and lodging in Hato Verde.
Day 5: Riobamba
Breakfast in Hato Verde. Transfer to Hacienda Abraspungo, a colonial hacienda located in the heart of Ecuador, to have a relaxing afternoon enjoying the facilities.
Dinner and Lodging in Hacienda Abraspungo.
Day 6: Cuenca
Early breakfast in Abraspungo. Leave for the Alausi train station to experience the Devil´s Nose train ride. Transfer to Hacienda Caballo Campana, located on 28 acres of pristine gardens, visiting briefly the ancient Ingapirca ruins
Dinner and lodging at Caballo Campana
Day 7: City, tour, then depart
Breakfast followed by a city tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cuenca. Lunch at Caballo Campana and
Option 1: flight back to Quito for flight home
Option 2: flight to Guayaquil to start Galapagos itinerary