Embark on an unforgettable 7-day Scenic Mainland Tour and uncover the awe-inspiring landscapes and vibrant culture of Ecuador. This meticulously planned journey will guide you through captivating destinations, unveiling the country's diverse beauty and rich heritage. From the historical marvels of Quito to the picturesque allure of Northern Andes Ecuador, from the adventurous spirit of Riobamba to the cultural brilliance of Cuenca, and concluding with the lively ambiance of Guayaquil, each day promises an array of mesmerizing experiences that will stay with you forever.


  • Day Arrival in Quito

    Welcome to the enchanting city of Quito! Upon your arrival, our friendly representative will warmly greet you and accompany you to your hotel for a smooth and comfortable check-in process. Get ready for an unforgettable journey as we delve into the historic heart of Quito.

    Prepare to be captivated by the charm of Quito's old town, a true gem boasting one of Latin America's most well-preserved colonial quarters. The streets are adorned with artistic and architectural wonders from a bygone era, ranging from majestic edifices to awe-inspiring masterpieces.

    As we stroll along the charming cobblestone streets, our knowledgeable guide will regale you with captivating tales and legends that have shaped the rich history of this mesmerizing city. Our first stop will be at La Plaza Grande, the city's most significant square, which witnessed pivotal moments in colonial governance. Here, you'll marvel at the grandeur of the Cathedral, the exquisite Archbishop's Palace, and the stately Carondelet Presidential Palace, while being enthralled by intriguing stories rooted in this historic square.

    We'll then make our way to San Francisco Square, with a visit to the renowned Campania de Jesus en route. This remarkable church stands as a testament to the pinnacle of baroque architecture and art during the colonial period in Latin America, captivating visitors with its splendor and mystique for centuries. In San Francisco Square, you'll have the opportunity to admire one of Quito's most cherished and ancient churches, a beloved landmark that holds a special place in the hearts of the locals.

    After a day filled with exploration and discovery, we'll return to your hotel in Quito, where you can enjoy a well-deserved night's rest, replete with the memories of a truly unforgettable day.

    • Overnight at Swissotel Quito
  • Day Full Day Sightseeing

    Day 2 of our tour takes us to the vibrant Otavalo market, one of Latin America's largest indigenous markets. Bursting with colors, sounds, and joy, this market offers the perfect chance to find a memorable keepsake from your journey.

    In the early morning, your guide will pick you up, and we'll head north toward Otavalo. En route, catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring Cayambe mountain, standing tall at 5,790 meters (19,000 feet) above sea level, its snow-capped peak a remarkable sight.

    Arriving in Otavalo, we'll explore the bustling market, where vendors showcase a variety of goods. Discover intricately embroidered blouses, exquisite paintings, and masterfully carved figures. Don't miss the opportunity to find delicate alpaca sweaters, mittens, and hats, all crafted by skilled artisans.

    After the market, enjoy a delicious lunch before visiting the breathtaking Cuicocha Lake, nestled within the crater of an active volcano. Its turquoise waters and central islets create a stunning scene.

    Before returning to Quito, we'll stop in Cotacachi, famous for its high-quality leather goods. Find meticulously designed jackets, comfortable shoes, and boots, catering to every taste. Our day concludes as we head back to Quito.

    • Breakfast & Lunch
    • Overnight at Swissotel Quito
  • Day Exploring Cotopaxi National Park: Ecuador's Majestic Volcano and Delicate Ecosystem

    After breakfast, we depart from Quito early in the morning and head to Cotopaxi National Park, home to Ecuador's tallest active volcano, the majestic Cotopaxi, soaring at an impressive 5,897 meters (19,347 feet) above sea level. This park also safeguards the vital Andean paramo ecosystem.

    The Andean paramo plays a crucial role as a natural reservoir, supplying much-needed water to the lowlands. During a brief hike within the park, we'll marvel at the wonders of this unique location and encounter the remarkable creatures that have adapted to the paramo's challenging conditions.

    Witness the exceptional survival tactics of the Cotopaxi hummingbird, which goes into hibernation each night to endure the region's severe weather. Other fascinating species that call the paramo their home include the spectacled bear, paramo foxes, white-tailed deer, and the iconic Andean Condor. However, these animals face threats from hunting and habitat destruction, making the conservation of this delicate ecosystem all the more crucial.

    After our hike, we'll head to our hotel for a well-deserved overnight stay, cherishing the memories of our Cotopaxi National Park adventure.

    • Breakfast & Dinner
    • Overnight at Hotel in Andes
  • Day Majestic Chimborazo: A Trek through Biodiversity and Glacial History

    Our journey along the Avenue of the Volcanoes leads us to the breathtaking Chimborazo National Park, home to the impressive Chimborazo Mountain, Ecuador's highest peak at 6,268 meters (20,564 ft). Join us as we head south after breakfast to explore this stunning natural wonder.

    Chimborazo's towering height creates a fascinating array of microclimates, fostering remarkable biodiversity. As we trek through this captivating landscape, we'll witness the park's beauty and learn about the government's efforts to protect the llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas that inhabit the area.

    The mountain's history is equally enthralling, as we delve into the fascinating tale of the "Hieleros" – individuals who once scaled its slopes to harvest glacial ice. These ice blocks were then transported encased in straw to be sold to wealthy families, providing a luxurious source of coldness. Though this tradition has largely faded into history, Baltazar Ushca remains a living symbol, continuing the legacy by mining and selling ice at the nearby Riobamba market.

    After our exploration of this protected region, we'll find rest and comfort at a charming local hacienda, ending the day amid the beauty and history of Chimborazo National Park.

    • Breakfast & Dinner
    • Overnight at Hotel in Riobamba
  • Day Awe-Inspiring Wonders: Chimborazo, Ingapirca, and the Avenue of the Volcanoes

    Our journey along the Avenue of the Volcanoes is filled with marvels. En route, we'll be captivated by the picturesque Colta Lake and visit Ecuador's first church, the Church of Balbanera. But the adventure doesn't stop there!

    Next, we head to Chimborazo National Park, where the dormant volcano, Chimborazo Mountain, looms at an astounding 6,268 meters (20,564 ft), proudly claiming the title of Ecuador's tallest peak. The park's unique elevation nurtures diverse microclimates and a rich array of biodiversity.

    Embarking on a hike through this breathtaking landscape, we'll discover the region's beauty while gaining insights into the government's efforts to preserve native species like llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas.

    Our adventure then takes us to the enigmatic Inca ruins at Ingapirca. Experts believe this mysterious complex may have served as a ceremonial temple and garrison to safeguard the sacred site. Marvel at the incredible craftsmanship displayed in the intricate architecture and astonishing precision throughout the archaeological site.

    After a day filled with exploration and wonder, we'll journey south to Cuenca, where we'll find rest and relaxation for the night. Get ready for more unforgettable experiences on our remarkable journey through Ecuador's wonders!

    • Breakfast, Box Pack Lunch & Dinner
    • Overnight at Hotel in Cuenca
  • Day Unveiling the Charms of Cuenca: Architecture, Heritage, and Panama Hats

    Prepare to be enchanted by Cuenca, one of Ecuador's most picturesque cities, adorned with four rivers, striking architecture, and delightful weather. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this captivating city promises to mesmerize you with its timeless charm. Our tour will lead you to its iconic sites, parks, and churches, immersing you in the splendor of Cuenca.

    In the morning, we'll begin our exploration in the colonial quarter, starting with the Old Cathedral – a magnificent showcase of Cuenca's signature colonial style. As the city's first-ever structure, it holds a special place in the hearts of the locals. Our journey continues to Calderon Park, followed by a visit to the New Cathedral of Cuenca. This impressive cathedral, constructed in 1885 to accommodate the city's growth, boasts a captivating fusion of architectural styles. Romanesque elements grace its exterior facade, while Renaissance influences shine through its iconic blue-tiled domes.

    During the afternoon, we'll venture to the Toquilla Straw Hat Museum, the home of the world-famous Panama hat. Although associated with the Panama Canal workers and Theodore Roosevelt, the true origins of this iconic hat lie in Ecuador, with Cuenca being a primary producer. The art of weaving these hats was even inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2012.

    After a day filled with exhilarating exploration, find tranquility in the serene city of Cuenca, where a peaceful night's rest awaits. Uncover the wonders of this enchanting city on our immersive tour, delving into its rich heritage and fascinating artistry.

    • Overnight at Hotel in Cuenca
    • Breakfast & Dinner
  • Day From Andean Highlands to Coastal Marvels: Guayaquil and Its Contrasting Beauty

    Day seven of our journey unveils a striking transition as we leave the breathtaking Andean highlands and captivating paramo behind, making our way to the vibrant coastal city of Guayaquil – Ecuador's primary port and shipyard. Prepare to be amazed by the contrasting ecosystems and rich biodiversity that this remarkable country has to offer.

    In the early morning, we embark on an expedition to Cajas National Park, an astonishing paramo that plays a vital role as one of Ecuador's primary water reservoirs, boasting over 200 freshwater lakes. At a former hacienda-turned-private reserve, be spellbound by the magnificence of the landscape. As we descend the Andes Mountains, marvel at the dramatic shifts in vegetation and climate within minutes.

    En route to Guayaquil, feast your eyes on picturesque scenery adorned with sprawling banana, plantain, and cacao plantations, as well as expansive agricultural farms. Upon reaching Guayaquil, we'll take you on a scenic tour of the city's prominent landmarks, including the iconic Malecon Boardwalk and Seminario Park.

    After a day filled with awe-inspiring sights, settle in for a comfortable night's stay at our hotel in Guayaquil. Embrace the enchanting beauty of Ecuador's diverse landscapes as we explore the wonders of its highlands and the vibrant coastal splendor.

    • Breakfast
    • Overnight at Hotel in Guayaquil
  • Day End of Tour

    As our incredible Ecuadorian adventure ends, a transfer will be organized from our hotel to the airport, bidding farewell to the unforgettable experiences and memories we've shared throughout this remarkable journey.

    • Breakfast

Trip Info

  • Includes

    • Privates transportation
    • Meals detailed in the itinerary
    • Hotel accommodation
    • English speaking guide
  • Excludes

    • Meals not specified in the itinerary, beverages with meals
    • Additional meals and drinks (soft & alcoholics)
    • Tips and personal expenses
    • Travel and medical insurance
  • Climate & Weather

    Ecuador has a highly changeable climate, which means that it can be variable at any time. Generally though, in the Sierra, there is little variation by day or by season, with changes occurring as you climb or descend instead. The coastal and Amazonian lowlands have a wet equatorial climate, but the higher you climb the colder it gets.

    Rainfall is primarily affected by proximity to the eastern or western slopes of the Andes; in the west, June to September are drier with October to May typically wetter; in the east the opposite is true with October to February drier and March to September much wetter. There is also a variation in the amount of rainfall as you journey north to south, with the southern highlands much drier than the landscapes in the north. The coast can be enjoyed all year round, although it is cooler between June and November, when a sea mist known as garua sets in. January to May are consistently the hottest and rainiest months here. The Galapagos are also affected by garua between May and December; January to April here are the hottest months, with heavy but brief rainfall also possible. In the Oriente you can be affected by rainfall at any time, but it is wettest from March to September. Most cities are located in a comfortable subtropical zone. Taking all of this into account, Ecuador’s high season is June to early September.

  • Clothing & Dress Recommendation

    Lightweight natural fabrics; rainwear in subtropical areas. Warmer clothes are needed in upland areas. Make sure that you have good-quality, well-broken boots with plenty of ankle support for trekking or walking on uneven terrain.

  • Food, Drink & Cuisine Advice

    It is advisable to drink only bottled or sterilised water in Ecuador. Avoid unpasteurised dairy products. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

    Ecuadorian dinner tables are blessed with some of the finest produce in South America; a testament to the country’s fertile soil, varied typography and wildly different climates.

    There are three main regions in Ecuador, each with its own style of cooking: highland cuisine revolves around warm, hearty dishes such as roast guinea pig and locro, a soup of potato, cheese, corn and avocado; coastal cuisine is dominated by seafood; and Oriente dinner tables typically feature rice, banana, yucca (a type of manioc root) and fish, including piranha. Most food isn’t spicy, but is inevitably accompanied by a bowl of aji, a hot pepper sauce for the bold to add at their peril.

  • Currency & Exchange

    US Dollar (USD; symbol US$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of US$100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of US$1 and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents. Some coins are usual US cents and some are Ecuadorean centavos. They have the same value.

    There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding US$10,000 must be declared.

    Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and at casas de cambio (exchange houses), the latter being generally the best option. It may be difficult to exchange money in the Oriente. The rate of commission varies between 1 to 4%, so it is worth shopping around.

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