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Enjoy some of the best Ecuador travel sites on this nine day tour. Head deep into the cloud forest where hummingbirds flourish and clouds linger in the air. Test your bargaining skills at Otavalo Market, the most famous in the region. Travel through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, stopping to visit beautiful lakes and lagoons along the way. Enjoy relaxation time in Baños, the land of orchids and waterfalls. This is a great Ecuador tour highlights package!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Quito
Day 2 : Quito to Bellavista Cloud Forest
Day 3 : Bellavista to Otavalo
Day 4 : Otavalo Market
Day 5 : Cotopaxi National Park
Day 6 : Cotopaxi to Banos
Day 7 : Banos Free Day
Day 8 : Return to Quito
Day 9 : Return Home

Highlights

  • Hike Discovery Falls for a 360 degree view of Bellavista Cloud Forest
  • Attend Otavalo Market, the most famous in the region
  • Explore Cotopaxi National Park and search for the Andean Condor
  • Enjoy a free day in Baños and choose from numerous activity options

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • South America
  • Banos
  • Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve
  • Cotopaxi
  • Hacienda El Porvenir
  • Mindo
  • Otavalo
  • Quito

Activities

Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Devil's Cauldron Waterfall in Banos Hiking in the cloud forest Otovalo Market Pichincha Volcano Biking Cotopaxi Volcano with snow Locals in Cotacachi serenading the tourists Playing a charango at the local market in Otavalo, Ecuador I think the colors were so bright I was smiling!

Day 1 Arrive in Quito

Arrive in the Colonial City of Quito. Overnight.

Day 2 Quito to Bellavista Cloud Forest

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, head out early for Bellavista Cloud Forest. Along the way, stop at Puluhua Volcano for a glimpse into the crater of this extinct volcano. Descend the scenic mountain road through the Avenue of Volcanoes. Stop briefly at Pahuma Reserve for a quick hike to a rushing waterfall and a visit to the colorful orchid displays. Arrive at Bellavista just in time for a gourmet lunch. After lunch, you can enjoy the flurry of hummingbirds or take a guided walk to learn about the fascinating birdlife and complex vegetation of the cloud forest or enjoy the trails on your own. Hike to Discovery Falls or visit the geodesic dome for a 360 degree view of the cloud forest. Spend the evening on a night walk in search of nocturnal creatures.

Day 3 Bellavista to Otavalo

Spend the morning relaxing near the lodge or on an adventurous hike to a waterfall hidden deep in the forest. From here, head to the historic Hacienda Pinsaqui. The hacienda is nestled in the Otavalo Valley in the shadow of Imbabura Volcano. The 200-year-old hacienda with its gardens and old textile shops is yours to explore. From here you can visit the white city of Ibarra or the leather shops of Cotacachi.

Day 4 Otavalo Market

Arrive early to the animal market for a riotous time of literal horse trading, and spend the day bargaining with the locals over fine sweaters, tapestries, and woodwork. Indigenous people from the mountains descend into the valley to sell their crafts, textiles, cows, and goats in the tiny town of Otavalo. This is the most famous Indian market on the continent, and the good-hearted Otavaleños are certain to win your heart.

For the rest of the day you can relax on the lovely grounds of Hacienda Pinsaqui and enjoy the many options of recreation. Enjoy the gardens, hike, or take horses to explore Cuicocha Lake.

Day 5 Cotopaxi National Park

Mid-morning, say goodbye to your gracious hosts and head south along the Avenue of the Volcanoes. See breathtaking high plains as you head towards the magnificent snow-capped Cotopaxi - the earth's highest active volcano (19347ft/5897m). This area provides excellent opportunities to spot the Andean Condor. After lunch in the Limpiopungo Valley (12540ft/3800m), ascend to El Parqueadero (15180ft/4600m). From this point there is an optional hike for about an hour to El Refugio, the volcano's refuge lodge (15840ft/4800m) and the nearest glacier.

Tonight you overnight in one of Ecuador's most famous haciendas, the 400-year-old Hacienda La Cienega. This enchanting hacienda on the slopes of Cotopaxi has hosted many of Ecuador's former presidents as well as the founder of modern geography, Alexander von Humboldt.

Day 6 Cotopaxi to Banos

After breakfast this morning continue on your journey to Banos, one of the most charming towns of Ecuador. Considered the gateway to the Amazon river basin, Banos is a land of orchids and waterfalls at the base of the Tungurahua Volcano, and its hot therapeutic springs are famous throughout the country. Overnight in Banos

Day 7 Banos Free Day

Head out from Banos today to visit Pailon del Diablo, a stunning waterfall located a short drive from the city. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the numerous options that Banos has to offer. Your guide is available to help you select optional activities that include white water rafting, bike riding, horseback riding, rock-climbing and more! You can also choose to simply relax in this charming Ecuadorian town and enjoy a slower paced day. Overnight in Banos.

Day 8 Return to Quito

Today, visit Salasacas, a native community that specializes in textiles and tapestries. Continue to Latacunga along the magnificent Central Valley, which is sheltered by two parallel mountain ranges. Visit Quilotoa, a beautiful emerald lagoon surrounded by several snow-capped volcanoes. Visit the village of Tigua, known for artists who create wonderful sheepskin paintings of traditional Andean village life that have been highly regarded since before Incan times. Return to Quito to enjoy your final night in Ecuador.

Day 9 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Return home or continue your adventure with a trip to the Amazon or the Galapagos Islands!

Banos - Hotels

Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve

Cotopaxi - Hotels

Otavalo - Hotels

Quito - Hotels

Per person starting at
$2,475

Notes

$335 single supplement

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
    • 7 Nights Hotel
    • 1 Night Lodge
  • 6 Days Private Guide Service
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service

Excluded

  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights
  • Optional Excursions

Recommended Budgeting

  • $240 Meals not Included
  • $55 Airport Departure Tax
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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