Overview


Quito, Andes & Adventure

(Starting Sunday)
(6 nights / 7 days)

• Transfer Airport / Hotel / Airport in Quito
• 4 nights' accommodation in Quito
• Breakfast
• Quito City Explorer (1 day pass), Equatorial Monument
• Excursion to Otavalo Market
• Excursion to the city of Baños through the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" with 1 night of accommodation and lunch (optional activities)
• 1 night of accommodation in Riobamba with dinner. Excursion by train passing through the Devil's Nose, box lunch is included
• Hotel taxes


ITINERARY STARTING ON SUNDAY

Day 1:
Transfer Airport / Hotel.
Day 2:
Breakfast. Quito City Explorer (1 day pass), Equatorial Monument
Touristic route along the most important areas of the city, shopping centers and Zona Rosa "La Mariscal"(bars and restaurants), where most of the hotels in Quito are located. Continue towards the historic center to visit its churches and major landmarks, explore each of its corners at your own pace from the door of your hotel, enjoying deeply those topics that are of interest: music, architecture, living culture, gastronomy, handicrafts, photography, shopping, watching tourist attractions and unique landscapes, but above all, feel the local vibe and flavor of our unique city. (Tickets not included). More information on www.quitocityexplorer.com

Extension included continues towards 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 from the Southern Hemisphere will be observed. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line. At the end, optional visit either to Intiñan or Ethnographic Museum (entrance is not included).

Day 3:
Breakfast. Excursion to Otavalo Market
Depart from Quito through the Pan-American Highway via Cayambe. Brief stop at Guachalá (old equatorial monument). Passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious "Bizcochos de Cayambe", a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce). Afterwards, we will make a brief stop at "Miralago", to admire a wonderful view of Lago San Pablo, amazing views. The tour then continues to Otavalo where Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken place. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items. Passengers may choose between staying longer in Otavalo or go to visit to the leather shops at Cotacachi. Return to Quito picking up passengers in Otavalo (spot determined by Gray Line Guide), via the Cajas-Tabacundo road.
** Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passangers that stayed there, after that will return to Quito with passengers that are on board.
Day 4:
Breakfast. Departure from Quito through the "Avenue of the Volcanoes", we will do a stop at the famous Quilotoa Lagoon, located inside the crater of the volcano, where we will enjoy a marvelous view. Lunch included in a typical hostry of the region. After lunch we continue to the city of Baños. Evening / night free where you can enjoy the nightlife of this city Lodging.
Day 5:
After breakfast, you could choose between visit the route of the cascades and a brief visit to the city (tour included) or the following activities: rafting / canopy / riding bike (additional payment / optional). Free time to have lunch (exclusive benefits for specific restaurants applies with payment made directly by passengers).
During the afternoon departure towards Riobamba. Lodging in a Typical Hacienda with dinner.

*Entrances and optional activities in Baños should be pay directly by passengers.

Day 6:
After breakfast departure to the train station located in Alausí. From her we´ll enjoy a train ride towards the famous ¨Devil's Nose¨ (a magnificent work incrusted in the Andes), return to Alausí (train ride takes approx. 2 hours), box lunch is included. Return to Quito in the afternoon.
** Train Operation is subject to change
Day 7:
Breakfast. Transfer Hotel / Airport

Prices

(Starting Sunday)
(6 nights / 7 days)


Hotels

Category

Single Room for 1 person

Double room for 2 persons

Triple room for 3 persons

Child

REINA ISABEL/ VOLCANO/ LA ANDALUZA Tourist 1464 1244 1228 N/A
HOLIDAY INN ó NU HOUSE/ VOLCANO/ LA ANDALUZA Superior 1596 1276 1248 N/A
MERCURE/ SAMARI/ LA ANDALUZA First 1682 1368 1356 N/A
DANN C./ SAMARI/ / LA ANDALUZA First Superior 1686 1384 1360 N/A
MARRIOTT/  SAMARI/  LA ANDALUZA Luxury 2134 1640 1544 N/A

US Dollars net rate per person
Prices are valid until December 15 /2015


** Quito and Galapagos Program in Family ... Child Free: applies for children under 10 years, up to 2 children per room sharing with 2 adults.
** Programs in Montañita rates are not valid for national holidays, please check
** Some programs operate in shared service SIB or Semi-Private, check prices for private services with diferent operation days
** Programs do not include Galapagos: Galapagos National Park Fee US$ 50.00 (Andean Pact) / US$ 100.00 (Other countries) US$ 20.00 (TCT Transit Card) + Air Ticket (referential rate): Quito or Guayaquil / Galapagos / Guayaquil or Quito US$ 590.00 net, non-commissionable, subject to change and availability
** In Quito and Guayaquil Municipal tax of US$ 2,00 per room per night is not included. Passengers must pay directly
** Does not include hotel insurance in Quito and Guayaquil, optional direct payment per passenger
** Galapagos Excursions Hotel & Yacht programs, are subject to space availability and itinerary changes due to weather conditions and sailing permits
** For other programs do not include taxes to National Parks and / or tickets
** Rates do not apply for Holidays, please confirm Rates and Conditions
** 2015 Tariff Guide / Third Edition

Atracctions :

THE CITY OF QUITO AND MIDDLE THE WORLD

THE CITY OF QUITO AND MIDDLE THE WORLDThe first stop after picking up at selected hotels, is the the “Panecillo”, a wonderful viewpoint which allows to see a sight of colonial and modern Quito.

At the colonial district, the “PLaza de la Independencia”, visit and walking to the Cathedral church, Government and Archbishop Palace, the Church of the Company where you can appreciate its adornments and gold altars.

The San Francisco Church which has been built in the seventeenth century

The Middle of the World where you will visit the monument that divides the northern & southern hemispheres, built in the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the line that divides the world

THE OTAVALO MARKET

THE OTAVALO MARKETOn the way to the market, you will stop at Calderon, a town where the famous masapan dolls are made, Cayambe to admire and take pictures of the beautiful landscape and snow capped mountains of the zone, crossing the equatorial line at Cayambe . “Mira Lago” to take pictures of the beautiful San Pablo Lake.

Otavalo, here the Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken place. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items.

Leather stores at Cotacachi will also be visited.

THE TRAIN OF THE ANDES AND DEVIL´S NOSE

THE TRAIN OF THE ANDES AND DEVIL´S NOSEThe construction of the railroad of Ecuador is like a symbol of a national unit that has helped the progression of the country. Several plans and attempts were made to build the railway from Guayaquil to Quito, since 1860 until 1874, when the first locomotive reached Milagro.

But it was only by 1895, when Eloy Alfaro the president at the time contacted North American technicians Archer Harman and Edward Morely, representatives of an American company interested in the building of the most difficult railway in the world as it was called at that time. The tracks finally reached a huge obstacle - an almost perpendicular wall of rock - called the Devil´s Nose.

Many lives were shed in the construction of what to this day is referred as a masterpiece of railway engineering: a zig-zag carved out of the rock, which allows the train, by advancing and backing up, to reach the necessary height to the town of Alausí. The train finally reached Alausí by September 1902 and Riobamba by July 1905 and finally on June 25, 1908 the train made its triumphal entrance to Quito and was received by; arches of palms, laurel and flowers, bells tolling banquettes, dances and popular festivities that lasted four days.

Today’s train is a public national railroad company which at the moment, serves as one of the main tourist attractions in Ecuador and the province of Chimborazo holds what is called The most difficult train in the world. This train departs from Alausi and crosses the Devil´s Nose, which sports an impressive descent down a steep cliff.

Quito, Andes & Adventure

ITINERARY STARTING ON SUNDAY

Quito - Otavalo - Baños - Riobamba - Alausí - Sibambe - Quito

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