Overview



Magic Ecuador

(8 nights / 9 days - Departures on: Monday)

• Transfer airport / hotel
• 3 nights' accommodation in Quito
• Breakfast
• Quito City Explorer (1 day pass), Equatorial Monument
• Excursion to Otavalo Market
• Excursion to Riobamba by the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" with a brief visit to the Cotopaxi National Park. Lunch is included
• 1 night lodging at Riobamba (First class****) with dinner and breakfast
• Excursion by train up to Alausi, passing through the "Devil's Nose" box lunch included we will continue to Cuenca by road visiting the Ingapirca Ruins.
• 2 nights lodging in Cuenca
• Breakfast
• City tour in Cuenca
• Transfer Cuenca/Guayaquil
• 2 nights lodging in Guayaquil
• Breakfast
• City tour in Guayaquil
• Transfer hotel / airport in Guayaquil
• Hotel taxes


ITINERARY STARTING ON MONDAY:

(8 nights / 9 days)

Day 1 Monday:
Monday: Transfer Airport / Hotel
Day 2 Tuesday:
Tuesday: 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 3 Wednesday :
Wednesday: 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 cultures, 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 4 Thursday :
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 (entrance is not included), lunch is included, arrival to Riobamba and accommodation in a typical hacienda of the region, dinner.
Day 5 Friday:
Friday: 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. After the train ride visit to the Ingapirca Inca Ruins (entrance is not included), the biggest Inca archaeological complex in Ecuador from the XV and XVI centuries, (ticket to the complex not included) through the ride you will be to watch the weavers of the famous "Panama Huts" artisans typical from the area. Lunch Included. Arrive to the City of Cuenca to spend the night.
** Train Operation is subject to change
Day 6 Saturday:
Saturday: Breakfast. City Tour of Cuenca, we will travel through the city visiting the Calderon Park, the New and the Old Cathedral, the Flower Market, Modern Arts Museum. We continue the tour to the Homero Ortega Panama Hat factory to observe the complete process of manufacturing. We will also observe the "broken bridge" and finally visit the tourist balcony of "Turi" where we can see a panoramic view of the whole city of Cuenca. Free afternoon
Day 7 Sunday:
Sunday: Breakfast. Transfer Cuenca / Guayaquil. We leave from Cuenca to "Cajas National Park" known for its glacial lakes and high mountain vegetation. Here we will walk through this beautiful place to see some of the lakes and primary forest. We will also visit "3 Cruses" which forms the continental water division. We will walk to observe this curious place. From this point we will begin a dramatic decline to reach the coast of Ecuador. Starting we will begin observing the Andean mountain scenery and then ending up seeing totally different vegetation of the Ecuadorian Coast with large plantations of bananas and cocoa beans. Lunch will be provided on the way. Arrival to Guayaquil.
Day 8 Monday :
Monday: Breakfast. City Tour Guayaquil. Traveling along the main streets and avenues of the city we will visit the Seminario Park, The Guayaquil embankment, La Rotonda; the colonial neighborhood of Las Peñas, where we can admire the magnificent wood architecture. From here we can take a panoramic view of Guayaquil and the Guayas River.
Day 9 Tuesday :
Tuesday: Breakfast. Transfer Hotel / Airport.

Prices

(Starting on Mondays)

(8 nights / 9 days)


Hotels

Category

Single Room for 1 person

Double room for 2 persons

Triple room for 3 persons

Child

R. ISABEL/CARVALLO /CITY PLAZA Tourist 1605 1280 1234 873
HOLIDAY INN ó NU HOUSE /CARVALLO/PALACE Superior 1742 1306 1257 873
MERCURE / STA.LUCIA / HAMPTON First 1831 1366 1341 873
DANN / STA LUCIA / HAMPTON  First Superior 1834 1378 1344 873
JW MARRIOTT  /MANSION/WYNDHAM Luxury 2342 1762 N/A 1083

Prices are per person, in US. Dollars
Prices are valid until December 15 /2015


**Special Packages are in SIB service, please consult us for private operation days
**Hotels in Quito and Guayaquil do not include US$ 2.00 Municipal tax per night per room
** Does not include hotel insurance in Quito and Guayaquil, optional direct payment per passenger
** Children up to 12 years old sharing room with parents, 1 kid per room breakfast not included
** 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.

THE INGAPIRCA RUINS

THE INGAPIRCA RUINSIngapirca is the largest and best preserved archaeological site in Ecuador, is located 80 km north of Cuenca. Its construction combines Adobe coppery brown used by the Cañaris culture with bluish green stones brought later by the Incas. It was built with millions of hewn stone in the middle of the eighteenth century. We will visit the archeological site to observe each one of the buildings. There is also a museum located next to the ruins.

CAJAS NATIONAL PARK

CAJAS NATIONAL PARK Cajas is a national park located on the northwester side of the city of Cuenca; it’s formed by wetland from glacial origins with more than 200 lakes. Our visit will located on the lower part of the park called the area “Llaviuco” only 30 minutes away from the city of Cuenca. We will hike at an easy rate for one hour at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level (9,842ft). We will continue our visit until we get to a point called “tres cruces” which forms the Continental Divide between the Pacific and the Atlantic ocean at an altitude of 4,135m (13,566ft), we will have a short walk to observe this interesting area, then we will descend

Note: We recommend taking warm clothes, a bottle of water and some snacks.

THE CITY OF CUENCA

THE CITY OF CUENCAFollowing attractions are available to visit: Plaza San Sebastian, modern arts museum where many contemporary artworks are displayed, San Francisco market, the flower market, the culture house, Abdon Calderon Park, the New Cathedral, The Homero Ortega Panama Hat factory where we learn about the process of manufacturing.

THE CITY OF GUAYAQUIL

THE CITY OF GUAYAQUILGuayaquil’s City tour starts at The Simón Bolívar park, El Malecón 2000, piers and the memorial statue of Bolivar and San Martin. Visit the Colonial district of Las Peñas where you can admire the wooden architecture and its art galleries houses, appreciate the Guayaquil panoramic view and the Guayas River from the Santa Ana Hill.

Magic Ecuador

ITINERARY STARTING ON MONDAY

Quito - Otavalo - Quito - Cotopaxi - Riobamba - Alausi - Sibambe - Ruinas de Ingapirca - Cuenca - Guayaquil

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