8-Day Basic Ecuador

This is the ultimate way to see the best of the "continental" Ecuador! Enjoy Quito and its surroundings (the Equatorial Monument, Otavalo's indigenous market, Cuicocha Lake and more) and then head to Riobamba & Cuenca (The city with Inca Ruins) & Guayaquil (Ecuador's biggest city and main port).

Top hotels, great breakfasts, and incredible experiences along the way included. You will be secured in your trip by one of Ecuador's longest running and largest tour operators, taking care of the logistics so that you only focus on enjoying!

Duration 8 days
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What's included :
  • 7x Breakfast
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • 3 night's accommodation in Quito
  • The Original Quito City Tour in Trolley + Authentic Middle of the World Tour
  • Otavalo Indigenous Market, Cotacachi & Cuicocha Tour
  • Excursion by the “Avenue of the Volcanoes" with 1 night lodging at Riobamba
  • Train ride Devil’s Nose
  • 2 night's lodging in Cuenca
  • City tour in Cuenca
  • Transfer Cuenca/Guayaquil
  • 1 night lodging in Guayaquil
  • Transfer hotel / airport in Guayaquil
  • Entry/Admission - City Middle of the World
  • Entry/Admission - Hostería La Andaluza
What's excluded :
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica del Voto Nacional
  • Entry/Admission - Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco
  • Entry/Admission - Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania
  • Entry/Admission - Homero Ortega

Day 1: Quito - Welcome

Stop At: Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de Quito Tababela S/N - Via, Quito 170907, Ecuador
Transfer airport to the hotel.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Park Inn 3½*** Star Hotel or similar

Day 2: Quito - Otavalo

Stop At: Fabrica de Bizcochos de Don Pedro., Bolivar y J.Montalvo, Cayambe 170202 Ecuador
Known for its delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce).
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Plaza De Los Ponchos Mercado, Plaza de los Ponchos, Otavalo 100450 Ecuador
One of the most spectacular artisanal markets in all of South America.

The activity of the Plaza de Ponchos is aimed at the commercialization of various handicrafts, both local, regional, national and international. The artisanal production representative of the fair are the Otavalo textiles, there is also artisanal production in clay, paint, wood, jewelery, goldsmith's, saddlery, marzipan, ceramics, etc.
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

Stop At: Peguches'art, Unnamed Road, Otavalo, Ecuador
An andean instrument workshop "Ñanda Mañachi" located in the area of Peguche, to spend some special moments with the local people and understand the Andean culture.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Laguna Cuicocha, Laguna Cuicocha, Imbabura Province
This lagoon rests in a volcanic caldera in the foothills of the Cotacachi volcano and its waters change in hue according to the sun and its two islets composed of lava and volcanic rock.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Park Inn 3½*** Star Hotel or similar

Day 3: Quito - City Tour

Stop At: Basilica del Voto Nacional, Carchi 122 y Venezuela., Quito 170150 Ecuador
Considered to be the largest neo-gothic temple in America
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: El Panecillo, Costado del Centro Historico, Quito 170150 Ecuador
An iconic place in the city, renowned for its beauty, and where is a giant statue of the "Winged Virgin", where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito
Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco, Cuenca 477 y Sucre, Quito 170150 Ecuador
Its structure is the largest architectural complex within the historic centers of Iberoamerica.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Plaza de la Independencia (Plaza Grande), Gabriel Garcia Moreno Entre Chile y Espejo, Quito 170150 Ecuador
It's the main square of the city of Quito where the Government Palace is located the Absobispal Palace, the municipality and the Independence's monument.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Fundacion Iglesia de la Compania, Garcia Moreno N 10-43, Quito 170150 Ecuador
One of Quito's best-known Jesuit churches due to its large central nave, which is deeply decorated with gold leaves, gilded plaster and wood carvings
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Calle La Ronda, Juan de Dios Morales, Quito 170150 Ecuador
It is one of the most traditional streets that are in Quito, in the old houses, workshops and galleries of artisans have been arranged.
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: City Middle of the World, Manuel Cordova Galarza SN, Quito, Ecuador
Visit this icon of Ecuador and live experiences that defy the laws of physics and occur only in this part of the world.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Park Inn 3½*** Star Hotel or similar

Day 4: Quito - Cotopaxi + Quilotoa Full Day Tour

Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador
Located in the largest volcanic area of Ecuador. In the central part is the Cotopaxi, one of the most active and highest volcanoes in the world. To the northwest is the Rumiñahui and between the two mountains is the Limpiopungo valley. Despite the great height, the Park has numerous species of mammals and birds.

Stop At: Hostería La Andaluza, Riobamba, Ecuador
A hundred-year-old house that has been declared Cultural Heritage of Ecuador is an exclusive site that houses centuries of history; recalling the roots of Ecuadorian culture, colonial experiences with the Spanish people, longings for freedom and setting of republican goals. The Andean landscapes, the beauty of its architecture combined with the excellence in service make Hostería La Andaluza the ideal place for rest, relaxation.
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Hostería La Andaluza or similar

Day 5: Transfer to the city of Alausi, passing through the towns of Colta, Guamote and Palmira.

Stop At: Alausi, Alausi, Chimborazo Province
Transfer to the city of Alausi, passing through the towns of Colta, Guamote and Palmira, getting to know a little of the indigenous communities that live here.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cuenca, Cuenca, Azuay Province
Cuenca - Ecuador
Duration: 12 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Rione 3½* Star Hotel or similar

Day 6: City Tour Cuenca

Stop At: El Barranco del Rio Tomebamba, Calle Larga 12 de Abril, Cuenca 010150 Ecuador
It contains around 120 architectural structures, protected as assets of the city. It is the most important symbolic environment of the city. The formal, natural and cultural, visual and functional elements are confused in a unity of act, in a kind of urban melting pot of profound collective significance.
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Plaza de las flores, Mariscal Sucre, Cuenca 010150 Ecuador
Located in the Historic Center of Cuenca, where around 25 vendors of flowers and plants, are placed with tents to sell all kinds of flowers, so it has become a tourist and traditional place for Cuenca.
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: La Catedral de la Inmaculada Concepcion de Cuenca, Padre Aguirre 8-27 In front of Parque Calderon, Cuenca 010150 Ecuador
Most representative religious symbol of the city. Its location responds to the condition of centrality and religious power, in front of the central square, occupying half of the block located on the western side. Its volume, texture and color can be seen from all angles of Cuenca, including the surroundings. Its facade is made of stone and local marble, while the floor is covered with pink marbles, imported from Carrara (Italy).
Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Homero Ortega, Avenue Gil Ramirez Davalos 3-86 Behind Terminal Terrestre Bus Station, Cuenca 010150 Ecuador
Panama Hat factory were you will to observe the complete process of manufacturing of the Panama hat which is undoubtedly most important to our country.
Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Mirador de Turi, D. Gonzalez del Barco, Cuenca 010150 Ecuador
Located at the Turi zone in the south of the city. It is a natural viewpoint that offers a spectacular view of the city of Cuenca.
Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Plaza de San Francisco, Presidente Cordova Between Padre Aguirre & General Torres, Cuenca 010150 Ecuador
Explore San Fransisco Market.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Rione 3½* Star Hotel or similar

Day 7: Transfer Cuenca / Guayaquil.

Pass By: El Cajas National Park, Cuenca 010219 Ecuador
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

Pass By: Guayaquil, Guayaquil, Guayas Province
Guayaquil - Ecuador

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Palace 3½* Star Hotel or similar

Day 8: Transfer from hotel to the airport in Guayaquil.

Pass By: Aeropuerto Internacional José Joaquín De Olmedo, Av. de las Américas, Guayaquil 090513, Ecuador
Transfer from hotel to the airport.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
Departure Point :
Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de Quito Tababela S/N - Via, Quito 170907, Ecuador
Departure Time :
8:00 AM
Return Detail :
Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • • The activities will not exceed 6 people per group. • The capacity of the means of transport will be reduced to 25% of their maximum capacity. • In the monuments, museums or attractions, the capacity will be reduced to 30% of its maximum capacity.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Organised by Gray Line Ecuador

Activity ID: V-3074P151

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