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Ecuador's
Country Inns and Indian Markets
9 Days from $2250*
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Men at the daily market, Otavalo, Ecuador

Ecuador's Country Inns and Indian Markets

Tread the narrow, cobblestone streets of colonial Quito. Wander through the sprawling, colorful marketplace at Otavalo. Explore the charming, rural countryside of the Valley of the Volcanoes, and take a thrilling train ride through the Andes Mountains via the Devil's Nose to Cuenca in the southern highlands. Roam the market stalls in colonial Cuenca, and all along the way, stay in quaint, historic hostelries. Now you will have an understanding ofImbabura Volcano, EcuadorEcuador's rich colonial past and vibrant present. EcoAdventures' innovative routing in Ecuador combines these unique elements into ten fabulous days of history, handicrafts, country inns and memories! This is a very special tour for the discerning traveler, locally hosted throughout with our own private driver and guide.

Itinerary

Altar of the Church of La Compania, Quito, Ecuador, considered one of the finest examples of Baroque art in the Americas.Day 1: Arrive Quito, capital of Ecuador. Meeting service at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel.

Day 2: Quito City Tour - Today a motorcoach tour will take you around the colonial center of Quito to see the carved stone facade of the House of Congress, which depicts scenes from Ecuadorian history. Facing the Presidential Palace and the Cathedral, Independence Square precedes a stop at the Church of La Compania (dating from 1605) with its breathtaking gilded altars. Finally stop at the arts and crafts gallery of Tianquez. (B)Pinsaqui Hacienda grounds

Day 3: Quito to Otavalo - Drive north through the Awakening Valley to Ibarra, noted for wood carvers and artisans. Stops will be made en route at the bread-doll factories of Calderon and San Pablo Lake. Take time to explore and shop, and by all means, bargain! Retrace part of the route to Otavalo and overnight in the 16th century Pinsaqui Hacienda. This colonial gem is complete with its own quiet chapel, library with fireplace and more than a dozen comfortable, antique colonial rooms. Lunch is included. (B, L)

Day 4: Otavalo Market/Quito/Cotopaxi - Breakfast at your hotel, and depart early this morning for nearby Otavalo (the Persia of South America), and be among the first to arrive at its famous market. Walk among the Otavalo Indians, an aristocratic people and highly skilled weavers. Visit also the village's large square, a shopper's paradise of woolen rugs, wall hangings, and embroidered and knit clothing. Cotopaxi, the world's highest active volcano (19,000 feet)Otavaleños sell their goods throughout Ecuador, but here you will find the best selection and prices. Lunch at a charming hacienda before your return to Quito. A repesentative of the Inca hacienda will meet you in Quito and transfer you south to their beautiful Hacienda San Agustin de Callo, Otavalo Indian girlnestled in the rolling hills at the base of Cotopaxi Volcano. All meals are included. (B, L, D)

Day 5: At San Agustin de Callo – Today you will have a full-day excursion to Cotopaxi National Park, nestled in the shadow of Cotopaxi (left), the world's highest active volcano (19,000 feet). You will see many and varied species of flora and fauna as you traverse the different ecosystems from valley floor to cloud forest to high altitude desert. Lunch is provided by the hacienda. (B, L, D)

Take your pick of an amazing variety of woven straw baskets, Cuenca daily market, EcuadorDay 6: Quito to Cuenca - Morning transfer to the airport for your short flight to Cuenca, Ecuador, scenically located in the Southern Highlands of Ecuador. Meeting service and transfer to the Hotel Santa Lucia, a colonial treasure and richly restored to its former splendor. This afternoon you will enjoy a tour of Cuenca with its popular market renowned for arts and crafts. Ikat textiles, colorful pottery and the famous'Panama' hats are all produced in this region and would be interesting additions to any Ecuadorian souvenirs. The day will give you a view of life as it once was in all of Ecuador forty years ago. (B)Otavalo women at market

Day 7: In Cuenca – A day at leisure for optional sightseeing and shopping on your own. (B)

Day 8: Cuenca to Quito - You will have free time in Cuenca until the short flight back to Quito for overnight at your selected hotel. (B)

Day 9: Homeward Bound - Transfer to the airport, or extend your stay in Ecuador with additional optional destinations to the Galapagos Islands and/or rainforest expeditions into the Napo River. (B)

Tour Rates Per Person*
Dbl
Alameda Real (Downtown)
$2250
Casa Aliso (Boutique - Downtown)
$2285
Hosteria San Jose de Puembo (First Class – Airport)
$2300
Rincon de Puembo  (First Class – Airport)
$2300
Anahi Boutique Hotel (Boutique – Downtown)
$2330
Hilton Colon (Deluxe – Downtown)
$2339
Relicario del Carmen - Standard (Superior Tourist – Old City)
$2340
Swissotel Quito (Deluxe+  - Downtown)
$2410
Patio Andaluz - Standard (Superior Tourist – Old City)
$2370
Patio Andaluz - Duplex (Superior Tourist – Old City)
$2425
JW Marriott (Deluxe – Downtown)
$2620
Casa Gangotena - Deluxe (Deluxe+ – Old City)
$2959
Casa Gangotena - Jr. Balcony Suite or Plaza View (Deluxe+ – Old City)  
$3210
Plaza Grande – Back Suite (Deluxe+ – Old City)
$3095
Plaza Grande - Front Suite (Deluxe+ – Old City)
$3210
Transfers and tour are quoted on a semi-private basis with guide.
Supplement for round-trip private transfers with guide: 2 pax: $12; 1 pax: $22
Supplement for Private City Tour: 2 pax: $15; 1 pax: $30
Airfares from North America to Quito not included; available upon request.
*Rates subject to change without notice.