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Welcome to Ecuador!
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Ecuador's Country Inns and Indian Markets

Quito For Starters
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 of Ecuador'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!
Imbabura Volcano, Ecuador, part of the Southern Ring of Fire Imbabura Volcano, part of the Southern Ring of Fire

Quito is scenically located in the Andes Mountains 9,000 feet above sea level, nestled in a long, narrow valley surrounded by snow-covered peaks. The city is divided into roughly two parts. The Old Colonial City to the south, clustered around the foot of Panecillo Hill, and the more modern city to the north, with the even more recent neighborhoods sprawling further north towards the airport. The two sectors are divided by Alameda Park. Quito's new image delights all visitors. The Colonial area, largest and best preserved architectural space in all of the Americas, has been completely restored and has just celebrated the 25th Anniversary of its declaration as a World Cultural Heritage Site. The colonial quarter is particularly splendid in the evening when illumination adds a special drama and mystery to its baroque architecture and gives the city a unique atmosphere that takes you back to the time of many legends and stories.

Quito Plaza

The travelers who are staying in Quito for more than the minimum one night before and after a Galapagos program are in for a surprise. We encourage all travelers to linger awhile, and discover the treasures on the Ecuadorian mainland!

We have excellent hotels in modern Quito, but the real treat is to stay two or more nights in one of the boutique hotels in the old colonial sector of Quito. Since year 2000, the city of Quito, in partnership with UNESCO, has spent over $200 million to restore Quito's historic district and it is now a city reborn. Lofty ceilings, polished wooden floors and antique furnishings add an air of elegance to these hotels, situated within the historic colonial center of Quito.

Our Featured Hotels


The five-star Swissotel offers 250 beautifully decorated, large rooms and suites with a touch of European elegance.

Swissotel is centrally located in the excellent residential and commercial area of “La Floresta”.

Four restaurants offer Japanese, French, Italian, Ecuadorian and International cuisine. Leisure facilities include indoor/outdoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, and a fully equipped fitness center, including a squash and racquet court.

All rooms have individual air conditioning and heating controls, cable TV, high-speed computer data lines, mini-bar, in-room digital safe, telephone with voice mail, coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, hair dryer, bath robe, make-up mirror, anti-allergic pillows and blankets, and Swiss-style bed with anti-allergic duvet.

Swissotel, Quito, Ecuador
Swissotel, Quito, Ecuador
Swissotel, Quito, Ecuador
Casa Aliso
This is one of the best boutique hotels in Ecuador, full of personality and character and defined by its unique design, décor and ambiance. Originally a private residence built in 1936, this 10-room gem offers all of the style and comfort of a small luxurious home. Casa Aliso is located in the “La Floresta” district, a beautiful traditional area in the northern sector of Quito, which was once the city's most elegant neighborhood. Encompassed by modern buildings, restaurants, hotels and banks, it still maintains its fundamental characteristic as a charming antique residential area. The accommodations vary from single rooms with one double bed, to large double rooms with two twin beds, one queen or king bed. The classic décor with a modern twist, stylish furniture, windows with beautiful curtains and comfortable beds are sure to please. The rooms include all modern amenities such as telephones, cable TV, a safe and a fire alert system with sprinklers. The bathrooms have telephones, 220v and 110v plug sockets, bathtubs with showers, bathrobes and hair dryers.
Free-From Swimming Pool, Tamarindo Diria Hotel, Guanacaste, Costa RicaStandard Room, Tamarindo Diria Hotel, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Anahi Boutique Hotel
Anahi Boutique Hotel Quito Is a charming Bed & Breakfast emphasizing the value of traditional service for the most demanding guests. It is located in the lively neighborhood of Barrio La Mariscal, also known as “The Zone”, surrounded by the best gastronomic, cultural and leisure places in the city. The decor is uniquely Ecuadorian with touches of art by Ecuadorian artists, combined with the latest interior design trends. Each suite is uniquely designed to emphasize the history, the different regions and the culture of Ecuador. Most of the rooms average 234-312 square feet. All areas are non-smoking.
Villa and Pool, El Ocotal Beach Resort Hotel, Papagayo, Costa RicaVilla Interior, El Ocotal Beach Resort Hotel, Papagayo, Costa Rica

Casa Gangotena
Casa Gangotena The ultra-deluxe Casa Gangotena is situated in a newly restored historic mansion in Old Quito, in a choice spot on Plaza San Francisco, a cobbled square rich with history stretching back to the days of the Inca. This mansion was rebuilt in 1926 following a fire. Beautifully and eclectically appointed, the hotel's newly restored interiors draw the eye with Art Nouveau and contemporary touches combined with original Neo-Classical architecture. Indeed, huge efforts have been made to preserve and restore the mansion's original details, assuring an air of history and sophistication dressed up with understated luxury. Each of the 31 suites is thoughtfully arrayed for utmost comfort beneath towering ceilings and tall windows, with king beds or twin beds. Full luxury amenities are standard. The hotel's cozy glass-roofed patio is perfect for relaxing with a patio-garden planted with orchids, flowers and ornamentals just beyond. The cuisine is a modern, international take on traditional Andean and coastal ingredients, prepared with verve and passion by the hotel's experienced kitchen staff.

Swimming Pool, Four Seasons Luxury Resort Hotel, Peninsula Papagayo, Costa RicaView of the Pacific Ocean from Deluxe Room, Four Seasons Luxury Resort Hotel, Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
Patio Andaluz
The four-star Hotel Patio Andaluz is a national treasure in the heart of the historic Old City of Quito. The hotel is surrounded by churches, museums, and national monuments. It is a marvelous colonial building dating back to the foundation of Quito, and has been beautifully and meticulously restored. Enjoy the enchantment of this elegant, 31-room boutique hotel, with wide corridors, expansive stairways, large arches, balconies, and anatrium-style patio. Hotel amenities include a coffee shop, full gourmet restaurant, a Tapas wine bar, spa with massage therapist and aroma- therapy, gym and solarium. The spacious rooms are luxuriously appointed with colonial style furnishings, complete with all of the comforts of a world class hotel: hair dryers, mini-bar, safety boxes, central air conditioning/ heat, and full tub bathrooms.
Swimming Pool, JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Guanacaste, Costa RicaStandard Room, JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
El Relicario del Carmen
El Relicario del Carmen El Relicario del Carmen is in the Colonial Old City of Quito, in a truly historic house, dating back to 1705; a boutique three-star hotel with 18 comfortable rooms on four floors. It has been beautifully renovated with great emphasis on the original details but with all the modern comforts including a central air-conditioning system. The furniture is handmade by recognized Ecuadorian artisans and original paintings decorate the public and private areas. It is located a block away from the main square “Plaza de la Independencia’” and the Government Palace. El Relicario del Carmen offers personalized service and a superb location for those who want a taste of the local atmosphere.
Swimming Pool, JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Guanacaste, Costa RicaStandard Room, JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Basic Quito
3-Day Tour


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

Day 2: Quito City Tour - Drive 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)

Day 3: Depart Quito - 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)

Hotels Selection
Tour Rates Per Person 2017*
(Airfares from N. America to Quito not included - available upon request.)
Extra Nights
Plaza Grande Hotel, Quito, Ecuador
Plaza Grande Hotel
on Plaza de Independencia Square
Hosteria San Jose de Puembo (Tourist Class - Airport)
Relicario del Carmen - Standard* (Superior Tourist - Old City)
Alameda Real (Superior Tourist - Downtown)
Anahi Boutique Hotel (Boutique - Downtown)
Rincon de Puembo Hotel Superior (First Class - Airport)
Hilton Colon (Deluxe - Downtown)
Casa Aliso (Boutique - Downtown)
Patio Andaluz - Standard (First Class - Old City)
Patio Andaluz - Duplex (First Class - Old City)
Swissotel Quito (Deluxe+ - Downtown)
JW Marriott** (Deluxe - Downtown) Saturday thru Monday
JW Marriott** (Deluxe - Downtown) Tuesday thru Friday
Plaza Grande - Back Suite (Deluxe+ - Old City)
Plaza Grande - Front Suite (Deluxe+ - Old City)
Casa Gangotena - Deluxe (Deluxe+ - Old City)
Casa Gangotena - Plaza View (Deluxe+ - Old City)
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: $24
Supplement for Private City Tour: 2 pax: $26; 1 pax: $52
*Rates subject to change without notice.

d Optional Quito Tours
Rates Per Person 2017*
1 pax
2 pax
3 pax
4 pax
Otavalo Indian girl
Otavalo Indian Girl
Supplement for adding Equator Monument to City Tour for 5-hour tour via semi-private car/van with guide.
Full-Day Otavalo Market tour with lunch (Daily)
Via private car/van with guide
Tours via Private Vehicle with Driver & Guide
1 pax
2 pax
3 pax
4 pax
Supplement for adding Equator Monument to City Tour for 5-hour tour via private vehicle with guide
Otavalo Overnight tour with Hacienda Pinsaqui or Hosteria Cusin via private car/van with guide, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches & 1 dinner
Otavalo Overnight tour with La Mirage via private car/van with guide, 1 breakfast, 2 lunches & 1 dinner
Mindo Valley & Bellavista Cloud Forest Overnight tour
(1 breakfast, 2 lunches & 1 dinner) (Mon/Wed/Fri)
Call 1-800-326-5025
*Rates subject to change without notice.

Discover the fun and shopping bargains at the Otavalo Market, and the charm and hospitality of Ecuador at one of EcoAdventures featured Hacienda and Indian Market Tours.

Otavalo Overnight Tour

2-Day Extension - Daily Departures

Pinsaqui Hacienda groundsDay 1: 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. Otavalo IndiansTake time to explore and shop, and by all means, bargain! Overnight at 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. Upgrade is quoted for La Mirage. Lunch and dinner are included. (B, L, D)

Day 2: Otavalo Market/Return to Quito - After an early breakfast, head to the renowned market at Otavalo. Woven textiles, embroidery, ceramic pots, jewelry, leather goods, belts, bread dough figurines, ponchos, hammocks and hand-knit wool sweaters are only a hint of what you’ll find. Bargain, bargain, bargain! Enjoy a delicious lunch before your return drive to Quito. Overnight in selected hotel in Quito is NOT included. (B, L)