Ecuador is a land of rich cultural and historical charms, all located within a backdrop of natural wonders, with landscapes that extend between lush, tropical rainforests and glaciated volcanoes. Whether visiting the beautiful churches of the nation’s capital, Quito, or whitewater rafting down natural tributaries of the great river Amazon, your Latin America travel adventure will be filled with great travel memories.
Explore the magic of Ecuador by traveling by train and hiking through the Avenue of Volcanoes, high in the Andes mountains, cruising the tropical Amazon rivers and visiting the cultural cities of indigenous Otavalo, Quito, Banos, and Cuenca. On your journey learn all about the diverse native tribes and their cultures. This Latin America Adventure Travel is the perfect combination of cultural experiences, wildlife spotting, adventure activities and natural wonders that make Ecuador one of the best highly diverse countries in the world.
On your arrival at Quito attend the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby and meet your trip leader. at the hotel lobby. On our first day is we have no scheduled activities. One of our tour leaders will meet you at the hotel and there will be plenty of time to discuss or ask any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day relaxing in the hotel or exploring Quito and the surrounding area. The city is recognized as The Cultural Capital of South America and the second most influential city of the old Inca Empire. Due to its strategic location cradled in the heart of the Andes, excellent day trip can be organized such as: Quito City tour, including a trip to the equator line, Mindo Cloud forest, Cotopaxi national park, Quilotoa crater lake, Otavalo Indian market, Papallacta hot springs, Pululahua inhabitant crater and many more. Adventure Trips offers many opportunities for all types of travelers while in Quito and has organized outdoor activities into each experience.
We will start early in the morning from Quito and drive north through the majestic Andes. On our way, we will stop at a viewpoint to cherish Imbabura Volcano and Lake San Pablo. Once in Otavalo, you will have plenty of time to walk along the narrow cobblestone streets, filled with the Otavalo Native people wearing the traditional blue ponchos, white trousers, and long braided hair. Learn all about their daily life, everyday food, and native language. Explore their popular handicraft market, with its amazing textiles, alpaca throws and rugs, sewed clothing native paintings, ceramics, jewelry, tapestries and more at discount prices. In the afternoon, we will travel to Cotacachi to have lunch and experience the awesome leather goods of the town and enjoy the charm of this small village. Finally, we will reach Peguche, a small village famous for its waterfalls and wind instruments production.
Early in the morning, we will travel through valleys and farming villages to reach the Chimborazo Volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador with an altitude of 6310 meters above sea level; whose peak is also the furthest point from the center of the earth on the entire globe. On a clear day, the beautiful peak of Chimborazo dominates the view for several kilometers. There will be a short hike for 0.9 km (0.57 mi) to reach the height of 5000 meters where the glacier originates. On the hike, we will see a few of the animals that populate this volcanic wonderland such as the Andean condor, Cara-cara, hummingbirds, and the timid vicunas. Once ended in Ecuador, they have been reintroduced and are now preserved; this lovely animal is related to the alpacas and llamas.
After an early breakfast, we will take a spectacular drive to the tiny town of Alausí. Here, we will board the train to the Devil’s Nose, where the trails wind through the countryside in a zigzag way, offering a travel experience like no other. After the train ride, we will continue our trip towards Ingapirca, the most significant Inca ruins of Ecuador. We will spend the evening learning about this archaeological site, famous for its unique fusion of Inca and native Canari architecture, as well as for its religious meaning. Later, we will head up to Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its colonial architecture
Starting in the morning enjoy an excellent city tour, exploring the most important buildings and famous places in Cuenca, such as Calderon Square, the New Cathedral, El Barranco and El Turi lookout point. In the afternoon visit a famous Panama hat factory where we will learn the whole process of making this traditional Ecuadorian hat. In the early evening, we will board a domestic flight back to Quito, where we will enjoy our farewell dinner.
Today is the end of your Latin America adventure travel. Take along with your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will wish to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this captivated land. We wish you a "Buen Viaje"!
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