Explore the classic sights of Ecuador, from Quito to riding in the Andes. Visits include Cotopaxi Volcano and National Park, the colonial city of Cuenca and the El Cajas National Park, with its rich birdlife ranging from condors to hummingbirds.


  • Visiting the lively Otavalo market.
  • Riding Zuleteno bred horses across the Paramo at altitude.
  • The extraordinary wildlife of the Cotopaxi & El Cajas National Parks.
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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Quito

    (usually early or mid morning) and transfer to the Hotel Plaza Grande, centrally located on Plaza de la Independencia, for two nights on Bed and Breakfast basis. Relaxed afternoon tour of the old colonial city and a short orientation with historical commentary. There will be time to rest and adjust to the altitude after the long flight, followed by dinner at La Belle Epoque with fabulous views over the plaza at night.

    Overnight: Hotel Plaza Grande

  3. Day 2 Quito

    In-depth city and cultural tour of Quito, a spectacular city that covers the length of a valley at the foot of Pichincha volcano.

    Overnight: Hotel Plaza Grande

  4. Day 3 Otavalo

    Rural Heartland Travel out of Quito towards the northern sierra, stopping at the town of Otavalo with its colourful market, bursting with an array of rainbow textiles, ceramics, carvings, Panama hats and local fresh produce. Continue on through the rural heartland, flanked by the Andes, to the Hacienda Zuleta where you will spend the next three nights on full board.

    Overnight: Hacienda Zuleta

  5. Day 4 Otavalo

    The working hacienda has Zuletno bred horses(a breed of Andalucian, English and quarter horses) perfect for exploring the miles of tracks through varied terrain including the Paramo at altitude. Alternatively there are hiking trails and mountain bikes.

    Overnight: Hacienda Zuleta

  6. Day 5 At Leisure

    At leisure to enjoy the hacienda with over 2,000 hectares of pastureland, forest and protected areas of native primary forest.

    Overnight: Hacienda Zuleta

  7. Day 6 La Avendida de los Volcanes 

    Return south, skirting Quito, to the beginning of the 'La Avendida de los Volcanes'. The majestic Cotopaxi Volcano is ever present and there are hypnotic views from the ancient Inca Hacienda San Agustin de Callo, where you will spend the next two nights with dinner included.

    Overnight: Hacienda San Agustin de Callo

  8. Day 7 Cotopaxi National Park

    Full day's excursion to the Cotopaxi National Park. Challenging trekking at altitude, as well as shorter hikes if preferred, to observe the delicate flora and birdlife of the fascinating Paramo divided by the sensitive climatic zones.

    Overnight: Hacienda San Agustin de Callo

  9. Day 8 Cuenca

    Full day's journey along the spine of Ecuador to the UNESCO World Heritage preserved colonial city of Cuenca. Here you will stay at Mansion Alcazar for the next two nights on Bed and Breakfast basis.

    Overnight: Mansion Alcazar

  10. Day 9 Cuenca 

    A day at leisure to meander through the ancient streets and plazas of Cuenca.

    Overnight: Mansion Alcazar

  11. Day 10 El Cajas National Park 

    Journey to Guayaquil via the El Cajas National Park; a 29,000 hectare protected area with over 230 lakes. The park is rich in birdlife with over 125 species from the imposing wingspans of the condor to the delicate hummingbird. Your last night will be spent at Mansion del Rio in Guayaquil.

    Overnight: Mansion del Rio in Guayaquil

  12. Day 11 Depart 

    Depart on your international flight home.

  13. Depart

Low £ 4,060 $ 5,670 € 4,803
Mid £ 5,200 $ 7,263 € 6,151
High £ 6,200 $ 8,659 € 7,334


  • Per person based on sharing one room, excluding flights


  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.


  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.

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