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Highlights of Ecuador Overview
- 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31
Experience the very best of Ecuador on this in-depth tour
Experience the best of Ecuador on this 15-day tour around a country that’s rich in history, culture, incredible landscapes, friendly locals and delicious food! Among Ecuador’s highlights are lush green foothills, dense rainforests, age-old cities, indigenous markets, verdant jungle and diverse flora and fauna, all of which are just screaming out to be explored and appreciated. A tour jam-packed with goodies, this Best of Ecuador trip does just what it says on the tin, leaving travellers from all over the world in awe of this stunning part of South America.
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Welcome to Ecuador! Get to know Quito on a leader-led orientation walk. Although small, Quito’s Old Town is filled with historic buildings and boasts more than 30 churches and numerous museums to explore. Stroll down Quito’s oldest street, Calle La Ronda, and experience the city’s best nightspots all in one place.
Travel into the Amazon Jungle for an unforgettable stay with a local family in the upper Amazon Basin, a location that, due to its proximity to the Andes, is rich in tropical, humid forests - one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. Here you learn about the life cycle of some of the hundreds of colorful species living in the surrounding rainforest, visit to a local indigenous family to find out about their culture and traditions. Take guided walks through the Amazon’s forests and learn how local plants are used for medicinal purposes.
A mecca for international travellers, Banos is situated in a valley of waterfalls and hot springs and is a great base for exploring the great Ecuadorian outdoors. Lush, green hills, warm waters, adventure activities, a relaxed town atmosphere and good food all help to make for a wonderful Banos experience.
Travel to Alausi, a city rich in architecture and history with the majority of its houses more than 100-years-old.
Jump aboard lovely old carriages and embark on the spectacular Devil’s Nose train ride, which travels down the Naris del Diablo and back. The city of Cuenca has a distinctive old-world air and is possibly the most attractive city in Ecuador. Home to many 16th- and 17th-century buildings, the city’s history is well preserved, earning Cuenca the honour of being listed as a World Heritage site.
Discover Otavalo, a town nestled in beautiful surroundings and famous for its market – one of the most important indigenous markets in all of Ecuador. Villagers from all around descend on the town once a week to sell everything from handmade goods to livestock, fruit and vegetables.
Enjoy a final chance to explore Quito before this Best of Ecuador trip comes to an end. Perhaps stroll the streets and take some photos of the Old Town, or relax with a well-earned drink in a stylish bar or cafe in the commercial area.
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