10 December 2016

 

Amazing things to do in
Ecuador

Ecuador

Sights and sounds of Ecuador

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Tour of Marvellous Cuenca
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Tour of Marvellous Cuenca

Be charmed by Cuenca

Enjoy a full day to discover, at a leisurely pace, the beauty and charm for which Cuenca has been recognised as a World Cultural Heritage Site. This is a walking tour in the colonial downtown area of Cuenca and gives you an opportunity to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of its people and visit the colourful parks and plazas, religious monuments and handicraft shops.

Also stop at the ruins of Todos Santos, where in different archaeological strata are vestiges of the rough Canari construction, the classical Inca stone walls without mortar and remains of Spanish arches. The tour ends with a drive along the Tomebamba River to admire the city’s overhanging houses where hand washed clothes are spread out to dry on the banks as well as getting great views from of the city from the Hill of Turi.

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Quito & The Center of the World Tour
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Quito & The Center of the World Tour

No degree of latitude!

The capital of Ecuador, Quito, brings the past to life in its museums, monasteries, the carved stone facades and golden altars of its many churches. And on this tour you can enjoy the scenic, Colonial and artistic side of the city, then stand with a foot on each hemisphere at the Centre of the World - the Equatorial Monument 20 miles north of Quito, which marks the exact middle of the world, latitude 0º.

Visit the Ethnographic Museum inside the monument, which shows the different Native American groups living in Ecuador. Beside the monument there is a colonial-style town, complete with main square, church, post office, bullring, cafes, restaurants and many gift shops with postcards and souvenirs. And you will also be given a certificate for having crossed the Equator.

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Otavalo Handicraft Tour & Lunch
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Otavalo Handicraft Tour & Lunch

Market trip comes in handy

This excursion goes north, to the land of the Otavalos and South America's most famous Indian fair along the Pan American Highway through dramatic mountain scenery to the textile market of Otavalo, where you will enjoy visiting the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts (fajas), hats, handbags and much more.

Here Otavalenos barter in silence, in marked contrast to the raucous noise of other markets. Take your time to negotiate the best bargains then carry on to Peguche, a nearby Indian village that is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes. Here you can learn about their culture and everyday life. Lunch is at one of the charming country inns or haciendas of the area.

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Panoramic Quito by night with dinner
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Panoramic Quito by night with dinner

City of lights

Drive into the old Colonial city for a sight of the romantic plazas and past the impressive public and religious buildings. Quito, the fascinating capital city of Ecuador, is particularly splendid in the evening when illumination adds a special drama and mystery to its baroque architecture which you can never fully appreciate during the day.

Then travel on to one of the hills surrounding the city for a stunning panoramic view of all the twinkling lights covering the valley below. To round off a memorable evening you are treated to a leisurely dinner at one of the finest selected restaurants in the city. This tour makes a great night out and is perferct for anyone celebrating a special occasion.

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Cotopaxi Volcano & National Park
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Cotopaxi Volcano & National Park

A day in the park

Leave early from Quito by car and travel along the Pan-American Highway to the south, to visit the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary around the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, which rises 19,347 feet above sea level. The evergreen landscape of the Ecuadorian highlands is one of the main attractions, along valleys and mountains covered by multi-coloured fields.

After an hour and a half, the entrance to the park is reached and then it's up a dirt road for another hour. On arrival there is an introductory talk about the Andean paramo or moorlands and its flora and fauna in the small interpretation centre. Continue on to Limpiopungo Lagoon to observe a variety of birds and wild horses with the Cotopaxi Volcano as the magnificent backdrop. Lunch is at a park restaurant before returning to Quito.

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