• Ecuador

Overview

Experience the essence of Ecuador’s history, culture, & cuisine. During your stay in Quito you’ll discover the influence of the colonial era, enjoy breathtaking scenery, find unique handicrafts, learn about the country’s geographic location, & much more.

Highlights

  • Cotopaxi National Park
  • Middle of the World City
  • Otavalo Markets

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Quito

Arrive at the airport in Quito, & transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Quito

Head for the Middle of the World City after breakfast this morning. See the famous monument built to signify the equator crossing through Ecuador, & visit the Ethnography Museum. Other highlights of the Middle of the World City include fascinating, educational activities on the variations of the world’s hemispheres. Return to Quito for a city tour, which features visits to the Neo-gothic Basilica of the National Vow & the stunning La Compania church. Enjoy time for shopping this afternoon, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. 

Day 3: Quito – Cotopaxi National Park – Quito

Spend the day hiking & observing the native flora & fauna inside Cotopaxi National Park, home to the active Cotopaxi Volcano. Return to Quito for dinner & an overnight stay. 

Day 4: Quito – Otavalo – Quito

Travel to Otavalo today for a unique cultural experience. Learn about the indigenous Otavalos, & enjoy shopping the town’s markets, which feature handmade items including crafts, clothing, & jewelry. Return to Quito for dinner & an overnight stay. 

Day 5: Quito – USA

Transfer to the airport, & board return flight home.