Quito & Esmeraldas

Quito & Esmeraldas

  • Includes
  • Itinerary
  • Notes
  • Travel Tips

    • Transfer airport / hotel / airport in Quito
    • 3 night lodging in Quito
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Quito City Explorer (Historic Quito) + Equatorial Monument
    • Otavalo excursion
    • Transfer airport / hotel / airport in Esmeraldas (shared service - subject to availability
    • 4 nights’ accommodation in Esmeraldas all inclusive system (Hotel Decameron Mompiche)
    • Hotel tax and service charge
  • DAY 1:
    Transfer airport / hotel . Lodging 

    DAY 2:
    Depart from Quito through the Pan-American North Highway until arriving to Cayambe, where the passengers will have the opportunity to taste the delicious “Bizcochos de Cayambe”, a type of cracker or bread baked in a clay oven (greatly paired with local cheese or caramel sauce). Afterwards, we will make a brief stop at “Miralago”, to admire a wonderful view of Lago San Pablo, amazing views. The tour then continues to Otavalo where Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken place. The market hosts a variety of different handcrafted items. 
    Passengers may choose between staying longer in Otavalo or go to visit to the leather shops at Cotacachi. On the way to Cotacachi,  we will visit a traditional workshop of Andean instruments "Ñanda Mañachi" located in Peguche and then reach Iluman,  land of shamans and healers, where we will have the opportunity to witness an ancestral indigenous ritual by a Shaman.
    In Cotacachi you have enough time to visit the village, the shops of leather goods and free time for lunch. Return to Quito picking up passengers in Otavalo (spot determined by Gray Line Guide).
    ** Bus will wait for 10 minutes in Otavalo to pick up passangers that stayed there, after that will return to Quito with passengers that are on board.

    DAY 3:

    Breakfast. Quito City Explorer (Historic Quito) + Equatorial Monument. We begin in the northern part of the city with a tour along the most important commercial areas, where most of the hotels in Quito are located. Then we head to the historic center to visit the Basilica del Voto Nacional, where we will make a brief stop and explanation to later reach the Plaza de la Independencia, where through a walking route you will see the Cathedral, the  Government Palace, the Archbishop's Palace and the La Compañia Church, recognized for its adornments and gold altars. Tour  will continue towards the Church of San Francisco, built in the seventeenth century. (Entrance to churches are not included). Then headed to the Mirador del Panecillo (entrance included) a place renowned for its beauty, where you can admire a beautiful landscape of colonial and modern Quito.
    We will stop at the “Zona Rosa” of the city, to have free time for lunch, and then continue to the northem part of the city, heading up to the “Middle of the World City”(entrance is included) where the monument that divides the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere will be observed. It was built during the XVII century when a French Expedition defined the precise location of the equatorial line. At the end, optional visit either to Intiñan or Ethnographic Museum (entrance is not included).

    DAY 4:
    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer Hotel / airport. Transfer Airport / Hotel in Esmeraldas. Lodging. 

    DAY 5 / DAY 6 / DAY 7:
    Lodging Hotel Decameron Mompiche, all inclusive system.

    DAY 8:
    Breakfast . Transfer Hotel / Airport in Esmeraldas


    • Days of excursions can be switched according to the departure day of the program.



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