Southern Highlands and Haciendas Tour

Southern Highlands and Haciendas Tour

A complete tour through the highlands of Ecuador from the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage capital city of Quito to the equally lovely colonial city of Cuenca in the south, passing along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, including visits to historical haciendas, volcanic national parks and indigenous Andean market towns as well as a trip along the famous Devils Nose Train Ride.

Day 1         Arrive Quito
Private guided transfer in from flight to Boutique Hotel Café Cultura. Lunch on own. In the afternoon explore the historical centre of Quito. First stop is Itchimbia Park which offers fantastic views across Quito´s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then continue on to visit the neo-gothic Basilica, Independence Square where you find the Cathedral and Presidential Palace, La Compañia de Jesus church famous for its gold leafed interiors and San Francisco Square and church. Dinner and overnight in Boutique Hotel Café Cultura with breakfast included. (D)

Day 2         Quito – Cotopaxi
After breakfast begin the journey south towards the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes and enjoy a visit to the wonderful world of the Ecuadorian Paramo that is Cotopaxi National Park.  The majestic snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano is the highest active volcano in the world. Lunch included at a local hacienda within the National Park area. Dinner and overnight at the Hacienda la Alegria including breakfast. (B,L,D)

Day 3         Cotopaxi -Quilotoa
After breakfast set off for a full day tour to the stunning Quilotoa Crater Lake, with a stop off at the village of Tigua on the way to see the colorful paintings which are produced by the local indigenous artists. Box lunch provided. On arrival at Quilotoa enjoy a hike down to the beautiful blue/green waters of the crater lake. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda La Alegria including breakfast. (B,L,D)

Day 4         Chimborazo
In the morning after breakfast enjoy a second to none instructional horse riding class, and then overland drive through different scenary routes, onwards to the city of Riobamba. Lunch at the world's most certified rose farm. In the afternoon contine to Riobamba  to the world calss Hacienda Abraspungo. Dinner and overnight at Abraspungo with breakfast included. (B,L,D)

Day 5         Alausi - Cuenca
After breakfast head off towards Alausi town and fron there in to the world's famous Devils Nose train ride, lunch at sight, overland drive to Cuenca and if time prevails a short visit to the Ingapirca Archealogical site. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Caballo Campana with breakfast included. (B,L,D)

Day 6         Cuenca
In the morning after breakfast over looking the pristine grounds of the hacienda enjoy a tour of the city of Cuenca including visits to the main churches, the flower market, a stroll along the river, the Turi lookout and local Panama hat factory. Lunch at a local top restaurant. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city some more or visit a museum of your choice. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Caballo Campana with breakfast included. (B,L,D)

Day 9         Cuenca – Quito
After breakfast, (catch your flight back to Quito) or set off to the overland drive towards the city of Guayaquil, visiting the "El Cajas" National Reserve, box lunch. In the afternoon arrive to Guayaquil. Dinner and overnight in designated hotel with breakfast included, city by night. (B,L,D)

Day 10      Quito – home
Private transfer out to the airport to catch your international flight or your connecting flight to Galapagos (B)

Includes: Private transportation with English speaking guide, accommodation and meals as specified (B,L,D), activities specified including city tours and entrance fees to visitors sights specified, flights Cuenca - Quito

Not Included: Meals on own, soft and alcoholic drinks, entrance fee to the Cotopaxi NP, extra activities at haciendas, tips and personal expenses.

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