Highlands of Ecuador
8 days from Quito to Quito
From $ 849
Duration8 days

If you’re short on time it doesn’t mean your cultural experience in Ecuador shouldn’t be colossal. This eight-day tour mixes exciting stuff like cities listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, lively markets, and natural wonders like Cotopaxi volcano, so you get to soak in impressive cityscapes as well as sweeping vistas like a well-travelled, insightful sponge.

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  • Duration: 8 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Quito
    Physical Grading: Average
  • Ends in: Quito
    Ages: 12+
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Day 1: Quito

Start place: Quito

There are no activities planned until the evening. Please check at the hotel reception for a welcome note from your CEO advising on the time and location of the welcome meeting.
Arrive at any time. Opt to pre-book the "Quito City Tour & Equator Line" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour.

End place: Quito

Day 2: Quito/Otavalo

Start place: Quito

Explore the largest handicraft market in South America, Otavalo market. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables.

End place: Otavalo

Meals: B
Day 3: Otavalo/Cotopaxi

Start place: Otavalo

Travel by bus to Cotopaxi National Park. In the afternoon, opt to explore the area or mountain bike with views of Cotopaxi Volcano. Spend the night in a mountain lodge near the national park.

End place: Cotopaxi

Meals: B
Day 4: Cotopaxi/Alausí

Start place: Cotopaxi

In the morning, visit Cotopaxi National Park before continuing on to Alausi.
Meals: B
Day 5: Alausí/Cuenca
Board a train for an included excursion bound for the Devil's Nose, enjoy the ride on the switchbacks carved into the mountainside. After, head to Cuenca and marvel at its colonial architecture.

End place: Cuenca

Meals: B
Day 6: Cuenca

Start place: Cuenca

Explore the city’s sights, including cobblestoned streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shaded plazas, and museums.
Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Cuenca. Opt for a city tour, go hiking in Cajas National Park, or soak in nearby hot springs.

End place: Cuenca

Meals: B
Day 7: Cuenca/Quito

Start place: Cuenca

Fly back to Quito and enjoy the night in this historical city.

End place: Quito

Meals: B
Day 8: Quito

Start place: Quito

We recommend booking pre or post nights in Quito for additional time to explore. The optional activities may require additional time, speak to your CEO for assistance booking these activities on trip.
Depart at any time.

End place: Quito

Meals: B



  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Otavalo Handicrafts Market visit
  • Cotopaxi volcano stay
  • Cotopaxi National Park visit
  • Devil's Nose train excursion
  • Orientation walk of Cuenca
  • Internal flight
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Local bus, Plane, Private vehicle
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (5 nts), Rustic mountain lodge (2 nts)

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