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We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

Quito • Otavalo • Cotacachi • San Antonio de Ibarra
San Pablo del Lago • Karabuela • Sangolquí • Latacunga
Baños de Agua Santa • Puyo • Riobamba • Guano
Alausí • Ingapirca • Cuenca • Guayaquil

September 27 - October 8, 2018 • 12 Days
based on double occupancy beginning
in Quito, Ecuador and ending in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Airfare additional

Preliminary Day by Day Itinerary

September 27 Arrive Quito
Thursday

Plan to arrive Quito this afternoon. At the airport our specialized guide, Mauricio, will greet us and transfer us to our hotel in the historic area of Quito. Welcome to Ecuador! Quito is located at 9,300 feet above sea level.

***Mercure Alamdea or Casa Joaquin
or De La Rabida or City Art Silberstein

September 28 Quito
Friday

On our leisurely morning tour of Quito, we will visit the colonial area. Explore the pre-Spanish art in Casa del Alabado Museum. While in the old section, learn about the beauty of the colonial art dating to the XVI century. See the amazing gold-plated churches and continue to the Equator Line Monument. Here you can set one foot on the northern hemisphere and the other on the southern! Next visit a fair trade shop and museum called Tianguez with some demonstrations of weavings and other fine products of Ecuador such as: silver jewelry, paintings, and replicas of colonial wooden pieces. Schedule-permitting meet the silver artist/jeweler, Byron Ushina.

Relax over a typical lunch in a beautiful restaurant. Next visit the unique Gallery of Olga Fisch, a Hungarian artist who recognized the vast potential of folk artisans and immigrated to Ecuador in 1939. There is also a wonderful museum with ancient archaeological pieces, and very fine crafts like woven capes, hats and paper mache pieces. Get better acquainted with your fellow travelers over a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (B-L-D)

***Mercure Alamdea or Casa Joaquin
or De La Rabida or City Art Silberstein

THE NORTHERN HIGHLANDS

September 29 Quito - Otavalo
Saturday Cotacachi - San
Antonio de Ibarra
San Pablo del Lago

We depart Quito this morning traveling north passing Cayambe Volcano in the distance to the largest and most fascinating Indian market in South America, Otavalo. Handicrafts abound here. You’ll find wonderful opportunities for photographing men and women in traditional dress, and also for shopping for Otavalo textiles and other crafts. We will find tapestries, wall-hangings, sweaters, bread dough figures, ponchos, hammocks, puppets, rugs and shawls. See woodcarvings in four types of wood in San Antonio de Ibarra, leather goods in Cotacachi and much more. Visit the master weaver at Peguche just outside of Otavalo with a full demonstration of weaving and dyeing using a backstrap loom. Stay overnight at a local hacienda (hosteria) which dates back 300 years in San Pablo Del Lago near the Otavalo area. Haciendas are old traditional Spanish-built houses from the past century but with today’s comforts. (B-L-D)

****Hosteria Cusin

September 30 San Pablo del Lago
Sunday Karabuela - Quito

Today we dedicate more time to enjoy the Otavalo area. We’ll see knitters in Karabuela with a demonstration and weavers that use local reeds grown in lakes in Totora. On our return to Quito, although it is a Sunday, a demonstration can be arranged at a rose plantation. Ecuador has in recent years become the largest exporter of roses in the world. Their roses are known for their high quality and large heads due to the high altitude of the rose farms. Overnight in Quito. (B-L-D)

****HOSTERIA SU MERCED

October 1 Quito - Sangolquí
Monday Latacunga
Baños de Agua Santa

Today we head through the Avenue of the Volcanoes admiring beautiful snow-covered volcanoes. See demonstrations by silversmith in Sangolquí. Visit a famous local artist who will show us her paintings and stained glass work. On the way to Latacunga, we will make a stop at the daily food market.

Enjoy and appreciate the Andes Eastern range with a stop to see the weavers of the Salasaka people before we continue to the charming town of Baños de Agua Santa. This colorful town is surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. Although we will be near the recently erupted (August 2015) Cotopaxi Volcano, we will monitor its activity and plan accordingly while in this area. The locals are known for toffee candy making and we will see how it is made. (B-L-D)

****Hosteria Samari Spa Resort

THE AMAZON REGION

October 2 Baños de Agua Santa
Tuesday Puyo

Today continue our journey as we descend to “the entrance of the Amazon” through canyons and incredibly thick forests. The waterfall route is today called the “Veil of the Bride” cascade. Arrive to Puyo where locals work with balsawood pieces and seeds of the Amazon rainforest. Learn about this Upper Amazon town and its cultures. While in Puyo, visit a cooperative women’s ethnic and Waorani people handicraft. We will also visit a special animal rescue center for the Amazonian area and enjoy a short hike. Our hotel tonight is a local superior inn where we’ll stay in their Upper Amazonic Lodges, which are the best available. (B-L-D)

***Hosteria El Jardin

October 3 Puyo - Guano
Wednesday Riobamba

Today visit a cooperative of native people. We see the highest mountain in Ecuador, Mt. Chimborazo, which stands at almost 21,000 feet as we pass the amazing area of El Arena. Have our first taste of Riobamba and enjoy a short city tour and visit its Food Market as well as some weavers. Stroll along Liberated Square, main square to see how “vegetable ivory” or tagua nut is worked. We continue our journey with a stop at Guano, a little town where wool rugs and carpets are made. Head back to Riobamba for our overnight. (B-L-D)

*****Hotel Hacienda Abraspungo

October 4 Riobamba - Alausí
Thursday Ingapirca - Cuenca

This will be a day to remember! Early departure from our hotel at 5:45 AM to board the famous Devil’s Nose train, traveling from Riobamba to Alausí (8-10:30am). The amazing switchbacks at Devil`s Nose are considered one of the world’s masterpieces of engineering in the early 1900s. The track goes over rocky slopes of the Andes and through some of Ecuador’s most breathtaking scenery. Continue by coach to Ingapirca, Ecuador’s largest archaeological site from ancient times of Cañaris people to Inca times. Enjoy a nice hike to appreciate the site before we continue to Cuenca. (B-L)

****San Juan Hotel

THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS

October 5 Cuenca
Friday

We will be introduced to Cuenca with a city tour including the Main Square, Flower Market, New Cathedral, and San Francisco Square. See the final process of the world famous Panama Hat Factory and museum. View Mr. Eduardo Vega’s ceramic work, and if his schedule permits, meet the artist himself. Visit the colorful food market with its many varieties of fruits. We will also have the option to see the making of glass works, embroideries, local shawls and dresses. Enjoy a typical lunch today. (B-L)

****San Juan Hotel

PACIFIC COAST

October 6 Cuenca - Guayaquil
Saturday

Today we will pass the beautiful area of Cajas National Park. This park has over 270 ponds, lagoons and lakes. Continue to Guayaquil where we will witness major changes from the Andean Highlands to the western lowlands. See colorful banana plantations and visit a cocoa bean plantation to learn about chocolate. This evening take the Pirate ship and set sail for one hour along the widest river of the Pacific west coast in South America. (B-L)

*****Guayaquil Wyndham

October 7 Guayaquil
Sunday

Enjoy a Guayaquil city tour including the waterfront, Moorish Tower, Rotunda, Crystal Palace, the Seminario Park or Iguana Park, and a local museum. Stroll along the colonial street of Las Peñas where you will see painters and crafts being sold. Today is National Independence Day of Guayaquil. Celebrate tonight and share highlights with your travel companions over a Farewell Dinner. (B-L-D)

*****Guayaquil Wyndham

October 8 Depart Guayaquil
Monday

Bid farewell to Ecuador. (B)

 

Better yet, continue on to our Colombia - Land of Coffee and Culture October 9 - 19, 2017. Call for a full brochure on Colombia or options to the Galapagos Islands.

THIS IS NOT THE FULL BROCHURE

We invite you to call Sarah or Gwen at 1-800-762-4216 to request the full brochure. The brochure will include Important Traveler Information (and answers to most questions) and a Reservation Form. We can send the brochure through the Postal Service or as a PDF attachment. If you would like to receive a PDF, probably the best way to keep the message from going into a SPAM filter is to send a message to sarah@serioustraveler.com. If you are already on our mailing list, no need to complete the entire brochure request form.

 

 

 

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