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Best of Ecuador

Discover magical Ecuador by historic steam train and enjoy the old-world glamour of Tren Crucero's first-class carriages. Travel from the shores of the Pacific high into the Andes Mountains, through volcanic scenery and cloud forests. Meet the locals and explore colourful plantations and bustling markets.A Rail AdventureExperience the famous Devil's Nose and zig zag down the Andes in Alausi, a true feat in engineering dating back to the 19th century. Then visit the country's highest train station at Urbina in the Avenue of the Volcans.Cultural HighlightsTour a traditional cacao plantation and enjoy a chocolate tasting. Meet Ecuador's last 'ice merchant' who still extracts ice from the slopes of the Chimborazo Volcano, and visit the lively Otavalo Indian market, the largest and most important in the Andes.Natural DelightsEnjoy the serenity of the beautiful Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve. Explore the misty forest on a guided bird-watching hike and spot the world's most recently discovered mammal - the olinguito! Relax and enjoy the rejuvenating natural hot springs of Papallacta, just outside your hotel room.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Private airport transfers
  • 3 days on board the 'Tren Crucero' historic steam train
  • All ground transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary

Accommodation & Meals

  • 8 nights in a combination of boutique hotels and luxury historic haciendas (3-4 star)
  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based guides

Sightseeing

  • Travel through the countryside on the famous Tren Crucero.
  • Discover why Ecuadorian cacao is among the best in the world at a traditional plantation in Bucay.
  • Zig-zag up the famous Devil's nose.
  • Meet Ecuador's last "ice merchant" who extracts ice from the slopes of Chimborazo volcano.
  • Witness the spectacular Tungurahua volcano.
  • Enjoy a city tour of Quito.
  • Visit the Equator at Mitad del Mundo and Inti an Museum.
  • Bird-watch in the misty landscapes of the Bellavista Cloud Forest.
  • Relax in the hot springs of Papallacta.
  • Enjoy afternoon tea at Hacienda La Compania.
  • Visit the colourful Otavalo Indian market.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
9
Price From
AUD $4,885
Start Location
Ecuador
End Location
Ecuador
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Private, Rail
Physical Rating
Moderate
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
01 Jan 201931 Dec 2019Fully BookedAUD $5,315 
ItineraryExpand
Best of Ecuador

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Arrive Guayaquil

Welcome to the city of Guayaquil, on Ecuador's Pacific coast. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2. Guayaquil - Duran - Bucay

Board the Tren Crucero, a restored steam train, for a stunning journey on Ecuador's railway in the sky! Visit an Ecuadorian cacao plantation and enjoy a chocolate tasting this afternoon. [B,L,D]

Day 3. Bucay - Riobamba

Today you'll experience the famous 'Devil's Nose', where the train zigzags as it climbs 200 metres in just 3 kilometres - a true engineering feat dating back to the 19th century. You'll also visit a local Andean community that raises llamas. [B,L,D]

Day 4. Riobamba - Quito

Today you'll visit the country's highest train station at Urbina and meet Ecuador's last 'ice merchant', who still extracts ice from the slopes of the Chimborazo Volcano. Then enjoy beautiful views over the active Tungurahua volcano that occasionally offers a spectacular eruption. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Quito

Explore the lively city of Quito, Ecuador's capital. Your sightseeing tour will include the beautiful Church La Compania, almost entirely decorated with gold leaf, San Francisco Monastery and El Panecillo. [B]

Day 6. Quito - Bellavista Cloud Forest

Today we travel into the beautiful Bellavista Cloud Forest Reserve, stopping at the equator to visit the Middle of the World and Inti an Museum. This afternoon enjoy a guided bird-watching hike amidst the misty trees. Bellavista is also home to the most recently discovered mammal - the olinguito! [B,L,D]

Day 7. Bellavista Cloud Forest - Papallacta

Today take the scenic drive to Papallacta, known for its volcans and rejuvenating natural thermal springs. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. [B]

Day 8. Papallacta - Otavalo

Relax and enjoy a soak in the hot springs just outside your room this morning. Then travel by road to Otavalo, famous for its weekly market, stopping along the way to enjoy afternoon tea at a traditional hacienda. [B]

Day 9. Otavalo - Depart Quito

Visit Otavalo's lively Indian markets, the largest and most important in the Andes and the perfect place to pick up some traditional handicrafts. You will then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. [B]