Ultimate Ecuador Culture & History Tour

Company : Worldaway Learning Tours
Location : Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 1 week to 6 weeks
Approx Costs: 1000 to 3000+ $ Dollars (US)

The king of all learning tours - this 29 Day education-packed trip really is THE ULTIMATE Ecuador History Tour!

Travel to Quito, and back in time, with this Ultimate Ecuadorian Culture & History Tour.
 
If History is what you love, this experience is one that you cannot pass up. This Learning Tour of Ecuador takes you into the home churches of the Franciscan, Mercedarios, Dominican, and Augustinian Orders to start the trip off with an educational and visually splendid bang.
 
You’ll then see the Mitad del Mundo and the Equator Museum, seeing all that the Middle of the Earth has to offer before going WAY back to Pre-Incan History at the Cochasqui Pyramids.
 
Week 2 will make your jaw hit the floor as you take in the sites and historical facts, mythical stories, and folklore of the beautiful city of Cuenca, the Nariz Del Diablo Train Experience, and the Ingapirca Ruins.
 
Week 3 is jam picked with history: see La Compania de Jesus Church and La Basillica de Quito Church and learn about the History of the Jesuit Order before perusing the famous artwork of the Guayasamin Museum. A Kichwa Language and History class will take you deep into the history of Ecuador, and tours to the Cotopaxi Volcano and Antisana Reserve will show you the natural wonder of this beautiful country.
 
Week 4 is highlighted by can’t-miss attractions: a two day tour of the Mindo Cloud Forest and a day trip to Teleferico and the Pichincha Volcano.
 
And of course…
 
TOUR THE AMAZON: a 4 Day Tour of the Amazon during which you’ll have days full of planned activities including a visit with an Amazonian Tribe.
 

Itinerary

DAY 1: SUNDAY - ARRIVAL DAY
Collection from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito. Transport to your accommodation.
 
Evening: Free time to settle into your new surroundings.
 
DAY 2: MONDAY - CITY TOUR OF CUENCA
Breakfast: At your hotel. Transport to airport for flight to Cuenca. City Tour of Cuenca while learning about colonial history in this city.
 
Evening: Free time to explore the local area.
 
DAY 3: TUESDAY - INGAPIRCA RUINS
Breakfast: At your hotel. Full day trip to Ingapirca Ruins to learn about the Cañaris Civilization & pre-Incan history.
 
Evening: Free time to explore the local area.
 
DAY 4: WEDNESDAY - CAJAS NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast: At your hotel. Full day trip to Cajas National Park for some adventure.
 
Evening: Free time to explore the local area.
 
DAY 5: THURSDAY - CITY TOUR OF QUITO
Breakfast: At your hotel. Transport to airport for flight back to Quito. City Tour by Night to talk about the general history of Quito.
 
Evening: Free time to explore the local area.
 
DAY 6: FRIDAY - TEMPLO DE LA PATRIA MUSEUM
Breakfast: At your hotel. View Spots Tour in Quito with Templo de la Patria Museum “Pichincha Battle History”.
 
Evening: Free time to explore the local area.
 
DAY 7: SATURDAY - OTAVALOS INDIGENOUS PROVINCE + CUICOCHA LAKE
Breakfast: At your hotel. Tour to Otavalos Indigenous Province. Visit to the Main Handicrafts Market and Cuicocha Lake.
 
Evening: Free time to explore the local area.
 
DAY 8: MITAD DEL MUNDO
Breakfast: At your hotel. Tour to Mitad del Mundo (Equator Museum History &1st Geodesic Expedition History). Visit the Pululahua Crater.
 
Evening: Free time to explore the local area.
 
DAY 9: MONDAY - FRANCISCANS ORDER HISTORY IN QUITO
Breakfast: At your hotel. Visit the Convent of San Francisco & Church, then Museum Franciscano de San Diego. Next take a short visit to the first cemetery of Quito. Lunch at Panecillo Hill Restaurant (the only Incas Structure left in this place).
 
Evening: Free time to explore or simply relax.
 
DAY 10: TUESDAY - LOCAL MARKETS DAY
Breakfast: At your hotel. Mercado Indigena San Roque, Mercado Artesanal de Quito (handicrafts market) & Mercado de Santa Clara (fruits, vegetable and local products).
 
Evening: Free time to explore the local area.
 
DAY 11: WEDNESDAY - VISIT THE CHURCHES OF QUITO
Breakfast: At your hotel. Dominicans, Augustinians & Mercederaries Orders History Free afternoon to pack for the Amazon tour.
 
Evening: The Amazon Rain Forest Experience begins tonight leaving Quito by bus at 10.30pm heading to Lago Agrio City.
 
DAY 12: THURSDAY - AMAZON RAIN FOREST - DAY 1
After arriving at our meeting point in Lago Agrio City, we will greet you with a welcome breakfast to begin our trip to the Amazon Rain Forest.
 
After this, the transport will pick you up & take you to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve (Cuyabeno Bridge River). This will take about 2 hours.
 
Lunch will be served then we will start our exploration into the Amazon Jungle of Ecuador by boat.  While on the canoe ride be ready to hear the sounds of the wildlife, while you watch the scenery changing along the Cuyabeno River waters & between trees.  You will be able to watch the birds, monkeys & other jungle creatures.
 
You will be accompanied by a guide who will provide information on how the animals & plants interact & balance the life within the Cuyabeno Ecosystem in which they coexist.
 
Finally we arrive at the Ecolodge, where we will settle into our cabins.
 
After dinner our native guide gives us a brief introduction to the activities for the next few days in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.
 
DAY 13: FRIDAY - AMAZON RAIN FOREST - DAY 2
In the morning before breakfast, you can hear the noise of birds flying around our bungalows in the Ecolodge.
 
After breakfast, we continue upriver to start trekking on the banks of the Cuyabeno River, where you can see different species of plants, huge trees, aquatic vines, orchids, medicinal herbs & a large number of wild animals & birds of the Amazon jungle.
 
After having lunch, you will have time to swim & relax in Laguna Grande while watching the pink & gray dolphins play on the water.
 
Once you have enjoyed one of the best sunsets of your life, we will return to the lodge for dinner.
 
After dinner, you will embark on an exciting canoe ride where you will see the famous Black Caimans of the Amazon.  During this journey you will hear the mysterious noises of the forest.
 
This is an experience you will never forget.
 
Evening: After dinner, your can relax & enjoy your surroundings.
 
DAY 14: SATURDAY - AMAZON RAIN FOREST - DAY 3
Early in the morning we will enjoy breakfast then travel by canoe to the Siona Indigenous Community, where we can interact & learn about their traditions, culture & customs.
 
We will also learn to elaborate the Casabe – a typical dish of this ancestral tribe.
 
Lunch will be served in the community & finally we will meet the Shaman, which will make us perceive & interact with their spiritual world, channeling their energies, visionary, healing & divinatory skills acquired over the years.
 
You will also have time to acquire the beautiful handicrafts made by the locals.
 
DAY 15: SUNDAY - AMAZON RAIN FOREST - DAY 4
Early in the morning we will do some birdwatching down the river, as well as enjoy a completely fascinating sunrise.
 
After that activity we will serve breakfast then embark on a canoe ride along the Cuyabeno River back to civilization.
 
The transportation will pick us up from the entrance of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.
 
We will head back to the meeting point in Lago Agrio. This will take about 2 hours.
 
Return to Quito by bus.  Arriving back at your accommodation by 10 or 11 pm.
 
Evening: Free time to simply relax.
 
DAY 16: MONDAY - RELAX DAY
Time to relax & enjoy the day. Its the perfect time to explore Itchimbia Park or Carolina Park.
 
Evening: Free time to explore or simply relax.
 
DAY 17: TUESDAY - TSACHILAS TRIBE VISIT
Breakfast: At your hotel. Time to visit the Tsachilas Tribe - a pre-Incan population - including lunch with the community.
 
Evening: Free time to explore the local area.
 
DAY 18: WEDNESDAY - KICHWA LANGUAGE & HISTORY + SALSA CLASS
Breakfast: At your hotel. Kichwa Class & explanation about our languages history. Free time to explore or simply relax.
 
Evening: Salsa Lessons (5pm - 6pm).
 
DAY 19: THURSDAY - GUAYASAMIN MUSEUM
Breakfast: At your hotel. Tour to Guayasamin Museum.
 
Evening: Free time to explore or simply relax.
 
DAY 20: FRIDAY - VOLCANOES AVENUE TRAIN EXPERIENCE
Volcanoes Avenue Train Experience - from 8am to 6pm. Lunch Included.
 
DAY 21: SATURDAY - QUILOTOA LAKE
Breakfast: At your hotel. Tour to Quilotoa Lake for the day.
 
Evening: Free time to explore or simply relax.
 
DAY 22: SUNDAY - COTOPAXI VOLCANO TOUR
Breakfast: At your hotel. Tour to Cotopaxi Volcano for the day.
 
Evening: Free time to explore or simply relax.
 
DAY 23: MONDAY - TELEFERICO & PICHINCHA VOLCANO
Breakfast: At your hotel. Teleferico & Pichincha Volcano visit.
 
Evening: Free time to explore or simply relax.
 
DAY 24: TUESDAY - ANTISANA RESERVE
Breakfast: At your hotel. Tour to Antisana Reserve - Home of 70% of Ecuadorian Condors & Petrified Lava Traces. Tour to Mica Lake - Quito's main reserve for water. If we're lucky we can also watch the majestic Antisana Volcano in action.
 
Afternoon & Evening: Free time to explore or simply relax.
 
DAY 25: WEDNESDAY - LA BASILICA DE QUITO CHURCH
Breakfast: At your hotel. Visit La Basilica de Quito Church - inside exploration & history of the Jesuits Order (Polemical History). Visit La Compania de Jesus Church & Presidential Palace Visit (modern history)
 
Evening: Free time to explore or simply relax.
 
DAY 26: THURSDAY - CLOUD FOREST TOUR - DAY 1
Mindos Cloud Forest Tour - extreme sports & adventure!
 
DAY 27: FRIDAY - CLOUD FOREST TOUR - DAY 2
Mindos Cloud Forest Tour - Cacao Factory & Butterflies Sanctuary!
 
DAY 28: SATURDAY - PAPALLACTA HOT SPRINGS
Breakfast: At your hotel. Visit to Papallacta Hot Springs to get some well earned relaxation time!
 
Evening: Free time to explore or simply relax.
 
DAY 29: SUNDAY - DEPARTURE DAY
Breakfast: At your hotel. Return transfers to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.
 

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