Arrival in Quito with International flight. Monumental City Tour to the Ecuadorian capital's colonial past, declared by UNESCO a "World Cultural Heritage." Quito invites you to visit its historic and modern treasures. You start the tour visiting modern and colonial districts. First, the "Balcon Quiteño", the Legislative Palace, the colonial center, the Independence Plaza, the Caron¬delet Palace (Government Palace) the Metropolitan Cathedral, "La Compañía" and "San Francisco" churches and a drive to "El Panecillo" hill for a marvelous panoramic view of the city. Overnight Mercure Alameda. (B)
Early departure from Quito through to the North on the "Panamericana" avenue to the Province of Imbabura. Visit Otavalo, which is 95 km north of Quito. There you will find a colorful Indian market that for many years is performed in the "Plaza del Poncho." Place to take wonderful pictures and admire Otavalo Indians in their typical clothing, and also purchase leather products, woven products, rugs, "shigras" (colorful straw or linen woven bags), as well as hand-carved wood products. Also you will have the opportunity to visit Cuicocha Lake, Peguche artisan center and Iluman, where wool hats are elaborated. Lunch in a typical restaurant and overnight in Otavalo in Hosteria Puerto Lago. (B/-/-)
Breakfast. Trip to the Amazon basin (around 7 hours on pavement) passing through the towns of Papa¬llacta, Baeza, Tena. Arrival to Misahualli. From here you will make a 30-minute downstream canoe trip to the "Casa del Suizo". Check-in and explore the surroundings in search of local animals and to meet the Indians that live close. Overnight (B/L/D)
Downstream canoe trip by the Napo River to Santa Rosa, where you have the chance to know some families of the area, their culture and customs. Picnic on Napo River's shore. In the afternoon, visit the Haumbuno River to see caimans and "huatzines. Return to the hotel for dinner. Overnight. (B/L/D)
Breakfast. Trip to Baños. You take a walk to and visit the small town, where you can taste delicious local sweets made of sugar cane, such as "melcochas", "alfeñiques", "panela" and pure sugar cane juice. Later you will visit the MANTO DE NOVIA, MACHAY and the PAILON DEL DIABLO falls. This last one has three jumps and an amazing whirlpool at the bottom; it gets its name "Devil's Pot" because the rock behind the fall is shaped as the profile of the devil. Drive to Riobamba in the afternoon. Overnight Abraspungo. (B/-/-)
Breakfast. Early in the morning you will take the "Riobamba-Palmira" train, with a nice route; it will show some interest places during the route like Palmira Desert, Colta Old Lagoon and the Balbamera Church, which is the oldest Church in Ecuador. In the afternoon you will drive o Guayaquil where you will have a short City Tour. The tour is going to lead you through the most interesting places of the town, like the Seminario Park, because of the big Iguanas living inside it, watching the Cathedral, just in front of them. Afterwards we go to the city hall, considered the most beautiful and best decorated public building of the town with its European decoration and attractive location, because of promenade that we find in the front.
Alongside the Malecon we will take awalk learning about the importance of the City as a port, the protected island of Santay, the story of the city and also two important men who met here: Simon Bolivar and San Martin. We continue up to the top of the Santa Ana hill, where the city was born. Overnight Grand Hotel Guayaquil (B/-/-)
Breakfast. Transfer Out for International Flight or Galapagos Cruise extension. (B/-/-)
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