Ecuador individual in 14-day trip Active
Ecuador in 14 days Active
You can choose this tour in 3 opcions
1 Budget tour : in hostals/ local transport / excursions in international group
2 classic tour: in 3* hotels/ mix local transport – private / mix private excursions – internat group
3 Luxe tour: all 4 * hotels / private transport / private excursions/ included entree fees
How do we work ?
In our packet, you travel all by yourself, Southamerica planet take care for you, we reserve all your hotels and transport. The excursions you do in International groups with English speaking guides.
Our local agent arrange also your transfers and give you the bus tickets to go from A to B, like this, you travel around by yourself but without worry’s , all arranged thru southamerica planet. If there are any problems, you always find support by contacting our offices
What is included?
* All bus transport, all hotels and all the tours as indicated in the program.
* All your vouchers, information packet, like general info over all the places you visit.
* All hotels are based on double room with private bathroom, single rooms on request for an extra price, all buses are based on good buses
* all the transfers
* Your food, in the hotels is breakfast included.
* The entry fees and taxes, like airport tax.
*Local and in ternational flights
Day 1 Otavalo
Arrival in Quito from where you will have a transfer to your hotel in Otavalo. Otavalo is famous for one of the biggest indigenous markets in the world, which is held on a Saturday. On other days you can also shop on the Plaza de Ponchos for some nice souvenirs. The Otavaleños are very pride of their traditional Quichua culture and retain to this day their traditional dress. You will notice that men wear white trousers, a blue poncho and a black hat. The women wear a white blouse with beautiful embroidered flowers on it, a long black skirt sometimes with a white stripe on it and often braid colorful materials in their hair.
In Otavalo you will meet an English speaking guide with whom you will visit several families who are still making typical handicrafts. Overnight in your hotel, including breakfast.
Day 2 Otavalo
Today you´ll have a day off in Otavalo. You can visit the local market (and on Saturdays the animal market) or arrange one of the following tours:
* Visit to the Condor Park
* Horseback riding
* Cycling tour
Overnight in your hotel, including breakfast.
Day 3 Otavalo – Quito
From Otavalo you travel to your hotel in Quito. Quito, the Ecuadorian capital, existed before the Inca´s arrived in the 15th century. Just before the Spaniards invaded the city in 1534 the Inca General Rumiñahui has put the city into ashes. He rather destroyed the city than put it in the hands of the Spaniards. The city was then rebuilt and as a result of that, the Spaniards have had major influence on the current status of the city. Quito is located at 2850 meters altitude, is 70 meters long and its widest part is 8 km. Quito is located in the Pichincha province, named after the volcano that lies next to the city.
Day 4 Quito
With an English speaking guide you will make a half day cultural city tour. During this tour you will visit a typical Ecuadorian market, cultural places in the historical center of the city and you get to travel by public transport. During this tour you do not enter any historical buildings; in case you are interested in visiting these, you can use the afternoon to visit them yourself. Overnight including breakfast in your hotel.
* City tour with English speaking guide in which you will visit the main historic buildings (half day)
* Visit Mitad del Mundo with English speaking guide (half day, by public or private transport)
* Hop on Hop off bus
Day 5 Quito – Cotopaxi – Isinlivi
Today you will visit the National Park Cotopaxi, famous for the second highest active volcano of the world: the Cotopaxi. You will drive to the parking lot at the base of the volcano located at 4500 meters above sea level, from where you can climb up until 4800 meters to the refuge. Even though it is only a climb of 300 meters, at this altitude you will find it quite tough but the climb is worth it because when you arrive you are rewarded with a beautiful view over the National Park and other volcanoes such as the Ruminahui.
Once you are back to the parking lot you will receive a bike and protection for your head, elbows and knees and you will descend the volcano by bike! An incredible experience! Afterwards you will be brought to Isinlivi where you will spend the night, including dinner and breakfast.
Day 6 Isinlivi – Chugchilan
From Isinlivi you will hike with a local guide to Chugchilan. You walk through areas where it looks like time stood still. Green patchwork like plaids, local small houses, children walking to or from school. You will feel like walking in a movie. Your day pack will be carried on a horse so that you can use all your strengths for the walk. After the 6 hour walk you will arrive in Chugchilan, where you will spend the night (dinner and breakfast included).
Day 7 Chugchilan – Baños
From Chugchilan you will go by private transport to the Quilotoa crater lake. The tour takes around 3 hours and on the way the driver will stop at a local bakery. Here you can buy your lunch. When you arrive at the volcano lake, you can enjoy your lunch and walk around the wonderful lake. In 1797 the volcano erupted and left a crater behind. The crater was filled with rainwater and nowadays the water has a remarkable color. The color is caused by algae and the color of the lake depends also on where the light hits the water giving it a changing blue-green color. There is no life in the lake because of its high alkaline content.
Afterwards you travel on to Baños, situated at 1,800 meters. The village is famous for its hot baths with healing powers and the virgin of the holy water. When the weather is nice and you come from the Avenue of the Volcanos (direction Quito), you have the opportunity to see a few peaks covered with snow: The Cotopaxi (5897 meters), Illinizas (two peaks), Chimborazo (the highest peak of Ecuador: 6310 meters), Carihuarazo (the ´little´ brother of Chimborazo) and the active Tungurahua volcano situated near Baños.
Throughouttown you´ll see small shops where they make “melcochas”, sugar cane candies. Freshly made these are delicious candies which you must try!
Overnight in hotel, including breakfast.
Day 8 Baños
Baños is a lively town where you can book so many excursions. Depending on your level of adventure you can book one of the following excursions:
* Cycling tour to Pailon de Diablo – one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Ecuador
* Visit to Las piscinas de la Virgen, the warm water baths under the waterfall in town
* Swing jump from a bridge
Overnight in hotel, including breakfast.
Day 9 Baños – Guamote
From Baños you travel to Guamote. The canton of Guamote is the most traditional region in Ecuador. 95% of the population is Indigenous (while in the whole of Ecuador it is only 25%) so you cannot miss this spot! Early in the morning you travel from Riobamba to Guamote from where you will be taken on a tour to some of the small villages and projects that Inti Sisa, the guest house where you will stay, support in the mountains.
You will start the day with a visit to our own educational center Inti Sisa in Guamote. There is a kindergarten, sewing is taught as well as computer skills and English. Every Sunday there is also a traditional Andean music course. After that you take off for a beautiful ride by car through the mountains and you get explained some more about the history of this region and the Indigenous culture and traditions. On the way you make a stop at a primary school, you´ll visit an agricultural college and the house of a traditional weaver. At the end of the tour you see how a indigenous family lives in their authentic house (choza)
Overnight and breakfast in Inti Sisa.
* Visit the indigenous market of Guamote (on Thursday, the most beautiful of the country!)
* Cooking class
* Horseback riding tour
* Village tour (as described) by bike
Day 10 Guamote – Cuenca
From Guamote you travel further south to Cuenca. The colonial city of Cuenca is considered the most beautiful city in Ecuador. The colonial houses with red tiled roofs, cobblestone streets, squares with flowers and museums make this a very special city.
Overnight and breakfast in hotel.
Day 11 Cuenca
Cuenca is a city with a Mediterranean character. With a city tour that we hand you over you can discover the secrets of this beautiful city. You can wander around the whole day, visit the flower market, the impressive cathedral and one of the many nice restaurants that this city has to offer.
Overnight and breakfast in hotel.
Day 12 Cuenca – Puerto Lopez
From the high peaks of the Andes you travel to the West, passing banana and cocoa plantations you will arrive at Puerto Lopez. Puerto Lopez is a small fishermans town. It is not a white sanded beach that you find here, but a remote cozy town where you can still see how people make a living of fishing.
Overnight in breakfast in hotel.
Day 13 Puerto Lopez
During the season, from June till September, you can´t miss a visit to Isla de la Plata. On the way there you almost certain see humpback whales jumping out of the water. An amazing experience! On the island Isla de la Plata you can see blue footed boobies, fregat birds and if you´re lucky even an albatross.
Overnight in breakfast in hotel.
If you prefer to stay on land you can do a tour to spot monkeys. By horse you walk for 1 hour to the cloud forest of Machallilla National Park. Upon arrival you will walk for 2 more hours to spot birds and monkeys. As well you might be able to try forest fruits.
In case it is possible we will offer a Special Stay option as well.
We will always include breakfast.
Please take into account that throughout the country there are several markets and each market has a special market day.
In case of other tours it is important to mention that not all are possible in private. In the description of the tours it will be mentioned if It is possible or not.
All transport will be with Spanish speaking drivers. English speaking drivers are available on request.
Galapagos is a special place with even more special conditions. You might already know them but just in case I´ll mention the most important below so that you can take it into account in case you are interested in going to Galapagos:
In case clients are interested in a land tour or a cruise availability must always be checked. We can offer all cruises. To be able to check availability please send us the following information:
* Number of days passengers want to travel
* Kind of cruise or land tour
* Kind of rooms (on cruises mainly double rooms are available). In case of single, please inform if you are willing to share a cabin (in case of cruises) to save costs
Once we have this information we will check availability and will send you an answer
*Please take into account that all boats have certain itineraries and have fixed departure dates. Therefore it is easier if passengers are a bit flexible in their departure date to Galapagos so that we have more options to offer.
* In case clients are interested in one of the cruises or land tours offered we can take an option for maximum 5 working days. The option is free of charge and will expire automatically if we don´t have an answer from your side.
*If passengers want to make a reservation we need to receive the copies of their passports. Without the copies we cannot book.
* Itineraries for the Galapagos are always subject to change
* Most of the time we have the obligation to buy the flight tickets with the cruise company. In case passengers (or SAP) books their own tickets we cannot be held responsible for any extra costs and/or missing (part of) the cruise.