Cultural Highlights of Ecuador

12 Day Ecuador Itinerary

From the lovely city of Quito to the highlands of Cuenca, our vacation to Ecuador was filled with rich cultural experiences and a superlative experience to remember.

Just like any trip, it got interesting from the start...

Ecuador is beautiful. We had a few hiccups with plane delays when we first arrived, but everything went better starting from there. For this friend's trip, Anywhere worked with us on the trip plan until we were entirely satisfied. We spent one day in Mindo exploring the "Middle of The World", and the second day on the "Avenues of the Volcanoes" train excursion. Both were lovely times.

The best places we’ve stayed at...

Our accommodations were excellent and exceeded our expectations. Samari Spa Resort in Baños is a fabulous hotel. We enjoyed the termales and plaza. We also had a lovely meal at Cafe Hood in the area. Our last few days were spent in Cuenca, and the valley tours were amazing.

A friendcation to remember.

All our transfers happened, and were on time. Our private driver, Ricardo, was friendly and lovely. We were so glad we decided to make this trip happen. Not only did we feel safe with all of the arrangements by Anywhere in a foreign destination, but all the locals and staff we met were also friendly and made sure we had a great time. It was truly an outstanding experience, I wouldn’t hesitate to visit again!

Meals

Free Breakfast for 5 days

Transport

Free Airport Transport
private driverTo Barnard Hotel in Quito  
private driverQuito to Tena  
private driverTena to Baños  
private driverBaños to Cuenca  
flightCuenca to Quito  

Trip Overview




DAY 1


Quito

Barnard Hotel
- night 1 of 4

Quito to Quito

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE
Barnard Hotel

Barnard Hotel

2:00 pm check-in
1 room.

The Bernard Hotel is located in Quito. This hotel has big, well-equipped rooms and a good complimentary breakfast.

DAY 2


Quito

Barnard Hotel
- night 2 of 4

Quito City Tour and Middle of the World

Quito City Tour and Middle of the World
Quito City Tour and Middle of the World

This tour explores both the wonderful city of Quito and the so called "Middle of the World," which is the place where the equator runs through Ecuador. You'll learn a great deal about the history and culture ...


Included for 2 persons in your party.
From 8:00 am - 2:00 pm start/end time
Transport included

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DAY 3


Quito

Barnard Hotel
- night 3 of 4

Mindo Full-Day Tour

Mindo Full-Day Tour
Mindo Full-Day Tour

During this full-day tour, you'll explore the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve and the Mindo-Nambillo Cloud Forest Reserve. In Mindo, you'll visit waterfalls and a butterfly farm, and take a cable car over the ...


Included for 2 persons in your party.
From 8:00 am - 6:00 pm start/end time
Transport included

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DAY 4


Quito

Barnard Hotel
- night 4 of 4

Volcanoes Full-Day Tour

Volcanoes Full-Day Tour
Volcanoes Full-Day Tour

Ecuador has a chain of volcanoes known as the “Avenue of the Volcanoes.” On this tour, you’ll take a train that passes by some of the area’s impressive volcanoes.


Included for 2 persons in your party.
From 7:00 am - 5:15 pm start/end time
Transport included

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DAY 5


Quito / Tena

Barnard Hotel

Anaconda Lodge
- night 1 of 2

Quito to Tena

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE
Anaconda Lodge

Anaconda Lodge

12:00 pm check-in
1 room.

Anaconda Island is a magical place of 27 hectares located between the Napo and Arajuno rivers in the heart of the Amazon rainforest of the Napo province in Ecuador. It is a meeting of two ancestral cultures ...

DAY 6


Tena

Anaconda Lodge
- night 2 of 2

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE

DAY 7


Tena / Baños

Anaconda Lodge

Hotel Samari Spa Resort
- night 1 of 2

Tena to Baños

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE
Hotel Samari Spa Resort

Hotel Samari Spa Resort

2:00 pm check-in
1 room.

Baños de Agua Santa is a small town set in the lush hills of the Cordillera Oriental. This is a popular destination for adventurous travelers, and an excellent basecamp for hiking in the surrounding forests.

DAY 8


Baños

Hotel Samari Spa Resort
- night 2 of 2

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE

DAY 9


Baños / Cuenca

Hotel Samari Spa Resort

Hotel Oro Verde Cuenca
- night 1 of 3

Baños to Cuenca

OPEN DAY TO EXPLORE
Hotel Oro Verde Cuenca

Hotel Oro Verde Cuenca

2:00 pm check-in
1 room.

Hotel Oro Verde Cuenca is located in Cuenca, Ecuador. It has comfy, modern rooms and several good restaurants.

DAY 10


Cuenca

Hotel Oro Verde Cuenca
- night 2 of 3

Cuenca City Tour

Cuenca City Tour
Cuenca City Tour

One of the most attractive and charming cities in Ecuador, Cuenca is best experienced with a tour. During this city tour, you'll visit important cultural and historical sites, and walk away with a sound ...


Included for 2 persons in your party.
From 9:00 am - 12:00 pm start/end time
Transport included

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DAY 11


Cuenca

Hotel Oro Verde Cuenca
- night 3 of 3

Gualaceo, Chordeleg, and Sigsig

Gualaceo, Chordeleg, and Sigsig
Gualaceo, Chordeleg, and Sigsig

While you’re in Cuenca, get the most out of the local artisan scene with a full-day tour of the nearby villages of Gualaceo and Chordeleg. Each of these towns is located in the mountains that surround ...


Included for 2 persons in your party.
From 9:00 am - 3:00 pm start/end time
Transport included

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DAY 12


Cuenca

Hotel Oro Verde Cuenca

Otavalo Full Day Tour

Cuenca to Quito

Cuenca to Quito
Cuenca to Quito

Flight transport type
10:05 am - 7:05 am pickup/drop-off time
-3.00 hours duration

If you only have a few weeks to travel in Peru and want to see several major destinations, flying is your best bet. Domestic airports are scattered across Peru in most major cities.

Otavalo Full Day Tour
Otavalo Full Day Tour

This full-day tour visits Cayambe and Otavalo, the latter of which has one of the country's best outdoor markets. You'll try tasty Ecuadorian food and have the opportunity to purchase high-quality, locally ...


Included for 2 persons in your party.
From 11:00 am - 5:00 pm start/end time
Transport included

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