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History and beauty in Ecuador ancient colonial cities

Guayaquil, Cuenca, Quito
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OVERVIEW

Ecuador is much more than the Galapagos Islands, wildlife, and equatorial line. The “Country of Four Worlds” is also rich in history and customs. And, these are reflected in its beautiful colonial cities, vestiges of its Spanish European past in colonial times, full of stylish white buildings, cozy squares, European-style streets, alleys, and traditional markets. All of this without mentioning the enchanting inhabitants who always smile at a visitor. Therefore, we want you to experience these unforgettable feelings while passing through these charming Ecuadorian cities, Guayaquil, Cuenca, and Quito.

On this tour, you will visit the enchanting Ecuadorian cities of Guayaquil, and the colonial city of Cuenca with its marble buildings, it’s known as the Athens of Ecuador, because here the most iconic Ecuadorian thinkers, artists, and writers were born. And, as a finishing touch, you will discover Quito, the Ecuadorian capital, with its Spanish-style houses, churches, squares, and enchanting alleys. Of course, your tour guide will enrich the visits with valuable information and the fantastic history each of these cities keeps. Of course, everything is completely customizable.

  • DAY 1

    GUAYAQUIL - ECUADOR

    ARRIVE AT YOUR HOTEL IN GUAYAQUIL AFTER YOUR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT AND RECHARGE ENERGIES FOR YOUR ECUADOR EXPERIENCE!

  • DAY 2

    CAJAS NATIONAL PARK

    TOUR A TRUE PARADISE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE EARTH, THE CAJAS NATIONAL PARK

  • DAY 3

    CUENCA

    DISCOVER THE COLONIAL CITY OF EXCELLENCE IN ECUADOR, CUENCA, AND BE FASCINATED BY ITS ENCHANTING

  • DAY 4

    QUITO

    LOSE YOURSELF BETWEEN A ENCHANTING COLONIAL CITY, CAPITAL OF ECUADOR, AT THE FOOT OF THE PICHINCHA VOLCANO

  • DAY 5

    QUITO - OUT

    SAYING GOODBYE TO SUCH BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PAINFUL

FULL ITINERARY

DAY 1: GUAYAQUIL - ECUADOR

ARRIVE AT YOUR HOTEL IN GUAYAQUIL AFTER YOUR INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT AND RECHARGE ENERGIES FOR YOUR ECUADOR EXPERIENCE!

Your dream trip to Ecuador has come! We know you want to get to your hotel to rest after a long flight and enjoy your dreams. Well, our team makes it simple for you! Once you arrive at the International Guayaquil Airport, our host will be waiting for you at the international arrival zone with a sign indicating your name. He'll welcome you and transfer you to the hotel of your preference in the beautiful Guayaquil. Of course, he'll also give recommendations of the best restaurants close to your hotel to enjoy the best Ecuatorian cuisine on your own.

Afterward, you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy at your leisure. Maybe you can explore the city and its treasures like the largest Ferris wheel in all of South America called La Perla. Or, maybe visit the Iguana Park where a great variety of iguanas coexist with park visitors. Or enjoy the services of your hotel. The decision is always yours!

Tomorrow will be a big day!

  • Overnight in Guayaquil.
  • Included meals: None.

DAY 2: CAJAS NATIONAL PARK

TOUR A TRUE PARADISE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE EARTH, THE CAJAS NATIONAL PARK

Today, a paradise is about to be revealed by you, the Cajas National Park! The morning can be enjoyed with a delicious breakfast provided by your Guayaquil hotel. Later, our tour guide will pick you up with land transportation to go to the enchanting Cuenca, the trip will take roughly 6 or seven hours.

However, in the middle of the route, we’ll make a stop about 153 km southeast of Guayaquil, in the Cajas National Park. But what is so special about this park? Well, This amazing park combines desolate lunar-like terrains with lush cloud forests, in a unique contrast. All these are surrounded by more than 250 lakes and ponds.

The choices of activities that you can partake in are endless; they include bird watching, fishing, and views of the rich and colorful flora and fauna, among other things. In addition, you can enjoy the Interpretation Center located near La Toreadora Lake, the largest lake in the park. Photos and presentations of the reserve are displayed there.

You just have to inform the guide what activity you would like to do and that's it!

Afterward, we’ll continue our trip to Cuenca, where our guide and transportation will take us directly to our Cuenca hotel.

The afternoon will be completely yours to enjoy the city on your own, go out to eat, or simply take a deserved shower and rest in your room.

  • Overnight in Cuenca.
  • Included meals: Breakfast.

DAY 3: CUENCA

DISCOVER THE COLONIAL CITY OF EXCELLENCE IN ECUADOR, CUENCA, AND BE FASCINATED BY ITS ENCHANTING

Are you ready to discover Cuenca, the Ecuadorian colonial city par excellence? Well, today, early in the morning, a fresh and varied breakfast will be waiting for you in the dining room of your Cuenca hotel. Afterward, your guide will come to your hotel to take you to the historic center of the city.

Cuenca, despite being the third largest city in Ecuador, still has a typical provincial atmosphere. Today, you will enjoy a walk through this wonderful city, which has been declared a World Cultural Heritage Site, to discover its beauty and charm. Touring its colonial center on foot will allow you to enjoy the hospitality and kindness of its inhabitants, the vibrant parks and squares, religious monuments, and craft shops while learning about its history.

In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit a workshop where top-of-the-range Panama hats are made. In case you did not know, one of the main producers of Panama hats is Cuenca! Afterward, you can enjoy stunning views of the city and countryside at Turi Hill.

Next, you will be able to explore Cuenca on your own as the evening approaches. To finalize, complete this wonderful experience in Cuenca by tasting regional cuisine in several downtown restaurants or returning to your hotel to take a well-deserved rest.

  • Overnight in Cuenca.
  • Included meals: Breakfast.

DAY 4: QUITO

LOSE YOURSELF BETWEEN A ENCHANTING COLONIAL CITY, CAPITAL OF ECUADOR, AT THE FOOT OF THE PICHINCHA VOLCANO

Our adventure in Ecuadorian Andean is about to begin! After an exquisite breakfast provided by your hotel, our host will take you to Cuenca airport and send you on a comfortable commercial 6-minute flight to Quito, the charming Ecuador capital.

Upon your arrival to Quito, another local host will be waiting for you at  National Arrivals with a sign with your name. He will take you in comfortable transportation to your Quito hotel, where you can rest, take a shower, or enjoy the local cuisine during a couple of free hours. At a certain time, our expert guide will come to pick you up and begin your city tour through charming Quito.

Our Quito city tour includes a visit to the historic center, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978. There, you can admire the beautiful views of Alamada Park and the Basilica, as well as stroll along the Calle de las Siete Cruces (García Moreno), so named for its seven stone crosses, which were built there by the Spanish after conquering the city in 1534. Additionally, you must visit Plaza Grande, also known as Plaza de la Independencia. In addition, the Presidential Palace and the famous La Compañía de Jesús surround the Plaza Grande and you can visit them, too. Finally, you will visit Plaza de San Francisco, famous for its impressive location under the shadow of the Pichincha Volcano. There, you can visit the San Francisco Church and Monastery. Of course, we will always be assisted with important information and interesting history by our tour guide during the tour.

Continuing our experience, our tour guide will take us on a 45-minute journey to the “Middle of the World,” where the Equator divides the world into Northern and Southern hemispheres. Of course, our guide will teach us about the science and history behind the determination or equator line in the famous solar museum of Intiñan.

At the end of the tour, our tour guide will return you to the Quito Hotel to spend the night at your leisure, enjoy a wonderful dinner on your own, or simply rest.

  • Overnight in Quito.
  • Included meals: Breakfast.

DAY 5: QUITO - OUT

SAYING GOODBYE TO SUCH BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS DOES NOT HAVE TO BE PAINFUL

Saying goodbye to a beautiful place doesn't have to be sad. That is why, at Machu Travel Peru, we want to save you this trouble. You can enjoy one final, delicious, and comforting breakfast fully included in your hotel reservation.

Depending on your flight schedule, you may be able to take one last tour of the city on your own before our transportation and host pick you up from your hotel to the Quito International Airport.

Once at the airport, you will have to say goodbye to our host and take your flight to your home country.

What do you think about our " History And Beauty In Ecuador Ancient Colonial Cities" tour? Do you have any extra requests or questions?  Please don’t hesitate to write to us. We will always be attentive to personalize your tour in Ecuador at your desire!

NOTE: This program will allow you to visit Quito, Cotopaxi National Park, Quito, Cuenca, Cajas National Park, and Guayaquil. Tours can also be done in reverse order. Additionally, you can add more exciting day tours or another destination in Ecuador. Please make contact with our travel agents!

  • Included meals: Breakfast.

PRICE

The price is fully customizable and can be tailored and flexible to your personal preferences and style, the price is basically based on final accommodation, travel dates, and other custom preferences during the tour.

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INCLUDED

INCLUDED:

  • 04 nights of lodging at the hotels mentioned in the program, On Double and Triple Occupancy.
  • Majority of Excursions and Tours In Private Service.
  • Majority of transfers and transportation with a private van.
  • A Professional Driver.
  • All entrance tickets to all the attractions mentioned in the program.
  • Meals as indicated (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • A Professional English-Speaking Tour Guide.
  • Personal attention.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International flight tickets.
  • Domestic flights from Cuenca to Quito.
  • Travel insurance.

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Carvallo Hotel

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Victoria Hotel

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Hilton Colon Quito

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Ikala Quito Hotel

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Hotel Vieja Cuba

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History and beauty in Ecuador ancient colonial cities

Destinations visited: Guayaquil, Cuenca, Quito

Style: Religious, cultural, archaeological, adventure.

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