Highlands of Ecuador
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If you’re short on time it doesn’t mean your cultural experience in Ecuador shouldn’t be colossal. This 8-day tour mixes exciting stuff like UNESCO World Heritage cities, lively markets, and natural wonders like Cotopaxi volcano, so you get to soak in impressive cityscapes as well as sweeping vistas like a well-travelled, insightful sponge.

Latin America
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SEHE/205172
  • Starts: Quito, Ecuador
  • Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Otavalo
  • Cotopaxi
  • Alausí
  • Cuenca



Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities before an evening welcome meeting.


Day 2: Quito/Otavalo

Explore the largest handicraft market in South America, Otavalo market. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables.


Day 3: Otavalo/Cotopaxi

Travel by bus to Cotopaxi National Park. Opt to visit a lagoon at elevation, hike national park trails, or mountain bike with views of Cotopaxi Volcano. Spend the night in a mountain lodge near the national park.


Day 4: Cotopaxi/Alausí

Enjoy the morning in Cotopaxi before continuing on to Alausi.


Day 5: Alausí/Cuenca

Board the train for an included excursion bound for the Devil's Nose, enjoy the ride on the switchbacks carved into the mountainside. After, head to Cuenca and marvel at its colonial architecture.


Day 6: Cuenca

Enjoy a free day to explore beautiful Cuenca. Opt for a city tour, go hiking in Cajas National Park, or soak in nearby hot springs.

Explore the city's sights, including cobblestoned streets, red-tiled roofs, art galleries, flower markets, shaded plazas, and museums.


Day 7: Cuenca/Quito

Fly back to Quito and enjoy the night in this historical city.


Day 8: Quito

Depart at any time.
We recommend booking pre or post nights in Quito for additional time to explore. The optional activities may require additional time, speak to your CEO for assistance booking these activities on trip.

    • Otavalo Handicrafts Market visit
    • Cotopaxi volcano stay
    • Devil's Nose train excursion
    • Orientation walk of Cuenca
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (5 nts), rustic mountain lodge (2 nts)
    • 7 breakfasts
    • Local bus, plane, private van
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Wander Quito and colonial cities
  • Marvel at an active volcano
  • Shop at the Otavalo Market
  • Ride the famous Devil's Nose train.