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Tip Top Travel

Lufthansa City Center

Telephone: +593 2 / 2563181
Fax:
+593 2 / 2228520
Email:
info@tiptoptravel.ec

Mariscal Foch E7-81 & Diego de Almagro,
Quito
Ecuador

Opening Hours
9:00 am

Tip Top Travel

FULL ECUADOR MODEL PROGRAM

DAY 1.-  TRANSFER IN QUITO
Our guide will pick you up at Quito´s airport and drive you to your hotel, he’ll provide you with information about the city and also about you itinerary.

DAY 2.- QUITO - OTAVALO
Your itinerary on the mainland will begin with a tour around Quito, you’ll visit some

of the most important buildings of the old town such us Compañía church and San Francisco convent, you’ll walk through emblematic locations like Independence square and will see off the colonial center with a panoramic view from Panecillo Hill. Right away you´ll head to the Middle of the World where the Geodesic Expedition established the parallel 0° in 1736. As an optional activity we suggest you to visit the Intiñan museum where you’ll be able to experiment with the forces of gravity.

At the end, you’ll leave the city and will be driven to the north of the country where taita Imbabura will receive you into the province named after him and which have been home of one the most representative indigenous communities of the country, the Otavaleños. 

DAY 3.- OTAVALO – COTOPAXI
Early in the morning our guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you for a morning of shopping and culture, first you’ll visit the animal market and after the colorful Ponchos Market one of the most famous markets in Sudamerica. Here you’ll find handmade handicrafts from all over Ecuador, in addition you’ll be able to share some time with this

ancestral community and get to know a little bit more about their culture.

After lunch you’ll be moving to the valley of Cotacachi, famous due to its various leather items from small money keepers till high fashion jackets and shoes. After the short stop in the town you’ll advance to Cotacachi – Cayapas Reserve which is crowned by the inactive volcano Cotacachi which crater holds the mystic Cuicocha lagoon. Some activities can be done in this magical place, maybe a short hike or a boat ride around the two islets nested into the lagoon.

When sunset arrives you’ll leave the warmth of the valley and will be driven south where the Andean mountain chain and its majestic hills dominate the all landscape which will accompany during the following days.    

DAY 4.-  COTOPAXI – INDIGENOUS MARKET – CHIMBORAZO – RIOBAMBA
Markets have been from the old times the encounter places for the communities, in this places people are used to practice the “trueque” which means the interchange of different products, people from the deepest of the mountains come to participate and get whatever items they cannot produce or need at home. 

You’ll start this day early in the morning, first you’ll visit one of the local indigenous markets like Pujilí, Saquisilí or Zumbahua (markets have operational days). You’ll walk around the market to discover new fruits and vegetables which are trade with any kind of products even small animals like chickens or the famous guinea pig or cuy.  

Back to the bus to take the road, when you’re starting to feel surrounded by fog and it gets colder, you’ll be arriving to the highest mountain in the country, and the closest point from earth to the space, Chimborazo volcano. This inactive volcano is ideal to practice mountain climbing so if you’re an adventure lover you’ll be able to do a short hike to the glaciers of the mountain. 

Once the visit is over, you’ll continue to the historical city of Riobamba where you´ll spend the night. 

DAY 5.-  RIOBAMBA – TRAIN RIDE “DEVIL’S NOSE” – INGAPIRCA – CUENCA.

Today you’ll travel on board an art of engineering, know as one of the most difficult rail roads in the world, the Devil’s Nose train ride criss-cross the Andean mountains. On the way down you’ll descent 800m in zig zag over the rocky surface, this difficult way gives the ride its name, which is allusive to the devil and it has made it one of them most important touristic attractions. 

After the route of almost 2 hours, your transport will pick you up from Alausi train station and drive you to

Ingapirca archaeological ruins; this complex was an important religious center and today is the standing proof of the Andean ancient society’s development, such us the Cañaris and the Incas. 

At the end of the day you’ll arrive at the city of Cuenca and its scenic downtown will provide a cozy lodging and rest. 

DAY 6.- CUENCA

Enjoy of a day in the lovely city of Cuenca, walking through its old and narrow streets will bring you back to the times of the Spaniard colony filled with art and legends. Our guide will accompany you during the city tour which includes a visit to the strawhatfactory, know as Panama hats.  

During the afternoon you’ll have free time to

get in touch with the city and its habitants, enjoy an Ecuadorian chocolate or coffee in one of the cozy bars and restaurants the city has to offer. 

activities can be done in this magical place, maybe a short hike or a boat ride around the two islets nested into the lagoon.

When sunset arrives you’ll leave the warmth of the valley and will be driven south where the Andean mountain chain and its majestic hills dominate the all landscape which will accompany during the following days.   

DAY  7.- CUENCA –CAJAS NATIONAL PARK - GUAYAQUIL
Leaving Cuenca on the way to the Coast region you’ll pass through Cajas National Park. This park shows a complex lake system and an enchanted forest filled with polylepis know as “Paper Tree” ideal scenario to do some trekking where you’ll overview the flora y fauna natives of the area. 

Afterwards you’ll continue to the Coast and will witness the change of environments from the paramo to the Coast to finally arrive to the cosmopolitan city of Guayaquil.

Guayaquil is one of the largest cities and the most important commercial port of Ecuador which makes it an ideal spot for shopping and night life. Our guide will drive you around the city where Las Peñas hill and its particular colorful houses will catch your eye. At the end we recommend you to farewell the city with a delicious dinner in one of the traditional restaurants.

DAY 8.- TRANSFER OUT 
The guide will pick you up at drive you to the airport where you’ll continue your journey to the Galapagos Island or to take your flight back home. End of services.