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Ecuador

Ecuador

Ecuador tours are full of contrasts, travel takes place in a relatively small space, this is what makes it simply magical. In a few words Ecuador is " South America in a nutshell ". A hub for wilderness adventures, mountain vacations, camping trips, mountain bike tours, Amazon cruises and rainforest lodges, Galapagos travel and whale watching trips at the Pacific coast.

Adventure travel to Ecuador will make the most of your active travel vacation, cultural trips, birdwatching tours, and all types of special interest travel... at Latin Trails we will help you prepare a custom vacation that includes accommodation at your prefered type of hotel or rainforest lodge, with activities that fit your interests and your budget.
 Ecuador is Divided in 4 geographical regions: in the Coast the splendour of its beach vacations awaits you; the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" in the Andes mountain range; the emerald rain forest in the Amazon river basin and the enchanting Galapagos Island wildlife.

From Quito the capital city, your entrance point for the rest of the country, your Latin Trails trip leader will show you the most enchanting cultural highlights.

Close at hand is the "cinnamon route" to the Amazon rainforest, which you can drive into descending from the high Andes into the tropical lowlands.

If you prefer a beach vacation just head west into the Pacific lowlands, also just a few hours from Quito. From the coast you can decide to relax on the sandy beaches and bathe in the ware equatorial waters or head for and amazing expedition into the choco rainforest and stay at a lodge, a true hot spot on earth.

Of course the beautiful towns and artisan communities in the Andes are an important cultural attraction, you can visit indian markets and the homes of weavers, woodcarvers and other folk artists. Mountain climbers will find paradise, Andes mountains are amongst the most beautiful and are relatively easy to climb, amongst the most popular are Cotopaxi, the worlds tallest active volcano and Chimborazo, the countries highest peak.

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A02 - CITY TOUR OF QUITO

A comprehensive city tour includes visits to residential neighborhoods at the northern end of the city, visiting the "Guapulo Mirador", passing through the 12 of October Avenue up to the Culture House and the Legislative Palace (Congress) where the rock murals that are related to the history of Ecuador can be appreciated.

The tour will then continue through the Gran Colombia Avenue up to the Basilica, where we will make a brief stop. The "San Juan Mirador" will be waiting next with a beautiful sight of Colonial Quito.

Walking through the colonial streets we will then stop at the Independence Plaza admiring the Cathedral, the Government’s Palace, and another palace. Furthermore, we will visit La Compañia Church where adornments and gold altars can be appreciated, the Sagrario Church, and San Francisco which was built in the XVII century (entrances are not included.) Then we will be heading to the "Panecillo Mirador" (entrance is included) a beautiful place from which a sight of colonial and modern Quito can be seen.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • "Guapulo Mirador"
  • Independence Plaza
  • "Panecillo Mirador"


  • Duration: 4 HOURS

    A09 - CITY TOUR OF QUITO AND EQUATORIAL MONUMENT

    A comprehensive city tour includes visits to residential neighbourhoods at the northern end of the city, visiting the "Guapulo Mirador", passing through the 12 of October Avenue up to the Culture House and the Legislative Palace (Congress) where the rock murals that are related to the history of Ecuador can be appreciated.

    The tour will then continue through the Gran Colombia Avenue up to the Basilica Church, we will make a brief stop and next the "San Juan Mirador" will be waiting with a beautiful sight of Colonial Quito.

    Walking through the colonial streets we will then stop at the Independence Plaza admiring the Cathedral, the Government’s Palace, and the Archiepiscopal Palace. Furthermore, we will visit La Compañia Church where adornments and gold altars can be appreciated, a visit to the Sagrario Church and San Francisco which was built in the XVII century will be also done (entrances are not included.) Then we will be heading to the "Panecillo Mirador" (entrance is included,) a beautiful place from where a sight of colonial and modern Quito will be taken.

    TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Guapulo Mirador
  • Culture House and Legislative Palace
  • San Juan Mirador
  • Independence Plaza
  • La Compañia Church
  • Panecillo Mirador


  • Duration: 6 HOURS

    Quito, Ecuador

    Ecuador's capital is set in a valley in the central highlands at an elevation of over 9,000 feet above sea level, making it one of the highest capitals in the world. Due to its elevation, Quito enjoys a perfect spring-like climate, excellent for enjoying its many sights, in particular, its Old City, full of colonial architecture.

    Guayaquil

    Guayaquil the largest city, economic capital and main port of Ecuador. Northwest of Guayaquil, is a tropical region, Machalilla National Park, white beaches surrounded by a primary dry forest. Inside the park is La Isla de la Plata (The Island of silver), a wildlife sanctuary that resembles Galapagos Islands. September it is a must for whalewatchers, humpback whales gather for their mating rituals. La Segua Ecuador's wetlands a small "Pantanal" where you can find thousands of shore birds.
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