We want to offer you the best options available to enhance your trip by including other highlights
of Ecuador and Peru, these exciting land extensions are customized for independent travel to fit
in your interests.
Quito Scenic Tour
Designated as a world heritage site. A visit to Quito must include the old colonial sector, the Church of la Compania and San Francisco, Independence Square and a spectacular panoramic view from Panecillo Hill.
4 ˝ hours
Combine the Quito City Tour with a visit to the middle of the world at the Equatorial Monument, where you can stand astride the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
Otavalo Country Tour
A two hour drive to one of the world’s most famous markets at Otavalo, where you can bargain with the colorful natives for weavings, blankets, embroidered items and local jewelry. En-route stops at Calderon, noted for miniature figurines fashioned out of bread dough, Cotacachi, dedicated to fine leather goods and San Antonio, the woodcarving center. Lunch at a hacienda.
A stay at a highland hacienda is the "inn attraction" north of Quito. The two hour drive offers spectacular scenery with stops en-route at handicraft villages. Stops include Cotacachi for leather, Peguche for weavings, Calderon for the famous bread dolls and San Antonio de Ibarra for woodcarvings. Spend at least a night at one of the elegant haciendas dating back to the 1700s and plan a visit to the nearby, world reknowned Otavalo market.
2 days/1 night
Spend a night...or more at picturesque Hacienda Cusín, a 17th century estate located just 90 minutes north of Quito near the famous Otavalo market. Hacienda Cusín features antiques, perrenial gardens, log burning fireplaces and fabulous mountain views.
One night stay includes private transportation from Quito, accommodations and breakfast.
La Mirage - Garden Hotel & Spa
2 days/1 night
Combine the Otavalo experience with a private car and driver to this 200-year-old hacienda, "La Mirage" with stops en route at local handicraft villages. La Mirage is Ecuador's only Relais and Chateaux property and is nestled in a beautiful mountain setting with 23 individual suites, each furnished with antiques and fireplaces. A visit to the famous Otavalo market is included.
La Mirage offers gourmet cuisine and complete spa facilities.
Cotopaxi plus Hacienda
Full day Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from Quito, includes CHIVA EXPRESS ride and lunch in a hacienda in the area
Ride the CHIVA EXPRESS, a one-coach train, to the station of Machachi at the foot of the Cotopaxi volcano, where a snack will be served. Then ascend by motor coach to the moorlands for a short hike and close contact with this unique ecosystem. Enjoy lunch at a hacienda. There will be time to horseback ride, birdwatch or explore the surroundings on foot before the return to Quito in the afternoon.
4 days/3 nights
Tuesday and Thursday departures
Day 1: Departure from Quito by bus, via the Avenue of the Volcanos with a stop at a local market Latacunga or Saquisili, followed by lunch at a lovely hosteria, overnight Rio Bamba.
Day 2: Depart to Alausi to board the train to Cuenca. En-route experience the famous switchback of the Devils Nose. Leave the train in the el Tambe and drive by bus to Ingapirca. Ecuador’s most important archaeological site. Overnight in Cuenca.
Day 3: A full day to get acquainted with Cuenca, its cobblestone streets, beautiful balconies and flowered plazas, considered Ecuador’s most beautiful colonial city.
Day 4: Transfer to airport for flight to quito or Guayaquil.
Kapawi Ecological Reserve
Accessible only by air and canoe, Kapawi consists of 20 double thatched cottages, all with private baths, sun heated showers and a wide terrace overlooking Kapawi Lake, where you can observe the daily visitors, ducks, hummingbirds, egrets, parrots and some of the more the 500 species of birds in the area.
Activities are varied and can be individually designed with your guide to meet your interests and physical condition. Options are overwhelming and can include canoe trips into isolated rivers, hiking along well defined trails, bird-watching, or blow-gun competition with the Achuars, and visit to their own communities.
Arashá Tropical Resort & Spa
Arashá, Ecuador's finest tropical forest resort & spa is located less than two hours from Quito, Ecuador in the middle of the richest, most biodiverse spot on the globe. With its ecologically sensitive bungalows, Arashá offers its guests a glimpse at the richness and tranquility of this most fragile region combined with the finest in tropical comfort.
From having a stress-relieving aromatic massage, to participating in any one of our many educational ECO-tours, to making chocolate out of cacao seeds, Arashá is an experience that appeals to all senses.