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Ultimate Ecuador (22 days)

Ladatco Tours

Quito, Ecuador To Guayaquil, Ecuador

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Aug 2019


Day 1
Miami, FL United States
Quito, Ecuador
Casa Gangotena None

Late afternoon departure for flight south to Quito, nestled at 9,000 feet in the Andes. Upon arrival, meeting by your private guide and transfer to your hotel, the Casa Gantotena, in the heart of the historic district, for two night stay with breakfast daily.

Day 2
Quito, Ecuador
Casa Gangotena Breakfast, Lunch

Today you will spend exploring this charming Andean capital, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Drive by the impressive Parliament Building, whose stone mural records Ecuador's history, and visit St. Augustine Convent with colonial patio, cloisters, coffered ceilings and the vast collection of paintings showing the life of St. Augustine. Continue to the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishops's Palace, then to the Church of San Francisco, one of the great religious buildings of the New World, among other places of interest. Drive out of the bustling city through small villages to the "Mitad del Mundo" complex, 23 km from the city. This is a typical colonial town with restaurants and gift shops, international pavillons, an excellent ethno-graphic museum, a planetarium and the Equatorial Line where you can straddle two hemispheres at once! Lunch is included enroute today.

Day 3
Quito, Ecuador
Patate, Ecuador
Hacienda Leito Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will begin a four day overland Andean Immersion journey from Quito to Cuenca, The Spirit of the Andes. Morning departure for a day of exploring the highlands. The artisan traditions of Quito are present in the visit to the Yanapi Hat Shop, where guests can observe the process of making hats of wool felt and fur felt by hand. These high quality hats are exported to European, Australian and American markets. Along valleys and mountains, arrive to Cotopaxi National Park, which surrounds the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, for an up close view of the Andean paramo habitat and its unique flora and fauna. A number of high altitude birds birds can be observed around Limpiopungo Lagoon and, occasionally, wild horses. On clear days the perfect snow-capped cone of the Cotopaxi Volcano is quite a sight! At the foot of the volcano is a charming hacienda where lunch is served in a room with Inca walls perfectly preserved through the centuries, a truly archaeological jewel. After lunch mingle with the llamas of the hacienda and stroll through a rose plantation - many varieties, many colors, ready for exportation. From here descend towards the town of Patate to spend the night at the 300 year old Hacienda Leito hidden among the mountains, a magical ambience, where, as the afternoon mist descends, stories are told about those who left in search of the treasure of the Incas in the nearby Llanganatis - and never returned.

Day 4
Patate, Ecuador
Banos, Ecuador
Route of the Cascades, Ecuador
Urbina, Ecuador
Riobamba, Ecuador
Hosteria Abruspango Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast take a spectacular route along the gorge of the Pastaza River to the town of Baños (Baths), right at the foot of Tungurahua Volcano, from where the thermal waters that gave it its name emerge. Drive along the Route of the Cascades to El Pailón del Diablo (the Devil’s Cauldron) – the most adventurous will descend (medium difficulty) to observe the impressive cascade up close, surrounded by subtropical vegetation and orchids. The force and sound of the waters can also be appreciated from a lookout point without descending. Lunch is served at an hacienda / hostel in the surroundings, and in the afternoon a short stroll along Baños, a town with an international pulse, full of people from all over the world as well as many locals who pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Holy Water. From here the route to Riobamba is up the mountain, to where the clouds can be touched, alongside the massive Chimborazo, the highest mountain of Ecuador, on the high paramo where vicuñas graze and scamper. This is a protected Faunistic Preserve. On the hillsides, where the land is worked beneath the plow, one might think the farmer’s true objective was to paint the hills in fascinating patterns, not just to till the dark, fertile soil. Great photo ops on this route! Arrive to Riobamba for dinner and overnight at Hosteria Abruspango.

Day 5
Riobamba, Ecuador
Calpi, Ecuador
Colta, Ecuador
Ingapirca, Ecuador
Cuenca, Ecuador
Hotel Santa Lucia Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast visit the Museum of the Conceptas, housing one of the most important collections of religious art in Latin America, exhibited in several rooms that were originally the cloisters or cells where the nuns lived. A few nuns still live here in seclusion. The treasures of art, culture, traditions and religiousness of Riobamba are kept here thanks to the contribution of the visitors. Close to Riobamba is the Indian Community of Palacio Real, where an interesting visit to the Museum of the Llama is offered, an interactive community project to show the important role of the llama in the pre-Columbian ancestral cultures, both in the spiritual part as well as daily life. A short stroll in the community is possible. Next stop is at Guamote, an Indian town, for a short visit to Inti Sisa, an Educational Center for the Development and Sustainability of Adults and Children. These visits are an important support to the efforts of improvement of the communities, and tourism is one of the main means to do so, while at the same time guests can have a direct contact with the local people. Then towards Alausí, where brunch is served to regain strength and continue exploring the Andean world to the south, visiting the Inca Fortress of Ingapirca enroute. Arrival in Cuenca at dusk for dinner and overnight at the charming Hotel Santa Lucia.

Day 6
Cuenca, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
Otavalo, Ecuador
Hosteria La Mirage Breakfast, Dinner

Cuenca is Ecuador’s third largest city, yet it still retains its pleasant provincial air. Its red tiled roofs, cobblestone streets, flowery plazas and museums make it very special. This comprehensive visit includes the Plaza of San Sebastian, a colorful artisans market, where handicrafts are sold. Then visit the Museum of Modern Art, featuring an excellent collection of contemporary fine art. Next is a visit to the flower market at the small plaza in front of the carved stone entrance to the church of El Carmen de la Asunción. From here a stroll to the main square, surrounded by the imposing blue-domed Cathedral, the Court of Justice, the Municipal Palace, the Governor’s Palace and the Church of El Sagrario. Then a drive along the Tomebamba river to admire the city’s overhanging houses. Lunch is at one of the excellent restaurants in Cuenca, and in the afternoon, drive for a short visit to a ceramics handcraft shop. Then observe the whole process of making the famous Panama Hats of high quality toquilla straw. Afternoon flight to Quito where you will be met upon arrival and depart immediately for the scenic two hour drive north towards Otavalo. Time permitting, you may make a visit or two en route to the town of Cotacachi and the Relais & Chateau country inn, Hosteria La Mirage for two a night stay with dinner each evening in the Hosteria's charming restaurant and breakfast each morning at the glass Hummingbird Restaurant.

Day 7
Cotacachi, Ecuador
Hosteria La Mirage Breakfast, Dinner

In the morning your local interpreter-guide will take you to visit the town of Otavalo and its colorful Indian market. Plenty of time to visit the market and shop for souvenirs and textiles. This afternoon explore the surrounding area and towns, such as Cotacachi, a leather center; San Antonio de Ibarra, a woodcarving center and Peguche, a textile center.

Day 8
Cotacachi, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
Casa Gangotena Breakfast

Morning return transfer to Quito with drop-off at the Plaza Grande, for overnight stay. This afternoon you'll take the Teleferico to the summit of Mount Pichincha. The Teleferico, completed in 2005, has eight cars with a capacity of 6 persons each. The ascent takes 8 to 10 minutes traveling some 2500 linear meters, going from 2950 meters (8850 feet) to 4050 meters (12,150 feet) altitude. At the summit there is a collection of boutiques and shops, and pathways going up to as high as 4600 meters (13,800 feet) offering spectacular vistas and panoramas.

Day 9
Quito, Ecuador
Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuador
Napo Wildlife Center Breakfast, Dinner

Morning transfer to the airport to begin your rainforest journey. The flight takes 35 minutes over the snow capped volcanoes to Puerto Francisco de Orellana, locally know as Coca, where staff from the Napo Wildlife Center will meet and transfer you 5 to 7 minutes to the river where you embark on covered motorized canoe for approximately 2 hours ride (50 miles) downstream on the Napo River. During this trip a good number of birds can be spotted, including herons, kingfishers, ospreys among many others. The boat will arrive at the northwest boundary of the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, where the Napo Wildlife Center (NWC) is located by the Anangucocha Lake. To access the lodge you may either take a guided 2 1/2 km (1.2 miles) hike with rich forest wildlife, or embark on a quiet and enjoyable paddle dugout canoe ride for 1-1/2 hours along a creek with dense flooded palm forest. On either route it is possible to see several species of monkeys, colorful birds and other potential wildlife. At the end of the walk and near the end of the paddle, there is a superb view of the lodge across Anangu Lake.

NOTE: There is a luggage weight limit of 20 kg per person plus a carry-on such as hand luggage with reading material, camera, binoculars and personal documents. Additional or excess baggage is charged directly by the airline by pound.

Check-in at the lodge, initial briefing on the area and activities. During your stay all meals and activities as offered by NWC are included.

Day 10
Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuador
Napo Wildlife Center Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Begin your exploration of the area. The Napo Wildlife Center supports a unique, 82-square-mile, private nature reserve on the northern edge of the Yasuni National Park. The reserve and associated lodge were created and built by traditional Quichua Indian Community of Anangu in partnership with the nonprofits Tropical Nature and EcoEcuador.

The NWC is the only lodge on the south bank of the Napo, which harbors 30% more bird and animal species than the north bank. With parrot licks, Giant Otters, Woolly Monkeys & 10 other primates, NWC is the finest wildlife destination in the Amazon of Ecuador.

Activities available include:

PROFESSIONAL CANOPY TOWER: Only 35 minutes away from the lodge is the best and most professional canopy tower in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It is 125 feet tall, standing right next to a giant 155 year old Kapok tree with an ample platform provides space for 15 guests. It is possible to spot troops of howler, capuchins, monk sakis or spider monkeys in the nearest forest. Active feeding bird flocks reach this area.

LAKES & CREEKS: NWC has a large lake with two creeks that can easily be explored, with possibilities to see 11 species of monkeys, 4 species of cayman & giant otters.

FOREST TRAILS & HIKES: Hikes along a variety of forest types are possible by visiting different trails affording you the chance to see monkeys, lizards, tortoises& frogs in addition to an array of birds, including toucans, parrots, manakins & hummingbirds.

BIRDWATCHING: Over 562 species of birds have been recorded at NWCr, more than 1/3 of all of Ecuador's species. Agami and ZigZag herons are found near the lake and creeks, including all five kingfishers. The large raptors like Harpy and Crested Eagles find healthy mammal food around the area.

THE ANANGU COMMUNITY: Anangu is not only home to the NWC lodge. It has been the ancestral territory of a Quichua indigenous community of the same name. You can join some families on their daily activities when harvesting bananas, coco and manioc, or maybe help prepare chicha, a traditional drink based on cooked and fermenting manioc.

PARROT BLINDS AT THE NAPO WILDLIFE CENTER: NWC constructed blinds at two of the clay licks in the Reserve Area – the most accessible parrot and macaw clay licks in Ecuador.

Day 11
Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuador
Napo Wildlife Center Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another day to enjoy activities as offered by NWC.

Day 12
Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuador
Napo Wildlife Center Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

One last day to explore this wildlife rich area

Day 13
Napo Wildlife Center, Ecuador
Coca, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
Caso Gangotena Breakfast

Morning return to Coca via canoe and motorized canoe, where you catch your return flight to Quito. Upon arrival meeting and transfer to the Casa Gangotena for overnight stay.

Day 14
Quito, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Eclipse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning transfer to the airport for your 2 1/2 hour flight out to the Galapagos Islands where you will be met and transferred to your ship, the Eclipse, for your 7-night cruise in these Enchanted Isles. Afternoon ashore at Las Bachas Beach on the north of Santa Cruz with soft, white sand derived from decomposed coral, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach there is a small brackish water lagoon, where it is possible to observe flamingoes and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels.

Day 15
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Eclipse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning ashore at Puerto Egas (James Bay), on the northwest side of Santiago, with black beach, remains of a salt mining enterprise, Inter-tidal pools and Fur Seals Grottos, one of the only places in the islands where they can be seen. Time to swim or snorkel off the beach, where you will see sea lions, fish and maybe some turtles and reef sharks. In the afternoon go ashore at Bartolomé, a small island that has two visitor sites. At the first site you can swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, where penguins are usually seen. Back on board for a quick change of clothes and then it is a short dinghy ride to a dry landing for a climb to the highest point on the island. On the way up you will encounter different volcanic formations, including spatter and tuff cones, lava flow and lava tubes. From the summit you will have a wonderful view of Sullivan Bay.

Day 16
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Eclipse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning ashore at Darwin Bay, Tower Island (Genovesa) where you will find pairs of swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gull in the world, along with scores of red-footed boobies, with their contrasting red feet and blue bills. Lava gulls, yellow-crowned night herons, whimbrels and other marine birds feed near the shores of a tidal lagoon just beyond the rocky edge that faces the bay. After the land visit you will have the chance to either swim or snorkel off the beach, or go deep water snorkeling. In the afternoon at Prince Philip's Steps, climb up to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on the eastern side with an incredible number of Nazca and red-footed boobies. The path passes through a dry "palo santo" forest and emerges on the eastern side of the island, where one can see hundreds of storm petrels flying over the extensive lava fields. With a bit of luck, you may even see one or two short-eared owls, the natural predator of the storm petrels.

Day 17
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Eclipse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning at Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, with lava fields stretching towards the ocean from its base. Punta Espinosa is a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen, including the flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins and the Galapagos hawk. After the walk you will have the chance to deep water snorkel with an excellent chance of seeing turtles. Afternoon ashore at Tagus Cove, Isabela Island, used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. Here you will see the names of hundreds of ships painted on the high ridges (a practice now forbidden). Depending on the season, you will either go hiking or snorkeling. and afterwards there will be a panga ride, to see a large number of blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs, as well as marine iguanas, penguins, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns and swallow-tailed gulls. While exploring the channel between Fernandina and Isabela Islands, we sometimes encounter dolphins and whales.

Day 18
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Eclipse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning at Urbina Bay, Isabela Island, a perfect example of the geological activity of the islands. Part of the shoreline was raised more than four meters, and the remains of a variety of mollusks and other sea organisms that were stranded by the sudden uplift can be seen. In the midst of this bizarre setting, massive marine iguanas wander around with flightless cormorants and, in the wet season, giant tortoises. After the walk you will have the opportunity to swim or snorkel off the beach. In the afternoon visit Elizabeth Bay, one of the furthest points of the Galapagos that we will visit on our cruise. After a panga ride around two islets called the Marielas, where penguins, flightless cormorants, herons, and blue-footed boobies can be seen, we will enter a sheltered cove – a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles and rays.

Day 19
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Eclipse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning ashore at Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where you will gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. After the visit you will have some free time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora. In the afternoon you'll explore the highlands by bus where you will visit a tortoise reserve to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. You will also see the twin craters, a pair of giant sink holes left in the ground, which attract Darwin finches and other land birds.

Day 20
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Eclipse Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning ashore at Gardner Bay, Hood Island, with wonderful white sandy beach. It is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions, and it is also a nesting site for sea turtles. After the beach time you will have a chance to deep water snorkel from the panga at Turtle Rock. In the afternoon visit Punta Suarez, one of the most popular and attractive sites in the Galapagos, with a high proportion of endemic fauna. A few steps inland from the landing site, groups of Española marine iguanas bask in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest almost on the trail, Galapagos doves peck around unaware of visitors and finches go about their business. The trail continues towards a blowhole, which is a fissure in the lava where water spurts high into the air like a geyser. The cracks in the cliffs are home to swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds. Further up the cliff in an area of low-lying trees you will find waved albatrosses nesting. The 10,000 to 12,000 pairs of albatrosses on Española represent the entire population of this species on the planet. They perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world.

Day 21
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Hotel Colon Guayaquil Breakfast

Early morning visit to Black Turtle Cove, one of the most beautiful marine sites in Galapagos with a complex maze of tranquil salt-water inlets, surrounded by three different species of mangrove. Its waters are a resting site for sea turtles, rays and sharks. This site is only accessible by panga. Then on-board check-out and transfer to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil. Meeting upon arrival and transfer to the Hilton Colon Guayaquil for overnight.

Day 22
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Miami, FL United States
None None

Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight to Miami where you clear immigrations and customs and make connections to your home city.

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  • Quito

  • Otavalo and Indian Market

  • The Spirit of the Andes overland Journey

  • Napo Wildlife Center

  • Galapagos by Eclipse

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Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2014

Our vacation to Costa Rica was wonderful. All guides and drivers were top notch and we never had to wait for anything. I would book again using Ladatco Tours.

By: travel bug

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2014

We have traveled to South America on several occasions and have used Ladatco (Michelle) to set up our tours/itineraries.  We have always felt like we saw the MOST interesting things that were especially geared for the interests of our group members.  We also think our schedules have made the most use of our time, money and logistics.  I highly recommend Ladatco to plan a South American vacation. 
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

great guides

By: andi 007

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2015

they were friendly/ very knowledgeable and flexible
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 21 May 2015

Argentina/ Chile
Travel Advisor:  Linda Fezekas

No direct contact therefore hard to rate

By: the other guy

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2015

A middle man and therefore hard to rate.

excellent job

By: t and d

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

Hotels and airline arrangements worked well. Two flight delays. Guide on Easter Island was excellent and we received an extra tour the day we arrived that was not on the plan but was very welcome.
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

Chilean and Argentinian arrangements

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

Sports Tours of Santiago provided a great guide, Alvaro Gonzalez, and the hotels and resorts were wonderful. I appreciated them negotiating reasonable single supplements for the accommodations.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Ladatco midde person

By: Charlie

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

We had no contact with a Ladatco rep. They provided services to our travel agent and we were happy with the result.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush


By: anonymous

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

They planned a terrific itinerary, the guide was fabulous, helpful and full of knowledge about the area and the people.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott



Reviewed on: 10 Jun 2017

Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano

Galapagos and Ecuador Trip - 2017

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

Very good trip and service. Was where they needed to be at all times. Provided very good drivers and guides, spoke English well, wee flexible with our desires, and gave us consistent guides that got to know our family. Coordinated well with our overall trip planner. Trip was great and the guide provided a lot of local color with our trip -- as sometimes we like to go off the beaten track and experience more local places. Perfect fit for our family.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Macchu Picchu and Galapagos

By: The Johnson's

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

Ladatco did a great job putting together our trip. Our local guides were really great. The Gourmet Food tour in Lima was a wonderful way to start our trip! One of the owners, Samantha, was our guide and gave us a culinary experience to remember. Our guide, Ramiro, with Metropolitan Tours, was so knowledgeable and so passionate about Peruvian history and the time of the Incas! we really enjoyed our time with him and learned so much from him. The visit to the Quillot village was an experience we will never forget. And, of course, Macchu Picchu and the other Incan ruins were awe-inspiring. The second Ramiro, in Quito, was another wonderful guide. We loved our hotels and wished we had more time to enjoy the amenities of Hotel B in Lima, the Sol y Luna in the Sacred Valley and Casa Gangotena in Quito. The Petrel is a beautiful small ship with an excellent crew. Our naturalist, Nico Andrade, was just great. He was knowledgeable, funny and kept us busy! The food was just OK.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Van Buren

Local travel

By: Susu

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2018

Wonderful guides. Thorough. We were well taken care of.
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

Peru December 2017

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

Very well put together
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer


By: Doug

Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2018

Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful for us not only enjoying our time in Peru, but understanding this beautiful country full of so much mysterious history.
Travel Advisor:  Molly Reidel

jf review

By: jim

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2018

Excellent company to work with Very helpful - great contcts
Travel Advisor:  Joanne Meyer

Learned a lot

By: Sooty

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2019

We enjoyed he tour guides. They were very knowledgeable and fun!
Travel Advisor:  Vivian Paesano