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Ecuador | Ultra-Luxe Private Tour | Highlands, Quito, Amazon | Ecuador (8 days)

Blue Parallel

Quito, Ecuador To Quito, Ecuador

Valid for Departures Now Through: 15 May 2018

Ecuador | Ultra-Luxe Private Tour | Highlands, Quito, Amazon | Ecuador (8 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Quito, Ecuador
Casa Gangotena None

Please note that the following itinerary is an example, as all of our journeys are custom-made.

Evening international flight arrival to Quito. Upon disembarking your plane, you will be met by your VIP assistant at the gate and escorted through immigration and customs hassle-free, without waiting in line. As you exit the secured area with your luggage, you will then be greeted by your personal host who will take you to your car for your private transfer to your luxury boutique hotel.

Day 2
Quito, Ecuador
Casa Gangotena Breakfast

Private guided tour of the colonial treasures of Quito. Spread across a spectacular Andean valley and flanked by 14 volcanic peaks, Quito’s setting alone is enough to strike you speechless. The historical center is a maze of colonial splendor and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1978. Despite intensive restorations, the old town retains the vibrant working class and indigenous character that has always defined it. Walking its narrow streets will take you back to its original colonial setting. With your personal guide, you will visit its main historical highlights which include Monaterio de San Agustin (Quito’s oldest monastery), the elegant church of San Francisco, the Presidential Palace and the Archbishop’s Palace.

After your tour, enjoy a recommended lunch at Hacienda Rumiloma, located 25mins away from the city center and boasting incredible views. Later, private guided tour of the Guayasamin Museum and its “Chapel of Man”. Oswaldo Guayasamin was an Ecuadorian master painter and sculptor of Quechua and Mestizo heritage. He is still lauded as a national treasure. The Chapel of Man or La Capilla del hombre can be described as an architectural and artistic work dedicated to Latin American people over time. It began as a tribute, eventually becoming the current cultural complex which houses archaeological and artistic collections of Ecuador. This large complex began as Guayasamín’s home and atelier.

In the early evening, enjoy a guided tour of Quito’s architectural highlights, which are beautifully lit at night. A beautifully-designed lighting system brings out the best of Quito’s architecture and is an ideal opportunity to learn about the legends of Colonial Quito. Afterwards, you will enjoy exclusive access La Compañía de Jesús church followed by drinks on the roof.

Private transfer with your host to Theatrum restaurant, located within the Sucre National Theater and is one of Quito’s finest restaurants.

Day 3
Otavalo, Ecuador
Hacienda Zuleta Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Private transfer to the charming Hacienda Zuleta (2 hours). Along the way, discover the famous Saturday Otavalo market. Open only to a limited number of visitors per year, the Hacienda Zuleta with 1,800 hectares of pristine landscapes, retains an intimacy, warmth and sincerity reminiscent of a century past. After lunch, experience a private guided tour of the working Hacienda Zuleta. Visit the trout farm, cheese factory, condor rehabilitation project and hand-embroidery workshop. Later, relax at your hacienda and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Day 4
Otavalo, Ecuador
Hacienda Zuleta Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy horseback riding on unique Andean Zuleteño horses, a mixture of Spanish-Andalusian, English and Quarter horses, through the beautiful Andean countryside. Stop and visit the Condor Huasi Project that works for the rehabilitation of the condors. You will be able to enjoy a delicious picnic lunch during your excursion.

Later, return to Hacienda Zuleta to relax at leisure and take in the beautiful surroundings prior to sunset and dinner.

Day 5
Coca, Ecuador
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Private transfer to the airport in Quito and check-in assistance for your flight to Coca. Upon arrival in Coca, you will be met by a host of La Selva Amazon Ecolodge, who will welcome you to Coca, help you with your luggage and transfer you to the pier, where a motorized canoe will be waiting to take you to La Selva Lodge (2 hours). A boxed lunch will be waiting for you in the canoe. Once you reach the lodge, you will be served a welcome cocktail and a brief explanation of the area. Then you’ll be shown to your spacious rooms and given the chance to rest and explore. Enjoy dinner at your lodge. Later, if you’re willing, partake in a night walk with your private guide. You will trek on the trails near the lodge with your personal guide and get to see the nocturnal life of the forest.

Day 6
Coca, Ecuador
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arise early and paddle downstream on the Anangu creek. Continue on by a short motorboat ride where you will spot thousands of parrots such as Amazon-Mealy, blue-headed, orange cheek and others as they eat clay. Next, enjoy a short hike to the “periquitos” clay lick, where hundreds of cobalt-winged parakeets can be found. One of the highlights of your stay will be a visit to the parrot and macaw clay licks where the banks come alive with the colors and sounds of hundreds of birds visiting the banks for a mouthful of clay, a mysterious part of their diet. After lunch, visit the interpretation center to learn about the ancestral traditions of the Kichwa community and participate in a traditional ceremony with the local shaman. In the evening, relax and enjoy dinner at your lodge.

Day 7
Coca, Ecuador
La Selva Amazon Ecolodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With your personal guide, visit the 36-meter canopy tower where you will enjoy close observation of colorful tanagers, macaws, toucans, flycatchers and even Spider and Howler monkeys. After lunch, hike with your personal naturalist guide to further discover the ecology of the complex world of the tropical rain forest. You will see ancient trees, bromeliads and orchids. Following the hike, explore the surrounding creeks with possibilities of spotting a Giant otter family. In the evening, relax and enjoy dinner at your lodge.

Day 8
Quito, Ecuador
None Breakfast

Private transfer to the airport in Coca for your flight to Quito in the afternoon. Once in Quito, you will be assisted with your personal host with check-in for your international flight departing in the evening.

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Blue Parallel is a Virtuoso Preferred Tour Operator whose mission is to take discerning, time-constrained travelers to the most spectacular natural and cultural wonders of both Latin America and the Mediterranean. We create private, tailor-made journeys to UNESCO World Heritage destinations designed around the themes of insider access, privacy, breathtaking outdoor adventures, and white glove service. Virtuoso travelers receive amenities and VIP treatment on all Blue Parallel tours such as upgrades upon arrival (if available), Virtuoso-only amenities (spa credits, etc.), daily breakfast for two, and early check-in/late checkout (subject to availability).

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Discover the highlights of Mainland Ecuador on this trip. You will visit the colonial treasure of Quito, the "Florence of South America", and explore the beautiful Andean highlands with its surrounding volcanoes and pre-columbian villages, and finally the enchanting Ecuadorian Amazon with its wildlife and flora.

About Us

Blue Parallel creates private, tailor-made journeys designed around the themes of World Heritage destinations, outdoor adventures, gourmet cuisine, exclusive lodging, white glove service and insider access. We operate in Latin America: the Amazon, Antarctica, Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Easter Island, the Galapagos Islands, Guatemala, Panama, Patagonia, Uruguay and the Yucatan Peninsula. And in the Mediterranean: the Adriatic Coast, Andalucia, Corsica, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Morocco, Sicily & the Aeolian Islands, Spain, Portugal and Turkey.

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