Welcome to Ecuador! Upon arrival, rest of the day is at leisure to explore Quito on your own. Proceed for a City tour of Quito. Start with a panoramic route among the banking and financial areas, shopping malls and La Mariscal neighbourhood, where most of hotels are located. Continue towards the Historical Centre of the City where the following attractions will be visited: “El Panecillo” (entrance included), San Francisco and La Basilica churches, Plaza de la Independencia (Independence square), the Government’s Palace and La Compañía Church, where adornments and gold altars can be appreciated. Later continue to the northern part of the city heading up to the “Middle of the World City” (entrance is included) where the monument that divides the Northern from the Southern Hemisphere will be observed.
Travel through the Pan-American Highway. Brief stop at Calderon, a town where the famous “masapan” dolls are made, you will continue passing through Guayllabamba town with its typical fruit chirimoyas, stop at the highway point that conduces to Cayambe where you will get the chance to admire and take pictures of the beautiful landscape and snow caped mountains of the zone. Crossing the equatorial line at Cayambe you will pass by Guachala (used to be the Middle of the world monument), before you head up to Otavalo you will make a stop at Mira Lago to take pictures of the beautiful San Pablo Lake. The tour then continues to Otavalo here the Otavaleños (natives) set up a market in which a bartering manner of shopping is taken. Continuing the trip, you will go to visit the leather shops in Cotacachi before returning to Quito through the Cajas-Tabacundo road.
Travel through the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" and you will pass by the town of Pillaro and have a brief stop at the viewpoint “Rumiñahui”, from here you will be able to admire (if weather conditions allow) a panoramic view of Ambato and its surroundings. Arrive into the city of Baños. Post lunch, enjoy a city tour combined with an ecological adventure tour.
You could choose between the following 3 optional activities: rafting / canopy / riding bike-motorcycle-4wheel-buggies or jeeps. Free time to have lunch (on own). After lunch proceed towards the Amazon.
You will take different trips to indigenous communities, walks through the virgin forest, and take canoe trips with specialized guides. This is when one can admire the diversity of the many species of animals and plants in the jungle. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Today after breakfast, morning is free for leisure. Later in the afternoon, depart for Quito and rest of the day is free at leisure. Depart home with happy memories.