The Best of Mainland - 15 Days

Explore the different mainland regions with our Mainland Ecuador tour

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The Best of Mainland - 15 Days

The Best of Mainland tour combines the three major areas of the mainland portion of the country. All of these areas are distinctively different, part of what makes this trip unique and exciting. You will explore the highlands of Ecuador home of volcanoes, Indian markets, colonial cities, Indian communities, impressive landscapes, rivers and lakes. You will also visit the exotic and mysterious Amazon Jungle, a beautiful and peaceful area, and one of the richest rainforest environments on earth. Your trip will also take to you to the coastal area, where you will travel along the Route of the Sun, visiting charming fishermen towns and explore one of the most beautiful beaches in Ecuador enjoying amazing locations along the coastal area. Here you will see the beautiful nature and different traditions and culture of this region.

If you want to get a full taste of what mainland Ecuador is all about, and explore the different environments that Ecuador has to offer, this package will take you to the main regions of Ecuador outside of the Galapagos Islands.


Duration: 15 Days
First Class Accommodation
Quito – Amazon Rainforest – Cotopaxi National Park – Ingapirca Inca Ruins – Cuenca – Guayaquil – Route of the Sun


Day 1 - Transfer in Quito

When you arrive in Ecuador, you will be met by our representative and will be transferred to your charming hotel in Quito.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure

Day 2 - City tour in Quito & the Middle of the World visit

After breakfast you will visit “Quito”, the most beautiful colonial city in South America, declared by UNESCO part of the Cultural Heritage of mankind. First, you will explore the colonial part of the city. Your tour starts at the Independence square, with the presidential palace, the city hall, the Sagrario church and the Cathedral.

You will then visit San Francisco church and museum-monastery (1535), the San Agustin monastery and the finest example of baroque art in America, La Compañía church (1605) and its breathtaking gilded altars. Afterwards, you will visit the art & crafts Tianguez gallery and finally, drive up to the Panecillo hill and enjoy an amazing view of Quito from above. Here, you can admire the only winged-Virgin statue in South America. This is a great spot to take pictures above Quito.

After visiting the Colonial center of Quito you will arrive to the Middle of the World Monument and Museum, located 25 km north of Ecuador’s capital. There you will find the monument on the equatorial line marking latitude 0° 0´0”, where you will have the opportunity to stand in both hemispheres and take wonderful pictures. Here you can also visit the ethnographic museum on site as well.

Accommodation: Hotel Mercure (Breakfast)

Day 3 to 6 - Amazon Rain Forest tour

On this day, you will be transferred to the airport to take a brief flight east of Quito to the jungle town of Coca. Here you will take a canoe ride to arrive to the Lodge located in a Primary Rainforest. In this location, you will enjoy rare and exotic wildlife with intriguing insects, unique species of birds and butterflies and magical sceneries. During the next 4 days you will explore one of the most diverse, unique and richest rainforest environments in the world. Explore this gigantic and mysterious jungle visiting the rain forest tower (135 ft). You will visit Ecuador’s largest butterfly farm and the parrot clay lick, which attracts a host of colorful birds. Meet native communities that have inhabited in this land for over 10,000 years. You will find those specially designed trails for bird watching with a specialist guide that will let you unveil the secrets of the rainforest making the best of your jungle journey.

Accommodation: Sacha Lodge (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)


On the morning of the 6th day, you will be transferred to the airport to return to Quito.

Accommodation: Ilatoa Lodge (Breakfast)


Day 7 - Cotopaxi National Park

Today, your adventure will start driving south of Quito to admire the Cotopaxi (19,347 feet), the highest active volcano on earth, and its National Park. Upon your arrival to the park you will visit the interpretation center where you will find history about the last Cotopaxi eruption as well as information about the flora & fauna of this beautiful National Park. Afterwards, you will visit the Limpiopungo Lake and admire the Andean moorlands with its birds. You can also start climbing up to the snow line and arrive to the first shelter of the mountain located at 15,744 ft. After lunch, you will admire Ecuador’s highest mountain the snow capped Chimborazo (20,697 ft.) in your way to Riobamba which is the birthplace of Ecuador’s first constitution (1830).

Accommodation: Hacienda Abraspungo (Breakfast)


Day 8 - Chimborazo Volcano & Ingapirca Inca Ruins

Chimborazo is the highest volcano and mountain in Ecuador, and the point furthest from the center of the Earth with an altitude of 6263.47 meters above sea level. It is located in the central Andes, next to the city of Riobamba, 150 km southwest of Quito and 145 km from Guayaquil. Due to the Earth’s rotation, the diameter in the equatorial zone is the largest on the entire planet. Thanks to this, if the distance from the center of the Earth is measured, its summit is the most distant point, surpassing by more than two kilometers that of the highest mountain above sea level, mount Everest.

After this you will arrive to the Ingapirca Inca ruins; the most important religious and political complex of the Inca ruins in Ecuador. Afterwards, you will continue your driving to the beautiful city of Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city. In the evening you have the night free to wander through this charming city in the south of the country.

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia  (Breakfast)

Day 9 - Cuenca City Tour

Today you will discover one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Latin America “Cuenca”. It is located at 2,500 meters above sea level in a valley surrounded by 4 rivers and mountains with a very colorful countryside. Cuenca is famous for its art and history; there you will be able to admire its beautiful marble Cathedral, its cobblestone streets, graceful wrought-iron balconies, flowered plazas and museums. The people of Cuenca are known for their great hospitality.

Accommodation: Hotel Santa Lucia (Breakfast)


Day 10 - Transfer to Guayaquil – City and Natural & Historical Park tour

Your trip today continues to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city and one of the most important ports in the Pacific Coast of South America. Visit the living tradition of “Las Peñas” neighborhood, walk around the riverfront Malecon 2000 with its botanic gardens, and monuments with a view to the Guayas River. Walk up to the Santa Ana hill to have a spectacular view of Guayaquil, and drive through the “9th of October” Avenue to see the “Centenario” park and discover the spirit of this cosmopolitan city and Ecuador’s economic center.

After lunch, you will visit the Natural Historic Park of Guayaquil, a place where it is possible to admire local flora and fauna like Caymans, Iguanas, Arpee Eagles and a beautiful segment of mangrove forest. On the cultural side, visit a replica of a late nineteenth century Guayaquil neighborhood.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Guayaquil (Breakfast)


Day 11 - Transfer Salinas – Lobería & Chocolatera tour

On this day, you will visit the popular beach town Salinas. A small city with a beautiful beach and good restaurants, located at less than two hours driving from Guayaquil. Salinas is one of the most popular expat destinations at the Ecuadorian coast. Together with your guide you will visit the impressive cliffs of La Chocolatera and La Lobería, where you find sea lions chilling on the rocks. Sporadically you can also meet blue footed boobies here. It is possible to do this tour by bike or car.

Accommodation: Hotel Palmira Inn  (Breakfast)


Day 12 - Route of the Sun to Puerto Lopez with Los Frailes and Agua Blanca visit

This morning you begin the Route of the Sun. Here, you will find amazing landscapes, small and very picturesque villages, typical of the Ecuadorian coast like Montañita Beach, located just 40 miles north of Salinas. This is a laid back destination that has a safe and friendly feel to it. It is also a SURFERS TOWN. The road that takes you there borders the Pacific Ocean which makes the ride very enjoyable and many local places to eat are available to try.

Afterwards, you will continue to the Machalilla area. Here you will enjoy the Machalilla National Park, a beautiful place with white sand beaches like Los Frailes Beach, surrounded by primary dry forest that is full of life. You can visit the Agua Blanca archeological museum to learn about pre-Columbian cultures, the local way of life and the natural history of the area.

Accommodation: Hotel Nantu  (Breakfast)

Day 13 - Whale watching (seasonal) & Isla de la Plata visit

Between the months of June through September, Manabí receives the visit of the whales, which come from the Southern Hemisphere to mate in this area. You can see them jumping with all their majesty, offering an unforgettable show and reminding us of the magic of Mother Nature. This occurs on your way to La Isla de la Plata (Silver Island), a beautiful wildlife sanctuary known as the Little Galapagos because it is inhabited by some of the same species as in Galápagos such as the Red, Blue, Frigate birds, Pelicans, Albatross, Masked boobies, seagulls and many other birds. The island is named after the legend of pirate Sir Francis Drake whom is said to have stolen the gold from the Spanish ships and hid it somewhere on the island in a secret place that has never been found.

Accommodation: Hotel Nantu (Breakfast)


Day 14 - Pacoche Forest & Montecristi visit - Flight to Quito

Today you will visit Pacoche Forest; a reserve with an ecosystem similar to that of the Amazon Rainforest. During a short hike you will meet different species of monkeys and birds. Subsequently, you will visit Montecristi village, famous for the worldwide known “Panama Hats” and other handicrafts. This is the perfect opportunity to buy the last souvenirs. In the late afternoon you will be transferred to the Manta airport for your flight back to Quito, where you will be welcomed and brought to your hotel.

Accommodation: Ilatoa Lodge (Breakfast)


Day 15 - Transfer Out

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)


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