Day 1: Arrival y transfer to hotel of your choice.
Day 2: Colonial Quito tour, plus Middle of the World Monument, Museum and typical lunch. Welcome dinner. Hotel.
Day 3: Otavalo tour, stopping at the villages of Calderon where bread-dough figurines are made (handicrafts), subtropical valley of Guayllabamba, arriving to Otavalo market with some time to visit it. Lunch. Hosteria (country inn).
Day 4: Otavalo, Cuicocha Lake, village of Peguche and its weavings, then to Cotacachi (leather goods). Lunch and dinner. Hosteria.
Day 5: Otavalo, return to Quito, if possible visit to the Pyramids of Cochasqui (which date back to 900 A.D.). Lunch. Hotel.
Day 6: Morning at your leisure. After lunch, we head to the Avenue of the Volcanoes, visiting Cotopaxi National Park. Overnight at Hosteria La Estacion. Dinner.
Day 7: Depending on the day, well visit an Indian market, continuing to Banos, famous for its landscape and thermal springs. Lunch. Overnight at local hotel. Dinner.
Day 8: Before heading to Riobamba, well take a short walk in Banos area. Then, if possible well admire the Upper Amazon and get to the town of Puyo (900 mts above sea level). Lunch. On to Riobamba. Riobamba city tour, its museum, town of Guano (rugs). Overnight and dinner at hosteria.
Day 9: Early departure next day. If possible, train ride from Alausi to Chanchan, famous for its Devils Nose switchbacks. Pic-nic lunch. In the afternoon well get to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Cuenca. Dinner at hotel.
Day 10: Cuenca. City tour of this charming colonial city, including the new Cathedral and the Flower market. Lunch. Visit to a straw-hat factory, misnamed Panama hats. Hotel.
Day 11: Tour of the nearby valleys of Gualaceo and Chordeleg very well known for their crafts and landscapes. Another option is to take the morning flight to Quito so you can continue your tour to either the Galapagos Islands or the Amazon rainforest the following day, or drive down to Guayaquil and appreciate the changes from the andes vegetation to a tropical one.
Day 12: In case youre doing the Gualaceo and Chordeleg tour, return to Quito. Otherwise, short Guayaquil city tour before taking the flight to Galapagos.
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