Culture & History Tour of Ecuador

Ecuador

History & Culture

16 Days

Ages 13+

Cuenca parade

Tour Overview

History-loving students: this experience is one that you cannot pass up.

Students will travel through the history of Quito as the 16-Day Ultimate Ecuadorian History and Culture Tour takes you into the home churches of the Franciscan, Mercedarios, Dominican, and Augustinian Orders to start the trip off with an educational and visually splendid bang.

They’ll witness and learn first-hand about attractions like the Mitad del Mundo and experience a 4-Day Amazon Rain Forest experience!

As students walk among the ruins of ancient civilization, Professional Tour Guides will educate them on the sites, historical facts, mythical stories, and folklore of the area, all while the group takes in the amazing scenery of this breathtaking country.

Learning Opportunities Include:

  • Witness the Otavalos Indigenous Province
  • The Nariz del Diablo Train Experience
  • Roam around the Ingapirca Ruins
  • Learn Pre-Incan History at the Cochasqui Pyramids
  • Guided tour of the beautiful city of Cuenca
  • 4-Day Amazon Rain Forest Tour
Quito
Hiking Amazon

Inclusions

  • Discounted Group Flights
  • Airport Transfers & Internal Transport
  • Quality Multi-Share Accommodation Options (upgrades available)
  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch & Evening Meals
  • Dedicated Professional Local Tour Guide/s
  • Tickets & Entry Fees for Included Activities

EXAMPLE ITINERARY

Travel to Quito, and back in time, with this Ultimate Ecuadorian History and Culture Tour.

If history is what you love, this experience is one that you cannot pass up. This Learning Tour of Ecuador takes you into the home churches of the Franciscan, Mercedarios, Dominican, and Augustinian Orders to start the trip off with an educational and visually splendid bang.

You’ll then see the Mitad del Mundo and the Equator Museum, seeing all that the Middle of the Earth has to offer before going WAY back to Pre-Incan History at the Cochasqui Pyramids. Walk amongst the ruins of this ancient civilization for a first-hand glimpse at the dawning of the world.

Your jaw will hit the floor in the days to follow as you take in the sites and historical facts, mythical stories, and folklore of the Otavalos Indigenous Province, the Tsachilas Tribe, the beautiful city of Cuenca, the Nariz Del Diablo Train Experience, and the Ingapirca Ruins. These can’t-miss attractions are the perfect mix of man-made historical interest and earthly wonder.

And of course…

TOUR THE AMAZON: a 4 Day Tour of the Amazon during which you’ll have days full of planned activities including a visit with an Amazonian Tribe.

  • Day 1: Sunday - Arrival Day

     

    Collection from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.
    Transport to your accommodation.

    Evening: Free time to settle into your new surroundings.

  • DAY 2: Monday - City Tour of Cuenca

    Breakfast: At your hotel.
    Transport to airport for flight to Cuenca.
    City Tour of Cuenca while learning about colonial history in this city.

    Evening: Free time to explore the local area.

  • DAY 3: Tuesday - Ingapirca Ruins

    Breakfast: At your hotel.
    Full day trip to Ingapirca Ruins to learn about the Cañaris Civilization & pre-Incan history.

    Evening: Free time to explore the local area.

  • DAY 4: Wednesday - Cajas National Park

    Breakfast: At your hotel.
    Full day trip to Cajas National Park for some adventure.

    Evening: Free time to explore the local area.

  • DAY 5: Thursday - City Tour of Quito

    Breakfast: At your hotel.
    Transport to airport for flight back to Quito.
    City Tour by Night to talk about the general history of Quito.

    Evening: Free time to explore the local area.

  • DAY 6: Friday - Templo de la Patria Museum

    Breakfast: At your hotel.
    View Spots Tour in Quito with Templo de la Patria Museum “Pichincha Battle History”.

    Evening: Free time to explore the local area.

  • DAY 7: Saturday - Otavalos Indigenous Province + Cuicocha lake

    Breakfast: At your hotel.
    Tour to Otavalos Indigenous Province.
    Visit to the Main Handicrafts Market and Cuicocha Lake.

    Evening: Free time to explore the local area.

  • DAY 8: Sunday - Mitad del Mundo

    Breakfast: At your hotel.
    Tour to Mitad del Mundo (Equator Museum History and 1st Geodesic Expedition History).
    Visit the Pululahua Crater

    Evening: Free time to explore the local area.

  • DAY 9: Monday - Franciscans Order History in Quito.

    Breakfast: At your hotel.
    Visit the Convent of San Francisco & Church, then Museum Franciscano de San Diego.
    Next take a short visit to the first cemetery of Quito.
    Lunch at Panecillo Hill Restaurant (the only Incas Structure left in this place).

    Evening: Free time to explore or simply relax.

  • DAY 10: Tuesday - Local Markets Day

    Breakfast: At your hotel.
    Mercado Indigena San Roque, Mercado Artesanal de Quito (handicrafts market) and Mercado de Santa Clara (fruits, vegetable and local products).

    Evening: Free time to explore the local area.

  • DAY 11: Wednesday - Visit the Churches of Quito

    Breakfast: At your hotel.
    Dominicans, Augustinians and Mercederaries Orders History

    Free afternoon to pack for the Amazon tour.

    Evening: The Amazon Rain Forest Experience begins tonight leaving Quito by bus at 10.30pm heading to Lago Agrio City.

  • DAY 12: Thursday - Amazon Rain Forest - Day 1

    After arriving at our meeting point in Lago Agrio, we will greet you with a welcome breakfast to begin our trip to the Amazon Rain Forest.
    After this, the transport will pick you up & take you to the entrance of the Cuyabeno Reserve (Cuyabeno Bridge River).
    This will take about 2 hours.
    Lunch will be served then we will start our exploration into the Amazon Jungle of Ecuador by boat.  While on the canoe ride be ready to hear the sounds of the wildlife, while you watch the scenery changing along the Cuyabeno River waters and between trees.  You will be able to watch the birds, monkeys and other jungle creatures.
    You will be accompanied by a guide who will provide information on how the animals & plants interact & balance the life within the Cuyabeno Ecosystem in which they coexist.

    Finally we arrive at the Ecolodge, where we will settle into our cabins.

    After dinner our native guide gives us a brief introduction to the activities for the next few days in the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

  • DAY 13: Friday - Amazon Rain Forest - Day 2

    In the morning before breakfast, you can hear the noise of birds flying around our bungalows in the Ecolodge.

    After breakfast, we continue upriver to start trekking on the banks of the Cuyabeno River, where you can see different species of plants, huge trees, aquatic vines, orchids, medicinal herbs and a large number of wild animals and birds of the Amazon jungle.

    After having lunch, you will have time to swim & relax in Laguna Grande while watching the pink & gray dolphins play on the water.

    Once you have enjoyed one of the best sunsets of your life, we will return to the lodge for dinner.

    After dinner, you will embark on an exciting canoe ride where you will see the famous Black Caimans of the Amazon.  During this journey you will hear the mysterious noises of the forest.

    This is an experience you will never forge

  • DAY 14: Saturday - Amazon Rain Forest - Day 3

    Early in the morning we will enjoy breakfast then travel by canoe to the Siona Indigenous Community, where we can interact & learn about their traditions, culture & customs.

    We will also learn to elaborate the Casabe – a typical dish of this ancestral tribe.

    Lunch will be served in the community & finally we will meet the Shaman, which will make us perceive & interact with their spiritual world, channeling their energies, visionary, healing & divinatory skills acquired over the years.

    You will also have time to acquire the beautiful handicrafts made by the locals.

  • DAY 15: Sunday - Amazon Rain Forest - Day 4

    Early in the morning we will do some birdwatching down the river, as well as enjoy a completely fascinating sunrise.

    After that activity we will serve breakfast then embark on a canoe ride along the Cuyabeno River back to civilization.

    The transportation will pick us up from the entrance of the Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve.

    We will head back to the meeting point in Lago Agrio.
    This will take about 2 hours.

    Return to Quito by bus.  Arriving back at your accommodation by 10 or 11 pm.
    Flight back home recommended for Monday.

    Evening: Free time to simply relax.

  • DAY 16: Monday - Departure Day

    Breakfast: At your hotel.

    Return transfers to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.

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