Ecuadorian Tours DMC Ecuador and Galapagos
Ecuadorian Tours started operating in 1947, as the first tour operator in Ecuador. Now we have a team of more than 65 people at the office, a great knowledge of Ecuador and The Galapagos, a solid infrastructure and our own bi-lingual guides. All this makes us a very good Destination Management Company to work with. After more than 60 years and assisting more than a million travelers to Ecuador and The Galapagos, our aim has not changed. We want to provide you and your clients with the best service possible to show you the great beauty of Ecuador and The Galapagos.
Short Bio Roberto Teran - Ecuador
During my studies (Bachelor of Business Adm. and Master in Computer Science) as son of the founder of Ecuadorian Tours, I worked part time at Ecuadorian Tours, finding my passion for the tourism industry. After graduating in 1985, I was fully employed by the company in 1986 and worked my way up. Since 2000 I am in charge of the Incoming Department. Thanks to my knowledge of computers, I am also responsible for our web page design and designed our own internal computer system.
Ecuadorian Tours DMC
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Surely Ecuador has some of the most stunning places to offer in Latin America. The Andes mountains of Ecuador, where the top of Mt Chimborazo is the earth's furthest point from its own center and lamas are still a mode of transport for the locals, house in the northern part, the city of Quito and the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes. From here it is easy to go climbing, trekking, water rafting in the mountains. You can experience a wonderful day, eating at one of the colonial haciendas with horse back riding as an optional.
As a contrast to the Andes, Ecuador is also home to the Amazon rainforest. During guided tours through the jungle you can do great wildlife-watching, especially bird-watching (more than 350 species have been found so far).
Nothing is as special as the Galapagos islands, these volcanic islands created perfect living circumstances for animals you don't find anywhere else. Darwin spent a lot of time here and wasn't he lucky! Here you can see birds, leguanas, colonies of sea lions, all close up and personal. The islands are simply stunning. With small boats that take you to the islands and with the help of a great guide, you can get very close to the animals who live here, they have no fear of humans. As the islands are so special, there are only a limited number of visitors allowed each year.
Apart from the great nature in Ecuador and Galapagos, you can also find beautiful cities. Quito and Cuenca are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The cities are characterized by beautiful houses in the old Spanish colonial style, cobblestoned streets and old churches. We hope to share our Ecuador and the Galapagos with you and your clients.
Transfer in Quito
Private transfer in Quito. Clients will meet by English speaking guide. When pax are ready they will be transfer from the airport to Hotel Mansión del Angel. The transfer time is approximately 2 hours depending on traffic.
Overnight at Mansion del Angel in Superior double Rooms.
Hotel: Mansión del Angel
Description: An old Mansion built at the turn of the last Century has been completely restored in order to achieve the former splendor of the Ecuadorian Republican era. The Mansion used to be the home of an Ecuadorian Tobacco Tycoon, who entertained his guests and buyers lavishly in the large spaces on the Ground Floor, while he and his family utilized the First Floor as their private residence.
The property is part of the Architectural Historic Society of the downtown area of the Capital according to the World Heritage Foundation, which considered Quito to be the first city of the organization according to UNESCO.
The Mansion as well as the entire surrounding neighborhood was designed by an Italian Architect, who was influenced by the architectural style of his native country. Many homes and private houses in this particular area show the splendor and the excellent craftsmanship of this bygone era.
Boutique Hotel Mansion del Angel overlooks the well known Alameda Park and when passing through the park, the Historical Part of Downtown Quito may be reached within 10 minutes. The park is also the home of the first Astronomic Observatory.
A very detailed restoration took place and only the finest building materials were used in order to comply with the strict regulations imposed by the Patrimony. The building itself houses fourteen large, spacious and luxurious rooms and suites. No two are alike, each one different in size, color scheme and decoration. In addition to an inviting Reception Area, a beautiful and comfortable Salon for relaxation is available, where complimentary Afternoon Tea is served. Guests may enjoy Breakfast on the Ground Floor, even those who must depart in the very early morning hours.
Leave Quito and drive along the scenic Pan-American Highway until you reach the lush páramo of Chasqui. Proceed into the park and drive to the base of the world's highest active volcano, the Cotopaxi.
The Cotopaxi National Park is an attractive area for nature lovers; admire its magnificent peaks which rise up to almost 6,000 meters.
Feel the fresh crisp air as you hike through this ecological sanctuary, overnight stay and dinner at the old Spanish-style hacienda, La Cienega.
Hotel: Hacienda La Cienega
Description: The oldest and most splendid colonial style hotel in Cotopaxi province, Ecuador, has belonged to the descendents of Marques of Maenza since the seventeenth century.
The terrain on which the hacienda is located was bought by landowner Don Matheo de la Escalera y Velasco in 1695.
The hacienda has played host to a number of important historical, social, political and scientific events on a national and international level. The wise French intellectual Carlos Maria de la Condamine arrived in Quito with Luis Godin y Pedro Bouger in 1736. Six years later, after two hundred years of inactivity, Volcano Cotopaxi erupted, provoking the scientists to move closer to the outskirts of the volcano. Carlos Maria took up residence in La Cienega, resulting in the beginning of a long and meaningful friendship between the academic and Marquez de Maenza.
Geological activity as a result of the eruption was extremely powerful, destroying a number of towns and communities. Amidst the earthquakes and aftershocks, the hacienda remained intact, most likely thanks to solidity of the structure with its two-metre thick walls.
The hacienda's first guest was Sir Alexander von Humboldt, who stayed there whilst carrying out a series of investigations in 1802.
The Marques family, romantic and strong archetypes of the colonial period, whose manorial house covered an astonishing six thousand metres (sixty-five feet), were fervent defenders of Simon Bolivar and the libertarian cause. Family members such as Manuel Matheu y Herrera, Francisco Xavier and Jose Xavier de Ascazubi were Heroes of the Independence, a number of whose activities took place within the four walls of the hacienda.
Mariscal de Ayucucho, Antonio Jose de Sucre and several presidents of the republican period such as the first president of Ecuador, Juan Jose Flores, signed the important Treaty of La Cienega here in the hacienda. Gabriel Garcia Moreno, Leonidas Plaza Gutierrez and Jose Velasco Ibarra are historical figures of the country who have resided at the hacienda.
Generation after generation, the hacienda has been inhabited by important personalities and great historical figures, leaving the residence glowing with an aura of grandeur.
In memory of those important figures, we, the present-day owners, welcome you to La Cienega and promise you an unforgettable experience here in our hotel hacienda surrounded by natural beautiful scenery in the heart of the Andes.
Cotopaxi / Baños / Riobamba
Depart the hotel after breakfast and drive south along the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
Arrive in Baños, this town is located at the entrance of Amazon jungle, its one of the most visited places of Ecuador. Today Baños is famous for its hot spring and waterfalls in the area. Lunch included.
Spend the afternoon visiting El Pailón del Diablo waterfall and the hike up is very worthwhile.
Arrive to Riobamba, overnight and dinner at Abraspungo.
Hotel: Hacienda Abraspungo
Description: Hacienda Abraspungo is located at 2,754 metres above sea level and is surrounded by the magnificence of the Ecuadorian Andes. It is named after a glacial valley which is situated between the Chimborazo Volcano and Carihuairazo, in the exact centre of Ecuador.
Hacienda Abraspungo, with its comfortable, charming and high level installations offers a personalized service in the ideal spot to enjoy the peace and beauty of the Andes.
The architectural style found here offers the best of traditional colonial design often used in the ancestral mansions and haciendas of Ecuador.
The Hacienda is adorned with old photographs and illustrations of Andean landscapes, which today constitutes as a testimony to eras gone by. The antiques on display in the social areas give a colonial flavour as well as a feel for the pre-Colombian cultures of the region. The visitor can truly appreciate the richness of the natural resources offered by the Chimborazo Province and Ecuador in general.
Each room takes its name from one of the mountains of Ecuador. That mountain is shown in the photographs displayed within the interior design in the room.
Riobamba – Devil's Nose – Ingapirca / Cuenca
After early breakfast, transfer to the train station in Alausí (2 hours from Riobamba) where you will board the train. We take the Nariz del Diablo or the Devil's nose, the famous zig zag track, a train ride you will never forget. Delight in this picturesque ride, passing small Indian villages and impressive landscapes.
In route to Cuenca we visit Ingapirca, one of Ecuador's mayor Inca ruins. Arrive to Cuenca for dinner and overnight at Mansion Alcazar.
Hotel: Mansión Alcazar
Description: A turn of the century Mansion, completely restored is transformed in a luxury boutique hotel, in order to satisfy the most discriminating traveler. Mansion Alcazar is located in the heart of the city of Cuenca, Ecuador; which was selected as one of the few World Cultural Heritage Cities by UNESCO in 1999 as a result of community efforts to restore the splendid beauty of years long passed by. The Lordly house of Mansión Alcázar is set within the historical down town of Cuenca City on Bolivar Street which is important for its Business, banks and tourist buildings.
This house belonged to Enrique Cordero, son of an honorable gentleman who was President of the country, Mr. Luis Cordero. The house was known as "Casa Cordero" until 1999 when it was converted into the Boutique Hotel Mansion Alcazar.
The interior decor evokes the style of the century, with careful selection of fine furniture and objets d'art that embellished at one time the most luxurious rooms in one of the most beautiful cities in Ecuador.
Am: Cuenca city tour
Pm: Gualaceo / Chordeleg
Visit the beautiful colonial city and feel the history that surrounds it. The Tomebamba River winds in and out of the city's center as old houses jut out over its banks. Walk along the main plaza, Calderon Park, and enter the new Cathedral, whose pink marbled construction and colorful stained glass windows will take your breath away. Cross the same park to see the old Cathedral, which was renovated for the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1985. Visit the Monastery of El Carmen and La Inmaculada Concepción, El Rollo del Vecino monument and the San José de la Merced Church. We visit a Workshop where the best panama hats are made.
After lunch, we admire the beauty of the valley of Gualaceo and Chordeleg, the inhabitants of Chordeleg are mainly known as markers of filigree jewelry. We visit the craft shops. Dinner and overnight at Mansión Alcazar.
Cajas National Park
Cajas is a national park located on the northwester side of the city of Cuenca; it's formed by wetland from glacial origins with more than 200 lakes. Our visit will start on the lower part of the park called the area "Llaviuco" only 30 minutes away from the city of Cuenca. We will hike at an easy rate for one hour at an altitude of 3,000 meters above sea level (9,842ft). We will continue our visit until we get to a point called "tres cruces" which forms the Continental Divide between the Pacific and the Atlantic ocean at an altitude of 4,135m (13,566ft), we will have a short walk to observe this interesting area, then we will descend and will perform our main hike at an altitude of 3,900m (12,795ft) for approximately three hours. The difficulty at this point is moderate. On the trail we will visit a beautiful primary forest and will observe the interesting vegetation.
After this we will have lunch and return to Cuenca.
IMPORTANT: We recommend taking warm clothes, a bottle of water and some snacks.
*We reserve our rights in changing the order of the tours or suspending due to weather conditions or by order from Cajas National Park**
Dinner and overnight at Mansión Alcazar.
Flight to Quito
Flight back to Quito.
Transfer in Quito
Overnight at Mansión del Angel.
City Tour and Middle of the World
Pick up at hotel and start with a tour of the City. Drive along the broad avenues of the modern city and see the Ecuadorian House of Culture and Alameda Park before entering Quito's colonial section. Walk along the narrow cobblestone streets and feel the charm of 16th century Quito. Visit Independence Plaza, the beautiful French styled square bordered by the Cathedral and Government Palace. Stop in at the renowned La Compañia Church, whose ornate gold leaf interior and elaborately carved altars have been renovated to recapture their days of glory. Visit the wide open plaza and impressive church of San Francisco, built in the 16th century by the Indians of St. Andrews School. Continue to El Panecillo Hill for a beautiful and impressive view of the Andean landscape.
Lunch included at Café Plaza Grande
Restaurant: Café Plaza Grande
Description: This restaurant is located at Hotel Plaza Grande.
Hotel Plaza Grande The place in which The Boutique Hotel Plaza Grande now resides belong to prestigious and aristocratic families who later decided to build the first luxury hotel in the city. The legendary building of eclectic architecture which in its time.
With a capacity for 56 people, this restaurant gives you a pleasant taste of yesteryear Quito where you can taste a variety of exquisite Ecuadorian cuisine, within the magical surroundings of the Plaza Grande.
For dessert, the waiters are dressed as Cucuruchos. The purple custom is called "Cucuruchos" This is one of Ecuador traditions. On Good Friday, people will dress with purples cloak to "clean themselves. At the Café Plaza Grande, the waiter will be dressed as "Cucuruchos" to serve a traditional dessert.
Live music with the Ecuadorian soul guitar duo, Monday –Friday from 13h00 to 19h00.
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Just 22 km north of Quito stands the monument marking the Equatorial Line as established by the 18th century expedition of the French/Spanish Geodesic Mission. Stand on both hemispheres simultaneously or try to stand right on top of the Equator.
Accommodation at Mansión del Angel.
Transfer to Napo Wildlife Center 4d/3n in double cabins
Transfer to the airport for flight Napo Wildlife Center.
Hotel : Napo Wildlife Center
Description : The Napo Wildlife Center, NWC Amazon Lodge, is the greatest and ultimate alternative luxury eco-hotel in Amazonian Ecuador. This ecotourism project includes the conservation of approximately over 82 square miles (53,500 acres - over 21,400 hectares ) of the most pristine Amazon Rain Forest within the Yasunì National Park, an important UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and the largest tract of tropical rain forest in Ecuador.
The lodge complex is located by the Anangucocha lake, within the unique ancestral territory of the Anangu Quichua Community, part of the Yasuni National Park. In the early 90' the community envisioned building their own lodge to provide themselves jobs and protecting their land. With great effort they built back then 4 well established shelters and a large house for kitchen and dining room, however buildings remained incomplete there at that early stage for many years as they had no more money to finish them or to establish a proper infrastructure to call it a first class jungle hotel. They wanted high quality facilities and accommodations, to provide an exclusive and personalized rain forest experience, intimate with nature, under a dedicated private and unique lodge, but only to a selected number of guests.
Finally in year 2000 after several local and international contacts the project was able to move forward and establish the community's and its nature tourism leaders dream. The community, entitled by its constitutional rights over their land, approached Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment which through its National Park service declared them honorific park rangers and approved the project signing a renewable management agreement of this territory part as well of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve.
Departing from Quito, 30 minute flight to Coca over the eastern Andes mountain range. After landing, about mid morning, and airport procedures a 5 min transfer in local chiva (hired bus) or local taxi from airport to Port Francisco de Orellana will drive us to embark onto a comfortable covered motor boat. Here we start a canoe ride along the Napo river for about 2 hours approx, lunch box in route. Along the way birds like herons, kingfishers and others can be spotted. After arriving at NWC's entry dock we disembark for restroom then take a majestic and peaceful 1 to 2 hours dugout canoe ride surrounded by trees overhead, paddling along a narrow creek that connects to the lake where the lodge is located. Good possibilities of monkey sights of various species as well as large birds like toucans, parrots or even macaws. Late afternoon arrival to the NWC lodge by the overwhelming view of the Añangu lake, welcome drink and facilities.
Activities at Napo Wildlife Center
Early wake up to reach the best and easy access parrot clay licks in Ecuador, about 1 hour away from the lodge, guests reach there just before parrot activity kicks off at the clay lick between 7:30 to 8:30. A total of 11 species of parrots, parakeets and macaws can be seen. A visit that depends on weather conditions, but usually successful. Later, hike along forest trail to visit to the Kichwa community of Añangu and sharing time with a family on their activities. Return to the creek and hike through a Terra Firme Forest for about 30 minutes until we arrive to the second parrot clay lick where if the weather conditions help will be able to find different species of parrots, parakeets and even macaws. Lunch box served at the parrot clay lick observatory. Late afternoon arrival to the lodge.
Activities at Napo Wildlife Center
After early breakfast, depart from the lodge to the finest experience at a canopy tower on the Napo. A 36m high canopy tower opened to guests in November 2004, a great way to experience the life above the forest floor. This is the second tower at the Napo Wildlife Center (the first is attached to the dining hall and allows great views of the lake).
The tower is located about 30 minutes from the lodge deep within the terra firme forest. As you ascend the 12-floor tower, you pass through different levels of the forest and emerge on top of a huge Ceiba tree.
Here you cross onto a wooden platform that is actually built into the tree and experience the view formerly reserved only for the birds. The metal tower itself was
constructed to the highest standards, galvanized, and carefully inspected by engineers. Safety is the priority. The platform at the top of the tree was constructed by tree platform specialists as well. From top to bottom, there is no finer canopy experience in Eastern Ecuador. Flocks of colorful tanagers pass right through the canopy of the tree, Blue-and yellow Macaws fly past, in nearby trees Spider Monkeys search for fruit, two species of large toucans call in the early mornings and afternoons, and the life of the forest canopy opens before you. Birds that are virtually impossible to see from the forest floor far below are suddenly right beside you, oblivious to your presence. The canopy tower opens a whole new world to guests of the Napo Wildlife Center!! Lunch served at the lodge.
Afternoon visit to a terra firme trail,hike along primary forest to discover the forest interior, possibilities of findinglizards, colorful manakins or the unique and endemic Golden mantle tamarinmonkeys. After the hike, explore the lake and creeks by dugout canoe with greatpossibilities of running into a Giant otter family on the way...
Transfer out Napo Wildlife Center
Early departure and last excursion canoeing back to the Napo river, the creek mayreveal new sights of Giant otters, Monk Saki monkeys or many other rare birds.
Entry docking area, use of restrooms and embarking on motorized canoe in orderto return back to Coca, arrival approximately after 2 hours boat ride up river, inorder to check for Coca – Quito flight, schedule to be announced according todeparture details and arrangements
Private transfer in Quito.
Accommodation at Mansión del Angel.
Day 13 - Day 15
Transfer to Galapagos
Transfer out for Galapagos flight
Transfer in Galapagos is not included as it is only accommodation
Hotel: Royal Palm
Description: The Royal Palm is a unique secluded hideaway nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. Exclusive, spacious and tastefully designed, the Royal Palm was built to complement this natural paradise.
Exclusive, spacious, and tastefully designed, the Royal Palm was built to complement this natural paradise. Authentically constructed of local materials and handcrafted furniture that reflect the environment, you are as close to nature as luxury will allow.
Each has a spacious double bedroom with either a king-size bed or two queens, en suite bathroom and indoor Jacuzzi, front porch with hammock and a small tropical garden.
Room size - 38 m2.- 408 sq ft.
Direct dial phone & Telefax
DVD & Cd Player
Satellite TV, LCD flat screen, wireless internet
Transfer in Guayaquil
Assistance for final transfer out.
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More about Ecuadorian Tours
At Ecuadorian Tours, we are not only Ecuadors' first tour operator, but also the first company that brought travelers from American Express to Latin America.
More than 60 years later, we have supported millions of travelers in having their best Ecuador-experience. We are a team of 65 persons divided between our two offices in Ecuador. Our in house guides are specialised in different aspects of Ecuador and are all licensed by the nation government. Furthermore we are proud to have our own buses, which guarantees good and safe transportation within the country.
We want to give our clients the very best travel solutions for their stay in Ecuador and Galapagos. We are passionate about our country and hope to share this with you.
We specialise in MICE, VIP Groups, Special Groups, Luxury Travel, Conferences, Meetings, Special Interest Groups, Cruises, Shore Excursions, Corporate Travel, Hotel Bookings, Gala dinners and Fine Dining in Ecuador and Galapagos.
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