Ecuador’s Beautifully Preserved Colonial Capital and Otavalo in the Andean Highlands
Follow the mystery and magic of Galápagos with a 3-day cultural experience in the Andes of Ecuador on this post-voyage extension. New for 2020: Stay in the heart of Quito’s UNESCO-designated Old Town at Casa Gangotena.
Continue by air from Galápagos to Quito, the capital and cultural center of Ecuador. Heralded as one of Latin America's most beautifully preserved cities, the historic center of Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, transfer to Casa Gangotena, a converted mansion in the heart of the colonial center on Plaza San Francisco. After checking into the hotel, set out on a walking tour to explore the original plazas, impressive churches and Baroque splendors outside your doorstep. Later, opt to join an exclusive neighborhood activity at the hotel. Dinner and the evening at leisure.
After breakfast this morning drive north with our guide through the Andean highlands to Otavalo—crossing the Equator along the way. We take the day to explore the celebrated handicraft markets, visit a nearby weaving village and relax over lunch at a historic hacienda. Evening at leisure.
This morning transfer to the airport for flights home. You may also elect to extend your stay in Quito at additional cost.
Extension Cost Per Person
Accommodations, meals as indicated, sightseeing tours, gratuities, transfers in conjunction with group recommended flights.
Personal Items, international or domestic airfare (return flight to Galápagos may be extended from Guayaquil to Quito at no additional charge).
Note: Quito is at 9,200 feet and Otavalo at 8,400 feet. Temperatures are constant throughout the year with daytime temperatures in the 70s°F and nighttime temperatures in the 50s°F.
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