14 DAY SELF-DRIVE ECUADOR

Duration14 Days
Price From $2,125
Highlights
  • checkCotopaxi VolcanoOne of the highest active volcanoes in the world, covered with ice on its peak.
  • checkChimborazo VolcanoThe highest volcano in Ecuador where you can spot the Andean condor, hummingbirds, and the timid wild Vicuñas.
  • checkIngapircaExplore Ecuador’s best pre-Columbian ruins.
  • checkCondor ParkLearn about these majestic birds, fighting extinction.
  • checkOtavalo’s MarketStroll through one of the biggest indigenous markets in South America and buy your typical Ecuadorian souvenirs.
  • checkPapallacta Hot SpringsWaters that will help you to gently exfoliate your skin and relax your body.
  • checkRuta de las CascadasRoute through the most impressive waterfalls of Ecuador.
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Itinerary
  • DAY 1 TRANSFER TO QUITO
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Quito Landscape

    This is the first day of your Ecuador Self Drive Tour. After your arrival in Quito Airport, an English speaking driver will pick you up to bring you to your hotel, which is located in the center of Quito.

    • TransportTransportCar.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHotel Cruz Loma or similar.
  • DAY 2 CITY TOUR QUITO – EQUATOR
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Basilica Church - Quito

    After having breakfast, you will explore the beautiful center of Quito through a city tour. Afterwards, you will visit the equator with private transport and also get the chance to see the highlights of Quito, like El Panecillo, La Basilica, La Ronda and the Pululahua crater. Later, you’ll enjoy a typical local lunch and can relax the rest of the day or explore the city by yourself.

    • ActivityActivityRelaxing, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportCar.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHotel Cruz Loma or similar.
  • DAY 3 CAYAMBE – LAGO SAN PABLO – CONDOR PARK – OTAVALO
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Andes Car

    Today, your actual “self-drive” starts. You will be brought to the car rental parking lot from where you will pick up your car (Suzuki Grand Vitara SZ or similar). We recommend a certain route with nice stops but the only thing you “have” to do is to get to the Hacienda at the end of the day. The number of stops, how to get there, where to eat is all your decision.

    The first stop will be at the Cayambe, where there is a nice local Bizcochos factory. Then, you will go to Lago San Pablo, where you can enjoy beautiful views. Afterwards, you will visit the Condor Rescue Park. The owner Joep, who is Dutch is committed to the preservation of the condors in the Andes. Twice a day, there is an air show with the condors (except on Mondays and Tuesdays). Later, you will drive to Otavalo where on Saturdays there is a big native market with different kinds of handicrafts. You can also visit the beautiful lake of Cuicocha and do a hike there. The town of Cotacachi is also a nice place to visit; you can find here a lot of artisans that make the most beautiful leather products.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Hiking, Sightseeing, Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransportSelf-driven.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHacienda Cusin or similar.
  • DAY 4 OTAVALO – PAPALLACTA
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Otavalo Market Art

    After your breakfast, you can visit the surroundings of Lago San Pablo and Otavalo before you head to Papallacta. On the way to Papallacta, you will find a lot of flower farms for roses. In the afternoon, you will visit the hot springs and enjoy the beautiful view there. You can also do some self – guided hikes.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Hiking, Relaxing, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportSelf-driven.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsSpa Hotel Papallacta or similar.
  • DAY 5 ANDES MOUNTAINS – AMAZON
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Andes Road Trip

    Today you will drive from the high Andes mountains to the Amazon. After approximately 3 hours driving you will arrive at the sub-tropic climate of the Amazon. It is interesting to see how the vegetation changes in the different regions. Just before arriving to Tena you find a charming eco-lodge along the river.

    • ActivityActivityExploring.
    • TransportTransportSelf-driven.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHakuna Matata Eco-Lodge or similar.
  • DAY 6 AMAZON
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Yasuni Bird

    On this day, you will stay at Hakuna Matata and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere of the Amazon. You can also enjoy the swimming pool, swim in the river, go by car to Tena or arrange an excursion with the lodge.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Relaxing.
    • TransportTransportSelf-driven.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHakuna Matata Eco-Lodge or similar.
  • DAY 7 BAÑOS – WATERFALLS – PUYO
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Puyo Landscape

    After having a large breakfast, you will drive from Tena to Baños de Agua Santa through the waterfalls trail. Along the way, you can make several stops for a small hike and pictures. Close to that is an animal rescue center in Puyo (Tarqui) where Amazon animals are picked up by a local family. Additionally, in the evening Baños is very entertaining with several restaurants and bars.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Hiking, Wildlife Watching.
    • TransportTransportSelf-driven.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsSamari Spa Resort or similar.
  • DAY 8 COTOPAXI VOLCANO
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Cotopaxi Glacier

    Today, you will drive about 3 hours from Baños to the Cotopaxi volcano. You can not enter the park without a local guide, but you can always hire the guide locally. Entrance policies for the National Park change regularly. Rebecca Adventure Travel is not responsible for any extra fees or other restrictions. Once inside you can drive around enjoying the beautiful sights or go for either short or long hikes.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Hiking.
    • TransportTransportSelf-driven.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHacienda Papagayo Sur or similar
  • DAY 9 CHIMBORAZO – GUAMOTE MARKET – LOCAL ACTIVITIES
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Chimborazo Sky

    After breakfast, you will drive to the southern part of Ecuador. After about 4 hours driving you will arrive in Guamote. Along the way, you will have beautiful views of the highest volcano in Ecuador, Chimborazo. In Guamote, you will stay at Inti Sisa, where there are a lot of social projects organized by the Indian community. In the afternoon, you will have cooking class from the cook of Inti Sisa. Every Thursday, there is a famous market in Guamote. From the surrounding communities high in the Andes, thousands of indigenous people come together to buy and sell their goods.

    • ActivityActivityCooking, Exploring, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportSelf-driven.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsInti Sisa or similar.
  • DAY 10 NARIZ DEL DIABLO TRAIN – INGAPIRCA RUINS
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Andes Train

    Today you will drive towards the south of the country. You can make a stop at Aluisi to visit the Nariz del Diablo train (journey time approximately 45 minutes). After this, you can drive to the Ingapirca ruins (journey time approximately 45 minutes).

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportSelf-driven, Train.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsPosada Ingapirca or similar.
  • DAY 11 INGAPIRCA – CUENCA
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Cuenca

    Today you will drive to Cuenca which takes about 1.5 hours. When you arrive in Cuenca you can visit the mirador, walk around the Historical centre and discover the villages around. There is also a very nice spa on about 20 minutes driving.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Relaxing, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportSelf-driven.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHotel Victoria or similar.
  • DAY 12 CUENCA – NATIONAL PARK CAJAS
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Cajas National Park

    After having breakfast, you will visit the historic centre of Cuenca, and later the Cajas National Park. At the end of the day, you will go to a beautiful hacienda where you will stay the night.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Hiking, Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransportSelf-driven.
    • mealMealBreakfast
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHacienda Dos Chorreras or similar.
  • DAY 13 HACIENDA LA DANESA – GUAYAQUIL
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Hacienda La Danesa

    Today you will drive from Cuenca to Guayaquil. After about 2,5 hours, you will arrive at Hacienda la Danesa, a very beautiful house where you will have lunch. Besides, you can decide between several optional activities, like horseback riding, tubing, mountain biking or hiking (The activities are included, except for horseback riding). Additionally, it is possible to follow a workshop about cocoa or to learn milking cows. From La Danesa you drive to Guayaquil where you would have to hand in your car. The last night night you will stay in Guayaquil and you can enjoy the rich cuisine that this city has to offer.

    • ActivityActivityExploring, Hiking, Biking, Tubing.
    • TransportTransportSelf-driven, Car.
    • mealMealBreakfast, Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodationsHotel Wyndham Guayaquil or similar.
  • DAY 14 FLIGHT BACK HOME
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Guayaquil Landscape

    On the final day of your Ecuador Self Drive tour, you will be brought to the airport with an airport shuttle to catch your flight back home. Another option would be to extend your stay at the Galapagos Islands.

    • TransportTransportCar, Bus.
    • mealMealBreakfast.
Inclusions
  • Meals Meals as described in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation Accommodation in a double or triple room.
  • Bus Transport Activities and transport as described.
  • Bus Transport Transport in Suzuki Grand Vitara SZ or similar.
  • Bus Transport Basic car insurance (20 USD per day to upgrade to full risk).
  • Wifi Wifi in your car.
  • Tour Guide English speaking guide and entrance fees as describer in the itinerary.
  • assistance 24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.
  • Exclusion Exclusions

    + Cotopaxi National Park local guide: 40 USD ( 1 hour).
    + All entrances fees.
    + Meals and drinks that aren’t described in the program.
    + Optional activities.
    + Personal expenses.
    + All risk insurance.
    + Gasoline.
    + Optional tips for the guide.

Additional information

TOUR SUMMARY

A trip through mainland Ecuador Highlights is pretty impressive. The country has different regions, the Andes mountains, the Amazon jungle, and the Pacific coast. Each region has its own unique fauna and flora, climate, and culture. With this Ecuador Self Drive Tour, you will travel on your own rhythm with your own car through the whole country. Hotels and some activities are arranged so you can just drive & relax. Enjoy this Ecuador Driving tour with us! 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • For children under the age of 12, there is a 10% discount.
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel cannot take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness.
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications, and unforeseeable circumstances.
  • It is important to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Important things to bring: Warm, windproof and waterproof clothing, appropriate shoes or boots, water, sunblock, sunglasses, pocket money, and passport.
  • Bring a rain poncho otherwise buy it here in Ecuador and take it with you for the activities, because the weather could change suddenly in the rainforest and you might get wet.
  • If you like to enjoy watching Animals please get some binoculars (10×40 are much better).
  • Please take with you some plastic bags, to protect your Camera and important documents passports and ID from the rain.
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$ 2875 p.p. based on 2 - 3 guests
$ 2125 p.p. based on 4 or more guests
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