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Trip Extensions

Amazon Rainforest Lodge

Duration: 4 days

Explore the rainforest habitats accompanied by native guides while staying at a charming lodge, designed to offer comfort while preserving the environment and ambiance of the rainforest.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive quito (friday)

Welcome to Quito.Welcome to Quito.

Welcome to Quito! Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Lodging
Hotel Vieja Cuba or similar

Day 2: san antonio de ibarra / otavalo

Enjoy the incredible hacienda grounds.Enjoy the incredible hacienda grounds.

Early departure heading to Otavalo, city located in the province of Imbabura and characterized by picturesque lakes, magnificent sierras and terraced patchwork farmlands. In the local market you will be able to purchase ponchos, embroidered blouses, ceramics, wall hangings, leather crafts and locally produced jewelry. The tour includes a visit to San Antonio de Ibarra, the woodcarving center of Ecuador.The town is home to wood carving artisans whose workshops are dedicated to the crafting of beautiful sculptures and ornaments. After lunch, we take a short drive to Cuicocha, a beautiful crater lake followed by a visit to Cotacachi, famous for its leather crafts. We spend the night at Hacienda Pinsaqui or Cusin where the chandeliers, the heavy, ornate beds and tiled floors create the aura of a bygone era.

Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hacienda Cusin or Pinsaqui

Day 3: otavalo / lasso

Enjoy the landscapes of this lush countryEnjoy the landscapes of this lush country

After an early breakfast, we will be ready to enjoy the activities offered at the Hacienda like biking or horseback riding. Before continuing your journey to Lasso you will have a stop for lunch at El Molino de San Juan Hacienda. After lunch visit a rose plantation, as Ecuador is one of the top producers of roses in the world. You will have the unique opportunity of visiting a family run farmhouse that has been passed down for generations. Continuing your journey you will arrive at Lasso where you'll spend the night at the Hacienda La Cienega. A delightful hacienda with the original style of the old house approached through a long broad carriageway linded on both sides by fragrant, towering eucalyptus trees. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hacienda La Cienega

Day 4: lasso / patate

Cotopoxi National ParkCotopoxi National Park

An early start takes us travelling along the Pan-American Highway and into the Cotopaxi National Park in the heart of the Andean paramo. We gently ascend the flanks of the volcano, passing through fields of ancient lava strewn with boulders until arriving at the base of Cotopaxi (19,700ft/ 5,897m), the world’s highest active volcano. On leaving the Nationl Park, we travel on to Ambato and visit the town’s bustling fruit and vegetable market, the largest in Ecuador. 

After lunch we drive to Manteles where we spend the night. This charming and family-owned hacienda at the entrance to Llanganates is so welcoming you’ll feel as though your at home. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hacienda Manteles

Day 5: patate / banos

Enjoy the scenic drives during your trip.Enjoy the scenic drives during your trip.

A short but scenic drive lead us to Baños, a small town locatred in the shadows of the Tungurahua volcano high above the Amazon Basin and surrounded by waterfalls. Baños, an area rich in vegetation, orchids and tropical birds, is famous for its nearby hot springs that provide hot running water to the local baths.After lunch, we take a trip to admire the nearby waterfalls as the amazing “Pailon del Diablo” before returning to Patate for our overnight at Manteles or similar. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hacienda Manteles

Day 6: patate / alausi - devil's nose trail / riobamba

Early morning departure to Alausi (approx. 2 hours drive). Alausi is a small town, and is the entrance point for the Devil’s Nose Train. This ride lasts approximately 2 hours. You will travel by train on “the world’s most difficult railroad”, called like this due to the geographical obstacles that had to be faced during its construction. The train will take you to the famous “Devil’s nose”, descending 800 meters in zigzag in the rocky formation. This descent allows us to experience the different climate zones from the highlands towards the coast vast open valleys. In the afternoon we will return to Riobamba where we will visit the town. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hacienda Abraspungo

Day 7: riobamba / saquisili / quito

After breakfast, we depart to Saquisili market, famed for being one of the most colorful and authentic in Ecuador. Locals gather here to sell sheep, pigs, cattle, horses, llamas, potatoes, cereals, wool, handicrafts, clothing and tools. After that we drive back heading to Puembo while enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery and stoping for lunch at Hacienda Rumipamba de las Rosas. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Casa de Hacienda Su Merced

Day 8: onward

So long, Ecuador!So long, Ecuador!

Early breakfast in your hotel and transfer to the airport for international or extension flights. 

 

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,325
Single Supplement:
$700
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Charming Haciendas
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
2-6
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Welcome to Quito
Welcome to Quito
Enjoy the incredible hacienda grounds
Enjoy the incredible hacienda grounds
Meet friendly Ecuadorian women
Meet friendly Ecuadorian women
Enjoy the traditional Ecuadorian music and dance
Enjoy the traditional Ecuadorian music and dance
You'll feel right at home at the Hacienda La Alegria
You'll feel right at home at the Hacienda La Alegria
Enjoy the scenic drives during your trip
Enjoy the scenic drives during your trip
Ecuadorian food is fresh and versatile
Ecuadorian food is fresh and versatile
Haciendas are part ranch, part country inn, and party family home
Haciendas are part ranch, part country inn, and party family home
So long, Ecuador!
So long, Ecuador!

Haciendas of Andean Ecuador

Cultural and environmental exploration of highland colonial towns and countryside trails

overview

"Hacienda" is Spanish for estate, referring to a mostly self-sufficent and status-oriented institution. At one time, these estates most likely served a specific purpose. For example, some are former plantations, mines, or factories. Over the course of this trip, you will have the opportunity to stay in these historic structures and experience the life of a "Patròn," or hacienda owner. Wander the surrounding rolling countryside. Horseback ride in deep valleys, offering spectacular views of the unique Andean environment. Learn what it means to live in fully-sustainable isolation, with everything you need right where you are. Talk to locals about their way of life by watching a stained glass artisan produce his craft or a young vendor selling fruit at the lively market. Walk the cobblestone streets of old colonial towns and enjoy a traditional cup of coffee in an open plaza, or munch on "biscochos" in the privacy of your comfortable hacienda.

Andean Ecuador is the definition of picturesque, complete with bubbling creeks, indescribably beautiful estates, and wide, seemingly never-ending spaces. Journey there with us for a cultural exploration of a lesser traveled aspect of this beautiful country.

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overview

"Hacienda" is Spanish for estate, referring to a mostly self-sufficent and status-oriented institution. At one time, these estates most likely served a specific purpose. For example, some are former plantations, mines, or factories. Over the course of this trip, you will have the opportunity to stay in these historic structures and experience the life of a "Patròn," or hacienda owner. Wander the surrounding rolling countryside. Horseback ride in deep valleys, offering spectacular views of the unique Andean environment. Learn what it means to live in fully-sustainable isolation, with everything you need right where you are. Talk to locals about their way of life by watching a stained glass artisan produce his craft or a young vendor selling fruit at the lively market. Walk the cobblestone streets of old colonial towns and enjoy a traditional cup of coffee in an open plaza, or munch on "biscochos" in the privacy of your comfortable hacienda.

Andean Ecuador is the definition of picturesque, complete with bubbling creeks, indescribably beautiful estates, and wide, seemingly never-ending spaces. Journey there with us for a cultural exploration of a lesser traveled aspect of this beautiful country.

Continue to detailed itinerary...

itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive quito (friday)
    Welcome to Quito.Welcome to Quito.

    Welcome to Quito! Your guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

    Lodging
    Hotel Vieja Cuba or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: san antonio de ibarra / otavalo
    Enjoy the incredible hacienda grounds.Enjoy the incredible hacienda grounds.

    Early departure heading to Otavalo, city located in the province of Imbabura and characterized by picturesque lakes, magnificent sierras and terraced patchwork farmlands. In the local market you will be able to purchase ponchos, embroidered blouses, ceramics, wall hangings, leather crafts and locally produced jewelry. The tour includes a visit to San Antonio de Ibarra, the woodcarving center of Ecuador.The town is home to wood carving artisans whose workshops are dedicated to the crafting of beautiful sculptures and ornaments. After lunch, we take a short drive to Cuicocha, a beautiful crater lake followed by a visit to Cotacachi, famous for its leather crafts. We spend the night at Hacienda Pinsaqui or Cusin where the chandeliers, the heavy, ornate beds and tiled floors create the aura of a bygone era.

    Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hacienda Cusin or Pinsaqui
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: otavalo / lasso
    Enjoy the landscapes of this lush countryEnjoy the landscapes of this lush country

    After an early breakfast, we will be ready to enjoy the activities offered at the Hacienda like biking or horseback riding. Before continuing your journey to Lasso you will have a stop for lunch at El Molino de San Juan Hacienda. After lunch visit a rose plantation, as Ecuador is one of the top producers of roses in the world. You will have the unique opportunity of visiting a family run farmhouse that has been passed down for generations. Continuing your journey you will arrive at Lasso where you'll spend the night at the Hacienda La Cienega. A delightful hacienda with the original style of the old house approached through a long broad carriageway linded on both sides by fragrant, towering eucalyptus trees. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hacienda La Cienega
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: lasso / patate
    Cotopoxi National ParkCotopoxi National Park

    An early start takes us travelling along the Pan-American Highway and into the Cotopaxi National Park in the heart of the Andean paramo. We gently ascend the flanks of the volcano, passing through fields of ancient lava strewn with boulders until arriving at the base of Cotopaxi (19,700ft/ 5,897m), the world’s highest active volcano. On leaving the Nationl Park, we travel on to Ambato and visit the town’s bustling fruit and vegetable market, the largest in Ecuador. 

    After lunch we drive to Manteles where we spend the night. This charming and family-owned hacienda at the entrance to Llanganates is so welcoming you’ll feel as though your at home. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hacienda Manteles
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: patate / banos
    Enjoy the scenic drives during your trip.Enjoy the scenic drives during your trip.

    A short but scenic drive lead us to Baños, a small town locatred in the shadows of the Tungurahua volcano high above the Amazon Basin and surrounded by waterfalls. Baños, an area rich in vegetation, orchids and tropical birds, is famous for its nearby hot springs that provide hot running water to the local baths.After lunch, we take a trip to admire the nearby waterfalls as the amazing “Pailon del Diablo” before returning to Patate for our overnight at Manteles or similar. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hacienda Manteles
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: patate / alausi - devil's nose trail / riobamba

    Early morning departure to Alausi (approx. 2 hours drive). Alausi is a small town, and is the entrance point for the Devil’s Nose Train. This ride lasts approximately 2 hours. You will travel by train on “the world’s most difficult railroad”, called like this due to the geographical obstacles that had to be faced during its construction. The train will take you to the famous “Devil’s nose”, descending 800 meters in zigzag in the rocky formation. This descent allows us to experience the different climate zones from the highlands towards the coast vast open valleys. In the afternoon we will return to Riobamba where we will visit the town. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hacienda Abraspungo
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: riobamba / saquisili / quito

    After breakfast, we depart to Saquisili market, famed for being one of the most colorful and authentic in Ecuador. Locals gather here to sell sheep, pigs, cattle, horses, llamas, potatoes, cereals, wool, handicrafts, clothing and tools. After that we drive back heading to Puembo while enjoying the beautiful mountain scenery and stoping for lunch at Hacienda Rumipamba de las Rosas. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Casa de Hacienda Su Merced
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: onward
    So long, Ecuador!So long, Ecuador!

    Early breakfast in your hotel and transfer to the airport for international or extension flights. 

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$3,325
Single Supplement:
$700
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request

Need to Know

Duration:
8 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Charming Haciendas
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Group Size:
2-6
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Trip Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Amazon Rainforest Lodge

Duration: 4 days

Explore the rainforest habitats accompanied by native guides while staying at a charming lodge, designed to offer comfort while preserving the environment and ambiance of the rainforest.

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Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
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