Ecuador Rose Plantation Tour & Quito’s Surroundings – 8 Days / 7 Nights
This trip takes visitors through a fine display of Ecuadorian roses plantations.
Dia 1: Quito. International Arrival
Upon arrival at Quito’s Mariscal Sucre airport, you will be greeted by our helpful guide. The guide will serve as a translator, help with luggage, and assist with the private transfer to your hotel. -/-/-
Dia 2: Quito Colonial City tour + Equator Line
After an early morning breakfast, the tour will depart towards the city center of downtown Quito, or Centro Histórico, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.
We will start with a panoramic view of Alameda Park and the Basilica, followed by a walk down the street of the Seven Crosses. The trip will continue with a walking tour, starting at Independence Square. From here, we will visit the presidential palace, the main cathedral, the gold-plated La Compañía Church, San Francisco Church and San Francisco Plaza.
Around midday the tour will head north to the equator for a trip to the monument at the Middle of the World. You may choose to visit either the Ethnographic or the Inti Ñan Museums, both located near the site of the monument. Along the way we will stop for a traditional Ecuadorian lunch.
After seeing these incredible sites, the tour will head back to Quito, where you will return to your hotel. B/L/-
Dia 3: Mindo
We plan to arise early for breakfast before departing Quito northwest towards Mindo on the Nono-Tandayapa-Bellavista Road. We will take the old scenic road, famous for the many birds that can be spotted en-route. Around midday we will stop for lunch.
Once there, we will visit the exquisite orchid garden to see many beautiful and diverse species of this delicate flower. In addition to hosting the orchid garden, Mindo is a prime place for bird-watching, as it is frequented by many hummingbirds and butterflies as well.
We will see some of this unique flora and fauna using the town’s cable car.In the late afternoon we will return to the Hotel. B/L/-
Dia 4: Quito-Cayambe
This morning you will leave Mindo with your tour guide, heading to Cayambe. On route on the Panamerican Highway we will stop at Calderon, a town where the masapan figures are made, continuing on through Guayllabamba town where you can try its typical fruit: chirimoya. We will also stop on the highway to admire the beautiful landscape and snow-capped mountains in the area.
Upon stepping through the gates of Hacienda La Compania, one enters into a historical legacy dating back thousands of years. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Andes Mountains, we will explore the hacienda and its activity of growing roses for exportation. This hacienda is a colonial mansion with beautiful and perfumed roses everywhere. You can see many colors of roses.
Also, we will enjoy a delicious lunch and after this we will visit an ancient chapel and a greenhouse full of roses ready to be exported. B/L/-
Dia 5: Cayambe-Otavalo-Cotopaxi
North of Quito is the valley of the awakening sun, home to the Otavalo ethnic group. The Otavaleño people live in several communities and are one of the most prosperous indigenous nations anywhere. En-route to the Otavalo market we will visit several small villages; we will visit master weavers these craftsmen will show us the use of the backstrap and Spanish weaving looms. Learn how traditional crafts and innovation keep these cultures alive and prosperous.
Here we will visit the textile market located at the “Plaza of Ponchos”; this is one of the most famous markets in South America. You will find all kinds of handcrafts including tapestries made on the Spanish weaving loom as well as the indigenous backstrap loom. After which you will enjoy some free time for bargaining and buying with the friendly Otavaleños.
After Otavalo, we will departure for a short visit to the Cotopaxi National Park. The Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the most important landmarks in Ecuador because it is the highest active volcano in the world. Lush endemic flora and fauna of the area can be observed, including: one of the most representative species is the Chuquiragua (also known as the mountaineer’s flower) wild horses, deers, llamas, and more. Whilst in the National Park you can also see Limpiopungo Lake, located near Rumiñahui volcano (4757 meters). B/-/D
Dia 6: Nevado Roses Plantation
After breakfast we will go to Nevado Roses Plantation which is a world class rose producer with a fabulous, eco logical farm in Ecuador. On the farm we produce delicious, fragrant, tantalizing roses for the most discerning customers. As with our roses, we use only natural ingredients when composing our fragrances. The result is pure & natural rose-based scents that are complex, sensual & intriguing. Also you will find many products based on this beautiful flower like rose honey, rose sea salt, rose vinegar, rose chocolate, rose marmalade and many others.
We will enjoy a delicious lunch and after that a delicious snack made of roses.
Early in the afternoon we will return to Quito. B/L/-
Dia 7: Quito Free Day
Today you can relax and enjoy a free day in the beautiful city of Quito. Late in the afternoon we will invite you to a farewell dinner in one of the most beautiful Restaurants in the Center of the City. B/-/D
Dia 8: Quito Departure day
Today after breakfast you will be met by your guide and taken to the Airport in time for your international flight back home. B/-/-