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Due South, From Quito to Cuenca

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This quick journey through the Ecuadorian Andes visits colonial cities, Incan ruins, vast national parks, and local markets.

Trip Length: 4 Days
Destinations: Quito, Cotopaxi, Cuenca, Avenue of the Volcanoes, Ecuador
Lodging: Mid-level (3-star) hotels
Activities: Sight-seeing, walking

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WHY THIS TRIP

The Due South journey is an ideal complement to any Galapagos or Rainforest tour that explores the unique volcanic spine of the Ecuadorian Andes.  As you travel crosscountry, the ecosystem changes dramatically from snow-capped peaks to sweeping grasslands to humid cloudforests.   You will be visiting rural villages, strolling through local markets, and learning about sustainable community projects.  This sightseeing tour stretches from one colonial city, Quito, down to the charming city of Cuenca, stopping all along the way to appreciate the immense diversity present in one tiny country.

DESCRIPTION

“Due South” offers a quality cultural experience for curious travelers who want to see more than just the Galapagos. Journey along scenic back roads into the heart and hidden corners of rural Ecuador.  By following the Cordillera of the Andes from north to south along Ecuador’s rugged central highlands, you will see vibrant and varied local communities who call the mountains home.  On this tour, you will take in breathtaking views; visit local villages; explore archaeological ruins; experience gorgeous national parks; travel portions of the legendary Inca Road; and overnight at remote lodges and haciendas.

Your bilingual guide will accompany you as you drive the famous pan-American highway and little-used dirt roads getting further from the urban noise of Quito.  Each day is a mix of cultural tours and sightseeing in natural areas.  Stopping in Cotopaxi, you’ll marvel at the bright snow-capped cone rising from the middle of rolling, empty grasslands.  In Baños, you will walk to the base of the Devil’s Cauldron waterfall spillng out of the dense surrounding cloudforest.  And before reaching Cuenca, you’ll explore the mysterious Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

The diverse traditions of the local communities are also a big highlight for any traveler to Ecuador.  On this trip, you don’t mearly visit a well-known market and travel back to Quito after a few hours.  You’ll be visiting small villages in far flung locations, maintaining their centuries-old customs and producing high-quality handicrafts.  We make a stop at a community-run education foundation to learn more about life in this rural area and the challenges they face.  We end the tour in the colonial city of Cuenca, known for it’s well-preserved historic architechture, many universities, and lovely cobblestone streets.

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DAY 1: Quito – Indian Market – Cotopaxi National Park – Salasaca Community – Hacienda Leito


Early departure from Quito by motorcar to the south, with a short stop to visit one of the colorful Indian markets of the area, Sangolqui market and town, a great introduction to the Andean way of life. Then continue to visit the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary of 88,920 acres, around the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, which rises 5897 meters (19,347 feet) above sea level.  The entrance to the park is up a dirt road for approximately one and a half hours to reach the habitat of the Andean paramo or moorlands, its unique flora and fauna; a variety of high-altitude birdlife can be observed around Limpiopungo Lagoon and, occasionally, wild horses.  On clear days, the Cotopaxi Volcano is the magnificent backdrop. Lunch is offered at one of the local restaurants in this lovely environment.  Continue south, along valleys and mountains covered by multicolored fields, to reach the Salasaca Community, one of the most important indigenous groups in this area, who have preserved their dress and traditions, based on agriculture and tapestry weaving -with symbols and designs passed down from generation to generation in the last 500 years.  They are very well organized for the development of their community. Arrive to Patate town and continue through magnificent landscapes offering bird-eye views of the region, a gateway to the Llanganates National Park.  For hundreds of years the Llanganatis have attracted treasure hunters, since legend claims that the treasures of the last Inca King Atahualpa were hidden here after he was captured by the Spanish conquerors, which adds to the magic and mystery of this location.

Overnight at Hacienda Leito (Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 2: Patate – Baños – Avenue of the Cascades – Riobamba

After breakfast, depart towards Baños (Baths), on a eco-road* for approximately one hour/forty five minutes, this road promises to offer spectacular views of Baños and its surroundings. Baños is located at the foot of Tungurahua Volcano, the source of the thermal springs that give it its name.  Baños, a very popular destination in Ecuador, is known as the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest; follow a road along the Route of the Waterfalls and experience the full force of the water at El Pailón del Diablo (the Devil’s Cauldron) on a mid-difficulty trail down to the river, among lush tropical vegetation and orchids, for an impressive view (and sound) of this waterfall, among the ten largest in the world. An awesome vision from the hanging bridge right at the foot of the cascade. Lunch at one of the gorgeous hostelries near Baños and then a short walk to visit this inviting village.  Start a  very scenic drive up the mountains, on the Route Ambato-Guaranda, to Riobamba  along the old “Royal Road” that linked Guayaquil and Quito, the solitude and beauty of the Andean paramo will definitely take your breath away. (Please do not forget or bring your raincoat poncho!)

Overnight at Hacienda Abraspungo (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 3: Guamote – Alausí – El Tambo Coyoctor – Posada de Ingapirca


After a hearty breakfast, we will devote this day to the local communities and their initiatives as part of the sustainable development in the region. We will depart towards Guamote, for a short visit to Inti Sisa Foundation, a community project and Educational Center for Adults’ Development and Sustainability – if Thursday, visit the colorful Indian Market at Guamote something we can´t miss!  Continue on to Alausí and southbound towards the Inca ruins of El Tambo Coyoctor, located right on the route of the Royal Road of the Incas or Qhapac Ñan, a segment of which is still seen, and along which guests can still stroll and perhaps visualize in their minds the chasquis or runners, carrying messages on knotted strings called quipus, at full speed in relay from one end of the Inca Empire to the other. Tambo Coyoctor is a massive rock outcrop, carved to form baths, showers and water channels believed to have been used in purification rituals before ceremonies of magic-religious significance. Visit the on-site interpretation center, run by the Community of El Tambo. Late afternoon arrival to Posada de Ingapirca for dinner and overnight.  With the best location, near to the Ingapirca Ruins, this rustic posada offers accommodation at the small hacienda house, with the best views of the Ingapirca valley and the closest proximity to the archeological site.

Overnight at Posada de Ingapirca (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

DAY 4: Ingapirca Inca Ruins – Sightseeing the city of Cuenca – end at the airport


After breakfast, time to leisurely explore the Ingapirca Archaeological Complex and its on-site museum.  Sun-worshippers built this stone fortress on a promontory high above the Cañar valley, at an altitude of 10,595 feet (3,230 meters) above sea level, with several trapezoidal doorways and stone walls perfectly fit together, without mortar, typical of the Inca construction. There is an elliptical platform, known as the Temple of the Sun used for religious and ceremonial purposes, the barracks, the stone “Inca Face” and zoomorphic carvings.  Continue due south to Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city. The beauty of its landscape combined with the harmony between old and modern architecture, prompted UNESCO to name Cuenca a World Cultural Heritage Site.  A comprehensive tour of the city includes lunch at one of local restaurants and a visit to the Museum of the Central Bank (not open on Sundays), ending at the airport in time to take the flight to Quito or Guayaquil at night. [Flight Not Included]

Optional Extensions

Travelers can also add on additional days and continue overland via El Cajas National Park to Guayaquil, or on to Loja the next day. Or simply enjoy Cuenca World Cultural Heritage city and surroundings by adding a few more days here. Please inquire for rates.

* Eco- Route: This is the name given to the old roads that, back in time, led to the main cities of Ecuador, and now offer exceptional rides through rural countryside, natural areas and historical towns along Ecuador. These ancient back roads, offer minimal traffic and the unique opportunity of a meaningful contact with nature and with the locals along the way. Although this roads are mainly dirt secondary roads, they are open to the public for tourist activities such as nature walks, nature interpretation, bird watching, and photography, among the most important. Please bear in mind that as per the configuration of the roads (dirt) they will be operational subject to local weather conditions and under the criteria of the guide, who will determine and make the decision whether to use them or not, after an evaluation of the circumstances locally.

Getting To and From the Trip: 

You need to overnight in Quito at least one night before the trip begins as you will be picked up at your hotel in the morning of Day 1 of this trip. Click here for Quito hotel suggestions. This trip ends with drop off at the Cuenca Airport in the late afternoon on Day 4. Flights are not included. From the Cuenca Airport, you can fly to Quito or Guayaquil, and then connect else where in Ecuador or an international departure.

Alternatively, you can extend your stay in Cuenca. Or you can extend your trip further south in Ecuador to Guayaquil, Loja, or Vilcabamba. We can help you with this, please inquire for more information.

We partner with Exito Travel, a flight company that specializes in flights to/from/within Latin America.  They can assist you with any international or internal flights that you need.  We can connect with them and make sure that all your flights match up with your itinerary.

Trip Start: This trip starts with an early morning pick up from your hotel in Quito. A hotel in Quito is not included, but can be added upon request.

Trip End: This trip ends with an evening drop off at the Cuenca Airport. From here, you can fly to Quito or Guayaquil where you can connect elsewhere in Ecuador or an international flight. This flight is not included, but can be added upon request.


This trip is a great compliment to a trip in the Galapagos Islands or the Amazon.

You will need to overnight at least one night in Quito prior to the start of this trip. A hotel in Quito is not included but can be added upon request. You can view our recommend Quito hotels here.   At the end of this trip, you will fly from Cuenca to Quito or Guayaquil. The flight is not included, but can be added upon request. You can view our recommended Guayaquil hotels here.

Alternatively, you can stay longer in Cuenca. Or you can drive from Cuenca to Guayaquil via Cajas National Park in one day. For more information on these options, please inquire. We are happy to help you with this.

In addition to the Ecuador, we specialize in trips to the Amazon, the Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu and Peru, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Brazil, Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Mexico.

2017 PRICES: 

Private Departures only
Price Per Person

1 Person (single occupancy): $3,425.00
2 People (double occupancy): $1,985.00
3 People (triple occupancy): $1,505.00
4 – 5 People: $1,285.00
6 – 9 People: $1,114.00
10 – 15 People: $944.00
Single Supplement: +$107.00
Children under the age of 12: $597.00

2018 PRICES: 

For 2018 pricing, please inquire using the “I Am Interested” button above or by calling 1-866-386-4168.


INCLUDED: 

  • Accommodations for 3 nights
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Private transportation and driver
  • Entrances to National Parks, Inca ruins and community projects

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Tips to guide & driver
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodations and services in Quito prior to trip (can be quoted for and added upon request)
  • Flights from Cuenca (can be added upon request or booked on your own)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Services not indicated in the itinerary
  • Extra days in Cuenca (can be quoted for and added upon request)
  • International flights (to be booked on your own or through our travel partner Exito)
  • International departure tax (usually included in international flight fares)
  • Personal or medical expenses

ADDITIONAL EXPENSES TO CONSIDER:

 

  • Tips to guide & driver (optional)
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodations and services in Quito prior to trip (can be quoted for and added upon request)
  • Flights from Cuenca (can be added upon request or booked on your own)
  • International flights (to be booked on your own or through our travel partner Exito)
  • International departure tax (usually included in international flight fares)

 


 

 

 

Plan Your Trip

This trip can depart on any day, except Wednesdays (pending availability).

None, but families are welcome!

Trip Start: This trip starts with an early morning pick up from your hotel in Quito. A hotel in Quito is not included, but can be added upon request.

Trip End: This trip ends with an evening drop off at the Cuenca Airport. From here, you can fly to Quito or Guayaquil where you can connect elsewhere in Ecuador or an international flight. This flight is not included, but can be added upon request.

How Do I Get To and From the Trip: 

You need to overnight in Quito at least one night before the trip begins as you will be picked up at your hotel in the morning of Day 1 of this trip. Click here for Quito hotel suggestions. This trip ends with drop off at the Cuenca Airport in the late afternoon on Day 4. Flights are not included. From the Cuenca Airport, you can fly to Quito or Guayaquil, and then connect else where in Ecuador or an international departure.

Alternatively, you can extend your stay in Cuenca. Or you can extend your trip further south in Ecuador to Guayaquil, Loja, or Vilcabamba. We can help you with this, please inquire for more information.

We partner with Exito Travel, a flight company that specializes in flights to/from/within Latin America.  They can assist you with any international or internal flights that you need.  We can connect with them and make sure that all your flights match up with your itinerary.

You will be in a private car or large van for this trip.

You will need to overnight in Quito the night before this trip begins. At the end of this trip, you can stay longer in Cuenca, or fly elsewhere in Ecuador.

Ecuador is an incredibly diverse place, both culturally and ecologically. This trip is a great package for exploring the Avenue of the Volcanoes, but there is much to see and do.

A trip to the Amazon requires 4 or 5 days and offers outstanding cultural and wildlife opportunities.

Many travelers will combine mainland Ecuador with a visit to the Galapagos Islands. You can get to the Galapagos from either Quito or Guayaquil (the two largest cities in Ecuador), so this trip is easy to combine with a Galapagos Islands adventure.

It is also easy to add on a trip to Peru and Machu Picchu as Peru is a close neighbor to Ecuador.

Quito and Guayaquil offer direct flights to many destinations in Latin America. We specialize in trips to Peru, Chile, Argentina, Patagonia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Countries Visited: Ecuador

Destinations Visited: 

Avenue of the Volcanoes, Cotopaxi National Park, various indigenous markets (depends on the day of the week), Salasaca Community, Baños, El Pailón del Diablo Waterfall, Riobamba, Alausí, Tambo Coyoctor Inca Ruins, Ingapirca Inca Ruins, Cuenca

Green Certifications: 

Trip Sustainability: 

Metropolitan Touring’s commitment efforts have been rewarded with a number of awards, including Honorable Mentions in Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s World Savers Award in 2008 and 2010, “Best Ground Operator” in the UK’s Latin American Travel Association annual awards in 2008 and 2009, Finalist nomination in the World Travel & Tourism Council ‘Tourism for Tomorrow Awards’ in 2009, and “South America’s Leading Green Hotel” for the Finch Bay Eco Hotel in 2012 and 2013.

Activities: Cultural Tour

Activity Description: 

Short walks to view volcanoes, waterfalls, indigenous markets, colonial towns, and Inca ruins.

Trip Difficulty: Not Strenuous

Fitness Level: 

This trip is not strenuous, but you will be walking on uneven paths and you will be at very high altitude, so you need to be at least a little active in order to fully enjoy this trip.

Minimum Age: 1

Maximum Age: 100

Minimum Group Size: 1

Maximum Group Size: 20

Typical Group Size: 2

Months Offered: All Year

Best Time to Go: 

Ecuador is a year round destination and this trip will operate at any given time providing guide and accommodation availability.   Ecuador sits right on the equator and so temperatures stay fairly consistent throughout the year, ranging in the Quito & highlands area from sometimes below freezing at night (near Cotopaxi) up to mid 70’s during the day (approx 26°C).   Weather can best be described as perpetual spring in this area and the sun makes a huge difference.  Seasons can be divided into dry (June – September) where conditions are slightly cooler and drier & wet season (December – March) where the temperatures are slightly warmer and occasional showers should be expected.   Weather can change rapidly in the Andes.

Altitude plays a big role and the higher up you are, the cooler the temperatures.  As you drop into cloudforest and the coastal region temperatures rise.

Food and Special Diets: 

Special diets and allergies can be accommodated with prior notice.

Drinking Water: 

Purified water is not provided, but you can get it at restaurants and hotels. Consider bringing a water filter and a refillable water bottle to cut down on plastic waste.

Equipment Provided: 

No special equipment provided.

Boat Specifications:

Special Equipment You Should Bring: 

No special equipment needed.

 

HOTEL / LODGE AMENITIES:  Breakfast, Restaurant, WiFi

BOAT AMENITIES: You do not stay on a boat on this trip

CAMP AMENITIES: You will not be camping on this trip

ROOM AMENITIES: Twin Beds, Double Beds, Safebox, Hot Water, Private Bathroom, Shower, Soap and Shampoo, Towels

ROOMING OPTIONS: Double, Triple, Single, Single Supplement

DESCRIPTION:

Hacienda Leito
This is a mid-size cozy mountain lodge, with a spectacular setting, right in the boundaries of the Llanganates National Park.  A great place to relax among the exuberant vegetation, the murmur of the wind and the warmth of the fireplaces.  Rooms face the Llanganates or beautiful gardens and patios, and have private facilities.  Hacienda Leito is renown for its extraordinary hospitality.

Hacienda Leito has 24 double/twin standard rooms and four Family Suites. It also has spa facilities (pool, Jacuzzi, massage room) by request and can be booked when you arrive.

For over 300 years Hacienda Leito has witnessed countless events, from legends of the Jesuit Order of Saint Ignatius -who were expelled from the country during Colonial times by the Spanish King Charles III, and later, the opulence of the Spanish Captains and their families, appointed as Commendatores by the Spanish crown. Embrace the countless nights and dreams of those in search of the treasures of the Incas in the mysterious Llanganatis Mountains.

Hacienda Abraspungo
The wonderful 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.

The owner’s commitment is to create a working environment which allows sustainable growth, enhancing positive image and generating an overall feeling of trust between the working force, the clients, and the community, aiming to become a point of reference within the tourist industry of Ecuador and the city of Riobamba. Abraspungo offers 42 comfortable rooms which incorporate modern interior design elements within the framework of traditional, colonial architecture. Distributed in distinct wings of the hacienda you can find beautiful singles, doubles, triples and suites, each furnished and equipped to satisfy our client’s needs. Each room enjoys direct access to the magnificent gardens and the distinct social areas located here within.

La Posada de Ingapirca Mountain Lodge
Cozy and simple accommodations, Ingapirca Inn is located in the most beautiful and mysterious region where the most famous archaeological monument of Ecuador is located (The Ingapirca ruins) that has been populated by cañaris and incas centuries ago.

Ingapirca Inn is a surprisingly attractive converted 200 year-old hacienda: it features 23 cozy but still rustic rooms with private baths and hot water. Rooms are decorated with brightly painted and woven crafts amid colonial antiques. All rooms are carpeted, have an electric heater and fireplace.

This property has suitable infrastructure for providing clients with the best attention within its location and category, they specialize in serving delicious typical dishes to guest. Ingapirca Inn offers 23 rooms fully furnished to accommodate 70 guests max. (9 simple or matrimonial rooms, 10 double rooms, 2 triple rooms, 2 suites).

 

 

Local Tour Operator:

Established in 1953, Metropolitan Touring first began operating in Ecuador and has further expanded to Peru, Argentina, Chile and Colombia.

We pioneered travel to the Galápagos Islands in the 1960s. Today, we have our own trio of expedition cruise vessels: the MV Santa Cruz and yachts Isabela II and La Pinta.  The company also owns the Finch Bay Eco Hotel on Santa Cruz Island.

In 2011, our holding group inaugurated a boutique hotel in the historic heart of Quito, Casa Gangotena, and in 2012, opens a secluded  lodge, Mashpi Lodge, built and operated according to best practices in sustainability, in a private Andean rainforest reserve brimming with biodiversity just two and a half hours’ drive from Quito.

Our operations across the continent are characterized by beautifully tailor-made itineraries and our commitment to sustainable travel as well as the highest standards of service and attention to detail. With our own local offices, we have excellent experience, contacts, products and knowledge, guaranteeing seamless operations and consistent experiences, particularly when combining two or more countries. We can therefore offer a one-stop-shop for our clients’ operational and administrative needs in South America.

Metropolitan Touring caters to premium and specialist segments, as well as cruises and shore excursions, meetings and incentives. We partner with our travel trade clients every step of the way: designing itineraries that fit their needs; supplying training and consumer presentations and webinars; providing high resolution image banks, 360° panoramic photos and videos; putting together marketing initiatives; and organizing fam and press trips.

With over 50 years’ experience, we are proud of our team of destination specialists and their invaluable insider knowledge of each country, backed by 24/7 on-site operational support. This team is complemented and reinforced by our financial stability and strong emphasis on research and development, as well as our continual investment in technology solutions.

Metropolitan Touring has placed our environmental policy at the very heart of our business. We constantly seek to have a positive impact in the communities we work with, as well as contributing to preserving the integrity of ecosystems.

Guides:

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Luggage

It’s always a good idea to travel light by bringing only what you need for your trip. Being over burdened with luggage can make transfers and travel difficult. For your flights, always wear or carry on the items that are absolutely necessary to your trip.

•    Duffel Bag: In addition to your carry-on bag you should only need one duffel bag to serve as your main luggage for the trip. This can also be a carry-on but check with your airline to insure it meets specifications. Your duffel or suitcase should be well made and durable to take the punishment the airlines and traveling can dish out. A medium size duffle or suitcase of 30” X 15” X 14” with a capacity of 110 liters or slightly larger should be sufficient.

•    Spare Duffel: It’s a good idea to carry a spare duffel rolled up in your main luggage piece. This is not only good in case you want to leave belongings in Quito while you are in the Galápagos or Amazon, but it comes in handy for those who like to do a good deal of shopping. • Small Padlocks: These are always a good idea when traveling and discourages anyone inclined to zip open your bag to see what they might find. •    Daypack or Fanny pack: This bag stays with you at all times, will most likely be your carry-on and is where you will keep such necessities as your camera—unless you have a camera bag—sunscreen, glasses, windbreaker and other similar objects during your excursions. Because you will be the one to carry this bag(s) you’ll want to keep the weight down.

Clothing
•    Pairs of lightweight long pants; quick drying material preferred. Avoid Jeans
•    Long-sleeved t-shirts. Quick-drying material preferred
•    Short sleeved t-shirts
•    Comfortable athletic type socks for walking and hiking
•    Light windbreaker or rain jacket
•    Sweater or fleece jacket.
•    Brimmed hat (suitable for both sun and rain)
•    Bathing Suit

Footwear
•    Comfortable walking or hiking shoes with good traction
•    Teva or Chaco style sandals are good for hiking the island beaches and you do not have to worry if you get your feet wet. Thongs are acceptable but are not good for hiking though they are good on deck. A security strap is a good idea in the surf.

Travel Accessories
•    First aid Kit. including personal prescription drugs, or vitamins you regularly take (fill prescriptions BEFORE you travel), including any over the counter drugs you might take such as pain relievers, motion sickness pills or indigestion tablets.
•    Toiletry kit: Tooth paste, toothbrush, shaving kit, etc.
•    Insect repellent
•    Sunscreen with SPF rating of 15 or higher (you are on the equator so bring a full bottle)
•    Aloe gel of a high quality
•    Lip gloss with sunscreen of SPF rating of 15 or higher
•    Hand sanitizers like Purell for a quick way to keep hands clean when traveling on your own
•    That book you have wanted to read
•    Journal and pen
•    Binoculars
•    Water resistant travel alarm watch
•    Water resistant compass
•    Small flashlight or headlamp (good for searching in your duffel and when in Amazon)
•    panish / English pocket dictionary or electronic pocket translator
•    Batteries
•    Plastic Bags: Sturdy zip lock bags are great to keep important items dry

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You will be stopping at indigenous craft markets during this trip. Make sure to bring cash in small bills ($5 bills or smaller), as vendors often will not have change for larger bills.

Smoking is not allowed in rooms or enclosed public areas.

Safety:

Medical Attention:

Staff/ Crew on Trip: You will have one guide and one driver for your group.

DETOUR'S POLICIES

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER
Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services. Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes. All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

Cancellations: If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will forfeit a $100 per person handling fee to Detour. This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

Trip Changes:  If you decide to make any changes to your trip (changes to your itinerary, travel dates, tours, or accommodations) after it is booked, you will incur a $50 change fee per person, per change.  Unavoidable changes (such as those imposed by an international flight schedule change) will not incur this fee.  Adding on services before or after your confirmed tour will not incur this fee.

Rate Changes to Domestic Flights, Park Entrance Fees, Government Taxes and Fuel Surcharges:  The rates for all these items are subject to change at any point and these fees or fee changes can be imposed on any trip, even after a trip has been confirmed and paid for in full.  These rate changes are beyond the control of Detour or our local operating partners.  Oftentimes, these changes are imposed by government decree and take effect immediately.  While this is a rare occurence and the rate changes themselves are typically quite small, these changes are unpredictable and sometimes unavoidable.  Travelers are responsible for any additional costs or fees due to these rate changes, even after the trip is paid in full.

Passports and Traveler Details:  Passengers are responsible for sending up-to-date and correct information that is requested in the “Trip Reservation Form.”  If any of those details change, it is the passenger’s responsibility to notify Detour of the change before the trip departure.  If you need to renew your passport prior to your trip, you must notify Detour that you will be renewing your passport and you will have to email a scanned copy of both your old and new passports to Detour.  Additionally, you will have to bring both passports with you on your trip. Please make sure that you request to receive your old passport at the start of the renewal process.

Airport Transfers:  Airport transfer rates are based on group size with the assumption that all travelers will be taking the same transfer.  If some travelers in your personal group arrive or depart on different days or at different times, additional airport transfers will have to be booked and the passenger is responsible for this additional cost.

DETOUR’S DISCLAIMER
Detour acts only as an agent for the various independent suppliers that provide hotel accommodations, transportation, sightseeing, activities, or other services connected with this tour. Such services are subject to the terms and conditions of those suppliers. Detour, LLC and their respective employees, agents, representatives, and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or any other incident which may be caused by the negligence, defect, default of any company or person in performing these services.  Responsibility is not accepted for losses, injury, damages or expenses of any kind due to sickness, weather, strikes, hostilities, wars, terrorist acts, acts of nature, local laws, or other such causes.  All services and accommodations are subject to the laws and regulations of the country in which they are provided. Detour, LLC is not responsible for any baggage or personal effects of any individual participating in the tours /trips arranged by Detour, LLC. Individual travelers are responsible for purchasing a travel insurance policy, if desired, that will cover some of the expenses associated with the loss of luggage or personal effects.

DETOUR’S CANCELLATION POLICY
If you cancel the trip at any point after confirmation, you will owe a $100 per person handling fee to Detour.  This is separate and in addition to the fees, deposits, and payments potentially owed to the tour operator (see information below).

METROPOLITAN TOURING CANCELLATION CHARGES

On Metropolitan’s own products in Galápagos: Yacht La Pinta, M/V Santa Cruz, Yacht Isabela II and Finch Bay Eco Hotel for individuals (FIT’s) cancellations, the following applies:

If cancellation is received between the date of booking until 61 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge (15%) as a cancellation fee.

If cancellation is received between 60 and 0 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 100% as a cancellation
fee.

For departure dates during peak season:
– If cancellation is received between the date of booking until 121 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 25% as a cancellation fee.
– If cancellation is received between 120 and 0 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 100% cancellation fee.

Land Services:

On all cancellations for land services, flight tickets and taxes received between 30 and 0 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge a US$200 administrative fee per tour in addition to any cancellation fee generated directly by the supplier (airline, hotels or other).

Third Party Products

(Galápagos)
In this case, all services will be subject to the policies and conditions established by each operator.

Any exception to the policies outlined here (groups and charters) are subject to those policies indicated in the contract signed with Metropolitan Touring.

Special Cancellation Policies
Applies only for Metropolitan Touring Galápagos products.

A guest can postpone their departure date by up to 90 days without incurring a cancellation fee and the same deposit will be applied for the new date.

If a guest cancels due to illness or death, a 50% cancellation fee only for this guest will apply, prior the presentation of documentation that certifies the illness or force majeure.

Liability Clause
Metropolitan Touring and its agents act only as agents for passengers in all matters pertaining to transportation, accommodations or services not provided directly by Metropolitan Touring, which are not subject to its control and therefore assume no liability. As agents, all tickets, exchange orders or vouchers issued by independent suppliers are subject to any and all terms and conditions under which such means of transportation, accommodations or other services are offered or provided. Metropolitan Touring and its agents will not be liable for injury, death, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle furnished by any such other party, firm or corporation or through the acts of default, whether negligent or willful, of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out or failing to carry out the arrangements previously agreed upon, nor for the negligent misconduct of any such other party, firm or corporation. In the same way Metropolitan Touring is not responsible for the loss, theft, or robbery of luggage while it is in charge of the airline or hotel, as is outside the control, surveillance and direct supervision of the company. The passenger contract in use by the airlines concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the airline and the purchaser of these and/ or passenger. Metropolitan Touring will not be held responsible and will assume no liability for injuries, losses or additional expenses due to delays or interruption of travel, changes in schedules, damage or loss of baggage, acts of God, sickness, weather conditions, technical problems of any aircraft, vehicle, vessel or other means of conveyance, strikes, war, terrorist activity, civil commotion or any cause beyond the control of Metropolitan Touring. We suggest that you book an insurance policy with your Travel Agency.

You will drive with your guide from Quito to Cuenca in 4 Days. Along the way you will stop for short hikes, visiting indigenous markets, viewing volcanoes, waterfalls and ruins, and exploring interesting towns. This is a private trip, so it is very flexible. Just let you guide know what you would like to see and do on the way.

You will have access to wifi or a computer at the hotels.

Tips are not included in the trip rate.   Tips are usually given, but up to your discretion.   We suggest $8 – 15 per day / per person for your bilingual guide, and $3 – 5 per day / per person for your driver.

Laundry: None

Food and Special Diets: 

Special diets and allergies can be accommodated with prior notice.

Drinking Water: 

Purified water is not provided, but you can get it at restaurants and hotels. Consider bringing a water filter and a refillable water bottle to cut down on plastic waste.

 

2 reviews for Due South, From Quito to Cuenca


  1. Lois K
    5 out of 5

    :

    Great – The tour guides were good with excellent knowledge of the history and nature of the area. The food was very good except for one lunch, but the staff dealt with it very efficiently.

    Thank you for all your help in planning our trip. We now have thousands of photos and 10 hours of video to go through. I would recommend all of our tour companies and of course Detour Destinations to anyone planning a trip. I really enjoy picking and choosing what I want to see and do and also I like to visit my destinations in more detail than most tour companies allow. All our pickups and drop-offs went extremely well and the hotels we stayed in were great. Also all our local tour guides and drivers were very knowledgeable about the local history and nature.

  2. Marion S
    5 out of 5

    :

    We all really enjoyed this trip, Due South was a great experience. The only problem was for my husband-an expert photographer-he didn’t feel that anything could do justice to the glorious landscapes. The vans were comfortable, guides were excellent (especially the first guide). Accommodations were all first class except the last night was a step down.

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