8 or 11 days
Quito, Baños, Riobamba, Cuenca, Guayaquil, extension to Puerto López

From cities to highlands, discover the vibrant culture and stunning landscapes of Ecuador.

Learn how melcocha candy is made during a workshop. Visit with a local community in Riobamba then learn how to dance the salsa in Cuenca—just a few of the many cultural immersion activities you’ll experience while in this beautiful country.
  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 2: Quito

    Visit the Church of la Compañía de Jesús 

    Take an excursion to the equatorial line

    Visit the Intiñan Museum and witness the natural forces at work near the equator 

    Take a tour of Quito

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Independence Plaza
    • Government Palace
  • Day 3: Quito • Baños

    Travel to Baños 

    Take a tour of Baños 

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Old Cathedral
    • New Cathedral

    Learn how melcocha is made and shaped at a local candy workshop

    Enjoy an authentic Ecuadorian cooking class

  • Day 4: Baños • Riobamba

    Enjoy a hike on one of the many trails through the Baños rainforest 

    Travel to Riobamba

    Participate in cultural immersion activities

    • Observe farming, handicrafts, cooking
    • Eat lunch with the community
  • Day 5: Riobamba • Ingapirca • Cuenca

    Travel to Cuenca via Ingapirca

    Visit the ruins at Ingapirca

    Learn how your food travels from farm to table during a guided visit to the Gastronomic Museum

  • Day 6: Cuenca

    Take a Tour Director-led walking tour of Cuenca

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Old Cathedral
    • New Cathedral
    • Flower market

    Visit the Straw Hat Museum to learn about the history of this traditional accessory

    Enjoy an interactive experience with locals outside of Cuenca

    Take a salsa dance lesson

  • Day 7: Cuenca • Guayaquil • Depart for home

    Travel to Guayaquil

    Visit Cajas National Park

    Visit a cocoa plantation

  • Day 8: Arrive home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 8: Guayaquil • Puerto López

    Travel via the Ruta del Spondylus to Puerto López 

    See Los Frailes Beach

  • Day 9: Puerto López

    Enjoy a boat ride to Machalilla National Park

    Tour Isla de la Plata with an expert local guide

    Go snorkeling

  • Day 10: Puerto López • Dos Mangas • Guayaquil • Depart for home

    Travel via Dos Mangas to Guayaquil

    Hike in the coastal rainforest

    Enjoy lunch with the local community

    Visit a handicraft workshop

  • Day 11: Arrive home

Interested in learning more about this tour?
  • Day 1: Fly to Ecuador

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

  • Day 2: Quito

    Visit the Church of la Compañía de Jesús 

    Take an excursion to the equatorial line

    Visit the Intiñan Museum and witness the natural forces at work near the equator 

    Take a tour of Quito

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Independence Plaza
    • Government Palace
  • Day 3: Quito • Baños

    Travel to Baños 

    Take a tour of Baños 

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Old Cathedral
    • New Cathedral

    Learn how melcocha is made and shaped at a local candy workshop

    Enjoy an authentic Ecuadorian cooking class

  • Day 4: Baños • Riobamba

    Enjoy a hike on one of the many trails through the Baños rainforest 

    Travel to Riobamba

    Participate in cultural immersion activities

    • Observe farming, handicrafts, cooking
    • Eat lunch with the community
  • Day 5: Riobamba • Ingapirca • Cuenca

    Travel to Cuenca via Ingapirca

    Visit the ruins at Ingapirca

    Learn how your food travels from farm to table during a guided visit to the Gastronomic Museum

  • Day 6: Cuenca

    Take a Tour Director-led walking tour of Cuenca

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • Old Cathedral
    • New Cathedral
    • Flower market

    Visit the Straw Hat Museum to learn about the history of this traditional accessory

    Enjoy an interactive experience with locals outside of Cuenca

    Take a salsa dance lesson

  • Day 7: Cuenca • Guayaquil • Depart for home

    Travel to Guayaquil

    Visit Cajas National Park

    Visit a cocoa plantation

  • Day 8: Arrive home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 8: Guayaquil • Puerto López

    Travel via the Ruta del Spondylus to Puerto López 

    See Los Frailes Beach

  • Day 9: Puerto López

    Enjoy a boat ride to Machalilla National Park

    Tour Isla de la Plata with an expert local guide

    Go snorkeling

  • Day 10: Puerto López • Dos Mangas • Guayaquil • Depart for home

    Travel via Dos Mangas to Guayaquil

    Hike in the coastal rainforest

    Enjoy lunch with the local community

    Visit a handicraft workshop

  • Day 11: Arrive home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; comfortable motorcoach (boat ride with extension)

  • Hotels

    6 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms (9 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch on days 4 & 6

  • Guided sightseeing

    2 sightseeing tours led by an expert, licensed local guide on the extension; 3 sightseeing tours led by your Tour Director (4 with extension)

  • Entrances

    Compañía de Jesús church; equatorial line; Intiñan Museum; melcocha workshop; cooking class; Baños hike; community visit; Ingapirca; Gastronomic Museum; Straw Hat Museum; another community visit; salsa lesson; Cajas National Park; cocoa plantation; (with extension: Isla de la Plata National Park; snorkeling)

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • Personalized Learning Support

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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Includes airfare, hotels, meals, full-time Tour Director, and more.
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