“You put your left foot in; you put your left foot out; you put your left foot in; and you shake it all about...” How about doing the hokey pokey in Ecuador, and when you put your left foot in, you can put it in the Northern Hemisphere while your right foot stays in the Southern Hemisphere? How many of your friends can say they’ve straddled the middle of the world? Now you can, and Monograms makes it easy! On this 9-day holiday, we’ve arranged your hotel reservations, daily buffet breakfast (plus 4 lunches and 3 dinners), sightseeing, and transportation between cities. Plus, your Local Host® will travel with you throughout the holiday to help ensure your holiday is everything you want it to be.
When you arrive in Quito, your Local Host will greet you with a warm welcome and present you with materials to help you get settled. The next day, after your included breakfast, Monograms will pick you up at your hotel for your private, guided sightseeing with a local expert—someone who knows the inside stories and fascinating history of this city. Your sightseeing will include San Francisco Square, the Virgen de Quito angel statue in Panecillo, and a visit to a bustling Ecuadorian market. The next day, your Local Host will take you to Otavalo and its famous Indian Market, where locals sell their handicrafts. You’ll also visit with Ecuadorian children at a school in the tranquil town of Peguche.
Then you’re off to Baños, passing first through Cotopaxi National Park, with one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, and visiting a Rose Plantation. In Baños, surrounded by majestic mountains, you’ll have the opportunity to relax in some of the hot springs, which are heated by the nearby volcanoes, and visit the striking waterfalls. In Riobamba, enjoy the peace and beauty at the base of Ecuador’s highest volcano, Chimborazo. Here, you’ll experience a vacation highlight: an unforgettable train journey over the Devil’s Nose, passing through small mountain villages and zigzagging as it ascends and descends a steep mountain. The views are spectacular! Speaking of spectacular, we will also take you to the Ingapirca Ruins, the largest Incan ruins in Ecuador, where you’ll see the sun temple (1450-1480) and learn about the Incas’ beliefs and culture.
In Cuenca, we’ll pick you up at your hotel for guided sightseeing that includes the must-see sights: the historical buildings, the main square, and the flower market. Plus, we’ve arranged for you to visit a Panama hat factory and pottery studio, so you can learn more about the local people. Finally, escorted by your Local Host, you’ll visit a Cacao Plantation and travel to the coastal town of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city. Be sure to ask your Local Host for suggestions on where to get local specialties.
And did we mention we’ve included the train journey to Devil’s Nose in your package? Between the sightseeing we’ve included, hotels we have booked, and the private transportation and guide we’ve arranged, the only thing left for you to do is sit back and enjoy. Add the time and hassles saved and the comfort of knowing you’ll have a Local Host with you throughout the vacation, and you’ve got yourself a once-in-a-lifetime vacation opportunity!