Cultural Tours of Ecuador
Between the rainforest, the Andes Mountains, the coast, and the Galapagos, Ecuador has been attracting explorers and adventurers for millennia. Each group that has planted their roots in this region of South America has brought with them their own culture, customs, and traditions: the industrious Inca Empire laid claim to the Andes Mountains just five centuries ago; and the Amazon still hosts tribes that have never been contacted, even today! If you want cultural experiences that go far beyond a typical tour, then join Ecuador Adventure for any of the below travel packages.
Quito City Tour & Equatorial Monument
Not only is Quito Ecuador’s political capital, but it is also considered the country’s cultural capital. With museums, art, and stunning architecture, this city mixes its colonial development with its indigenous roots.
Your tour with Ecuador Adventure will take you through all of the major landmarks in Quito’s historic Old Town, including stops by the Presidential Palace, the gold-leaf Jesuit Church (known as La Compañía), and San Francisco and the Metropolitan Cathedrals. After your tour of colonial Quito, we will fast-forward in time and visit El Panecillo – the Virgin of Quito. This aluminum tribute to the Virgin Mary keeps watch over the city from high atop her promontory, which allows explorers a fantastic panoramic view of all of Quito.
For the afternoon, you will get a chance to see the true “middle of the world,” at La Mitad del Mundo monument and complex. This town is situated right on the equator, and you can even stand with one-half of your body in both hemispheres. The science behind this area comes to life when we go to the Intiñan Museum, where you can participate in interactive exhibits to better understand how the equator plays a role in the geography of our planet.
Mindo Cloud Forest
On the backside of Pichincha Volcano is where you will find the Mindo Cloud Forest, home to over 500 species of birds, and more than 20 species of hummingbirds alone.
This unique natural phenomenon occurs where the mountain ecosystem meets with the lower altitude coastal ecosystem, forming a humid, subtropical cloud forest. On this Ecuador adventure, we take you into the small town of Mindo and on a nature walk, on which your guide will point out all of the interesting flora and fauna that call the cloud forest home. You will also get a chance to see some beautiful waterfalls along the way.
Papallacta Hot Springs
With the Papallacta Hot Springs 1-day tour, we re-define the word “adventure” with a flair for relaxation. After a drive through the Tumbaco Valley and the Cayambe-Coca Nature Reserve, we will arrive at Termas de Papallacta Resort & Spa.
Here, we will spend hours in the natural hot springs, allowing the warm waters to melt away any concerns. There are pools of varying temperature for you to choose from, as the hot springs mix with glacial runoff. You will end the morning with a delicious lunch at the resort and then transportation back to Quito.
If you want the best experience, we recommend the full spa treatment. There is also a short nature walk through the beautiful area that surrounds the resort that you can explore once you have been completely relaxed.
Galapagos Land-based tour
If you’re looking for the most unique vacation Ecuador can offer, then look no further than Ecuador Adventure’s Galapagos Land-based tour.
The Galapagos Islands are one of the most pristinely kept natural environments in the world. In addition to being named one of the Wonders of the Underwater World, this mystical volcanic archipelago hosts species of animals native only to these islands, like the Blue-footed booby, the marine iguana, and the Galapagos penguin.
On our land-based tour, you will have opportunities to take part in all of the classic Galapagos activities, like snorkeling and swimming with sea turtles, sharks, and rays; hiking through the endemic scalesia tree forests, walking alongside ancient giant tortoises, and relaxing on the sun-kissed beaches in front of your intimate resort hotel.
Along the way, a bilingual naturalist guide will teach you all about the natural and human history that these islands are home to.