Quito, Mindo, Amazon, Papallacta, Cotopaxi
9 days /7 nights
With a population of approximately 15,500,000 Ecuador possesses an astounding level of cultural and social diversity within its borders. Currently, Ecuador has an ethnically mixed population consisting of 65% mestizo (mixed indigenous – Caucasian), 25% Indigenous, 10% Caucasian, 7% African, and 3% Black. Cultural boundaries are also drawn between the three predominant geographical regions: the Sierra (Andean Highlands), the Costa (Pacific coastal shoreline) and the Oriente (Amazonian basin). The population is divided nearly equally between the Sierra and the Costa, with only about 3% of the population residing in the Oriente.
Ecuador is located in the area which formed the northern Incan Empire prior to Spanish conquest in 1533. The region’s indigenous roots and the influences of various pre-Incan civilizations remain evident in present-day society in food, religious customs, music and dress. The mixtures of cultures in Ecuador has also been influenced by later immigration, and one of the most vibrant and dynamic cultural groups to be found in Ecuador are the Afro-Ecuadoreans, descendants of African slaves brought in the 16th century for work on sugar plantations. Numbering approximately 500,00 and located primarily in Esmeraldas Province, the Afro-Ecuadorean population exerts a strong cultural influence over greater Ecuadorian society – whether it is with the distinctive rhythms of its marimba and salsa music, its dance festivals, or the international fame of its soccer players.
By far the largest ethnic group in Ecuador is the Andean Quechua, estimated at around 2 million. The Quechua have preserved their language and cultural traditions to a remarkable degree, and continue to represent a powerful political and social force within broader Ecuadorian society. The distinctive Andean flute music now heard worldwide, foods such as quinoa and cuy (guinea pig), and colorful woolen ponchos and elaborately embroidered blouses are all trademarks of the Quechua culture. Smaller Andean ethnic groups include the Saraguro, Cayambi, Pichincha, Panzaleo, Chimbuelo, Salasacan, Tungurahua, Waranka, Puruhá and the Cañari.
Ecuador has a calendar of folkloric events and religious festivals which is as diverse as its population: all major cities have annual festivals in celebration of their founding/independence days, and many smaller towns have events honoring saints and virgins which represent a fascinating fusion of indigenous and Catholic traditions. Ecuador offers lively festivals throughout the year. Many towns have unique celebrations which display the mixture of Spanish and indigenous beliefs that characterize Ecuadorian culture.
Traditional costumes, fireworks, bands, dancing, and alcohol are common factors in the festivals.
Land only package price: USD$1,680 (CAD$2,380) per person double/triple occupancy
Airfare: From:$1000 per person including taxes
Airfare: From:$1000 per person including taxes
– 7 nights hotel accommodation
– Round-trip airport/hotel transfers
– Daily breakfast & meals as indicated in the itinerary
– English speaking guided tours
– Admission fees
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
All included sightseeing is subject to availability. The sequence of the itinerary can be changed by our local tour operators according to domestic schedule changes of flights, cruise ship, and other means of transportation. Domestic flights are subject to change. Your local tour guides will provide the final or more comprehensive details.
Please note that entry to another country may be refused even if the required information and travel documents are complete. It is the sole prerogative of each country or region to determine who is allowed to enter.
Living standards and practices at the destination and standards and conditions there with respect to the provision of utilities, services and accommodation may differ from those found in Canada.
Please review your itinerary to ensure that all information is correct. Check-in 2-3 hours prior to departure. Please note that flight times are subject to change. Please re-confirm flight times prior to departure.
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Day 2 – Quito
Day 5– Amazon Area
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