Extend your time in Ecuador with a visit to the Ecuadorian Highlands, where you’ll make your home for two nights at the gracious hacienda on a working family ranch. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, you’ll go by horseback or foot on scenic trails to Condor Huasi, the country’s only authorized project for rehabilitation of the rare condors that can have wingspans up to 10 feet. You’ll see the birds and talk to the experts who care for them. And you’ll visit and shop Otavalo Market. It’s a treasury of Andean crafts and a close-up glimpse at the ancient local culture. You’ll also visit one of the last weavers of this art to see how he creates textiles on a typical loom that dates to the Incas.
Itinerary at a glance
On your return to the mainland from the Galápagos, you’ll make a remarkable drive up into the Andes. Your perfect home base is the hacienda of a 4,000-acre family ranch surrounded by dramatic peaks. You have a standing invitation to wander the grounds, inspect the organic gardens, and visit the dairy where you might just have a chance to milk one of the 300 cows. On horseback or on foot, you’ll follow the Zuleta Valley to Condor Huasi, a refuge for endangered Andean condors. You’ll also spend a fascinating day at the centuries-old Otavalo market for a look at the regions unique Incan culture. One of the country’s finest weavers will invite you to watch him at work at his loom before you return to Quito to end your time in Ecuador.
Picture yourself...
  • Exploring a valley in the Andes on horseback
  • Enjoying the amenities at our eco lodge
  • Wandering the Andes and Otavalo Market
Andes & Otavalo
3 Days / 2 Nights
Starting Point: Quito Airport

Ending Point: Quito Airport - Your departure transfer is included

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Guest Reviews
“I have now gone on four Classic Journey adventures - I choose Classic Journeys because it provides immersive experiences with a minimal time on buses/vans - love the hiking, getting to know the people, seeing the land and its environs up close and personal!”
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Andes & Otavalo
3 Days / 2 Nights

Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
April 2-4, 2020$1895.00$595.00
April 16-18, 2020$1895.00$595.00
June 25-27, 2020$1895.00$595.00
July 23-25, 2020$1895.00$595.00
December 27-29, 2020$1895.00$595.00
Dec 31, 2020-Jan 2, 2021$1895.00$595.00

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Andes & Otavalo
3 Days / 2 Nights
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Hacienda Zuleta

Dating back to 1691, this sprawling family property takes in the full sweep of the Andes. Guestrooms feel like rooms in a private home. Hummingbirds dart through the gardens. And you have time to wander the grounds and soak in the magnificent views.

Andes & Otavalo
3 Days / 2 Nights