Wednesday, November 9th
Welcome to Quito. Nestled amid snowcapped Andean peaks, Ecuador’s capital has long been overlooked by travelers on their way to the country’s most famous destination, the Galápagos Islands. Visitors who bypass this lively historic city of some two million people are missing out. Old Quito is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. At every corner you can taste a different speciality – Guanabana Ice Cream, homemade crisps, empanadas
Thursday, November 10th
Transfer to JW Marriott Hotel for PowerSolutions Ecuador. Take your relationships with suppliers to another level. In this intimate setting, you’ll meet some of the industry’s best local supplier as you develop relationships and get to know their products and services. You’ll hear from Alex Fiz, Marriott’s, Regional Vice President Sales & Marketing in the Caribbean and Latin America.
In the afternoon we will visit the old, beautiful, colonial city of Quito. It's here that Quito distinguishes itself from all other cities in the world with its gorgeous colonial churches, monuments & museums, and cable carts to the top of Mount Pichincha
Quito’s old town was the first UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and is exalted as the best-preserved historical center in the region. You’ll see Independence Square, the Presidential Palace and the Metropolitan Cultural Center. El Sagrario church, La Compañìa church, both representative of the XVI and XVII centuries, gold gilded with superb art and beauty. San Francisco Square, also a traditional street of La Ronda and be able to purchase some fine handicrafts of our country.
Later enjoy some more of Quito when the lights go down and see the colonial part beautifully lit up and enjoy a typical Ecuadorian dinner. Return to the hotel.
Friday, November 11th
Early morning, we depart to the Northen route. we`ll stop at the Equator and learn about this important monument. Then on to visit one of the most colorful native markets in South America Otavalo, a feast for your eyes with tapestries, wall-hangings, jewelry, paintings, wood carvings and more.
We’ll have lunch at a local hacienda (old colonial buildings turned into inns and restaurants). Time to learn the ancient techniques of a master weaver.
Saturday, November 12th
Today we head northwest of Quito, passing amazing views from the Andes Highlands to the Western slopes with tropical vegetation. We arrive at the unique archaeological site The Tulipe Ruins. You’ll enjoy a walk through the site. Onwards to Mindo where you can see a local orchid farm and a butterfly farm.
After lunch, we’ll return to Quito.
Sunday, November 13th
Today, we’ll go Eastward to witness the beauty of the Andean Reserve of Antisana volcano, reaching almost at 4000 meters. You’ll discover the local flora and fauna. Then on to a local rose plantation of altitude, and the wonderful springs of Papallacta. Enjoy lunch and relax at the pools of the complex. Return to Quito or to the airport to take your flight back home.