Business Itinerary – 1 week
DAY 1 (Sat)
- Arrival to Quito-Ecuador
- Transfer in to the hostel
- Evening city tour
- Welcome dinner
- Overnight in Quito
- Arrival to Quito-Ecuador
- Explore Quito’s Old Town and historic sites
- Meet with local leaders and businesses
- Guide will take the group to visit different businesses: Guide will talk about the tourism business in Ecuador
- Visit the presidential palace and its businesses on the first floor. Overnight Quito
- Trip to Imbabura
- Visit to San Antonio de Ibarra, where many artisans work in woodcarving.
- Visit to Cotachi a leather business town.
- Visit Intag Coffee spot in Cotacachi. LECTURE: How to encourage friendly agricultural practices with the environment and how the organic production works (Coffee).
- Visit to Cuicocha lagoon.
- Overnight in Otavalo
- Visit a local village to learn about small businesses: Peguche to a textile workshop.
- Visit to Otavalo´s Artisan Market
- Visit to the community company Totora Sisa
- LECTURE: What are the business aspirations of indigenous artisans and how the organization and production of the Totora handicrafts is.
- Demonstration of the production of Totora products.
- Return to Quito
- Trip to Cotopaxi and Tungurahua
- Visit Salcedo town
- Guide will explain about the artisan tradition of the Salcedo Ice-cream, Pinol and Machica.
- Visit to Baños LECTURE: How the tourism business works in the area.
- Tour visit to Pailon del Diablo and guided bike ride.
- Overnight in Baños
- Trip to Bolivar
- Visit Salinas de Guaranda
- Tour to the cheese factories, chocolate factory and textiles.
- LECTURE: How is the Study of Community Enterprises in Salinas de Bolívar and How people use the resources of the area to
- Depart and overnight in Alausi
- Visit to Alausi
- Railway visit to Nariz del Diablo.
- LECTURE: How the railroad has evolved in the past years and how it has been helpful for tourist growth in the area and the country.
- Depart and overnight in Cuenca
- Visit to Cuenca
- Visit to recognized ceramic factories in the country.
- LECTURE: How the ceramic sector is able to meet the increase in demand resulting from a reduction in imports and Why this sector is one of the most important in the country?
- Visit to Museum Taller del Sombrero (El Barranco)
- Visit to Amaru Zoo
- Overnight in Cuenca
- Trip to Guayaquil
- Visit to Malecon 2000 and Las Peñas neighborhood.
- Afternoon at leisure
- *Group Departs at night from Guayaquil Airport*
Transfer in Quito
Quito’s Old Town
The historic center of Quito has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas. Quito, along with Kraków, were the first World Cultural Heritage Sites declared by UNESCOon 18 September 1978. It is located in the center south of the capital on an area of 320 hectares and is considered one of the most important historic areas in Latin America. There are about 130 monumental buildings which hosts a variety of pictorial art and sculpture, mostly of religious inspired in a multi-faceted range of schools and styles and 5,000 properties registered in the municipal inventory of heritage properties.
Economic activity is varied, here is where most of the action of the auto industry is concentrated especially in the assembly for domestic and export consumption, increased construction activity across the country, is the national leading exporter of flowers, wood, and non-traditional products such as palm and asparagus and several products from the valleys.
TRIP TO IMBABURA
Visit San Antonio de Ibarra
Is not much more than a handful of streets and a little square, but has nevertheless chiselled its way to fame as a major centre for woodcarving. Its plentiful shops and galleries are crammed with a huge array of subjects and styles, mostly carved in cedar, from saints and angelts to chess sets and life-size carvings of Don Quixote. San Antonio’s best-known artist is Luís Potosí, whose gallery is on the main square, and who seems to have a predilection for nude mothers nursing their newborns.
Visit to Cotacachi
Located at the foot of Cotacachi Volcano, it was founded in 1544 by Pedro de la Peña, and is the largest canton in the province of Imbabura. In 2000 was declared “ecological Region», preserving its green areas and wildlife through the Ecological Reserve Cotacachi Cayapas.
The city remains prosperous thanks to the Tertiary Sector which is 70% of the jobs in the city, agribusiness and food processing such as barley, beets, sugar cane, potatoes, vegetables, citrus, vineyards and olives are also increasing, the artisan sector and secondary is widely dedicated to fashion since the main product of the clothes they sell is the leather, this is why Cotachi is known as the Leather City.
Visit to Peguche
The peaceful village of Peguche is located just outside of Otavalo. Peguch is a beautiful waterfall of 18 m high, formed by the river of the same name, which starts at Lake San Pablo. The waterfall is one of the most important tourist attractions in Otavalo because of its proximity and easy access.
Otavalo´s Artisan Market
Otavaleños are famous for weaving textiles, usually made of wool, which are sold at the famous Saturday market. Although the largest market is on Saturday, there is a very wide range of wares available throughout the week in the Plaza de los Ponchos, and the many local shops. The shops sell textiles such as handmade blankets, tablecloths, and much more.
During the market’s peak, almost one third of the town becomes full of stalls selling textiles, tagua nut jewelry, musical instruments, dream catchers, leather goods, fake shrunken heads, indigenous costumes, hand-painted platters and trays, purses, clothing, spices, raw foods and spools of wool.
Totora Sisa Project
This project works with local artisans specialized in working with Totora (a local plant). Their products include baskets, ornaments, furniture, exclusive designs, and recycled paper. Their main objectives are to help entrepreneurial aspirations of ingenious communities to more effectively produce and sell their products.
The organization teaches them techniques and skills like marketing, effective production methods, English, and how to sell their products.
COTOPAXI AND TUNGURAHUA
At the heart of the Cotopaxi province of Ecuador lies the sleepy little town of Salcedo. The ice-cream is a traditional dish in this region and has proved to be a most enjoyable treat to virtually every person that has sampled it and because of this the town has begun to gain a world-famous reputation. Besides de ice-cream you can also try the pinol and machica.
Visit to Baños
Baños de Agua Santa, commonly referred to as Baños, is a city in eastern Tungurahua Province, in central Ecuador. Baños is the second most populous city in Tungurahua, after Ambato, the capital, and is a major tourist center.
Baños is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ecuador due to its amazing natural beauty. It is home to more than 60 waterfalls. Locals and visitors alike enjoying rafting, kayaking, canyoning, bridge jumping, hiking, biking and horseback riding.
The town is also known for its production of taffy (melcocha) made from cane sugar, and for small shops that sell the town’s famous wooden parrots.
TRIP TO BOLIVAR
Salinas de Guaranda
Salinas de Guaranda, also known as Salinas de Tomabela, is an Ecuadorian village at the altitude of 3550 m at the Andes in the province of Bolivar.
Is a wonderful place, because of the great spirit of community and the multifaceted creativity and productivity of the many cooperative businesses found there.
Today, there are some 100 small businesses flourishing in Salinas, manufacturing and exporting locally made chocolates, cheeses, woven clothes, hard sausages, fruit preserves, dried mushrooms, and many other items. The town is a great place, to buy local products or to walk around at the edge of the Andean high alpine vegetation.
The products are sold under the brand Salinerito.
Train Station “Alausi´´
The railway system was devised to connect the Pacific coast with the Andean highlands. After many decades of service the railway was severely damaged by El Niño in 1997.
Alausí is served by bus to many destinations in Ecuador. Alausi’s bus station is located three blocks down from the train station, on 5 de Junio along the town’s main street.
It is also the starting-off point for the Nariz del Diablo train. This engineering work is among the most audacious projects realized in the Andean mountain range. Nariz del Diablo was the tomb of many Jamaican slaves contracted to dynamite the mountain.
The city of Cuenca is the capital of the Azuay Province. It is located in the highlands of Ecuador at about 2500 meters above sea level. The center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its many historical buildings.
Cuenca is in one of the richest agricultural basins of the Ecuadorian Andes and is the commercial center of southern Ecuador. Although isolated from the north and the coast until roads were cut through the Andes in the 1950s, the city has modernized in recent years and tourism is on the increase. Economic development is based on industry and agricultural development.
Visit Malecon 2000
Malecón 2000 is the name given to boardwalk overlooking the Guayas River in the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil. An urban renewal project focusing on the old Simón Bolívar boardwalk, it stands along the west shore of the river for an approximate length of 2.5 km. (1.5 mi.) Several of the greatest historical monuments in the history of Guayaquil can be seen along its length, as well as museums, gardens, fountains, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, food courts, the first IMAX theater in South America, as well as boarding docks where several embarkations offer both daytime and nighttime tours up and down the Guayas River.
Las Peñas is one neighborhood of the most emblematic of the city of Guayaquil. It was declared as Cultural Heritage in 1982, even though their houses are about 100 years of construction, have a colonial style and architecture similar to that of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The neighborhood of Las Peñas is one of the few historical legacies that owns the city, its narrow streets, their homes along
- 16 – 24 May, 2015
- 11-19 july 2015
- 8 – 16 august 2015
Price per person:
Program opens with a minimum of 6 people
Program costs include
- Project fees
- All accommodations during the program (price based on double or triple rooms)
- Activities and meals as described in the itinerary
- National park entrance/user fees
- All program ground transportation in Ecuador during the program
- Professionally trained bilingual guides
- EcuaExplora’s T-shirt
Program does not include
- Air transportation, air taxes and ticketing fees, and any Ecuador’s departure taxes
- All transportation and accommodation costs in your home country to and from the designated departure city
- Medical insurance (required)
- Passports (required), travel visas (if necessary), and any vaccinations (if required by your physician)
- Additional optional activities
- Academic credit (optional)