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Illa Experience Hotel Stay of Distinction

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,296

Explore the colonial streets of Quito and the city’s artistic legacy while staying at a 5-star mansion in bohemian San Marcos. At Illa Experience Hotel, you’ll enjoy gorgeous accommodations that transport you to the past when you’re not visiting city landmarks, like the Convent of Santo Domingo and Latitude 0’0’0”, the geographic centre of the world.


This 4-day Ecuador vacation takes you to a first-class accommodation in Ecuador’s capital city.

After touching down in Quito, you’ll be taken to the Illa Experience Hotel, located in the artistic heart of the city, San Marcos. Illa Experience Hotel has 10 rooms in an early 20th-century mansion, with each floor of the hotel dedicated to a different century going back to 1700. Beyond the 5-star accommodations, Illa Experience Hotel transports you back in time to an era of classical refinement. As well, you’ll have access to its award-winning restaurant partner, Nuema, where you can enjoy ground-breaking Ecuadorian cuisine.

While staying at Illa Experience Hotel, you’ll be free to explore the colonial streets and sunny plazas of Quito. A comprehensive city tour will introduce you to the best landmarks in Old Town Quito, which was the first city to ever get the status of UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll head from the residential neighbourhoods in the north to the Legislative Palace, where you’ll see rock murals depicting the history of Ecuador, to the gorgeous colonial convent treasures at the Chapels of El Rosario and Pompeyo to the Convent of Santo Domingo with its incredible oil paintings and gold-leaf decorated ceiling. End the tour with a visit to San Juan Mirador, where you’ll enjoy gorgeous views of colonial Quito. Afterwards, head north to Latitude 0’0’0” to straddle the equator and be amazed at the magnetic tricks of this unique spot.

The next day, travel along the Pan-American Highway to Otavalo, where Indigenous Ecuador still thrives, producing some of the world’s most beautiful textiles. If your visit falls on a Saturday, you can enjoy the main market, but there are souvenir bargains to be had at any time. Then spend a final evening back in Quito, taking in the gorgeous colonial streets and vibrant nightlife before ending your Ecuador vacation.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,296

Itinerary

Day 1

ILLA Experience Hotel

Illa isn't just a place to stay, it's a way to experience the richness of Quito's culture.

You might visit the workshop of a local artisan and watch as he hand-carves traditional wooden toys. You might try your hand at watercolour painting in one of the neighbourhood's many art studios. You might taste a classic Quiteno treat, helado de paila - homemade ice cream spun in a wide copper bowl. Or you may simply stroll down peaceful Junin street and let its colourful architecture recount the city's layered history. Hotel Illa offers a unique cultural experience for guests in Quito's warmest and most welcoming traditional neighborhood. Something beyond bricks and mortar, beds and breakfasts. For generations, San Marcos has been home to artists, writers and musicians. Its present-day charm owes much to the tight-knit community of residents. It's the perfect setting for our experience hotel. A historic house that represents the exquisite style of the mansions of Quito from the early 20th Century will enchant guests by night while they discover this World Heritage City by day in easy walking distance from the Hotel.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

ILLA Experience Hotel

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    Illa isn't just a place to stay, it's a way to experience the richness of Quito's culture. You might visit the workshop of a local artisan and watch as he hand-carves traditional wooden toys. You might try your hand at watercolour painting in one of ...

    Illa isn't just a place to stay, it's a way to experience the richness of Quito's culture.

    You might visit the workshop of a local artisan and watch as he hand-carves traditional wooden toys. You might try your hand at watercolour painting in one of the neighbourhood's many art studios. You might taste a classic Quiteno treat, helado de paila - homemade ice cream spun in a wide copper bowl. Or you may simply stroll down peaceful Junin street and let its colourful architecture recount the city's layered history. Hotel Illa offers a unique cultural experience for guests in Quito's warmest and most welcoming traditional neighborhood. Something beyond bricks and mortar, beds and breakfasts. For generations, San Marcos has been home to artists, writers and musicians. Its present-day charm owes much to the tight-knit community of residents. It's the perfect setting for our experience hotel. A historic house that represents the exquisite style of the mansions of Quito from the early 20th Century will enchant guests by night while they discover this World Heritage City by day in easy walking distance from the Hotel.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Spa
    • Wellness area

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Day 2

Quito City Tour and Equator Line with Lunch

A wonderful tour through the streets and main squares of Quito's Historic Centre, the first city in the world to be declared by the UNESCO as "World Cultural Heritage" site.

Your comprehensive city tour includes visits to residential neighborhoods at the northern end of the city, visiting the "Guapulo Mirador", passing through the 12 of October Avenue up to the Culture House and the Legislative Palace. This is where the rock murals that depict the history of Ecuador can be appreciated. The tour will then continue through the Gran Colombia Avenue to the Basilica Church. Be delighted by the delicate and unusual beauty of the colonial Convent Treasures at the Chapels of El Rosario and Pompeya whose walls and columns are decorated in gold with an original blend of vegetable and anthropomorphic figures - a vivid example of the world famous Quito School of Art. The Convent of Santo Domingo displays colossal doors and ceilings covered with oil paintings and gold leaf. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant of the area.

Next you will stop at the "San Juan Mirador" where you will experience beautiful views of Colonial Quito. Journey north to the equator where your guide will show the differences in the gravitational influence either side of the equatorial line as well as a brief overview of indigenous cultures.

Duration8 Hours
Day 3

Otavalo Day Trip with Lunch

Travel north on the Panamerican Highway to visit Otavalo, the largely indigenous town in the province of Imbabura famous for their woven textiles. Although the primary market day is Saturday, there are wares available for tourists throughout the week in the Plaza de los Ponchos. In the afternoon you'll return to Quito and lunch will be enjoyed in a pleasant hacienda.

Duration8 Hours
Day 4

Quito Hotel to Airport

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Illa Experience Hotel
  • Trasnfers
  • All breakfasts
  • Quito City tour
  • Otavalo Day tour

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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21 Nov 2018

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