Metropolitan Touring Launches a New Ecuador Program: Spirit of the Andes

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The 4-day/3-night program brings together the best experiences guests can enjoy in the Ecuadorian Andes: a journey full of breathtaking landscapes, cultural discoveries, ethnic encounters and culinary delights.

It is a journey full of breathtaking landscapes, cultural discoveries, ethnic encounters and culinary delights

Following months of intense research and design, Metropolitan Touring is delighted to introduce a brand new Ecuador program: “Spirit of the Andes.”

The 4-day/3-night program brings together the best experiences guests can enjoy in the Ecuadorian Andes: a journey full of breathtaking landscapes, cultural discoveries, ethnic encounters and culinary delights. It takes guests through the heart of the “Avenue of the Volcanoes,” from Quito the capital to Cuenca in the south, Ecuador’s third-largest city.

Throughout the itinerary, travellers gain original and fresh insights into local life, traditions and production, with visits to a traditional woollen hat factory in Quito, a museum dedicated to the Andean cosmovision and a collection of religious works proudly displayed by cloistered nuns near Riobamba, a community school in the highlands, and a Panama hat manufacturer in Cuenca. In the company of expert guides, the journey brings Andean people and lore to brilliant life.

There’s also intimate contact with Ecuador’s natural wonders, whether wandering amid the páramo moorlands in the shadow the great Cotopaxi Volcano, admiring the dramatic sub-tropical landscapes and feeling the rush of the waterfalls around the spa town of Baños, stopping to spot shy vicuñas on the slopes of the mighty Chimborazo Volcano, or enjoying the views of the rolling hills of the southern Andes around the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.

The itinerary combines history, archaeology, adventure, nature and culture.

“We have worked extremely hard to weave together the elements that make the Ecuadorian Andes such a fascinating, fun, exciting and inspiring destination,” said Maria Cecilia Alzamora, Commercial Vice-President. “We know our guests are going to love meeting the communities and really getting a feel for the country.”

“Metropolitan Touring is really getting back to its roots with this tour, since the Andes are where the company began operating over 50 years ago,” said Juan Pablo Verdesoto of Metropolitan Touring’s Research and Development department. “But the itinerary also breaks new ground with its focus on community projects and encounters. We feel these elements will be very positive for all concerned. Travellers will really feel the spirit of this beautiful and captivating region.”

Spirit of the Andes begins operating June 7, 2010.

For more information about the itineraries, see
http://www.metropolitan-touring.com/content.asp?id_page=198

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