This is a nice tour for you, in this trip you have the opportunity to visit part of the Andean Highlands while you go along the Volcanoes Avenue, you´ll go down to enjoy the beauty of the jungle. It is a ideal journey for people who want to walk along paths with volcanoes, lagoons, waterfalls, colonial cities, archaeological sites, indigenous markets, etc. We will start in Quito and end in Cuenca.
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ONE WAY: QUITO - COTOPAXI - QUILOTOA - PUYO - BAÑOS - DEVIL'S NOSE TRAIN - CUENCA -
Breakfast x 7
7 nights accommodation based on double occupancy
Train tickets ($33 each adult / $22 each child)
Meals (lunch & dinner)
Departure & Return
Traveler pickup is offered We pick up from any hotel or apartment in Quito, but is important before you provide us the correct address.
What To Expect
Quito - Cotopaxi National Park - Latacunga
08:00 AM – Our accredited tour guide will pick you up from the hotel to start city tour through the beautiful city of Quito, the first city in the world declared World Heritage Cultural by UNESCO, getting to know its architecture and history riches, you will visit important buildings as the Basilica del Voto Nacional, Carondelet Palace. This visit has a length at 3 hours
In the afternoon you will visit the Cotopaxi National Park, it is located in the largest volcanic area of Ecuador, inside the park you will make a visit to the Limpiopungo Lagoon, its clear but frigid waters, here you can see a great variety of birds and some other species of mammals, also you will enjoy the beauty of Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, depending the weather conditions you will have a nice view of the volcano.
07:00 AM - After the breakfast you´ll depart to visit Quilotoa Lagoon, one of the most beautiful lagoons in South America. its emerald green water in the crater of an extinct volcano, it is absolutely unmissable place when you visit Ecuador.
On the road you will visit Tigua, the Tigua artists high in the Ecuadorian Andes are renowned for their colorful paintings of rural life. Their delightful folk art, painted with chicken feather brushes on sheep hide and wood masks.
Finally you´ll go to Pujili town has a very traditional market, where the indigenous people from the surrounding mountain regions gather to sell, buy or barter their animals and goods.Therefore this a market for people who still like an authentic.
07:00 AM - Departing from Baños de Agua Santa to Puyo in the Amazon Region, you will visit Hola Vida Reserve, upon arriving at the reserve, one can take a half hour hike through the jungle to a stunning waterfall, then you will visit an Indigenous Kichwa Community to learn about their environment and culture.
Upon our return to Baños de Agua Santa you´ll visit the Pailon del Diablo Waterfall is a magnificent waterfall in the Rio Verde area, it is about 80 meters high and it’s one of the most spectacular waterfalls to visit in Ecuador, also you´ll get to small viewing platform at the top provides an extraordinarily vantage point to appreciate the raw power of the falls. Also you will visit the "Swing of the End of the World".
Baños de Agua Santa - Chimborazo National Park - Alausí
08:00 AM - You will go to Chimborazo Volcano, is the tallest peak in Ecuador and ranks 17th in the world. A curious fact about Chimborazo is that its summit is the farthest point on the surface of the Earth from the center of the Earth
Road to Alausi you´ll make a stop to visit Colta Lagoon is a large water body of elongated shape, surrounded by lush vegetation, native bird species, colorful boats. This lagoon has a unique shape and stunning topography surrounding it, nearby there is another popular attraction, the "Church of Balbanera" — the oldest Catholic church in Ecuador. The legend says that in times of conquest - in the 1530s, Spanish troops passed by the lagoon, impressed by the beauty and transparency of these waters, they built on the banks of the lake a church in honor of their patron: "La Virgen de Balbanera".
08:00 AM - From Alausi Station you´ll ride on a train called Devil´s Train. This railroad which runs from Alausi to Sibambe, It’s notoriously one of the most complicated railroads to have been built. The train is one of the most complex feats of engineering, as it descends 1000 meters in just 12 km. In order to accomplish this, the train follows a zigzag path carved into the rockface. Duration 2 1/2 hours
Road to Cuenca, you will visit Ingapirca Ruins, it´s a amazing complex where you can see the different construccions belongs Cañari culture and Inca culture Ingapirca is a Kichwa word that means "Inca's wall." Is the most important Archaeological Complex in Ecuador, the buildings are made with perfectly carved stones and joined with natural mortar.
09:00 AM - Depart from the Hotel to make a tour around Cuenca, is arguably the most charming with its cobblestone streets, old-world cathedrals, colonial parks and urban rivers. Cuenca is the capital of the Azuay province, the third largest city in Ecuador, it has the honor of being listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site. In this tour you will know Cuenca highlights as Toquilla Hats factories, a variety of churches, colonial plazas, traditional neighborhoods and Turi viewpoint. You will have the afternoon free to rest or discover the good restaurants that has the city.
08:30 AM - You will go 33 km to the northwest of the city of Cuenca to Cajas National Park, this National Park has more than 235 lakes, and it is the most lake-rich national parks of the entire Andes. Cajas National Park is the best accessible paramo park and one of the most scenic one of the most scenic areas of the 45 national parks of Ecuador.
Is the most visited National Park in the South of Ecuador, here you will enjoy the amazing sceneries, wild life, flora and Polylepis forest.
If you want the transfer to Guayaquil we´ll arrange with extra charge.
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.Learn more about cancellations.
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