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Cuenca to Quito via Avenue of the Volcanos 5-Day Tour

A great alternative that lets you enjoy the stunning scenery of the Andes while getting to your destination. Inca ruins, Indigenous markets, Volcanoes, country hacienda life, volcanic craters and more. You can start this trip either in Quito or in Cuenca.

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  • What's included :
    • 4x Breakfast
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 4 nights
    • Licensed tour guide & private transport
    • 4 nights accommodation
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Entry/Admission - Estacion Ferrocarril
    • Entry/Admission - La Casa del Arbol
    • Entry/Admission - Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron)
    • Entry/Admission - Cotopaxi National Park
    What's excluded :
    • Gratuities
    • Travel insurance (Available to purchase)
    • Train tickets $33 adults and $25 seniors 65+ or children 11-

  • Day 1: Cuenca – Ingapirca – Alausi

    Stop At: Ingapirca, Ingapirca, Canar Province
     From Cuenca we’ll travel 48 miles north direction to the Ingapirca archaeological site, it’s the largest Incan ruins in Ecuador which encapsulates the sophisticated Inca design, architecture, and engineering. You’ll discover how, the Incas merged their own community with the Cañaris, native indigenous. This is reflected in the two separate Temples of the Moon and Sun, dedicated to the beliefs of each culture. After a stop for lunch, you’ll continue to the Nizag community near Alausi. Here we will do a half an hour hike to enjoy the charming landscape. Overnight in Alausi
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Lunch: at a local restaurant in Ingapirca or Alausi depending on the departure time
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Alausi
    Standard: Community Hostel
    Superior: La Quinta

    Day 2: Devil's Nose Train – Chimborazo – Riobamba

    Stop At: Estacion Ferrocarril, Alausi Ecuador
    Experience two of the most interesting attractions in our country. At 8:00 am you'll board "The Devil’s Nose". In its day it was considered one of the greatest feats of railroad engineering that the world had seen.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador
    Then we will visit Chimborazo refuge, from where you can take a one-hour hour hike up to the second refuge nearly 16,000 feet (4,875 m) above sea level. It's also a great opportunity to do mountain bike activities down the slopes of Chimborazo to outings around rural villages along backroads, ranging from beginners to advanced bikers. (Optional activity for an extra cost).
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: Breakfast included in the hotel
    • Lunch: at Chimborazo refuge
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Riobamba
    Standard: Casa 1881 or similar
    Superior: Andaluza or similar

    Day 3: Baños – Waterfalls Route - Treehouse

    Stop At: La Casa del Arbol, Runtun village, Banos 010151 Ecuador
    After a half an hour drive from Riobamba, we will take a short hike to visit the "Treehouse" where the National Geographic photo contest winner was taken.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), Rio Verde - 18Km From Banos, Banos Ecuador
    Then we will continue our drive for about 45 minutes, making several stops along the waterfalls route, before reaching the “Pailon del Diablo” waterfall. After a two-kilometer hike we will reach this magical place, one of the top ten largest waterfalls found in Ecuador.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: at the hotel
    • Lunch: at a local restaurant with a river view. The specialty is trout
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Baños
    Standard: Villa del Peñon
    Superior: Aldea Real

    Day 4: Baños - Quilotoa Lake - Latacunga

    Stop At: Quilotoa, Quilotoa, Cotopaxi Province
    We leave Baños and drive to Quilotoa on the Panamerican Highway, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views of the Andes, Quilotoa lake, and the colorful landscape of the moors that surround it. Upon arrival, you can descend to the edge of the Crater Lake and return on horseback, or simply take a walk around the rim, and then get to know the lively local communities. In order to get in touch with local communities, a visit to a local indigenous market will be included depending on the weekday (Saquisili, Pujili, Sumbahua, etc.)

    Then we will visit a local family of painters and also the Toachi canyon.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: at the hotel
    • Lunch: at a local restaurant in Quilotoa
    Accommodation included: Overnight in Latacunga area
    Standard: Quinta Colorada
    Superior: Hacienda la Cienega

    Day 5: Cotopaxi - Drop off in Quito

    Stop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador
    Cotopaxi Volcano is 5,897 meters high, it's the second-highest peak in the country, and elegantly adorns the Cordillera Real of the Ecuadorian Andes. We will enter the Cotopaxi National Park for a close encounter with the Paramo biodiversity and an ecological explanation of its importance.

    After a short hike around Limpiapungo lake, we let the adventure begin! We will continue to the parking lot (4500 m.a.s.l) in order to ascend the First Refugee of the volcano (4810 m.a.s.l). You can rest and eat some hot soup at the refugee or continue the ascent to the Glaciers (depending on weather conditions). After a long day, we head to Quito.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast: at the hotel
    • Lunch: Typical at a local restaurant
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    If your hotel or Airbnb is not listed please provide the address and we will arrange your pick up accordingly Airports
    • Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Nuevo Aeropuerto Internacional de Quito Tababela S/N - Via, Quito 170907, Ecuador
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Cuenca Bestours Tour Operator

Activity ID: V-28838P31

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