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Ecuador tour

4-Day Pathway through the Andes (Quito to Guayaquil)

Pathway through the Andes (Quito to Guayaquil) -- Trip Photo of Ecuador tour  Ecuador map

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Day 1 : Quito - Cotopaxi - Baņos - Riobamba

Visiting: Quito - Cotopaxi - Baņos - Riobamba

Along the "Avenue of the Volcanoes", viewing the impressive Cotopaxi Volcano to admire from afar its beauty as well as other towering summits. Passing Baņos we head to Gateway to the Amazon by Agoyan waterfall. We head down into the Pastaza river canyon to the so-called "Route of Waterfalls" where we find Cascada de la Virgen, the Bride's Mantle, Machay, Pailon del Diablo (the Devil's Cauldron) with optional walk down to observe this waterfall from a breathtaking suspension bridge. Drive to the city of Riobamba passing at the foothills of Chimborazo Volcano, the highest summit in Ecuador.

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  • Standard Lodging: Abraspungo Hacienda Riobamba

Day 2 : Riobamba - Alausi - Ingapirca - Devil's Nose Train - Cuenca

Visiting: Riobamba - Alausi - Ingapirca - Devil's Nose Train - Cuenca

From Riobamba we will go south to Alausi, along the way see via la Balbanera, the first Spanish church built in the country. In Alausi, we will take a spectacular train ride through the Devil's Nose, a true feat in railway engineering of the early twentieth century.

We continue south for some two-hour drive to visit the Incan Archaeological site of Ingapirca, which means "Wall of the Inca", and it is the most important Incan relics in Ecuador. This citadel was built in the fifteenth century on an ancient route that connected Quito to Cuzco. We arrive in Cuenca by nightfall.

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Carvallo Boutique Hotel Cuenca

Day 3 : Cuenca City Tour

Visiting: Cuenca

Cuenca World Heritage Site. It is a city of facades dated from the last five centuries which have been kept intact due to the unique privilege of being the only city on the Ecuadorian Andes which has not been hit by major quakes.

The Cathedral, Main Square, the flower market, San Francisco and Santo Domingo churches and the Central Bank Museum with permanent archeological, anthropological, colonial and republican art collections. Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, cloister built between 1628 and 1729. The cloister contains an unusual collection of religious art.

Panama hat factory where a wide variety of goods made from "toquilla" fiber like bags, dolls and of course literally thousand possible hat styles, colors, and prices. At the end, we shall have a panoramic look of the city from Turi viewpoint. Return to your hotel or transfer to the airport.

  • Meals: B
  • Standard Lodging: Carvallo Boutique Hotel Cuenca

Day 4 : Visit El Cajas National Park en route from Cuenca to Guayaquil

Visiting: Guayaquil

From Cuenca to Guayaquil for a four-hour drive across El Cajas National Park, famous for its more than 200 lagoons, such as La Toreadora where we can see a great number of birds and plants like Polylepis trees. The highway will take us from 4000 meters down to sea level, making it possible to observe some of the different habitats responsible for Ecuador's diversity: Andean moorlands, the cloud forests and the subtropical and tropical rainforests, along with some tropical crops such as cacao, bananas, sugar cane or rice. Drop off at the hotel or airport.

  • Meals: B

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