Activity level: Easy
Dates: Any date of the year
Discovering the marvels of Ecuador from the Andes to the Coast is a fitting manner to summarize this incredible 9-days tour that begins on the beautiful Capital of Ecuador and visits the most fantastic natural and cultural sites in the norther, central and part of the southern Andean region of Ecuador.
Moreover, it is a great opportunity to share with local Indigenous Communities of the Highlands and learn about their everyday ways of living as their ancestors did for centuries. Experience the adrenaline of riding on board a restored locomotive by zig-zagging down “Devil’s Nose” to a secluded train station inside an Andean Valley.
Also visit the Inca vestiges of Ingapirca, picturesque Crater Lakes and moorland’s lagoons in a spectacular voyage surrounded by impressive snow-caped (some active) volcanoes along the famous “Route of the Volcanoes” until you reach the lowlands in the Coast Region passing by banana plantations with delightful weather until the largest city-port of Guayaquil is reached to finalize this incredible journey, which we recommend to complement with a 5 or 8-days cruise to the Enchanted Galapagos paradise
► DAY 01: Quito – arrival Details
Transfer to hotel depending on your arriving flight. Overnight at Hotel in the City.
► DAY 02: Quito- Middle of the World Tour Details
Transport and guide to visit the Old Town of Quito and its best cultural attractions; afterward visit to the Middle of the World and its compound & exhibits. Lunch at typical Restaurant. Return to Quito by mid-afternoon and to your hotel.
► DAY 03: Quito – Otavalo day – Tour Details
Transport and guide towards the Northern Andes to the Town of Otavalo, visit to the famous indigenous market, Cuicocha Crater Lake and the town of Cotacachi. Also scenic stops along the way with stop for Lunch (not included) as per guide’s recommendation. Return to Quito for rest at your Hotel.
► DAY 04: Quito – Cotopaxi – Quilotoa – Baños Details
Transport and guide towards the southern Andes passing by the impressive Cotopaxi Volcano. Visit to Quilotoa Crater Lake and small villages along the way. Arrive to Baños for overnight or a nigh-stroll around the active Town’s Center.
► DAY 05: Baños – Chimborazo – Riobamba Details
Transport and guide to enjoy activities in the morning in Baños like mountain biking, rafting, cannoning or relax at your Spa. Continue to the Chimborazo National Park to enjoy the amazing Volcano and the surroundings moorlands. Arrive to City of Riobamba with s short stroll around the Colonial part before arriving to your hotel for overnight.
► DAY 06: Riobamba – Train ride – Ingapirca – Cuenca Details
Transport and guide from Riobamba to the train station in Alausi to take the amazing train to Sibambe known as “Devil’s Nose” ride. Cultural presentations and box-lunch at the Station down the Valley. Continue to the South stopping at the historic Ingapirca Ruins on the way for historic facts and amazing landscapes. Afterwards, arrive to the Colonial city of Cuenca and to your Hotel for a well-deserved rest.
► DAY 07: Cuenca day – tour Details
Transport and guide for a full-day tour around the Colonial part of Cuenca and the city’s attractions. Possibility to visit nearby town of Chordeleg. Lunch (not included) at a typical restaurant that your guide will recommend. Overnight at your hotel.
► DAY 08: Cuenca – Cajas National Park – Guayaquil Details
Transport and guide from Cuenca to the Coast with tour in the Cajas National Park: bird-watching, moorland vegetation, lagoon circuit, interpretation center and more. Descend to the Coast of Ecuador passing by many banana plantations (possible visit to one on the way). Arrive to the largest city of Ecuador by mid-afternoon and drive-tour the City Center, walk around Malecon 2000 port and “Las Peñas” Neighborhood. Overnight will be at Wyndham Hotel.
► DAY 09: Guayaquil – End Details