Pathway through The Andes & Baños

Day 1: Quito – Cotopaxi – Baños – Riobamba
Early departure from Quito towards the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” to view the impressive Cotopaxi Volcano.  Continue along a series of temperate valleys with some villages and towns like Latacunga, Salcedo or Ambato before turning east headed to Baños, a small and friendly town/thermal bath resort nestled amidst mountains and found midway between the Andes and the Amazon. In the Gateway to the Amazon by the Agoyán waterfall,  we arrive into the Pastaza River canyon to the so-called “Route of Waterfalls” where we will see Cascada de la Virgen, the Manto de la NoviaMachay, Pailón del Diablo waterfalls surrounded by green lush vegetation. Walk through  Pailón del Diablo (the Devil’s Cauldron)  to observe this waterfall from a breathtaking suspension bridge. Return to Baños for a brief sightseeing of the town before we continue the ride to Riobamba passing near the foothills of Chimborazo Volcano, the mountain from the center of the earth.

Afternoon, drive to the city of Riobamba passing at the foothills of Chimborazo Volcano, the highest summit in Ecuador with over twenty thousand feet and from there to Riobamba for a quick view of the city. Hotel accommodation.

Day 2: Riobamba – Alausí – Ingapirca Ruins – Cuenca
After breakfast, we’ll go south to Alausí, along the way see la Balbanera, the first Spanish church built in the country. In Alausí, we will take a spectacular train ride through the Devil’s Nose, a highlight on railway engineering of the early twentieth century. Box lunch is provided to continue south for a two-hour drive to visit the Incan archaeological site of Ingapirca.   These relics is one of the biggest construction made by the Incas in the fifteen century connecting Quito and Cuzco.   The Solar Temple also holds a museum displaying pottery and metal artifacts found in the surrounding archaeological findings.

We arrive in Cuenca for an overnight stay.

Day 3: Cuenca
After breakfast, Cuenca is one of the most beautiful colonial cities in Ecuador and also a Unesco’s 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. We will visit the Cathedral, the Main Square, the flower market, San Francisco and Santo Domingo churches and the Central Bank Museum with permanent archaeological, anthropological, colonial and republican art collections, including photographies documenting the city’s history.  In the late afternoon, we visit a 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. By the end of the tour, we will be in the Turi viewpoint for a panoramic view of the city.

Return to your hotel or transfer to the airport.

Ecuador Tour Packages

Quito Transfer IN (Airport - Hotel)

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Otavalo Wellness (Only for groups)

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Guayaquil & Botanical Garden

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Colonial Quito & Dinner

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Baños - Gateway to the Amazon

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Pathway through the Andes from the Pacific Coast

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Mindo Orchids & Birdwatching within Cloud Forest –Alambi

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Casa del Suizo

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Quito - Wine & Roses

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Sacha Lodge

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Guayaquil & Its Museums

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Guayaquil & The Historic Park

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Volcanoes, The Highest Andes & Indigenous Communities

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City Pack Guayaquil

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Folkloric show & Legend at night - JACCHIGUA BALLET

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Otavalo Indigenous Market

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Colonial Cuenca & its Museums

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Papallacta Hot Springs

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Colonial Quito

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Otavalo Indigenous Market – Chaski Route & Liberty Train

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Cotopaxi National Park & Quilotoa Lagoon

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Pathway through The Andes & Baños descending to the Coast

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Quito & its Highlights

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Peru Express

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Colonial Quito, Middle of the World & lunch

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Otavalo & Karanki Magdalena Community Cultural Connection

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Guayaquil and its fountain lights

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Cultural Cuenca & its Handicrafts

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Antisana - Home of the Andean Condor

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Cuenca – Sigsig – Gualaceo – Chordeleg – Orchid farm

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Colonial Quito & Middle of the World Complex

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Pathway through The Andes & Baños descending to the coast

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Northern Andes, Otavalo, “Chaski Route” & Train

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Family Themed Parks

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Chaski Route & Otavalo treasures

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City Pack Cuenca

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Tropical Hacienda & its Flora and Fauna

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Transfer IN or OUT (Airport - Hotel or vice versa)

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El Cajas National Park & its lagoons

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Highlights of Ecuador & descending to the Coast

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Chaski Route –– Mindo Cloud Forest –– Middle of the World Complex

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Mindo – chocolate, cacao & coffe tours

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Otavalo indigenous community & Chaski Route

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Volunteer Program at the Karanki Magdalena Community

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Highlander: Otavalo & Across The Andes to Cuenca

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Papallacta Hot Springs & Antisana Ecological Reserve

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Highlander: Otavalo & across The Andes to the Coast

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INCA - Cañari Ruins of Ingapirca

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Quito traditional & its Gastronomy

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Cuenca, its Traditions & Ruins

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Transfer IN or OUT (Airport - Hotel or vice versa)

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City Pack Quito

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