Avenue of Volcanoes (4)

Tour from Quito to Guayaquil, Ecuador

About this activity

Drive from Quito, via Baños, Riobamba, Alausí and Cuenca to Guayaquil

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Day 1

Cotopaxi National Park and Limpiopungo

Your journey along the famous Avenue of Volcanoes begins early in the morning in Quito. Cotopaxi National Park and the Limpiopungo lagoon will be your first port of call. Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world - we recommend enjoying the breathtaking panorama during an easy walk. Your next stop is the gorgeous Quilotoa Lagoon. Take a short hike around the caledra with a view over the sparkling lagoon below.

Spend your first night at the foot of the highest mountain of Ecuador, in the 3* Chimborazo Lodge or similar.

Day 2

Chimborazo, Alausi and Devil's Nose

A walk at the foot of the majestic extinct volcano, Chimborazo, reveals a magnificent view of the mountain's summit. Chimborazo is known to have fascinated the famous natural scientist Alexander von Humboldt over 200 years ago.

From the train station of Alausí, take the Andean Railway along the Devil's Nose - locally knows as Nariz del Diablo. Zigzagging downhill and uphill again, revealing enchanting and impressive landscapes.

In the afternoon, head south to Cuenca. Depending on the daylight hours, a stop at the Inca ruins of Ingapirca culd be possible. Spend the evening at the 4* Hotel, Los Balcones or similar.

Day 3

The City of Cuenca

Dedicate the day to the beautiful city of Cuenca - the cultural capital of southern Ecuador. Cobblestone sidewalks, city squares adorned with flowers and gracious façades with ornate iron balconies inspire a cozy, nostalgic atmosphere. Spend a second evening at the 4* Hotel, Los Balcones or similar.

Day 4

Cajas National Park, Guayaquil

Wind your way through the gorgeous Cajas National Park, driving from 4,200 meters to sea level over the course of an hour. Arguably the most picturesque of Ecuador's National Parks, this beautiful area cannot be accurately described with words alone.

Explore Guayaquil in the evening.

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