Your Travel Experience with Galapagos PRO
Cotopaxi National Park and Limpiopungo
Early in the morning, the trip begins along the famous "Road of the Volcanoes" from Quito towards the south. Our first stop is the Cotopaxi National Park and the lagoon Limpiopungo. The Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world. Enjoy the breathtaking panorama during an easy walk. Afterwards we stop at Hacienda "Cienega", which was visited by Humboldt and then a visit to the traditional market of Latacunga or Ambato to taste guinea pigs from the grill. We continue along the road of the volcanoes to Baños. Overnight in the ***Hotel La Posada del Arte (or same type).
Baños and surroundings
The lively town of Baños is located at the foot of the Tungurahua Volcano. Since 1998 it has been active and regularly spitting lava and ash. For the visitors, it is a spectacular natural view. Baños has a spring weather throughout the year. Its center offers many artisan shops, small restaurants and sweets from sugar cane. From Baños you can take a trip to Puyo, the gateway to the Ecuadorian rainforest. Here we meet the shaman and Shuar chief Tzamarenda Naychapi for lunch to taste the typical food from the community. Afterwards we experience a cleaning ritual at a waterfall. In the late afternoon we return to Baños. Overnight in the ***Hotel La Posada del Arte (or same type).
From the Devil's nose over Ingapirca to Cuenca
Very early in the morning we go to the station of Alausí, from there we take the train to the Devil´s Nose, as the Ecuadorians call it. In zig-zags it goes downhill and uphill again. Early in the afternoon we continue southwards. Depending on the time of the day we stop briefly in Ingapirca, one of the few inca sites in Ecuador. In the evening we reach Cuenca. Overnight in the ***Hotel Victoria (or same type).
Hike through the Cajas National Park
Nowadays you can reach the Cajas National Park. Approximately 200 lagoons extend to an altitude of 3150-4450 meters. After a short walk we head for a pass to Guayaquil. On the way you will experience the magnificent change of vegetation of 4,000 meters at sea level. Arrival in Guayaquil is in the afternoon.