5-day tour: Cotopaxi - Chimborazo - Cuenca

Tour from Quito to Guayaquil, Ecuador

About this activity

Drive from Quito to Cotopaxi, Riobamba, Alausí and Cuenca to Guayaquil

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Day 1

National Park Cotopaxi and Limpiopungo

Early in the morning, the trip begins along the famous "Volcano Road" from Quito to the south. Our first stop is the Cotopaxi national park and the lagoon of Limpiopungo. The Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world. Enjoy the breathtaking panorama during an easy stroll. Afterwards, we stop at the Humboldt Hacienda "Cienega", the traditional market of Latacunga and in Ambato to taste guinea pigs from the grill. Overnight at the edge of the national park in the beautiful Hacienda Cuello de Luna.

Day 2

Hike at the volcano Chimborazo

Early in the morning we drive to the extinct volcano Chimborazo, Ecuador's highest mountain with over 6,300 meters. At the foot of the majestic giant we take a walk to enjoy the great view of the top of the mountain, which already fascinated Alexander von Humboldt. Overnight at the Chimborazo Lodge at the foot of the volcano.

Day 3

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 "Andenbahn" along the Teufelsnase - Nariz del Diablo, as the Ecuadorians call it. In the zig-zag it goes downhill and uphill again. In the early afternoon we continue southwards. Depending on the time of the day we stop briefly in Ingapirca, one of the few incasites in Ecuador. In the evening we reach Cuenca. Overnight at ***** Hotel Mansion Alcazar.

Day 4

Visit the city of Cuenca

Today we will spend the day at the beautiful city of Cuenca - the cultural metropolis in the south of Ecuador. The cozy and nostalgic atmosphere is underscored by the cobblestone pavement, flower-bedecked squares and noble facades with their ornate iron balconies. In the afternoon we enjoy the city on our own. Overnight at ***** Hotel Mansion Alcazar.

Day 5

Hike through the Cajas National Park

Today you will reach the Cajas National Park. About 200 lagoons are spread over an altitude of 3,150 to 4,450 meters. After a short walk we continue on a pass to Guayaquil. On the journey you will experience the magnificent change of vegetation of 4,000 meters at sea level. Arrival in Guayaquil is early evening.

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