Ecuador Tour: Avenue of Volcanoes without Baños (5)

Tour from Quito to Guayaquil, Ecuador

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Drive from Quito, 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. Your day ends at the foot of Ecuador's highest mountain, Chimborazo.

Overnight in the 3* Chimborazo Lodge (or equivalent).

Day 2

Hike around Chimborazo, 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. Afterwards, drive to the train station in Alausi.

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 we continue south towards Ingapirca.

Overnight in the 3* Hotel Posada de Ingapirca (or equivalent).

Day 3

Ingapirca to Cuenca

In the morning, visit Ingapirca, Ecuador's only Inca site. On the way to Cuenca, make a stop in Chordeleg, known throughout the country for its ceramics, gold and silver jewelery and especially for the incredible filigree work of gold and silver threads. In the afternoon you will reach Cuenca.

Overnight at 3* Hotel Victoria (or equivalent).

Day 4

Visit the city of Cuenca

Spend the entire day discovering the beautiful city of Cuenca - a cultural metropolis in southern Ecuador. The relaxed, inviting atmosphere stands out amongst the cobblestone sidewalks, colorful flower markets and noble facades with ornate iron balconies.

Overnight at 3* Hotel Victoria (or equivalent).

Hike through the Cajas National Park

wind your way south 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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