Avenue of Volcanoes (5)

Tour from Quito to Guayaquil, Ecuador

About this activity

Drive from Quito, via Latacunga, 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 Limpiopungo Lagoon. Take a short hike around the caledra with a view over the sparkling lagoon below.

Afterwards we stop at Hacienda Agustín de Callo, which was built on Inca Ruins.

Overnight in 3* Lodge, Cuello de Luna.

Day 2

Indigenous markets and hiking at Chimborazo

Drive on to one of the colorful markets around Latacunga after breakfast. The volcanic area is incredibly fertile, so mountains of fruits and vegetables are piled up throughout the market. The traditional ponchos and fibre art are sold here too. Then we head to the highest mountain in Ecuador - the Chimborazo. Drive up to the Whymper Hut and take a easy stroll with the breathtaking view.

In the afternoon, return to the Chimborazo Lodge before continuing to Alausí.

Overnight at a 3* hotel in Alausí.

Day 3

Devil's Nose, Ingapirca, Cuenca

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.

Overnight at 3* Hotel Casa de Aguila.

Day 4

Cuenca Old Town and Cajas National Park

In the morning: Cuenca is a modern European-style city, and many agree that it is architecturally the most beautiful city of Ecuador. The visit starts at the Parque Abdon Calderon, where the old and new cathedrals are located. There are many museums, colonial houses and alleys that should not be missed.

In the afternoon: The Cajas National Park is located a few kilometers west of Cuenca and is dotted with 200 lagoons at altitudes of 3,150 to 4,400 meters. The hike is relatively easy despite the altitude. Enjoy the magnificent scenery!

Day 5

To Guayaquil

In the morning you may explore Cuenca at your leisure. At noon we drive over the Cajas National Park to 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.

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