The Andean Mountains (Cordillera de Los Andes) are the longest continental mountain range in the world, forming a continuous highland along the western edge of South America. Travel along the ” Volcanoes Avenue” and discover the peak of Chimborazo in the Ecuadorian Andes which is farther from the Earth’s center than any other location on the Earth’s surface!
Your 5 days Andes Tour Private Experience!
Day 01: Cotopaxi Volcano & Quilotoa Lagoon
Visiting: Go along the Avenue of the Volcanoes and pass through the towns of Latacunga and Pujilí. Cotopaxi National Park, Limpiopungo Lagoon, Tigua Village, Quilotoa Lagoon.
Day 02: Baños – Route of waterfalls
Visiting: Pailón del Diablo and Manto de la Novia waterfalls, la Casa del árbol, free time for activities like bungee jumping, canopy, etc
Day 03: Alausí – The Devil´s Nose Train – Ingapirca Ruins
Visiting: Devil´s nose train in Alausi ( Chimborazo Volcano optional), Ruins of Ingapirca, Ecuador’s largest archeological Inca.
Day 04: Cuenca – Chordeleg & Gualaceo artisans’ markets
Visiting: Chordeleg, Gualaceo, Panama Hat´s Museum, workshops
Day 05:Local Chocolate Farm – Guayaquil City Tour
Visiting: Chocolate farm and lunch, Guayaquil city tour
This all-inclusive program allows you to choose the hotel classes to fit your budget and comfort.
Standard Class: Chilcabamba Lodge, Hotel Casa Real Spa, Hotel El Dorado
Comfort Class: Hacienda Santa Ana, Hostería La Andaluza, Mansión de Alcazar
Private transportation SUV or Minivan.
Lodging for 04 nights.
National parks admission fees Cotopaxi & Quilotoa, train tickets, Ingapirca Ruins.
Certified Spanish / English speaking guide.
Meals: Breakfast x 4, lunch x 3.
Activities (tickets for Pailón del Diablo and Manto de la Novia waterfalls, Casa del árbol).
Guayaquil city tour, chocolate tour in the farm, Chordeleg & Gualaceo Markets.
The excursion starts at 7:00 from your hotel in Quito. Meet your guide and board a vehicle heading south of Quito and go along the Avenue of the Volcanoes and pass through the towns of Latacunga and Pujilí. Stop to visit an indigenous local house from the “Paramos” to learn about their traditions and way of life. Continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater. You will also be able to enjoy an unforgettable experience by kayak in the lagoon(optional). Lunch and drive back towards Cotopaxi National Park. Once you reach the National Park, you will visit the Interpretation Center and Limpiopungo lagoon. Take a short hike in the surrounding Limpiopungo valley. Overnight in Cotopaxi.
Day 02: Baños - Pailon del Diablo Waterfall.
Breakfast in the hotel. A day of exploration of the town of Baños and the picturesque Valley of the waterfalls. The Pailon del Diablo is the largest and most spectacular Ecuador´s fall but other smaller ones are also impressive. Also, visit Manto de la Novia waterfalls and the Tree House. There is also an opportunity to practice extreme sports where our guide and driver are at your disposal for the whole day to give you the maximum flexibility in the visits that you would like to make such as a canopy or rappel in the waterfalls. Overnight in Riobamba.
Day 03: Alausí – The Devil's Nose Train – Ingapirca Ruins - Cuenca.
Breakfast in the hotel. Early in the morning, we head to Alausí, a beautiful old town with a hundred colonial houses. Time to take the spectacular train is considered the most difficult train of the XX century. You will descend gradually from the highlands to the lowlands, at times zigzagging or hugging the cliffs. In the descending at the lowest point of the incredible devil’s nose an interesting rock will appear on the horizon. The trail descends and then returns to Alausí again. After lunch, we´ll depart to Cuenca. A short stop on the way to visit the ruins of Ingapirca, Ecuador’s largest archeological Inca. Overnight in Cuenca.
Day 04: Cuenca – Chordeleg & Gualaceo artisans’ markets.
Breakfast in the hotel. In the morning we departed for Chordeleg. The tour begins with a visit to the picturesque town of San Bartolomé, famous for the production of guitars. There are several workshops along the main road. On the way, we observe the famous Cholas Cuencanas, women who weave Panama hats while they walk or wait for the bus. At the old town of Chordeleg, where work in gold, silver, filigree, wood, ceramics, and more catch your attention. We´ll visit the central park and its church and allow free time for shopping. We will also visit the typical Food Market of Gualaceo, where you may try the typical delicious Hornado (Roasted Pork). A dish that consists of baked pork with llapingachos (potato) and salad.
Finally, we arrive at a workshop on Chales or “Macanas”, a typical outfit of our Cholas Cuencanas. The artisans explain the process of making these famous and unique fabrics. Overnight in Cuenca.
Day 05: Local chocolate farm – Guayaquil City Tour.
Breakfast in the hotel. Early in the morning, we will depart to Guayaquil (a 4-hour drive) from Cuenca. On the way, we will visit a local farm for an interactive chocolate tour and lunch. In the afternoon, we will walk along the length of the Malecon 2000, visit the Integration Plaza, the Glass Palace, and Olmedo Plaza, etc. We will also visit the colorful barrio of Las Peñas, famous for its wooden architecture and art galleries. From the Fort of Santa Ana, we’ll have a beautiful panoramic view of Guayaquil and the Guayas River. End of our services.