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Activities & Transport
- Wildlife Watching
- City Tour
- Meet the Locals
- Car with driver
Main travel focus
6 Day Avenue of Volcanoes
- Visit Chimborazo, Ecuador’s highest volcano.
- Take the exhilarating Devil’s Nose train through the Andes.
- Explore the Inca ruins at Ingapirca.
- Discover the cities of Quito, Cuenca and Guayaquil.
This exciting adventure through the mainland takes you on the classic route from Quito to Guayaquil via the enchanting Avenue of the Volcanoes. After touring the historic center of the capital and the Middle of the World monument, drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes via an indigenous market where you can pick up some local goods.
Explore Chimborazo with an expert local guide, then climb aboard the famous Devil's Nose train that zigzags through the Andes. Visit Ecuador's Inca ruins, then continue to the colonial city of Cuenca for a fascinating tour.
- Private transportation
- 5x breakfast, 1x lunch
- 2x nights in Quito, 1x night in Riobamba, 1x night in Cuenca, 1x night in Guayaquil
- Excursions & entrances as specified in the programme
- Airport transfer on first and last day
- English-speaking guide on excursions
- Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks.
- Travel insurance.
- International flights.
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Example Trip to customize
Welcome To Quito!
Welcome to Ecuador!
Today you will arrive in Quito, one of the highest capital cities in the world.
At 2850 meters above the sea level, you will need to take it slowly, but the views surrounding this magical city will surely make you want you to start your holidays right away!
Upon arrival, you will be transferred from the airport to your hotel in the Andean capital, where you can enjoy a welcome drink.
Discover Lovely Quito
Your first morning will be dedicated to touring Quito, a beautiful city surrounded by volcanoes, most prominently by Pichincha volcano (15,750 ft). Quito was founded by the Inca civilization and developed by the Spanish colonizers.
Its historic center is a true architectural jewel, dating back to the 16th and 19th century with unique monuments, churches, and colonial convents.
Admire Plaza de la Independencia, Quito's main square, and the Metropolitan Cathedral with its striking sugar white tower.
Visit La Compañia de Jesús, the first and best example of Latin American baroque architecture, boasting an ornate and completely gold-leafed interior. After this, travel to “The Middle of the World”, to the north of Quito, where the fictitious Equator line runs along the monument.
Visit Ecuador's Highest Volcano
Today you will drive along the Avenue of Volcanoes to Riobamba, with an optional visit to an indigenous market in the Cotopaxi region: Pujili, Saquisili, or Zumbagua. The markets are very traditional and an important part of Andean life.
You will find a variety of products sold by the different vendors, from fruit and vegetables to live animals, jewelery, ceramics, clothing, wooden carvings and more.
You will also visit Ecuador’s highest volcano, Chimborazo, with a local guide who will bring it to life with fascinating information. The top of Chimborazo is as far as you can get from the center of the earth due to its position on the equator.
Ride The Thrilling Devil's Nose Train
After breakfast, travel to Alausi. Once there, board the famous train for the exhilarating journey down towards the Devil's Nose, an amazing feat of engineering that zig-zags through the Andes.
This part of the track drops dramatically in altitude, and the train descends on a series of switchbacks as you slowly leave the crisp mountain air and scenery for the warmer tropics of the lowlands.
Continue to Cuenca by private vehicle, via Ecuador's main Inca ruins at Ingapirca. The remains date back to Pre-Columbian times.
Archaeologists believe that the main structure, known as the Temple of the Sun, was used for religious and ceremonial purposes. Today, it provides shade for grazing llamas and the occasional tourist.
Continue south to Cuenca.
Explore Scenic Cuenca
Visit Cuenca’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit a Panama hat factory. Cuenca is a beautiful colonial city, built on the site of an ancient Inca settlement.
Tour the city as you wander the narrow cobblestone streets marveling at the architecture. The colonial center has been beautifully restored; colorful flowers tumble from ironwork balconies and the white-washed houses have grand wooden doors. Later, travel from the mountains down through the tropical lowlands to the port city of Guayaquil.
It is a spectacular drive through Andean villages and banana plantations. On the way, stop at Cajas National Park. Beautiful trails pass through this rugged, high-altitude wilderness of paramo grasslands, jagged hills, and glacial lagoons.
Continue to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city.