Cotopaxi Ecuador Tour

Volcano Avenue

9 Days - 8 Nights

Discover Ecuador in 9 days, you will visit interesting places, and enjoy the de Ecuadorian history, fauna and flora

Day 1: Quito (International Arrival)

Upon arrival at Quito airport, you will be met by your guide, he will transfer to your hotel.

Situated in a circle of Andean peaks, Quito is the world’s second highest capital, with arguably one of the finest settings in the world.  Originally settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, Quito was an important part of the Inca Empire, before being destroyed and re-founded by Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Benalcázar in 1534.

Accommodations in Illa Experience Hotel.

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Day 2: Quito (Colonial Old Town + Equator)

Explore the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical centre in the Americas, visiting some its most important churches such as the impressive Cathedral, majestic Compañía and iconic San Francisco, guardians of a stunning multi-ethnic artistic and cultural heritage. We finish the day at the “Panecillo” hillside with its breathtaking views of the old and modern city surrounded by the rolling Andes Mountains. As an addition to the Quito Colonial City Tour, we travel to “Equatorial line” complex. Its monument is located at the latitude 0º 0´0″ and provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to straddle both hemispheres, or hop between the two in the blink of an eye. The monument forms the focal point of a park and leisure area with gift shops and restaurants. The site occupies an important place in the solar-based Andean cosmo vision, since ancient Andean people were aware of its significance many thousands of years ago. The Ethnographic Museum at the complex provides a fine overview of Ecuador’s varied cultures and geography.

Accommodations in Illa Experience Hotel.

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Day 3: Quito / Cotopaxi National Park / Baños

After enjoying an early breakfast, the tour will depart Quito heading south through the famous “Avenue of the Volcanoes.” Almost midday we will arrive in the National Park, which is located 60 km away from the city of Quito.

The Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the most important landmarks in Ecuador because it is the highest active volcano in the world. Lush endemic flora and fauna of the area can be observed, including: one of the most representative species is the Chuquiragua (also known as the mountaineer’s flower) wild horses, deers, llamas, and more.

Whilst in the National Park you can also visit Limpiopungo Lake, located near Rumiñahui volcano (149.96 meters), or go hiking to observe the birds.

Lunch will be optional before we head toward the village of Baños, which is located at the foot of Tungurahua, an active volcano and impressive attraction.

Accommodation: Samari Spa Hotel

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Day 4: Baños Waterfalls

Situated in a valley of waterfalls and hot springs, Baños has become a mecca for international travelers seeking year-round temperate weather, a small town atmosphere, and a base for exploring the great Ecuadorian outdoors. Baños or bath in English is named after its famous hot springs and thermal baths.  There is lots on offer from waterfalls to horse riding and don´t miss the active Tungurahua volcano which is visible from anywhere in Baños.

In Baños we will take a short tour and visit the center.  The city enjoys a pleasant subtropical zone climate. Later, we begin the route of waterfalls, including Agoyan, Heavens Door (Puertas del Cielo), Weddings Veil (Manto de la Novia), Devils Pan (Pailón del Diablo), Machay, and many more.

Starting the evening we will enjoy free time in this beautiful town.

Accommodation: Samari Spa Hotel

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Day 5: Baños / Chimborazo Wildlife Production Reserve/ Riobamba

Today you will spend the day exploring the beautiful landscapes of the area.

Chimborazo, (6,310 meters/20.697 feet above sea level) is Ecuador’s highest mountain.  Its name comes from Quechua: Chimborazo, razo,rasu = snow and chimbo probably from chimbana = to cross, since three snow covered passes surround the mountain.

Lush endemic flora and fauna of the area can be observed, including: one of the most representative species is the Chuquiragua (also known as the mountaineer’s flower) llamas, bird aswell as experiencing the the unique environment of the Andean paramo.

Accommodation: Hacienda Abraspungo

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Day 6: Riobamba / Alausí / Devil’s nose train ride / Cuenca

After an early breakfast the tour begins departing Riobamba to the south, as we head for Alausi where we will board the train to the “Devil’s Nose”. En-route we will make several stops, visiting the Balbanera Church, Colta Lake, and the indigenous town of Guamote (Note, Thursday is market day).

 

Mid-morning we will arrival at the town of Alausi where we will begin our adventure on Ecuador’s famous “Devil’s Nose” train. About a four hour ride, we will return to Alausi in the early afternoon. Our bus will be waiting to take us to Ingapirca, and tour members are more than welcome to pack a box lunch to enjoy along the journey.

Continuing on, we will pay a visit the Ingapirca fortress, located at 3100m above sea level. These ancient ruins are the most important in the country. Their true history is still a mystery, as studies state they could have been a fortress, an observatory or a temple.

After visiting the ruins we will finish our trip on the road to Cuenca, arriving in the early evening for an optional dinner and free evening.

Accommodations: Mansión Alcazar

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Day 7: Cuenca City Tour

Today after breakfast we will enjoy a city tour of Cuenca.  Cuenca is Ecuador’s third largest city; yet it still retains its pleasant provincial air. Its red tiled roofs, cobblestone streets, flowery plazas and museums make it very special and the city is considered by many the most beautiful in all of Ecuador. Today we will enjoy a city tour to discover, at a leisurely pace, the beauty and charm for which Cuenca has been recognized as a World Cultural Heritage Site. This is a walking tour in the colonial downtown area of Cuenca, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the warmth and hospitality of its people, the colourful parks and plazas, religious monuments and handcraft shops, plus an explanation of Cuenca’s history.

In the afternoon, visit a workshop where Panama straw hats of the best quality are made and then drive up to the hill of Turi to admire the city.

Accommodations: Mansión Alcazar

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Day 8: Cuenca – Cajas National Park – Guayaquil.

Just after breakfast, the tour will depart, heading northwest towards Cajas National Park. After a short drive we will arrive at Cajas National Park where we will be able to take part in different activities such as hiking, fishing, bird-watching, viewing flora and fauna, and more. We can visit the Interpretation Center placed in La Toreadora Lake (the biggest and the most important in the whole complex).

Here we will see pictures and presentations of the park.

In the afternoon we will make the journey to Guayaquil. On the road we will find mountain scenery and a delightful change of vegetation as we encounter the glorious Ecuadorian coastline.

Accommodation: Hotel del Parque

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Day 9: Transfer out

Today after breakfast you will be met by your guide and taken to Guayaquil Airport in time for your international flight back home.   B/-/-

Hotels

Hotels Illa Experience

Address Junin E1-44 and Juan Pio Montufar. San Marcos, Quito

Services

  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Experiences

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Hotels Hacienda Abraspungo

Address Km 3 1/2 Via a Guano, EC060150 Riobamba.

Services

  • Restaurant
  • Laundry

Hotels Mansion Alcazar

Address Bolívar 12-55 y Tarqui, 010150 Cuenca,

Services

  • Spa
  • Restaurant
  • Laundry

Hotels Hotel del Parque

Address Parque Histórico Guayaquil, Km 1½ vía a Samborondón, Av. Los Arcos y Río Guayas.

Services

  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Laundry
  • Bar

Hotels

Hotel accommodation subject to availability.


Include

  • English speaking guide + private transportation
  • Tours and airport transfers as listed on the program
  • Hotel accommodations as listed on the program subject to availability
  • Meals as listed B: breakfast. L: lunch and D: dinner.

Not Include

  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Items not specified
  • Additional visits and meals


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Cotopaxi Ecuador Tour