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Excursion departs from Quito with accommodation in double rooms, private guide and Transportation.

CENTRAL AVENUE EXPRESS 3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

DAY 1: COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK AND INDIGENOUS MARKET

Drive along the Pan-American Highway known as “The Volcanoes Avenue” towards one of the world´s highest active volcanoes-Cotopaxi (5,897 m). We will reach the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. We drive on a third class road through a pine forest to Limpiopungo lagoon, a glacial Andean lake located at 3,800 m, along the slopes of the magnificent Cotopaxi volcano. If weather conditions allow, we will drive further to the parking lot located at 4,500 meters in order to hike up to the shelter at 4,800 meters. In the afternoon we will visit an Indigenous Market in this region. Afterwards we will continue to Riobamba, visit the city. Accommodation in Riobamba.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant | Activities might be modify due to weather conditions | There are different Indigenous Markets in this region and they vary according to the day

 

DAY 2: DEVIL`S NOSE TRAIN RIDE – INGAPIPRCA RUINS – CUENCA (B, BL)

Very early in the morning, after breakfast, we drive to the town of Alausi for a train ride to the famous “Devil’s Nose”. Due to the land topography, this portion is a masterpiece of railway engineering, commonly named “the most difficult railway in the world”. The descent is not an ordinary one, we start the ride at an altitude of 2,346 meters and go down to 1,860 meters in just 30 minutes, in a zigzag-carved railway tracks.

After a quick box lunch, we drive to Ingapirca Ruins where a walk through this place will take you back to the past. These are the best preserved and unique Inca ruins in Ecuador. Arrival in Cuenca and overnight.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant. This excursion operates daily except on Mondays.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Ecuadorian Railways Company informs that in case operation is not available, the train portions will be operated by van or bus, or in case it is not possible, an alternate visit will be offered. Itineraries are subject to change without prior notice due to local laws from National Parks authorities.

 

DAY 3: CUENCA CITY TOUR HALF DAY – TRANSFER OUT (B)

Breakfast. The tour begins with a visit to the city’s Historic Center. We will visit the church San Sebastian, a picturesque and traditional neighborhood of Cuenca, the Modern Art Museum, where the famous International Biennial of Painting takes place permanently, the Calderon Park (central park), the Flower Plaza, the Church “del Carmen”, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, best known as the “New Cathedral” considered as of the biggest churches in Latin America. There is also a visit to the Cathedral “El Sagrario,” commonly known as the “Old Cathedral”, the city’s first Cathedral. Afterwards, we will visit “El Paja Toquilla” Hat Factory, where you can observe the elaboration process of the finest hats. The route continues with the visit to the “El Barranco del río Tomebamba,” which constitutes a communion between architecture and the natural environment. The houses are attached to the incline, displaying their majesty and charm. The tour will be finished at the “Mirador de Turi” (scenic viewpoint) where the landscape of a valley full of red roofs and church domes is framed by imposing mountains. Afterwards transfer out.

END OF SERVICES

INCLUDED:

  • Private transfers
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • Meals mentioned in the program

(B: Breakfast, BL: Boxlunch, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

  • Excursions mentioned in the program
  • Private guidance during the mentioned excursions (English/ Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Drinks and not mentioned meals
  • Tips (is not mandatory)
  • Extra expenses & optional excursions

CENTRAL AVENUE EXPRESS 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

DAY 1: COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK AND INDIGENOUS MARKET

Drive along the Pan-American Highway known as “The Volcanoes Avenue” towards one of the world´s highest active volcanoes-Cotopaxi (5,897 m). We will reach the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. We drive on a third class road through a pine forest to Limpiopungo lagoon, a glacial Andean lake located at 3,800 m, along the slopes of the magnificent Cotopaxi volcano. If weather conditions allow, we will drive further to the parking lot located at 4,500 meters in order to hike up to the shelter at 4,800 meters. In the afternoon we will visit an Indigenous Market in this region. Afterwards we will continue to Riobamba, visit the city. Accommodation in Riobamba.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant | Activities might be modify due to weather conditions | There are different Indigenous Markets in this region and they vary according to the day

DAY 2: DEVIL`S NOSE TRAIN RIDE – INGAPIPRCA RUINS – CUENCA (B, BL)

Very early in the morning, after breakfast, we drive to the town of Alausi for a train ride to the famous “Devil’s Nose”. Due to the land topography, this portion is a masterpiece of railway engineering, commonly named “the most difficult railway in the world”. The descent is not an ordinary one, we start the ride at an altitude of 2,346 meters and go down to 1,860 meters in just 30 minutes, in a zigzag-carved railway tracks.

After a quick box lunch, we drive to Ingapirca Ruins where a walk through this place will take you back to the past. These are the best preserved and unique Inca ruins in Ecuador. Arrival in Cuenca and overnight.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant

This excursion operates daily except on Mondays.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Ecuadorian Railways Company informs that in case operation is not available, the train portions will be operated by van or bus, or in case it is not possible, an alternate visit will be offered. Itineraries are subject to change without prior notice due to local laws from National Parks authorities.

 

DAY 3: CUENCA CITY TOUR HALF DAY – EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK (B)

Breakfast. The tour begins with a visit to the city’s Historic Center. We will visit the church San Sebastian, a picturesque and traditional neighborhood of Cuenca, the Modern Art Museum, where the famous International Biennial of Painting takes place permanently, the Calderon Park (central park), the Flower Plaza, the Church “del Carmen”, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, best known as the “New Cathedral” considered as of the biggest churches in Latin America. There is also a visit to the Cathedral “El Sagrario,” commonly known as the “Old Cathedral”, the city’s first Cathedral. Afterwards, we will visit “El Paja Toquilla” Hat Factory, where you can observe the elaboration process of the finest hats. The route continues with the visit to the “El Barranco del río Tomebamba,” which constitutes a communion between architecture and the natural environment. The houses are attached to the incline, displaying their majesty and charm. The tour will be finished at the “Mirador de Turi” (scenic viewpoint) where the landscape of a valley full of red roofs and church domes is framed by imposing mountains.

In the afternoon, only 30 minutes away from Cuenca we will find the Cajas National Park; it consists of over 200 lagoons and has a surface of 28.544 hectares. It is a very important water resource for Cuenca and Ecuador. Thus achieving the international Ramsar wetland categories in 2002, area of international importance for bird conservation IBA 2003 and Candidate Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The rivers and tributaries that originate here flow into the Pacific and Amazon. Also, we can find the “Intercontinental Water Division” in this area. We visit the high part of the park 4.000 m.a.s.l. approximately, 45 minutes of walk. Then we move toward the Toreadora Lagoon, where we have a walk of approximately three hours. Accommodation in Cuenca. Then we will drive to Guayaquil city. Accommodation.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant

 

DAY 4: GUAYAQUIL CITY TOUR (3 HOURS) (B)

The city tour of Guayaquil takes place in the downtown area where we can have a nice overview of the old city by visiting Las Peñas district, located at the slopes of Santa Ana Hill. From this point, it is possible to enjoy an excellent view of the modern Malecon 2000, located in the shores of Guayas River, as well as a fine example of original architecture in Guayaquil. At the Malecon we will visit La Rotonda, an important monument that immortalizes the meeting between generals Simon Bolivar and San Martin, The Moorish Clock Tower and many other attractive sights. Afterwards, walk in the old town through 9 de Octubre Avenue, to visit the Seminario Park, also known as the Iguanas and Centenario Park.

In the afternoon, fly back to Quito or take an international flight (depending on which airline you depart, we can arrange a night city tour in the previous evening).

 

END OF SERVICES

 

 

INCLUDED:

  • Private transfers
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • Meals mentioned in the program

(B: Breakfast, BL: Boxlunch, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

  • Excursions mentioned in the program
  • Private guidance during the mentioned excursions (English/ Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Drinks and not mentioned meals
  • Tips (is not mandatory)
  • Extra expenses & optional excursions

CENTRAL AVENUE COMPLETE 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

DAY 1: COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK AND INDIGENOUS MARKET

Drive along the Pan-American Highway known as “The Volcanoes Avenue” towards one of the world´s highest active volcanoes-Cotopaxi (5,897 m). We will reach the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. We drive on a third class road through a pine forest to Limpiopungo lagoon, a glacial Andean lake located at 3,800 m, along the slopes of the magnificent Cotopaxi volcano. If weather conditions allow, we will drive further to the parking lot located at 4,500 meters in order to hike up to the shelter at 4,800 meters. In the afternoon we will visit an Indigenous Market in this area. Afterwards we will continue to Baños for accommodation

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant | Activities might be modify due to weather conditions | There are different Indigenous Markets in this region and they vary according to the day

DAY 2: BAÑOS WATERFALL (B)

Breakfast. We will visit Baños, This small city is located in a valley with waterfalls and hot springs. One of the main attractions is the Tungurahua a variety of adventure sports. Our tour will begins visiting the famous waterfalls  “Manto de la Novia” and “Pailon del Diablo”, later we search for a lookout point to see the Tungurahua active volcano.

Afternoon drive to Riobamba through “El Arenal”, an arid location in the slopes of Chimborazo Mountain. This gigantic mountain was included in the famous 1802 expedition led by the renowned German scientist Alexander Von Humboldt. If time and weather allow, this location offers amazing views of wild llamas, vicunas and alpacas. Accommodation in Riobamba.

DAY 3: DEVIL`S NOSE TRAIN RIDE – INGAPIPRCA RUINS – CUENCA (B, BL)

Very early in the morning, after breakfast, we drive to the town of Alausi for a train ride to the famous “Devil’s Nose”. Due to the land topography, this portion is a masterpiece of railway engineering, commonly named “the most difficult railway in the world”. The descent is not an ordinary one, we start the ride at an altitude of 2,346 meters and go down to 1,860 meters in just 30 minutes, in a zigzag-carved railway tracks.

After a quick box lunch, we drive to Ingapirca Ruins where a walk through this place will take you back to the past. These are the best preserved and unique Inca ruins in Ecuador. Arrival in Cuenca and overnight.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant

This excursion operates daily except on Mondays.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Ecuadorian Railways Company informs that in case operation is not available, the train portions will be operated by van or bus, or in case it is not possible, an alternate visit will be offered. Itineraries are subject to change without prior notice due to local laws from National Parks authorities.

 

DAY 4: CUENCA CITY TOUR HALF DAY – EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK (B)

Breakfast. The tour begins with a visit to the city’s Historic Center. We will visit the church San Sebastian, a picturesque and traditional neighborhood of Cuenca, the Modern Art Museum, where the famous International Biennial of Painting takes place permanently, the Calderon Park (central park), the Flower Plaza, the Church “del Carmen”, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, best known as the “New Cathedral” considered as of the biggest churches in Latin America. There is also a visit to the Cathedral “El Sagrario,” commonly known as the “Old Cathedral”, the city’s first Cathedral. Afterwards, we will visit “El Paja Toquilla” Hat Factory, where you can observe the elaboration process of the finest hats. The route continues with the visit to the “El Barranco del río Tomebamba,” which constitutes a communion between architecture and the natural environment. The houses are attached to the incline, displaying their majesty and charm. The tour will be finished at the “Mirador de Turi” (scenic viewpoint) where the landscape of a valley full of red roofs and church domes is framed by imposing mountains.

In the afternoon, only 30 minutes away from Cuenca we will find the El Cajas National Park; it consists of over 200 lagoons and has a surface of 28.544 hectares. It is a very important water resource for Cuenca and Ecuador. Thus achieving the international Ramsar wetland categories in 2002, area of international importance for bird conservation IBA 2003 and Candidate Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The rivers and tributaries that originate here flow into the Pacific and Amazon. Also, we can find the “Intercontinental Water Division” in this area. We visit the high part of the park 4.000 m.a.s.l. approximately, 45 minutes of walk. Then we move toward the Toreadora Lagoon, where we have a walk of approximately three hours. Then we will drive to Guayaquil city. Accommodation.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant.

DAY 5: GUAYAQUIL CITY TOUR (3 HOURS) (B)

The city tour of Guayaquil takes place in the downtown area where we can have a nice overview of the old city by visiting Las Peñas district, located at the slopes of Santa Ana Hill. From this point, it is possible to enjoy an excellent view of the modern Malecon 2000, located in the shores of Guayas River, as well as a fine example of original architecture in Guayaquil. At the Malecon we will visit La Rotonda, an important monument that immortalizes the meeting between generals Simon Bolivar and San Martin, The Moorish Clock Tower and many other attractive sights. Afterwards, walk in the old town through 9 de Octubre Avenue, to visit the Seminario Park, also known as the Iguanas and Centenario Park.

In the afternoon, fly back to Quito or take an international flight (depending on which airline you depart, we can arrange a night city tour in the previous evening).

END OF SERVICES

INCLUDED:

  • Private transfers
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • Meals mentioned in the program

(B: Breakfast, BL: Boxlunch, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

  • Excursions mentioned in the program
  • Private guidance during the mentioned excursions (English/ Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Drinks and not mentioned meals
  • Tips (is not mandatory)
  • Extra expenses & optional excursions

CENTRAL AVENUE COMPLETE – INVERSE 6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN GUAYAQUIL – CITY TOUR (3 HOURS)*

Arrival in Guayaquil. A bilingual guide will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. He will be able to assist you in anything you may need.

The city tour of Guayaquil takes place in the downtown area where we can have a nice overview of the old city by visiting Las Peñas district, located at the slopes of Santa Ana Hill. From this point, it is possible to enjoy an excellent view of the modern Malecon 2000, located in the shores of Guayas River, as well as a fine example of original architecture in Guayaquil. At the Malecon we will visit La Rotonda, an important monument that immortalizes the meeting between generals Simon Bolivar and San Martin, The Moorish Clock Tower and many other attractive sights. Afterwards, walk in the old town through 9 de Octubre Avenue, to visit the Seminario Park, also known as the Iguanas and Centenario Park.

Accommodation in Guayaquil.

*In case of flight delay due to events out of our control, an extra transfer might be charged.

 

DAY 2: GUAYAQUIL – EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK – CUENCA (B)

After breakfast our guide will drive you to Cuenca. On the way, we will visit “El Cajas National Park” which is located 30 km. west of the city of Cuenca. It consists of over 200 lagoons and has a surface of 28.544 hectares. It is a very important water resource for Cuenca and Ecuador. Thus achieving the international Ramsar wetland categories in 2002, area of international importance for bird conservation IBA 2003 and Candidate Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. The rivers and tributaries that originate here flow into the Pacific and Amazon. Also, we can find the “Intercontinental Water Division” in this area. We visit the high part of the park 4.000 m.a.s.l. approximately, 45 minutes of walk. Then we move toward the Toreadora Lagoon. Continue to Cuenca, accommodation in a selected hotel.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant

DAY 3: CUENCA CITY TOUR HALF DAY – INGAPIRCA RUINS (B, L)

Breakfast. The tour begins with a visit to the city’s Historic Center. We will visit the church San Sebastian, a picturesque and traditional neighborhood of Cuenca, the Modern Art Museum, where the famous International Biennial of Painting takes place permanently, the Calderon Park (central park), the Flower Plaza, the Church “del Carmen”, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, best known as the “New Cathedral” considered as of the biggest churches in Latin America. There is also a visit to the Cathedral “El Sagrario,” commonly known as the “Old Cathedral”, the city’s first Cathedral. Afterwards, we will visit “El Paja Toquilla” Hat Factory, where you can observe the elaboration process of the finest hats. The route continues with the visit to the “El Barranco del río Tomebamba,” which constitutes a communion between architecture and the natural environment. The houses are attached to the incline, displaying their majesty and charm. The tour will be finished at the “Mirador de Turi” (scenic viewpoint) where the landscape of a valley full of red roofs and church domes is framed by imposing mountains.

After lunch we will drive 96 km northeast towards the Cañar Province, to one of the most important Inca Complex in Ecuador – the Ingapirca Fortress. This fortress, located at 3,160 meters above sea level , was built between the XV and XVI centuries (before the arrival of the Spaniards in Ecuador) and was known as an administrative and religious center of the Inca Empire. This complex was constructed over the ruins of a Cañari settlement, an important native culture of southern Ecuador. Upon arrival, we will visit the Museum, which offers an interesting display of stone, jewelry and ceramic handicrafts. After that, we will visit the ruins, which include a roofless fortification, court yards, terraces, and the famous Temple of the Sun. Accommodation in Ingapirca.

 

DAY 4: TRANSFER ALAUSI – DEVIL`S NOSE TRAIN – RIOBAMBA (B)

Very early in the morning, after breakfast, we drive to the town of Alausi for a train ride to the famous “Devil’s Nose”. Due to the land topography, this portion is a masterpiece of railway engineering, commonly named “the most difficult railway in the world”. The descent is not an ordinary one, we start the ride at an altitude of 2,346 meters and go down to 1,860 meters in just 30 minutes, in a zigzag-carved railway tracks.

Afterwards we continue to Riobamba for accommodation.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant

This excursion operates daily except on Mondays.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Ecuadorian Railways Company informs that in case operation is not available, the train portions will be operated by van or bus, or in case it is not possible, an alternate visit will be offered. Itineraries are subject to change without prior notice due to local laws from National Parks authorities.

 

DAY 5: TRANSFER TO BAÑOS – WATERFALLS ROUTE (B)

After breakfast our guide will drive you north of Riobamba to Baños, This small city is located in a valley with waterfalls and hot springs. One of the main attractions is the Tungurahua volcano and a variety of adventure sports. We will visit famous waterfalls Manto de la Novia and Pailon Del Diablo. After this you will be taken back to Baños and stay in a nice Hotel where you can relax and you will have your accommodation there.

 

 

DAY 6: COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK AND INDIGENOUS MARKET– BACK TO QUITO (B)

After breakfast, our guide will drive you towards one of the world’s highest active volcanoes, Cotopaxi (5,897 mts). We will reach the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park. We drive on a third class road through a pine forest to Limpiopungo lagoon, a glacial Andean lake located at 3,800 m, along the slopes of the magnificent Cotopaxi volcano. If weather conditions allow, we will drive further to the parking lot located at 4,500 meters in order to hike up to the shelter at 4,800 meters. In the afternoon we will visit an Indigenous Market in this region, Afterwards return to Quito.

Excursion can also be provided with lunch at a typical restaurant | Activities might be modify due to weather conditions | There are different Indigenous Markets in this region and they vary according to the day.

 

END OF SERVICES

 

INCLUDED:

  • Private transfers
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • Meals mentioned in the program

(B: Breakfast, BL: Boxlunch, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)

  • Excursions mentioned in the program
  • Private guidance during the mentioned excursions (English/ Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Drinks and not mentioned meals
  • Tips (is not mandatory)
  • Extra expenses & optional excursions