This tour is specially designed for those who want to enjoy the wonderful landscapes, culture and history of the Ecuadorian highlands.
ItineraryDay 1: Cuenca + Artisan VillagesStop At: Old Cathedral of Cuenca, Cuenca, Azuay Province08: 30 AM, The guide will pick you up to visit the highlight of the city such as The Barranco, also you´ll a stop in the Puente Roto, other important places to visit on this tour are Pumapungo Archaeological Park and finally Quinta de Bolivar important historic house. Then you´ll visit Gualaceo and its local markets, have a few minutes to know its small historic center area, finally visit the workshop of makanas (Shawls), Other important place to visit is Chordeleg Town, known for its silver and gold jewelry.Optional: Biking Cuenca City Tour (please ask for this in advance).5:00 PM – Return to Cuenca.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Devil's Nose Train & Ingapirca ComplexStop At: Estacion Ferrocarril, Alausi, Chimborazo Province7:10 AM – Pick up in the hotel to start the tour to visit one of the finest and most daring feats of engineering that the world had seen, The Devil Nose train switchbacks down rocky slopes connecting the Andes Mountains to the coast. Also you´ll visit Ingapirca is the most important Archaeological Complex in Ecuador, here the tour guide will explain about the Cañari and appreciating the unique Elliptical Temple which was in the Tahuantinsuyo.6:00 PM – Return to Cuenca.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.Day 3: Cajas National Park + Baños (Cuenca)Stop At: El Cajas National Park, Cuenca, Azuay Province08:00 AM - The guide will pick you up from the hotel, you´ll go until Cajas National Park, during this tour you’ll visit two altitude levels within the park. In the middle part (3,960 meters), you will walk around the 2½ hours in the Toreadora area. The trek will give you the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful sceneries. Visiting Llaviuco (3150 meters), located in the lower part of the park, this area is part of a different ecosystem known as montage primary forest. Here you’ll walk around the lake for about ½ hour. Then you´ll have a lunch and go to Baños de Cuenca to enjoying and relaxing in the hot spring, sauna and turkish bath. (Extra fee - Massages Session)5:00 PM - Return to Cuenca or ends with a transfer to Guayaquil City (Consult extra charges for this extension).Duration: 9 hoursMeals included: • LunchNo accommodation included on this day.