With this private tour you follow the Avenue of Volcanoes to discover the wonderful highlights of the Ecuadorian Andes while exploring beautiful natural sites, local culture, and history. This five-day trip brings you from Quito to Guayaquil, from where you can return to Quito or continue your travels to another destination, such as the Galapagos Islands (flight back to Quito and extensions, such as the Galapagos, are not included in the price).
Day 1: Quito – Quilotoa Crater LakeFrom Quito your professional guide takes you south, following the Avenue of Volcanoes. Today, you visit the stunning blue-green Quilotoa Crater Lake, situated in the crater of the Quilotoa Volcano. You have the opportunity to walk down to the crater to admire this impressive art of nature from a different perspective. Next, you travel to the town of Lasso, where you spend the night in a colonial hacienda. (Box lunch included) Day 2: Cotopaxi National Park and rose plantationAfter a delicious breakfast, you continue your Andean adventure to the Cotopaxi National Park to visit the Limpiopungo Lake and admire the volcano from here. The Cotopaxi Volcano measures 5897 meters and its iconic snow-capped peak can be seen from the entire area. Next, your guide brings you to a rose plantation (closed on weekends) to learn about the production process of one of the most important export products of the country. You spend the night in a charming hacienda in Riobamba. (Breakfast and lunch included)Day 3: Devil’s Nose train and Ingapirca Inca ruinsYou wake up in Riobamba at the foothills of the Chimborazo Volcano. Today you travel to Alausí to experience the Andean Mountains from a different perspective in the famous Devil’s Nose train. Subsequently, you continue your way south to visit Ingapirca, the largest Inca ruins of Ecuador and once a very important fortress for the Inca Empire. The final destination of today is Cuenca, where you spend the night. (Breakfast and box lunch included)Day 4: Cuenca city tourYou spend the day exploring the colonial city of Cuenca, the third largest city of the country and according to some the most beautiful. Thanks to the well-maintained colonial center, impressive churches, riverbanks, and charming squares, it is a delight to wander around the streets of Cuenca. The city's friendly climate completes this wonderful day. (Breakfast included)Day 5: Cajas National Park – Arrival at GuayaquilOn the last day of your Andean adventure you pass Cajas National Park while traveling from Cuenca to Guayaquil. At an altitude of around 4000 meters, you enjoy the beauty of Laguna Toreadora. This lake is surrounded by mountains where the largest hummingbird in the world can be seen. Afterwards you continue to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city, where the guide drops you off at the requested location. (Breakfast included)