This is the ultimate pass for the best of the mainland’s diverse regions! Begin anywhere to explore the Ecuadorian capital, tropical paradises on the coast, Andean highlands, misty cloudforests… and then back to where you began.
Day 1: Baños06:00-07:00Depart from Quito from your selected pick-up point 08:30Arrive at Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of the world’s highest active volcanoes. 11:30Depart Cotopaxi. 12:00Short visit to charming Pujili, a town famous for its dancers. Traditional lunch. 12:45Depart Pujili. 14:45Arrive at Quilotoa. Explore the 3km-wide turquoise volcanic crater lake. 17:00Depart Quilotoa. 19:30-20:00Arrive in Baños, home to steaming volcanoes, explosive waterfalls and hot thermal springs. Day 2 FREE DAY to take a guided bike tour from La Casa del Arbol swing (selfie stick at the ready!) to the awesome Devil’s Cauldron waterfall. Day 3 FREE DAY to explore the subtropical town, rafting in jungle ravines, bungee jumping into the valley, spotting exotic birds, hiking in the foothills of the active Tungurahua volcano and finishing the day soaking in steaming hot springs. Day 4: Cuenca06:30-07:00Depart from Baños from your selected pick-up point. 09:30 15-minute stop at the mirror-like Colta lake and Balbanera church for photos. 10:00Arrive at Guamote or Riobamba to explore one of the most authentic markets in the country. 11:00Depart Guamote or Riobamba. Those who wish to take the train hop off at Alausi. 12:30Arrive at Ozogoche, 45 lagoons for hiking, fishing and spotting highland wildlife amid dramatic landscapes. 14:30Lunch at Ozogoche. 15:00Depart Ozogoche. 19:30-20:00Arrive in Cuenca, ready to explore one of South America’s most intact colonial cities. Notes Our first town stop depends on which day the market is.Tuesday: Riobamba hornado marketThursday: GuamoteSaturday: Riobamba fairIf you want to take the Devil’s Nose train, hop off at Alausi, stay the night and board the Tren Ecuador early the next morning. Day 5 FREE DAY to explore the historic and bohemian charms of Cuenca, including visiting the Pumapungo Inca ruins, walking along the riverside, checking out the art galleries and shops, visiting a convent and enjoying the cafés, bars and clubs. Day 6 FREE DAY to discover more of the treasures just outside the city- Day 7: Montañita06:30-07:00Depart from Cuenca from your selected pick-up point. 08:00Arrive at El Cajas National Park for a wet and wild adventure among 200 lakes. 09:30Depart from El Cajas. 11:30Arrive at hacienda for cacao and mango experience and lunch. 13:00Depart hacienda. 14:30Arrive in Guayaquil to drop those who wish to stay here. 15:30Depart Guayaquil. 17:30Stop in San Pablo fishing village for photos and snacks. 18:00-18:30Arrive in Montañita in time to catch the sunset and hit the party scene.Day 8, 9 &10 Surf’s up! Get out on the waves and enjoy the beach life of Montañita and its nightlife later! Take some surf classes.DAY 11Return to Quito