This classic trip through the Avenue of the Volcanoes begins in the coastal port of Guayaquil, before taking you up into the Andes to the beautiful, colonial city of Cuenca. From here the journey continues north through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, and includes visits to national parks, waterfalls, Inca Ruins and a ride along the Devil´s Nose train journey.
Day 1 Arrive Guayaquil
Private transfer in from flight to designated hotel. Dinner and overnight with breakfast included.
Day 2 Guayaquil – Cuenca
In the morning enjoy a guided tour of Guayaquil including a visit to the Malecon 2000 and Santa Ana Hill. Lunch in a local top restaurant. In the afternoon travel up into the Andes, through Cajas National Park into the colonial city of Cuenca. Dinner and overnight in Hacienda Caballo Campana with breakfast included. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Cuenca
In the morning enjoy a tour of the city of Cuenca including visits to the main churches, the flower market, a stroll along the river, the Turi lookout and local Panama hat factory. Lunch at a local top restaurant. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city some more or visit a museum of your choice. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Caballo Campana with breakfast included. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Cuenca – Riobamba
In the morning enjoy a visit to the magical Inca ruins at Ingapirca. Lunch included in a local restaurant. In the afternoon continue your journey north to Alausi, from where you will embark on your journey by train along the famous Devil’s Nose route which dramatically zigzags down the Andes, one of the most exhilarating train rides in the world! The train then returns to Alausi, the trip takes around 2 and a half hours in total. (The train operates every day of the week except Mondays). Continue onto Riobamba. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Abraspungo with breakfast included. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Riobamba Cotopaxi
After breakfast at the hacienda enjoy a visit to the Chimborazo Faunistic Reserve. At 6,310m, Chimborazo is Ecuador's tallest mountain. It was believed to be the tallest mountain in the world until Mt. Everest was surveyed in the mid-19th century. After arriving at the reserve you can either hike or drive up to one of the ‘huts’ which is found at 4,900m. Look out for the resident herds of wild vicuñas! Lunch at a local mountain lodge. In the afternoon set off towards the stunning Quilotoa Crater Lake, with a stop off at the village of Tigua on the way to see the colorful paintings which are produced by the local indigenous artists. Box lunch provided. On arrival at Quilotoa enjoy a short hike to photograph the beautiful blue/green waters of the crater lake. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda La Alegria including breakfast. Dinner and overnight at the Hacienda Alegria with breakfast included. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Cotopaxi
After breakfast an introduction to horse riding classes will take place conducted by a professional, lunch at site, in the afternoon enjoy either a horse ride through the pristine grounds or walk along the same paths. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda La Alegria, breakfast included. (B,L,D)
Day 7 Cotopaxi - Quito
After breakfast an overland dirve through the Cotopaxi's National Park and onwards to Quito will bring you through breath taking landscapes and enjoying the beautiful scenary with plently of opportunities to photograph nature the wonderful world of the Ecuadorian Paramo that is Cotopaxi National Park. The majestic snow-capped Cotopaxi Volcano is the highest active volcano in the world. Lunch included at local lodge within the National Park. Dinner and overnight in Boutique Hotel Café Cultura including breakfast (B,L,D).
Day 8 Quito
In the morning, after breakfast a personalize exclursion will take place including private access to the Catedral's domes, where you can have the second to known opportunity to photograhp this historic area of Quito. First stop is Itchimbia Park which offers fantastic views across Quito´s old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then continue on to visit the neo-gothic Basilica, Independence Square where you find the Cathedral and Presidential Palace, La Compañia de Jesus church famous for its gold leafed interiors and San Francisco Square and church. Lunch included in a top Quito restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Boutique Hotel Café Cultura with breakfast included (B,L,D)
Day 9 Quito - Otavalo
After breakfast enjoy overland drive towards the world famous Otavalo artisan market and onwards to the 300 hundred year old historic manor house Hacienda Pinsaqui, lunch at site and free afternoon to relax and enjoy the hacienda's grounds. Dinner and overnight with breakfast included (B.L.D)
Day 10 Otavalo – Airport
Private transfer out to the airport to catch your international flight (B)
Included: All airport transfers, private transportation, English speaking guide, accommodation and meals as specified (B,L,D), activities specified including city tours and entrance fees to visitors sights specified, train tickets.
Not Included: International flights, any meals not specified, soft and alcoholic drinks, any extra activities at haciendas, tips and personal expenses.