Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
Start / End: Quito / Quito
Activities: Train ride, sight seeing, city tour of Cuenca, tour of Ingapirca
Who is it for?
Adventuresome travellers seeking the under-explored combined with sensible comfort.
What is it?
Designed to give you a true sense of the Ecuadorian Andes, the 3-day exploration of the Avenue of the Volcanoes will leave you feeling like you’ve returned to your backpacking days, except now you’ve got added comforts and none of the headaches. Travel from Quito to Cuenca by private mini-bus and train, while visiting an Indigenous market, experiencing Cotopaxi National Park, exploring the Inca’s only remaining sun temple, and taking in the Spanish colonial architecture of Cuenca.
Highlights: Ecuador’s highland railway, spectacular Adean countryside, Ingapirca, Colonial city of Cuenca, Cotopaxi National Park
Season: All year
Included: Meals mentioned in itinerary, accommodation, local bilingual guide, all transfers and transport as detailed on itinerary, entry fees
Not Included: Tips, domestic and international flights, meals not mentioned in itinerary
Prices: USD$ 1155 per person, with a 2 person minumum
Leaving Quito, drive along the Avenue of the Volcanoes of Ecuador to visit an Indian market. Lunch. Arrive in Riobamba in the early afternoon. Visit the church of La Concepcion, which has a good collection of colonial art. (L/D)
At 6 a.m. board the train in Riobamba. Travel through spectacular Andean countryside while observing indigenous people at work in their fields. The current train route is Riobamba/Alausi/Sibambe/Alausi. The Andes tour train ride ends in Alausi around noon. Bus ride to the Incan ruins of Ingapirca, the finest example of their stonework in Ecuador. Lunch at the ruins. Continue on to Cuenca, considered by many Ecuadorians to be the most beautiful city in the country. (B/L)
In the morning a city tour of Cuenca. Lunch. Transfer to airport for flight to Quito or Guayaquil. Optional: We also run another rail journey (Quito/ Riobamba). Details upon request. Note: We cannot hold responsibility for the train operation. In case the train is not operative on the day required, the tour will be completed overland. (B/L)
Contact Enchanted Adventures, a quality Ecuador tour company to learn more.