Baños Waterfalls & Amazon Rainforest from Cuenca
Day 1: Cuenca - Ingapirca - Riobamba
Your tour guide will collect you from your hotel or designated meeting point in the morning. We will then embark on a scenic 90-minute journey to Ingapirca, where you will be captivated by the breathtaking landscapes of the Southern Andes of Ecuador. Explore the remarkable Inca ruins, including the prominent "Sun's Temple" and its surrounding courtyards, terraces, and other archaeological remnants.
Following a satisfying lunch at a local restaurant, we will proceed on the Pan-American highway towards Riobamba. Along the route, we will make a stop at Colta, a charming town that holds historical significance as the site of Ecuador's first Spanish-founded city. Don't miss the opportunity to visit "Balbanera," the country's first Catholic church built by the Spanish settlers.
Day 2: Riobamba - Baños - Route of the Waterfalls
Embark on a scenic journey from Riobamba to Baños along the picturesque Avenue of the Volcanoes, offering awe-inspiring views of Tungurahua, Altar, and Chimborazo, weather permitting. Upon reaching Baños, we'll visit the renowned Tree House, famous for its "End of the World" swing, captured in the National Geographic Photo Contest winner picture of 2014. Continuing our adventure, we'll explore the captivating "Route of the Waterfalls," with multiple stops along the way. Marvel at the grandeur of the impressive "Pailon del Diablo" waterfall, ranked among Ecuador's top ten largest, as we embark on a 45-minute downhill hike for an up-close experience. For the adventurous, a cable car ride awaits to witness the stunning Manto de la Novia waterfall. Additional zip-line activities are available for an extra cost. After a day filled with excitement, check in at your hotel, and enjoy the evening at the hot springs or explore the city and its surroundings at your own pace.
Day 3: Puyo and the Amazon Rainforest
Explore the heart of the Amazon Rainforest. Our first destination is a visit to a local Quichua family, where we will have the privilege of immersing ourselves in their rich traditions and culture. For an optional activity, available at an additional cost, join us for a serene canoe ride guided by a knowledgeable local expert, allowing you to experience the tranquility of the river. Next, a short uphill hike will lead us to the awe-inspiring Inchinduris viewpoint, offering panoramic vistas of the majestic Amazon and the enchanting Pastaza River. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, where you can savor the flavors of Allampaco, a traditional dish featuring steam-cooked tilapia fish wrapped in bijao leaves. Continuing our expedition, we will venture deeper into the forest to visit the captivating Hola Vida waterfall. To conclude our day, we will make a stop at a nearby establishment, where you will witness the captivating process of transforming cocoa beans into a delectable treat, culminating in the enjoyment of a piping-hot cup of pure, rich chocolate.
Day 4: Return to Cuenca with a stop at Devil's Nose
We will depart early in the morning for the picturesque town of Alausi, renowned for its historic attraction, "The Devil's Nose." This remarkable train ride was once hailed as an extraordinary engineering accomplishment. Although the train is currently not in operation, we will have the privilege of embarking on a short hike that will offer us breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape. Additionally, our itinerary includes a visit to a local farm, where you will have the opportunity to learn about traditional farming methods employed by the local community.
Following a day brimming with exhilarating adventures and immersive cultural experiences, we will conclude our journey and make our way back to the captivating city of Cuenca.
We also offer the option of arranging a drop-off in Quito for an additional cost.
This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of the activities you can choose from. This trip can be customized to suit your needs, tastes, time frame and budget. You have the flexibility to make any changes that you prefer together with your guide who will advise what activities fit together in the time allowed.
Prices (Per person)
Embark on a 4-day adventure to explore Ecuador's must-see attractions. Visit ancient Inca ruins, journey through the exhilarating Devil's Nose Mountain, and marvel at the stunning Avenue of the Volcanoes. Experience the natural beauty of Baños with its captivating waterfalls, and delve into the heart of the Amazon where you'll engage with a local community, enjoy a canoe trip, and savor a delightful chocolate experience. Immerse yourself in the diverse landscapes and vibrant culture of Ecuador on this unforgettable journey of contrasts.
Bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
Breakfast and lunch
Activities as listed in the itinerary
Any other service not mentioned herein
For tours of 1 to 6 passengers, a bilingual guide will also be the driver.
Tours of more than 6 passengers, a driver, and a bilingual guide will be provided.
Riobamba: Casa 1881, 1 night
Puyo: Cabanas Germany, 1 night
Banos: Isla de Banos, 1 night
Riobamba: Abraspungo / 1 night
Puyo: El Jardin / 1 night
Baños: Sangay Spa Hotel / 1 night
*For passengers seeking accommodations in a different category, please feel free to inquire for further information and options.
Raincoat or rain poncho
Clothes for warm and cool weather
Warm hat and gloves