Quito to Cuenca via Avenue of the Volcanos Tour
Daily departures: Sat to Wed Duration: 5-days Offered in: English/Spanish
The Avenue of the Volcanoes from Quito towards Cuenca is an unforgettable adventure that you can’t miss if you travel to Ecuador. On this tour, you’ll enjoy the highlights of the Andes. Mountain slopes in different shades of green and gold give way to snow-capped peaks.
Explore the Avenue of Volcanoes including Chimborazo and Cotopaxi volcanos.
Immerse into the Ecuadorian Indigenous markets
Visit the largest Inca archaeological site in Ecuador
Enjoy the spectacular scenery & and panoramic views of the Andes landscapes.
Stroll around Baños, its waterfalls route, and visit the swing of the end of the world.
Day 1: Cotopaxi National Park
As one of the highest peaks in Ecuador, the Cotopaxi Volcano stands tall at 5,897 meters above sea level and graces the Cordillera Real of the Andes with its magnificent presence. The Cotopaxi National Park is a treasure trove of highlands biodiversity, and we'll take a close-up look at it while getting an ecological understanding of its importance. After a brief hike in the Limpiopungo area, the adventure will begin! We'll make our way to the parking lot at 4500 meters above sea level, where we'll ascend to the first refuge of the volcano at 4810 meters, followed by a possible journey to the glaciers, depending on the weather. We can tailor the activities to your fitness level and interests to make this a personalized and unforgettable experience. Overnight in the Cotopaxi area
Day 2: Quilotoa Crater Lake - Indigenous Market
We will continue on a breathtaking journey southbound through the legendary "Avenue of the Volcanos" to the awe-inspiring Quilotoa area. Take in the splendor of the Andes, Quilotoa Lake, and the stunning moorland vistas that enfold them. After arrival, you have the option to walk around the crater rim or descend to the edge of the Crater Lake and ride back on horseback (Optional for an extra cost). To deepen your cultural experience, we'll also visit the famous Tigua Painters' workshop, and engage with the local communities by arranging a visit to a local indigenous market based on market days. Get in touch with us for more details on market days and an unforgettable experience. Overnight in Baños.
Day 3: Baños, the swing of the treehouse and waterfalls route
Experience a full day of adventure and wonder on our Baños tour. Starting with a short hike to the "Treehouse," where the National Geographic 2014 photo contest winner was captured, you'll be awestruck by the breathtaking views. Continuing on our journey, we'll make several stops along the waterfalls route, such as the Manto de La Novia, where the adventurous ones can ride a cable car across the valley or simply enjoy the views. Finally, we'll arrive at the magnificent "Pailón del Diablo" waterfall, ranked as one of the top ten largest waterfalls in Ecuador. A two-kilometer hike will lead you to this magical place. Along the way, you'll witness the power and beauty of nature in its purest form. Overnight in Riobamba
Day 4: Chimborazo Volcano excursion
Chimborazo Volcano, the highest peak in Ecuador and the highest peak in the world measured from the center of the earth. The adventure begins with a picturesque drive through the Andes, where you may even catch a glimpse of the elusive vicuñas. Upon arriving at the Chimborazo Wildlife Refuge, you'll be greeted by breathtaking views of the snow-capped peak and surrounding wilderness, weather permitting. Your expert guide will share the fascinating history of the park and mountain before embarking on a trek to the base of Chimborazo. The trek provides a challenging yet rewarding experience as you navigate through rugged terrain and high altitudes, taking in the majestic beauty of the Andes Mountains. The activities are adaptable to your fitness level, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all participants. Overnight in Riobamba
Day 5: Devil's Nose Hike - Ingapirca Ruins - Cuenca
We will embark on a journey southward from Riobamba and marvel at the natural wonders and ancient history of Ecuador. As we travel, we will make a stop at the awe-inspiring Devil's Nose Mountain for a short yet invigorating hike, taking in the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. If the train is operating, we can also offer the option of a train ride that offers a thrilling adventure through the mountainous terrain (though currently, it is not operating). Our next stop is the historic Ingapirca Ruins, the most important Inca-Cañari archaeological site in Ecuador. Explore the intricate architecture and fascinating history of these ancient ruins and discover the secrets of the Inca civilization. Please notice the Ruins are closed on Monday and Tuesday. Drop off in Cuenca
✓ Private transportation
✓ Bilingual guide (English/Spanish)
✓ Meals 4 Breakfasts / 5 Lunches / 0 Dinners
✓ Activities, entrance fees, and tickets as listed in the itinerary
✓ 4-night accommodation (Based on double or triple occupancy)
✓ Domestic taxes (If applicable)
x Tips (optional based on your satisfaction)
x Travel Insurance (Contact us for a quote)
x Any other service not specified herein
- Tour based on two participants minimum, for solo travelers a supplement will apply.
- Personalize your Ecuador trip anywhere between 3 to 7 days, adjusting it to your preferences
- The standard tour includes accommodation at 3-4 star hotels like Casa 1881 in Riobamba, while the comfort option offers a stay at 4-5 star hotels such as Hacienda Abraspundo.
- Bookings made within 10 days prior to arrival are subject to guide availability.
- For 1 to 6 passengers, a bilingual tour guide will also serve as a driver.
- Full refund if you can cancel up to 15 days before your tour starts.
- Partial 50% refund if you can cancel up to 10 days before your tour starts.
- Changes made within 10 days of the tour experience are subject to availability and will incur additional charges and adjustments. Learn more
Keep in mind that, while daytime temperatures will hover around the 70s°F, at night may dip into the 40s°F. For your convenience, we've put together a packing guide listed as follows:
Walking or hiking shoes
Raincoat or rain poncho
Clothes for warm and cool weather
Warm hat and gloves