Pathway through the Andes & Baños

Pathway through the Andes & Baños

Day 1: Quito –Cotopaxi - Baños - Riobamba
Along the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” viewing the impressive Cotopaxi Volcano to admire from afar its beauty as well as other towering summits. Passing Baños we head to Gateway to the Amazon by Agoyán waterfall. We head down into the Pastaza river canyon to the so-called "Route of Waterfalls" where we find Cascada de la Virgen, the Bride’s Mantle, Machay, Pailón del Diablo (the Devil’s Cauldron) optional walk down to observe this waterfall from a breathtaking suspension bridge. Drive to the city of Riobamba passing at the foothills of Chimborazo Volcano, the highest summit in Ecuador.
Included entrances Pailon del Diablo Waterfall, Cablecar and accommodation

Day 2: Riobamba–Alausí–IngapircaRuins–Cuenca
From Riobamba we’ll go south to Alausí, along the way see via la Balbanera, the first Spanish church built in the country. In Alausí, we will take a spectacular train ride through the Devil’s Nose, a true feat of railway engineering of the early twentieth century.
we continue south for some two-hour drive to visit the Incan Archaeological site of Ingapirca, which means "Wall of the Inca" and it is the most important Incan relics in Ecuador. This citadel was built in the fifteenth century on an ancient route that connected Quito to Cuzco. We arrive in Cuenca by nightfall.
Included breakfast, box lunch & accommodation.

Day 3: Cuenca
Cuenca World Heritage Site. It is a city of facades dated from the last five centuries which have been kept intact due to the unique privilege of being the only city on the Ecuadorian Andes which has not been hit by major quakes.
The Cathedral, Main Square, the flower market, San Francisco and Santo Domingo churches and the Central Bank Museum with permanent archeological, anthropological, colonial and republican art collections. Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, cloister built between 1628 and 1729. The cloister contains an unusual collection of religious art.
Panama hat factory where a wide variety of goods made from “toquilla” fiber like bags, dolls and of course literally thousand possible hat styles, colors, and prices. At the end, we shall have a panoramic look at the city from Turi viewpoint. Return to your hotel or transfer to the airport.
Included breakfast, entrance Banco Central and Conceptas museums

Pathway through the Andes & Baños