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11 Days Culture tour itinerary for ecuador: Travel Across The Andes And Pacific Coast

Baños de Agua Santa, Cajas National Park, Cotopaxi National Park, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Quito, Riobamba, Tena

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Travel across the Andes and Pacific Coast

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Tour of Andes and Pacific Coast will take you to Quito's old town, the National Park, Quilotoa lake, Baños town, Devil's Pan Waterfall, and many more. Read the illustrated itinerary below and get an idea about the tour.

DAY 01

CIty Tour and Equator Line

  • Leave to visit the Quito's old town which is considered a heritage site by UNESCO. Visit a view point call Panecillo located at 3000 m.

  • After that, walk around the main plaza or independence square.

  • Later, visit the gold church Compania de Jesus and San Francisco square that are the jewels of colonial architecture in South America.

  •  After this, drive 30 km to the equator line where we will spend some time at the museum to explore the effects of this unique geographical location in many ways and also discover our amazing ethno-diversity and the ways how the different tribes survive in the different ecosystems of the country.

  • Finally, transfer to the hostel.

DAY 02

Cotopaxi National Park

  • Departure from Quito by the south Pan-American highway until the Cotopaxi National Park which is a natural area whose main attraction is the conic volcano called Cotopaxi.

  • Once there we drive until 4500m (13500feet), try to reach 15000 feet by walking.  This is the altitude of the refuge (considered a challenge for most travelers who have never been at this altitude).

  • Later, we visit the lagoon of Limpiopungo where will enjoy the nature by trekking around it and look at some species of birds and mammals.

  • Once we reach our destination, we will return to rest in our lodge.

DAY 03

Quilotoa Lake

  • This day, by the same Pan-American route, visit the beautiful lake of Quilotoa. Quilotoa is an old volcano which in the last explosion filled its caldera with sulfurous water that formed the lake. Here, go for a trek and enjoy the amazing landscape.

  • In the afternoon, go in direction of Baños - famous for its hot springs and adventure sports.

DAY 04

Baños Town

  • Following the south Pan-American highway for a 2 hour drive to reach the beautiful town of Baños. Enjoy its nature, waterfalls and hotsprings.

  • At night, you can take a bath at the medicinal hotsprings.

DAY 05

Devil's Pan Waterfall

  • The next day, we visit the avenue of the waterfalls. Take the cable car and trk in the subtropical area.

  • Later, we will visit the Devil's Pan Waterfall and finish by viewing the gateway to the Amazon jungle.

  • Return to Baños and drive to Riobamba.

DAY 06

Devil's Nose Train

  • Early in the morning, departure by car to the train station Alausi, where we take the train to the Devil's Nose (a particular geological formation). For many years, it has been the most difficult train route around the world.

  • Spend some time enjoying the Andes landscape, shopping, and watching a show of native dancers.

  • In the afternoon, go towards Cuenca, another heritage city.

  • Next, visit Ingapirca, Ecuador's most famous Inca ruins.

  • Rest in a hotel or lodge.

DAY 07

Cuenca City Tour

The day will include following highlights:

  • Cuenca city tour.

  • View point.

  • Museum.

  • River boulevard.


DAY 08

Hat Factory and Cajas National Park

  • Visit Panama hat factory and Cajas National Park, which is a natural heritage for its wonderful lakes.

  • Go trekking around the lake and drive to Guayaquil.

  • Rest in Guayaquil.


DAY 09

Pto Lopez Fisher's Town

  • Early in the morning, we go to Pto Lopez, a lovely fishers town.

  • Visit Agua Blanca Reserve with its archeology museum.

  • Enjoy the semi desert forest and take a bath in its sulfurous pool.

  • Return to the hotel.


DAY 10

La Plata Island

  • Enjoy the day with a visit to La plata island (in the months from June to September, there is a chance to see hump back whales who come from Antarctica for reproduction). See similar species of birds you find in Galapagos.

  • Enjoy trekking in its nice paths, admiring its unique vegetation, such as the giant cactus candelabros.

  • Get a chance to do snorkeling.

  • Return in the afternoon.


DAY 11

Machalilla National Park

  • Visit the famous beach of Los Frailes which is located in the Machalilla National Park. Its warm water and clear sand make it one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.

  • After a refreshing bath, return to Guayaquil to take your flight.

  • End of services.

  • 1599 USD Per Adult (* At least 2 people)
  • Hotels.

  • Breakfast.

  • Guide.

  • Transport.

  • Entrance fees.

Baños de Agua Santa, Cajas National Park, Cotopaxi National Park, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Quito, Riobamba, Tena

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Eco
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