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3 Day Cotopaxi, Riobamba and Cuenca Tour

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1st day:  Quito – Cotopaxi – Riobamba
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Pick up from your hotel. Then we drive South through the Avenue of

Volcanoes. . First stop the Cotopaxi National Park,  located in the base of the

Cotopaxi Volcano. Cotopaxi means “throat of fire” in indigenous language the

incredible eruptions helped this surname, considered the highest active volcano

in the world. First we visit the interpretation center and Limpiopungo lake

(paramo grasslands / Ecuadorian equivalent of the arctic tundra), drive up to

4800m (15.000 ft) and trek up to Padre Rivas mountain climbing refuge (1 hour

hiking). You will have the opportunity to touch and lay on the snow then  down

hill biking to the Limpiopungo lake.

Lunch at the Chuquiragua Lodge, then we continue to the Andean city of

Riobamba, cradle of ecuadorian nationality, popularly known as Frio-bamba

because it is surrounded by the majestic snow-covered volcano “Chimborazo”

the highest peak in Ecuador 6310 m (20700 feet).

2nd day:  Riobamba – Train – Devil’s Nose – Ingapirca – Cuencadevils nose 3

After breakfast, early in the morning we depart to Alausi, just less tan 100km

(62 miles), beautiful old town with one hundred houses. Time to take the

spectacular train, considered the most dificult train of the xx century. You will

descend gradually from the highlands to the lowlands, at times zigzagging, or

hugging the cliffs. In the descending at the lowest point the incredible devils

nose an interesting rock will appear in the horizon.  The train descends and

then returns to Alausí again.

Then we continue to visit the Ruins of Ingapirca. This is  the most important

monument left by the aboriginal cultures of Ecuador. The vast archeological

complex includes inca and pre inca`s ruins. Known as the “Temple of the

Sun”. Arrival to the most beautiful Colonial City in South America, Cuenca.

Overnight.

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3rd day:  Cuenca City Tour

Ecuador’s third largest city; still retains it´s pleasant provincial air. It´s red tiled

roofs, cobblestone streets, flowery plazas and museums make an unforgetable

experience in your vist to Ecuador. Our city tour includes the visit to the

main square, the imposing blue-domed Cathedral, cathedral a symbol of

religiousness in the country,  the Court of Justice, The Municipal Palace, The

Governor’s Palace and the Sagrario Church. We willl walk part of the calle

larga (large Street) admiring the unique colonial style of Cuenca. Visit to the

panama´s hat factory to discover the real story about this ecuatorian hats.

Transfer to the airport  Arrival to Quito transfer to your hotel.

Cuenca

Departure: Any day

 

Day

Route

De Luxe 5*

Superior 4*

Standart 3*

1st

Quito – Cotopaxi – Riobamba

Abraspungo

Abraspungo

Marquez del    Rio

2nd

Riobamba – Train – Ingapirca – Cuenca

M. de Alcazar

Santa Lucia

Morenica

3rd

Cuenca City Tour – flight – Quito

 

Prices per person:

 

Hotel  1 pax

De Luxe 5*

660

Superior 4*

520

Standart 3*

450

Minimun  3 paxs

The Package Includes:

– All transfers Airport-Hotel-Airport
– 2 nights Hotel double accommodation
– Daily American breakfast
– Train ticket to the Devil’s Nose
– Entrance to the Castle of Ingapirca
– Private transportation with English speaking guide
– Airfare Cuenca – Quito / Cuenca – Guayaquil

 

The Package does not Include:

Accommodations in Quito
Lunches and dinners
Tips
Alcoholic drinks