Ecuador Express Tour
Take in Ecuadorian highlights in just a few days on the Ecuador Express Tour. Get out and explore Cotopaxi, one of South America’s most famous volcanoes, ranking among the world’s highest active volcanoes. The majestic, snow covered symmetrical stratovolcano is located on the Eastern Cordillera of the Ecuadorian Andes. The adventure continues as you ride the famous zig-zag tracks of the Devil’s Nose train, an engineering marvel. Experience Santa Ana de los Rios de Cuenca, a UNESCO world heritage city set in a valley surrounded by Andean mountains. This beautiful colonial city’s historic centre is an example of a planned Spanish town and still observes the formal orthogonal plan for over 400 years.
- Tour Name: Ecuador Express Tour
- Price Range: $550 US
- Duration: 3 days
- Country(s): Ecuador
- Tour Type: Private
- Start & Finish: Quito to Cuenca
- Tour Code: EQC3
- Activities: Hiking, culture
Pricing per person, minimum 2:
- All year – $575 US
- Prices are lower for larger groups
- 2 nights hotel accommodations
- 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch
- English Speaking Guide
- Transport in private vehicle
- Park Entrance fees and all activities listed
- Visas, tips, souvenirs, beverages, and items of a personal nature.
- Upgrade hotel class
Day 1 Riobamba via Cotopaxi National Park
Departing from Quito, we proceed along the “The Volcanoes Avenue” towards one of the world´s highest active volcanoes, Cotopaxi (5,897 m). Weather permitting, we will hike up to the shelter at 4,800 meters. Later, explore an indigenous market in this region on route to Riobamba.
Day 2 Devil’s Nose Train, Ingapirca Ruins, Cuenca
Following breakfast, we drive to the town of Alausi for a train ride to the famous “Devil’s Nose” mountain. This is a masterpiece of railway engineering, commonly named “the most difficult railway in the world”. We continue on to Ingapirca Ruins, the best-preserved Inca ruins in Ecuador. Proceed to Cuenca for overnight.
Day 3 Cuenca City Tour
Your half day city tour begins with a visit to the city’s Historic Center. We visit several historic churches, the Modern Art Museum, “El Paja Toquilla” Hat Factory, and finally a stop at the “Mirador de Turi”, a scenic viewpoint where the city is framed by imposing mountains.