Albatros de Galapagos

Cascades and volcanoes

This part of the tour through the "Avenue of the volcanoes" offers us the greatest amount of optional activities. So many that you can extend the number of days as necessary. You can choose from activities for all ages, kind of adventure and difficulty level. Baños is a “tourist” city characterized by its range of adventure and the beauty of its landscapes. The province of Chmborazo presents endless possibilities of serious adventure amongst mountains, lagoons and places less visited by mass tourism. An amazing experience in the Central Andes.

 

Trip details


- EASY to STRENUOUS, depending on activities selection
- Start / ends in Quito (city or airport)
- 5 days / 4 nights
- Hikes through nature trails
- Private guide and transportation
- Light adventure and relax
Itinerary
Day 1 Arrival to the city of Baños. Free time to take a hot bath or a massage. Luna Runtun
Day 2 Drive and walk along the “Route of the Cascades”. Several options. Luna Runtun
Day 3 Day in Baños to explore the city, or select some of our optional activities. Luna Runtun
Day 4 Drive around the Chimborazo volcano, then down to Riobamba city. Hacienda Abraspungo
Day 5 Train to the “Devil's nose”. We end up in Alausi. Return to Quito or continue to the South. (see Cuenca and surroundings)
Prices
Group size Price (per person)
2 persons USD 1.700
4 persons USD 1.200
6 or more persons USD 1.080

Price Includes:
- 4-night lodging in Luna Runtún and Hacienda Abraspungo (see details below)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Private guide during all the tour
- Train tickets to the "Devil's Nose"
- Private transportation, personalized attention

Not Included:
- Optional activities (see details below)
- Tips; alcoholic beverages; personal expenses

Prices based on double occupancy, valid until December 31 / 2016

Activities
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BaÑos adventure (optional)

Enjoy various adventure activities such as hikes amongst mountains and rivers, rafting on the Pastaza River, the popular canyoning, mountain biking and more. Depending on your preferences, we can arrange activities in advance, or you can select between what is available at that time.

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Volcanic Spa (optional)

25 treatments: massages, exfoliation with volcanic ash or honey, bath with roses, facial massages, etc. Professional masseuses. Open to the public year-round from 8 am to 9 pm. You can book in advance or do it directly in the hotel.

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Route of the Cascades (included)

This route takes us through the natural corridor linking the Andean Alley with the Amazon, along the Pastaza River. The waterfalls that fall into this river form charm landscapes and have exciting trails. The more adventurous can opt for a descent with ropes by some of the cascades, as La Chamana. We can make the journey through this route in our vehicle, mountain bike or “Chiva”.

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Train to the “Devil's nose” (included)

Ride along part of the Quito - Guayaquil old train's route through its famous pass by a strange and audacious engineering masterpiece from the beginning of the 20th century. In addition to the beautiful landscape, the most interesting thing about this route is the forced pass of the railway through the hill called the “Devil's nose”, in which the Alausi to Sibambe (13.5 km) route descends 524 meters and part of this railroad down the hillside run in a zigzag pattern.

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Indian markets (included)

Early on Saturday opens the market in Riobamba. The same happens on Sunday 20 km to the South in Colta, and farther, in Alausí. In Guamote market days are on Thursday. Each of these markets has its particularities, colorful, activity, content, and you can see much of the indigenous customs and of people coming from other provinces to trade different products

Trip level

The degree of difficulty of this journey is EASY. Some hikes in nature trails can be MODERATE to STRENUOUS and require physical fitness, but we make modifications according to the capacity and preferences of the participants. Optional adventure activities in Baños and Riobamba have different degrees of difficulty and risk. Hikes in Chimborazo Mt. can be up to 4,800 meters of altitude; temperatures may become very low and humidity high; It is necessary to bring winter clothes.

Lodging
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Luna Runtun

Located in an exceptional place, with an excellent overview of the city of Baños, in Luna Runtun Hotel & Spa you can enjoy the 4 swimming pools and whirlpool with volcanic hot water and a cascade of cold water that will help you relax after the adventure activities in the surrounding area. It has various types of rooms and suites, restaurant, bar, internet, games room and more.

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Hacienda Abraspungo

Its House architecture of colonial hacienda, a classic modern interior design, decorated with antiques and photographs of the mountains of Ecuador, comfortable rooms with direct access to the gardens, Ecuadorian and international cuisine and a bar supplied with well selected wines and liquors, are some of the features of this hotel located in the Centre of Ecuador and of our Volcanoes Avenue route.

Related trips

For this trip, it is necessary to go first to Quito. Select our Quito Pre trip program or request any additional nights to suit your needs. Preferably we can arrange it as an extension of our program Cotopaxi & Haciendas

To visit other places of the Ecuadorian Andes, you can extend this trip with our program Cuenca & surroundings.

Select any of our programs in the Andes, the Amazon and the Coast of continental Ecuador before or after this tour.

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