Volcán Imbabura y lago San Pablo

Volcanoes Avenue

Explore the Andes of Ecuador, from Otavalo to Cuenca, passing through the most outstanding places and enjoying beautiful landscapes, people and indigenous markets. Visit the Historical Center of Quito; hike along nature trails; walk around Cuicocha and Quilotoa crater lakes; explore the Paramo Highlands and climb to the Cotopaxi and Chimborazo mountain refuges. Ride the old train route of the "Devil's nose". Relax after these activities in the best Haciendas, Inns, hot springs and Spa's and enjoy the best gastronomy of the Andes of Ecuador.


Trip details

- EASY to MODERATE, depending on activities selection
- Start in Quito / ends in Quito or Guayaquil
- 14 days / 13 nights
- Flexibility in activities and timing
- Hikes through nature trails
- Private guide and transportation
- Best lodging in every area
Day 1 Transfer from Quito to Hacienda Zuleta, passing through the Equatorial Line, Cayambe and its plantations of roses
Day 2 Condor Rehabilitation Project; hiking or horseback riding. Hacienda Zuleta
Day 3 Visit the Indian market of Otavalo; explore Peguche and Ilumàn villages. Hacienda Cusin
Day 4 Hike around the Cuicocha Crater Lake. Lunch and transfer to Papallacta Thermal baths
Day 5 Antisana Natural Reserve. The journey continues to Hacienda La Alegria
Day 6 Explore the vicinity of Cotopaxi and climb to Ribas refuge, at 4,800 meters of altitude. Hacienda Hato Verde
Day 7 Quilotoa Crater Lake, pass through the Indian towns of Tigua and Zumbahua. Go on to Baños; Luna Runtun
Day 8 Hike and/or bike along the "Cascades route". Explore the city of Baños
Day 9 We drive around the Chimborazo volcano, up to the city of Riobamba. Hacienda Abraspungo
Day 10 Tour by train to the "Devil's Nose". Continue driving South to the archaeological site of Ingapirca
Day 11 Visit the ruins of Ingapirca. We continue the journey to the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca. Hotel Victoria
Day 12 Explore the colonial district of Cuenca and enjoy some of the best restaurants in town. Hotel Victoria
Day 13 From Cuenca to the Coast trough El Cajas National Park. After lunch the tour continues to Guayaquil
  Optionally we take the following day the flight back to Quito
Day 14 Flight back home or take a Trip Extension to other places of the Ecuador
Group size Price (per person)
2 persons USD 4.910
4 persons USD 3.650
6 or more persons USD 3.300

Cost Includes:
- 13-night lodging in specified places (see options below)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Private guide during all the tour
- Private transportation, personalized attention
- Hikes and all visits specified on the itinerary

Not Included:
- Optional activities
- Tips; alcoholic beverages; personal expenses

Prices based on double occupancy, valid until December 31 / 2018

Trip level

Hiking rugged mountain trails up to 4,800 meters of altitude to the mountain refuges. Temperatures in the Highlands can drop abruptly during the day and at night (winter clothes required). Although we do not exceed the level of effort more of what the group is prepared to and, although we move gradually, the altitude may affect some people.

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Hacienda Zuleta

This old Ecuadorian hacienda full of history is surrounded by beautiful scenery with its mountains and valleys that seem to keep all different shades of green. One of the most outstanding activities is horseback riding to the pre-Incan pyramids of Caranqui culture, the Andean condor recuperation project and the mountains that surround Zuleta. The inner trails inside the Hacienda are perfect for hiking and mountain biking.

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This Hacienda with over 300 years of history offers comfortable accommodation within a short distance to Otavalo. Comfortable rooms and suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, library, playrooms, internet cafe, satellite Tv and 4 hectares of gardens is more than one might need in a place with so many outdoors attractions. It is our base from where we go to the Indian markets and different places to visit in the Imbabura province.

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The thermal baths of Papallacta, just forty minutes from the Quito airport, is a place where you can enjoy its famous hot springs and the charm of the mountains in the Andes Highlands. In harmony with its natural surroundings, this place is perfect to rest and serve as a base for your adventures in the mountains and Andean moorlands.

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Hacienda La Alegria is a family horseback riding farm, with a privileged view of the Cotopaxi, Sincholagua, Rumiñahui, Pasochoa and Corazon volcanoes, this hacienda is also our entry to this route and from where we organize a series of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking excursions. The Hacienda offers comfortable rooms and excellent food typical of an Andean hacienda.

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Located on the southern face of the mighty Cotopaxi Volcano, Hato Verde is known for its spectacular scenery, elegant decoration and personalized service. Hato Verde is in the middle of our journey and is ideal as a comfortable and cozy place to rest.

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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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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.

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Hotel Victoria is located in the nestled between the hustle of Calle Larga and the serenity of Barranco: you’ll have the stream of the river at your feet and the concurrence of our Historical Center just some steps away. Hotel Victoria offers an experience that matches the city of Cuenca: full of delights, with centennial distinction; but where you’ll always feel as it being at home.

Related programs

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.

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

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