The Heart of the Andes
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The Heart of the Andes

Quito, Cuenca, Avenue of the Volcanoes Ecuador Tour

8 Days / 7 Nights
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Summary

Travel along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, also known as the backbone of Ecuador. The Avenue of the Volcanoes is a long strip of volcanoes and Andes mountain peaks that run from the north to the south of Ecuador. These peaks, along with the indigenous villages, the fascinating colonial cities, thrilling train rides, and national parks make for an unforgettable trip through Ecuador.

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Tour Highlights

  • Quito

  • Peguche village

  • Cotacachi market

  • Chaski Antawa train

  • Otavalo indigenous market

  • Avenue of Volcanoes

  • Cotopaxi National Park

  • Baños

  • Riobamba

  • Devil Nose train

  • Inca Cañari Ingapirca ruins

  • Cuenca

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  • 7-Night accommodations
  • All tours, transfers, and entrance fees
  • All breakfasts
  • English-speaking guides
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Day 1Arrival in Quito

Historic plaza in Santo Domingo, Ecuador

Arrive at the Quito airport and meet your tour guide. Your guide will take you to your hotel in Quito, where you can relax and unpack. Quito is at a relatively high altitude of 2,850 m (9,350 ft), so make sure to spend some time acclimatize.

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Day 2Quito City Tour & Middle of the World Monument

Day 3San Pablo Lagoon - Peguche Village - Cotacachi market

Day 4Ibarra - Chaski Antawa Train - Otavalo Indigenous Market

Day 5Avenue of Volcanoes, Cotopaxi National Park, Baños & Riobamba

Day 6Devil's Nose Train - Inca Cañari Ruins of Ingapirca - Cuenca

Day 7Cuenca - Gualaceo - Chordeleg

Day 8Return to Quito & Departure

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