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Andes Hiking Tour - Cuenca & the South

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Activity Level: Moderate
Highlights: Ingapirca Ruins & Inca Trail Hike – Cajas National Park – Colonial City of Cuenca
Itinerary: Day 1 Cuenca Walking Tour
Day 2 Ingapirca Inca Trail Hike
Day 3 Cajas National Park Walk
Day 4 Llaviuco Lake Walk

Day 1     Cuenca Walking Tour     2hrs     2500m
This morning enjoy a guided walking tour of the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca. Highlights include the cathedral and main plaza, the flower market, a local Panama hat manufacturer, a ceramic workshop and a stroll along the banks of the Tomebamba River. After lunch in a local restaurant we will visit Cuenca's Central Bank Museum where we can observe many historical artefacts from this region, Canari archeological digs and the lovely botanical gardens. Dinner in a local restaurant in Cuenca.
Overnight in Hotel Casa del Aguila

Day 2     Ingapirca Inca Trail Walk     2.5hrs     3200m
In the morning we travel north to the Ingapirca Inca Ruins, our walk takes us on a loop around this pretty Andean region, along part of which is classed as Ecuador's Inca Trail. After lunch we enjoy a guided visit to the interesting Inca ruins themselves. Dinner in a local restaurant in Cuenca.
Overnight in Hotel Casa del Aguila

Day 3     Cajas National Park     8km – 3hrs     3800 – 3500m
This morning we head into the mountains outside of Cuenca to Cajas National Park. Our walk takes us passed stunning glacial formations and through polylepis forests. This national park has over 200 paramo lakes and lagoons. Box lunch included.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel Casa del Aguila

Day 4     Llaviuco Lake Walk     6km – 2.5hrs     3400m
Today's walk takes us to another section of the Cajas National Park. We walk around an old glacial lake which sits at the bottom of a flat glacial valley, through Andean forests. The wild ponies found in the valley are an added attraction. Lunch included. We then return to Cuenca where on arrival, the tour ends. Please let us know if you would like us to take care of your extra Cuenca hotel reservations and airport transfers, it would be our pleasure. We can also help with flight bookings between Cuenca and Quito or Guayaquil.

Hotel Casa del Aguila, Cuenca

Hotel-Casa-del-Aguila-CuencaCasa del Aguila was a family mansion back in the nineteenth century, located on Cuenca's old Eagle Street, where the hotel takes its name from. It is a great example of a typical colonial house, filled with unique architectural features, located in one of the most beautiful areas of the historical centre of Cuenca.
• Comfortable rooms with private bathroom harmoniously distributed on three floors.
• Cafeteria with indoor and outdoor seating areas, offering a menu of coffees and pastries
• WIFI Internet access

Prices 2018

No of People Accommodation Price per person
1 single room $1150
2 double room $750
3 - 4 double/triple rooms $660

Price includes:
Private transportation, top English speaking naturalist guide, all accommodation as specified with breakfast, entrance fees to Ingapirca, local guide in Cajas National Park, 4 lunches & 3 dinners.

Not included:
International & national flights, personal travel insurance, alcoholic and soft drinks, any extra activities, tips and personal expenses.

Prices are stated in US Dollars.
Prices are valid until 31st December 2018.
A single supplement fee of US$70 will apply for those requesting single accommodation.
Special group rates apply for groups of 5 people or more. Please contact us for more details.
Extra nights: We recommend that you visit Quito or Guayaquil and can help with hotel reservations and activities in the city.
Flights: We can book and purchase internal flights between Cuenca and Guayaquil or Cuenca and Quito for you. Please let us know if you interested in this service.

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