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Nancy & Alan Bernstein
Cuenca Cathedral Ecuador

Avenue of the Volcanoes Walking Tours in the Andes

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
Activity Level: Moderate
Highlights: Cotopaxi Volcano - Quilotoa Crater Lake - Devil's Nose Train Ride – Cajas National Park & Cuenca
Itinerary: Day 1 Cotopaxi National Park – Limpiopunga Walk
Day 2 Quilotoa Crater Lake Walk
Day 3 Smuggler's Trail & Pailon del Diablo
Day 4 Chimborazo Volcano Walk
Day 5 Devil's Nose Train ride & Ingapirca Inca Ruins
Day 6 Cajas National Park
Day 7 Optional return flight to Quito

Day 1          Cotopaxi National Park        10km – 4hrs        3800 – 4000m
Our route today is located within the Cotopaxi National Park. Beginning at the Limpiopungo lake, our walk takes us through striking Andean landscapes, in the ever-present shadow of one of the world's highest active volcanoes – the snow-capped, perfectly cone-shaped Cotopaxi. Box lunch included.
Dinner & overnight in Hacienda La Cienega.

Day 2          Quilotoa Crater Lake Walk             5hrs          3800m
An early start this morning to drive to Quilotoa Crater Lake from where we begin today's hike. We follow the rim of this stunning lagoon with its incredible blue-green waters, one of Ecuador’s most beautiful and impressive spots. Box lunch included.
Dinner & overnight in the Posada de Tigua.

Day 3          Smuggler's Trail & Pailon del Diablo      7km–2.5hrs    1800m
This historical route, famously used in past times by rum smugglers, takes us along the dramatic Pastaza Canyon. We can enjoy great river views and vistas of the Llanganates – the remote mountains which hide, according to legend, the lost Inca gold of Atahualpa. We pass beautiful waterfalls including the breathtaking Manto de la Novia. Then continue on to visit the Pailon del Dibalo waterfall with a box lunch. In the afternoon we have time to explore the pretty streets and basilica of the mountain spa town of Banos.
Dinner & overnight in Hacienda Leito.

Day 4          Chimborazo Volcano          3km – 2hrs          4000m
Our path takes us through the dry paramo landscapes of the Chimborazo Volcano, Ecuador's highest mountain. Highlights of our walk include impressive volcano views & the chance to see wild vicuña which are a common sight within this nature reserve, along with the Chimborazo Hillstar hummingbird which is endemic to this area. Lunch in a cosy mountain lodge.
Dinner & overnight in Hacienda Abraspungo.

Day 5          Devil's Nose Train Ride
Today we embark on Ecuador's most famous rail journey, along the Devil's Nose route, an exhilarating ride which zigzags along the steep sided mountains of the Andes. After lunch in a local restaurant, we continue on our journey to visit the Inca ruins at Ingapirca, before arriving in the beautiful city of Cuenca.
Dinner & overnight in Hotel Casa del Aguila.

Day 6          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. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the colonial city of Cuenca.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel Casa del Aguila.

Day 7          Cuenca
The tour finishes in Cuenca this morning. We can help coordinate flights onto Guayaquil or Quito for those who need, along with hotel reservations and airport transfers. Please let us know if you are interested in these services.

Hacienda La Cienega, Cotopaxi

Hacienda-La-Cienega-CotopaxiHacienda La Cienega is a 300 year old hacienda located in the heart of the Cotopaxi region. With the current threat of eruption from Cotopaxi Volcano, please remember that La Cienega is considered to be located in a safe zone, an area which will not be directly affected by lahars in the case of an eruption. La Cienega offers spacious and comfortable, boutique style rooms with private bathrooms, lovely restaurant facilities along with extensive gardens and social areas.

La Posada de Tigua, Tigua

posada-de-tiguaThe owners of La Posada de Tigua insist to their guests that "this is your house!" They have converted their 126-year-old home into a comfortable, welcoming guesthouse, while maintaining the working dairy farm and homely atmosphere which makes the Posada so unique. Guests are invited to discover the Hacienda, walk the trails with views of the surrounding mountains, meet the animals, milk the cows then relax by the fireplace with a book and a glass of wine when the chilly evenings set in.

Hacienda Leito, Patate (near Banos)

Hacienda-Leito-BanosHacienda Leito is a hotel in Patate - near Baños. It's location offers fantastic views across the valley to the Tungurahua Volcano. The historial hacienda is located in a natural setting, offering comfortable rooms with fire places, good food and a peaceful environment perfect for contemplation.

Hacienda Abraspungo, Riobamba

Hacienda-Abraspungo-RiobambaHacienda Abraspungo is a colonial style hacienda, located on the foothills of the Chimborazo Volcano. The hacienda offers a mixture of modern and traditional architectural design, in a comfortable and charming ambience.
• Guest rooms distributed in distinct wings of the hacienda, with direct access to the gardens & social areas
• Traditional restaurant serving gourmet dishes incorporating local flavours
• Social areas decorated with antiques, old photographs & Andean landscapes
• Free WIFI and Internet access

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 $3290
2 double room $1920
3 - 4 double/triple rooms $1520

Price includes:
Private transportation, top English speaking naturalist guide, all accommodation as specified with breakfast, 6 lunches & 6 dinners, local guides in Cotopaxi National Park & Cajas National Park, Devil's Nose train tickets, entrance fees to Quilotoa Lake, Pailon del Diablo waterfall & Ingapirca.

Not included:
National & international flights, personal travel insurance, alcoholic and soft drinks, extra activities at the haciendas, tips and personal expenses.

Prices are stated in US Dollars.
Prices are valid until 31st December 2018.
A single supplement fee of US$140 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 and can help with hotel reservations and activities in the city.

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