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Ecuador: Custom Avenue of the Volcanoes




Date: Choose your own dates
Host: Expert Ecuadorian Guide
Cost: Please inquire
Trip Type: CUSTOM Civilized Adventure
Combines withEcuador - Custom Amazon & Galapagos

At A Glance:


  • An expert local guide offers insider information throughout
  • Private touring including colonial Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage city and Ingapirca Inca ruins
  • Accommodations are carefully chosen for quality, location and ambiance
  • Most meals included (not in Banos, where there are many choices for you to select from)
  • Designed to extend from our Ecuador Zoofari and based on 6 people joining
  • This extension can be modified for any time of year or group size!


  • The stunning scenery of the Avenue of the Volcanoes: chains of the Andes that contain 8 of Ecuador's 10 highest summits!
  • Cuenca: a beautiful colonial city mixing Ecuadorian culture with a touch of old Europe
  • Ingapirca ruins: your chance to see Inca ruins and marvel at the amazing construction methods
  • Banos: a beautiful town set in the lush cloud forest surrounded by the Andes (hot springs, waterfall, hikes, zipline or other adventure activities)
  • Stops include artisan towns (leather, tapestry weaving, gold, silver) and colourul un-touristy highland markets
  • Walk on the flanks of Cotopaxi Volcano, the highest active volcano in the world!


Brief Itinerary

Itinerary (scroll down to link to the full itinerary)

Days 1 & 2 - GUAYAQUIL to CUENCA (2 nts Santa Lucia Hotel or similar; 2B, 2L, 1D ): Land in Guayaquil and meet our expert local guide. After lunch, drive from sea level to the Andes, reaching Cuenca. Stay two nights at a beautifully restored 18th century mansion in the historic heart of the city. Next day, our expert guide shows you the sites, including the stunning cathedral and a private family-run producer of the Panama hat. 

Day 3  - INGAPIRCA + RIOBAMBA (1nt Hacienda Abraspungo or similar, 1B, 1L, 1D):  Leisurely discover the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, followed by lunch. Drive along the excellent highway to Riobamba for an overnight stay in a charming hacienda.

Days 4 & 5 - BANOS  (2 nts Samari Resort & Spa or similar, 2B, 2L):  We stop at a town known for its leather production and design, and also known for artisans that create world-famous tapestries. Continue to Banos to enjoy two nights at a lovely spa resort. Enjoy the services of the spa. A morning guided tour shows you the key sites leaving an afternoon at leisure for your own explorations.

Day 6 - COTOPAXI (1 nt Hacienda Hato Verde or similar, 1B, 1L, 1D):  Leaving Banos, we stop at Quilatoa, a crater that encases a beautiful lake. Option to hike down to the lake (you can hire a donkey to bring you back!). We enjoy lunch on the crater rim then continue to our hacienda, just a short distance from Cotopaxi Reserve

Day 7 - COTOPAXI + HOMEWARD (1B, 1L):  Flights depart Quito late tonight, so we have most of the day to explore. We visit an an-touristy local market (some handicraft stalls, and lots of colour and activity). Continue to Cotopaxi Reserve where you can walk on the flanks of the volcano. Finally, continue to Quito airport.                




Starting Quayaquil & ending in Quito

Please inquire for pricing. Cost is dependent on your Custom adjustments and group size.


Trip Route

Trip Route








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