Day 1: Arrival in Quito. Fly today from Cuzco to Quito, the capital of Ecuador has a setting that few cities can match. During the 13th century it was the prosperous center of the Kingdom of Quitus. It later became the northern capital of the Inca Empire. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Colonial architects built formidable temples, monasteries and mansions, creating an urban jewel designated by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. Overnight 2 nights in Quito.
Day 2: Quito Scenic Tour. This morning you will be picked up by one of our hand selected guides to take you on an orientation of this great city for 3 hours. The tour has many panoramic stops so make sure you take your camera. If you have any special interests be sure to let us know at the time of your booking.
Days 3 & 4: Avenue of the Volcanoes. The adventure starts in Quito as the Chiva Express advances along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, with a stop at the station of Machachi for a snack and then `ride the roof` up the slopes of Cotopaxi volcano. Then continue by bus to visit an Indian market, dinner and overnight at Riobamba, located at the foot of imposing Chimborazo volcano. Overnight for 1 night Riobamba Hotel. After an early breakfast, transfer to the train station to board the Chiva Express for a scenic ride to Alausi. Twist and turn over the Andes, along bridging ravines and river gorges.
Arrive to Alausi and prepare to go down the Devil`s Nose switch backs, one of the most impressive feats of rail engineering in the world, and back to Alausi. Continue by motorcar to the station of Huigra and again board the Chiva Express to descend from the Andes to the coastal plains. On the ride to Bucay, you will experience - right before your eyes! - the transition from Andean ecosistems to the lush tropical coastal vegetation: bananas, oranges, pineapples, ginger and wooden farm houses on stilts. Arrive to the town of Bucay and then proceed by road to Ecuador`s largest city, Guayaquil.
Day 4: Guayaquil. Today arrive into Guayaquil in the early evening and dropped at your hotel in time for dinner time (own expense). Overnight in Guayaquil for 1 night at your hotel of choice.
Day 5: Depart to go to the Galapagos. Today after breakfast you will fly to the Galapagos Islands, the flight take approximately 2 hours. Arrive normally before midday and you will be transferred to your selected cruise. Please see Cruising the Galapagos under Galapagos Islands in Ecuador to select your cruise and cabin type. Please check the departure dates of each of the flights, we will re-arrange your itinerary to fit if needed with consulting. Dates for all cruises should be checked. Departure from the Galapagos.
- Low Cost (minimum 3 star hotels)
- Standard (minimum 3 star superior hotels)
- Superior minimum 4 star hotels).
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