PATATE RIOBAMBA CUENCA 3 DAYS

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PATATE  RIOBAMBA CUENCA  3 DAYS

 

Included

 

Shared basis,all entrances fees, 2 nights accommodations and all meals.

Tour Name

Spirit of the Andes 3Days /2Nights (Shared basis)

Description

A three-day immersion in the Andean World, from Quito, along the Avenue of the Volcanoes, to Cuenca, through the spectacular scenery of the Andes, with visits to centenary Haciendas, fertile fields of vegetables and roses, in close contact with the local culture.  This is a journey along the history, the spirituality, the flavours, the customs, traditions and legends of the Andean Region. •Great food, greatscenery, greatexperiences. 

Rate

 

$ 775 per person in double room

$ 818 per person in single room

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 - PATATE

(-/L/D)

 

Culture, Nature and History. Cotopaxi National Park, visit Inca Hacienda San Agustin del Callo.

Day 2 - RIOBAMBA

(B/L/D)

 

drive along the Route of the Cascades to El Pailón del Diablo (the Devil's Cauldron),stroll along Baños -a town with an international pulse.

Day 3 - CUENCA

(B/L/-)

The highlight is the thrilling 800-metre (2630-foot) descent on the zigzag cuttings on the rock of the Devil's Nose. visit the Inca Fortress of Ingapirca en-route.

ITINERARY DESCRIPTION

Day 1 - PATATE

(-/L/D)

 

Quito - Cotopaxi National Park - Hacienda San Agustín de Callo – Patate

We will departure early from Quito by motorcar on the Pan-American Highway to the south, to visit the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary of 88,920 acres, around the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, which rises 5897 meters (19,347 feet) above sea level.  The evergreen landscape of the Ecuadorian highlands is one of the main attractions, along valleys and mountains covered by multicolored fields. After an hour and a half, the entrance to the park is reached and then it’s up a dirt road for approximately one hour.  Upon arrival to the park there is an introductory briefing about the habitat of the Andean paramo or moorlands, its flora and fauna in the small Interpretation Center.

Travel along valleys and mountains to the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, for an up-close view of the Andean paramo habitat and its unique flora and fauna; a number of high-altitude birds can be observed around Limpiopungo Lagoon, and occasionally, wild horses.  On clear days, the perfect snow-capped cone of the Cotopaxi Volcano is quite a sight!  At the foot of the volcano not far from the National Park is a charming hacienda, where lunch is served in a room with Inca walls, perfectly preserved through the centuries -a truly archaeological jewel.  After lunch, mingle with the llamas of the hacienda and stroll along a rose plantation, many varieties, manycolours, ready for exportation.  From here, descend towards the town of Patate, to spend the night at a 300-year old hacienda, hidden among the mountains, a magical ambience, where as the afternoon mist descends. This place is full of stories about those who left in search of the treasure of the Incas in the nearby Llanganatis mountains - and never returned…, dinner and overnight.

 

Day 2 - RIOBAMBA

(B/L/D)

Baños - Route of theCascades - Ambato - El Arenal – Riobamba

After breakfast, we take a spectacular route along the gorge of the Pastaza River to the town of Baños (Baths), right at the foot of Tungurahua Volcano, from where the thermal waters that gave it its name emerge.  We will drive along the Route of the Cascades to El Pailón del Diablo (the Devil's Cauldron) -the most adventurous will descend (medium difficulty) to observe the impressive cascade up close, surrounded by subtropical vegetation and orchids.  The force and sound of the waters can also be appreciated from a lookout point without descending.  Lunch is served at an hacienda / hostel in the surroundings, and in the afternoon a short stroll along Baños -a town with an international pulse, full of people from all over the world as well as many locals who pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Holy Water.  From here, the route to Riobamba is up the mountain, to where the clouds can be touched, alongside the massive Chimborazo, the highest mountain of Ecuador, on the high paramo where vicuñas graze and scamper - this is a protected Faunistic Preserve.  On the hillsides, where the land is worked beneath the plow, one might think the farmer's true objective was to paint the hills in fascinating patterns, not just to till the dark, fertile soil. Great photo ops on this route!  Arrive to Riobamba for dinner and lodging.

 

Day 3 - CUENCA

(B/L/-)

 

Riobamba - Alausí - Devil'sNose - Alausi - Ingapirca – Cuenca

 

After an early breakfast we will depart by road, skirting the flanks of the Andes, an astonishing ride, twisting and turning, along bridging ravines and river gorges.  We will ride through Indian villages and cultivated fields; here is where most of the cereals in Ecuador are grown, among them, the quinua, considered the perfect grain for its nutritional value.  After 2 hours, we arrive at the small town of Alausí, the beating heart of the rehabilitation of the Ecuadorian Railway Company in the last years.  Great effort has been made to restore the 100-year old train to its old glory and romance.  Stations have been renewed, railways and sleepers replaced, engines and classic coaches renovate, and, most important, the project involves the local communities along the route in the rail operation.  The highlight is the thrilling 800-metre (2630-foot) descent on the zigzag cuttings on the rock of the Devil's Nose.  At the bottom one finds the newly renovated Station of Sibambe.  Here there is time to visit the local museum "Condor Puñuna" built and run by the Nizag community, see the display of local handcrafts, fruit and medicinal plants and try the local coffee.  The train whistle calls guests back on board for the return to the Station of Alausí, where a light snack is served to regain strength.  Continue exploring the Andean world by motorcoach to the south, visiting the Inca Fortress of Ingapirca en-route. Lunch in the area. Arrival to the airport of Cuenca at dusk to take the flight to Quito or Guayaquil, or end at the hotel if taking an extension. Air ticket is extra.

 

Notes 

•Departures on Monday only, from Quito to Cuenca.

•The next day, guests can continue to Guayaquil by plane or by road via El Cajas; or on to Loja, overland.

•Please bear in mind that the train operation is handled directly by the Ecuadorian Railway Company, the operation and schedules are subject to change without notice.

•Train tickets are included in the price. Price of train tickets is subject to change without prior notice 


Recommendations

 •Dress in layers (T-shirt, blouse, sweater, and coat). 

•Take a warm coat for evening and rain protection.

•Sun protection (SPF 40), even if the day is cloudy.

•Hat or cap.

•Good walking shoes.

•Altitude:  2,550 meters (7,750 feet) to 3,000 meters (10,000 feet)

•Average Temperature:

Day 10° to 25° C / 50° to 77° F

Night 6° to 10° C / 43° to 50° F

 

Not Included

 

tips, 10 Usd tax,drinks, personal expenses, meals not noted in the program, entrances fees not mentioned, and domestic 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
         
     
       

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