QUITO TO CUENCA

4 days, A journey into the highlands

QUITO TO CUENCA

4 days, A journey into the highlands

Discover the fascinating beauty of the Andean region, its exceptional evergreen landscapes, archaeological sites, legendary Inca roads and colorful towns full of culture and traditions.

What´s the tour like?

Travel Style: Classic
Unbeatable journey carefully curated to provide you the most insightful and diverse experience possible. All the must-sees and -dos with a local touch.

Service Level: First Class
All the way in attention to detail, comfort and service. The perfect combination of elegance, exclusivity and coziness to make your trip delightful

Age Requirements:
Suitable for all ages. All travelers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Group Size: Small
Small group experience. Max 16

Physical Requirement: Average
Itineraries include light and moderate physical activities like walking and hiking. Accesible to most healthy travellers.

Itineraries:

4 Days/3 Nights.

Note: Daily departures except Wednesday

4 days

Quito to Cuenca

From:

$ 1985USD



Special Offers

What´s included?

  • 3 Nights accommodation
  • All meals/ Fixed Menus
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Transportation during the tour
  • Private group

Accommodation

Hacienda Leito

La Posada de Ingapirca

Meals

All meals are include during your stay/ Special dietary needs available on request.
Drinks and tips are not included.

Transportation

Airplane, Mini Bus

Activities

Land expeditions, Hiking, Sightseeing, Visits to local communities

Itinerary: 4 days / 3 nights

Day 1: The Adventure Begins!

  • Early departure from Quito by motorcar to the south, with a short stop to visit one of the colorful Indian markets of the area, Sangolqui market and town, a great introduction to the Andean way of life. Then continue 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 entrance to the park is up a dirt road for approximately one and a half hours to reach the habitat of the Andean paramo or moorlands, its unique flora and fauna; a variety of high-altitude birdlife can be observed around Limpiopungo Lagoon and, occasionally, wild horses.
  • On clear days, the Cotopaxi Volcano is the magnificent backdrop. Lunch is offered at one of the local restaurants in this lovely environment. Continue south, along valleys and mountains covered by multicolored fields, to reach the Salasaca Community, one of the most important indigenous groups in this area, who have preserved their dress and traditions, based on agriculture and tapestry weaving -with symbols and designs passed down from generation to generation in the last 500 years.
  • They are very well organized for the development of their community. Arrive to Patate town and continue through magnificent landscapes offering bird-eye views of the region, a gateway to the Llanganates National Park. For hundreds of years the Llanganatis have attracted treasure hunters, since legend claims that the treasures of the last Inca King Atahualpa were hidden here after he was captured by the Spanish conquerors, which adds to the magic and mystery of this location. Dinner and overnight at Hacienda Leito.

Day 2: Patate/ Baños/ Avenue of the Cascades/ Riobamba

  • After breakfast, depart towards Baños (Baths), on a **eco- road for approximately one hour/fourty five minutes, this road promises to offer spectacular views of Baños and its surroundings. Baños is located at the foot of Tungurahua Volcano, the source of the thermal springs that give it its name.
  • Baños, a very popular destination in Ecuador, is known as the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest; follow a road along the Route of the Waterfalls and experience the full force of the water at El Pailón del Diablo (the Devil’s Cauldron) on a mid-difficulty trail down to the river, among lush tropical vegetation and orchids, for an impressive view (and sound) of this waterfall, among the ten largest in the world.
  • An awesome vision from the hanging bridge right at the foot of the cascade. Lunch at one of the gorgeous hostelries near Baños and then a short walk to visit this inviting village. Start a very scenic drive up the mountains, on the Route Ambato-Guaranda, to Riobamba along the old “Royal Road” that linked Guayaquil and Quito, the solitude and beauty of the Andean paramo will definitely take your breath away. (please do not forget or bring your raincoat poncho) Arrival in the late afternoon, dinner and overnight in Riobamba.

Day 3: Guamote/ Alausi/ El Tambo Coyoctor/ Posada de Ingapirca

  • After a hearty breakfast, we will devote this day to the local communities and their initiatives as part of the sustainable development in the region. We will depart towards Guamote, for a short visit to Inti Sisa Foundation, a community project and Educational Center for Adults’ Development and Sustainability – if Thursday, visit the colorful Indian Market at Guamote something we can´t miss!
  • Continue on to Alausí and southbound towards the Inca ruins of El Tambo Coyoctor, located right on the route of the Royal Road of the Incas or Qhapac Ñan, a segment of which is still seen, and along which guests can still stroll and perhaps visualize in their minds the chasquis or runners, carrying messages on knotted strings called quipus, at full speed in relay from one end of the Inca Empire to the other.
  • Tambo Coyoctor is a massive rock outcrop, carved to form baths, showers and water channels believed to have been used in purification rituals before ceremonies of magic-religious significance. Visit the on-site interpretation center, run by the Community of El Tambo. Late afternoon arrival to Posada de Ingapirca for dinner and overnight. With the best location, near to the Ingapirca Ruins, this rustic posada offers accommodation at the small hacienda house, with the best views of the Ingapirca valley and the closest proximity to the archeological site.

Day 4: Ingapirca Archeological Complex and Departure

  • After breakfast, time to leisurely explore the Ingapirca Archaeological Complex and its on-site museum. Sun-worshippers built this stone fortress on a promontory high above the Cañar valley, at an altitude of 10,595 feet (3,230 meters) above sea level, with several trapezoidal doorways and stone walls perfectly fit together, without mortar, typical of the Inca construction.
  • There is an elliptical platform, known as the Temple of the Sun used for religious and ceremonial purposes, the barracks, the stone “Inca Face” and zoomorphic carvings. Continue due south to Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city. The beauty of its landscape combined with the harmony between old and modern architecture, prompted UNESCO to name Cuenca a World Cultural Heritage Site.
  • A comprehensive tour of the city includes lunch at one of local restaurants and a visit to the Museum of the Central Bank (not open on Sundays), ending at the airport in time to take the flight to Quito or Guayaquil at night.

Introduction

Discover the fascinating beauty of the Andean region, its exceptional evergreen landscapes, archaeological sites, legendary Inca roads and colorful towns full of culture and traditions.

Rates

Calendar

Daily departures except Wednesday

To check availability please email us at info@topexperiences.ec

What´s Included

  • 3 Nights accommodation
  • WIFI at Hotels
  • All meals/ Fixed Menus
  • Guide
  • Driver
  • Private Tour

Exclusions

  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Plastic bottled beverage
  • Personal Expenses
  • Meals not noted in the program
  • Entrance fees not mentioned
  • Others not specified

Highlights of the Tour

  • Land Expeditions
  • Photography
  • Overnight at exclusive Haciendas
  • Visit to Indian Markets
  • Ancient Ruins

Accommodation

Hacienda Leito

  • From the year 1600 the Hacienda Leito lived countless episodes, from legends left by the Jesuits of the Order of San Ignacio during the Colony and their expulsion by the King of Spain Carlos III.
  • The opulent arrival of Spanish Captains and their families as Commanders and Slavers of the King, the nights of anxieties and dreams of the treasure hunters of the Incas in the Mysterious Llanganates told by Pool Williams and Eugenio Brunner.

Amenities

  • Mountain view
  • Queen and Twin size beds
  • Chimney
  • Private Bathroom

Posada de Ingapirca

Peaceful yet mysterious, Posada Ingapirca is located just 300 meters away from the most important archaeological complex in Ecuador. Our lodge offers first-class services and installations and, at the same time, it is faithful to its environment.

Amenities

  • Queen and Twin size beds
  • Antialergic synthetic featherbeds
  • Safe deposit boxes
  • Private Bathrooms
  • Heater
  • Wi-fi

Facilities & Services

Facilities and services may vary according to location.

Additional Information

Packing List

  • 1 small backpack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sneakers with rubber soles
  • Long pants
  • T-shirts
  • Long and short sleeved shirts
  • Wind breaker
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunblock and repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & video recorder
  • Any medicine you may be taking
  • Book/Notebook

Health


TopExperiencesEC understands that in order to take a trip, the passenger is in perfect physical and mental health. By booking a cruise and by boarding the ship the guest will comply at all times with applicable rules and regulations of the ship and orders and instructions of the ship’s officers and medical staff.

We reserve the right without liability to require a guest to disembark and/or to refuse to board and transport a guest who, in the judgment of the tour operator or the ship’s Captain, is unfit to travel or may require care beyond that which the operator is reasonably able to provide.

The tours we offer range from sea level up to 4000 meters above sea level. If you have a condition that is aggravated by altitude, ask your health care professional before deciding to take a trip.

General Conditions


Flights
TopExperiencesEC will not be held responsible or compensate for any flight delays that may affect your participation in our tours. Flights booked with different airlines are subject to their own Terms and Conditions, and Limitations of Liability.

Fees
TopExperiencesEC reserves the right to pass on to its guests (including fully paid and deposited guests) any taxes and fees imposed by government or quasi-government agencies that relate specifically to a guest’s itinerary. “Taxes and fees” include any and all fees, charges, surcharges, tolls and taxes imposed by governmental or quasi-governmental authorities including, but not limited to, customs fees, per person berth taxes or fees, embarkation and/or disembarkation fees at ports, airline transportation fees, dockage fees, and wharfage fees.

Fuel supplements and surcharges
TopExperiencesEC reserves the right to charge a per person fuel supplement if the price of fuel increases any time prior to sailing up to and including the day of embarkation.

We may collect any taxes, government fees/quasi government fees and fuel supplement (the “Surcharges”) at the time of booking, prior to sailing or on board the vessel, even if the cruise fare has been paid in full. Surcharges will be invoiced accordingly.

General Itinerary or Vessel Changes
All fares, offers, savings, programs and itineraries are subject to change without notice.

Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all TopExperiencesEC tours. Travelers need to show proof of their travel insurance before participating in the tour. If you need help booking travel insurance, please email us at info@topexperiences.ec

Important Notes

Disccount

  • The rate goes lower as the group gets bigger, for example: $944 per person for a group of 10-15 passengers

Visits

  • The order of the visits and days may vary – depending on the weather, the day of the week and guest interest to be coordinated on spot with the guide.

Eco- Route

  • This is the name given to the old roads that, back in time, led to the main cities of Ecuador, and now offer exceptional rides through rural countryside, natural areas and historical towns along Ecuador. Please bear in mind that as per the configuration of the roads (dirt) they will be operational subject to local weather conditions and under the criteria of the guide, who will determine and make the decision whether to use them or not, after an evaluation of the circumstances locally.

Booking and Reservation Policies


TopExperiencesEC understands that its clients accepts the terms and conditions of the tour to proceed with booking.

Our tours are booked via bank transfer to the company’s bank account. Full payment must be made at the moment of booking.

Once we have confirmed the availability of the tour you requested, you have 48 hours to proceed with the payment. During that time we will block the spaces for your tour. Receipt of payment needs to be sent to info@topexperiences.ec

Immediately after payment is confirmed, we will send you an email receipt of your payment and the details of your booking

Means of Payment


TopExperiencesEC accepts the following bank transfers:

Wire Transfers in US dollars to:

 

USA

Bank of America

For domestic transfers:

  • Checking account
  • Wire Transfers: 026009593
  • Account Number: 229056664242
  • Account Name: Fausto Santiago Andrade

For international transfers:

  • Swift Code International Transfers: BOFAUS3N
  • Address: 401 Lincoln BLVD, FL 33139
  • Account Name: Fausto Santiago Andrade
  • Account Number: 229056664242

 

Ecuador

Banco Internacional

  • Swift Code: BINTECEQ
  • Address: Av. Patria y 9 de Octubre Quito – Ecuador
  • Account Name: TopExperiencesEC Cia. Ltda.
  • Account Number: 700628456

Cancelations


We may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If we cancel your trip, you can transfer amounts paid to an alternative start date or in circumstances where cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control; refunds will be given less any unrecoverable expenses. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including, but not limited to vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.

In the case of a cancellation due to medical reasons, we require a medical certificate. With this, we will provide a credit note of a value of 50% of the booking for the guest. This credit note is valid for another departure for one year from the cancellation date. This credit note will not be issued for departures during Peak Season.

In the case of cancellation due to death, we require a certificate. With this, we will provide a credit note of a value of 50% of the booking for a future departure by a friend or family member. This credit note is valid for another departure for one year from the cancellation date. This credit note will not be issued for departures during Peak Season.

The following cancellation policies apply for this tour:

  • If cancellation is received between the date of booking until 61 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge (15%) as a cancellation fee. This deposit cannot be transferred to another booking.
  • If cancellation is received between 60 and 0 days prior the date our services are due to begin, we will charge 100% as a cancellation fee.

Limitations of Liability

TopExperiencesEC cannot be held responsible for any loss as a result of the failure of any third-parties (including tour operators, hoteliers, airlines); however, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping you resolve any dispute. Our responsibility as a tour agency is limited. We are not liable for any personal injury, death, damage, loss, accident or delay which may be occasioned by any vehicle, company or person engaged in conveying you or carrying out the arrangements of the tour or otherwise in connection therewith.

 

Aditional Resources

  • Please stay on the trails.
  • Please do not disturb any wildlife or remove any native plant or rock material.
  • Conservation is everyone’s business. Please do not hesitate to show your conservationist attitude.

Emergency Contact


Emergency Contact: Should you need to contact us during a situation or emergency please contact us at (593) 980588429 or (593) 983900784 or leave us a detailed message and contact information to info@topexperiences.ec

A JOURNEY IN TO THE HIGHLANDS | 4 days from 1985 USD 



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