Travel into the heart of the Andes

Our new private tour to the Central Andes is a great mix of natural highlights (Quilotoa, Cotopaxi and Chimborazo) and local culture – from a cooking workshop to rural hikes, visiting artisans, stays in quiet and cozy lodges.

Day 1 Cuenca – Devil´s Nose – Guamote
AM Private transportation Cuenca – stop at Devil´s Nose viewpoint –Guamote
PM Cooking class, learn how to prepare the real Ecuadorian empanadas

Day 2 Andean Communities – Isinlivi
AM Our community tour gives you an authentic look into daily life in the Andes: visit an educational project, a rural school, a choza and a traditional weaver.
PM Transfer to Isinliví, located on the famous Quilotoa Loop in Cotopaxi province

Day 3 Guantualo – Isinlivi
AM At sunrise, practice yoga. After breakfast 3 to 4-hour rural hike to Guantualo
PM Visit the local wood workshop. Free time to enjoy the spa and gardens of the lodge

Day 4 Quilotoa – Tigua – Hacienda
AM Excursion to Quilotoa Crater Lake, optional hike or kayaking
PM Visit Tigua gallery and transfer to hacienda

Day 5 Cotopaxi – Salinas de Guaranda
AM Excursion to Cotopaxi National Park, hike around Laguna Limpiopungo
PM Transfer to Salinas de Guaranda, model of a successful community enterprise

Day 6 Salinas – Chimborazo – Riobamba
AM Visit the cooperatives of Salinas, taste excellent cheeses, chocolates and salami
PM Afternoon excursion to Chimborazo Reserve, spot vicuñas and hike to second refuge. Transfer to Riobamba

Day 7 Riobamba – Guano – Cuenca
AM Short tour of Riobamba and Guano, Pueblo Magico. Departure to Cuenca (travel time 5 hours).
PM Arrival in Cuenca You can start this private tour on any day with a minimum of 2 people.

2 – 3 people $795 per person
4 – 6 people $675 per person

Including:
– private door to door transportation
– English speaking guide
– accommodation in cozy lodges plus 1 night in hacienda, based on double room with private bath
– daily breakfast in the accommodations
– 3 x dinner
– all activities as detailed in the itinerary
– entrance permits National Parks and Reserves
– biosafety protocols applied in transportation, accommodation and excursions

Interested in the detailed trip itinerary? Or would you like to customize the program according to your personal interests? Contact Popkje van der Ploeg at Julio Verne Travel

Remigio Romero Mz H Lt 9 Riobamba. Private tour, departure any day

Julio Verne Travel: info@julioverne-travel.com 099 416 7350

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