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BAÑOS TO CUENCA

$79 USD $69 USD

The best way for travelling from Baños to Cuenca is Aguila Pass! From an adventure-filled valley on the edge of the jungle to a charming colonial city of elegance and culture, descend the length of Ecuador’s Andean spine discovering the dramatically diverse landscapes of the highlands as you go.

 

  

Description

Once you’ve booked, you can reschedule your itinerary anytime. All changes are free and immediate.

What’s included in this trip:

  • 3 activities included
  • Gaze at the first church in Ecuador in Colta and learn about Ecuador’s history
  • Experience traditional markets in Riobamba or Guamote to get a taste of the local food from the Andes
  • Get off-the-beaten track with a walk to the Lakes of Ozogoche in Sangay National Park and get to know the locals at a remote indigenous community

We always include:

  • English/Spanish-speaking guide during the full tour
  • Comfortable, safe buses with excellent drivers
  • Meet locals, visit communities, and learn the culture

Hop-off points you can explore on your own:

  • Baños: Raft, bike, bungee, relax in thermal baths, swing off the edge of the world, and visit famous waterfalls
  • Riobamba: Explore local culture and mountain climbing at Chimborazo Volcano
  • Alausi: Ride the Devil’s Nose Train and walk around this charming small town
  • Cuenca: Wander around the Old Town, visit tons of museums, and venture to Ingapirca ruins
 

Recommended Full Itinerary

Remember, this itinerary is just our suggestion – you can hop on and hop off at any of the main stops, extending your trip for as long as you like!

Aguila pass altitude map

Day 1: Baños to Cuenca

Departure days: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Pick up points and times

Point 1: Parque la basílica 6:30 am. View map

TimeActivity
06:30Depart from Baños from your selected pick-up point.
09:3015-minute stop at Balbanera church for photos.
10:00Visit Guamote or Riobamba to explore one of the most authentic markets in the country. Time for a local breakfast in the market.
11:00Depart Guamote or Riobamba.
12:00Guidance at Ozogoche, 45 lagoons for hiking, fishing and spotting highland wildlife amid dramatic landscapes.
13:00Lunch at Ozogoche, made by the local community.
14:30Depart Ozogoche.
15:00Short stop to visit Alausi. Those who wish to take the train hop off at Alausi.
19:30-20:00Arrive in Cuenca, ready to explore one of South America’s most intact colonial cities.

Notes

Bear in mind that, due to our bus schedules, you may need to add one extra day to our recommended itineraries at some stops before continuing your trip. It all depends on the day of the week. Please check our Timetables and Planning Guide.

If you want to take the Devil’s Nose train from Alausi, add two days to your itinerary.

In Riobamba, our first town stop depends on which day the market is.
Tuesday: Riobamba hornado market
Thursday: Guamote Saturday: Riobamba fair
If you want to take the Devil’s Nose train, hop off at Alausi, stay the night and board the Tren Ecuador early the next

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