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QUITO TO CUENCA

$160 USD $149 USD

Colibri pass is the best way for going from Quito to Cuenca. From the most important colonial city in Ecuador to the most charming, descend the length of Ecuador’s Andean spine discovering the dramatically diverse landscapes, indigenous cultures and amazing adventures of the highlands as you go.

Important: if you are traveling from December 16 onwards, click here to see our new upgraded pass with tons of extra activities included

  

Description

Important: if you are traveling from December 16 onwards, click here to see our new upgraded pass with tons of extra activities included.

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What’s included in this trip:

  • 6 activities included
  • Hotel and hostel pick up in Quito
  • Visit a traditional family farm and enjoy a free breakfast on the Quito – Baños route
  • Walk around Limpiopungo Lake in Cotopaxi National Park and get the best views of Cotopaxi Volcano
  • Guidance at Quilotoa Crater with a light hike to the best viewpoints of the turquoise lake
  • 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:

  • Quito: Experience this UNESCO Heritage site, visit the equator at the Middle of the World, and ride the TeleferiQo
  • Cotopaxi: After your hike inside this national park with Wanderbus, hop off here to hike up the volcano, take a horseback ride, or explore the beautiful town of Machachi.
  • Quilotoa: After exploring Quilotoa with your Wanderbus guide, hop off here to hike around or inside the crater and spend the night!
  • 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 from Quito to Cuenca

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

Colibri pass altitude map

Day 1: Quito to Baños

Departure days: Every day except Sunday

Pick up points and times

Point 1: Plaza Belmonte 6:00 am. View map
Point 2: Plaza Foch 6:20 am. View map
Hostel and Hotel Pick-Ups in Quito. See list of options.

TimeActivity
06:00-06:20Depart from Quito from your selected pick-up point.
08:00Stop for breakfast
09:30Guidance at Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.
11:30Depart Cotopaxi
13:00 – 13:45Traditional lunch near Quilotoa
14:15Guidance at Quilotoa. Explore the 3km-wide turquoise volcanic crater lake.
16:15Depart Quilotoa
19:30-20:00Arrive in Baños, home to steaming volcanoes, explosive waterfalls and hot thermal springs.

Day 2

FREE DAY to take a guided bike tour from La Casa del Arbol swing (selfie stick at the ready!) to the awesome Devil’s Cauldron waterfall.

Day 3

FREE DAY to explore the subtropical town, rafting in jungle ravines, bungee jumping into the valley, spotting exotic birds, hiking in the foothills of the active Tungurahua volcano and finishing the day soaking in steaming hot springs.

Day 4: 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 do the Quilotoa loop, add three to four days to your itinerary.
If you want to take the Devil’s Nose train from Alausi, add two days to your itinerary. Hop off at Alausi, stay the night and board the Tren Ecuador early the next morning.

In Riobamba, our first town stop depends on which day the market is.
Tuesday: Riobamba hornado market
Thursday: Guamote
Saturday: Riobamba fair

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