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PALOMA PASS: QUITO TO RIOBAMBA

$110 $99

The greatest way to travel from the capital city to one of the jewels of the highlands.

 

  

Description

Discover some of the highlands’ most dramatic scenery and their fascinating indigenous communities, with tonnes of opportunities for adrenaline-filled adventures and an exhilarating trip aboard the world-famous Devil’s Nose Train.

Don’t stress! Once you have booked your pass, you can change your dates to fit your itinerary. Once you start your trip, you’ll also be able to change departure dates. All changes are free and immediate (with 24 hours’ notice and subject to availability).

Main Stops

  • Cotopaxi
  • Quilotoa
  • Baños
  • Riobamba / Alausi market
  • And many other short stops along the way!

Highlights

  • Delve into the amazing gold churches, perfect plazas and charming streets of Quito’s Old Town, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the stunning Cotopaxi National Park by foot, bike or horseback with a chance to climb one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.
  • Take in the awesome sights and vibe of Quilotoa Lake, a brilliant turquoise, 400-metre deep caldera created from volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago.
  • Stay in the enchanting valley of Baños on the borders of the Highlands and Amazon where rafting, hiking, canopying and hot springs await.
  • • Explore authentic, off-the-beaten track markets and local culture in Riobamba and take various train rides, including the exhilarating Devil’s Nose route (which departs from the town of Alausi, about 2 hours’ south of Riobamba).

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!

Day 1: Quito to Baños

Departure days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Pick up points and times

Point 1: Plaza Foch 6:10 am. View map
Point 2: Plaza Belmonte 6:30 am. View map

Time Activity
06:00-07:00 Depart from Quito from your selected pick-up point.
08:00 Stop for breakfast
09:30 Guidance at Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.
11:30 Depart Cotopaxi
12:00 Short visit to charming Pujili, a town famous for its dancers. Traditional lunch.
13:00 Depart Pujili
14:15 Guidance at Quilotoa. Explore the 3km-wide turquoise volcanic crater lake.
16:15 Depart Quilotoa
19:30-20:00 Arrive 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 Riobamba

Departure Days: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Pick up points and times

Point 1: Baños bus terminal 6:30 am. View map
Point 2: Parque la basílica 6:40 am. View map

Time Activity
06:30-07:00 Depart from Baños from your selected pick-up point.
09:30 15-minute stop at the mirror-like Colta lake and Balbanera church for photos.
10:00 Arrive in Riobamba.

Notes

If you want to do the Quilotoa loop, add three to four 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.

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