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Quito to Guayaquil

$439 USD $339 USD

Beginning and ending in Ecuador’s two most dynamic cities, this pass takes in all the mainland’s diverse regions from the mountainous highlands to the tropical coast.

  

Description

Your Way

Want to travel your own way? We get it. With the Wanderbus, you’re free to choose where you sleep (dorm room or private suite), where you eat (street food or fancy dinner), which of our free experiences you’d prefer to enjoy, and whether you’d like to stay longer at any stop along our route. It’s up to you — and it’s valid for a year!

Must-See Highlights

To make the most of your journey to highlights and remote locations, you are accompanied by excellent and passionate English/Spanish-speaking guides aboard comfortable private vehicles with safe drivers.

Day 1: Quito to Baños – Venture to two natural icons in one day

  • Walk around Limpiopungo Lake in Cotopaxi National Park and get the best views of Cotopaxi Volcano.
  • A light hike with your guide at Quilotoa Crater to the best viewpoints of the turquoise lake.

Day 2: First Day in Baños

  • Option A) Explore on your own: make the most of this tropical playground: bungee, raft, or bike.
  • Option B) Tour: join our full day tour down to the Amazon. Visit an animal rescue center, a private reserve to learn about indigenous life and medicinal plants, and hike through the jungle to a stunning waterfall and the lookout at Indichuris.

Day 3: Second Day in Baños

  • Option A) Explore on your own: make the most of this tropical playground: bungee, raft or bike.
  • Option B) Tour: get closer to the sun with our full day tour to Chimborazo Volcano. Hike up to the refugee and see amazing landscapes

Day 4: Baños to Alausí — Deep dive into Andean life & culture

  • Experience traditional markets in Guamote or Riobamba, and learn about the limpia treatment at the Cacha ceremonial center.
  • Get off the beaten track with a walk to the Lakes of Ozogoche in Sangay National Park in a remote indigenous community.

Day 5: Alausí to Cuenca — Explore two must-sees in one day

  • Ride the most exciting section of the world’s most difficult railway: the famous zig-zag Devil’s Nose Train.
  • Step back in time by wandering Ecuador’s largest and most impressive Inca ruins at Ingapirca.
  • See the sights and sounds of Cuenca

Day 6: Day in Cuenca — Discover a UNESCO heritage city

  • Option A) Explore on your own: wander around Cuenca’s streets, plazas, and rivers on your own.
  • Option B) Tour: In the morning visit the villages of Gualaceo and Chordeleg, or in the afternoon travel to the Pumapungo ruins and the Turi viewpoint.

Day 7: Cuenca to Guayaquil — A day of new experiences

  • Stroll through El Cajas National Park and learn about its wildlife.
  • Meet the farmers of a cacao plantation to make your own home-made chocolate.

Add-on Activities and Tours

At Wanderbus, we’re flexible: we want you to design your perfect journey. So, in Baños, Cuenca and on the Coast, we’ve given you the option to explore on your own (Option A) or join an experience we’ve designed especially for our wanderers (Option B). We created these experiences so that you can explore more of Ecuador, wander further off the beaten track, and get closer to the country’s fascinating natural and cultural worlds — all in the company of our brilliant team of passionate guides. Add three of these experiences at these locations to your pass for just $80 — a saving up to $40!

Tangara Pass Day-by-Day Experience

Departure Days from Quito

  • Monday & Friday: 7 days
  • Tuesday & Saturday: 6 days *
  • Thursday: 8 days **
Detailed Day-by-Day Itinerary & Timetable

Day 1: Quito to Baños

TimeActivity
06:00 – 06:20Depart from Quito from your selected pick-up point.
07:15 – 08:00Visit a traditional hacienda and stop for breakfast
10:00 – 11:00Guidance at Cotopaxi National Park, home to one of the world’s highest active volcanoes.
12:30Stop for lunch
14:00 – 16:00Guidance at Quilotoa. Explore the 3km-wide turquoise volcanic crater lake.
17:00 – 17:15Stop for famous Ecuadorian ice cream on the way to Baños
19:30 – 20:00Arrive in Baños, home to steaming volcanoes, explosive waterfalls and hot thermal springs.

Day 2: Full Jungle Tour

Free day to make the most of this tropical playground: bungee, raft, or bike OR join our tour down to the Amazon, details below:

TimeActivity
07:00Pick up in Baños at the Basilica
08:30 – 09:00Breakfast at the Restaurante Wijao
09:30 – 11:00Visit to the Yanacocha Animal Rescue Center to see all kinds of rainforest animals
11:30 – 12:30Visit to the private OMAERE Reserve to learn about indigenous life and medicinal plants
12:30 – 13:30Stop for lunch
14:30 – 16:30Hike through the jungle to a stunning waterfall and the lookout at Indichuris
18:30Drop off in Baños at the Basilica

Day 3: Full Day Chimborazo

Free day to make the most of this tropical playground: bungee, raft, or bike OR join our tour to Chimborazo Volcano, details below:

TimeActivity
07:00Pick up in Baños at the Basilica
08:00 – 08:30Stop for breakfast
10:00 – 12:30Visit and guidance at Chimborazo Volcano: hike up to the refugee and see amazing landscapes
13:30 – 15:30Stop for lunch and community visit
17:00Drop off in Baños at the Basilica

Day 4: Baños to Alausi

TimeActivity
06:30Pick up in Baños at the Basilica
08:30 – 09:00Experience a traditional breakfast of the Puruhá culture
09:00 – 10:30Visit an indigenous ceremonial temple in Ecuador and learn about the limpia ceremony
11:30 – 12:45Visit Guamote or Riobamba to explore one of the most authentic markets in the country
14:00 – 16:00Guidance at Ozogoche, explore more than 45 lagoons and spotting highland wildlife amid landscapes
18:30Drop off at the train station in Alausí

Day 5: Alausi to Cuenca

TimeActivity
08:30 – 10:30Ride the famous Devil’s Nose Train and zig-zag through the mountains
13:00Stop for lunch
14:00 – 15:00Venture to the Ecuadorian Inca ruins of Ingapirca for a tour of this site
17:00 – 18:30Afternoon city tour of Cuenca

Day 6: Full Day Cuenca

Free day to explore Cuenca’s streets, plazas, and rivers on your own OR join our tours to the traditional villages of Gualaceo and Chordeleg in the morning and the Pumapungo ruins and the Turi lookout in the afternoon, details below:

TimeActivity
08:00Pick up in Cuenca Parque Calderon
08:30 – 11:00Visits to the small traditional villages of Gualaceo and Chordeleg
Afternoon Tour
13:00Pick up in Cuenca Parque Calderon
13:30 – 15:00Visit the enchanting Pumapungo ruins
16:00 – 17:20Get the best views of Cuenca from the Turi viewpoint

Day 7: Cuenca to Guayaquil

TimeActivity
07:00Pick up in Cuenca Parque Calderon
07:45 – 08:20Stop for breakfast
08:30 – 09:30Guidance at El Cajas National Park for a wet and wild adventure among 200 lakes.
12:15 – 14:00Experience how to create your own chocolate at a local cacao hacienda and stop for lunch
15:15 – 15:30Arrive in Guayaquil to drop off/pick up those who wish to stay here.

Accommodation

Since we want you to travel your way, you can choose to book your own accommodation, or you can take advantage of the great deals we have with local partners at locations around the country.

Add $90 for 6 nights in a shared dorm for single travelers in hostels (see list of hostels).

Add $150 for 6 nights in mid-range hotels (see list of hotels).

Prices are subject to change due to high demand.

Travel Flexible

  • All our Wanderpasses are valid for 12 months so you can stay as long as you want wherever you want.
  • You can always change your itinerary — even while you’re traveling — as many times as you like, free of charge.
  • You can easily add three or four days (depending on the day of the week) anywhere along our route.
Hop-off points you can explore on your own
  • Quito: Experience this UNESCO Heritage site’s captivating Old Town and ride the cable car to 4,000 m.
  • Cotopaxi: After your hike inside this national park with us, hop off here to summit the volcano, go horseback riding, or wander the rural town of Machachi.
  • Quilotoa: After exploring Quilotoa with your Wanderbus guide, hop off here to hike around or inside the crater, or do the famous 4-day Quilotoa Loop.
  • Baños: Add more days to our tour if you want more adventure, or a 3/4-day tour to the Amazon.
  • Riobamba: Explore local Andean culture and climb the Chimborazo Volcano.
  • Cuenca: Add days if you’d like to spend more time in this great city, or why not sign up for Spanish classes for a week or three?
  • Guayaquil: Discover this bustling city, stroll the Malecon, and fly to the Galapagos Islands.

Notes

Tour Days

Monday & Friday: 7 days
Tuesday & Saturday: 6 days *
Thursday: 8 days **

* If traveling on Tuesday & Saturday, please take into account you will only have 1 day in Baños.

** If traveling on Thursday, you can add one extra day without extra charge: you can decide to add a night in Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, or Baños.

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