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BAÑOS TO MONTAÑITA

$389 USD $289 USD

Travel from Baños to Montañita with Tucan Pass. Starting at the enchanting valley on the cusp between the highlands and the Amazon and traveling all the way to a tropical surfer’s paradise on the Pacific coast, this pass is packed with outdoor adventures throughout Ecuador’s regions.

  

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: 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 2: 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 3: Free Day in Cuenca, or Tours around Cuenca

  • 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 4: Cuenca to Montañita — 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.
  • Learn about paja toquilla Panama Hats at a local community famed for its women weavers.

ADD ON – Day 5: Free Day in Montañita or Puerto Lopez, or Los Frailes Beach Tour

  • Option A) Explore on your own: surf and hang out in Montañita.
  • Option B) Tour: Visit the most beautiful beach in the country (Los Frailes) while enjoying the scenic coast’s seafood and wildlife.

Add-on Activities and Tours

At Wanderbus, we’re flexible: we want you to design your perfect journey. So, in 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 — saving up to $40!

Tucan Pass Day-by-Day Experience

Departure Days from Baños

  • Monday & Thursday: 4 days
Detailed Day-by-Day Itinerary & Timetable

Day 1: Baños to Alausi

TimeActivity
06:30Pick up in Baños at the Basilica
08:00 – 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: Cuenca to Montañita

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.
17:40 – 18:10Stop in a local community to learn how to make the famous Panama Hats with paja toquilla
19:00Drop off in Montañita at Los Caminantes

Day 5: Day in Montañita, or Los Frailes Beach & Puerto López

Free day to surf and hang out in Montañita OR join our tour to Los Frailes beach, details below:

TimeActivity
08:45Pick up in Montañita at Los Caminantes
08:00 – 09:00Visit to the small artistic town of La Entrada to explore and take some pictures
09:15 – 10:00Stop for a traditional coastal breakfast at beautiful Ayampe Beach
10:30Drop off in Puerto Lopez for those who want to stay here and not go to Los Frailes
11:00 – 11:45Light hike to Los Frailes, the most beautiful beach in the country
11:45 – 14:30Time to enjoy the white sands and the clear ocean water of Los Frailes beach
15:15Drop off in Puerto Lopez at Hotel Piedra del Mar

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 $45 for 3 nights in a shared dorm for single travelers in hostels.

Add $75 for 3 nights in mid-range 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
  • 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.
  • Montañita: Want to surf, party and chill at the beach for longer? Just add more days according to our timetables.

Notes

Tour Days

Monday & Thursdays: 4 days

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