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TUCAN PASS: BAÑOS TO MONTAÑITA

$130 USD $115 USD

The most flexible way to travel from a jungle adventure town to a surfers’ paradise.

 

  

Description

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.

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 8 hours’ notice and subject to availability).

Main Stops

  • Guamote or Riobamba market
  • Ozogoche
  • Cuenca
  • El Cajas National Park
  • Cacao hacienda
  • Guayaquil
  • Montañita
  • And many other short stops along the way!

Highlights

  • Raft, hike, bungee jump and soak in hot springs in the valley of Baños on the borders of the Highlands and Amazon.
  • Discover the picture-perfect plazas and off-beat, colonial vibe of Cuenca.
  • Hike the 200 lakes, lunar landscapes and enchanted cloud forests of El Cajas National Park.
  • Learn how chocolate really does grow on trees (and mangos too) with an authentic cacao experience in a real-life hacienda.
  • Surf with the pros, relax on golden beaches, explore beautiful national parks and party in one of the South America’s best nightlife towns.
 

Recommended Full Itinerary

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!.

Day 1: Baños to Cuenca

Departure Days: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday

Pickup Points & times

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

TimeActivity
06:30-07:00Depart from Baños from your selected pick-up point.
09:3015-minute stop at the mirror-like Colta lake and 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.

Day 2

FREE DAY to explore the historic and bohemian charms of Cuenca, including visiting the Pumapungo Inca ruins, walking along the riverside, checking out the art galleries and shops, visiting a convent and enjoying the cafés, bars and clubs.

Day 3

FREE DAY to discover more of the treasures just outside the city, exploring Inca ruins in Ingapirca, marvelling at the beautiful river and skilled artisans of Gualaceo, and soaking in the volcanic hot springs under the stars.

Day 4: Cuenca to Montañita

Departure days: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday

Pickup Points & times

Point 1: Parque Calderón (main entrance to the Cathedral) 7:00 am. View map

TimeActivity
07:00Depart from Cuenca from your pick-up point.
07:45Stop for breakfast.
08:45Guidance at El Cajas National Park for a wet and wild adventure among 200 lakes.
09:45Depart from El Cajas.
12:00Experience how to create your own chocolate at a local cacao hacienda and stop for lunch
14:00Depart hacienda
15:15Arrive in Guayaquil to drop off/pick up those who wish to stay here.
18:15Stop in a local community to learn how to make the famous Panama Hats with paja toquilla
19:00Arrive in Montañita in time to catch the sunset and hit the party scene.

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.
If you want to go to Galapagos from Guayaquil add five to seven 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

Passengers hopping off at Guayaquil must all be dropped off at the same spot – not at specific hotels.
If you want to go to Galapagos from Guayaquil add five to seven days to your itinerary.

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