From the lowlands to the highlands

8 Days - 7 Nights

8 Days|7 Nights



Discover the beautiful changes in landscapes

between the lowlands and the highlands of Ecuador by travelling from Guayaquil located on the coastal area and Quito, the capital, located at 2.800 meters above the sea level. The itinerary includes: two train rides, Duran to Bucay and the famous Devil´s Nose between Alausí and Sibambe; a visit to Riobamba located at the crossroads between the coast and the jungle; Baños located just on the gateway of the Amazon Rainforest; Quito & the Northern highlands.

Highlights of the Program

Transfers in Guayaquil & Quito ( arrival & departure)

Train ride from Duran to Bucay – The Coastal train ride

The famous Devil´s Nose by train from Alausí to Sibambe

Baños, the Gateway of the Amazon Rainforest

Quito with its rich cultural and architectonic legacy

The Northern Highlands, Peguche and the Otavalo market

Map tour

Day by Day

DAY 1: Guayaquil- arrival transfer

Meet and Greet Expeditions tours representative at the Airport upon arrival and be transferred to your hotel. (Distance between Guayaquil airport and the City 25 minutes approximately)


Depending on your arrival time to Guayaquil, you could add to your program an optional Guayaquil scenic excursion.

DAY 2: Guayaquil – Duran – Bucay by train overland to Alausi

After an early rise, depart from Guayaquil direction Duran, one of the towns of the province of Guayas, located on the east bank of the Guayas River with sub-tropical climate. Duran is known for being the first railroad stop, as part of the railway that use to connect Guayaquil and Quito. At scheduled time, board the coastal train to enjoy a day of adventure, riding up to Bucay. From the comfort their seats the passengers will discover the changing landscapes of the Coast: from sugar cane plantations, coffee and cocoa trees, to the cloud forest. The last portion of the trip from Bucay to Alausi, will be done by bus, during this part of the journey the scenary will present the colorful mountains. There will be opportunities to take pictures.

DAY 3: Alausi – Devil’s Nose by train - Riobamba

At proper time transfer to Alausi station to board the train with destination Sibambe. The train route goes down the mountain crossing the “Devil´s Nose”a mountain with almost perpendicular walls; back in the early 1900s this stretch was considered the most difficult part of the construction of the Trans-Andean railroad. To overcome this obstacle, the engineers came up with an ingenious solution. They would carve the rock in a series of zigzags which allowed the train to climb more than 500 meters in less than 12 km with steep ascents and descents. Whilst recovering from the exciting and picturesque descent, enjoy the views of the narrow gorge of river Chanchán at Sibambe Station. Board the train to go back to Alausí where the vehicle is waiting to drive back to Riobamba. The trip up to Riobamba includes a stop at the small and picturesque town of Colta to visit the Balbanera church which was the oldest church built by the Spaniards in Ecuador.

DAY 4: Riobamba – Baños - Pujilí – Antisana

At scheduled time, we depart from Riobamba direction Baños. Its name comes from the famous hydrothermal springs in the area. The streets are lined with hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. Although it is very touristy, lots of people love it, more for the activities and surroundings than for the city itself. Once in Baños a visit to the ¨Pailon del Diablo¨ waterfall will be provided, which is the most impressive of the area. We will then head to the next stop, Pujilí, which is a calm little town, home of a renaissance style Cathedral, built in pumice rock. Because of its characteristics, is surely worth seeing. A visit to the small but picturesque town of La Victoria is also scheduled where there is the opportunity to see handmade pottery and ceramics typical of the region. We will end the day in the Antisana area.

DAY 5: Antisana - Quito

Morning departure to visit the La Mica lagoon, located in the Antisana Reserve where there is the possibility to learn about the Andean Paramo (moorlands), enjoy the flora and fauna of the area and walk around the lagoon. On a clear day beautiful panoramic views of the Antisana volcano (stratovolcano), a large glacier which at 5,704 m is the fourth highest volcano in Ecuador are possible. Early afternoon drive up north to Quito.

DAY 6: Quito Scenic excursion & the Middle of the World (Half day excursion)

This sightseeing excursion offers the best of Quito with its rich cultural legacy, ornate facades, and dazzling gilt altars. Quito’s Historical Center, the largest and best preserved in Latin America was built over the ruins of the Inca’s northern imperial seat. A fabulous example of colonial architecture and art blended with indigenous styles. The visit will take you to iconic places such as the Plaza Grande or Independence Square to have a view of important colonial buildings: The Archbishop’s Palace, The Metropolitan Cathedral, The Government Palace, as well as other representative examples of colonial art and architecture as the Santo Domingo Convent. After visiting the old colonial Quito, a short trip to the north of the city of Quito will lead us to our planet's Latitude 0´0´0´. Here we will visit the a museum known as well as “The trek of Sun” where will be guided through the wonderful world of the Andean Cosmo vision. This is the place where you can stand with one foot on the northern hemisphere and the other one on the southern hemisphere…a unique experience…. Note: Afternoon at leisure to explore Quito

DAY 7: Andean Handicrafts & the Otavalo Market- Northern Highlands

An early start departing from Quito will take you due north on a beautiful scenic drive to the province of Imbabura, a magic land located at 2530 m.a.s.l. surrounded by lakes and mountains of outstanding beauty. The day opens the possibility to learn about the customs of the Otavalos when visiting Peguche, a small town where its inhabitants are famous for their weaving abilities and the Otavalo market a local fair where the handicrafts made in the area as well as the vegetables, fruits and cereals produced in the area are displayed.

DAY 8: Quito – departure transfer

At the scheduled time transfer from the hotel to the airport to take your departure flight. (Distance between any of the hotels in Quito to the airport approximately 45 minutes)