Cuenca Multisport Tour
DAY 1: BIKING THRU CUENCA & HOT SPRINGS IN BAÑOS
arrive to Cuenca, check in your hotel and get ready for a great adventure in the south. We begin the biking at Cuenca`s downtown, famous for its wonderful architecture, picturesque squares, and churches. Continuing the ride we discover El Paraiso Park, a nature’s sanctuary in the middle of the city full of birds and trees and scenery roads. We leave the park and take the highway to San Joaquin, a small village known for its handicrafts and gastronomy. Here we will stop for a delicious Box lunch to later find our way back to Cuenca, thru some traditional neighborhoods and streets. In the afternoon, we go to Baños, just 15 minutes away from Cuenca, to relax in the Piedra de Agua hot springs where we will and have a mud`s treatment and enjoy a lovely Dinner. Transfer to Carvallo Hotel. (L, D)
DAY 2: HIKING EL CAJAS NATIONAL PARK
Today we visit El Cajas National Park, that offers tundra vegetation on a jagged landscape of hills and valleys. Our first stop is Llaviucu, one of the more than 230 lagoons boasted in the park. We will start our first hike to discover some endemic birds and plants. We get back in the car to reach the park`s highest point at 4.200m, from where you have an amazing view of the whole area. We go down to La Toreadora lagoon, for a 3 hour hike exploring some small lagoons, astonishing landscapes and the paramo flora and fauna. A rewarding lunch of typical dishes awaits us at Dos Chorreras. In the afternoon we return toCuenca and have some time to explore the city. (B, L, D)
DAY 3: HORSEBACK RIDING IN CUENCA SURROUNDINGS
Early in the morning we drive to a Colonial Haciendas near Cuenca. After a safety talk and some important instructions we get on our horses for a 3 hour ride along beautiful trails, through small hidden villages, farming areas and typical countryside landscapes. At noon we will enjoy a delicious box lunch and do a small hike. In the afternoon we drive back to Cuenca for overnight. (B, L,)
DAY 4: CANOPY & CITY TOUR
We drive to Bibin, just 20 minutes away from Cuenca until we reach "Cuenca Canopy", a brand new adventure complex that offers 7 different canopy routes ranging from 3 to 105 meters high, and 85 to 350 meters long. Professional guides and equipment is provided thru this 2-3 hour program.
We return to Cuenca for lunch. In the afternoon we visit some of Cuenca`s main attractions, including: Museum of Modern Art and Plaza de San Sebastian, Plaza de las Flores (Flower Market), Parque Abdon Calderon which is Cuenca`s main square, located between the old and the new Cathedrals. The new cathedral is also known as Inmaculada and it is one of the biggest in South america. We have the chance to learn about one of Ecuador`s icons: the Panama Hat as will we visit a local factory. Before we return to the hotel we explore some handicrafts markets to learn about Cuenca`s rich variety in leather, ceramic, straw, gold & silver jewelry and much more… In the evening we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (L, D)
DAY 5: CANYONING ROCK WALLS & WATERFALLS
Today we head up to the east flank of Cabogana mountain, about 20 minutes away from Cuenca. We hike 40 minutes through farming fields and cloud forest until we reach the gorge of Rio Amarillo. After a safety talk and, of course, wearing our new outfit (wetsuit, helmets, and harnesses) we are ready for an unforgettable adventure! The fun begins descending through natural rock carve slides, diving into ponds, down climbing, scrambling, swimming and rappelling up to 7 different waterfalls, in the most wild and amazing setting. Two qualified guides will lead you during this 5 hour journey.
We return to Cuenca for lunch and our afternoon flight back to Quito or to Guayaquil. (B, L,)
2017 price per person double occupancy in US$: $1228 per person with 2 people, $1228 with 3 people, $1087 with 4 people. Single supp. = $286
Accommodations in small boutique hotels; private land transportation; all mentioned meals (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner); adventure and protective equipment and professional English-speaking guide.
Flight to/from Cuenca. National Park entrance fee; hotel & restaurant beverages, tips, or gratuities; guide tips and personal expenses.