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Venture into the Andes on this 2-day guided tour through Ecuador’s Avenue of the Volcanoes, located just south of the capital city of Quito. Brilliant green mountaintops, capped by white snow in winter months, line this stunning 185-mile stretch of the nation’s countryside. Check out Ecuador’s most active volcano during a stop at Cotopaxi National Park and spend the evening at a quaint hacienda in Riobamba before settling in for a 2-hour train ride towards the famed Devil’s Nose. Take in the incredible views of Ecuador’s truly breathtaking scenery as your travel through Alausi—a truly memorable experience!


  • 2-day tour through Avenue of the Volcanoes with overnight stay in Riobamba
  • Marvel at Ecuador’s most famous volcanoes, including Cayambe, Sangay and El Altar
  • Visit Cotopaxi National Park for photo opportunities and lunch (included)
  • Enjoy dinner and overnight stay in Riobamba, awakening to breakfast at your hacienda (all included)
  • Embark on a 2-hour train ride from Alausí toward Devil’s Nose, a dramatic rock formation
  • Round-trip transport by coach from Quito is included

What You Can Expect

2-Day Andes Tour from Quito with Avenue of the Volcanoes Train Ride

Devil's Nose railway

Day 1: Quito -- Riobamba (L, D)
After pickup from your hotel in Quito, listen to commentary from your guide of the 185-mile (300-km) Avenue of the Volcanoes. Admire scenic landscapes and gaze with awe at Ecuador’s highest mountain peaks. You’ll be amazed by the breathtaking views of Cayambe, Sangay, El Altar and more, each of them towering over 16,00 feet (5,000 meters).

Stop for a brief visit in Cotopaxi National Park, one of Ecuador’s most visited ecological reserves, with plenty of great photo opportunities. Reaching a height of 19,350 feet (5,900 meters), Cotopaxi volcano is one of the highest volcanoes on earth. Relax here as you enjoy lunch (included) and rest assured – although active, Cotapaxi hasn’t erupted since 1904.

After you arrive in Riobamba, enjoy dinner (included) and spend your evening at leisure.

Overnight: a typical hacienda of the region (category - first)

Day 2: Riobamba -- Quito (B, L)
After breakfast is served at your accommodation, depart for the train station in Alausí. From here, board the train (subject to change) for a 2-hour ride, zigzagging around sweeping slopes as you gaze out the open windows, and snap photos of the panoramic views along the way. Head toward Devil’s Nose, a rock wall jutting skyward, as you listen to commentary from an expert guide. Then return to Alausí for a box lunch (included) before transport back to your Quito hotel in the afternoon.


Day 1: Quito – Riobamba (L, D)
Leave your hotel and embark on a truly epic adventure. Navigate through the narrow streets of Quito as you make your way to the 185-mile (300-km) Avenue of the Volcanoes, just south of the city. Your guide will describe the surrounding landscape and point out highlights, like the nation’s tallest mountain. Soak up the stunning scenery, which includes views of Cayambe, El Altar, Sangay and other sky-high peaks.

Make a stop in Cotopaxi National Park—home to Ecuador’s most active volcano. A popular ecological preserve, this park offers travelers dozens of picturesque photo opportunities. The brief stop gives travelers a chance to take in the iconic Cotopaxi, one of the highest volcanoes on earth. Relax and enjoy lunch (included) surrounded by the beauty of Mother Nature.

Travel to Riobamba and enjoy dinner (included) before spending the evening as you wish.

Day 2: Riobamba – Quito (B, L)
Enjoy a morning meal at your hacienda before heading to the Alausi train station where you’ll embark (subject to change) on a picturesque 2-hour excursion that travels across winding train tracks. Gaze out through open windows at panoramic views as you head
toward Devils Nose. Your expert guide will share commentary about this infamous rock wall before you return to Alausi for a sack lunch (included). From there, transport will return you to your starting point back in the capital.

Customer Reviews

Luis G D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Very good. Our guide, Wilson was outstanding.

Kirk L

4 star rating: Recommended August 2013

The tour itself was great. El Andaluz an excellent hotel. Wilson was an excellent guide. I scheduled a rest day after I arrived as I did not get to the hotel til 2AM. At 9AM I called the Grayline to comfirm this tour for the next day. "We have NO record of a reservation!" I was picked up at the airport so had a reservation of that, and the whole trip was booked together. What happened to the 2 day tour??? I still don't know. The front desk guy made at least 4 calls to the Grayline office trying to get confirmation. At 5PM I called myself and was finally told that yes, they had me down but did not have confirmation for the train ride part of the tour. I said, "Look, you've had since February to get that. Get your act together!" I was told that the "other shift" made the reservation and did not record the info. This seemed to be the way they worked. The only time I was sure of anything was when I had an English speaking guide next to me and he was on his cell phone with the offricewas sure was when I

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