Explore the dramatic peaks and spectacular scenery of Ecuador's aptly named Avenue of the Volcanoes. Visit Cotopaxi National Park, Riobamba and Alausí, and ride a train on the "Devil's Nose".
Avenue of the Volcanoes 2-Day Tour Itinerary
Day 1 - Quito - Cotopaxi - Riobamba
On day one of your tour, you'll be picked up from your hotel first thing in the morning. Leave Quito behind and set off on your excursion into the Ecuadorian highlands, crossing the country's biggest volcanic area. Aptly named the Avenida de los Volcanes - the Avenue of the Volcanoes - in 1802 by German scientist and explorer Alexander Von Humboldt, the 125 mile (200 km) corridor along the equator is home to seven active volcanoes.
The first stop on your route down the volcanic avenue will be in the Cotopaxi National Park where you'll have the opportunity to admire the breath-taking views of the extremely active Cotopaxi volcano, which soars dramatically out of the almost flat plains beneath it.
You'll then reach Riobamba, a city surrounded by volcanoes including Chimborazo, whose peak is the point furthest from the Earth's core, Tungurahua, Altar and Carihuariazo. In the shadow of these smouldering mountains, you'll spend the night at a typical local hacienda.
Day 2 - Riobamba - Alausí - Devil's Nose - Quito
After a delicious breakfast at the hacienda, you'll head back on board the bus ready for the second day of your tour. Next stop: the picturesque town of Alausí.
From Alausí you'll catch the train to enjoy the hair-raising two hour journey along the Trans-Andean railway in the direction of Sibambe. Considered to have been the most challenging train track to build in the world, it culminates in a vertigo-inducing switchback line zig-zagging up an almost sheer mountain face. An incredible feat of engineering!
Arriving in Sibambe, you'll be left speechless at the view of the mountain that you'll have just descended - you'll soon see why it's called the Nariz del Diablo, or the Devil's Nose.
In the afternoon, you'll take the train back to Alausí, where you'll set off on the return journey to Quito. Your tour will come to an end with hotel drop off around 4 to 5 pm.
- The indicated price per person is based on two people sharing a double room. Reservations for individual travellers staying in single rooms will incur a supplementary charge.
- Access to the Cotopaxi National Park may be affected by volcanic activity. In the case that access is prohibited, you'll instead visit Quilotoa Volcano and its impressive turquoise lagoon.
- The operation of the Devil's Nose Train is subject to modification without prior warning in the case of adverse weather conditions.
Hotel pick up
This tour includes a pick up and drop off service for the main hotels in Quito: Sheraton, Dann Carlton, NH Collection, Swissotel, Holiday Inn, Mercure Alameda, Reina Isabel, Nu House, J.W. Marriott, Howard Johnson and Hilton.
If your hotel is not listed above, or you would prefer to head to the meet point of your own accord, please make your own way to the HOTEL KAIA (located at Valladolid N24-742 and Julio Zaldumbide).
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* A reservation for one person will include a supplement.
The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
Hotel pick up and drop off.
English speaking guide.
One night bed and breakfast in Riobamba.
Return ticket for the Devil's Nose train.
Lunches and dinners.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 2 days before (Quito local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).