If you’re looking for a unique destination then a Quito to Cuenca tour is a great option for you. In Ecuador, you can have the bragging rights of saying you’ve been to the Middle of The World. You want to set one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and the other in the Southern hemisphere at the same time? then our Quito Ecuador Tour to Cuenca is the perfect itinerary for you.
Quito Ecuador Tour:
Quito is the perfect destination to start exploring Ecuador. For the importance of the colonial remnants found here, this historical district was the first city named an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quito is centrally located and has numerous outdoor activities within an hour or two away from the city.
Quito is a city of two halves. Old and New. The Old City remains much as it did at the end of the colonial period and is considered the largest city in the Americas. When you visit Quito be sure to include a stop at The Metropolitan Cathedral. It is one of the most important historical and architectural constructions in the center.
The Modern Part of Quito is quite different from the Old City. Here there are more parks, shopping centers and offices. However, this is where you can find local jewelry and great souvenirs from local artisans.
Cuenca Ecuador Tour:
A trip to Ecuador wouldn’t be complete without combining it with a trip to Cuenca. Cuenca, the third largest city in Ecuador, is a charming town with many cobblestone streets and cathedrals. Located in the Highlands of Ecuador, the center of the city is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its many historical buildings and well-preserved history. Many of the hotels located in town are converted homes and mansions rich in colonial architecture and furnishings.
Although most of Cuenca’s popular attractions are the churches, parks and museums there are a lot of outdoor activities as well. Visit the El Cajas National Park, which offers amazing hiking and trekking opportunities. Bicycling is also very popular around Cuenca especially mountain biking where you can go riding on never ending miles of seldom visited trails.
How to Take a Quito Ecuador Tour to Cuenca:
Cuenca is a 10-hour bus ride or you can take a flight and arrive in less than an hour.
However, the best way to go to Cuenca is by railway – Devil’s Nose Train – considered one of the worlds best railway engineering feats – this train travels over a series of switchbacks as it zigzags down the mountainside passing small villages and Andean lakes.
Tip – be sure to sit on the right side of the train to get the best views. For those more adventurous, you can also opt to sit atop the train on its roof for the ultimate views of the landscape. If you choose this option, remember to dress in layers and bring your sunscreen as you will start the morning in the cold and by noon you will be under the equatorial sun.
If you’re looking for culture, architecture, history, and natural scenery with active volcanoes around each corner, then let us assist you in planning the perfect Quito Ecuador Tour to Cuenca. You can also check out all of our Ecuador Tours here!
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Quito Ecuador Tour to Cuenca by Mary Bergan