Ecuador Roads through Ecuador; from Cuenca - Machala - Zaruma - Loja - Vilcabamba - Cuenca - Puyango - Latacunga - Quilotoa - Chugchilan - Lasso - Quito - Ambato - Chimborazo Refugio - Riobamba - Baños

EcuaRoads: Roads through Ecuador; from the coast to the Andes to the Amazon rainforest

Ecuador Roads through Ecuador; from Cuenca - Machala - Zaruma - Loja - Vilcabamba - Cuenca - Puyango - Latacunga - Quilotoa - Chugchilan - Lasso - Quito - Ambato - Chimborazo Refugio - Riobamba - Baños

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Ecuador Roads through Ecuador; from Cuenca - Machala - Zaruma - Loja - Vilcabamba - Cuenca - Puyango - Latacunga - Quilotoa - Chugchilan - Lasso - Quito - Ambato - Chimborazo Refugio - Riobamba - Baños EcuaRoads: Roads through Ecuador; from the coast to the Andes to the Amazon rainforest:


Cuenca - Machala - Zaruma - Loja - Vilcabamba - Cuenca

Cuenca - Machala - Zaruma - Loja - Vilcabamba - Cuenca

 

FROM

TO

WHAT TO SEE

NOTES

DAY 1:

Cuenca

Machala

Once in Machala you must go to nice Jambeli beach, 45 minutes from Machala by boat.

Sit on the left side of the vehicle, the canyon that takes you to the lowlands is breath-taking!

DAY 2:

Machala

Zaruma

Piñas, Zaruma y Portovelo, 3 forgotten cities, will make you feel you are in the begining of the last century.

Zaruma is hidden high in the mountainside, it's an old Spanish mining town.

DAY 3: Zaruma Vilcabamba From Zaruma you can follow the old route to Loja, this is another unfrequented route. Sit on the right hand side of the vehicle. Visit Podocarpus National Park, lots of lakes.
DAY 4: Vilcabamba Cuenca Stop and see the Saraguros indiginous ancestral village on the way.
See Cuenca by night.

You can link this circuit with route 4 and go back to Quito.

Cuenca - Machala - Puyango - Zaruma - Loja - Vilcabamba - Cuenca

Cuenca - Machala - Puyango - Zaruma - Loja - Vilcabamba - Cuenca

 

FROM

TO

WHAT TO SEE

NOTES

DAY 1:

Cuenca

Machala

Once in Machala you must go to nice Jambeli beach, 45 minutes from Machala by boat.

Sit on the left side of the vehicle, the canyon that takes you to the lowlands is breath-taking!

DAY 2:

Machala

Puyango

Puyango is one of Ecuador's best kept secrets; one of the biggest petrified forests in the world. Take a tent with you.

Trip will take 2 hours and the ride will be like going back to the past.

DAY 3:

Puyango

Zaruma

Piñas, Zaruma y Portovelo, 3 forgotten cities, will make you feel you are in the begining of the last century.

Zaruma is hidden high in the mountainside, it's an old Spanish mining town.

DAY 4: Zaruma Vilcabamba From Zaruma you can follow the old route to Loja, this is another unfrequented route. Sit on the right hand side of the vehicle.
DAY 5: Vilcabamba Cuenca Stop and see the Saraguros indiginous ancestral village on the way. Podocarpus National Park, lots of lakes in the Vilcabamba area.

Day 2 and 3 can be made in just one day.

You can link this circuit with route 4 and go back to Quito.

Cuenca - Machala - Puyango - Loja - Vilcabamba - Cuenca

Cuenca - Machala - Puyango - Loja - Vilcabamba - Cuenca

 

FROM

TO

WHAT TO SEE

NOTES

DAY 1:

Cuenca

Machala

Once in Machala you must go to nice Jambeli beach, 45 minutes from Machala by boat.

Sit on the left side of the vehicle, the canyon that takes you to the lowlands is breath-taking!

DAY 2:

Machala

Puyango

Puyango is one of Ecuador's best kept secrets; one of the biggest petrified forests in the world. Take a tent with you.

Trip will take 2 hours and the ride will be like going back to the past.

DAY 3: Puyango Alamor Alamor, a little town lost in the past, not much to do but you can get an idea of how Ecuador was early in the last century. You will feel like your were transported to the past. Don't forget to try the unique food. You won't find Gringo places in this area.
DAY 4: Alamor Vilcabamba Podocarpus National Park, lots of lakes. Vilcabamba, good for just relaxing.
DAY 5: Vilcabamba Cuenca Stop and see the Saraguros indiginous ancestral village on the way. See Cuenca by night.

You can link this circuit with route 4 and go back to Quito.

Quito - Latacunga - Quilotoa - Chugchilan - Lasso - Quito

Quito - Latacunga - Quilotoa - Chugchilan - Lasso - Quito - Ambato - Chimborazo Refugio - Riobamba - Bañoshugchilan - Lasso - Quito

 

FROM

TO

WHAT TO SEE

NOTES

DAY 1:

Quito

Chugchilan

Once in Latacunga go toward Zumbahua in order to reach Quilotoa lake. From there to Chugchilan will be easy.

Quilotoa, impresive lake at 3600 mts above sea level. On a sunny day the color of the water will change. You can camp here.

DAY 2:

Chugchilan

Quito

Chugchilan is a village lost in the Ecuadorian Andes. Follow road to Sigchos, from there to Lasso.

There aren't many buses in this area. Lots of treks around Chugchilan. One of the most beautiful circuits in Ecuador!

Quito - Ambato - Chimborazo Refugio - Riobamba - Baños - Quito

Quito - Ambato - Chimborazo Refugio - Riobamba - Baños - Quito

 

FROM

TO

WHAT TO SEE

NOTES

DAY 1:

Quito

Chimborazo Refugio (Hut)

On the way to this important snow-capped mountains in Ecuador you'll see the others: Cotopaxi, Illinizas, Chimborazo, Tungurahua, Carihuairazo.

From Ambato to the Chimborazo hut you will see amazing multicolor fields. Do not forget to bring a good sleeping bag (and a bottle of aspirin!) because you will sleep at 5000 mts above sea level.

DAY 2:

Chimborazo Refugio

Baños

Walk around the refugio and you will feel the altitude. Road down to Riobamba is impresive.

San Juan, Penipe, Quimiag will be the little villages you will pass by on your way to Baños.

DAY 3: Baños Quito Visit the Zoo as well as the thermal baths. La Cascada de la Virgen is quite impresive. Visit the Salasaca market on the way, between Baños and Ambato.

You can link this circuit with route 5 or 6.



Our routes:

Quito - Otavalo - Ibarra - San Lorenzo - Atacames - Quito
Quito - Puerto Lopez - Montañita - Guayaquil - Quito
Quito - Puerto Lopez - Montañita - Guayaquil - Guaranda (Salinas) - Quito
Quito - Puerto Lopez - Montañita - Guayaquil - Cuenca - Ingapirca - Alausi - Riobamba - Quito
Quito - Baños - Puyo - Misahualli - Papallacta - Quito
Quito - Baños - Macas - Sucua - Cuenca
Cuenca - Loja - Vilcabamba - Macara
Cuenca - Machala - Puyango - Macara
Cuenca - Machala - Zaruma - Loja - Vilcabamba - Cuenca
Cuenca - Machala - Puyango - Zaruma - Loja - Vilcabamba - Cuenca
Cuenca - Machala - Puyango - Loja - Vilcabamba - Cuenca
Quito - Latacunga - Quilotoa - Chugchilan - Lasso - Quito
Quito - Ambato - Chimborazo Refugio - Riobamba - Baños - Quito

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