Cuenca Post-Excursion Extension
Wonders (Quito to Guayaquil)
2-nights | Saturday - Sunday
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As ancient cosmogony of Cañari nation tells it, their people
came into being after a terrible flood that annihilated all
humans and animals in the world except for two brothers, who
then married two macaw with human female faces. From this union
the Cañari nation was born, and then spread across what now is
the southern Andes in Ecuador, including the area where Cuenca
At the end of XIVth century, the Inca Empire arrived from the
south, and they settled in the area of Cuenca before continuing
north. The Inca conquest of Ecuador was short – lived though,
ending bless than 100 years later with the arrival of the
Europeans o, and with the arrival of the Europeans. During
the XV and XVIth century the city changed again inca palaces and
Cañari remains disappeared or served as foundations or building
materials for catholic churches and convents, giving birth to a
one of the most beautiful expressions of American baroque style.
This mixture of Cañari-inca ruins, visible in the palace of
Pumapungo erected in XIVth century by Inca emperor Huayna Capac,
the magnificent temples from the XVIth century and the
impressive republican era, marble decorated civilian structures
scattered across town earned the city its entry into UNESCo
World heritage list in 1999, acknowledging the community’s
effort to maintain their multicultural heritage.
Connecting with Train of Wonders (Quito to Guayaquil)
Departure at 10 AM from
Guayaquil to Cuenca by road. From the rice and banano
plantations the road climbs up to the impressive paramo of El
Cajas National Park, with its more than 200 lakes and lagoons.
Arrival in Cuenca around noon. Check in at
a colonial style manor converted into Boutique Hotel, right in
the heart of the historical quarter. A perfect starting
point for exploring the city center by foot.
Dinner in Mansion Alcazar.
Free time for exploring the city
Besides the many splendid
churches and convents, such as El Carmen or Las Conceptas, you
can visit the Catedral Nueva, with its splendid blue domes and
the rose marble façade, in the main square. Stroll around the
old quarter and discover small squares, the Flower Market and
the magnificent view of El Barranco, the scenic promenade along
the river Tomebamba, with its picturesque houses perched on top
of the river.
But Cuenca is also the capital
of arts and handcrafts in Ecuador. The city and the surrounding
valleys are famed for their skilled jewelers, the most delicate
filigree, and of course, the famous Panama Hats.
When you tire of exploring this
quaint city, it is time for a refreshment. Cuenca is famed for
its traditional sweets, elaborated according to old colonial
recipes, but you can also find great number of restaurants
specializing in updated Andean Cuisine.
Or else you can hire a tour to
the nearby valleys of Gualaceo and Chordeleg, week-end places of
choice for Cuenca citizens due to their beautiful landscape and
mild climate. Orchids, textile weavers, filigree jewelers, hat
makers await you. Workshops are scattered around in the small
villages, and many of them welcome visitors.
Cuenca’s signature dishes are
based on many different ways of preparing corn - all of them
delicious. The star is "mote" - hominy corn boiled until soft
and peeled. It is called "mote sucio" if cooked in pork gravy,
"mote pillo" for breakfast with eggs and onion, "Tostado" or "chulpi"
usually served as snack, toasted corn nut, and the name varies
depending on the type of corn used... The food scene in Cuenca
has experienced a dramatic overhaul in recent years. For
traditional Andean cuisine try El Tiesto or El Molino,
reservation advised. Or just let your feet guide you and
discover you own favorite place.
Guayaquil – El Cajas* – Cuenca
*Panoramic tour. Free time in Cuenca. Accommodation and
dinner at Mansion Alcazar.
Free time in Cuenca. Check out, 12:00.
What is included?
Our program includes transportation on board Tren Crucero with
bilingual guide (English/Spanish). All meals during the trip,
unlimited snacks and soft drinks on board, transfer in tourist
bus or van for scheduled visits, and all entry fees on
activities included in the itinerary. Lodging on a double
On "Train of Wonders"
complimentary transfer to selected hotels is provided on a
shared basis. (Hilton, airport area, Oro Verde, Downtown) and
Wyndham (St Ana area) Train arrival in Duran is scheduled at 6
Colonial Cuenca extension
includes transfer from your hotel in Guayaquil to Cuenca, and 2
nights in Mansion Alcazar, breakfast and dinner included.
1) Guidance in Italian, French,
German Portuguese and Japanese is available under petition.
Subject to availability and with an extra cost.
What is extra?
Local taxes, alcoholic beverages ( a selection of red and White
wines, beers and whiskey is available on board) meals or
excursions not included in the program, plane tickets, personal
expenditure, tips, transfer to hotels different from those
indicated. It is advised that passengers acquire a travel
insurance. Our services end on arrival at Duran or Quito
train stations. If you are booking our Colonial Cuenca
extension and need help with a hotel in Guayaquil, please let us
CLOTHING: Wear layers, a
jacket for cold weather and a light coat for the rain (coast),
walking shoes, hat, sunscreen (SPF 70 at least), sunglasses,
camera, cash and insect repellant.
ALTITUDE: It ranges from
80 to 3,610 meters above sea level. The temperature ranges from
14° to 35 °C.
airport operates domestic flights to and from Guayaquil/Quito.
We advise to make early reservation for your return trip.
Additional excursions to Chordeleg, Gualaceo, or Cuenca City
Tour can be booked at the hotel, and are subject to
Connecting with Quito
departures of Train of Wonders Tren Crucero.
Train of Wonders plus Colonial Cuenca
Quito - Guayaquil
- 3, 17, 31 January, 2017
- 14, 28 February, 2017
- 14, 28 March, 2017
- 11, 25 April, 2017
- 09, 23 May, 2017
- 06, 20 June, 2017
- 04, 18 July, 2017
- 01, 15, 29 August, 2017
- 12, 26 September, 2017
- 10, 24 October, 2017
- 07, 21 November, 2017
- 05, 19 December, 2017