CUENCA TO BAÑOS

Trip Highlights & What’s Included

Trip Highlights

  • Take in views of the extraordinary Chimborazo Volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador and the point on Earth closest to space (due to the bulge of the equator) – Riobamba
  • Catch the famous Devil’s Nose Train, considered one of the most scenic train routes in the worlds – Alausí
  • Ride the “Swing at the End of the World” where you can look out at the epic Mt. Tungurahua Volcano and the vast Ecuadorian wilderness below – Baños

What’s Included

  • 3 stop Hop-on, Hop-off pass allowing you to stay as long at each stop as you like, or follow our recommended plan to do everything at a perfect pace! (still not sure how Ecuador Hop works? Click here to learn more)
  • On board local Ecuadorian expert who will give tips, advice, and can help book tours, accommodation and more
  • All local taxes, fees and service charges – no hidden fees or tipping requests like other companies
  • Local customer service team accessible via email and phone for any issue

Stop By Stop Information

Follow the different "Hopstages" of our route to see the different highlights at each of our destinations.

HOPSTAGE 1 : CUENCA TO RIOBAMBA TO BAÑOS

After leaving Cuenca  we stop in Alausí just past midnight. Alausí is home to the Nariz del Diablo train which is widely regarded to be one of the most beautiful train rides in South America and surrounds you with unbelievable scenery and landscapes. You will need to spend at least two days in Alausí for this journey. (Remember to check the bus departures when planning your journey!)

From Alausí the bus continues to Riobamba. This arrival is also at night. In Riobamba you will be able to soak in views of the Chimborazo Volcano (the point on the earth that is closest to space, thanks to the equatorial bulge). You can also enjoy the colorful indigenous markets that are so typical of this region.

Finally, we will head towards Baños, considered Ecuador’s adventure capital as well as the perfect gateway to the Amazon Rainforest. There are many amazing things to do in Baños, from zip-lining or cycling to paragliding, hiking and more. All these incredible activities are made even better by the gorgeous backdrop of lush tropical greenery and waterfalls.

Riobamba Highlights

Visit the famous Riobamba market to shop for traditional textiles and other artisan handicrafts.

Take in views of the magnificent Chimborazo Volcano, the point on earth closest to space (due to the bulge of the equator).

Baños Highlights

Cycle around the “Ruta de las Cascadas,” a loop bringing you past some of the area’s most beautiful waterfalls.

Go zip-lining and take in the incredible jungle scenery from above as you soar through the sky.

Do some white water rafting on the nearby Rio Pastaza for some adrenaline-pumping action.

Visit the “Swing at the End of the World” to ride a treehouse swing over a cliff (really!) and take in a phenomenal view of the surrounding mountains.

In addition to all these amazing adventure activities, Baños is also a great place to just relax for a couple days in a beautiful setting. The town’s name (Spanish for “baths”) is a reference to the many thermal baths in the area that you can enjoy while in town. Baños is also home to many retreats and wellness centers offering massages, spa treatments, and more. Whether you prefer a canyoning expedition in the jungle or a day in the hot tub (or maybe both), Baños has something for everybody and that’s why it’s one of Ecuador’s best destinations.

Recommended nights in Baños:

We recommend you stay at least two nights in Baños, which should give you sufficient time to participate in one of the popular outdoor activities listed above.

Bus Timetable

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HOPSTAGE 1
Cuenca to Riobamba to Alausí to Baños SUNDAY WEDNESDAY FRIDAY
Cuenca (Depart) 11:00 p.m.
Alausí 02:30 a.m. (the next day)
Riobamba 04:30 a.m. (the next day)
Baños (Arrive) 06:00 a.m. (the next day)

Main activities in Riobamba: Visiting the city’s traditional markets, taking in views of the Chimborazo Volcano.

Note about Alausí: Those who wish to ride the scenic Devil’s Nose Train can hop off at the rail station in Alausí to catch the train.

Main activities in Baños: Visiting the Swing at the End of the World, riding a cable car over the Pastaza River, enjoying the natural scenery, plus outdoor activities like zip-lining, cycling, or rafting.

Important Info & Notes

Departure Days

WEDNESDAY / FRIDAY / SUNDAY

Time of Departure

11 PM

Pick up Location

All hostels and hotels in Cuenca (direct pick-up)

Minimum Time Needed

1 Night

Price

$49

24 & 25 - 31 DEC 2019 & 1 JAN 2020 - CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS BREAK

We will be taking a short break at the end of December for Christmas and New Year. We do this to give our bus drivers and guides time to spend with their families during these special holidays. As a business, we know this may disappoint some travelers, but we care about our employees the same way we care about our passengers and want to give them a well-deserved rest.

NO BUS FROM: 24 & 25 - 31 DEC 2019 & 1 JAN 2020

IMPORTANT NOTE: Make sure you check the bus timetables for each pass as not all routes have daily departures.

9 & 10 AUGUST 2019 - ECUADORIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Biggest public holidays of the year. Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. MUST book accommodation in advance!

9 APRIL – 12 APRIL 2020 EASTER WEEKEND

Easter weekend holidays. Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. We will not be able to assist you booking any accommodations during this period. Please book in advance.

Our Buses

Ecuador Hop – #1 Bus Company In Ecuador

As well as an unbeatable safety record, Ecuador Hop is also famous for its punctuality and comfort. In South America, where things often run later than scheduled, we are very proud to say we achieve a 98.5% on-time arrival for each trip.

If comparing Ecuador Hop to other bus companies, make sure you check their safety record, past accidents, as well as their Tripadvisor page (if they even bother to have one) as often you will find there is a reason why some bus companies have “cheaper” prices than Peru Hop.

Features Of Our Buses

Short Distance Buses

  • Modern bus models: We use only up-to-date, well-maintained and high-quality buses to ensure top safety standards and comfort (this is not always a guarantee in Ecuador).
  • Climate control: We make sure the temperature is comfortable for everyone on board.
  • Highest quality brake and suspension system: Our high-quality buses will get you to your destination as smoothly and comfortably as possible.
  • GPS monitoring system: We monitor location and vehicle speed from our headquarters, ensuring your safety.
  • USB ports available: Charge your mobile phone or tablet on board the bus!

Long Distance Buses

  • Modern bus models: We use brand new, state-of-the-art buses with all the latest technology.
  • Semi-bed reclining seats: All with sponge foam pads for added comfort.
  • Modern and clean toilet: Unlike public buses that often have dirty facilities or no bathroom at all, our buses all come with modern, regularly-cleaned toilets.
  • High-tech temperature-controlled air system: We make sure the temperature is never too hot or too cold.
  • LCD TV sets: Sit back and pass the long hours of travel watching some English-language movies
  • Highest quality brake and suspension system: Our high-quality vehicles will get you to your destination as smoothly and comfortably as possible.
  • Blankets for every passenger: Each seat comes with blankets, so you’ll be able to relax and get some sleep on longer journeys.
  • GPS monitoring system: We monitor location and vehicle speed from our headquarters, ensuring your safety.
  • USB ports on every seat: Don’t stress about charging your mobile phone or tablet. You’ll be able to charge all your devices right at your seat!

Bus Safety Controls

  • Large team of drivers: Our drivers are not overworked/tired as is often the case on other buses.
  • Tour guide onboard: Our tour guide does regular checks on the drivers.
  • Seatbelts: We have a seatbelt for every passenger and ask our passengers to wear them at all times.
  • 24 hour GPS monitoring: Every bus is monitored from a secure point via GPS…we always know where the bus is and if it is taking any unscheduled stops.
  • Constant contact: The drivers and the guide communicate continuously by telephone with the Peru Hop office.
  • No tight deadlines: Our drivers are under NO pressure to arrive at a certain time, no need for increased speed or unnecessary risks.

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