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.