Southern Ecuador 7 Days + Loja

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+ Loja

Southern Ecuador has a wealth of cultural and natural delights just waiting to be enjoyed. From the heights of Cuenca at 2500 masl to the valley of Vilcabamba at 1500masl, this is journey not only transitions altitudes, but landscapes too – from Andean mountain to verdant valley – and cultures – from the buzz of small city life in Cuenca to tranquil and traditional Saraguro. By stepping just a little off the routes usually on offer in this area, we’d like to introduce you to these gems of southern Ecuador.

  • Transfer to hotel and introduction to tour
  • City tour of Cuenca, UNESCO World Heritage site

Activity length: Approx 7 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

  • Explore the countryside of the Azuay province
  • Visit the IKAT weavers of Gualaceo, the artisan jewellers of Chordeleg and the community of Principal

Highlights # crafts, shopping, rolling hills, country life #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Cuenca

  • Visit to the spectacular “El Chorro de Girón” waterfall
  • Visit to Museo de los Tratados, commemorating the end of the war of 1829
  • Stop at local sugar cane distillery to learn about production techniques

Highlights # waterfall views, history, rural landscapes #

Activity length: Approx 8 hrs

Overnight: Yunguilla area

  • Visit to the town of Oña to witness the local agave liquor
  • Tour of the culturally rich town of Saraguro

Highlights # stunning scenery, culture #

Activity length: Approx 9 hrs

Overnight: Saraguro – simple accommodation

  • Loja city tour
  • Relax in serene Vilcabamba, “The Valley of Longevity”

Highlights # mountain scenery, history, relax #

Activity length: Approx 5 hrs

Overnight: Vilcabamba

  • Hike in the tranquil Vilcabamba valley
  • Witness the cigar-making process at local tobacco farm
  • Free time to enjoy the facilities of the hotel/hostal – optional massage treatments or horse ride

Highlights # nature, hiking, local production, relax #

Activity length: Depending on choice of activities

Overnight: Vilcabamba

  • Short hike on one of the National Park trails
  • Transfer to Cuenca or Loja Airport for connections home or Galapagos, Amazon or Northern Ecuador extension tours (please ask for details)

Highlights # beautiful scenery, hiking, the great outdoors #

Activity length: Depending on transfer option

We keep our itinerary pages short and sweet, please contact us for the full detailed version or with any questions you may have.

* Tailor-made itineraries are also available*

Price: from $1380 p/p
Min: 2 people/Max: 16 people


  • Private transportation
  • Bilingual guide
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Visits and excursions detailed in the itinerary
  • Breakfast is included in all packages
  • Other meals may be included, depending on your choice of package


  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Soft & Alcoholic drinks
  • Additional activities
  • Meals (other than breakfast), depending on your choice of package
  • Tips

Polylepis Tours

Polylepis Tours is a Tour Operator dedicated to delivering the best of Ecuador’s four regions to our clients. Bringing together the finest of our local providers, to showcase the amazing diversity that this wonderful country has to offer.