Full Day Cotopaxi & The Chuquiragua Trail

Cultural & Theme Tours in Ecuador

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Unique Andean views a long the way to Cotopaxi ParkBest chance to experience the Andes not far from QuitoHiking admiring the Andes Visit to an Hacienda with more the 3 Centuries of History
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi ProvinceEarly in the morning our destination is to visit one of the most important National Parks in the central Andes.Located 86 kilometers from the city of Quito, it gives us the opportunity to change the panorama of the cars and buildings towards the Andean Páramo and the Chuquiraguas (endemic plant of the highlands).Through the Panamericana Sur or well known "Avenida de los Volcanes", you can see volcanos such as: Atacazo, Corazón, Ilinizas, Pasochoa, Rumiñahui among others, to finally reach the entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park.From here the adventure starts driving trough between the grasslands.The Cotopaxi National Park has more than 33,000 hectares of extension with a variety of trails, lagoons, rivers, waterfalls and of course, the Cotopaxi Volcano, which captivates with its majesty and beauty. In this area you can also see an exuberant flora and fauna, being the condor an icon in the Andes. In the lagoon of Limpiopungo (3830 masl) it is possible a walk of two hours, to observe some species of birds that inhabit the lagoon.Then by car we will continue our way to the parking lot (4500 masl) and then to the refuge called José Rivas (4800 masl). Of course, this last visit is possible, depending on your physical condition.At the end we can enjoy a typical lunch at a typical Hacienda called La Ciénega, as the place of residence of the French Geodetic Mission that arrived in Ecuador to make the measurement that corresponds to half the world in 1736.ON THURSDAYS WE INCLUDE SAQUISILI INDIAN MARKET INSTEAD OF HACIENDA LA CIENEGA VISIT, PLEASE NOTICE IT for further bookings Finaly Return to your hotel.Duration: 8 hours

What’s included

  • Snacks - Coca Tea
  • Bottled water
  • Private transportation
  • Certified English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Park Admission Fee
  • Saquisili Indian Market Visit ( ONLY ON THURSDAYS)
  • Pick Up at your Hotel Location in Quito
  • Lunch - Lunch at La Cienega as Tourist Menu ( Except on Thursdays LUNCH NOT INCLUDED)
  • Entry/Admission - Cotopaxi National Park

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Any sightseeing , meal or activity not specified in program
  • Personal Expenses