This is the best private excursion to explore two of the most attractive volcanoes of Ecuador, and take the challenge to hike and enjoy the stunning landscapes! Quilotoa and Cotopaxi are world-wide-known volcanoes because of their natural beauty, and friendly access. Go out of the beaten path staying an overnight in a charming and historical colonial hacienda, and discover ancient labors and traditions..!
ItineraryDay 1: Cotopaxi National ParkStop At: Ecuador Best Tours, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceStart at 08h00 from your hotel or address within Quito's district. We will travel south along the avenue of the volcanoes.Duration: 5 minutesStop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi Province09h30 we will arrive to Cotopaxi Volcano (5.897 m.a.s.l.), in order to be surrounded by pristine forests, mountains, lagoons, wild horses and fascinating ecosystems that gradually change as you gain altitude. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi ProvinceYou will see also the exotic wildlife in its habitat while you participate of a walk around Limpiopungo Lagoon (3.800 m.a.s.l.). You will also have the opportunity to drive up to the parking lot, located at 4.500 meters above sea level (15,000 feet), in order to hike up to 4.800 meters where the refuge “Jose Rivas” is located (16,000 feet)! Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Cotopaxi National Park, Cotopaxi ProvinceWe visit San Agustin de Callo, an impressive farm house in Ecuador, built over Inca structures! In the afternoon we arrive toHacienda La Ciénega that was shelter of Alexander Von Humboldt in the nineteenth century!Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hacienda La CiénegaDay 2: Quilotoa Crater LakeStop At: Mercado Indigena, Saquisili, Cotopaxi ProvinceWe leave at 08h00, towards the Indian market of Saquisilí (Thursday). Then we drive towards Quilotoa Volcano that shows a spectacular view of the Andean mountains, passing by the ancestral canyon of the Toachi River and many indigenous communities and farmlands!Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi ProvinceWe visit the hut of an indigenous family where you will have the opportunity to interact with the local people and maybe learn a few Kichwa words, which is the native language of the Andean region! Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi ProvinceVisit the local and unique Indian market of Zumbahua (Saturday). The tour includes a long walk inside the crater of Quilotoa Volcano, where a very attractive emerald-colour-lagoon is located (3.600 meters). The way back to the top of the crater, where the parking lot is, takes about one hour walking, or there is the option of renting a mule to go back up there!Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceDrop off back in Quito at the address you would desire.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.