Outdoor Activities in Quito

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Join us 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 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..! Enjoy Ecuador at its purest!!
DAY 1: You start at 08h00 from your hotel in Quito. We will travel south along the avenue of the volcanoes, and about 09h30 we will reach 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. You will see also the exotic wildlife in its habitat while you participate of the walks around Limpiopungo Lagoon (3.800 m.a.s.l.). Also, we will have the opportunity to drive to the parking lot, located at 4.500 meters above sea level, in order to hike up to an altitude of 4.800 meters where the refuge “Jose Rivas” is located! Afterwards, we will visit San Agustin de Callo, an impressive farm house in Ecuador, built over Inca structures! In the afternoon we will arrive to your hotel; you will stay the overnight at Hacienda La Ciénega that was shelter of Alexander Von Humboldt in the nineteenth century! DAY 2: We leave at 08h00, towards the Indian market of Saquisilí (Thursday). Then we drive towards Quilotoa Lake that shows a spectacular view of the Andean mountains, passing by the ancestral canyon of the Toachi River and many indigenous communities and farmlands! Before lunch we will 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! After this memorable experience, we have the chance to visit 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, or there is the option of renting a mule to go back up there! After this fabulous adventure, we will be back in Quito approximately at 18h00, totally happy and satisfied!!

What’s included

  • Private transport
  • Certified English speaking guide
  • Mentioned itinerary and visits
  • Quilotoa entrance fees
  • Cotopaxi National Park entrance fees
  • San Agustin entrance fee
  • Typical meal for lunch day # 1
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Mentioned lodging or similar (depending on availability)
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast

What’s not included

  • Lunch day # 2
  • Drinks
  • Entrance fees to indigenous huts 
  • Mules or horses ride
  • Hotel nights in Quito
  • Extra expenses, IVA (only Ecuadorians)
  • Not specified visits