Avenue of the Volcanoes Independent Adventure

Classic, Quito to Quito

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

From the outdoor playground of Baños to the bustling lanes of the Otavalo market, get an introduction to the culture, history, and spectacular scenery of Ecuador on this six-day adventure. Venture along the "Avenue of the Volcanoes," checking each off your list: active (Cotopaxi), green (Cuicocha), water-filled (Quilotoa) and extinct (Cayambe). Because we have years of experience in Quito and an established operational office, we’ll take care of the hassles – just focus on the highlights. And, with an expert CEO to lead the way and time for optional excursions, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to do your own thing.

What’s included

  • Overnight in an historic hacienda
  • Otavalo handicraft market
  • Visit Quitsato Sundial located at the equator line
  • Visit a traditional leather town
  • Visit Cotopaxi National Park
  • Scenic drive along the "Avenue of the Volcanos
  • " All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Be in awe of the majestic "avenue of the volcanoes"
  • Learn about ecuador's eruptive geology
  • Straddle both hemispheres on the equator line
  • Learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from local artisans

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito/Otavalo Spend 1 night in the Otavalo area and visit its world famous handicrafts market, the largest in South America. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come here every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables. One of the most obvious signs of the Otavaleños' cultural integrity is their traditional dress. This is not just put on especially for the tourists at the Saturday market, but is worn throughout their daily lives. Otavalo is justly famous both for its friendly people and its Saturday animal market. The market dates back to pre-Inca times when jungle products were transported from the eastern lowlands and traded for highland goods. Today's market has two different functions: the local market for buying and selling animals, food, and other essentials, and the crafts market for the tourists and other interested people. Additional Notes: This trip leaves early on the morning of Day 1 from Quito - a pre-night in Quito is not included. Should you require the pre-night, please ask our sales CEOs who will be happy to arrange this for you. If there is any confusion on arrival, please do not hesitate to call the contact number listed in these trip details. Included Activities: Welcome Package Hotel Mitad del Mundo Visit Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 2 Otavalo/Cotopaxi National Park (1B) Spend the morning driving along the Avenue of the Volcanoes searching out the peaks of Pichincha, Iliniza, and the gigantic Antisana. Venture into Cotopaxi National Park travelling around the base of the cone-shaped, snow-capped volcano, considered the highest active volcano in the world. Spend the evening near Ecuador's beautiful Cotopaxi Volcano. Included Activities: Cotopaxi National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
Day 3 Cotopaxi National Park/Baños (1B) Baños means 'baths' and that is precisely what the town is famous for. Some are thermal springs from the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means 'little hell' in Quichua. Other baths have melt water running into them from Tungurahua's glaciated flanks. Locals swear that the baths are good for your health; it’s definitely worth rising early to watch the dawn creep over the mountains from a hot spring vantage point. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 4 Baños (1B) The town is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, including horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting in the surrounding mountains and on the River Patate.
Day 5 Baños/Quito (1B) In the morning, enjoy free time in Baños to pursue some optional activities before transferring back to Quito for the evening. Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-9.00 hours)
Day 6 Quito (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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