This mini trip is definitely about two of the most important volcanic places in Ecuador combined with the mixture of lush forest, waterfalls, hot springs and a way to explore the andes like never before!
Your guide will be happy to meet you at your hotel at 8 AM and take you on this 4-day private mini trip to four very important and popular tourist destinations in Ecuador. On our first day we will make a visit to one of the most beautiful crater lakes of the country, which will take us about one hour and a half. On our way we have a great opportunity to explore a traditional indigenous fruit & vegetable market, which are still held by locals on certain days (it depends on the day itself if you are able to visit one of these markets).
Upon arrival at the Quilotoa Lake we will first make a visit to the viewpoint, from where you will have a stunning view of the 3-kilometre wide greenish lake and the surrounding mountains. This will also be the starting point for the adventurous hike downhill towards the lake, which will take about 30 minutes. You can either choose to hike back up for about an hour or rent a mule at the lake.
Back at the top of the crater we will make our way up to Lasso, which will take about 2 hours approximately. Your hotel for tonight will be located near the entrance of the Cotopaxi National Park. Upon arrival you have some time to relax after this fun and adventurous day. At night dinner will be served at the restaurant of the hotel.
After breakfast it will take us less than 10 minutes to reach the entrance of the Cotopaxi National Park. The Cotopaxi is still an active and almost perfect strato volcano with an altitude of 5.897 meters above sea level. From the entrance we will have the chance to explore the national park, until reaching the parking lot at 4.500 meters. First stop: The Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center where depends on wheatear we can have a short hike and see the lahares (lava flows) from the last eruption of the volcano. Second stop the Limpiopungo Lake for another hike .
After this we drive to the parking lot, where will be out starting point for the unique and adventurous hike up the volcano. The ultimate challenge will be to reach the Jose F. Ribas Refuge, which is situated 200 meters higher. (If the weather doesn’t permit this hike, we will make a hike around the beautiful Limpiopungo Lake).
After this adventurous hike you will make your way to Riobamba, which will take us about 2 hours approximately. Here you will be spending the night in a comfortable tourist class hotel.
DAY 3: Devil’s Nose Train
On our third day we will explore the Andes like never before! We first have to drive for one hour and a half to Alausi, from where our adventure starts. On a zigzag railroad we will descend more than 500 meters in less than 12 kilometres by train while having a mind-blowing view of the narrow gorge of river Chanchan and the Devil’s Nose Mountain. We will end this day exchanging the rustic Andes for a lush green landscape in Baños known as the door of amazon rain forest, which will take us about 3 hours. Our accommodation will be in a comfortable tourist class hotel near the town’s center. After the check-in you can relax in the natural hot springs nearby, known for their healing properties due to various minerals.
On our final day we will start with the exploration of the town visiting
the pretty cathedral and try some of Baños’s famous ‘Melcocha’ candy made
out of sugar cane. We continue with the waterfall route, which has many
beautiful waterfalls to observe such as the Agoyan and Manto de la Novia. At
both waterfalls you can take a thrilling cable-car ride across the valleys
offering you a more closed up view. On this route we can also observe one of
the biggest waterfalls of the area; the Pailon del Diablo. A 20 minute hike
will take you to a suspension bridge from where you will have a great view of
this impressive waterfall. Besides you can choose to climb up even further to
stand on one of the three platforms to have a more closed up view.
In the afternoon you will make your way back to Quito, which will take us about 3 hours. The guide will leave you at your hotel.
Price per person(subject to change without prior notice)
For groups bigger than 5 please contact us for a free quote
- Transport by private vehicle. Duration of the tour 4 days – 8 hours daily approximately.
- Hotel pick up and drop off from/to centrally located hotels in Quito
- Professional bilingual guide
- Bottle of purified water
- Accommodation in tourist class and superior class hotel (according to the choice you make and shared rooms)
- Breakfast (3)
- Dinner (1)
- Entrance fee Devil’s Nose Train
- Hotel pick up and drop off from/to hotels located outside of the city center of Quito
- Entrance fees; the Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa Lake currently don’t have any entrance fee, Waterfall Route $ 8 p/p, Hot Springs $ 5 p/p
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Personal expenses
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