Cotopaxi and Haciendas
Cotopaxi National Park is one of the most visited nature reserves in Ecuador due to the presence of wildlife, breathtaking scenery and the relative ease of climbing the volcano, one of the most striking mountains in Ecuador. Based on Hacienda Santa Ana, we can hike and bike through different paths. After visiting the Park continue to Hacienda San Agustin de Callo, one of the more welcoming lodges in our journey, where we can also organize optional activities, such as horseback riding. The program continues to the Quilotoa crater lake, passing through beautiful Moors and the indigenous villages of Tigua and Zumbahua.
- EASY to STRENUOUS, depending on activities selection
- Start / ends in Quito (city or airport)
- 5 days / 4 nights
- Hikes through nature trails
- Private guide and transportation
- Lodging in the best Haciendas in the area
- Excellent meals
|Day 1||Visit to Antisana Ecological Reserve; then continue to Hacienda Santa Ana, at the entrance of the Cotopaxi National Park|
|Day 2||Explore the vicinity of Cotopaxi and hike to Ribas refuge, at 4,800 meters of altitude. Hacienda San Agustin de Callo|
|Day 3||Walk on the ranch and surrounding area. Optionally, horseback riding or mountain biking. Hacienda San Agustín|
|Day 4||Continue to Quilotoa Crater Lake, passing through the Indian towns of Tigua and Zumbahua. Hacienda Hato Verde|
|Day 5||Return to Quito after lunch, or trip extension to the South. (see "Cascades and volcanoes")|
|Group size||Price (per person)|
|2 persons||USD 1.930|
|4 persons||USD 1.480|
|6 or more persons||USD 1.340|
- 4-night lodging in Hacienda Santa Ana, Hacienda San Agustín de Callo and Hacienda Hato Verde (see details below)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Private guide during all the tour
- Private transportation, personalized attention
- Access tickets to parks and reserves
- Optional activities (see details below)
- Tips; alcoholic beverages; personal expenses
Prices based on double occupancy, valid until December 31 / 2016
This adventure starts in the parking lot of the Cotopaxi at 4600 meters high and continues with an incredible descent through the dirt roads in the northeast area of the Park. Enjoy a splendid view of the area and the mountains Sincholagua, Rumiñahui and Pasochoa. The estimated time is 5 hours and a high technical and physical level is not crucial because we will choose the route according to the skills of the group. Ends at Hacienda Santa Ana.
Available for expert riders and beginners as well; riding is one of the preferred activities in this hacienda. Ride through villages and Andean landscapes, Inca trails, ranches, forests and parts of the Andean moorland. San Agustin has excellent horses to enjoy an unforgettable adventure. And if you prefer an all-day tour, we complement it with a picnic in some magic place surrounded by these mountains.
Westward from Zumbahua, we drive up to 3.570 meters of altitude to the Quilotoa Crater Lake. It always impresses the first sight of its turquoise waters, one of the main attractions of the Andes of Ecuador. You can walk around the lake or to the inside of the crater; an excellent cardio exercise considering the height and slope. Approximate return time: 1 to 2 hours hiking.
Hiking rugged mountain trails. The ascent to the Ribas refuge can be strenuous and requires good physical condition; one gets up to 4,800 meters of altitude. Temperatures in highlands and mountains may become very low and humidity high; It is necessary to bring winter clothes. We will adjust the level of activities in accordance with the skills and abilities of the group. Quilotoa hikes are also strenuous and the temperature can drop abruptly.
Located very close to the North entrance of the Cotopaxi National Park, with a privileged view of the Cotopaxi, Sincholagua, Rumiñahui, Pasochoa and Corazon volcanoes, this hacienda is also our entry to this route and from where we organize a series of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking excursions. The Hacienda offers comfortable rooms and excellent food typical of an Andean hacienda.
With lots of history and spectacular views towards the Cotopaxi and the Valley of Lasso, this hacienda offers many choices of activities, including horseback rides and visits to the hacienda’s facilities, plantations of roses, and more. Located near the Cotopaxi National Park's South entrance, San Augustin is in the middle of our journey and is ideal as a comfortable and cozy place to rest.
Hato Verde is part of the Group of Haciendas that we use in our travels along the Andes of Ecuador for the comfort of its facilities, the quality of its cuisine and the charm which welcomes us. It is an ideal point of departure for the South face of Cotopaxi, a beautiful place, best preserved and with less presence of tourists. Run directly by its owners, in this Hacienda you will enjoy a comfortable stay.
For this trip, it is necessary to go first to Quito. Select our Quito Pre trip program or request any additional nights to suit your needs. Preferably we can arrange it as an extension of our program “Otavalo and surroundings”
To visit other places of the Ecuadorian Andes, you can extend this trip with our program "Cascades and volcanoes".
Select any of our programs in the Andes, the Amazon and the Coast of continental Ecuador before or after this tour.
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