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8-Day Trekking the Avenue of Volcanoes Tour from Quito

Tour Code: 323-8572
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Quito, Ecuador
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8 Days 7 Nights

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Highlights: Trek in the Ecuadorian Andes while you discover an incredible world of stunning landscapes, hidden communities, indigenous cultures and massive volcanoes. These features and more come together to shape the famous Avenue of Volcanoes in the Ecuadorian highlands.

  • Kayak inside Quilotoa crater lake and discover the hidden activity of this mythical volcano
  • Admire the stunning glacier of the highest summit measured from the centre of the world

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    • Guests must be at least 8 years of age or older.
    Day 1

    Quito

    Welcome to Quito! Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the town of Quito and the surrounding area.
    In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel at 18:00pm for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.
    • Quito, ECUADOR

      The capital city of Ecuador sits on the slopes of Pichincha, an active volcano in the northern Andes Mountains. At an elevation of 9,350 feet, it is the highest capital city in the world.
    Standard Hotel: Dann Carlton Hotel or similar
    Day 2

    Quito - Cotopaxi National Park - Isinlivi (55 km)

    Begin by hiking the sierra climate around the Limpiopungo lagoon (13000 ft/3800 m) on the foothills of the Ruminahui volcano. From here, we have the best views of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. There is also the possibility to see wild horses, wild bulls and some bird species. If the weather conditions permit, we will attempt to trek to the basecamp at 16000 ft. (4876 m). Concluding our day, we will drive to Isinlivi where we will spend the night. Trekking time: 2 hours on flat terrain around Limpiopungo lagoon
    • Cotopaxi National Park, ECUADOR

      A protected area in Ecuador. The Cotopaxi volcano that lends its name to the park is located within its boundaries. Cotopaxi is among the highest active volcanoes in the world; its last significant eruption took place in 1904.
    Standard Hotel: Hostal Llullu Llama or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 3

    Toachi canyon - Chugchilan

    The charming Andean mountain landscapes will inspire us today on a trek along the Toachi canyon for 13.5 km (8.4 mi). Experience stunning views of small villages and indigenous people working in the fields. We will hike down to the canyon of the Toachi River and then back up to the main road that will take us to Chugchilan, a small town located on the middle of the Quilotoa loop. Here we will find our Eco-house accommodation, and in the afternoon we can explore the village with the great opportunity to gain a bit of cultural experience with the locals.

    Trekking time: 2 hours downhill from 10,810 ft. (3295 m) to the Toachi River at 9,500 ft (2896 m) and then 2 hours uphill to Chugchilan at 10,498 ft. (3200 m) Total steps: 25,481
    Standard Hotel: Hostal Mama Hilda or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 4

    Trekking to Quilotoa

    Early in the morning after breakfast we will start our hiking adventure for 11 km (6.9 miles) on small trails blazed by the mountain people and still used by locals to transport products and to travel across the canyons to reach neighboring communities. While trekking on this trail, it is common to see the traditional custom of exchanging goods with one another, bartering is still being utilized today. We will venture down into impressive canyons to later climb back up to the top of the crater rim, where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Quilotoa Lake. The majesty of this place will take your breath away. We will lodge in Quilotoa village and enjoy the local cuisine.
    Standard Hotel: Hostal Samay Quirutoa or similar
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: IncludedDinner: Included
    Day 5

    Trekking into Quilotoa crater lake

    Our objective today is Quilotoa crater lake. After breakfast, Descend this steep 1.2 km (0.75 mi) path with beautiful views of the crater lake. Seize the opportunity to take photos of the turquoise water-filled caldera. Once at the bottom where the lake sits, we will have some time to explore the crater of this mythical, active volcano. You can go for a swim or kayak in the volcanic water. For the way back up to the top, it is possible to rent a mule and ride the challenging steep trail. In the afternoon we will transfer to the area of Riobamba, located in the central part of the Ecuadorian highlands.
    Standard Hotel: La Andaluza expirience Hacienda Spa
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 6

    Chimborazo Volcano - Banos

    Early in the morning, we will drive through valleys and farming villages to reach the Chimborazo Volcano, . On a clear day, the majestic peak of Chimborazo dominates the view for many kilometers. Visiting this spectacular national park includes a short hike for 0.9 km (0.57 mi) to reach the elevation of 5000 m (16404 ft) where the glacier begins. On the hike, we will try to spot a few of the animals that inhabit this volcanic climate such as the Andean condor, cara-cara, hummingbirds, and the timid wild Vicuņas. Once extinct in Ecuador, they were reintroduced into the wild and are now protected; this beautiful animal is related to the alpacas and llamas. A delicious picnic will be organized at the base camp before we leave the moon-like landscape of Chimborazo and drive on to the tropical town of Banos. In the evening we can soak in the famous hot springs of Banos and experience the thriving night life of this town.

    Trekking time: 1.5 hours uphill from 15,748 ft (4800 m) to 16,732 ft (5100 m) and then 45 minutes downhill same way back. Total steps: 14,974
    Standard Hotel: Casa De Luis or Similar
    Breakfast: IncludedLunch: Included
    Day 7

    Banos - Quito

    This morning we will hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride's Veil waterfall, where we will take the Tarabita (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then, we will hike down for one hour to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. After a day full of adventures in the cloud forest, you will enjoy the scenic ride returning us to Quito City.
    Standard Hotel: Dann Carlton Hotel or similar
    Breakfast: Included
    Day 8

    Quito

    Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "buen viaje"!
    Breakfast: Included
    • Price Includes

    • Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation
    • Accommodation based on double occupancy: 3 or 4-star hotel in Quito, 3 or 4-stars eco-hotel in Isinlivi, hostel in Chugchilan, hostel in Quilotoa, 5-star Andean lodge in Chimborazo, 3 or 4-star hotel in Banos.
    • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
    • Activities: Trekking in Isinlivi, 3-day trekking to Chugchilan and Quilotoa, hiking to the Quilotoa crater lake, hiking to the glaciers of Chimborazo highest volcano in Ecuador, watch vicuņas (camel similar to llama or alpaca), hiking the road of waterfall in Baņos, soak in volcanic hot springs, cable-car ride in Baņos, hike to Pailon del Diablo waterfall, salsa lesson, cultural experience with the local people, Pujili indigenous authentic market.
    • Gear: Hiking sticks.
    • Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides
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