Explore the most impressive and beautiful volcanoes on earth, like the Chimborazo the highest mountain in Ecuador. Admire the Cotopaxi volcano the highest active volcano on earth. Explore the Quilotoa Crater Lake located inside an extinct volcano and discover the beautiful city of Baños, land of waterfalls and entrance to the Amazon basin and home to the Tungurahua volcano.
Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.
Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. ECUADOR PURE LIFE can help you to organize a day trip.
In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel 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.
Overnight at Fuente de Piedra or similar
We will begin our day heading south of Quito to visit Cotopaxi National Park. Here we have our first acclimation hike around Limpiopungo Lake at 13000ft (3800 mt) above sea level and see wild horses, wild bulls and some bird species. From here you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi volcano.
Concluding our day, we will drive to Isinlivi where we will spend the night.
Trekking time: 2 hours on flat terrain around Limpiopungo lagoon, elevation: 12,631 ft.
Overnight at Hostal Llullu Llama or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, box lunch & dinner
The magic Andean mountain landscapes inspire us today on a trek along the Toachi canyon for 13.5 km (8,4 miles), with 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 Quiltoa loop. Here we will find our Eco-house accommodation and in the afternoon, we can explore the village with the fantastic opportunity to share a bit of the cultural experience with locals.
Trekking time: 2 hours downhill from 10,810 ft. to the Toachi River at 9,500 ft and then 2 hours uphill to Chugchilán at 10,498 ft. Total steps: 25,481
Overnight at Hostal Mama Hilda or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner
After breakfast, early in the morning, we will begin 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 canyons to reach neighboring communities. While trekking on this trail, you often see the traditional custom of exchanging goods with one another still being utilized. We will hike down across impressive canyons to later climb back up to the top of the crater rim, where you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Quilotoa Lake. The magic of this place will take your breath away. We will lodge in Quilotoa village and enjoy the local cuisine.
Trekking time: 1 hour downhill from 10,498 ft. to the Toachi River at 9,800 ft. and then 2 and a half hours uphill to 13,000 ft. After, 1 hour and a half on flat terrain.
Total steps: 27,518
Overnight at Samay Kirutoa or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Quilotoa crater-lake is our main goal today. After breakfast, we will take a hike down to the base of the crater for 1.2 km (0,75 miles).Following this path, you will have an awesome view of the lake and many chances to take pictures of the turquoise water-filled caldera. Once at the bottom of the lake we will have some time to explore the crater of this mythical, active volcano. If you wish, you can go for a swim in the volcanic waters or do some kayaking. 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 get a transfer to the area of Riobamba, located in the central part of the Ecuadorian highlands.
Trekking time: 1 hour downhill from 13,000 ft. to 12,000 ft. and 1 hour and 20 minutes uphill same way back. Total steps: 14,094. Kayaking time (optional): 1 hour
Overnight at Chimborazo lodge or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Early in the morning, we will drive through valleys and farming villages towards the Chimborazo Volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador with an elevation of 6310 meters above sea level, whose summit is the world farthest point from the center of the earth. On a clear day, the majestic peak of Chimborazo dominates the view for many kilometers.
The visit to this amazing national park includes a short hike for 0.9 km (0.57 miles) to reach the elevation of 5000 meters where the glacier begins. On the hike, we will spot a few of the animals that inhabit this volcanic wonderland such as the Andean condor, cara-cara, hummingbirds, and the timid wild Vicuñas.
Once extinct in Ecuador, reintroduced and 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 Baños. In the evening, we will soak in the famous hot springs of Baños and experience the thriving nightlife of this town.
Trekking time: 1.5 hours uphill from 15,748 ft. to 16,732 ft. and then 45 minutes downhill same way back.
Total steps: 14,974
Overnight at La Floresta Hotel or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch
Baños is one of the most popular and important tourist spots in the country and you will find many Ecuadorian families vacationing here. One look to this delightfully green mountain town and you will know why. Surprisingly, it is pleasant and unspoiled. The town, very well known for its spectacular location right on the foothills of the Tungurahua active volcano, is the perfect setting for outdoor activities, including horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing and rafting.
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, enjoy the scenic ride returning us to Quito City.
Trekking time: 45 minutes downhill from 5,249 ft. to 4,950 ft. and then 1-hour uphill same way back.
Total steps: 13,000
Overnight at Fuente de piedra or similar
Meals included: Breakfast
Transfer to the International airport to catch your flight back home. Take with you 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 !buen viaje!
Meals included: Breakfast
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