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Ecuador Volcanoes Trekking (8 Days)

Discover hidden trails and glaciers as you interact with local people and encounter wildlife along the way!

USD $1,750.00

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Ecuador Volcanoes Trekking (8 Days)

Highlights

  • Trekking on hidden trails and glaciers
  • Cultural encounters with local tribes
  • Quilotoa crater lake and Pailon del Diablo waterfall
  • Visit the highest volcano in Ecuador and volcanic hot springs
  • Wildlife encounters with Vicuñas sacred animals and Andean condors
  • The swing to the end of the world
  • Cable cars across Paztaza cañon

Description

Discover an enchanted world filled with spectacular scenery, secluded rural towns, indigenous communities and gigantic volcanoes in the Ecuadorian Andes. All of these aspects combine to form the famous Volcano Avenue in the Ecuadorian highlands. As you experience the local lifestyle, you will venture deep into the heart of the Andean culture on narrow trails used by the local mountain people.

This trip will take you on several unique adventures. First, you will go on a 3-day trek to Quilotoa volcano and hike down to the crater-lake at its base to swim in the volcanic waters. Later you’ll hike up 5,000 meters to the glacier of Chimborazo, Ecuador’s tallest volcano, and uncover its secrets from the locals. Finally, you’ll relax in the tranquil volcanic hot springs.

Duration

8 Days

Itinerary

Day 1:Quito

Quito, the largest, best-preserved colonial city of America, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, and is considered the Cultural Capital of South America. It was also one of the most important cities of the old Inca Empire.

Our first day is day for information and acclimation. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time to explore the town and its surrounding area. If this is the case, we can help you organize a day trip. In the evening, one of our trip leaders will welcome you at the hotel where you will have plenty of time to discuss details and ask any questions you may have about the trip.

Accommodation: Fuente de Piedra Hotel or similar

Day 2: Cotopaxi – Isinlivi

We will begin our day heading south of Quito to visit Cotopaxi National Park. Here we will hike to Lake Limpiopungo at 13,000 feet above sea level in order to aid the acclimation process. We will also see wild horses, wild bulls and various bird species. From here you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi volcano. To end the 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

Accommodation: Hostal Llullu Llama or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Insilivi – Chugchilan

The extraordinary Andean mountain landscapes will inspire us along our 8.4 mile trek to the Toachi canyon with stunning views of small villages and indigenous people working in the fields. We will hike down to the Toachi River  canyon and then back up to the main road that will take us to Chugchilan, a small town located in the middle of the Quiltoa loop. Here we will find our Eco-house accommodation. In the afternoon, we can explore the village with fantastic opportunity to share cultural experiences with locals.

Accommodation: Hostal Mama Hilda or similar

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Chugchilan – Quilotoa

After an early breakfast, we will begin our 6.9 mile hiking adventure on small trails blazed that the mountain people blazed. Locals still use the trails to transport products and to travel  to neighboring communities. While on the trail, you will see that the traditional custom of exchanging goods is alive and well.

Later, we will hike down through impressive canyons before climbing back up to the crater rim. The magic of this place will take your breath away with its beautiful views of Lake Quilotoa. We will spend the night in Quilotoa village where we will enjoy the local cuisine.

Accommodation: Hosteria Shalala or similar.  Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Chimborazo volcano and Quilotoa crater lake

Quilotoa crater lake is the main highlight of the day. After breakfast, we will take a short hike down to the base of the crater. Along the way, you will have awesome views of the lake and ample opportunities to take pictures of the turquoise water.

Once at the bottom, we will have some time to explore the crater of this mythical, active volcano. You can partake in recreational activities such as swimming or kayaking in the volcanic waters. It is possible to rent a mule to ride the challenging steep trail back up. In the afternoon, we will provide transportation to the area of Riobamba, located in the central part of the Ecuadorian highlands.

Accommodation: Chimborazo lodge

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: Chimborazo – Baños

Early in the morning, we will drive through beautiful valleys and charming farming villages towards the Chimborazo Volcano. With an elevation of 6310 meters above sea level, it is Ecuador’s highest mountain, and its summit marks the world’s farthest point from the earth’s center. On a clear day, the majestic peak of Chimborazo can be seen for many kilometers.

The visit to this amazing national park includes a short hike to reach the glacier’s starting point. On the hike, we will be able to spot several fascinating animals such as the Andean condor, cara-cara, hummingbirds, and the timid wild Vicuñas (related to alpacas and llamas). Once extinct in Ecuador, the Vicuñas  were reintroduced and are now protected.

We will enjoy a scrumptious picnic at the base camp before we leave the moon-like landscape of Chimborazo and drive on to the tropical town of Baños. Later that day we will relax in the famous hot springs before heading out to experience the booming night life of this town.

Accommodation: La Floresta or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and box lunch

Day 7: Waterfalls of Quito

After one look at the town of Baños, you’ll understand why it is one of the most popular tourist spots in the country for Ecuadorians and foreigners alike. Surprisingly, it is still pleasant and unspoiled. The town is very well known for its ideal location right at the base of the Tungurahua active volcano, and it is the perfect setting for outdoor activities such as horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing and rafting.

In the morning, we will head out to see several waterfalls. First, we will stop at the Bride’s Veil waterfall, where we will take the Tarabita (cable car) across the Pastaza River. Then we will hike for one hour to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. After a day full of adventures in the cloud forest, we will enjoy a scenic ride back to Quito.

Accommodation: Fuente de piedra or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: Quito – Departure

Today our trip may end, but you will take with you memories and photos to enjoy until your next visit to this enchanted land. We wish you a “buen viaje!”

Meals included: Breakfast

What’s Included

  • Trekking in Cotopaxi National Park, 3-day trekking to Chugchilan and Quilotoa, hiking to the Quilotoa crater lake, hiking to the glaciers of Chimborazo, watch vicuñas, soak in volcanic hot springs, cable-car ride in Baños, hike to Pailon del Diablo waterfall, salsa lesson, cultural experience with the local people, Pujili indigenous authentic market.
  • Accommodation based in 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 Baños.
  • Private and comfortable land transportation
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Gear: Hiking poles
  • Trip Leader: Certified expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides

What’s Not Included

  • International flight
  • My Own Room supplement cost USD $495
  • Travel insurance ( Mandatory )
  • Airport transfers ( International flights )
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not described in the itinerary – estimated budget USD $120 USD
  • Tips

What to Bring

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance
  • Airline tickets
  • Credit or debit card
  • Quick dry clothing
  • Fleece top
  • Winter gloves, jacket, and hat
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts
  • 2 pair of shorts
  • 2 pairs of long pants
  • 1 pair hiking pants/track pants
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Sun hat
  • 1 swimming suit
  • Sport sandals
  • Hiking shoes
  • Tennis shoes
  • Day backpack 20 L. (with rain cover)
  • Pocket knife
  • Watch or alarm clock
  • Waterproof binoculars (if possible)
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sun screen 60 SPF
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Waterproof camera (if possible)
  • Personal water bottle 2L
  • Money belt
  • Sunglasses
  • First-aid kit with: lip balm, Aspirin, Band Aids,anti-histamines, altitude medication, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, and any extra prescription drugs you may be taking

Important Notes

Minimum age: 12 years old

Group size: maximum 15 people

Travel style: Active

Itinerary disclaimer: It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.

Trekking time — 3 to 6 hours

Average temrerature: Day 15-34ºC / 59-93ºF – Night 12-17ºC / 53-62ºF

Difficulty level: Moderate to challenge. This program will run from the high Andean Mountains to the tropical cloud forest of the Amazon, which involves trekking for 4 to 5 hours a day along canyons and volcanoes.

Meals: Traveling with our company you will have the possibility to experience and taste local food and snacks. Your guide will help you identify typical food and suggest the best places to enjoy it. Some meals are not included in order to give you some flexibility about where, what and with whom to eat. You have the option to share these meals with the group, however there is no obligation to do this. If you have any allergies or food restrictions, please inform us prior to your departure.

Accomodation: All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are traveling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single room, please contact us prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.

Sustainable eco and cultural tourism: Clients receive a conservationist interpretation of the ecology of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands with the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both Local People cultural identity and their environment. Your visit will encourage them to support responsible ecotourism. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage.

It is very important to travel ‘Light’!

Everyday, there will be a truck in charge of taking care of your luggage from place to place

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