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Cotopaxi Volcano Ride - 5 Days

In the morning you will go to the Hacienda Santa Rita where you will get a short riding lesson and then you will start off to the Pasochoa Volcano where you will spend the first day. This trekking will take us to the famous Chimborazo Volcano, the highest pick of Ecuador, wich is covered of snow, very know by the people who like to climb, it will be an unforgettable expperince. Then you will continue your trip to the slopes of the Quilindaña passing El Salitre.

Cotopaxi National Park - Ecuador Trekking
Day 01: Cañón del Salto Canopy Tour
Day 02: Horseback Riding and Hiking
Day 03: Cotopaxi National Park


Detailed Itinerary:

Your ride begins at Hacienda Santa Rita ecological reserve at 3.300 m after a short lesson about how to handle the horses. The ride takes you through native Andean forest until you reach the majestic páramos of Pasochoa Volcano enjoying the magnificent view of the neighboring mountains, you rest and enjoy a snack and continue with your journey. At the base of the volcano, you hike a short distance to the summit at 4.200 m. This is a very beautiful hike. Afterwards you return to El Porvenir farmhouse in private transportation. -/L/D

Today your ride takes you to Rumiñahui Volcano along many trails where you can see wild bulls, local birds, wild fauna, and the marvelous landscape of the Ecuadorian highlands. You will be quite close to the peak of Rumiñahui Volcano and, if you are lucky, you may get the chance to seethe majestic Condor. Then you ride along the lower slopes of Rumiñahui and, after visiting a natural refuge of wild hummingbirds you return to the farmhouse. B/L/D

You begin your ride from El Porvenir taking the lower route towards El Tambo Quilindaña and going by Pucará de Salitre, an Inca fortress. You will be riding in the shade of majestic Cotopaxi – widely considered to be the highest active volcano in the world. You reach the lagoons of Cajas, passing trough Piedra Muchana, a huge stone that the indigenous people would kiss asking the gods for good weather on their way to the jungle. After 7 hours riding you reach Hacienda El Tambo Quilindaña. You will enjoy an excellent barbecue and rest under the candle light. B/L/D

Today your ride follows the slopes of Quilindaña. First you head towards the peak of Quilindaña Volcano, reaching an altitude of 4.300 m. You will visit an enchanted paper tree bark forest, an excellent example of the pristine habitats of this region. Afterwards you will return to the farmhouse. B/L/D

Early in the morning you begin the ride along the Tambo riverbed towards Cotopaxi to take the higher route for your ride to Chirimachay, or cold refuge. You will ride along the foothills of an extinct volcano: Pailón. The horses go through Curipugyo (or site of gold) and then enter a ravine where several volcanic layers from past eruptions are clearly visible as years of flooding have cut through the rock. This path will take you back to El Porvenir, from where you return to Quito. B/L/-

B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner

USD 690.- per person
Minimum 2 People

In the price included:
Private transportation from Quito to Quito, accommodation in double or triple rooms with private bath, camp on the other nights, meals as mentioned above, entrance fees, English-speaking guide, sleeping bag.

Not included in the price:
personal equipment, travel insurance and tips, international flight airport tax (USD 41.- per person), personal expenses, beverages.

What to bring with you:
ainwear, torch, sun cream, sunglasses, hat with brim, warm clothing, small pack, canteen, camera (film 100 ASA)

Note:
Although this is a moderate trek, it could be very hard if you are not in good shape. Be ready to walk on trails as well as on cross-country terrain, marsh and forests. Do not expect to find well-marked trails like in the Alps or in the National Parks of USA.

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Trekking Chimborazo

This trekking will take us to the famous Chimborazo Volcano, the highest pick of Ecuador, wich is covered of snow, very know by the people who like to climb, it will be an unforgettable expperince.

Trekking Cotopaxi

This trekking will take us to the famous Chimborazo Volcano, the highest pick of Ecuador, wich is covered of snow, very know by the people who like to climb, it will be an unforgettable expperince.