Andes Tour – Cotopaxi and the Avenue of the Volcanoes
Cotopaxi and the Avenue of the Volcanoes,3D/2N, daily from Quito, includes accommodations at Hacienda La Cienega, all meals
Follow the footsteps of the German scientist Alexander von Humboldt and discover what in 1802 he called the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”.This route is surrounded by snowcapped summits and the mystical beauty that, in times past, nourished the mythology of early cultures and later provided incentive to the conquering Spanish to settle here. Brooks and rivers run down from the mountains past small villages of adobe houses and terraced farmlands. Where the land is worked beneath the plow, one might think the farmer’s true objective was to paint the hills in fascinating patterns, not just to till the dark, fertile soil.
Day by Day
Tuesday, Saturday: Latacunga, Zumbahua Market
Wednesday, Sunday: Pujili Market
Thursday : Saquisili Market
- La Victoria
In the morning visit the tiny village of La Victoria famous for its colorful potteries and time to explore the countryside and small towns and flower plantations surrounding the Hacienda La Cienega. After lunch return to Quito.
- Baños full day
This is a scenery packed trip, south down the Avenue of the Volcanoes to Ambato and then east to descend to Baños. Visit the village of the Salasaca Indians, famous for the weaving of figurative wall hangings. Baños is located right at the foot of the active Tungurahua Volcano, surrounded by waterfalls and hot springs. Baños has become a Mecca for international travelers seeking year-round temperate weather, a small town atmosphere, and a base for exploring the great Ecuadorian outdoors. Arrival to Hostería Luna Runtun in time for lunch. Luna Runtun is perched high above Baños, the view from up there is spectacular.
Return to Quito after lunch.
Note: This visit will only be provided if the conditions of the volcano (which has been erupting since 1999) are favorable.
- Quilotoa Crater Full day
The area of the Quilotoa Volcano, with its crater-lake is increasingly popular. The small town of Quilotoa is 17 km from the town of Zumbahua, through marvelous scenery, a spectacular and colorful ride that ends at the rim of the extinct crater lake. The Quilotoa volcano is a water-filled caldera, 3 kilometers (2 miles) wide formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following several catastrophic eruptions about 800 years ago. The caldera has since accumulated a 250 m (820 ft) deep crater lake, which has a greenish color as a result of dissolved minerals. Fumaroles are found on the lake floor and hot springs occur on the eastern flank of the volcano. Enjoy a box lunch in nature and return to Quito in the afternoon.
- Entrance fee to Cotopaxi National Park is not included
- Entrance fee to Quilotoa Crater Rim is not included
- *The order of the visits and days may vary – depending on the weather, the day of the week and guest interest to be coordinated on spot with the guide.
- Not included: drinks, personal expenses, meals not noted in the program.
Warm clothing is needed and hat or cap. Warm coat for evening, rain coat. Sunblock (SPF 40). Good walking shoes. Camera (wide angle lens). Binoculars. Sunglasses.
Altitude: 2800 to 4000 meters (9800 – 12,120 feet)
Average Temperature Day: 8° to 20° C (46° to 68° F)
Average Temperature Night: 5° to 9° C (41° to 48° F)
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