Special Deals – Cotopaxi Volcano National Park, 2D/1N daily from Quito
Cotopaxi National Park, 2D/1N daily, from Quito,overnight La Cienega, all meals, private
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.
Day by Day
Early departure from Quito by motorcar on the Pan-American Highway to the south, to visit the Cotopaxi National Park, an ecological sanctuary of 88,920 acres, around the magnificent Cotopaxi Volcano, which rises 5897 meters (19,347 feet) above sea level. The evergreen landscape of the Ecuadorian highlands is one of the main attractions, along valleys and mountains covered by multicolored fields. After an hour and a half, the entrance to the park is reached and then it’s up a dirt road for approximately one hour. Upon arrival to the park there is an introductory briefing about the habitat of the Andean paramo or moorlands, its flora and fauna in the small Interpretation Center. Continue on to Limpiopungo Lagoon to observe a variety of birds and occasionally wild horses. On clear days, the Cotopaxi Volcano is the backdrop. A short walk around the lagoon allows the observation of the Andean flora.
The second day of the excursion includes a visit to a colorful Indian market of the area (depending on the day of the week), the tiny village of La Victoria famous for the potteries and time to explore the countryside and small towns surrounding the Hacienda La Ciénega, on foot, bicycle or horseback.
Entrance fee to Cotopaxi National Park is extra.
The order of the visits may vary – depending on the weather and the day of the week.
- All meals
Warm clothing is needed and hat or cap. Warm coat for evening. 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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