Andes Trekking and Horseback Riding This is one of the hidden gems of Ecuador, the Quilotoa and Cotopaxi Volcanoes are the Highlights of the Andes. Quilotoa is a remote and isolate..
4 Day Overnight Andes Trekking and Horseback Riding
- Adventure program in private or small groups
- Accommodation in selected hotels
- 3x Breakfast, 4x Lunch, 3 x Dinner
- Private transportation
- Coca tea, pure water
- English - Spanish speaking certified guide
- All activities as mentioned (hike, horseback ride etc..)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Entrance fee in Quilotoa and Cotopaxi National Parks
- Horses in Chugchilan
- Personal expenses
- Activities not specified in the program
- Food and drinks, unless specified
Optional (Available upon request)
- Vegetarian meals or preferences
- Airport transfer service
- Extension programs in the Andes, Galapagos Islands or Amazon Jungle packages
Tour Details :
Cotopaxi National Park - Interpretation Center – Hike – Andes Landscape
Leave early in the morning and take “The volcanoes avenue” toward Latacunga. Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world (5,897 msnm) located two hours from Quito. The Cotopaxi National Park allows us the opportunity to hike around the lake at foothills then we’ll visit the Interpretation´s Center where we’ll learn about the flora and the fauna of the park and the moors protected areas. After, we’ll climb the volcano by vehicle until 4,500 meters from the parking area we’ll walk up until 4,800 meters where is a refuge and from there continue up to the glaciers 200 meters more, of course all plans depend on weather and national park restrictions.
Isinlivi / Chugchilan - Hike - Andes Landscape - Toachi Cañon
After breakfast you head to Chugchilan with our guide, the next village on our trip. Descent 400m. Ascent 300m. Distance 12 km. 4 hours hike. We will go down into the warm canyon of Rio Toachi and have some nice hours hiking and relaxing at the riverbed before going the last meters up to Chugchilan. Magnificient view of the mountains!
Chugchilan Village - Horseback riding – Cloud Forest
After breakfast you will head with our guides to Northwest of Chugchilan, along the way you can enjoy spectacular mountain Andes views. On the way you can take a horseback-riding trip or hike on hidden paths through pristine cloudforest which lead to ridges with spectacular Andes view, and visiting a local cheese store (if open) on route. You will enjoy on the route of the natural groundwater of thermal characteristics whose temperatures oscillate between 30 to 50 degrees. This natural resource and community settlement is located within the Ilinizas Ecological Reserve.
Quilotoa Loop - Chugchilan - Hike - Return to Quito
Today we head to Quilotoa Crater after breakfast to hike down and up to Chugchilan. It is about 4 to 5 hours hike, going up from 3900 m. / 12.796 ft. Up to 3200 m. / 10.499 ft. We will go through the Rio Toachi Canyon and then back up to get to the road that takes us to Chugchilan. During this 5-hour hike you will have excellent views on the Toachi Canyon, and you will get good impressions what’s life like on the countryside in the Andes. After lunch, return to Quito