4 Day Overnight Andes Trekking and Horseback Riding

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..
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 isolated area located in the Western Andes Mountains. The surrounding area is renowned for its tiny traditional highland villages such as Chugchilan & Isinlivi and they are an important centre for arts and crafts especially the town of Tigua, whose inhabitants produce  colorful paintings of Andean life in sheepskin canvasses.  On top of that the landscapes from start to finish are simply breath-taking making this a must-see region of the country.  Great trekking and horse-riding opportunities you will enjoy it. This 4  day Andes Trekking and Horseback Riding adventure package brings you from the most active volcano in Ecuador to the only one emerald sparkling lake in the mountains.  Travel along the Avenue of the Volcanoes and admire the Ecuadorian highlands. Head to Cotopaxi National Park where you will have a chance to hike there and admire the flora and fauna. Note: Itinerary is subject to change.

Services

Included
  • 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
Excluded
  • Personal expenses
  • Activities not specified in the program
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Tips
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

Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world (5,897 msnm) located two hours from Quito. Leave early in the morning and take “The volcanoes avenue” toward Latacunga. 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 Cotopaxi 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.
Day 1

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. Enjoy the magnificent view of the mountains in Chugchilan!
Day 2

Chugchilan  Village - Horseback riding – Cloud Forest

After breakfast, you will head with our guides to Chugchilan Village, 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 cloud forest which leads to ridges with spectacular Andes view, and visiting a local cheese store (if open) on the route. After Chugchilan Village 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.
Day 3

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 in Quilotoa, you will have excellent views on the Toachi Canyon, and you will get good impressions about what’s life like in the countryside in the Andes. After lunch, return to Quito
Day 4

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