Ecuador volcanoes and native cultures tours

Tour

This is one of our most complete tours traveling along the Avenue of Volcanoes. We will visit Cotopaxi Volcano, the highest active volcano in the world (5,897 mts, 19,342.16 ft), the amazing Quilotoa Crater Lake and the indigenous markets such as Zumbahua, Saquisilí and Pujilí depending on the day of your visit.

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Itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL TO QUITO, ECUADOR

Arrival in Quito and transfer to the Hotel.

Day 2:  THE BEST COLONIAL SITE IN SOUTH AMERICA:

QUITO CITY TOUR AND THE EQUATOR LINE

This day you will visit the colonial site of Quito where you will walk through the Main Plaza. Visit the Government Palace, the Cathedral and some of the most important churches built around the XVI and XVII centuries. After this visit our guide will drive you to a local restaurant where a delicious typical lunch will be waiting for you. In the afternoon you will visit The Equator Line and some of the museums of this place. The Equator Line or Mitad del Mundo is located at just at 40 minutes north of Quito, this monument marks the closest point from where the Equator passes. Archaeological evidence indicates that the pre-Incan and the Inca civilizations recognized and worshiped the path of the equator as the marker of the equinox. Late in the afternoon you will return to Quito to rest and overnight.

Quito Colonial Panecillo

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Day 3: QUITO – COTOPAXI:

THE HIGHEST ACTIVE VOLCANO IN THE WORLD

After breakfast our guide will pick you up at your hotel to travel through the famous Volcano’s Avenue where you can meet different native communities and share with them in order to learn about their costumes and traditions. You will arrive to Hacienda El Porvenir, one of the most beautiful places in our Highlands. At your arrival your horses will be waiting for you for a horseback riding trip visiting the foothills of Rumiñahui Volcano, riding side by side with herds of wild horses and bulls, you will wear the typical clothes of the “Chagra” the person in charge of looking for the cattle like a cow boy. Also you will enjoy of the amazing landscape of the volcanoes avenue. Return to the main house where a delicious lunch will be waiting for you and in the afternoon you will visit Cotopaxi National Park, where if the weather conditions permit, you can hike up to the Cotopaxi refuge (4,800 m. / 15744 ft). Late in the afternoon our guide will drive you to a local hacienda where you will diner and overnight.

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Day 4: A LOCAL INDIGENOUS MARKET - QUILOTOA LAKE

Early in the morning after breakfast depending on the day of your tour you can visit an indigenous market, where you will see how the local people trade their products, (on Sunday and Wednesday: Pujilí Market; on Thursday: Saquisilí market and on Saturday: Zumbahua market). Then you will visit Quilotoa Lake, on route you can stop in Tigua a small town where you can find amazing handicrafts made by animal skins and beautiful and colorful masks that represent some local animals. Then you will arrive to Quilotoa lake, it is a water-filled caldera of 3 m (2 miles). This caldera was formed by the collapse of the volcano in an eruption that took place approximately 800 years ago. The caldera has since accumulated a 250 m (820 ft) deep crater lake, which has an extraordinary turquoise colour as a result of dissolved minerals.  

Lunch in a local restaurant and in the afternoon you will return to Quito to your hotel.

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Day 5: QUITO – NATIONAL OR INTENATIONAL FLIGHT

After an unforgettable expedition in Ecuador full of culture and nature you will be transferred to the airport to catch our flight.

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Rates

PRICE PER PERSON 2018*
HOTELS CATEGORY 1
*Pax
2-3
Pax
4-5
Pax
6-9
Pax
Tourist $1,900 $1,150 $920 $785
Tourist superior $2,100 $1,225 $999 $855
First Class $2,930 $1,630 $1,399 $1,255
HOTELS CATEGORY  10-11
Pax
12-15
Pax
16
Pax
Sin
Sup
Tourist $670 $655 $644 $130
Tourist superior $740 $710 $699 $260
First Class $1,130 $1,105 $1,909 $399

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