COLORFUL ECUADOR - 6 DAYS
Highlights: Colonial past of Quito – Cotopaxi Nacional Park - Impressive volcanoes - Hiking in ecological reserves and waterfalls - historic Hacienda – Quilotoa Crater – Baños Pailon del Diablo
Then we will continue our trip to Baños, a friendly small town located at the foothills of Tungurahua Volcano. City tour and visit here the Basilica an important point of pilgrimage. If time allows, many activities can be arranged optional in that area, you can choose the one you prefer: biking, hiking, trekking, horse ridding, etc. Lodging at Luna Runtun the Adventure SPA.
DAY 5: BAÑOS – QUITO
Today, after breakfast we will visit the surroundings of Baños and take the “road of the waterfalls” where you will visit the different waterfalls in the area and do some trekking to get to “El Pailon del Diablo”; a beautiful waterfall where we can have a chance to walk through the cloud forest. Time for lunch at the town (not included) and return to Quito in the afternoon. Lodging at Hotel in Quito.
DAY 6: TRANSFER HOTEL – AIRPORT
Breakfast, transfer Hotel – Airport. End of our services.
ITINERARY DAY BY DAY
DAY 1: TRANSFER AIRPORT – HOTEL
Transfer Airport - Hotel. Lodging at a nice Boutique Hotel Quito.
DAY 2: CITY TOUR – EQUATOR MONUMENT
Breakfast. Visit to the Ecuadorian capital’s colonial past, declared by UNESCO a “World Cultural Heritage”, also called the “Cloister of America”. The beautifully preserved colonial centre and its churches are located in the highlands at an elevation of 2.850 m. And after that the world famous Equator, “Mitad del Mundo” which is located only 30 minutes from Quito. Enjoy that moment to stand with one foot on the northern hemisphere and with the other on the southern hemisphere. You will have time for lunch (not included) and in the afternoon return to Quito. Lodging at Hotel in Quito.
DAY 3: QUITO – COTOPAXI - QUILOTOA CRATER
After breakfast we will depart from Quito taking The Panamericana South Highway, enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. On the way you will make a stop at the Saquisilí indian market (Thursdays). Afterwards we will arrive at the impressive active volcano Cotopaxi (5.897 m. High). During our staying at the National Park we will visit its museum, the natural environment of the place, its animals and plants, then one stop at Limpiopungo lake and continue to a traditional hacienda where you can have lunch (not included) and then visit to its installations or optional to this you can ride horses or walk trough their nature paths. After that, we will travel to Quilotoa, where we find the beautiful turquoise lake, a sparkling emerald lake inside the extinct volcano crater. Lodging in a historic Hacienda.
DAY 4: QUILOTOA CRATER – BAÑOS WATER FALLS
Enjoy your breakfast at the crater lodge. Today we will have a walk around the top of Quilotoa Crater Lake in order to see its marvelous and impressive landscape. We will also climb down directly to the lake and the return hike by mules.