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Andes Walking Tours in Cotopaxi National Park

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Activity Level: Moderate
Highlights: Cuicocha Crater Lake - Otavalo Market – Cotopaxi National Park
Itinerary: Day 1 Visit Equator line, Andean Life & Villages Hike
Day 2 Cuicocha Lake Walk, Cotacachi & Otavalo
Day 3 Cotopaxi National Park Walk
Day 4 Pita Canyon Walk, then return to Quito

Day 1          Andean Life & Villages Hike          2600-2650m          7km – 2.5hr
We travel north from Quito, with a stop at the Quitsato Museum with its unique sun-dial, located exactly on the Equator line. We walk along the foothills of the imposingly beautiful Imbabura Volcano, passing by local farmlands & through surrounding communities, observing the everyday life of the colourful Otavaleñan people. stunning views of the San Pablo Lake and surrounding volcanos. Picnic lunch.
Dinner & overnight in Las Palmeras

Day 2          Cuicocha Crater Lake          3100-3500m          8km – 4hr
Our route takes us along the rim of the striking Cuicocha Volcano, with its captivating blue-green crater lake. Walking through Andean forest to discover orchids & bromeliads, we are also on the look-out for the endangered Andean Condor. Incredible lake views. Lunch in the leather market town of Cotacachi, and after a visit to the handicraft market in Otavalo we travel south to the Cotopaxi region.
Dinner & overnight in Hacienda La Cienega

Day 3          Cotopaxi National Park       3800 – 4000m       10km – 4hrs
Our route today is located within the Cotopaxi National Park. Beginning at the Limpiopungo lake, our walk takes us through striking Andean landscapes, in the ever-present shadow of one of the world's highest active volcanoes – the snow-capped, perfectly cone-shaped Cotopaxi. Picnic lunch.
Dinner & overnight in Hacienda La Cienega

Day 4          Pita Canyon Walk          3650m          6km – 2.5hrs
Today we undertake a circular walk to Pita Canyon, which offers spectacular views of the canyon itself, along with the Sincholagua & Ruminahui Volcanoes. Along the way we will visit a pucara – an ancient ruin of an Inca fortress – found within the Cotopaxi National Park. After lunch we return to Quito where, on arrival, the tour ends. We can also take care of your Quito hotel reservations and airport transfers, if you need assistance with these services please let us know.

Las Palmeras, Otavalo

Hotel-Las-Palmeras-OtavaloThis 150 year-old hacienda, with its towering palm trees and garden cottages is tucked in a lush mountain valley near Otavalo. Tile-topped earthen walls contain an ever-blooming perennial garden with hibiscus, bougainvillea, orchids, cholan, eucalyptus, avocado and black-current which attract a profusion of birds including hummingbirds and vermilion fly-catchers. The inn's thick adobe walls preserve the day's warmth for the cool mountain nights, and roaring eucalyptus log - fires provide a cozy atmosphere.

Hacienda La Cienega, Cotopaxi

Hacienda-La-Cienega-CotopaxiHacienda La Cienega is a 300 year old hacienda located in the heart of the Cotopaxi region. With the current threat of eruption from Cotopaxi Volcano, please remember that La Cienega is considered to be located in a safe zone, an area which will not be directly affected by lahars in the case of an eruption. La Cienega offers spacious and comfortable, boutique style rooms with private bathrooms, lovely restaurant facilities along with extensive gardens and social areas.

Prices 2018

No of People Accommodation Price per person
1 single room $2030
2 double room $1140
3 - 4 double/triple rooms $870

Price includes:
Private transportation, top English speaking naturalist guide, all accommodation as specified with breakfast, 4 lunches & 3 dinners, entrance fee to Quitsato Museum, local guides in Cuicocha Crater Lake & Cotopaxi National Park.

Not included:
International flights, personal travel insurance, alcoholic and soft drinks, extra activities at the hotels, tips and personal expenses.

Prices are stated in US Dollars.
Prices are valid until 31st December 2018.
A single supplement fee of US$130 will apply for those requesting single accommodation.
Special group rates apply for groups of 5 people or more. Please contact us for more details.
Extra nights: We recommend that you visit Quito and can help with hotel reservations and activities in the city.

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