Trip Type : Private Guided
Historic Centre of Quito, Ecuador

4 Day Overnight Andes Trekking and Horseback Riding

Latin Adventures
4.7 . Excellent
92%
Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
4 days
From: $ 640 $ 160 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit the Interpretation´s Center where we’ll learn about the flora and the fauna
  • Visit canyon of Rio Toachi and have some nice hours hiking and relaxing at the riverbed
  • Enjoy spectacular mountain Andes views
  • Visit Quilotoa Crater and hike down and up to Chugchilan

Short Description

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.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Cotopaxi
End City Quito

Trip Includes

  • Adventure program in private or small groups
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • 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

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Itinerary

Day 1: 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 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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.

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4 Day Overnight Andes Trekking and Horseback Riding

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Incredible experience with wonderful guides and breath-taking scenery.

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At first I was unsure about doing a tour here in Ecuador, but after my experience with Latin Adventures I can´t believe I hesitated! This is easily one of the best tours I´ve had the pleasure of doing. The town of Otavalo is lively and very pretty. There are indigenous handicrafts in every corner, all beautifully made. The highlight of this tour was La Laguna Cuicocha. One of the most beautiful landscapes I´ve experienced without a doubt. The hike around the lagoon is not difficult, just a little long. Absolutely worth it though for the views and the wildlife.

I highly recommended anyone considering doing a tour to go through Latin Adventures. They were kind, professional, and always willing to go the extra mile.
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Optional Activities

This trip “4 Day Overnight Andes Trekking and Horseback Riding” provides an optional activities as follows:

  • Vegetarian meals or preferences
  • Airport transfer service
  • Extension programs in the Andes, Galapagos Islands or Amazon Jungle packages

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Cancellation Policy:

The client can cancel and withdraw from the contract at any time before beginning the tour, however this must be done in writing. Refunds can only be made under the following cancellation guidelines, as pre- tour costs will be incurred and cannot be recuperated by Latin Adventures.

Therefore the following cancellation fees will be charged for cancelled tours:

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Trip Excludes

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

Meals Included:

3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners

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