Trip Type : Private Guided
Cotapaxi Volacano with Nature View, Ecuador

Jewels of the Andes | Cotopaxi Volcano & Quilotoa Lagoon

Latin Adventures
4.7 . Excellent
92%
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
2 days
From: $ 260 $ 130 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit and indigenous local house from the “Paramos”, we will observe their clothes and customs
  • Drive to Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world (5,897 msnm) located two hours from Quito
  • Visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings

Short Description

This 2 day 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. The following day you will visit the wonderful Quilotoa Lagoon where you can also hike to enjoy the outdoors. Then, you will be transferred back to Quito. This is a great chance to see the Andes on a 2-day trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
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 Quito
End City Quito

Trip Includes

  • Adventure program in private or small groups
  • Accommodation in selected hotels
  • 1 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 1 x Dinner
  • Private transportation
  • English - Spanish speaking certified guide
  • All activities as mentioned (hike, horseback ride, kayak in lake etc..)
  • National Park fees
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Itinerary

Day 1: Volcanoes Avenue - Interpretation Center – Hike – Andes Landscape

Leave early in the morning and take “The Volcanoes Avenue” to Latacunga. Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world (5,897 msnm) located two hours from Quito. Along the way we’ll see various mountains including, el Corazon, Rumiñahui, Illinizas, Pasochoa, and Atacazo.The national park allows us the opportunity to hike around the lake at the foot of the Volcano. After, we’ll climb the volcano by vehicle until 4,500 meters. Then if the National Park regulations allow us we will climb until 4,800 meters where there is a refuge and from there continue up to the glaciers. Of course all plans depend on weather. Also, we’ll visit the Interpretation Center where we’ll learn about the flora and the fauna of the park and the moors protected área.. Overnight in Cotopaxi /Chugchilan.

Day 2: Indigenous Andean Communities – Landscape – Hike – Mules Ride

On the way to Quilotoa we will stop to visit and indigenous local house from the “Paramos”, we will observe their clothes and customs, but the most important thing is that we are going to be with them in a typical indigenous house made of straw. we will sharing with them a short moment talking, watching and learning from them, about their life and how they prepare the soil to sow. We will also visit the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. We will continue up to the Quilotoa volcano, where you will be able to descend to the lake located inside the crater or just walk around the crater. Prepare yourself to enjoy an unforgettable experience by mule back riding. Enjoy of the most beautiful landscape in the highlands and traditional indigenous villages, finally return to Quito.

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4.7 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 12
Great 0
Average 0
Disappointing 0
Terrible 1
Value
4.5
Guide
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Activities
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Lodging
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Transportation
4.8
Meals
4.7

Jewels of the Andes | Cotopaxi Volcano & Quilotoa Lagoon

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PERFECT TOUR!

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Value5.0
Guide5.0
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After trying many atravel agencies in Quito, let me tell you that Latin Adventures is the best one so far. I booked the Cotopaxi Tour with them and I enjoyed every second. The guide was polite and fun.. and most important he was really patient and stimulating during the hike! That day it was really cold but view breathtaking. Really good thing was to have lunch in a really nice and warm place.
Would reccomend everyone to hike the Cotopaxi and to do it with this agency!
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Incredible experience with wonderful guides and breath-taking scenery.

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Value4.0
Guide5.0
Activities5.0
Lodging4.0
Transportation4.0
Meals4.0
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

  • Vegetarian meals or preferences
  • Airport transfer service
  • Extension programs in the Andes 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:

Additional Information:

Optional (Available upon request)

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

Trip ID#:

AndCotLat

Trip Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Mules, kayak rent in the lake
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Tips

Meals Included:

1 Breakfasts and 2 Lunches

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