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Active Ecuador: Andean hikes and Cotopaxi volcano

9 days from £3200pp

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Active Ecuador: Andean hikes and Cotopaxi volcano

9 days from £3200pp
 

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Ecuador is an ideal destination for hikers. The tiny republic sits at the crossroads of the equator and the high Andes and encompasses an extraordinary diversity of geography and climate. It's easy to get around, so journeys tend to be short and scenic, leaving you plenty of time for your hikes.

This lodge to lodge trek will appeal to those who wish to avoid camping, and to meet local people. The walks are always picturesque, with views over snow-dappled mountain landscapes, plains of rough wind-battered grass and icy lagoons. The thrill of arriving at the rim of a volcanic crater cannot be exaggerated, nor can the feeling of achievement when you arrive at the snow-line of Cotopaxi, one of the highest Andean volcanoes.

There are simple but warm and cosy rural farms and inns to stay in, where you will receive a warm welcome and be able to relax after the day’s exertions.

Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Quito. Transfer to countryside hacienda in the Avenue of the Volcanoes.

Day 2

3hr gentle acclimatisation walk.

Day 3

By road to a rural inn via a traditional market. Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 4

Walk from Quilotoa to Chugchilán, 3,900m, 7hrs Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 5

Trek around the Quilotoa volcano’s crater, 6hrs. Overnight on countryside hotel.

Day 6

Climb to Pasochoa volcano summit 4,200m, 7hrs. Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 7

Hike the Cotopaxi Trail.

Day 8

Climb to the snow line on Cotopaxi volcano, approx. 5,100m. Return to Quito.

Day 9

Transfer to Quito airport for flight home.

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Avenue of the Volcanoes
Places visited

Avenue of the Volcanoes


 
Quilotoa loop
Thing to do

Hike the Quilotoa Loop


 
Casa Gardenia
Accommodation

Casa Gardenia


 

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