Ecuador is a country both rich in heritage and nature reserves. This tour takes you on exciting places through varied landscapes including the Avenue of the Volcanoes. You will have the opportunity to discover the diversity of Ecuador´s flora and fauna while learning about the cultural variety of this multifaceted country. We offer you a unique combination of Ecuador’s indigenous community encounters, exposures to ancestral traditions, sounds, flavors and natural experiences with adventurous activities.
Pick up: 06h45, Plaza Foch
Ever growing in popularity and understandably so, Quilotoa is a must-see when visiting Ecuador. This volcanic crater is filled with crystal-blue water and holds a special place in local indigenous mythology for being bottomless. Along the drive to reach the crater you will pass by local markets in Saquisili (Thursdays) or Pujilí (Sundays) where you will gain an appreciation for the indigenous way of life. You’ll also pass through the canyon of Zumbahua which makes for a great photo opportunity and close to there you will visit an indigenous family. When you reach Quilotoa itself you can walk down from the rim to the water’s edge and appreciate it´s beauty up close for yourself. The hike back up is rather steep however there is always the option of renting a mule for a few extra dollars.
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Pick up: 09h00, Hostería PapaGayo Cotopaxi
Your horseback riding tour begins by being matched with an appropriate horse for your skills and experience. Following this your guide will give you instructions on how to control the horse and you will have time to get to know your horse in a safe enclosed area before you embark on your journey. All of our horses are well cared for and are trained for this type of riding so they are ideal for riders with little experience or for experts.
During the tour you will have amazing views of the Valley of the Volcanos as it is known. The trail begins along a cobble stone road where you will pass the local rose farms and head towards the pastoral lands. Along the way you will gain a feel for the local agricultural life against the backdrop of snowcapped volcanos.
Pick up: 06h45,Plaza Foch
As one of the highest active snow-caped volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi’s (5,897m) symmetric cone rises up from a vast plain that is home to llamas, condors and herds of wild horses. Cotopaxi National Park tour is an exciting day that begins with spectacular views of the unique Andean landscape in the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”. Inside the national park we hike up to the refuge, which is situated at 4,810m on the Cotopaxi snowline.
Depending on conditions we will then hike up to 5,000m where it can be possible to see the glacier.This tour goes to a height of 4,810m, it is important that you are prepared for this kind of altitude. We recommend acclimatizing at least two days around 3,000m.
Pick up: 10h00, your hotel (To Reconfirm)
Beautiful waterfalls and lush forests surround the tranquil town of Baños. It is known as the ‘Gateway to the Amazon’ as it is located on the Pastaza River in the High Amazon Basin. Also a major religious centre with Catholics believers saying that the Virgin Mary appeared near the waterfalls to protect the city from natural disasters. This is because the city is overshadowed by the highly active Tungurahua volcano. During your day in Baños you begin by visiting the magical waterfalls of Pailón del Diablo and you will use a cable car across a ravine to see Manto de la Novia up close in person.
**Please note: The schedule of this package will vary depending on which days we are running the five included tours. The meeting point on the first and second days is “Q Restaurant”, Quito (6:45am) (unless you choose to spend an extra night at Hostería PapaGayo Cotopaxi, on the third and fourth days, you will be met at Hostería PapaGayo after breakfast for the tours on those days.
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Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.