Ecuador is a country both rich in heritage and nature reserves. This tour “The Llama Adventure” takes you on exciting places through varied landscapes including the Avenue of the Volcanoes, the Andean Highlands and the gateway to the Amazon! You have the opportunity to discover the diversity of Ecuadors flora and fauna while learning about the cultural variety of this multifaceted country. Discover the magnificent Cotopaxi up to the edge of its glacier and descent through the high plateau, ending at the peaceful Limpiopungo Lagoon at the foot of the Rumiñahui volcano. Descent to the impressive Quilotoa Lagoon with the snow-covered mountains peaks in the background and experience the life o an indigenous family. Get to know the high biodiversity of the Mindo cloud forest and take a refreshing dip in the waterfalls of Baños. This tour goes to a height of 4,810 m, it is important that you are prepared for this kind of altitude. We recommend acclimatizing at least two days around 3,000 m.
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
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We will then have a short safety briefing before our descent on mountain bikes! There are two sections to the mountain biking, the first of which we recommend to experienced riders. The journey finishes at the beautiful lagoon at the base of Cotopaxi.
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.
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), 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 local operator that organizes Ecuador Tours to travelers that like to experience Unlimited Adventures like climbing to the closest point on earth to the sun in the Chimborazo Volcano or travel along the deepest landscapes in the Amazon Rainforest to the stunning sceneries of the Galapagos Islands.