Starting in Quito and end in Guayaquil ! With the Ecuador hiking Tour, you will have 11 days tour package taking you through the Andes , National Parks and Indian Markets in Ecuador. The Ecuador Hiking Tour is a small , private and exclusive group tour customized for guest who love hike and trekking . It includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
ECUADOR HIKING TOUR
This Tour was designed for the person who craves hiking in Ecuador. To begin, you will enjoy a full city tour of Quito and the Equator Museum. You will then enjoy the Guagua Pichincha hike, and then the Pululahua Volcano Hike. Next, you will visit the Otavalo Indian Market and the Peguche Waterfall. And don´t forget the Cuicocha Volcano Hike. We will then return to Otavalo and on to Papallacta. Next, you´ll journey to the Cotopaxi Volcano, and then we´ll indulge in the Quilotoa Volcano Hike.
TRANSFER IN – INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT TO QUITO
On this day, after your international flight to Quito, you will want to rest as much as possible for the beginning of your adventures tomorrow.
QUITO CITY TOUR & EQUATOR MUSEUM
In the morning, we will visit the historical center of Quito, which includes viewpoints such as Panecillo Hill and the cable car located at 15,600 feet above sea level.
We will enjoy a typical Ecuadorian lunch, and in the afternoon we will visit the Inti Nan Museum located in the Middle of the World, where you can see some experiments and you can step on the actual line that represents the Center of the Earth.
GUAGUA PICHINCHA HIKE
We will leave the hotel early and head toward the Guagua Pichincha Volcano, stopping briefly in the town of Lloa.
We will continue our journey to Cruz Loma, by vehicle, and then on to the volcano, Guagua Pichincha, itself. Here, we will enjoy a box lunch with a breathtaking view of the Andes Mountains.
We will bring our day to a close with a drive back to Quito city.
PULULAHUA VOLCANO HIKE
Early in the morning, we will begin our one-hour drive to the Pululahua Geobotanic Reserve. Once we arrive at the Reserve, we will ready ourselves for the hike from the viewpoint, known as Ventanas, down to the crater, known as Pululahua. Along the way, you will witness the native vegetation of the Andean Forest – this is a very good time for pictures .
Once we reach the bottom of the crater, we will continue to the Pan de Azucar Hill, where we will enjoy our box lunch. Finally, we will hike to the Hostal in the crater where we will spend the night.
OTAVALO INDIAN MARKET & PEGUCHE WATERFALL
After breakfast on Day 5, we will drive to the Imbabura Province, stopping a few times along the way for pictures. We will continue our drive to the el Lechero Tree Trail to start our hike (4 Km.) down to Otavalo city – this takes approximately 2 hours, and gives us the opportunity to pass by, and observe the Peguche Waterfall.
In Otavalo city, you will have plenty of time to visit the Indian Market, where you can peruse thousands of hand-made, local items.
On this day, we will visit the Otavalo Indian Market, where you will have time to browse the local crafts, such as blankets, sweaters, shirts, and wall hangings made from lama and alpaca wool. You will also have the time to explore the fruit & vegetable market, and to walk through this lovely and scenic town.
Once we have completed our visit at the market, we head toward Cotopaxi National Park, where you can admire the stunning landscape.
CUICOCHA VOLCANO HIKE
Day 6 begins with a drive to Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve, whose entrance is at 10,000 feet above sea level. Here, we will begin our hike around Cuicocha Lake, approximately 8 miles. This trail can take anywhere from 3 to 5 hours, but has beautiful landscapes. Also, with some luck, you may see Condors flying near the cliffs.
There is a nice place to stop and enjoy our box lunch before we finish the trail, at which point we will drive to Cotacachi´s Leather Town, where you can shop thousands of beautiful leather items that have been hand-made in Cotacachi.
Finally, to end the day, we will drive back to our hotel in Otavalo.
OTAVALO – PAPALLACTA SURROUNDINGS
On Day 7, we will drive, approximately 3 hours, to the resort known as Termas de Papallacta, and continue to the entrance of the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve. Here, we will begin our 4-mile hike back to the hotel.
During the afternoon, you will have time enjoy the hotel´s gorgeous pool, and to simply relax from the day´s journey.
After breakfast we will drive to Cotopaxi National Park, which consists of 99,000 acres, and has a large variety of trails, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and, of course, its Volcano, which will captivate you with its majesty and beauty.
In the area of the lagoon, Limpiopungo, at 12,700 feet, you will find an enormous diversity of flora and fauna – it is also possible to hike around the lagoon´s shore, where native birds of the Andes are plentiful.
When we leave Cotopaxi National Park, we will drive to the Staging Area, at 14,850 feet. In the Staging Area, it is often possible to admire a condor in flight.
QUILOTOA VOLCANO HIKE
On the way to the Quilotoa Volcano we will stop several time to view the landscapes, and to visit one of the Indian families. It is extremely interesting to know details of their way of life.
After passing Pintores de Tigua (famous for paintings of local artists), and Zumbanua, we will arrive at Quilotoa, here you can decide if you would like to walk into the crater to see the lake and then take a mule ride back to the top again.
Finally, we will head back to the hacienda, Chimbacucho, for the night.
FARM ACTIVITIES BACK TO QUITO
In the morning you can choose from a variety of activities, from helping to milk the cows, to simply walking around the hacienda for the breathtaking views, or even relaxing with a good book in front of the fireplace.
Today, we will head back to Quito city.
TRANSFER OUT – INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT HOME
Today ends your tour, and you will board your plane back to your hometown destination.
Unfortunately we have to say good bye and we invite you to see one of our other tours in Galapagos and Peru Tours.. However if you desire to add one more night in Quito City or extend your staying in Ecuador , we can always help you out with free advise to make sure you optimize the time and continue exploring this paradise called Ecuador.
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THE PROGRAM INCLUDES
- 11 Days / 10 Nights hotel accommodations (Tourist Superior Hotels)
- Breakfast every day with local products
- Private English / Spanish Certified Tour Guide
- Private Transfers & Private Transportation – Professional Driver
- All Entrance fees according to itinerary
- All Sightseeings according itinerary
- Travel Assistance
- Bottle of water & snacks during the entire trip
- Exclusive Hiking Tour Program
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM
- International airfare to Quito
- Any Activity or Sightseeing not specified in program as INCLUDED
- Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
AGE RANGE : 4 to 80 year olds
MIN GROUP SIZE : 2 ( IF YOU ARE SOLO TRAVELER , PLEASE ASK FOR SINGLE RATE)
MAX GROUP SIZE : 12
TRANSPORTATION : Bus
PHYSICAL RATING :Standard
TRAVEL STYLE: Luxury, In-Depth-Cultural