The Andes mountain range from north to south

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Antoine feeling about this tour

This 10-day tour, dedicated to vulcanology enthusiasts, will allow you to discover the most striking sites of Ecuador, the land of volcanoes par excellence.
You will be accompanied by a local English-speaking vulcanologist for your visits to the Cotopaxi (5897m) and Pululahua (3356m) volcanoes. Your guide will be happy to pass on his Andes Cordillera exceptional knowledge to you, and you will have plenty of time to discuss this fascinating world with him.
In addition to these two iconic volcanoes, you will also set off to meet the majestic “Taita” (the father in Kichwa language) Chimborazo (6268m).
I suggest you live and experience a colorful in-Ecuador stay dedicated to the in-depth discovery of the country’s most magical peaks, around a pleasant and accessible course, in the company of your guide and a local specialist vulcanologist.

Physical Difficulty

Culture and Visits

Nature and Activities

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Tour highlights :

– Private tour in charming accommodation.
– Meeting and discussion with a local English-speaking vulcanologist.
– Extraordinary natural sites: Cotopaxi volcano, Chimborazo reserve, Pululahua crater, Cuicocha lake
– Visit the colonial cities of Quito and Cuenca.

Indicative route :

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Explore in more detail :

Day by day :

Day 1 : Transfer-in to Quito

Arrival transfer to Quito . First night in Ecuador.

Day 2 : Quito visit

Visit Quito on your own. We recommend Churches, the Cathedral, the Government Palace, El Panecillo, and museums.

Day 3 : Quito > Pululahua crater > Otavalo

In the morning, you will reach the Pululahua crater, on Quito outskirts, accompanied by a local English-speaking vulcanologist. You will discover with him how the Ecuadorian people protect themselves against the risks associated with this land in constant motion. After this beautiful meeting and a walk in the heart of the crater, you will reach the Mitad del Mundo north of Quito, then join the northern region near Otavalo where you will spend the night.

Day 4 : Otavalo (market) > Cuicocha lake> Cotopaxi National Park

In the morning, you will go to Otavalo city heart to enjoy its famous Indian market. Next, you will travel to the stunning Cuicocha Lake, overlooked by the Cotacachi volcano. After lunch, you will head south towards Cotopaxi National Park, where you will spend the night, in a beautiful and warm hacienda with this magnificent volcano view.

Day 5 : Cotopaxi National Park (with volcanologist) > Patate

In the morning, you will go to Otavalo city heart to enjoy its famous Indian market. Next, you will travel to the stunning Cuicocha Lake, overlooked by the Cotacachi volcano. After lunch, you will head south towards Cotopaxi National Park, where you will spend the night, in a beautiful and warm hacienda with this magnificent volcano view.

Day 6 : Patate

Today, you will go on a magnificent 5-hour trek on the Patate heights. A magnificent walk that will take you through several vegetation and ecosystems (Andean páramo and tropical forest). Numerous birds are usually present, and you may be lucky enough to observe Spectacled Bears, present in this area. After the walk, you will discover local tropical fruit plantations (very tasty). You will then reach your magnificent hacienda for a new night in the region.

Day 7 : Patate > Chimborazo reserve

This morning, you will reach the Chimborazo Volcano Reserve, and visit this unique place through a 15-km trek, in search of vicuñas that inhabit the heights. You will reach the Hermanos Carrel refuge (4800m). Night in a lovely hacienda located at the foot of Chimborazo.

Day 8 : Chimborazo > Ingapirca > Cuenca

Today you will continue your Volcanoes Alley descent, towards Cuenca. On the way, you will visit the Ingapirca Inca site and its ruins steeped in history. Depending on the day, you will also visit the beautiful Guamote Indian market. Arrive in Cuenca and overnight in a beautiful hotel located in the center of this colonial city, classified as Quito as a UNESCO heritage site.

Day 9 : Visit de Cuenca

This day will be dedicated to the visit of the lovely Cuenca, built in the 16th century by the Spaniards, on the grandiose Tomebamba Inca city remains. Discover the city heart, beautiful local museums as well as a traditional Panama hat factory. Night in Cuenca.

Day 10 : Cuenca > Cajas national park > Guayaquil (international flight)

Visit the magnificent and often overlooked Cajas National Park through a short walk. You will then go to Guayaquil to catch your international return flight.

B: Breakfast
L: Luch
D: Dinner

Guidance

– Andes:

–> (2/3 pers.) ) You will be with your private English-speaking guide. He will also be your driver during this stay (4 × 2 vehicle). During your visits to the Pululahua and Cotopaxi volcanoes, you will be accompanied by a local English-speaking vulcanologist.

–> (4 people and more) You will be with a private English-speaking guide and a Spanish-speaking driver. (Hyundai H1 type vehicle, mini-bus, or bus depending on the number of people). During your visits to the Pululahua and Cotopaxi volcanoes, you will be accompanied by a local English-speaking vulcanologist.

Required level

Physical: : the Tour being composed of sometimes long walks and intermediate level, a good physical condition will be necessary. We recommend that you visit your doctor to prevent any physical problems due to the altitude.

Technical: no technical level is necessary. You will not have climbing or ice climbing. We recommend walking shoes.

Equipment

Clothing :

-1 or 2 light walking trousers
-1 or 2 light walking trousers
-1 or 2 warm walking trousers
-2 Fleece jackets
-1 warm breathable jacket (Softshell type)
-1 waterproof jacket (type Gore-tex)
– light t-shirts
– hike shoes
– casual shoes
-1 pair of gloves for high altitude walks
-1 warm hat for high altitude walks
– cap

Additional :

-1 water bottle
– sunglasses
– solar cream
– hiking bag (between 25 to 45L)
– hike sticks
– camera
– binoculars

Accommodation

Two possible options:

“Comfort” option: comfortable, charming 3 * accommodation, clean and offering a service adapted to a European and American clientele and single rooms.

“Superior” option: superior type 4 * accommodation offering quality and personalized service. The bedrooms are spacious and tasteful.

=> the luxury option (4/5 *) is also available on request.

Observations

– Transfers and visits times are indicative.
– For every not included meal, foresee between $5 -popular- and $40 -gourmet- per person.