Avenue of the Volcanoes
This minitour is always a real favourite with our clients and provides an excellent introduction to Ecuador’s stunning Avenue of the volcanoes.
At the Cotopaxi National Park you can trek to the refuge of one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and enjoy splendid views of the surrounding parkland and other peaks.
The Quilotoa crater-lake is one of the best kept Andean secrets and will literally take your breath away! The more adventurous can trek into the crater to the lake shore, and there is usually a selection of locally-made paintings and handicrafts on sale in the village at the crater rim.
In Baņos you can see Ecuador's most active volcano, Tungurahua, as well as relaxing in the is famous chill-out town.
Finally we take you into the Chimborazo National Park to see Ecuador's tallest peak, a giant at 6300m high.
A fantastic introduction to the Ecuadorian Andes!
||Cotopaxi National Park - our driver will pick you up at your Quito hotel in the morning to transfer you south to the Cotopaxi National Park (approx 2 hours journey). First we visit the park museum and the surrounding parkland including the the pictoresque Limpiopungo Lake. Afterwards we go up to the snowline volcano refuge and visit the glaciers. Overnight at La Cienega, one of the oldest and most elegant colonial haciendas in the country.
||Quilotoa crater lake – Quilotoa is a real highlight of the tour that will literally take your breath away! An emerald green laguna inside the crater of an extinct volcano with steep jagged cliffs and views straight down the entire valley of volcanoes. It is possible to trek into the crater to the lake shore (with optional mule ride out for those with tired limbs), and also to visit the local handicrafts market at the crater lip. From here we head back down into the valley to visit the town of Baņos - famous for hot springs and a relaxed vibe. With luck and clear weather you will be able to see the smouldering peak of Tungurahua Volcano, and at night you can witness the lava explosions (not guaranteed, depends on the local weather and activity levels of the volcano).
||Chimborazo National Park – An early start takes you further south down the Avenue of the volcanoes to explore the Chimborazo National Park - trekking routes here are flexible depending on your level of fitness, and with luck you might get to see the cute vicuņas (member of the llama family). We then head back up the Avenue of the Volcanoes to return you to Quito.
We recommend at least 2 days of acclimatisation at Quito altitude (2800m above sea level) or higher before attempting this minitour in order to ensure that you are well prepared for the treks involved.
Past Clients Feedback
"Coming from such a flat country this is the first time I have ever seen a volcano! Both Cotopaxi and Quilotoa were breath-taking and have left me with an appetite to see much more. All together this was an excellent package and good value for money – recommended!" (Marloes Van Roosmalen, Holland)
“A thoroughly enjoyable trip. Thankyou Milton for taking such good care of us!” (The Roberts family, USA)
AVAILABILITY: This tour is available throughout the year.
START DATES: flexible to start on any day of the week that you prefer to travel.
- Accommodation in double rooms. Triple rooms are also available should a group of odd-numbered passengers wish to avoid paying a single supplement.
- Transport with local driver throughout tour (with pickup / dropoff at hotel in Quito city)
- Meals as listed in itinerary
- Activities as listed in itinerary
- English-speaking guide at Cotopaxi & Chimborazo
- International flights
- Personal expenses
- Meals not listed as part of itinerary
- Local entry fees
- Single supplement (applies for a single room for somebody travelling within a group). If you are travelling alone then please ask our staff for a solo traveller price quote.
- Pickup / dropoff at airport or in Quito valley area (this service costs extra)