This 5 day package brings you from the most beautiful and the highest volcanoes of the Andes to to the only one emerald sparkling lake in the mountains.The highlands of the Ecuadorian Andes with its alluring beauty, are an amazing and unique place due to the multiplicity of landscapes and surroundings. It lends itself to the variety of activities and adventures we could have without the need of large and elaborate arrangements. Although small in size, Ecuador is a country with unexplored or barely explored places. Its mountains hide beautiful and exotic nooks enticing those who love all kinds of adventure
Day 1: Condor's Bioreserve - Antisana Volcano (L, D)
Leave Quito early in the morning and travel to the Antisana Volcano, one of Ecuador’s most-active volcanoes. Once there, you will start to drive uphill to the ecological reserve. Hike around the area to see eagles, caracaras, white tailed deer, pumas, and Andean condors.
Trek through the Andean slopes until the Mica lake in order to have a better view of the volcano and to watch beautiful water birds. After lunch, you will travel along the Avenue of the Volcanos. Overnight in Cotopaxi or Chugchilan
Day 2: Andes Landscape - Local Communities - Quilotoa Lake (B, L)
Visit the Quilotoa Lagoon, an emerald-green crater lake whose water color changes depending on the climate. On the way, you’ll observe the colorful landscape of the moors and indigenous communities that inhabit the area. At the lagoon, you can descend into the crater and return on horseback or simply take a walk around the crater. Overnight in Baños
Day 3: Pintoresque Waterfalls – Hot Springs – Baños Village (B, L)
Spend a full day exploring the town of Baños and the valley of the waterfalls. Visit The Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), one of the largest and most spectacular of Ecuador's waterfalls. Your driver is at your disposal for the whole day to give you maximum flexibility in the visits that you would like to make, including a visit to Casa De Arbol, home to the famous rope swing. Opt to go horseback riding, ziplining, or white-water rafting at your own expense. Overnight in Riobamba
Day 4: Chimborazo National Park – Andes Landscape (L, D)
After breakfast, we’ll take the way to Chimborazo National Park, passing through the some communities. We’ll take you up to the first shelter (Carrel Brothers) 4800 meters, we have a short hike from the first to the second shelter (Edward Whymper) 5000 meters, return the first shelter. Overnight in Alausi.
Day 5: Alausí – Devil's Nose (B, L)
After breakfast, early in the morning we depart to Alausí, beautiful old town with one hundred colonial houses. Time to take the spectacular train, considered the most difficult train of the XX century. You will descend gradually from the highlands to the lowlands, at times zigzagging, or hugging the cliffs. In the descending at the lowest point the incredible devils nose an interesting rock will appear in the horizon. The train descends and then returns to Alausí again. Return to Quito.