Ecuador is a country both rich in heritage and nature reserves. This tour takes you on exciting places through varied landscapes including the Avenue of the Volcanoes and the Andean Highlands! You have the opportunity to discover the diversity of Ecuadors’s flora and fauna while learning about the cultural variety of this multifaceted country.
Day 1: Cotopaxi Biking
Meeting point: 06h45, Restaurant Q Plaza Foch
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 snowliner. From there you will have spectacular views to the valley below and onto the surrounding volcanoes. After a safety briefing we start our downhill 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.
Extra: For this tour you can rent a professional high quality bike for an additional cost starting from $45.
You have the choice between a Rockhopper Comp 29”, Rockhopper Pro Evo 29”, and especially designed for women the Jett 29”.
**Night in Papagayo Hosteria
Day 2: Quilotoa Lagoon
Pick up: 08h00, Hosteria Papagayo
This full day cultural tour begins with a visit to a local indigenous market, Saquisili (Thursdays) or Pujili (Sundays).
The drive to Laguna Quilotoa – an amazing emerald lagoon inside a volcano crater at the height of 3,800m - displays beautiful views of the Andean mountains, passing the ancient canyon of Zumbahua and many indigenous towns and farmlands. Before lunch we will visit a local aboriginal home where you have the opportunity to interact with the inhabitants. The tour includes a steep hike down to the lagoons shore.