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Active Ecuador: Andean hikes and Cotopaxi volcano

9 days from £3,262pp

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Active Ecuador: Andean hikes and Cotopaxi volcano

9 days from £3,262pp

Price excludes international flights at the beginning and end of the trip

 

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Ecuador is an ideal destination for hikers. This lodge to lodge trek will appeal to those who wish to avoid camping, and to meet local people. The walks are always picturesque, with views over snow-dappled mountain landscapes, plains of rough wind-battered grass and icy lagoons. The thrill of arriving at the rim of a volcanic crater cannot be exaggerated, nor can the feeling of achievement when you arrive at the snow-line of Cotopaxi, one of the highest Andean volcanoes.

There are simple but warm and cosy rural farms and inns to stay in, where you will receive a warm welcome and be able to relax after the day’s exertions.

The tiny republic sits at the crossroads of the equator and the high Andes and encompasses an extraordinary diversity of geography and climate. It's easy to get around, so journeys tend to be short and scenic, leaving you plenty of time for your hikes.

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Holiday itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Quito. Transfer to countryside hacienda in the Avenue of the Volcanoes.

Day 2

3hr gentle acclimatisation walk.

Day 3

By road to a rural inn via a traditional market. Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 4

Walk from Quilotoa to Chugchilán, 3,900m, 7hrs Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 5

Trek around the Quilotoa volcano’s crater, 6hrs. Overnight on countryside hotel.

Day 6

Climb to Pasochoa volcano summit 4,200m, 7hrs. Overnight at mountain lodge.

Day 7

Hike the Cotopaxi Trail.

Day 8

Climb to the snow line on Cotopaxi volcano, approx. 5,100m. Return to Quito.

Day 9

Transfer to Quito airport for flight home.

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What our experts say

The spectacular scenery of the Ecuadorian Andes lends itself perfectly to hiking and so I’ve created this holiday for keen walkers who want an exciting, active trip. A real highlight is climbing to the snowline of Cotopaxi volcano, one of the highest volcanoes in the Andes. And if you don’t like the idea of camping then you’ll find the rustic mountain lodges we’ve selected for this trip ideal – they’re cosy, comfortable and offer a warm welcome after a day out in the mountains.

Caroline Maber

Caroline Maber

Travel Consultants

Included in this holiday

Avenue of the Volcanoes
Places visited

 
Quilotoa loop
Things to do

 
Casa Gardenia
Accommodation

 

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