Tour Cotopaxi Quilotoa and Banos
Enjoy an exciting trip of 3 days and 2 nights in the impressive landscapes of the Ecuadorian Andes, where we will have the opportunity to explore 3 natural wonders: The Cotopaxi National Park where the majesty of the active Cotopaxi Volcano awaits you, with its perfect cone covered with snow.
The beautiful Quilotoa Lake where you will be mesmerized by the intensity of the turquoise blue of its waters and the volcanic crater. We will also be able to take a walk around the edge of the crater, enjoying the panoramic views and the tranquility of the surroundings. At the end we will visit Baños de Agua Santa a town surrounded by mountains and a vibrant energy. We will go to the famous Casa del Árbol, where you can enjoy impressive views of the beautiful waterfalls that surround Baños, such as the Pailón del Diablo among others that we will mention in our itinerary.
Day 1: Cotopaxi National Park
The meaning of Cotopaxi is “Moon Neck”, assimilated in the Quichua language. It is located in the canton Latacunga, province of Cotopaxi. It is the second highest volcano in the country, with its 5897 m (19347.11 ft), is also considered among the most attractive volcanoes in the world, for its constant eruptions. Its climate is rainy and dry, with an average temperature of 10°C (50°F).
On the third day you will visit Cotopaxi National Park, where you can enjoy the beautiful view of the avenue of volcanoes and wildlife.
On our hike to the José Rivas refuge at 4864 m (15958.01 ft), we will be able to reach the glaciers, if your physical condition allows it. Afterwards, we will trek around the Limpiopungo Lagoon, which is at 3800 m (12467.19 ft), you will have one of the best views of the Cotopaxi volcano. Other activities in Cotopaxi National Park include horseback riding, picnicking, hiking, flora and fauna observation.
Overnight at: Hacienda La Cienega or Similar in Latacunga
Day 2: Quilotoa Lake
The Quilotoa Lagoon is considered among the most beautiful in the world, its name from Quichua, “Quiru” tooth and “Toa” princess, is a caldera formed by the collapse of this volcano, occurred 800 years ago, with a depth of 250 m (820.21 ft) approximately and a diameter of 3 km. Its height is 3914 m (12841.21 ft).
With our tour to Quilotoa you can enjoy the unique landscapes of the lagoon, admire its beauty from the caldera or descend and experience the kayak and boat rides.
Included: Quilotoa Fee
Overnight at: Hotel Sangay or Similar in Baños
Day 3: Baños de Agua Santa
This small city is located in the province of Tungurahua, one hour from Ambato, 180 km from Quito, known worldwide for being the “adventure sports capital of South America”, it is also known for its hot springs, for its active volcano Tungurahua, which can be observed quietly from some trails.
You can enjoy the hot springs, visit the magical waterfalls, among them, the best known: the Pailón del Diablo, Agoyán, de la Virgen and the Manto de la Novia waterfall. We will visit the most incredible viewpoints, where you can observe the beauty of the welcoming city, one of them, of course, the Tree House. Baños is popular for being considered the gateway to the Amazon of Ecuador. In addition, it has other adventure activities such as kayaking, rafting, canopy; and the nightlife will provide you with a super gastronomy.
Included: Manto de la Novia waterfall, Pailon del Diablo waterfall, Treehouse (swing in Baños)