El Tambo owes its name to a former pre-Hispanic inn on this spot, which was a resting and supply place in Inca times for wayfarers travelling between the highlands and the Amazon basin. This amazing location, circled by volcanoes such as Cotopaxi, Quilindaña and Antisana, is strategic for the conservation of species in danger of extinction.
Hacienda El Tambo was declared Protected Woodland by the Ministry of the Environment in 1992 and actively supports conservation work in the area.
The farm house was built with local materials, such as stone formed by the various eruptions of Cotopaxi, and straw. Here visitors can venture into remote, pristine destinations on exclusive, comfortable expeditions. Whichever way you look in this lonely land of the Andes, you cannot help but admire the magnificence of nature and the mind-blowing scenery. Hacienda El Tambo lies on the eastern slopes of Cotopaxi, at an altitude of 3,600m, and is four hours drive from Quito.
“In the scrubby sub-alpine paramo on the slopes of Quilindana Volcano, I witnessed highland chagra traditions unfolding as they have for centuries, and each participant's respect for them.”
Calgary Herald Theresa Storm March 2010
First class descends, riding through exclusive trails designed by mountain bikers and engineers, biking through gravel and dirt roads, make this bike trip a fantastic journey through the heart of the Andes. You will be escorted by mountain biking guides and pampered by our traditional hospitality during the the whole trip.
A programme designed for mountain lovers. This is the ideal approach for climbers wanting to scale snow-capped peaks but first acclimatize to the altitude.
Cotopaxi National Park is one of the most visited natural areas in Ecuador due to its amazing scenery, proximity to Quito and status as a national icon.
Reportaje acerca de la travesía a la cumbre del Cotopaxi
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