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Day 1 Cotopaxi National Park

We leave Quito early in the morning and head for Cotopaxi National Park (CNP). We stop at Hacienda El Porvenir and drive from there to the North entrance to the park. After driving across the páramo plains, we get to the car park below the refuge and there start our hike up to the climbing hut (Refugio José Ribas) at 4,800m. (15,744 ft). We then drive on to Limpiopungo Lake. After crossing some valleys, we reach the Pucará del Salitre, an ancient Inca fortress on the old route to the Amazon basin. Our day ends at Hacienda El Porvenir, where a warm fireplace and delicious dinner await us. This route might change due to climate or road conditions.

Day 2 Horseback Riding and Walk

Our guides will give us a brief riding lesson before we venture out on our horses. Wearing the typical dress of the chagra (Ecuadorian cowboys), we set off on our ride over the slopes of the extinct volcano, Rumiñahui. A legendary chagra from the area will come with us and share some of his deep knowledge of the country life. The ride lasts approximately 3H30 hours. Back in the farm house, a tasty local lunch will be ready on our arrival. In the afternoon we walk to Manto Blanco waterfall. Return to Quito.

Tour Includes

  • Accommodation (based on double occupancy)
  • Meals (4 full meals)
  • Described activities
  • Guides (English speaking and native Chagra guide for the horseback ride)
  • Riding gear (riding helmet, chaps, wool poncho and waterproof poncho)
  • Transport from and to Quito

Tour does not include

  • Drinks
  • Tips


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    • Spectacular setting
    • Authentic Chagra culture
    • Hacienda experience
    • Visit Cotopaxi National Park
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