Day 1 Cañón del Salto Canopy Tour®
We leave Quito early in the morning and reach Hacienda Santa Rita, where the tourists are welcomed by our specialist guides. Later we visit the Park Visitors Centre and then get ready to do the spectacular canopy tour, which consists of 5 ziplines crossing El Salto River canyon. This is a high adventure activity with low environmental impact, letting people with little or no knowledge of climbing techniques have a unique, unbeatable experience. The 5 ziplines range from 180 to 480 metres long and are designed to support various tons of weight. We provide our customers with top-of-the-line equipment and pulleys specially designed for steel ziplines, along with fully trained and certified guides. After a tasty box lunch, we can visit the waterfall on the River Pita, with its 90m. drop. We then return to Hacienda El Porvenir, where we will be welcomed with canelazos and cheese empanadas. Dinner later on and overnight stay.
Day 2 Horseback riding Rumiñahui Volcano
In the morning we have a delicious, nutritious farm breakfast, followed by a brief riding lesson from our guides before we set out on our horses. Wearing the typical dress of the chagra (Ecuadorian cowboys), we ride out across 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 for approximately 4 hours. Back in the farm house, a tasty local lunch will be ready on our arrival. In the afternoon we go on a walk to Manto Blanco waterfall. Dinner and overnight stay.
Day 3 Cotopaxi National Park Visit
Traditional breakfast and then we get ready to visit Cotopaxi National Park. We set off for the Park and eventually reach the car park below the refuge, where we begin our short hike up to the climbing hut (Refugio José Ribas) at 4,800m. (15,744 ft), where we can feel the sheer power of the immense volcano at close quarters. Once back in the vehicle, we continue on our way, driving down to Limpiopungo Lake, where a wholesome box lunch will be served.
If there is time, we will visit the Park Visitors Centre, which has interesting descriptions of the local flora and fauna as well as details of the various eruptions of Cotopaxi, and then continue, crossing rocky valleys, until we reach the Pucará del Salitre, an ancient Inca fortress on the way to the Amazon basin. Near this spot there are some natural springs, which rise with the icy water that has flowed along underground rivers directly from the glaciers of Cotopaxi. Our trip ends at El Porvenir, where a delicious hot chocolate will be served up before we finally return to Quito.
Tour does not include
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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