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Named the “Avenue of the Volcanoes” by German explorer Alexander Von Humbolt, this area of the Andes is something special to behold.
Explore the region as you wind through canyons, over rivers, through valleys, stopping along the way to take in the stunning landscapes and rich cultures of indigenous Andean peoples.
Your Epik Adventure includes:
Transfer from the airport to Hotel Boutique Gardenias at Historic Quito.
We drive to the Guingopana Pass from where we can have beautiful views of the surrounding volcanoes and the Toachi Canyon. We hike down in around 3 hours to the village of Isinlivi. Here we have time to walk around in a picturesque small village.
Lodging will be at Llullu Llama lodge. B/BL/D
Today we have the opportunity to live in the middle of the local people’s lives and to traverse Andean landscapes of great beauty. It is a comfortable trek going up-and-down, walking and crossing hamlets and cultivated valleys along Tocahi River.
We descend to the canyon again and from here we climb up about three kilometers until we reach Chugchilan town. This small town, with both mestizo and indigenous populations, is increasingly popular with tourist. Lodging will be at Mama Hilda. B/BL/D
We start our hike up to the Quilotoa loop. We first go down to the Toachi River and follow this up stream. We slowly climb up the canyon, crossing the Rio Sigui Canyon to arrive at Guayama town where there is a chance to have a little bit of siesta.
We continue hiking up through Andean crops and local houses, after this exertion we will find our reward; we reach the loop of the lake. Once you are here you have a chance to take pictures of this volcanic crater filled by a beautiful emerald lake. Lodging will at Alpaka hostel. B/L/D
Today we prepare ourselves for a five to six hours hike to Tigua valley. First, we will walk by the crater edge with impressive views of the lagoon inside, until we descend into the canyon again.
Passing through the fields of small private farms we will end our trek at the local hacienda at Tigua where lunch will be served.
Finally, we will be picked up by our transportation to go to the Avenue of the volcanoes. Lodging will be at Chuquiragua Lodge near the Ilinizas Ecological reserve. B/L/D
After breakfast, we have a short drive to the Otavalo market where we can be able to appreciate the Otavalo indigenous culture. At Plaza the Ponchos we will find amazing souvenirs from Andean culinary products to unique Andean textiles.
Later on, we will find the food market where we will learn all about Ecuador fruits and vegetables, and some local food as Cuy. We will have lunch at a local restaurant where you will have the chance to try cuy. Later afternoon we will drive back to Inraki lodge. B/L/D
This day we will say good bye to the Avenue of the volcanoes and we will drive for 2 hours to Cayambe Coca Ecological reserve where Papallacta hot springs are located.
This day will be your reward after having an adventurous holiday. We will have a short hike through the Paramo trying to spot some spectacle bears and deer, this highlands offers amazing landscapes among many lagoons.
In the afternoon we will enjoy the Papallacta hot springs and if you like for an extra Price you can enjoy the SPA which offers many relaxing treatments. Lodging will be at San Jose Garden near the airport. B/L/D
We will take you to the airport to catch your flight back home.
|Population||16,144,000 (2015 estimate)|
|Climate(s)||Equatorial, Monsoon, Tropical Savanna, Desert (Warm/Cold), Semi-arid (Warm/Cold), Oceanic (Temperate/Cool), Temperate Mediterranean|
|Major Airport(s):||Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE)|
|Economic Driver(s):||Agriculture, Tourism, Industry|