“Trek to the sacred peaks of Andean mountains along trails used for centuries!”
Trek the glorious Ecuadorian Andes. Discover stunning landscapes, hidden rural villages, local indigenous communities and picturesque volcanoes. See all of these and more in the Avenue of Volcanoes. Trek through narrow trails used by the local people and get deep into the heart of Andean culture. Swim in volcanic waters and relax in natural hot springs. End your holiday in the town of Baños where you can enjoy vibrant nightlife alongside the beautiful traditional culture. This will be an adventure you will never forget.
This tour is lead by a team who focus on highlighting the beauty, environmental significance, and astounding cultural diversity of the area. The philosophy of these trips is to focus above all on the beauty of life and how to best protect it. Adventure travelling in this way changes people's perspectives and shows them how important it is to protect our planet.
Welcome to Quito! This is the largest and best preserved city in the Americas and in 1978 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indeed, this city is utterly fascinating. It is considered the cultural capital of South America as well as the second most important city of the old Inca Empire. If you arrive in the morning, you will have some time to explore the stunning old town and the surrounding area. If you want to organize a day trip, don’t hesitate to ask us and we will help you! In the evening, you will head to your hotel and meet your guide for a welcome briefing.
Begin your first full day in Ecuador by heading south to Cotopaxi National Park. Here you will have your first acclimation hike around Limpiopungo Lake. As well as the incredible landscape, you can see wild horses, wild bulls, and plenty of bird species. You will also have a spectacular view of Cotopaxi Volcano. In the evening you will head to Isinlivi, where you will spend the night.
The Toachi Canyon Trek is stunning. You will enjoy stunning Andean mountain landscape, views of small villages and indigenous people. You will hike down to the canyon of the Toachi River then back up to the main road that will take you to Chugchilián, a small town located on the middle of the Quiltoa loop. Here you will find your Eco-house accommodation. In the afternoon you will have time to explore the village and get to know a little of the local culture.
After breakfast, you will start your next hiking adventure. You will follow small trails blazed long ago and still used by local people. You will likely come across many locals exchanging goods and heading to neighbouring communities. You will hike down stunning canyons, later to climb back up to the crater rim, where you will be rewarded by incredible vistas and views of Quilotoa Lake. The magic of the place is truly breathtaking. You will stay the night in Quilotoa village and enjoy some local cuisine.
Today your goal is the stunning turquoise Quilotoa Crater Lake. You will hike down to the base of the crater, enjoying the beautiful view on the way. At the bottom of the trail you will have time so explore the crater. You will also have a chance to swim in the water to cool off, or take a kayak out. The trek back up is the more challenging part of today’s hike. If you are feeling tired or just want a change from the walking you can hire a mule and ride the trail. In the afternoon you will take a transfer to Riobamba in the Ecuadorian highlands.
Early in the morning, you will drive through the picturesque valleys and farming villages toward Chimborazo Volcano. This is the highest mountain in Ecuador and the summit is the farthest point from the centre of the Earth. On the hike keep an eye out for Andean condor, cara-cara, hummingbirds, and wild Vicuñas. Once extinct in Ecuador, the Vicuna has been reintroduced and is now protected. This gorgeous, timid creature is related to llama and alpaca. At base camp you will fuel up on a delicious picnic, before leaving the moon-like landscape of Chimborazo. From here, you will head on to the tropical town of Baños and in the evening you will rest and recover from the adventures so far in the famous hot springs. As the sun goes down, the town quickly springs to life and you can enjoy the thriving nightlife.
Baños is one of the most popular and best tourist spots in the country and you will find many Euadorian families holiday here as well as foreign tourists. One look at this verdant town and you will understand the draw. Despite the visitors, it is relatively unspoilt, and it is well known for its spectacular position on the foothills of the Tungurahua active volcano. This is the perfect setting to take part in outdoor activities such as horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing and rafting. In the morning, you will travel the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride’s Veil waterfall, where you will take a cable car across the river. You will then hike down for an hour to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. After a day full of adventures in the cloud forest, you will enjoy the scenic ride returning you to Quito City.
Today you will say a fond farewell to your team and head home or on to more adventures.
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- Accommodation based on double occupancy
- Some meals
- Activities: Trekking in Isinlivi, 3-day trekking to Chugchilan and Quilotoa, hiking to the Quilotoa crater lake, hiking to the glaciers of Chimborazo highest volcano in Ecuador, watch vicuñas (camel similar to llama or alpaca), hiking the road of waterfall in Baños, soak in volcanic hot springs, cable-car ride in Baños, hike to Pailon del Diablo waterfall, salsa lesson, cultural experience with the local people, Pujili indigenous authentic market.
- Gear: Hiking sticks.
- Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides
- Own Room supplement: £379
- Airport transfer (international flights)
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Some meals