Ecuador Cotopaxi Camping and Relax Adventure 8 days
The adventure of life is to learn - Camp in the slopes of Cotopaxi volcano, bike the hidden trails of the Incas, soak in volcanic hot springs surrounded by natural habitats, hike looking for toucans in the magical cloud forest and enjoy photographing Andean Condors by horse riding at luxury haciendas. One amazing adventure to enjoy with your family and friends by the expertise of our AJ guides.
- Camp in the heart of the Andes in Cotopaxi national park with the best view of Cotopaxi volcano.
- Take a picture of Andean Condors the biggest symbol animal of Ecuador and explore its natural habitat at Zuleta hacienda
CAMPING BY COTOPAXI VOLCANO
BIKING THE HIDEN TRAILS OF THE INCAS
EXPLORE FOR HUMMINBIRDS AND TOUCANS IN THE CLOUD FOREST
PHOTOGRAPH ANDEAN CONDOR
HORSE RIDING IN LUXURY HACIENDAS
SOAK IN VOLCANIC HOTSPRINGS
ESTRADLE THE EQUATOR LINE
SHOP AT OTAVALO INDEAN MARKET
Day 1: Quito
Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.
Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. Adventure Journeys can help you to organize a day trip. In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.
Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito.
Day 2: Zuleta
We will spend a couple of hours here and later we will go to Zuleta Hacienda.
Accommodation: Zuleta Hacienda or similar.
Day 3: Zuleta
In the afternoon, it is optional to ride a horse around the Hacienda or just relax reading a book in front of the fireplace.
Accommodation: Zuleta Hacienda or similar.
Day 4: Papallacta Hot Springs
Later we will drive to Papallacta hot spring so you can relax soaking in the volcanic waters or taking a massage at the spa.
Accommodation: Papallacta Spa Resort.
Day 5: Cotopaxi National Park
In the late afternoon we will tell stories in front of a bonfire.
Day 6: Cotopaxi National Park
In the morning we will enjoy breakfast with an amazing view of Cotopaxi Volcano. With over than 19.000 feet it is considered as the highest active volcano on earth. Later we will get on our mountain bikes and ride on flat terrain on a road and a single track, for about 15 km. You will have the most amazing landscape of the Andes and the ride will end in a very charming Hacienda where we will spend this night.
Accommodation: Hacienda Santa Ana or similar.
Day 7: Quito
In the afternoon we will go back to Quito and have our last dinner as a group.
Accommodation: Swissôtel Quito.
Day 8: Departure
Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "buen viaje"!
- Activities: Short hikes, easy biking, 2 hours horse-riding, camping
- Accommodation based in double occupancy: 2 nights in first class hotel in Quito, 1 night camping, 1 night at spa resort 3 nights in colonial haciendas.
- Transportation: Comfortable land transportation
- Meals Included: 7 Breakfast, 5 Lunches and 4 Dinners
- Out-door gear: Trekking stick, Dry bags, Eureka tents, air mattresses, bathroom tent, portable toilet, social kitchen
- Trip Leader: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides
- My Own Room & Tent supplement - estimated budget $820
- International flights
- Airport transfers to/from Quito airport
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Meals not described in the itinerary - Estimated budget $50
- Personal expenses & Tips
§ Travel insurance,
§ Airline tickets,
§ Credit or debit card (see personal spending money),
§ Pocket knife,
§ Fleece top,
§ 4 shirts/t-shirts,
§ 1 pair of short,
§ 2 pairs of long trousers,
§ 1 pair hiking pants/track pants,
§ Winter gloves
§ Winter hat
§ Sport sandals,
§ Toiletries (biodegradable),
§ Watch or alarm clock,
§ Quick dry clothing,
§ Rain coat,
§ Rain pants,
§ Waterproof binoculars,
§ Bug spray,
§ Sun cream,
§ Sun Hat,
§ Waterproof camera if possible,
§ Swimming suit,
§ Waterproof back pack,
§ Water bottle,
§ Tennis shoes,
§ Hiking shoes,
§ Money belt,
§ First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
§ Dry bag for all your belongings
It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.
2 to 3 hours driving in a couple of days.
Pichincha, Cotopaxi, imbabura.
Cotopaxi nacional Park, Antisana ecológica Reserve, Zuleta valley
From Campsite 3843m (13000 ft)
To hacienda 2700m (88000 ft)
Day 14-22ºC - Night 5-10ºC
Easy to moderate. This program goes in the beautiful areas of the Andes to the green valleys and tropical cloud forest easy where we will do easy walk along national parks, biking in mostly flat wide trails in Cotopaxi park and with commercial horse riding by open roads and fields
Mountain bikes, helmets, gloves, tents (EUREKA & HANNAN) air mattresses, portable bathroom and social kitchen tent, hiking sticks.
All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single tent or room, please contact AJ prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.
We bring the majority of our food, including drinking water, from the city of Quito. Our staff freshly prepares gourmet meals for you. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, yogurt, granola, fresh fruits, cereal, bread, marmalade, butter and fresh coffee or tea. Picnic includes ham and chesses sandwiches, tuna sandwiches, fresh and fruits and vegetables, fresh fruits, soda and juices. Dinner includes fresh salads and soups, pop-corn, pasta, beef, chicken, fish, rice, potatoes, yucca, beans, vegetables, to drink soda, soda, juice, beer, water, and wine.
YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES
All AJ guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips.
In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the AJ trip leader service are required.
SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM
Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.
Please inform AJ of any existing medical conditions (i.e. pregnancy, diabetes, etc). Yellow fever, Hepatitis B vaccination and Malaria Medication are recommended when traveling to the tropics. Please ask your doctor for advice.