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This Highlands of Ecuador Tour is definitely about two of the most important volcanic places in Ecuador combined with the mixture of lush forest, waterfalls and hot springs. First we make a visit to a still active and almost perfect strato volcano with an altitude of 5.897 meters above sea level. A track goes up from the Cotopaxi national park entrance all the way to the parking lot located at 4.600 meters. On your way you will pass by the Limpiopungo Crater Lake, from where you will have an incredible view over the Cotopaxi and the surrounding rustic Andean landscapes. The Jose F. Ribas Refuge is situated 200 meters higher and is a perfect spot to reach while making the unique hike up the volcano. Accommodation near the Cotopaxi.
The second visit will be made to one of the most beautiful crater lakes. At the viewpoint of the Quilotoa Lake you will have a stunning view of the 3-kilometre wide greenish lake and the surrounding mountains. On your way to Quilotoa you will have the great opportunity to explore one of the indigenous fruit & vegetable markets, which are still held by locals on certain days. Accommodation in Baños.
And at last but not least we will visit Baños, one of the most popular tourist attractions of Ecuador. Visiting this town you can appreciate the pretty cathedral, try Baños’s famous ‘Melcocha’ candy made out of sugar cane, observe the three biggest waterfalls of the area during the waterfall route and relax in one of the hot springs, which have the reputation of having healing properties due to various minerals.
Highlands of Ecuador Tour Highlights
To be confirmed on booking
To be confirmed on booking
Highlands: Fleece jacket, wind proof rain jacket, hoodie, beanie, gloves .
Transportation Quito – Cotopaxi (approx. 2 and a half hours), visit the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center, Limpiopungo Lake & Jose Ribas Refuge, accommodation near Cotopaxi.
Transportation Cotopaxi – Quilotoa (approx. 1 and a half hour), visit indigenous fruit & vegetable markets in Saquisili, Pujili o Zumbahua (depending on the day), Quilotoa viewpoint and hike towards the lake. Transportation Quilotoa – Baños (approx. 3 hours), Hot springs. Accommodation in Baños.
Waterfall route Baños, Transportation Baños – Quito (approx. 4 hour)
All itineraries are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control including but not limited to weather, road, trail, sea conditions flight schedules adjustments or cancellations, local authorities orders.
Important note: Itinerary subject to availability, lodging changes might occur but the route will remain (route will only be modified due to mayor force reasons).