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Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Tour

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12 Hours
Quito
Quito
Min Age : +12
Tour Details

The Cotopaxi and Quilotoa Private Tour start by going through the Panamerican Highway enjoying majesty of the Andes with its diverse ecosystems in the route. the tours continue to the Cotopaxi National Park, arriving at the foot of the impressive active volcano. Visit the Museum Park, the Limpiopungo Lagoon and and through an interesting hike will reach the forest of chuquirahuas to 4200 meters. (if climate allows).

The Tour then reach the Quilotoa Volcano, which has in its crater a stunning turquoise lagoon, making it one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. Enjoy a short hike to appreciate the magnificent view of the volcano (if weather conditions permit). Free time for lunch (not included).

Rates per Person

 1  2  3-4  5-9 10-14 15-19 20-24 25+
 $215  $139  $120 $105 $96  $80 $72  $77

Departure City / End City

Quito – Quito

Pick-Up Time

6:30 – 7:30 am

Price Includes

  • Private Transportation, Bilingual guide Assistance.

Price Excludes

  • Services not specified in the program, Entrance fees not specified.
Cotopaxi National Park Information
  • GEOLOGY: The Cotopaxi National Park presents a typical volcanic landscape and is dominated by two stratovolcanoes: Cotopaxi and Rumiñahui, around which lahars, lava flows and ash deposits are present
  • CLIMATE: Average temperature varies between 9 and 11 ° C, the absolute extremes are 0 and 22 ° C
  • HYDROGRAPHY: From the volcanoes Cotopaxi and Rumiñahui, a great number of rivers are born, among them: Cutuchi, San Pedro River, Pita River, Pedregal River, Tamboyacu River and Tambo River. The entire park is a water catchment area that is used both for irrigation and for human consumption in the Andean part, there are also a series of small lagoons, among which we have: Cajas, Limpiopungo, Santo Domingo lagoon and one more located in the eastern part of the park
  • TYPES OF VEGETATION: Páramo of pajonal, superpáramo azonal and superpáramo or gelidiofitia
    FLORA The characteristic flora is represented by: the sigse, the bunch of deer, the sisán, the herbs, Valeriana pilosa, Mosgos, Líquenes, among others
  • FAUNA Until 1983, according to the Management Plan of the area, the existence of 17 species of mammals and 37 of birds was determined, a figure that has increased with later studies
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Zürich, Switzerland

We’ll meet at 4 p.m. at our hotel in Luzern (Lucerne) for a “Welcome to Switzerland” meeting. Then we’ll take a meandering evening walk through Switzerland’s most charming lakeside town, and get acquainted with one another over dinner together. Sleep in Luzern (2 nights). No bus. Walking: light.

Day 2Zürich–Biel/Bienne–Neuchâtel–Geneva

Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss, famous for watch-making, and explore the historical center. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle. Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.

Day 3Enchanting Engelberg

Our morning drive takes us from Swiss lakes to Swiss Army. At the once-secret Swiss army bunker at Fortress Fürigen, we’ll see part of the massive defense system designed to keep Switzerland strong and neutral. Afterward, a short drive into the countryside brings us to the charming Alpine village of Engelberg, our picturesque home for the next two days. We’ll settle into our lodge then head out for an orientation walk. Our stroll through the village will end at the Engelberg Abbey, a Benedictine monastery with its own cheese-making operation. You’ll have free time to wander back before dinner together. Sleep in Engelberg (2 nights). Bus: 1 hr. Walking: light.

Day 4Interlaken Area. Excursion to The Jungfrau Massif

An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. Globus Local Favorite At an amazing 11,332 feet, the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s 13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and in 1912 the rack railway was opened. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the ALPINE SENSATION, THE PANORAMA 360° EXPERIENCE, and the ICE PALACE. Also receive your JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day.

Day 5Lake Geneva and Château de Chillon

It’s market day in Lausanne! Enjoy browsing and packing a picnic lunch for our 11 a.m. boat cruise on Lake Geneva. A few miles down-shore we’ll dock at Château de Chillon, where we’ll have a guided tour of this delightfully medieval castle on the water. On our way back we’ll take time to peek into the vineyards surrounding Lutry before returning to Lausanne. Boat: 2 hrs. Bus: 1 hr. Walking: moderate.

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