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Ecuador Adventure Vacations, Andes Mountain Vacation, Avenue of the Volcanoes

Adventures in the Central Andes

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The central Andes mountain range located in Ecuador offers a diverse array of activities for any adventure seeking tourist. It offers everything from camping trips, walking vacations & hiking trips, to mountain bike tours. Ecuador promotes active travel vacations throughout all the country. Begin your adventure travel in the Andes using Riobamba as your hub.

Travel Around Riobamba

Our hub for the central Andes mountain range is Riobamba, the heartland of Ecuador. It is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. You can make day trips to beautiful lagoons, rural villages, and authentic indigenous markets. Three times a week you can take the famous train to the Devil's Nose. You can also hike the Inca Trail to Ingapirca Inca Ruins or trek to the crater lake at Altar volcano. Find culture, adventure and a lot more in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Central Andes Tours Packages

LTE-QTP009: BAÑOS AMAZON GATEWAY AND “AVENUE OF THE WATERFALLS”

Banos

A two day tour loaded with fantastic scenery. The Salasaca weavers and the waterfalls near Baños will be your eye candy as you enjoy the cloud forest and hot springs around this quaint village.

Itinerary (2 Days, 1 Night)

CotopaxiDay 1. Quito – Cotopaxi – Baños: Departing south from Quito via the “Avenue of Volcanoes,” we continue to the indigenous village of Salasaca, where weavers are well known for their tapestries. Before arriving to Baños, we pass over the Pastaza Canyon and admire its impressive scenery. Optional lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the surroundings of Baños and El Pailon del Diablo; a beautiful waterfall where we can have a chance to walk through the cloud forest. Accommodations at a local hotel.
 
Day 2. Baños – Quito: Return to Quito by a different route. From Baños back to Pelileo and on to Pillaro along dirt and cobblestone roads. Traveling through the Patate Valley, one of the prettiest warm valleys of the Inter – Andean region, we come to the Pan – American highway around Ambato. Optional lunch en-route. Afternoon arrival to Quito. 
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Highlights

Avenue of the Volcanoes
This 325km long valley compromises 11 snow peaks nestled in the Andean landscape. The massive volcanoes provide brooding, snow-covered contrast to the green equatorial lushness. 

Baños
Baños - EcuadorNestled between the Pastaza Canyon and the Tungurahua Volcano, it is the playground for activity and but also a place of relaxation. There are hot springs, great cafes, a beautiful town square and lines of little stores where the locals weave melocha (toffee) on the sidewalk. 

Pastaza Valley and Patate Valley
Beautiful valleys next to the Tungurahua Volcano that offers breathtaking views and conceals El Pailón del Diablo; a large hidden waterfall that one encounters after taking the cable car across the canyon and then a 30min downhill hike. 

Salasacan Weavers
For centuries the Salasacan weavers have been turning wool into clothing, but the tapestry is a relative new endeavour. Sometime in the last 50 or 60 years they discovered the potential for sales of more colorful woven items such as the very popular wall hangings that in recent years have garnered international acclaim for quality and beauty.


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Details

Meet / Depart 
Hotel of your choice, Quito, Ecuador.
 
Includes 

  • * Transportation
  • * English Speaking Guide
  • * 1 night at local hotel in chosen category in Baños
  • * Pailón del Diablo entrance fee
  • * Meals as listed in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

 
Not Included

  • * Meals not listed
  • * Entrance to hot spring
  • * Personal expenses
  • * Anything not specified 

Activity Level 
Easy

What to Bring

Passport, comfortable walking shoes/tennis shoes, warm clothing, windbreaker, rain ponchos in winter months, hat or cap, plastic water bottle, sun-block, sunglasses, waterproof small backpack, camera with high and low speed film, cash or travellers checks.  Bathing suit.Highlights

IMPORTANT:

We reserve the right to modify the itinerary - due to weather conditions, etc. - in the best interest of our clients.

 Baños (Waterfalls)

LTE-QTP010: Cotopaxi Volcano, Baños and "Avenue of the Waterfalls"

Salasaca Weavers

A 3-day tour loaded with fantastic scenery. Cotopaxi Volcano, the Salasaca weavers and the waterfalls near Baños will be your eye candy as you enjoy the cloud forest and hot springs around this quaint village.

Itinerary (3 Days, 2 Nights)

Day 1. Quito – Cotopaxi – Baños: Departing south from Quito we visit the Cotopaxi Volcano and its national park. Via the “Avenue of Volcanoes,” we continue to the indigenous village of Salasaca, where weavers are well known for their tapestries. Before arriving to Baños, we pass over the Pastaza Canyon and admire its impressive scenery. Optional lunch. Accommodations at a local hotel.  
 
Pailon del Diablo - BañosDay 2. Baños: In the morning, we will visit the surroundings of Baños, including El Pailon del Diablo; a beautiful waterfall where we can have a chance to walk through the cloud forest. Optional lunch. In the afternoon, you may decide to go bike riding, crossing the Pastaza gorge by cable car or just soak up in the local hot springs (crowded on weekends). Accommodations at a local hotel.
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Day 3. Baños – Quito: Return to Quito by a different route. From Baños back to Pelileo and on to Pillaro along dirt and cobblestone roads. Traveling through the Patate Valley, one of the prettiest warm valleys of the Inter – Andean region, we come to the Pan – American highway around Ambato. Optional lunch en-route. Afternoon arrival to Quito.
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Highlights

Baños
Baños ToursNestled between the Pastaza Canyon and the Tungurahua Volcano, it is the playground for activity and but also a place of relaxation. There are hot springs, great cafes, a beautiful town square and lines of little stores where the locals weave melocha (toffee) on the sidewalk.  

Cotopaxi National Park
Descend the slopes of one the world’s highest volcanoes enjoying magnificent views of snow-capped volcanoes as you pedal through a lunar landscape full of lakes, Inca ruins, and giant boulders spewed from the volcano long ago. With some luck, you might spot a condor!

Salasacan Weavers
For centuries the Salasacan weavers have been turning wool into clothing, but the tapestry is a relative new endeavour. Sometime in the last 50 or 60 years they discovered the potential for sales of more colorful woven items such as the very popular wall hangings that in recent years have garnered international acclaim for quality and beauty.


Book your south america tours

Details

Meet / Depart  
Hotel of your choice, Quito, Ecuador.
 
Includes  

  • * Transportation
  • * English Speaking Guide 
  • * 2 nights at local hotel in chosen category in Baños 
  • * Pailón del Diablo entrance fee 
  • * Meals as listed in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

 
Not Included 

  • * Meals not listed
  • * Entrance to hot spring
  • * Cotopaxi National Park entrance fee $10 
  • * Anything not specified

Activity Level 
Easy 

What to Bring

Passport, comfortable walking shoes/tennis shoes, warm clothing, windbreaker, rain ponchos in winter months, hat or cap, plastic water bottle, sun-block, sunglasses, waterproof small backpack, camera with high and low speed film, cash or travellers checks.  Bathing suit.

IMPORTANT:

We reserve the right to modify the itinerary - due to weather conditions, etc. - in the best interest of our clients.

 Cotopaxi & Baños

LTE-QDT008: Biking Downhill Cotopaxi

Biking Downhill Cotopaxi

Enjoy a downhill biking adventure in Cotopaxi National Park, less than two hours south of Quito. Descend the slopes of the volcano at a moderate pace as you appreciate the nature scenes around you, which include views of snow-capped volcanoes. With some luck you might just spot a condor! Return to Quito after the descent.

Itinerary (Daytrip from Quito)

We leave Quito in the morning. After one and a half hour drive on the Pan-American Highway, we reach the park entrance of Cotopaxi National Park.  We drive through pine forest and soon reach the park museum.   

Cotopaxi National ParkAfter visiting the museum, we enjoy a warm cup of ginger tee before continuing the ascent in our 4 wheel drive vehicle.  We soon reach the highest point of the tour at 500m/1640ft.  The view from here is stunning and on a clear day we are able to see 8 volcanoes.

Then, we put on helmets, gloves and protection pads and the bike adventure around the world’s highest active volcanoes begins.  The first 8 kilometers will take us down 700m on dirt roads through volcanic ash and páramo landscape.  

When at 3800m, you will actually have to do some pedaling heading down another 8 kilometers between volcanic rocks and horses. We stop for lunch by an Inca Ruin at 3700m.  With some luck we might see a condor or caracara. 

After lunch, we put the bikes on the jeep and head to the lake of Limpiopungo at 3800m, where we start the 16 km downhill ride through pine forest biking on dirt roads.  After two extra kilometers on a beautiful single track the bike adventure is over for this time 

Highlights

Cotopaxi National Park
Cotopaxi LlamasDescend the slopes of one the world’s highest volcanoes enjoying magnificent views of snow-capped volcanoes as you pedal through a lunar landscape full of lakes, Inca ruins, and giant boulders spewed from the volcano long ago. With some luck, you might spot a condor! 

Rural Villages
Small indigenous villages where most of the inhabitants live of their livestock -sheep, llamas and other animals that have adapted to the Andean mountains.

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Details

Meet / Depart 
Hotel of your choice, Quito, Ecuador.
 
Includes 

  • Transportation
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Fully equipped 4x4 vehicle
  • Mountain bikes with v-brakes and front suspension
  • All protective gear (helmet, knee & elbow pads)
  • Lunch and purified water

 
Not Included

  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
  • Park entrance fee ($10) 
  • Anything not specified

 
Activity Level 
Moderate

What to Bring

Passport, comfortable walking shoes/tennis shoes, warm clothing, windbreaker, rain ponchos in winter months, hat or cap, plastic water bottle, sun-block, sunglasses, waterproof small backpack, camera with high and low speed film, cash or travellers checks.  Bathing suit.Highlights

IMPORTANT:

We reserve the right to modify the itinerary - due to weather conditions, etc. - in the best interest of our clients.

 Cotopaxi Downhill Ride

LTE-QDT007: Cotopaxi & Markets

Cotopaxi Market

South from Quito, you find colorful indigenous towns and markets, where agricultural products and handicrafts are traded. Visit the Cotopaxi Volcano, the highest active volcano on earth (5,907 m / 19,400 feet), and its National Park, home of more than 90 different species of birds. 

Itinerary (Daytrip from Quito)

The market visited depends on the day of departure according to the following schedule: Sangolquí (Sun), Saquisilí (Thu), Pujilí (Sun/Wed), Latacunga (Tue/Sat).

All markets except Sangolquí are located in the Cotopaxi Province (Sangolquí is located in the southern parts of the Pichincha Province). Semi-private tours are offered on Thursdays.

Highlights

Cotopaxi National Park
Cotopaxi Tour MarketEnjoy the magnificent view of the world’s highest volcano surrounded by a lunar landscape full of lakes, Inca ruins, and giant boulders spewed from the volcano long ago. With some luck, you might spot a condor!

Indigenous Rural Markets
Experience a completely authentic experience as you visit the markets where the indigenous population comes to trade and barter. These markets are more geared toward the inhabitants in the region than towards tourist and will give you insight to the daily life in the Andes. 

Book your south america tours

Details

Meet / Depart  
Hotel of your choice, Quito, Ecuador.
 
Includes 

  • Transportation 
  • English Speaking Guide 

 
Not Included 

  • Lunch 
  • Personal expenses 
  • Gratuities
  • Park entrance fee ($10) 
  • Anything not specified

Activity Level 
Easy to Moderate

What to Bring

Passport, comfortable walking shoes/tennis shoes, warm clothing, windbreaker, rain ponchos in winter months, hat or cap, plastic water bottle, sun-block, sunglasses, waterproof small backpack, camera with high and low speed film, cash or travellers checks.

IMPORTANT:

We reserve the right to modify the itinerary - due to weather conditions, etc. - in the best interest of our clients.

 Cotopaxi & Markets


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