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Trek in the Ecuadorian Andes and discover an incredible world of stunning landscapes, hidden communities, indigenous cultures, and enormous volcanoes. These features and more all combine to shape the famous Avenue of Volcanoes in the Ecuadorian highlands. This trekking adventure through the narrow trails used by the local mountain people will take you deep into the heart of the Andean culture and their lifestyle. Explore unique experiences such as the mythical Llanganates National Park and the stunning glacier of the highest volcano in the world, when measured from the center of the world!
Day by day schedule
Day 1: Welcome to Ecuador
Today is arrival day! We will be waiting to collect you from the Quito Airport. Please look out for a board with your name on it and our guide will assist you with your luggage. Welcome to Quito! The largest, best-preserved colonial city of America - declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha volcano.
Day 2: Free Day in Quito
Today, is an acclimatization day, where you can take it as easy or as adventurous as you like. You can rest and become adjusted to the high elevation of Quito at 2850 meters (9359 ft). If you are feeling fine, you will have the chance to explore and experience the beautiful streets of Quito at your own pace. You can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. or you can visit the "Mitad del Mundo" and stand on both sides of the world at the same time! Please be back at your hotel for the trek briefing wit...
Day 3: Limpiopungo lagoon
We begin today's adventure by driving south on the Pan American highway for about 2 hours, this area is known as The Avenue of Volcanoes, it was named this by the famous German Explorer Alexander Vond Humboldt, who spent time trekking the Ecuadorian volcanoes. Along the way, you will be able to enjoy views of volcanoes like Cayambe, Antisana, Pichincha, Illinizas, Pasochoa, and Corazon. We will begin our trek by hiking the sierra climate around the Limpiopungo lagoon (13000 ft/3800 m) on the foothills of the Rumiñahui volcano....
Day 4: Trekking through the Toachi Canyon to Chugchilan
The charming Andean Mountain landscapes will inspire us today on a trek along the Toachi Canyon for 13.5 km (8.4 mi). Experience stunning views of small Ecuadorian villages and indigenous people, in their day-to-day life, working in the fields. We will hike down to the canyon of the Toachi River and then back up to the main road that will take us to Chugchilán, a small town located in the middle of the Quilotoa loop. Here we will find our Eco-house accommodation, and in the afternoon, we can explore the village with the great ...
Day 5: Trekking to Quilotoa Lagoon
Early in the morning after breakfast, we will start our hiking adventure for 11 km (6.9 miles) on small trails blazed by the mountain people and still used by locals to transport products and to travel across the canyons to reach the neighboring communities. While trekking along this trail, it is common to see the traditional custom of exchanging goods with one another, and the bartering system that is still being utilized today. We will venture down into impressive canyons to later climb back up to the top of the crater rim, where y...
Day 6: Trek to Chimborazo Basecamp
Early in the morning, we will drive through valleys and farming villages to reach the Chimborazo Volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador with an elevation of 6310 m (20702 ft) above sea level; whose summit is the furthest point from the center of the earth on the entire planet. On a clear day, the majestic peak of Chimborazo dominates the view for many kilometers. Visiting this spectacular national park includes a short hike of 0.9 km (0.57 mi) to reach the elevation of 5000 m (16404 ft) where the glacier begins. On the hike, we wil...
Day 7: Trek in the Llanganates National Park
Trek in Llanganates National Park for 6 hours, famous for its amazing landscapes and storied mystery. Legend has it that the Inca General Ruminahui has a large sum of gold hidden somewhere in the Tungurahua Mountain range. Start the hike at 3,200m (10,498 ft) above sea level and travel upwards to 3,600m (12,024 ft). See a variety of changes in vegetation while trekking to higher elevations. Expect stunning views of the Tungurahua Volcano and the Sangay Volcano (if visibility is good). After this beautiful trek, we will return to Bano...
Day 8: Hike to the Road of the Waterfalls and return to Baños
Baños is a town well known for its spectacular location right at the foothills of the active Tungurahua volcano and is an excellent place for outdoor activities including: horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting. It is one of the most popular and important tourist spots in the country, you will find many Ecuadorian families vacationing here. One look at this delightfully green mountain town and you will know why. Surprisingly, it is pleasant and unspoiled. This morning we w...
Day 9: Free day in Baños
Today you can enjoy a free day in Baños. Enjoy a relaxing massage, including reflexology and aromatherapy (60 minutes per person)
For the rest of your day, you will have free to choose one of the many options that Baños City offers.
Day 10: Departure Day
You will have an early pick up from your hotel in Baños to return to Quito airport, to take your international flight back home. This marks the end of this incredible trekking journey to the Avenue of The Volcanoes, in Ecuador!
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Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation
Accommodation based on double occupancy: 3* hotel in Quito, 3 stars eco-hotel in Isinlivi, hostel in Chugchilan, 4+ star Andean lodge in Chimborazo, 3 +* hotel in Baños.
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners
Activities: Trekking in Isinlivi, 3-day trekking to Chugchilan and Quilotoa, hiking to the glaciers of Chimborazo highest volcano in Ecuador, watch vicuñas (camel similar to llama or alpaca), trek the Llanganates National Park, 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, bikes.
Trip Leader: Certified expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader and local guides.
What's not included
Airport transfer on arrival (can be arranged)
Travel insurance (mandatory)
Meals not described in the itinerary- estimated budget UDS$ 130
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