The Cotopaxi province of Ecuador is home to what German explorer Alexander von Humboldt coined ‘The Avenue of Volcanoes’ and contains some of the most dramatic mountain scenery of the country. The province is named after the stunning Cotopaxi volcano, which was described by Humboldt ‘the most beautiful and regular of all the colossal peaks in the high Andes. It is a perfect cone covered by a thick blanket of snow which shines so brilliantly at sunset it seems detached from the azure of the sky.’ In addition to its scenery, this province features a series of small towns known for their indigenous heritage and colorful markets. The region is also known for its historical haciendas (estates) found in the surrounding hills, where we recommend staying for a truly authentic and unforgettable experience.

Interests

  • Heritage
  • Landscape

Highlights

  • Cotopaxi and Quilotoa Volcanoes
  • Indigenous Market
  • Horseback Riding

Activities in Cotopaxi

1 hr Horseback (If you stay at Hacienda La Ciénega)

Guests can enjoy horse riding around the hacienda and and through the beautiful landscapes in the area. (Duration 1 hour)

Half day Horseback (If you stay at Hacienda San Agustín del Callo)

Suitable for inexperienced and experienced riders, horse riding at San Agustin de Callo gives visitors the chance to visit Andean towns and villages using old Inca paths.One of the favorite horse rides takes you towards the Cotopaxi through a pine forest to plains just below the volcano with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains. (Duration Half-Day)

8 hr Bellavista Tour (If you stay at Hacienda San Agustín del Callo)

Bellavista lies within the Llanganates Ecological Reserve about an hour from the hacienda. This trip takes you through typical mountain villages with the local indigenous people doing their daily farming, planting or harvesting. Enjoy a glimpse into their way of life with amazing views of the high Andes. (Duration 8 hours)

8 hr BañosTour and Hiking (If you stay at Hacienda San Agustín del Callo)

Baños is located in a subtropical region next to the jungle and close to Tungurahua volcano which has been erupting for several years. You will enjoy trekking among the waterfalls in the lush tropical vegetation through beautiful routes dotted with tea plantations. (Duration 8 hours)

7 hr Quilotoa Tour and Hiking (If you stay at Hacienda San Agustín del Callo)

Visit the dramatic Quilotoa volcano with its lovely crater lake. If you’re feeling active, you can either hike down to the lake and climb back up by your own or via a mule ride. Or you can choose to hike instead around the rim of the crater enjoying the stunning views of the crater lake. (Duration 7 hours)

5 hr Ilinizas Tour and Hiking (If you stay at Hacienda San Agustín del Callo)

Travel across from Cotopaxi into the region of the Ilinizas Ecological Reserve to enjoy a trek within exuberant vegetation, waterfalls and beautiful views. (Duration 5 hours)

Cotopaxi Tour and Hiking

Perhaps the most scenic volcano of the Ecuadorian Andes, Cotopaxi is a sight to behold with its perfect snow-capped cone. On a full day tour, venture into the Cotopaxi National Park which delights visitors with Andean vegetation, rare birds and exceptional views. If feeling up for the challenge, you can endeavour the hike up to the Refuge at 4800m. (Duration 5 hours)

4 hr Indigenous Market Tour (If you stay at Hacienda San Agustín del Callo)

Explore the authentic and colorful markets of the Cotopaxi region. Depending on the day of the week, visit Saquisili (Thursdays), Pujili (Wednesdays and Sundays) or Latacunga (Tuesdays and Saturdays), as well as other surrounding local villages. (Duration 4 hours)

2 hr Mountain Biking (If you stay at Hacienda San Agustín del Callo)

Biking paths will lead you to surrounding areas such as a nearby rose plantation or the volcanic Rock of the Virgin located in one of Cotopaxi’s ancient lava flows. Or, for more adventurous cyclists, a vehicle can take you up to the Cotopaxi refuge at 4800m. above sea level where you can start an extraordinary downhill ride ending at the park’s entrance, where you will be met and driven back to San Agustín de Callo.

2 hr Horseback (If you stay at Hacienda San Agustín del Callo)

Suitable for inexperienced and experienced riders, horse riding at San Agustin de Callo gives visitors the chance to visit Andean towns and villages using old Inca paths. (Duration 2 hours)

Included at Hacienda San Agustin de Callo

Self-guided walks through the lovely property with its amazing Inca history and archeology as well as the stunning backdrop of the Andes. Guests can also enjoy fishing and use of bicycles for riding around property.

Included Activties at Hacienda La Alegría

Enjoy your time at Hacienda Alegria where you can explore its rich equestrian heritage. If your stay falls on a weekday, you can experience the unique ‘chagras’ (Ecuadorian cowboys) and watch as they demonstrate various ranch skills with cows and llamas. You will also have the treat of a lovely 1 hour horseback ride through the surrounds and a tour of the special cheese cellar.

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