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.

Highlights

  • Cotopaxi and Quilotoa Volcanoes
  • Indigenous Market
  • Horseback Riding

 Things to do

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)

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