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Ecuador Volcano Tours
Ecuador Volcano Tours

3-Day Tours

| 3-Days through the Volcano Avenue (North) |

| 3-Days through the Volcano Avenue (South) |

 
3-Days through the Volcano Avenue (North)

Difficulty: Light
Distance:
180 Km
Altitude:
2700 - 4600 m.a.s.l.  

Necessary equipment:  

Warm mountain clothes (gloves and jacket) and changes for 3 days, swim suit and towel, hat, sun glasses, photographic camera, sun block.  Binoculars are recommended. 

One of the most amazing qualities of Ecuador is that all the mountain chain is located on top of many Magma chambers. It is hard to find mountains in this country, but it is rather easy to find volcanoes, many of which are very high and potentially active.  When Alexander von Humboldt visited Ecuador and saw this great passage between mountain chains with 73 volcanoes along it, he named it "The Volcano Avenue." 
 

Day-1

Cuicocha Lake - EcuadorAt 8 o'clock in the morning we depart from Quito, following north the Pan-American Highway to the town of Otavalo in the province of Imbabura.  On our way we will visit the San Pablo Lake at the foothill of the Imbabura Volcano.  The Otavalo market is the most popular one in Ecuador.  There we can find everything, from the native typical handmade clothes to Andean musical instruments as well as all kinds of handicrafts.  We will have lunch at the Hacienda Pinsaquí.  This is an old colonial "Hacienda" full of historic importance since General Simon Bolivar, the "Libertador", who freed Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama and Peru used this "hacienda" (farm) to rest during his journeys.  

After lunch we will visit Cuicocha Lake.  This lake is an old volcano caldera covered with water.  It has two islands which are chimneys formed on successive eruptions.  The still active volcano shows its activity with gas bubbles that float up to the surface. We will visit the information centre where we will learn about the biology and history of the volcano.  Then we will take a boat trip around the lake seeing the flora as Suros (like bamboo but from the Andes), Pumamaquis, Cerotes, Alder trees among others and the fauna of it as rabbits, foxes, guinea pigs also called cuys, armadillos; birds as hummingbirds, hawks, cara-caras, eagles, ducks, among others that can be seen on the islands and surroundings.  

After the lake's visit we will go to the Hacienda Hotel Guachalá to have dinner and spend the night. Guachalá is one of the first "latifundios" (big farms) that date back to the Spanish colonial time in the XVII, where we can find still some pre Inca ruins.  Nowadays it is used as a hotel and for agriculture.  
 

Day-2

Cayambe Volcano - EcuadorWe depart to the Cayambe-Coca Reserve where we will visit the Cayambe, an active volcano and the third highest in Ecuador with 5792 m.a.s.l.. Then we will cross through the eastern side highlands chain starting on Oyacachi.   Oyacachi is an old pre Inca town hidden in a beautiful valley in the middle of the highlands.  It was the starting point of one of the most used Indian trade path between the highland and the jungle, an oasis of vegetation in the middle of the highland. We will use this beautiful and green spot to have lunch.  

These highlands and mountains give birth to the Napo River basin, affluent to the Amazonas River and one of the most important biodiversity spots in Ecuador.  Here we find flora like orchids, balsam, mahogany, cedar, guaiacum, black mulberry, polilepis, myrtle, pumamaqui, alder, laurel, romerillo, straw, chuquiragua, urcurosa, cerote, valerian and others; and the rich fauna like condors, hawks, owls, curiquingues, hummingbirds; mammals as armadillos, Andean bears, cuys, white tailed deer.  Here we can see how the water cycle works in nature, through the great quantity of lakes and lagoons that show the water abundance in Ecuador.  

The road ends at the hot springs of Papallacta.  This water is heated by thermo activity caused by the Antisana volcanoLas Termas is a very nice Spa Hotel which has its own hot spring pools.  This night we can take a relaxing bath in these waters and enjoy a delicious dinner with fresh trout, breed at this location.  
 

Day-3 

Antisana Nature Reserve - EcuadorThe next day, after a nutritious breakfast and with the splendid view of the mountains, we will head towards the Antisana Natural Reserve, one of the best preserved highlands in South America.  Here we can appreciate its typical flora and watch condors, curiquingues, hawks, eagles, owls, hummingbirds; mammals as foxes, rabbits, rodents, and if we are lucky pumas and bears.  We will have lunch at the "Hacienda Antisana", hopefully in the company of its owner, Jose Delgado, who is in charge of the well conservation of these highlands. 

The Antisana Hacienda is an old, large estate located in the highlands of the volcano.  It was the staying place of the German scientist Alexander von Humboldt and other scientific researchers such as Wolf, Whymper, Hans Meyer, Stubel, and Marcos Jiménez de la Espada.  These men gave the Volcano Avenue its name.  The Hacienda's house is of typical Andean construction, made of sun dried bricks and straw ceiling.  It includes a restaurant and a warm and cozy interior. 

We will take a walk in the Antisana Volcano highlands, which with 5754 meters above sea level is the fourth highest in Ecuador and the one with the biggest glaciers.  We will see the pristine highlands, Micacocha Lake, the Antisanillas' lava flow and the Secas Lake along the narrow road.

Afterwards we will follow the southeast course of the Pita River, known as the waterfall route, since the river is full of canyons and waterfalls.  From the North entrance to Parque Nacional Cotopaxi we take the road west to the town of Machahi, where, we will encounter the Pan American highway to head back to Quito. 
 

The trip Includes: 

  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Entry fees (to national park and others)
  • Guidance
  • Hotel fares 

Note: souvenirs, beverages and goods are not included. 

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3-Days through the Volcano Avenue (South)
Effective as of 2010

Difficulty: Light
Distance:
180 Km
Altitude:
2700 - 4600 m.a.s.l.
 

Necessary equipment:

Warm mountain clothes (gloves and jacket) and changes for 3 days, swim suit and towel, hat, sun glasses, photographic camera, sun block. Binoculars are recommended.  

One of the most amazing qualities of Ecuador is that all the mountain chain is located on top of many Magma chambers. It is hard to find mountains in this country, but it is rather easy to find volcanoes, many of which are very high and potentially active.  When Alexander von Humboldt visited Ecuador and saw this great passage between mountain chains with 73 volcanoes along it, he named it "The Volcano Avenue".  
 

Day-1

Antisana Nature Reserve - EcuadorAt nine o'clock in the morning we depart for Antisana Ecological Reserve, one of the best preserved highland regions in South America. You can walk over the plateau by the volcano, which at 5754 meters (18,877 feet) above sea level, is the fourth highest in Ecuador and with some of the biggest glaciers.  Here you can view Micacocha Lake, volcanic lava flows and Secas Lake set in strikingly unspoiled countryside.  

For lunch you can choose between Ecuadorian cuisine at the Hacienda Antisana or gourmet specialties at Mucki's restaurant.  

Afterwards we follow the course of the Pita River southeast, known as the Waterfall Route because of the river's many canyons and waterfalls.  We spend the night at La Hacienda el Porvenir just by the entrance of Cotopaxi National Park between two ancient volcanoes: Rumiñahui and Pasochoa.  
 

Day-2

Cotopaxi Volcano reflected in Limpiopungo LakeThe morning is spent in Cotopaxi National Park where we learn about the volcano's history and geology.  You can then walk the highlands to observe its unique flora and fauna and take advantage of a panoramic view of America's most famous active volcano.  The trip continues south following the Pan American Highway to Hosteria Rumipamba de las Rosas, where we have lunch.   Then we head to Chimborazo (6,243 meters / 20,482 feet above sea level) Ecuador's highest peak.  We spend the night at the mountain lodge La Estrella de Chimborazo (Chimborazo Star) named after an endemic hummingbird species.  

The lodge belongs to renowned mountaineer, Marco Cruz, with over 40 years' experience and an expert on the region's flora and fauna. 
 

Day-3

Quilotoa Volcano Lake - Ecuador Volcano AvenueThe morning is spent walking around the lodge with Marco, observing the landscape and identifying the flora and fauna before heading north to Quilotoa Volcano Lake, an ancient inactive volcano crater filled with emerald-green salty water.  The water's surface glints in colorful contrast to the surrounding barren plateau.  

A delicious box lunch will be served on our way to the lake to make the most of our time.  After the lake we return towards Quito and take in some final views of the impressive western Andean mountains.  

After this tour you would be able to feel the same emotion as Humboldt did, when he, marveled by its beauty, named it "The Volcano Avenue".  
 

The trip Includes:

  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Entry fees (to National Park and others)
  • Guidance
  • Hotel fares

Note: Souvenirs, goods and beverages are not included.  

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