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Cotopaxi Multisport

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Extend your trip in Ecuador with a 3 night stay in a comfortable hacienda near the Cotopaxi Volcano and explore the Andean highlands on foot, horseback, and gliding through the forest by zipline during our multisport trip that is a short drive from Quito.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Horseback Riding and Hiking
Day 2 : Ecological Reserve and Paramo Hiking
Day 3 : Cotopaxi National Park
Day 4 : Morning Adventure and Market Visit

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Activities

Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Moderate

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Day 1 Horseback Riding and Hiking

Depart in the morning from Quito and drive towards the towering Cotopaxi Volcano and arrive to El Porvenir, a fully-functioning hacienda and our base for the next three nights, set high in the Andean paramo with spectacular views of Cotopaxi. A brief orientation is given in the morning at Hacienda El Porvenir to get acquainted with the horses. We head out on horseback in the spirit of the Chagras (Ecuadorian highland cowboys) to visit the foothills of Rumiñahui Volcano. As we cross the paramo, enjoy the bird and wildlife, as the native guides will share their knowledge of medicinal plants. Afterwards a delicious lunch of local dishes awaits us upon our return to the farmhouse.

The afternoon is free to explore the hacienda grounds, and there are a couple of self-guided paths to the Manto Blanco Waterfall and to lookouts with nice views of the mountains and surrounding landscape.

Click here to watch a video to learn more about El Porvenir and the Tierra del Volcan's area near Cotopaxi.

Day 2 Ecological Reserve and Paramo Hiking

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A thirty minute drive takes you to the Hacienda Santa Rita Ecological Reserve and the impressive 270 feet high Condor Machay Waterfall. Continue on foot along a trail that takes us through a very unique native forest of the Andes known has the "paper bark tree forest". Continue to the village of El Pedregal where we will have the chance to experience the local culture of the area before continuing to El Porvenir. Today's hike is 11 kilometers (7 miles).

Day 3 Cotopaxi National Park

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After enjoying the views of the volcano over the last three days, we drive for 45 minutes into the Cotopaxi National Park. An hour hike takes us to the climbing hut (refugio) and a nearby glacier at 4,800 meters (14,760 ft) above sea level.

Continue by vehicle to visit Laguna de Limpiopungo, a shallow Andean lake with great birdwatching, and from here we start our ten kilometer (7 miles) trek back to El Porvenir. We stop at the Chusig Machai cave for lunch and continue on foot through beautiful mountain valleys before returning to a good dinner and the last night at the hacienda.

Day 4 Morning Adventure and Market Visit

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
This morning you get your choice of excursions, such as mountain biking or ropes course challenge.



In the afternoon, travel to Sangolqui, a village with a traditional market. Browse the market stalls with traditional arts and crafts and sample some of the local produce, particularly the fruits. Return to Quito in the evening.

Hacienda El Porvenir

Per person starting at
$1,075

Notes

$250 single supplement

Included

  • 3 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
    • 3 Nights Lodge
  • 4 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service

Excluded

  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $55 Airport Departure Tax
  • $10 Park Entrance Fee
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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