Cotopaxi Ride and Fly Adventure
- Cotopaxi Volcano
- Ruminahuil Volcano
- Santa Rita Ecological Reserve
Horseback ride, hike, and zipline through the canopy near the Cotopaxi National Park during our 2 day/1 night extension. Good way to extend your stay in Ecuador and short distance from Quito.
- HikingIncludes guided hiking excursions. Hikes may vary from easy and optional three hour hikes to more difficult multi-day treks.
- Zip LineExplore the forest canopy by zip line or rappel down cliffs or waterfalls.
Depart in the morning from Quito and drive towards the towering Cotopaxi Volcano and arrive to the Hacienda El Porvenir. 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, riding side by side with herds of wild horses and bulls. As we cross the paramo, enjoy the bird and wildlife, and 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 Youtube video to learn more about El Porvenir and the Tierra del Volcan's area near Cotopaxi.
Day 2 Canopy Tour and Zipline (B,L)
A thirty minute drive takes you to the Hacienda Santa Rita Ecological Reserve to explore the forest canopy by zipline. This system was originally used by scientists who were doing research in the forest canopy and includes five cables between 100 and 480 meters long. The zipline provides a great vantage point for birdwatching and enjoying the scenery and is an adrenaline rush as you soar above the trees. After the flying adventure, hike to the 270-feet Condor Machai waterfall for lunch. Return to Quito in thelate afternoon.