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.
Today explore the forest canopy by zipline. 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 Pita River waterfall for lunch. (Zipline available starting March 2014. Or choose an alternate excursion this morning such as mountain biking or ropes course challenge). After the flying adventure, hike to the 270-feet Condor Machai waterfall for lunch. Return to Quito in the late afternoon.
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