After breakfast, depart Quito and travel south along the "Avenue of the Volcanoes" towards Cotopaxi National Park. You arrive at the Hacienda Santa Rita Ecological Reserve to start the acclimatization hike with an easy 8 km hike at around 3,200 meters (10,500 ft). Santa Rita has a fantastic circuit of trails crossing both native forests and grazing pastures with views of six surrounding volcanoes, Cotopaxi, Antisana, Cayambe, Rumiñahui, Sincholagua, and Pasochoa. The area preserves one of the last remnants of high Andean native forest and is a protected habitat for hummingbirds and other Andean birds. Hike to your campsite, and relax and enjoy the comfortable camping in the Andes.
to watch Youtube video to learn more about the Tierra del Volcan's area near Cotopaxi.
Duration of trek: 4 hours
Total distance trekked: 8 km (5 mi)
Maximum altitude: 3,200m/10,500ft