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Cotopaxi Rural Schools Service Project

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Mixing the thrill of exploring an active volcano with a unique volunteering experience, this 3-day adventure has it all! Admire the stunning landscapes of the Cotopaxi surrounding areas during a hike through the hacienda trails, enjoy a 4 hours horseback riding adventure across the slopes of the dormant volcano, Rumiñahui with the company of an authentic chagra (Ecuadorian cowboy), that will share his deep knowledge of the country life. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Service Project at Rural School
Day 2 : Horseback Riding and Hiking
Day 3 : Cotopaxi National Park


  • Visit a local school for a service project and cross-cultural experience
  • Ride out across the slopes of the dormant volcano, RumiƱahui
  • Explore the stunning Cotopaxi National Park

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  • Independent

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Day 1 Service Project at Rural School

Transfer from Quito to local School. Meet the teachers and students and get familiar with the work and materials. Today’s tasks will include some of the following: fixing school facilities, painting walls, painting educative signs, fixing chairs and other furniture. Lunch at Hacienda El Porvenir. In the afternoon we will hike through the hacienda trails. A delicious traditional dinner will be served in our dining room with candlelight. Overnight at Hacienda El Porvenir.  

Note: Itinerary subject to change according to school classes.

Day 2 Horseback Riding and Hiking

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, we will receive a brief riding lesson from our guides before we set out on our horses. Wearing the typical dress of the chagra (Ecuadorian cowboys), we ride out across the slopes of the dormant volcano, Rumiñahui. A legendary chagra from the area will come with us and share some of his deep knowledge of the country life. The ride lasts for approximately 4 hours. Back in the farmhouse, a tasty local lunch will be ready on our arrival. In the afternoon we get ready for our high rope course adventure. This is a high adventure activity with low environmental impact, letting people with little or no knowledge of climbing techniques have an unforgettable experience. Guests traverse ladders, nets, tightropes, swinging logs, wobbly bridges, and more fun surprises at 20 ft from the ground (6m). Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3 Cotopaxi National Park

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast we leave the Hacienda and drive to Cotopaxi National Park. This is a very interesting drive through ancient lava flows from Cotopaxi’s past eruptions. The location is the perfect place to learn about Andean Geology. On our visit we reach the car park below the Cotopaxi’s Refuge, where we begin our short hike up to the climbing hut (Refugio José Ribas) at 4,800m. (15,744 ft). It is hard not to be overwhelmed by the sheer immensity of the Volcano on this short hike. Once back in the vehicle, we continue on our way driving down to Limpiopungo Lake, where a wholesome box lunch will be served. This is an interesting site that is ideal for descriptions of the local flora and fauna, as well as details of the history and environmental conservation of the Park. We will also visit Pucará del Salitre. Return to Quito.

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • 2 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Lodge
  • 3 Days Guide Service
  • Park Entrance Fee
  • Supplies for service project


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


  • $40 Meals not Included
  • $55 Airport Departure Tax
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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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