Experience some of Ecuador’s most spectacular landscapes on this five-day multi-sport adventure from Quito. Go mountain biking through the native forests that blanket the slopes of Pasochoa, explore the ruins and lakes of Cotopaxi National Park and meet the indigenous craftspeople at the famous Otavalo Market.
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Arrive in Quito
Fly into Quito’s airport where you’ll be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the hotel where you will spend your first night.
Pasochoa - Cotopaxi National Park
After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll travel to Pasochoa Volcano and go mountain biking through the native forest of its ecological reserve. Soak up the majestic views of the Ecuadorian Andes, including the peaks of Antisana, Cotopaxi, Cayambe and Sincholagua.
Salitre Ruins - Quito
Following breakfast, we’ll travel to one of the most beautiful parts of Ecuador near Cotopaxi, which is the highest active volcano in the world. Explore the lakeside landscapes of Cotopaxi National Park at Limpiopungo and the ruins of El Salitre that once served as a fortress of the Inca Pucara. After lunch, we’ll embark on a bike ride through the northern part of Cotopaxi National Park before returning to Quito.
Yanacocha - Cusin
Today we will visit the upper montane cloud forest of Yanacocha, which blankets the western slope of the Guagua Pichincha Volcano and provides an important source of water for Quito. It’s renowned for its high diversity of bird species and Polylepis forest, as well as being home to puma, spectacled bears and one of the most endangered hummingbirds in the world. We’ll follow a flat trail that offers magnificent views of the Pichincha volcano and distant snow-capped peaks before descending by bike to the town of Nono. From here we’ll drive to Cusin where we will spend the night.
Cuicocha Lake - Quito
Begin the day with a pleasant drive to the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve where we will embark on a five-hour hike to the deep-blue crater lake of Laguna de Cuicocha. It lies on the southern flanks of Volcan Cotacachi and boasts impressive views of the nearby volcanoes, including Imbabura and Cayambe, as well as sightings of giant hummingbirds, silvery grebes and ruddy ducks.
After lunch, we’ll head to the famous Otavalo Market in Plaza de Los Ponchos where indigenous weavers and craftspeople from the surrounding areas come to sell their goods. Shop for ponchos, blankets, scarves, carved figurines and Andean musical instruments, as well as paintings, ceramics and jewelry. In the late afternoon we will return to Quito.
Dates & Rates
- 2 people $2915 per person
- 4-6 people $2715 per person
- 6-10 people $2460 per person
- All transfers
- Private transportation
- All excursions and visits
- Accommodations according to the program
- Meals are provided as mentioned above: B=Breakfast / L=Lunch or lunchbox / D=Dinner
- Entrance fees
- English speaking guides
- International flights
- Alcoholic beverages
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal items
- Travel insurance