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8 Days Culture tour itinerary for ecuador: Explore The Natural Wonders Of Ecuador

Cotopaxi National Park, Quito, Cayambe, Otavalo

Nature
Nature Tour
Culture
Culture Tour
Volcano
Volcano Tour
Explore the natural wonders of Ecuador

Quito-Ecuador

 Immerse yourself in the surrounding wilderness of the Andes and hike along the avenues of the volcanoes and volcanic lakes. Cuycocha Lake, Limpiopungo Lake, Rucu Pichincha & Guagua Pichincha volcanoes are some of the places that you will see. 

DAY 01

Program Itinerary

  • Pick-up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel Sierra Madre.

DAY 02

Program Itinerary

  • Explore the capital of Ecuador in the Old Town.

  • Visit the plazas de la Independencia, Santo Domingo and San Francisco. See the pre-Colombian art and Inca culture, which provides a good introduction to the history of Ecuador.

  • Proceed to the interesting colonial churches and one of the traditional central markets to end up over the hill (el Panecillo) from where you can see the whole Quito.

  • Drive to North and then to West until you reach the mitad del Mundo.

  • Stay overnight in Hotel Sierra Madre. (B/BL)

DAY 03

Program Itinerary

  • Move from Quito at 08:00 am to visit and hike till Cuycocha Lake.

  • Drive North on the pan American route for 2 hours until we reach Otavalo.

  • Continue the drive for 45 minutes until we reach the entrance gate of the Reserve CuyCocha. 

  • Begin the hike at 11:00 am.

  • Return to the starting point after hiking.

  • Drive back to Otavalo city for an overnight stay at Hotel Acoma. (B/BL)

DAY 04

Program Itinerary

  • Visit the Market in the morning and shop for 2 hours.

  • Proceed to Tambopaxi into the Cotopaxi National Park. 

  • Stop at the Cayambe city at a cafe.

  • Drive to the next hotel for 2.5 hours until we reach the Cotopaxi National Park gate to go into the Tamboapxi hostel.

  • Stay overnight at Tambopaxi. (B/BL)

DAY 05

Program Itinerary

  • Have a healthy breakfast and drive to the famous Cotopaxi car Park.

  • Make a stop at the Lake Limpiopungo at 3,837 m altitude. 

  • Walk along the lake and enjoy the scenery. Get a beautiful view of the glaciated Cotopaxi. 

  • Drive to reach 4,550 m from where we hike to the refuges.

  • Reach Jose Rivas hut at 4,800 m altitude. It is the basic refuge for the climbers from all over the world who come to ascent the summit of Cotopaxi volcano. 

  • Have a hot cup of tea and descend.

  • Reach the guest house Chuquirahua in the farming village of Chugchilan (3,100 m) for some tasty dinner and overnight stay. (B/BL/D)

DAY 06

Program Itinerary

  • Hike down Quilatoa for 30 minutes and hike up for 1.5 hours. Hike around of the crater for 5-6 hours. 

  • Have breakfast and visit the crater lake of Quilotoa. From mama Hilda, drive to reach the Quilotoa Andean villages, to go into the rim at 3,900 m.

  • Enjoy a beautiful panoramic view from here. The lagoon here is 600 m deep with turquoise green colour.

  • Hike down until the side of the water and we can see the gas of the volcano. You can do kayaking here.

  • Hike up or rent a mule to reach the top of the rim. (USD 10)

  • Drive back to Quito Hotel Sierra Madre. (B/BL)

DAY 07

Program Itinerary

  • Hike up to Ruco Pichincha. (3-4 hours)

  • Leave from Quito at 8.00 am after breakfast and travel to the Teleferique in Quito to make an initial height gain. 

  • Ascend to the 4,796 m peak of the ancient volcano of Rucu Pichincha. From the top, you can see the Guagua Pichincha active volcano.

  • Enjoy the many photographic opportunities. 

  • Hike down to the cable car. (2 hours)

  • Arrive at the Hotel Sierra Madre around 4-5 pm. (B/BL)

DAY 08

Program Itinerary

  • Transfer to the airport.

  • 879 USD Per Group
  • Airport transfers in and out. (3)

  • Hotels (8 Night Double or Matrimonial bedroom occupancy)

  • Bilingual certified Ecuador Mountain guide. 

  • Private transportation 4x4WD vehicles.

  • Meals while on the climbing and camping trip. 

  • All National Parks Permits.

  • Food and Beverages on non-climbing days. (dinner especially)

  • Insurance.

  • All International flight to Quito.

  • Personal climbing gear.

  • Tips.

  • The client is responsible for additional expenses incurred due to changes/variations in the above itinerary.

  • You can take an extension trip for the Jungle for 5 days and 4 nights. Then, Galapagos Extention too for 5 days or 8 days.


  • 2 person- $.1,490.00

  • 4 person- 941,00

  • 6-8 person - 879,00

Cotopaxi National Park, Quito, Cayambe, Otavalo

Nature
Nature Tour
Culture
Culture Tour
Volcano
Volcano Tour
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Contributed By

Ramiro Cunalata

starting from
USD 879