Ecuador Adventure Tour
Have you ever been down below….the equator? Ride horses through the Andes hills, hike into an extinct volcano crater and bike down the side of Cotopaxi Volcano in this exciting and scenic tour.
- Trek a full day at Rumiñahui Volcano.
- Enjoy the views of Cotopaxi Volcano while you mountain bike down the side of it.
- Ride on horseback, exploring the Ecuadorian Andes.
- Relish the delicious flavors of Ecuadorian cuisine.
- Hike in an extinct volcano crater filled with emerald green water.
- Relax while gazing at your wood burning fire at the Hacienda.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCulture, Cycling, Guided Tours, History, Trekking, Wildlife
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Small Group
Join us on a trip to the past – to Quito, one of the Americas’ best preserved historic cities. As we head up to the hacienda, we’ll make our way to higher elevations near the Cotopaxi Volcano. The Andean Mountains include an extinct volcanic crater that awaits our exploration. Our epic views of Cotopaxi are a once-in-a-lifetime experience at 15,000 feet, descending as we enjoy mountain biking down its side. We’ll see amazing flora, birds and animals at nearby Limpiopungo Lake, a conservation wetland. This tour is both exhilarating and relaxing – a stunning mix of history and adventure with a visit to an older world.
- Airport transfers to/from Quito hotel
- All accommodations in double occupancy for 4 nights in Quito and 3 nights at a charming countryside hacienda
- all breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 6 dinners
- Transfers between flights and hotel in Quito
- Services of local bilingual guides
- Out West Adventure Travel professional tour director (subject to minimum participation)
- All hotel service charges, government taxes, porter-age and meal gratuities when dining together
- Entrance fees to activities and sites shown in the itinerary.
- Out West Adventures provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who do not have other coverage.
Optional Tour Choices:
$1100 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom.) – Available at checkout.
- Transportation to and from Quito
- 1 dinner
- Airport departure fees (total of $35-$60 depending on airports used)
- Optional activities
- Gratuities to guides
- Personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, laundry, and telephone calls.
- Day 1 Welcome to Quito!
Quito City Tour and The Hacienda
Our first stop today is Quito’s colonial area, a UNESCO world heritage site in one of the Americas’ best-preserved historic cities.
As we walk the old brick streets of this city we’ll discover its legends, mysteries and hidden treasures including “Plaza de la Independencia”, La Compañía de Jesús, and the Museo de Arte Colonial.
As we end our full day in Quito, we’ll savor at a traditional restaurant then shuttle to our hacienda on the green slopes of the Rumiñahui Volcano in the El Pedregal valley.
Horseback Riding and Cooking Class
A delicious, traditional Hacienda breakfast preps us for our horseback ride up the majestic Rumiñahui. You’ll get to know your horse and you’re free to trot or canter on the Rumiñahui high plateau. Our guides are real cowboys, part of Ecuador’s vibrant Chagra culture. As we approach the Central Summit we’ll see soaring Andean birds, herds of wild bravo cattle plus wild horses. If you like you can take your ride ”off road” down ancient wild horse tracks. Clear days will give us views of an incredible landscape populated by more than 12 volcanos. We shuttle back to the Hacienda for a delicious lunch of local cuisine after our cowboy adventure.
Ever milked a cow? This afternoon we’ll learn this skill plus enjoy a cooking class that focuses on traditional Ecuadorian cooking!
Our day begins with great breakfast followed by a morning drive to Quilotoa. This long-extinct volcanic crater is full of beautiful emerald green water. On our drive here we pass through beautiful views of the Andean mountains, through many local towns and farmlands plus the ancient canyon of Zumbahua. These areas afford us a glimpse of Ecuador’s oldest cultures and sites. Our hike from the lake shore down into the crater takes 45 minutes and the views abound. We’ll eat a tasty lunch that we’ve packed in with us and relax by the water. As we start back up the hill, you’re welcome to an optional mule ride up the side if you’re feeling tired. Our afternoon drive back to the hacienda lets us unwind, then we get to relax more for the evening with a wonderful dinner around the wood burning fireplace.
This will be another awesome day! Early in the morning we’ll journey to Rumiñahui Volcano. We’ll cross vast highlands surrounded by the amazing Andres. The views are incredible. There are jaw dropping views of mountains, valleys and neighboring volcanos. If it is a cloudless day we will have a view of the Ilinizas peaks and Chimborazo, the highest snow-capped mountain in Ecuador. Our hike today will be at a moderate pace and difficulty level. Tonight we will enjoy a warm, tasty meal at the hacienda.
High Rope Course and Red Trail Hike
After breakfast it’s time for an adventure, a High Ropes Course with the opportunity to participate in a series of activities involving physical, mental and emotional challenges. This activity lasts about 90 minutes depending on the size of the group. An excellent lunch will be served at the Hacienda house. In the afternoon we will hike to the Red Trail where we learn about the highland ecology and conservation challenges. This hike will take about 2 hours.
Full Day of Volcano(Mountain) Biking and Hasta Luego!
After today you can say you have mountain biked down the side of a volcano! The area had limited access after Cotopaxi erupted in 2015 but it is open once again. We’ll journey to Cotopaxi National Park. We will start our descent from the parking lot at 14,400 feet. When we reach the valley it’ll be 3,200 feet. The route we take will depend on your comfort levels. Our local guides are very experienced and will make sure you are comfortable. We will take a break along the way for a packed lunch at Limpiopungo Lake. It is a wetland and bird conservation. If we have time we will visit the ruins of an ancient Inca fortress called Pucará del Salitre.
After this exhilarating adventure we will make our way to Quito. We will stop for our farewell dinner before going to the airport for our departure.
Most of our trips draw more single travelers than couples. When couples do join us, it’s usually because they’re looking forward to interacting with a group of adventurers. The activities included with our trips serve as natural ice-breakers. Within a day, you’ll be traveling with friends. You don’t need to pay the single supplement if you’re traveling alone. We’ll be happy to match you with a roommate. Pay the single supplement only if you want a bedroom to yourself.
For selected trips, including cruises, we will charge half the single supplement if you request a roommate but we can’t match you with someone.
This tour starts and ends in Quito, Ecuador
The terrain on this trip is varied. Topography ranges from rolling to strenuous. Activities include horseback riding at your pace, hiking down into a crater (with the option of riding a mule back up), hiking in a National Park (not intense), biking in the National Park (rolling, rocky terrain) and walking tours. For most of the tour, we will be in higher elevation, which has a colder climate. Be sure to bring warm clothes to accommodate for the colder weather and be prepared to take activities at a slower pace due to the thin air.
While in Quito we will be staying in a charming, newly remodeled hotel that offers a wonderful blend of ancient and modern concepts. We will be perfectly located in Quito’s historic center.
During our time in the countryside, we’ll stay in the heart of the Central Andes at a working ranch/Hacienda. The rooms are the perfect level of comfort with wood burning stoves to keep us nice and warm. The hacienda is an amazing world of its own, with a warm, friendly vibe.
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