The Andes, the longest mountain chain in the world, were raised through primal power when the Nazca and South American tectonic plates collided. Today, this mountain range extends over 4,300 miles through South America. Many of the peaks that form this range are active or dormant volcanoes. The term Avenue of the Volcanoes was coined by the German explorer Alexander von Humboldt — “the greatest scientific traveler who ever lived,” according to Charles Darwin — who journeyed through Ecuador in 1802


 


COTOPAXI VOLCANO 

We offer excursions to visit natural parks and ecological reserves where you can enjoy the andean vegetation, rare birds and exceptional views.
You will explore Cotopaxi National Park, take a walk around Quilotoa lake, and maybe endeavour the hike up to the Refuge 15.744 ft (4.800m.) above sea level and even bicycle down the side of the volcano from the car park.

BELLAVISTA - LLANGANATES

Lies within the Llanganates Ecological Reserve about an hour from the hotel. This trip takes you through typical mountain villages with the local Indians doing their farming, planting or harvesting. You get a glimpse into their way of life with amazing views of the high Andes. Day trip. 

QUILOTOA CRATER LAKE 

Another highly recommended excursion will take you to the crater lake of Quilotoa where you can hike down to the lake and climb up by donkey or mule or take a five hour hike around the rim of the crater. 

ILINIZAS HOT SPRINGS  

This excursion takes you across from the hotel to a wonderful trek, through a polylepis forest and lovely vegetation. The ground is soft, grass full of wildflowers. You walk for about 45 minutes where you reach a pond with thermal waters where you can take a soothing dip. Don't forget to take towels!! After drying you might like walking some more into the moors and get spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Or return to the car and back to the hotel. This tour is about 45 minutes from the hotel. In parts a bumpy road, not bad and certainly worth it. 

INDIAN MARKET 

Closer trips will take you to marketplaces such as Saquisili (Thursdays), Pujili (Wednesdays and Sundays), as well as other surrounding local villages.

BAÑOS

Is located in a subtropical region next to the jungle and close to Tungurahua volcano which has been erupting for several years. You will enjoy trekking among the waterfalls in the lush tropical vegetation or take your bikes through beautiful routes, tea plantations and then even advance into the jungle. This is a full day trip.




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