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3-Day Cotopaxi Hacienda Adventure

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Day 1 : Cotopaxi Ropes Course

Visiting: Cotopaxi

We leave Quito early in the morning and reach Hacienda El Porvenir, where we will be welcomed with canelazos and cheese empanadas. 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. Depending on the size of the group, the circuit takes 2 to 3 hours. In the afternoon we will have a delicious lunch and will go on a splendid hike to the reforestation area.

The afternoon is free for mountain biking on roads and trails, hiking to a local waterfall, or simply relaxing at the hacienda.

NOTE: You can customize your activities depending on your interests!

  • Meals: LD
  • Standard Lodging: Hacienda El Porvenir, Superior Room
  • Luxury Lodging: Hacienda El Porvenir, Suite

Day 2 : Horseback Riding Rumiñahui Volcano

Visiting: Cotopaxi

In the morning after a delicious, nutritious farm 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 approximately 4 hours.

Back in the farmhouse, a tasty local lunch will be ready on our arrival. In the afternoon we go on a walk to Manto Blanco waterfall.

  • Meals: BLD
  • Standard Lodging: Hacienda El Porvenir, Superior Room
  • Luxury Lodging: Hacienda El Porvenir, Suite

Day 3 : Cotopaxi National Park Visit

Visiting: Cotopaxi

Traditional breakfast and then we get ready to visit Cotopaxi National Park. We set off for the Park and eventually reach the car park below the refuge. From there we will 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 this volcano during the hike. Once back in the vehicle, we continue on our way, driving down to Limpiopungo Lake, where a wholesome box lunch will be served.

If there is time, we will visit the Park Visitors Center, which has interesting descriptions of the local flora and fauna as well as details of the various eruptions of Cotopaxi. We will then continue, crossing rocky valleys, until we reach the Pucará del Salitre, an ancient Inca fortress on the way to the Amazon basin. Near this spot there are some natural springs which rise with the icy water from underground rivers that come from the glaciers of Cotopaxi. Our trip ends at El Porvenir, where a delicious hot chocolate will be served up before we finally return to Quito.

  • Meals: BL

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