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Straddling the equator with a foot in each hemisphere Ecuador is a small country, but one of incredible colour and diversity. This short adventure will soon have you strolling the spectacular 'Avenue of the Volcanoes'. From Quito - one of the best-preserved colonial cities in South America - head out to witness the Quilotoa crater lake, then travel to the Parque Nacional Cotopaxi, with its eponymous peak, superb views and wide variety of wildlife.

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Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
Independent Experiences
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
4 reviews
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why we love this trip

  • Travel by private vehicle through Ecuador's scenic backbone, the 'Avenue of the Volcanoes'

  • Set eyes on the snowcapped Cotopaxi - one of the world's highest active volcanoes

  • Visit the artists of Tigua, see their colourful portraits of local life and learn more about their traditional methods

  • Journey to the base of the Quilitoa Volcano, where a beautiful blue lagoon awaits in the crater of this stunning caldera

  • Enter Cotopaxi National Park and spot exotic birds while walking around Limpiapungo Lake


Start out early from Quito and journey into the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’. Witness the spectacular snow-capped peak of Cotopaxi, the world’s highest active volcano at 5897 metres. Head to the cauldron-like Quilotoa volcano, a broad caldera with a brilliant lake at its centre. En route, you’ll visit the indigenous Kichwa people of Tigua who are renowned for their vibrant art painted on sheepskin canvases.
  • Chuquiruagua Lodge or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Head for Cotopaxi National Park this morning and hike around Limpiopungo Lake. Keep an eye and an ear out for the various species of highland birds that make their home at this altitude (3840m). Take in views of the pristine lake, with Cotopaxi looming above.
  • Hotel Cafe Cultura or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Independent Experience ends in Quito this morning after breakfast with a departure transfer to the airport.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts, 1 dinner


Jeep, On foot, Private van


Hacienda, Comfortable hotel


Our Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Experience - Independent trips score an average of 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.

Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Experience- Independent, June 2015

Reinhard Veldhuyzen

Cotopaxi & Quilotoa Experience- Independent, June 2015

Jocelyn Veldhuyzen

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Important notes

Amended Itinerary:
Due to the eruption of Cotopaxi Volcano in August 2015 the Cotopaxi National Park remains closed.
The itinerary on this page has been rerouted accordingly to avoid staying in the National Park.
The situation is being monitored on a daily basis by our operations team in Ecuador. Once the National Park reopens and is deemed safe to visit we will revert to the original itinerary.
Please contact us for more information.

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