Classic: Avenue of the Volcanoes Independent Adventure (TSEVVC)
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Meals Included: 5 breakfasts
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Be in awe of the majestic "Avenue of the Volcanoes", learn about Ecuadors eruptive geology, straddle both hemispheres on the Equator line, learn about traditional handicrafts and folk art from local artisans
From the outdoor playground of Banos to the bustling lanes of the Otavalo market, get an introduction to the culture, history, and spectacular scenery of Ecuador on this six-day adventure. Venture along the "Avenue of the Volcanoes," checking each off your list: active (Cotopaxi), green (Cuicocha), water-filled (Quilotoa) and extinct (Cayambe). Because we have years of experience in Quito and an established operational office, we'll take care of the hassles - just focus on the highlights. And, with an expert CEO to lead the way and time for optional excursions, this adventure offers up a great combination of must-see highlights and free time to do your own thing.
Call (770) 785-7304 for more information or to book today! Mention code 13732457
- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2018
- 6 Days
- Escorted - No
|Day 1||Quito||Day 1 Quito/Otavalo|
Spend 1 night in the Otavalo area and visit its world famous handicrafts market, the largest in South America. Villagers from the surrounding countryside come here every week to sell handmade goods as well as livestock, fruits, and vegetables. One of the most obvious signs of the OtavaleNos cultural integrity is their traditional dress. This is not just put on especially for the tourists at the Saturday market, but is worn throughout their daily lives. Otavalo is justly famous both for its friendly people and its Saturday animal market. The market dates back to pre-Inca times when jungle products were transported from the eastern lowlands and traded for highland goods. Todays market has two different functions: the local market for buying and selling animals, food, and other essentials, and the crafts market for the tourists and other interested people. Additional Notes: This trip leaves early on the morning of Day 1 from Quito - a pre-night in Quito is not included. Should you require the pre-night, please ask our sales CEOs who will be happy to arrange this for you. If there is any confusion on arrival, please do not hesitate to call the contact number listed in these trip details. Included Activities: Welcome Package Hotel Mitad del Mundo Visit Otavalo Handicrafts Market Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 2||Cotopaxi National Park||Day 2 Otavalo/Cotopaxi National Park (1B)|
Spend the morning driving along the Avenue of the Volcanoes searching out the peaks of Pichincha, Iliniza, and the gigantic Antisana. Venture into Cotopaxi National Park travelling around the base of the cone-shaped, snow-capped volcano, considered the highest active volcano in the world. Spend the evening near Ecuadors beautiful Cotopaxi Volcano. Included Activities: Cotopaxi National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours)
|Day 3||Banos||Day 3 Cotopaxi National Park/Banos (1B)|
Banos means baths and that is precisely what the town is famous for. Some are thermal springs from the base of Tungurahua Volcano, which means little hell in Quichua. Other baths have melt water running into them from Tungurahuas glaciated flanks. Locals swear that the baths are good for your health; it's definitely worth rising early to watch the dawn creep over the mountains from a hot spring vantage point. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
|Day 4||Banos||Day 4 Banos (1B)|
The town is the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits, including horseback riding, canyoning, hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and rafting in the surrounding mountains and on the River Patate.
|Day 5||Quito||Day 5 Banos/Quito (1B)|
In the morning, enjoy free time in Banos to pursue some optional activities before transferring back to Quito for the evening. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 6||Quito||Day 6 Quito (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.