Enjoy the unique and spectacular Andean landscape and culture as an extension to your Volunteer Eco Students Abroad program.
Our Andean Adventure starts in Otavalo where we explore the biggest and most famous indigenous market in Ecuador and then visit scenic Lake Cuicocha. We then continue on to Páramo reserve “El Angel“ and experience this incredible landscape before arriving in the old town of Ibarra.
From the Mitad del Mundo‘s Equator museum we continue on to the Cotapaxi National Park and then overnight at an eco-friendly hostel on the mountain plateau with views of the Cotopaxi and illiniza volcanoes. We spend the day exploring the park and then hike to the refuge for stunning views and maybe glimpses of the local wildlife before arriving in Quito for dinner.
As an end to our journey we ride the Telefériqo cable car to dizzying heights before finishing with a tour of the historical centre of Quito’s Old Town. Travelling with small groups of like-minded people we endeavour to keep the impact on the local environment and communities to a minimum and we always ensure your travel is safe and hassle free.
Itinerary and Highlights
||Depart Banos. Lunch in Quilotoa, hike to the lake. Dinner and overnight at Hostal Cloudforest in Zumbahua.
||After breakfast transfer to our accommodation near the Cotopaxi volcano and lunch. Hike to a waterfall Dinner and overnight at “The Secret Garden Cotopaxi.
||After breakfast tour to the Cotopaxi National Park and up to the refuge of the Cotopaxi volcano. Lunch back at the accommodation. Transfer to Chugchilán, dinner and overnight at “Hostal Cloudforest“.
||After breakfast drive to Quilotoa. Hike to the crater lake, lunch in the village. Transfer to Quito, dinner and overnight at “The Secret Garden Quito“.
||Quito old town visit after breakfast. Cable car trip up to the Pichincha (depending on weather conditions). In the afternoon drive to “Mitad del Mundo“, the equator line, visit to the Inti Ñan equator museum.
Quito airport at 6pm.
- Safe and comfortable transportation in a private van with a professional driver. Experienced English speaking Ecuadorian guide.
- All activities and entrance fees.
- Accommodation 3 nights comfortable hostel. Cotopaxi National Park, 1 night either hostel or tents (full equipment provided).
- Meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. A combination of Ecuadoriean and western food
||Information Pack (PDF)
A downloadable information pack about the Ecuadorian Andes Supplementary Program in PDF format.
*For further information please contact the VESA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 8005 6755