The Avenue of the Volcanoes is the most visited site in the highlands of Ecuador. The highlight of this region is the cultural and natural richness we found in this area. There are numerous national parks, archeological sites and indigenous markets along with dramatic ecosystem changes due to the mountain chain.
The Cotopaxi National Park is home to one colossal active volcano. Alexander Von Humboldt, the famous German scientist used to say: Ecuadorians are strange and unique beings: they sleep peacefully surrounded by roaring volcanoes, they live poor among incomparable riches and they become happy listening to sad music.
Today you will be met by your guide early in the morning for a drive of about 60 km south of Quito along the Pan-American Highway – also named the Avenue of the Volcanoes by Alexander Von Humboldt. In this area you will find the magnificent Cotopaxi volcano (5.897m – 19.460ft above sea level), the highest active volcano in the world! You will have an opportunity to take short hikes in the Limpiopungo Lagoon, located on foot to this magnificent volcano, and learn about the flora and fauna of the Paramo. Also, depending on the weather conditions, visit to the “refuge” (4.800m – 15.840ft). Lunch will be served at Tambopaxi base camp with a fantastic view of this most scenic volcano. Return to Quito late in the afternoon.