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Cotopaxi

 

 

We offer a Full day tour from Quito which starts with an early day drive about 60 km south of Quito by the Pan-American Highway also called the avenue of the volcanoes by Alexander Von Humbold.

In this area we find Cotopaxi volcano (5.897m - 19.460ft), considered the highest active volcano in the world. We will learn about the flora and fauna of the Paramo, depending on the weather conditions, we go up to the refuge 15,840ft. Lunch is at Tambopaxi base camp.

We highly recommend an over night at a tradtional Hacienda and the next day we visit an Indian market.

The Central Andes is formed of Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Chimborazo and Bolivar. Here you get cultural and adventure trips. This forms the major part of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, with almost 59 volcanoes along the route. Cotopaxi takes its name from the Cotopaxi Volcano and National Park. Cotopaxi has had more than 50 large and small eruptions since 1877.

The Cotopaxi province holds an incredible mix of natural and cultural attractions, Some of these include: Illinizas peaks and reserve and the mystic volcano lagoon of Quilotoa. Quilotoa is a water-filled caldera and the westernmost volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes. The three kilometer (2 mi) wide caldera was formed by the collapse of this dacite volcano following a catastrophic eruption about 800 years ago. This produced pyroclastic flows and lahars that reached the Pacific Ocean, and spread an airborne deposit of volcanic ash throughout the northern Andes. In the Zumbahua area, travelers will enjoy the cultural attractions.

The Saquisili and Pujili indigenous markets are another attraction. Expressions of native customs and large folkloric festivals like Mama Negra and Corpus Christi are spectacles not to be missed.
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