Baños – Gateway to the Amazon
Day 1: Quito – Cotopaxi – Baños
We will depart south from Quito headed to the Cotopaxi National Park. The Cotopaxi (5,897 m) is the highest active volcano in the world, located in the middle of the moorlands which is home to numerous birds species and varied flora. The natural location is great for adventures of various skills, there is the opportunity for a light hike around the park or to climb to the summit.
The surrounding landscapes are also beautiful. In the northeast lies the Rumiñahui mountain (4,557 m ) and between the two mountains the plain and lagoon of Limpiopungo. The surrounding landscapes are also beautiful. In the northeast lies the Rumiñahui mountain (4,557 m ) and between the two mountains the plain and lagoon of Limpiopungo and to view the surrounding mountains Pasochoa, and Sincholagua.
After lunch, we will visit a rose plantation (Monday to Friday), following the various steps of the production, from the hoop houses to the post-harvest room and learn why Ecuador is the second largest rose producer.
Continue along a series of temperate valleys with some villages and towns like Latacunga, Salcedo or Ambato before arriving in Baños. The town is a small and friendly city amidst mountains, found the midway between the Andes and the Amazon. Baños is an ideal destination for ecotourism and adventure sports traveling.
Day 2: Baños – Devil’s Cauldron Waterfall– Quito
Enjoy a local breakfast to later start a visit of Baños. We head down into the Pastaza River canyon to the so-called “Route of Waterfalls” where we find Cascada de la Virgen, the Bride’s Mantle, Machay, Pailón del Diablo, all of which lie along the riverbed of the Pastaza and surrounded by green lush vegetation.
Walk through Pailón del Diablo (the Devil’s Cauldron) to observe this waterfall from a breathtaking suspension bridge.
Return to Baños to head back to Quito.