Cotopaxi National Park & Quilotoa Lagoon
Day 1: Quito – Cotopaxi National Park – Lasso
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 and to view the surrounding mountains Pasochoa, and Sincholagua.
We will spend the night in Lasso.
Day 2: Lasso – Tigua – Zumbahua – Quilotoa – Quito
Departing south and onto the high Andes, we will reach and pass by the village of Tigua, featuring the famous naïve paintings made on sheepskin and wooden – animal- masks worn during local festivities. We travel to the village of Zumbahua, an indigenous community famous for their handicrafts and multicolored ponchos; a unique cross-cultural experience amidst the marvelous patchwork setting of the Andes. Arriving at the Quilotoa Crater and lake to admire the turquoise waters surrounded by ancient legends and a trekking excursion.
After our visit, we will head back to Quito.