Trekking tour Pasochoa - Cotopaxi, 2days/1night, camping, private
Explore off the beaten path of Ecuador's many wonders; visit remote and unspoiled regions; bike, ride or trek along breathtaking scenery. If you have a zest for life, a yen for adventure, a taste for the unseen and an eye for color and beauty, Ecuador will instantly enchant you. Because of its location on the Equator and the Andes mountain ranges, Ecuador receives the most amount of sunlight in the planet. Ecuador's unique climate allows for year-round operation of outdoor adventure programs.
A contrast by far, this option offers lush cloud forest at its best and the stark majesty of the Cotopaxi volcano with its dry lava flows and glacier lakes. Secondary roads provide opportunity for catching sight of deer, wild horses, gulls and possibly the magnificent condor.
Pasochoa Protected Forest:
Drive from Quito to the Pasochoa Protected Forest, a collapsed crater south of Quito. Start the hike at the Pita River Gorge at 9,184 feet (2,800 meters). Observe Andean animals and birds while walking through secondary roads that go up the mountain. During the day you can see the Highland Indians cultivating potatoes and cereals and tending cattle and horses. End the day at your campsite at 11,480 above sea level (3,500 meters) on the border of Cotopaxi National Park. (L/D)
Cotopaxi National Park:
Begin the day hiking through Cotopaxi National Park, trekking through the moorlands and observing the highest active volcano in the world. Sightings of Andean flora and fauna such as wild horses, gulls, ducks, and possibly the magnificent condor, add to your adventure. Return to Quito in the afternoon. (B/L)
- Bilingual guides
- Private transportation
- Deluxe camping equipment
- Accommodations and meals as described
- Sleeping bags
- Pasochoa Protected Forest entrance fee $7 high season, $3 low season, (per person)
- Cotopaxi National Park entrance fee $10 high season and $7 low season, (per person)
- Travel Time: 3 hours round trip
- Hiking Time: 3-5 hours each day
- Season: Year-round, better views June through August
- Level: Challenging
- Altitude: 9,184 to 13,120 feet (2,800. to 4,000 meters)
- Average Temperature: Day 43-64° F/ 6-18 ºC
- Average Temperature: Night 32-46° F/0-8 ºC
- Suggested to bring: Binoculars
The highlight of Pasochoa is the protected Cloud Forest inside a collapsed volcanic crater. Cotopaxi National Park and its majestic volcano offers forests, dry lava flows and glacier lakes.
|PRICES PER PERSON 2013
|5 - 9
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||16 - 25
||Rates per Person (US$)
If you have a zest for life, a yen for adventure, a taste for the unseen and an eye for color and beauty, Ecuador will instantly enchant you. Because of its location on the Equator and the Andes mountain ranges, Ecuador has no real seasons and it receives the most amount of sunlight in the planet. Ecuador's unique climate allows for year-round operation of outdoor adventure programs.
Ecuador's largest ecotourism operator, Metropolitan Touring, offers Active Travel Adventures to explore "off the beaten path" of Ecuador's many natural wonders. Under the expert supervision of experienced guides you visit remote and unspoiled places. Our policy is conservation of nature, as well as of the traditional cultures. Our programs are respectful of the environment, its inhabitants, their traditions and way of life. We wish to provide our guests with out-of-the-ordinary experiences, with an understanding of the region and an unforgettable vacation.
Trek and Hike through National Parks and Reserves, large Haciendas and Indian communities. Treks descend from the Highlands to the sub-tropical Cloud Forest, along amazing gorge trails and the awe-inspiring Avenue of the Volcanoes. Camp will be set up each night with freshly prepared meals and deluxe camping equipment. Few experiences compare with biking along secondary roads of the serene Andes Highlands. By Bike, enjoy a close contact with nature and genuine interactions with the local people. Overnights are spent at historical Haciendas, cozy inns or camping in tents under the magical skies of the Southern Hemisphere. The impressive flanks of the Andean range are the origin of spectacular rivers and canyons that empty into the Amazon Basin and Coastal regions. Adventurous spirits will enjoy Rafting and Kayaking with the opportunity to paddle the crater-lake of Cuicocha and exceptional tropical white water.
Programs are available with various degrees of difficulty to suit every skill level.