Adventure in Ecuador – Cotopaxi and Quilotoa
5 1/2 hour drive – 7 hour bus from Bahia de Caraquez
Incredible hiking and amazing scenery in the beautiful Andes of Ecuador.
Adventure in Ecuador
The adventure in Ecuador never stops. Cotopaxi National Park is a massive nature reserve. This Ecuadorian national Park encompasses an area of 33 393 hacters and extends into the Cotopaxi, Pichincha, and Napo provinces. The Park surrounds Cotopaxi Volcano with an altitude of 19348ft, and There are a variety of vegetation zones within the Park. Snow prevents the forming of flora high up the volcano of Cotopaxi. Humid Mountain Forest dominates the low elevations, particularly around Lake Limpio Pungo. Not many native trees remain after deforestation, but pine trees and paramo grasses. This is an excellent area for bird watching. Rainy Sub-Andean plains in Cotopaxi National Park are noted for their Pajanol and Paramo grasses and mosses. All-in-all there are some 200 plant species in the Ecuadorian Park. This delicate area is home to abundant animal life such as pumas, marsupial mice, llamas, Andean wolves, deer, and many birds.
Visitors can engage in several thrilling activities, including hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking, camping, and horse riding. The best months to visit this beautiful region are December to April. Campsites can be hired out at La Rinconada and Condor Huyaco. Cotopaxi National Park is a must-see…
The adventure in Ecuador never stops.
Just 2 hours away is Quilotoa. A must-see destination with spectacular views of a crater lake. However, the track down to the Lagune can be strenuous as it is pretty steep and sandy – given this, plus the altitude of the lake itself may make you wonder whether you should ride back up on the back of a mule, which costs about $10. But all this is well worth the effort. Quilotoa loop is a three-day hike, around 5 hours hiking each day
The Quilotoa Loop is a journey, and a destination rolled into one. The Andean scenery is highly rewarding. Immerse yourself in this incredible destination, riddled with traditional Kichwa markets, mystical canyons, and the impressive Quilotoa Crater Lake.
Things to Do:
- Rent a bike
- Horse back riding, Don’t for get about the donkey riding
- Hiking, Hiking and more Hiking
- Mountain climbing
- Indigenous Markets