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4-Day Private Sightseeing Tour Cotopaxi - Quilotoa - Devil's Nose Train - Baños

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    What to Expect
    Your guide will be happy to meet you at your hotel at 8 AM and take you on this 4-day private mini trip. On our first day we will make a visit to one of the most beautiful crater lakes of the country, located about 3 hours from Quito. On our way we have a great opportunity to explore a traditional indigenous fruit & vegetable market (it depends on the day itself if you are able to visit one of these markets).

    Upon arrival at the Quilotoa Lake we will stop at the viewpoint and make a hike downhill towards the lake, which will take about 30 minutes. You can either hike back up or rent a mule. Back at the top we will make our way up to Lasso, which will take about 2 hours approximately. At night dinner will be served at the restaurant of the hotel. 

    After breakfast it will take us less than 10 minutes to reach the entrance of the Cotopaxi National Park. The Cotopaxi is still an active and almost perfect stratovolcano with an altitude of 5.897 meters. From the entrance we will make first stop at the Cotopaxi Museum and Visitor Center and at the Limpiopungo Lake before starting your hike towards the Jose F Ribas Refuge from the parking lot at 4.500 meters. (If the weather doesn't permit this hike, we will make a hike around the Limpiopungo Lake). 

    In the afternoon we will be heading to Riobamba, which will take us about 2 hours approximately. Here you will be staying the night. 

    On our third day we will explore the Andes like never before! We first have to drive for one hour and a half to Alausi, from where our adventure starts. On a zigzag railroad we will descend more than 500 meters in less than 12 kilometres by train while having a mind-blowing view of the narrow gorge of river Chanchan and the Devil’s Nose Mountain. We will end this day exchanging the rustic Andes for a lush green landscape in Baños, which will take us about 3 hours. Our accommodation will be in a comfortable tourist class hotel near the town’s center. After the check-in you can relax in the natural hot springs nearby, known for their healing properties due to various minerals.

    On our final day we will start with the exploration of the town visiting the pretty cathedral and try some of Baños’s famous ‘Melcocha’ candy made out of sugar cane. We continue with the waterfall route, which has many beautiful waterfalls to observe such as the Agoyan and Manto de la Novia. At both waterfalls you can take a thrilling cable-car ride across the valleys offering you a more closed up view. On this route we can also observe one of the biggest waterfalls of the area; the Pailon del Diablo. A 20 minute hike will take you to a suspension bridge from where you will have a great view of this impressive waterfall. Besides you can choose to climb up even further to stand on one of the three platforms to have a more closed up view.

    In the afternoon you will make your way back to Quito, which will take us about 3 hours. The guide will leave you at your hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Centrally located hotels in Quito. Hotels outside of the city have an extra charge
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    4 days
    Return Details
    Original departure location. Other drop-offs may have an extra charge
    • Overnight accommodation in tourist class hotelS in a single, double or triple room (depending on the availability). Lasso; Cuello de Luna or similar. Riobamba; Hotel la Estacion or similar. Baños; Hotel La Floresta or similar.
    • Breakfast (3)
    • Dinner (1)
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Private tour
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off from/to centrally located hotels in Quito
    • Professional bilingual Guide
    • Bottle of purified water
    • Entrance fees; Currently the Cotopaxi Volcano and Quilotoa Lake don't have any entrance fee. Waterfall Route $ 8 p/p, Hot Springs $ 5 p/p
    • Food and drinks
    • Tips
    • Personal expenses
    • Hotel pick-off and drop-off outside of the city. The extra cost can range from $30 till $70 depending on the number of passengers and location
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Devil's Nose train ride only has departures from Tuesday till Sunday and on holidays. For that reason the itinerary could be modified so that we are able to include this excursion into the program
    • Recommended minimum age is 12 years
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions because of the high altitude that will be reached
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Operates in all weather conditions, weather may vary please dress appropriately
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed May 27, 2019 via mobile

    Don’t go without Andean Roots! We had the best possible trip because every detail was considered by this experienced travel company. I had never been to a Latin American country, and I hardly speak Spanish, so having David navigate on our behalf was essential. He...More

    Thank margot c
    Reviewed April 16, 2019

    I am a moderately experienced traveler, who recently was guided through a few days in the Andes by David of Andean Roots. My review is simple: he was the best. He had the best knowledge, made the best decisions, and delivered for us the best...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Leonard B
    Reviewed June 13, 2018 via mobile

    I arranged this trip online from Australia. Maria was very easy to deal with and extremely responsive. My only issues - and it’s only minor, is that I had to go into a bank and do a bank transfer for payment. First world problems I...More

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    Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

    I booked this trip for me and 2 other friends through Viator for a short, but packed trip through the Highlands. I had the pleasure of working with Maria, who was so professional and responsive to all of our questions! Our tour guide Danny, for...More

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    Andean R, Propietario at Andean Roots Travel Agency, responded to this reviewResponded April 4, 2018

    Dear Jerry, Thank you so much for taking your time to write this review. It was a pleasure organizing this 4-day tour for you and your two friends through the Ecuadorian Andes. We always strive to make these journeys as pleasant, as fun and as...More

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