3 DAY 2 NIGHT COTOPAXI AND BAÑOS
(WITH STOP AT QUILOTOA)

QUITO – COTOPAXI – QUILOTOA – BAÑOS – QUITO

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  1. Trip Highlights – A summary of the main attractions covered under this pass.

  2. Trip Itinerary – Detailed descriptions of the pass.

  3. Important Notes – Up to date information regarding holiday periods or anything else which may affect our service.

Trip Highlights

This is a 3 day short tour to the stunning Cotopaxi Volcano and to Baños, considered the adventure capital of Ecuador. On the way, we’ll make a stop at the Quilotoa Lagoon, an unbelievable turquoise lake in the caldera of an active volcano. Once in Baños, you’ll enjoy a number of wonderful activities set against a beautiful backdrop of waterfalls and tropical greenery. This short tour makes for a great 3-day escape from Quito.

Tour Highlights:

  • Visit Cotopaxi National Park, where you’ll be able to see amazing panoramic views of the famous Cotopaxi Volcano. (Cotopaxi)
  • If you’re lucky, you’ll have the chance to spot some of the park’s majestic native wildlife. Species that call the park home include wolves, rabbits, bears and condors. (Cotopaxi)
  • Embark on a guided exploration of the Limpiopungo Lagoon, a stunning glacial lake in the shadow of the Cotopaxi Volcano. (Cotopaxi)
  • Visit the José Rivas Refuge, the most popular base camp for mountaineers planning to climb the volcano. (Cotopaxi)
  • Enjoy free use of the luxurious spa area at the Chuquiragua Lodge, including both a jacuzzi and sauna. Massages are also available at a small extra cost. If you wish to avail yourself of these facilities you must advise the receptionist upon your arrival to enable them to prepare the water. (Cotopaxi)
  • Toachi Canyon is a small, gorgeous canyon that is missed by many travelers. We’ll get off the beaten track and make a brief stop here to take some photos and appreciate an exquisite view of the Ecuadorian countryside. (Toachi Canyon)
  • Visit a lookout point for the incredible Quilotoa Lagoon, located inside the crater of an active volcano. (Quilotoa)
  • Ride the “Swing at the End of the World” at La Casa del Árbol where you can look out at the epic Mt. Tungurahua Volcano, the town of Baños below, and the vast Ecuadorian wilderness in the distance. (Baños)
  • Go for a relaxing dip in the town of Baños’s namesake natural thermal baths. (Baños)
  • Visit the stunning Pailon del Diablo (Devil’s Cauldron), one of the most spectacular waterfalls in all of South America. View the falls from their base or climb up the adjacent staircase to see this beautiful natural marvel from above. (Baños)
  • Ride a cable car over the Pastaza River for extraordinary panoramic views of waterfalls, mountains, and beautiful jungle landscapes. (Baños)

Notes:

  • Breakfast and overnight accommodation included in price of tour.
  • Lunch and evening meals not included.
  • Make sure to bring appropriate clothing for high altitude climate.
  • Wear sunscreen. The sun can be quite dangerous this close to the equator.
  • Bring insect repellent for your stay in Baños.
  • See the itinerary below for an hour by hour plan.

Trip Itinerary

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DAY 1 : Full Day Cotopaxi Tour With Overnight Stay

DAY 2 : Quilotoa and Baños With Overnight Stay

DAY 3 : Full Day Baños Tour And Return to Quito

05:30 - 06:30am

Direct pick-up from your hostel or hotel in Quito to begin the trip to Cotopaxi (exact time will depend on which neighborhood you are located in).

07:45am

Arrive at the Chuquiragua Lodge and catch your first views of the stunning Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the country's most famous sights.

08:15am

Enjoy a delicious breakfast with generous portions to keep you energized for a full day of exploring Cotopaxi National Park.

09:00am

Enter Cotopaxi National Park and visit interpretation center.

10:00am

Visit the Limpiopungo Lagoon, a stunning glacial lake in the shadow of the Cotopaxi Volcano.

12:30pm

Visit the José Rivas Refuge, the main base camp for the volcano. Continue to a scenic lookout point to take in some unbelievable panoramic views of the Cotopaxi Volcano.

03:30pm

Return to the Chuquiragua Lodge for an afternoon lunch surrounded by gorgeous landscapes.

Free Evening at Chuquiragua Lodge

Enjoy free use of the lodge's spa area, complete with jacuzzi and sauna. Massages are also available at an extra cost. If you wish to avail yourself of these facilities you must advise the receptionist upon your arrival to enable them to prepare the water.

08:15am

Pickup at Chuquiragua Lodge

10:30am

Visit to the Toachi River Canyon lookout point.

10:45am

Visit to the Shalala lookout point with some free time to enjoy the landscape.

11:50am

Depart Quilotoa

03:00pm

Arrive at Baños

04:30pm

Visit the famous "Swing at the End of the World" at La Casa del Árbol and take in an amazing view of the gorgeous mountain landscapes.

Free evening in Baños

Recommended activity: visit the nearby thermal baths which gave Baños its name and go for a relaxing dip in these healing pools.

Free morning in Baños.

Have breakfast (included at accommodation) and relax or explore the town of Baños a bit.

8:15am

Pick-up at Juan Montalvo Park (main Baños drop-off point) to begin the day's activities.

08:30am

Ride a cable car over the Pastaza River and experience one of the most extraordinary sights you've ever seen, with 360 degree views of waterfalls, mountains, and beautiful jungle landscapes.

09:30am - 10:30am

Visit the stunning Devil's Cauldron (Pailón del Diablo) waterfall.

11:00am

Arrive back in Baños

01:00pm

Depart Baños and begin the trip back to Quito.

08:30pm

Direct drop-off at your hotel/hostel in Quito.

Included:

  • Direct pick-up from hostel/hotel in Quito.
  • Transport to viewing point for the impressive Cotopaxi Volcano.
  • Transport to viewing point for the breathtaking, turquoise-colored Quilotoa Lagoon.
  • Transport to the town of Baños.
  • Visit to the famous "Swing at the End of the World" at La Casa del Árbol for stunning views.
  • Transport to viewing point for the majestic Pailon del Diablo waterfall.
  • Cable car ride over the river for incredible panoramic views.
  • 3 breakfasts.
  • All taxes and entrance fees.
  • Overnight stay at the Chuquiragua Lodge in the foothills of the Cotopaxi Volcano.
  • Overnight stay in a shared dorm at a top-quality accommodation in Baños.
  • Transport back to your hotel or hostel in Quito.

Not Included:

  • Lunch and evening meals.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

NIGHT IN COTOPAXI

Overnight accommodation after your tour of Cotopaxi will be at the lovely Chuquiragua Lodge located in the foothills of the Cotopaxi Volcano. A bed in the shared dorm is included in the price of your Ecuador Hop pass, but you are free to upgrade to a private room if you’d like.

INCLUDED:

  • Bed in shared dorm room

UPGRADES (paid directly to lodge):

  • Single private room: additional cost of $25
  • DOUBLE or TRIPLE room: additional cost of $15 per
 person

Facilities

  • In house restaurant
  • Bar
  • Free parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa Facilities

Important Notes

9 & 10 AUGUST 2019 - ECUADORIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS

Biggest public holidays of the year. Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. MUST book accommodation in advance!

9 APRIL – 12 APRIL 2020 EASTER WEEKEND

Easter weekend holidays. Hostel and tour prices increase during this period. We will not be able to assist you booking any accommodations during this period. Please book in advance.