Hidden in the Central Ecuadorian highlands, Cotopaxi Nat. Park and Quilotoa area offer one of the most breathtaking scenery in Ecuador – snowcapped peaks, high altitude páramos, indigenous markets and massive tracks of cattle and sheep pasture patrolled by Andean Condor overhead, Volcano Cotopaxi is the most impressive of the peaks on the area owing to its near perfect volcanic cone covered in glacial ice. So it is perfect for people who seek for a taste of Indigenous culture and spectacular landscapes.
Only on Saturday there is a market in Zumbagua village, as well as Sunday and Wednesday in Pujili village, Here, the indigenous vendors and buyers arrive riding on llamas and donkeys to trade their products, goods and animals. About 10 km beyond the market is located Quilotoa volcano, which holds inside its leaps a spectacular lake. And a final visit to Baños cloud Forest, is the perfect combination for the complete experience, Highlands and lowlands in one touch.
Depart from Quito in direction to North entrance of Cotopaxi Nat. Park. Exploration of the park and Hike around the lake. Transfer to Quilotoa Area. Overnight in a cozy Lodge.
Hike into the crater lake or walking along the crater edge . Visit to an Indian Market and transfer to Baños village.
Down hill bike or drive along the Waterfalls Avenue, hike in Cloud forest and Cascades visits. Drive back to Quito.