On Day 1 you will be picked up from Quito airport and transferred to your Otavalo accommodation. On Day 2 enjoy a half-day mountain bike ride in Cuicocha Mountain. On Day 3 you will take a bus to Quito. On Day 4, go on a scavenger hunt and visit the equator line. On Day 5 you will be privately transferred to Isinlivi, making a stop along the way to Cotopaxi National Park, where you will walk through the paramo to admire the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano. On Day 6 you will go on a beautiful trek through pristine landscapes from Isinlivi to Chugchilan. Discover the Quilotoa Volcano’s stunning crater lagoon on a hike on Day 7, before being privately transferred back to Quito. Your trip ends on Day 8 with a Quito airport drop-off.
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 1: Quito Airport Pick-Up & Otavalo Accommodation Check-in
Today you will be picked up from Quito Airport upon arrival and transferred to your Otavalo accommodation for check-in. Overnight in Otavalo.
Day 2: Cuicocha Mountain Biking Adventure (B)
Today you will explore the lake of Cuicocha and the ecological reserve. You will be picked-up from your accommodation around 07:30 and transferred to the Community of Ucshapungo, where your 4 to 5 hour biking adventure starts downhill, through the ecological reserve. Make a stop at Cuicocha and keep cycling downhill to visit the indigenous community of Cotacachi. Be transferred to the city of Cotacachi to enjoy a well-deserved lunch (not included) before your return to Otavalo. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure discovering this unique city. Overnight in Otavalo
Day 3: Bus Transfer Otavalo - Quito (B/L)
Spend the morning with your fellow travellers in your accommodation before your transfer to Otavalo town, where an english speaking assistant will help you get your bus to Quito, from where you will be picked-up upon arrival to the bus station and transferred to your accommodation. Overnight in Quito.
Day 4: Quito Scavenger Hunt - Equator Line Half Day Trip (B)
This morning you will explore the colonial city center of Quito on a scavenger hunt that will lead you to the must see places, recommended by locals. In the afternoon you will take a half day trip to the middle of the world to see the equator line. Get to see beautiful landscapes and colourful Quito neighbourhoods along the way, before getting the opportunity to snap some photos of yourself in two hemispheres at once. Overnight in Quito.
Day 5: Private Transfer to Isinlivi & Cotopaxi National Park Walk (B/D)
Today you will be privately transferred to Isinlivi, making a stop at Cotopaxi National Park, where you will walk through the paramo to admire the majestic Cotopaxi Volcano. Overnight in Isinlivi.
Day 6: Trek Isinlivi to Chugchilan (B/L/D)
Today you will take a beautiful and intensive hike from Isinlivi to Chugchilan through the beautiful Paramo landscape. You will walk with a local guide and a horse to carry your day pack. Your larger baggage will be brought to your next accommodation separately. Along the way you can enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the many beautiful spots you will encounter. Overnight in Chugchilan.
Please note the Isinlivi to Chugchilan hike is a 6-7 hour walk that crosses a canyon, be prepared for ups and downs during your hike, also please consider the altitude (the highest altitude is of 3800m and the lowest is 3500m) may affect your performance and make the hike more challenging. Most of our guests from 35 to 55 years old complete this hike easily.
Day 7: Quilotoa Crater Lagoon & Private Transfer to Quito (B)
Today you will visit the Quilotoa Volcano’s stunning turquoise crater lagoon for a hike. Enjoy incredible views from this breathtaking place, before being privately transferred back to Quito to stay overnight.
Day 8: Quito Airport Drop-Off (B)
Today your Ecuador adventure comes to an end, with a drop-off at Quito airport in time to catch your outbound flight. We wish you happiness and health for your journey onward.