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Haciendas of Ecuador

During this trip you spend the nights in a special atmosphere that reminds of past colonial times. At night you can sit by the fireplace and drink a good glass of wine while listen to the history and the stories of the owner of the hacienda that are usually family run. You get an impression of the daily life and culture of the Ecuadorians and the haciendas are a good starting point for trips and excursions.

Quito

Your trip will start on 2850 meters altitude in between the mountains of the Andeans in the capital of Ecuador, Quito. The colonial part of the city has been declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1978 and is definitely worth a visit. Only 23km in the North of Quito you can visit the equator at “Mitad del Mundo” where you can stand with on the southern and the northern hemisphere at the same time. Besides this, Quito offers a great variety of museums, theaters and international restaurants where you can just sit outside and enjoy the South American flair of this exciting city.

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Otavalo

Otavalo is famous for its big colorful market on which you can buy everything: from hammocks to pigs! The Otavaleños do their uttermost best to keep their own tradition and costumes alive which makes the city perfect to learn more about the culture of Andean Indigenas. Closed to Otavalo lies the Crater Lake Cuicocha, a deep azure lake that is situated on 3000 meter altitude of the Andes. Here you can hike around the lake, enjoy the stunning view or do a boat trip on the lake. You will spend the night in an ancient hacienda that provides a wonderful view on the Andes and the nearby volcanoes.

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Cotopaxi

You will travel along the avenue of volcanoes to the second highest volcano of the country, the Cotopaxi. White top, blue sky, llamas and red colonial farms: you are in the heart of the Andes! From the parking lot on 4500m you can climb up to 4800m to enjoy an amazing view of the National Park and the surrounding volcanoes. From your hacienda you can start hikes and trips in the beautiful landscape or just relax at night in front of the open fireplace with a warm ‘canelazo’.

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Quilotoa

The Quilotoa crater lake and its surrounding are the Ecuadorian Andes in all their glory. The emerald color lagoon, located inside a volcano crater with a height of 3800m, the impressive views and the feeling as if time stands still here. he water in the crater has a remarkable color due to the algae, and the color changes every time, depending on how the sunlight enters the water. Due to the high alkaline content, there are no animals living in the lake. You can do a hike around the lake, visit a local community or do a horse back ride trough this amazing landscape.

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Riobamba

Riobamba is the capital city of the province Chimborazo, named after the highest volcano Ecuador (6310m) to which the city borders. From here you can start the trip for the train journey “Nariz del Diablo”. The Devil’s Nose is a brilliant piece of engineering work where the train has to tide over the difference in height by zigzagging. Certainly unique for the beginning of the 20th century.

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Baños

Baños is located on 1800m altitude and has a subtropical climate. It is a small town in a beautiful landscape that offers something for everyone; the healing hot pools are a perfect place for relaxation and activities like mountain biking, rafting, canyoning or hiking add your stay some adrenalin and action. The luxurious hacienda you are staying at provides a nice view of the waterfalls, the still active volcano Tungurahua and the beauty of the surrounding landscape. After your stay in Baños you can return to Quito from where you will fly back home.

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Quito

After your stay in Baños you return in about 3,5 hours to Quito from where you will fly home or from where you will fly to the Galapagos Islands for a cruise.

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