Colors and Volcanoes

A 2-day excursion to Quilotoa Lake and Cotopaxi, the world’s highest volcano.

Day 1

From Quito, we head south on the iconic Avenue of the Volcanoes highway. You can see as many as six volcanoes on a clear day.

We arrive in a peaceful Indigenous town called —— in the Ecuadorian highlands. We will explore the vibrant traditional markets to experience the local culture and traditions there. Filled with fresh food and unique produce, we can sample the many unique varieties of foods grown in the area. We will also see animals from the region like (lamas, rabbits, birds and deers and cuys, a traditional roasted guinea pig considered a delicacy in the Andes highlands. But it’s the colorful local textiles that make this region famous.

The journey will continue to the Indigenous community of Quilotoa, where the indigenous

Inhabitants farm the fertile land more than 4,000 meters above sea level. The renowned Tigua paintings were created here. We will explore the life of this community and marvel at one of its great treasures, the lagoon nestled inside the crater with its bright turquoise water presenting a startling contrast to the surrounding volcanic rock.


In the afternoon, we arrive at the cozy Hacienda near the majestic Cotopaxi volcano. Here, a well-deserved rest awaits us and the opportunity to enjoy a comforting evening meal in the middle of this extraordinary natural environment.

Day 2

Waking up early the next day, we can delight in the spectacular view of the highest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi (5,897 m / 19,350 ft). After breakfast, we will head towards the volcano’s slope, where, weather permitting, we can ascend into one of the refuges located at 4,800 meters above sea level on the Cotopaxi volcano to see the fantastic views.

After lunch, we will return to Quito, taking with us the unforgettable memories of the time spent among the majesty of the volcanoes and the authenticity of the Ecuadorian Indigenous communities.

Days of Indigenous Markets visited in this tour:

Sunday & Wednesday:                 Pujilí

Thursday:                                        Saquisilí

Saturday:                                        Zumbahua

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