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Ecuadorian Haciendas Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Explore incredible Ecuador and its diverse culture while staying in local haciendas
Sandwiched between Peru and Columbia, Ecuador can sometimes be an after thought on the South America travel agenda. This crying shame only means that fewer people fully explore its delights, which are showcased on this incredible Ecuadorian Haciendas trip. Staying in unique, locally owned accommodation along most of the way, experience towering volcanoes, muscle-relaxing hot springs, verdant national parks, gorgeous lake scenery, incredible cuisine and the charm of colonial Quito, Ecuador's beguiling capital.
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Sitting at an altitude of 2,850 m under the gaze of Volcan Pichincha, Quito is one of the most attractive cities in South America. Long and incredibly thin, the city stretches along a central valley formed by the east and west ranges of the Andes. Although compact, Quito's Old Town is full of historic buildings - there are more than 30 churches to explore, not to mention the fascinating museums.
Travel along the famous Pan-American Highway to Otavalo, where a stopover at Calderon and Cayambe to taste the local biscochos (spiced biscuits) is pretty much imperative. Offering a quintessential insight into day-to-day Ecuadorian life, visit the town’s famous market for the chance to purchase some colourful handmade goods.
After stocking up on local wares, continue winding through the Avenue of the Volcanoes to Papallacta – a small Andean village some 3,300 m above sea level. There’s free time here to relax in some of the local hot springs and take in the views of the majestic snow-capped Antisana Volcano before travelling onwards to a hacienda stay.
Spot one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi - 5,897 m above sea level - on the way to tonight's overnight stay at a local hacienda. Enjoy free time exploring the surrounding Cotopaxi National Park, the country's premier national park outside of the Galapagos.
Weather permitting, embark on a walk around Laguna de Limpiopungo – a stunning mountain lake lying in the shadow of Volcan Cotopaxi - before returning to Quito to experience all the charm and culture this city has to offer. Relax in one of the Mariscal district’s lively bars and restaurants, or wander around the Old Town before this Ecuadorian Haciendas trip comes to an end.
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