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Ecuadorian Haciendas Itinerary
Day 1 Quito
Arrive in Quito, a city steeped in history and brimming with fascinating colonial architecture. Situated at an altitude of 2,850 m - under the watchful eye of the Pichincha Volcano - Quito stretches along a valley formed by the east and west ranges of the Andes, and is one of the most stunning cities in South America. Wander the cobbled streets, hang out in a charming cafe or get to know the history of this city in one of the many fine museums.
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Day 2 Otavalo
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.
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Day 3 Papallacta
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.
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Days 4-5 Cotopaxi
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.
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Days 6-7 Quito
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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