South of Quito, located on the northern foothills of the “Mama Tungurahua” volcano lays Baños, a city named after the hydrothermal springs located around it. Known as the gateway to the Amazon Basin it has a beautiful setting and pleasurable subtropical climate gifted with orchids, incredible waterfalls and hot springs. It is believed by the locals that the “Virgin Mary” appeared nearby the waterfall now known as “Virgen de Agua Santa”, following this, a sculpture of the virgin was placed in the Cathedral. The history of this city is intimately linked with its unique geology.
Baños Cloud Forest Tour
Duration: 2 days
Day 1: (L-D)
Following collection from your hotel we head to the south of Quito to visit Ecuador’s first National Park, home to Cotopaxi the highest active volcano on earth. Here you can explore the Andean moorlands with many species of highland birds or hike up to the snow line (4,800m). Lunch is enjoyed in one of the traditional haciendas. Stopping for a panoramic view of Ambato, the city of flowers and fruits, also known for its fine leather industry. By the afternoon we arrive in Baños an appealing land of orchids and waterfalls with time to explore the local church, one of Ecuador’s pilgrimage centers.
Day 2: (B-L)
The day starts with a beautiful drive to Baños once here we experience the powerful Agoyan Falls and hydro-electric dam, the devil´s caldron and relaxing hot springs. Here you can find health, recreation and relaxation in an environment of great beauty. Before our return to Quito we stop to appreciate the local zoo of which over 100 local species dwell.
Prices 2013 per person:
|1 person||USD945||USD738||single room|
|2 people||USD506||USD426||double room|
|3 people||USD389||USD325||triple room|
|* 4 people||USD430||USD350||double room|
Prices include: Cotopaxi National Park fee, Private transportation, English speaking guide and all meals.
* Tours for 4 passengers and up will have a private guide and driver due to local tourism regulations
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