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31 miles (50km) south of Quito in the province of Cotopaxi, the Park is located at 5897 meters above sea level, and rising majestically above the Andean mountains, the Cotopaxi volcano is Ecuador's highest active volcano. The Park is surrounded by haciendas and trails that provide the opportunity for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and trekking. Inside the Park there is the Limpiopungo Lagoon where you might see Andean gulls, rabbits, llamas and horses.
At approximately 93 miles (150km) there is the Quilotoa Lagoon which is a water-filled caldera with turquoise and green waters surrounded by mountains full of ancient tales. This caldera was formed by the collapse of the volcano in an eruption that took place approximately 800 years ago.
Departure from Quito passing by the Avenue of the Volcanoes first stop Cotopaxi volcano, the highest active volcano in the world and the Limpiopungo Lagoon formed by the volcano’s glaciers. Great opportunity to observe the eruptions happened long time ago, and its flora and fauna. Lunch at a local hosteria. Visit an Indigenous Market near the area (if available this day). Overnight in a traditional Hacienda in Lasso.
Lasso - Quito
After breakfast, visit to the region of Tigua, home of the naif paintings done in lamb skin and wood carving manufacture of figurines (wood masks) that represents the animals of the traditional folkloric festivities of the region. Visit to Zumbahua, indigenous community famous for its handicrafts and colourful beautiful ponchos.
We then begin with the descent to the volcanic lagoon of Quilotoa, turquoise and green waters surrounded by mountains full of ancient tales. Return to Quito.