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From Quito: 2-Day Cotopaxi and Quilotoa Trip

1. From Quito: 2-Day Cotopaxi and Quilotoa Trip

Depart Quito early in the morning and drive along the scenic Avenue of the Volcanoes, spotting various mountains including, el Corazon, Rumiñahui, Illinizas, Pasochoa, and Atacazo. Arrive at the national park surrounding the Cotopaxi volcano, which stands as the highest active volcano in the world at 5,897 meters. Start by hiking around the lake at the foot of the volcano. Then drive up the volcano to reach 4,500 meters. If weather permits and park regulations allow, climb to reach the refuge at 4,800 meters and from there continue up to the glaciers. Your time on the peak will also include a visit to the Interpretation Center to learn about the flora and the fauna of the park. Stay overnight in Cotopaxi. On day two, head to the Quilotoa volcano, stopping along the way in a traditional indigenous village. Visit with the locals in a typical indigenous house made of straw learning about their way of life and agricultural practices. Then make another stop in the town of Tigua, famous for its naive paintings. Continue on to reach Quilotoa. Choose to descend to the reach the shore of the lake located in the mountain crater or just walk around the crater. Then go on a mule ride around the mountain, taking in the incredible highland landscapes. Afterwards return to Quito.

Santa Fe Island and Hidden Beach-Snorkeling & Fishing Day

2. Santa Fe Island and Hidden Beach-Snorkeling & Fishing Day

Departure from the hotel in Santa Cruz at 7:30 a.m. to board the yacht that will take you to Santa Fe Island. With 24 Km2 and 60 meters above sea level. We will take you to the stunning bay of Santa Fe to witness baby and adult sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and playful wolves interacting with tourists. As you snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, you'll be mesmerized by the vibrant marine life, including white tip and Galapagos sharks, green turtles, and rare hawksbill turtles. Our second destination, Snorkel Luhas, offers the opportunity to observe colorful fish and marine iguanas in calm waters. But the highlight of the tour is our 45-minute sport fishing activity, where you'll catch fish like barracudas, cod, pomfret, and yellowfin tuna. We'll end the tour at Playa Escondida, a secluded beach where you can take a short walk to observe marine iguanas, turtle nests, and endemic plants like sesuvium. Relax and soak in the natural beauty of the mangrove area while our experienced guide ensures your safety. Perfect for adventure seekers and nature lovers!

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