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Cotopaxi National Park

The Cotopaxi volcano, an almost perfect ice cone that emerges 5897 meters of altitude is something unique in the planet and one of Ecuador’s iconic attractions. The Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in Ecuador and the second tallest mountain in the country. It’s last eruption took place in August, 2015. The paramo that surrounds the area is habited by rabbits, skunks, deer and Andean weasels known as chucuris, sparrowhawks, black-chested buzzard-eagles, condors, Andean foxes and paramo wolves amongst others. This day combines an active hike and mountain bike ride with spectacular views inside the Cotopaxi National Park.

Papallacta Hot Springs

A few hours from Quito you can find the thermal pools of Papallacta. On this tour you can enjoy a full day of relax in a magical High Andes landscape. Visiting the hot springs is an experience that will awake all your senses. The secret to Papallacta’s springs lies deep in the earth. The water that pours from the ground at Papallacta is thermally heated by the subterranean activity of the 5,758m-high Volcan Antisana, Ecuador’s fourth-highest mountain. The minerals in the springs are said to have natural health-giving qualities, assisting against the likes of rheumatism, allergies and swelling.