Paul BirdFrom quaint Andean villages and colourful markets to staggering volcanic landscapes and the Amazon Rainforest, Paul has explored the length and breadth of Ecuador.
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The area offers fantastic views of the snow-capped volcanoes, lush green valleys and mountain lakes, the perfect place for many outdoor activities. Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, conical in shape and snow-capped all year round. Not only is it a beautiful mountain to look at, but also a fun challenge to climb.
This area has many traditional haciendas, often remaining in the same family for generations, and representing a wonderful place to stay to get a feel of the real Ecuador. The weekly markets here also offer a colourful insight into rural life for the Andean Indian communities.
Wander around one of the isolated village markets, searching for traditional handicrafts and marvelling at the packs of llamas.
Stay in a cosy hacienda and explore the rural villages that are dwarfed by the 200-mile-long Avenue of the Volcanoes.
Travel by foot up the active Cotopaxi Volcano in the Andes, the second tallest volcano in Ecuador.
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Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.
A family-run organic farm situated south of Quito in the heart of the nation’s Andean region, Hacienda La Alegria offers an insight into one of Ecuador’s traditional working homesteads in an area renowned for its spring climate and snow-capped mountains. With just ten comfortable rooms that cater to everyone from independent travellers to families and private groups, the property is decorated in an authentic style with cotton bedding, solid cypress floors and beamed ceilings. Most importantly, the accommodations boast spectacular views of the Avenue of Volcanoes.
Situated on the site of an Inca fortress at the base of the active Cotopaxi volcano, Hacienda San Agustin de Callo is a working farm built in a unique architectural style that reflects its 15th-century origin. Its illustrious history sees the hacienda having served as a former Inca fortress, an Augustinian convent and the temporary lodging for the French Geodesic Mission. Today it offers six suites and five classic rooms that are spread between three unique houses, each attractively appointed with beamed ceilings, hardwood flooring and working fireplaces, and brightened with bold splashes of colour and hand-painted murals. For special occasions, it is possible to horseback ride further into the Andes for a remote champagne picnic.
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As usual all aspects of this trip went like clockwork, even thought we were in South America where timings can be different to other parts of the world! This we put down to the work done by Paul and his knowledge of the country.
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