Adventure through gay Ecuador with this challenging group trip to Central America. Ride on horseback through the Andes, hike into an extinct volcanic crater, bike down the side of the Cotopaxi Volcano, and meet fellow LGBTQIA+ travellers.
Your Ecuador adventure begins in beautiful Quito, where you will be transferred to a stylish hotel. The evening will be spent at your leisure, so you can prepare for the following day’s group activities.
Today you’ll be visiting Quito’s colonial area, a world heritage site and one of the Americas’ best preserved historic cities. As a group you will participate in an urban walk, discovering Quito’s mystical treasures on your way. Tonight we’ll enjoy dinner at a traditional restaurant, before making our way to the Hacienda.
Enjoy a tasty Hacienda breakfast as a group before continuing your Ecuador adventure. Today we journey out on horseback through the heights of Ruminahui. Upon arrival at the Central Summit, you’ll be able to witness some of the region’s most beautiful wildlife, including: Andean birds, wild bravo cattle, and wild horses. For lunch we’ll return to the Hacienda to enjoy some local cuisine. This afternoon you will learn how to milk a cow authentically. Later you’ll enjoy “Cooking in the Clouds”, a class which focuses on traditional Ecuadorian cooking methods.
Today begins with a drive to Quilotao, an extinct volcano crater filled with emerald-coloured water. As a group, we will hike down to the crater and onto the lake shore. For those who would like, an optional mule ride out is available. After this excursion we’ll enjoy a tasty packed lunch together. Tonight we dine around the wood burning fireplace at the Hacienda.
Once again today will be full of adventure, as we’ll be crossing vast highlands to the Ruminahui Volcano. Refuel tonight with a delicious Hacienda dinner.
Enjoy another hearty breakfast before partaking in a High Ropes Course. After exerting yourself on the high ropes you can take lunch at the Hacienda. This afternoon we hike the Red Trail, where you’ll learn about highland ecology.
Prepare for a challenging day, as we’ll be mountain biking down the side of a volcano! After Cotopaxi’s 2015 eruption, it was strictly off-limits, however now it is once more available to witness in its limitless beauty. On our way down we’ll pause at Limpiopungo Lake, a birdlife conservation. Time dependent, we will pass by the ruins of Pucara del Salitre, an ancient Inca fortress. Return to Quito for a relaxing farewell dinner before heading to the airport for departure.