Yoga Retreat Ecuador
Duration: 1+ Days
Location: Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador
  • Cotopaxi National Park is Ecuador’s second most visited national park (after the Galapagos, of course). This area is also home to the world’s highest active volcano and is a land of surreal landscapes and windswept highland plains. The most popular single day excursions here are:

    Downhill mountain biking
    Horseback riding
    Hiking galore
    Scenic drives
    Tours of historic haciendas
    And more…

    There are many popular, multi-day acclimatization programs that end with a summit attempt on Cotopaxi. We highly recommend that you spend a day or two in Quito before you take any of these trips to see how you adjust to the altitude (FYI, Quito is situated at 9,300ft).

    Cotopaxi National Park

  • Horseback Riding:

    DCotopaxi National Parkepart Quito at 7am, arriving in the Cotopaxi area in just under 2 hours.  Upon arrival at an historic hacienda, you will don furry llama chaps and a cozy traditional poncho before riding off into the hills with a local chagra (Ecuadorian cowboy). This excursion is recommended for folks with prior riding experience and takes 3.5hours. For beginner options, please contact us.

    Breathe in the fresh mountain air as you ride across wide open plains to breathtaking vistas on the slopes of Volcano Rumiñahui. Returning to the hacienda in the early afternoon, a hearty, traditional lunch will be waiting. This afternoon, enjoy a mellow stroll around the property, feed the family llamas, try your hand at the high ropes course (advance notice & additional cost required for this activity), or simply curl up next to the crackling fire with a good book and a hot beverage. Return to Quito by 6pm

    Price Per Person (starting at):
    2 pax: $135/person
    3 pax: $105/person
    For parties of 4+, please inquire

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    Cotopaxi National Park:

    ACotopaxi National Park full day of adventure in Ecuador’s second most-visited national park. Depart Quito at 7am and ride down the Avenue of Volcanoes for 2 hours before entering the park. Drive up to the parking lot on Cotopaxi’s slopes where you can feel the force of the wind & appreciate stark landscapes at an altitude of 14,764ft. Depending on how you are adjusting to the altitude, we may begin a hike to the climber’s refuge at 15,748ft or even beyond to the glacier’s edge (elevation varies but is generally at 16,500-17,000ft). The hike to the refuge takes about an hour and is strenuous. Many folks who conquer the hike say the trek was difficult but that they felt overwhelmingly proud and satisfied afterwards. It’s up to you!

    After experiencing the slopes, we head down to explore Laguna Limpiopungo where you can spy several birds such as Andean Gulls, Coots, & Lapwings among others. Our next move takes us through the northern section of the national park where fewer travelers venture. Drive alongside herds of wild horses and cross your fingers for some amazing views of Cotopaxi as her peak slips in and out of the clouds. Exiting the park, you will travel through rural communities and alongside family farms as we make our way back to Quito.

    For lunch, you have two options: either we can pack a delicious picnic lunch to enjoy whenever you desire within the park or we can schedule a late, hearty, traditional lunch at an historic hacienda near the northern entrance to the park.

    Wear: LAYERS are the key to comfort. At elevations as high as 17,000ft, you will be cold. Synthetic long underwear, a fleece or wool upper layer and a rain coat that may double as a windbreaker are a good start. Long pants are obviously the way to go. Add in a scarf or other face protection against the wind, winter gloves, and a winter hat, and you’ll likely be warm and cozy. Synthetic, wool socks are best and comfortable hiking shoes are a must. Don’t forget your sunscreen!! Layers are important so you can add or shred clothing as your body temperature varies.

    Bring: Water, Sunscreen, Camera, Snacks (chocolates & covered coffee beans are great for dealing with the altitude), extra layers if you’re cold-natured, and a spirit of adventure.

    Price Per Person (starting at):
    2 pax: $115/person
    3 pax: $80/person
    For parties of 4+, please inquire

  • Thinking about staying overnight in the area? We highly recommend a night or two at one of many historic haciendas where crackling fires and hearty traditional meals await. The Cotopaxi area is a lovely, peaceful stop along the way if you’re working your way down the Andes. Don’t miss it!

    Here is a sampling of what you can expect if staying overnight:

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