Day 5Avenue of Volcanoes, Cotopaxi National Park, Baños & Riobamba
Explore Ecuador’s central mountains, the Avenue of the Volcanoes. This sierra stretches 325 km north-south through the center of Ecuador, splitting the dry west from the Amazon basin to the east. Some of the volcanic peaks you’ll see include Chimborazo, Antisana Cayambe, Tungurahua and Cotopaxi. You’ll also see small indigenous villages, where time seems to have stopped. Locals wear bright ponchos, woven sweaters, and typical hats.
Stop to explore to Cotopaxi National Park, where the formidable Cotopaxi volcano rises above the surrounding Andes Mountains. Enjoy a guided light hike through sections of the park, or opt for more activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Visit the crystaline Limpiopungo Lagoon, home to Andean Gulls, wild rabbits, llamas and horses.
Next stop is in Baños, a delightful town known for its natural hot springs. The area is also known for adventure activities such as hiking, horseback riding, rappelling, canyoning, mountain biking, swimming, river rafting, and more.
Continue on to Riobamba, located in the foothills of Chimborazo volcano. This city showcases many twentieth-century architectural gems. Spend the night in Riobamba.