Ruta de los Volcanes



Name of the project: Ruta de los Volcanes 1


Location: Ecuador



Not Included


Project Description: This “Study and Travel” program is for the active student. It will take you down the stunning “Avenue of the Volcanoes,” the spine of the Andes with its snowcapped volcanic peaks and craters, hiking, rafting, and exploring the impressive natural and cultural diversity of this region. The program starts on Monday morning with a bus ride with your teacher to the spectacular Quilotoa crater lake. Here you can hike around or down to the turquoise lake. Then you move on to the vibrant cloud forest town of Baños beneath the active volcano Tungurahua with opportunities for horseback or bicycle tours.

Next stop is the traditional, colonial town of Riobamba with its cobbled streets and historic buildings and churches. From here you will take a trip to the Chimborazo reserve for a guided tour, after which you will hike above the snowline of the volcano to the refuge. Then you will descend on bicycles for 38 km.

Included in the program are 4 nights of accommodation with breakfast and lunch and all activities and transport as well as classes. The program ends on Friday after classes in the morning. You can then either arrange to stay on to go on the renowned “Devil’s Nose” train ride, and arrange additional activities at the weekend so that you can continue on the “Cuenca Cultural” Study and Travel program the following week.




Day 1: Monday

Travel by bus to Quilotoa taking classes on the way. Hike down to the lake or around the rim, buy locally produced paintings or crafts. Spend the night in Quilotoa community hostal.

Day 2: Tuesday

Travel by bus to Baños taking classes on the way or in the afternoon or evening as per personal preference. Explore Baños and/or ride up the mountain to watch the volcano glowing in the dark.

Day 3: Wednesday

Start out at 7.00 am to go white-water rafting or canyoning, followed by classes in the afternoon. Later on you will set out for Riobamba.

Day 4: Thursday

Set out at 7.00 am to drive through the  Reserva Faunistica Chimborazo for a guided tour to the snowline and refuge. Afterwards downhill cycling for 35km around the volcano. Classes in the afternoon.

Day 5: Friday

Classes in the morning. The program ends after classes and lunch.


NOTE- Activities will vary according to student’s preference.


What to bring:

•  Sunscreen

•  Sunglasses

•  A sun hat is recommended

•  Warm clothing for the evenings and higher altitudes



•  20 hours of spanish classes

•  All transport by bus and return bus to Quito or an extra night’s accommodation

•  Entrance fees

•  4 or 5 nights accommodation (see above)

•  Breakfast and lunch




•  Dinner (from about $4 upwards)

•  Drinks

•  Personal spending or additional activities not included in the program outlined above




1 Student : 1 Teacher



2 Student : 1 Teacher

  USD 860

  USD 740


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