From Quito, on the way to Hacienda Manteles we have the option to visit Cotopaxi National Park, right on the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes, where will ascend to the first refuge. In Manteles, the owners await us with a warm welcome and a special complimentary cocktail. Once settled into our Honeymoon Suite, we can enjoy our freshly prepared evening meal.
After a special Manteles breakfast we will begin our adventure on horseback to one of the following spots: Pan de Azucar Hill (2 hour return ride) or Hacienda Pequeña Suiza (3 hour return ride). On both routes we will horseback ride along trails surrounded by nature and breath taking views including views of the active Tungurahua Volcano. On return to the Hacienda a delicious lunch awaits us. In the afternoon we can undertake a 1.5 hour round hike to the Payacucho Waterfall, located within 200 hectares cloud forest we protect at the Hacienda thanks to your visit. At our return to the Hacienda enjoy a Cheese and fruit platter with a glass of wine, while enjoying beautiful views of Tungurahua volcano.
After a romantic breakfast in the garden (weather permitting) we can enjoy beautiful hike to the canopy activity, where if wished you can undertake this exciting activity or take a walk around the surrounding area. After a lovely lunch in the Hacienda you can enjoy an agricultural tour of the organic garden and late in the afternoon relax with a 1 hour massage for two, in your room.
After breakfast we will visit the town of Baños, traveling along the San Francisco Ecological Tourist Route, which offers spectacular views of the Tungurahua Volcano, Llanganati National Park and the course of the Pastaza River. We will continue our journey on to the Pailón del Diablo Waterfall. After this wonderful experience we will return to the town of Baños to partake in a delicious lunch. In the afternoon we can enjoy a tour of the town and learn about some of the different handicrafts from this area such as products made from tagua (vegetable ivory) and balsa wood.
After an early breakfast we return to Quito visiting the beautiful Lake Quilotoa*