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Volcano Land is just one and a half hours away from Quito at the foothills of Rumiñahui volcano at Hacienda El Porvenir that, in turn, is merely twenty minutes from the town of Machachi and five minutes from the northern from the northern entrance of Cotopaxi National Park.
Volcanoes which surround the hacienda, are: Cotopaxi, Sincholaqua, Rumiñahua, and Pasochoa.
Volcano Land ("Tierra del Volcan") offers eco-tourism and adventure. in an area located within Cotopaxi National Park and a name inspired by that formidable volcano and many others, especially Rumiñahui and Pasochoa. Tierra del Volcán altogether has three haciendas available in the foothills of different volcanoes that surround majestic Cotopaxi, each with its own magic, ecosystem and distinctive climate. With us you will be lodged in fascinating hacienda houses and to experience the adrenaline rush of living an adventure with experts who will share unforgettable moments with you.
The farm house, or "casa de hacienda", the name given in Ecuador's highlands to these large buildings, was built with local materials: straw, eucalyptus wood, adobe and sun-dried brick. A place where our guests can enjoy a comfortable and functional stay.
A broad range of activities are available at Volcanoland, from having lunch in the mud-walled and straw-roofed farmhouse, walking around the premises enjoying magnificent vistas while immersed in an awe-inspiring landscape, feeding the Normand calves, or resting in front of an inviting fireplace, all the way to spending several days making different tours. You can aslo practice rappelling, bird watching, camping, cultural experiences, and more.
Because of the farm's privileged location, it is possible to take on hikes in forests 3,300 meters (10,800-feet) above sea level covered with native birch and other species, and then descend to the banks of the Pita River that flows through lava formations deposited by ancient eruptions amidst waterfalls and ravines. Peace is found in the wonderful atmosphere of this mountain road that goes down to the valley of Chillos, a road exclusively used by Volcano Land.
It is possible to organize horseback rides up to the highest point in Rumiñahui's slopes over fields covered with straw along hidden trails and a dazzling landscape that encompasses several of our Andean volcanoes. Silence is pleasant in these surroundings among colorful rosemary, yellow, pink, and lilac basswood, and the eternal "chuquiragua." Several species of falcon, "guarros", "curiquingues", "quilicos", and perhaps a condor and its mate followed by their fledglings can be watched while they go out for a flight above the summit of the volcano.
The more daring tourists are offered the chance to climb impressive peaks, to trek along small valleys hidden between mountain folds, to make exciting bicycle tours through exclusive paths, or to ride on horseback on endless and unimaginably beautiful terrain.
The range of possibilities includes a visit to Cotopaxi National Park and, especially, to the "hacienda" El Tambo and its hut located on the slopes of Quilindaña that recalls the existence of an ancient "tambo" or aboriginal shelter on the pre-Columbian road that went up to the sources of the Napo River.
Other activities include fishing, climbing the Quilindaña, horseback riding up to Cotopaxi's very foothills and visiting Curipugyo, Ventanillas, the Magmas valley, the crater of the extinguished El Pailon volcano, or the magical Pantzas el Torino forest.
The comfortable and well-appointed rooms, each named after a local "machai" (shelter): Carneri Machai, Curiquingue Machai, Puma Machai, etc.
More than merely formal, the bedrooms recall the huts of the Andean highlands with their straw roofs and "Estera" walls, "estera" being the name given to a reed or cattail fabric woven by the skilled hands of our craftsmen. Each room can lodge two persons, with the exception of the spacious master bedroom that can accommodate a family of four.
Close to the straw that covers the roofs, sleep is easy in these rooms with "esteras" woven by skilled hands, curtains made of ancestral hemp cloth, and soft and comfortable beds
Volcano Land lodges its guests in the "casa de hacienda", or farmhouse, provides comfortable shelter and protection through suitable use of modest materials such as brick, straw, eucalyptus wood, and adobe.