La Región - Hacienda La Ciénega
THE REGION

The Region

EXPLORE THE LIFE AND HISTORY OF THE VOLCANOES

From peaceful valleys and remarkable moorlands to volcanic craters filled with water or snow, the Cotopaxi Province possesses unforgettable landscapes. The diversity of flora, fauna, and culture makes Cotopaxi a meeting site for the past and present that has existed for centuries. Relive the journey of past legends that are the cornerstone of the magic flourishing here.

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QUILOTOA LAGOON

THE PLACE WHERE THE CONDOR FELL IN LOVE

When visitors arrive at Quilotoa Lagoon, they enter a scene known for its mystical beauty. Some say that this was where gods displayed their fury with devastating eruptions. Others speak of legends of love involving a condor, a messenger bird of the material and spiritual world, and a shepherdess who fell in love with the freedom that the sky represents; this extensive natural viewpoint grants tourists culture, exploration, and adventure.

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COTOPAXI VOLCANO

A JOURNEY INTO NATURE

The Cotopaxi volcano stands out over the Eastern mountain range of Ecuador for its beauty and devastating personality. For those brave enough to want to reach the summit, its dimension extends to an incredible 19,000ft above sea level, although certainly, the magical path compensates for the effort.

You will find white-tailed deer, spectacled bears, and llamas. Finally, if you decide to look up at the summit, you will see hawks, falcons and, on rare occasions, you can see a condor soaring through the Ecuadorian sky.

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LOCAL MARKETS

THE PLURALITY OF COLORS AND THE HUBBUB OF LIFE

The markets are a scene describing the fusion of diverse customs and traditions. The traditional cuisine, a combination of music, and, most importantly, the diversity of mastership all stand out.

With every step you take, you will become aware of how the dynamics between local and foreign cultures unravel.

RUMIÑAHUI VOLCANO

THE HIDDEN TREASURE OF ATAHUALPA

It is still debated whether General Rumiñahui hid Quito’s treasures in this inactive volcano to prevent the Spanish colonizers from taking their possessions. But it is an excellent excuse to visit this extinct volcano and practice mountaineering on its three peaks, North, Central, and South.

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Illinizas

THE ILINIZAS

THE JOURNEY OF A BROKEN HEART

To set foot on this two-peaked volcano, you must walk through paths full of green, assorted flowers, a heart-shaped hill, and a lagoon full of colors that resides in the crater of a volcano. Those who visit this reserve will be captivated by tales of the Andean worldview about romance and pain that the volcanoes that make up the fire belt have lived.

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