Ecuador Volcanic Trails

Code: ECTP001
12 DAYS - 11 NIGHTS
  • Ecuador Cotopaxi
  • QuitoChurks
  • EcuadorForte
  • HorseTour
  • EcuadorAngel
  • EcuadorParrots
  • EcuadorFarmers
  • EcuadorMarket
  • EcuadorPeople
  • EcuadorEcoLodge

Description

This hiking trip is in a place of exceptional beauty, in the heart of the called Volcanoes Corridor of Ecuador. Enjoy soft hikes to the Rucu Pichincha Mountain, 4.698 m high, a 3 day trekking to El Condor, visiting unique places like the Vulcan Lagoon and Antisana Glacier. And finally a hike to the worldwide famous Cotopaxi, with its 5,897 m high, the tallest active volcano in the world. 

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Quito International airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
24/7 assistance Certified & experienced mountain guide
Private transportation during all trip All the tour include in the itinerary
Lodging based on Machai Room (double occupancy) Mules support during trekking 
Mountaineering and Camping equipment All meals described
Permits and park fees Satellite communications
NOT INCLUDED
Especial Attractions fees
Guide gratuity

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Get delighted with Ecuador’s capital: Quito. Visit the historic center, enjoy the traditional cafes, and beautiful mountain views from everywhere.
  • Enjoy hiking 3 of the most beautiful volcanic mountains around Quito, in relatively easy routes.
  • Get in touch with the warm hospitality of the Andean people, with their interesting culture, markets filled with colors, narrow streets and historical squares.

LODGING

  • 4 nights lodging in Quito in dbl rooms
  • 2 nights in lodging at Tambopaxi
  • 1 night in Alpine Refugee Cotopaxi
  • 3 nights in camping 
  • 1 day of Glacier school

TRIP DETAILS

  • Physical demand (1-10): 8
  • Travel Style: Active/Hiking
  • Price For Minimun 4 PAX

Itinerary

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Day 1: QUITO

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is at 2.850 mts high. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner at one of the best typical food restaurants of the city. (D)

2

Day 2: QUITO CITY TOUR

Visit the colonial center, declared as World Heritage by the UNESCO. Walk through narrow streets and historical squares, admiring churches, buildings and colonial houses. Enjoy panoramic view of the city from the Panecillo. (B)

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Day 3: PASOCHOA TREK

This inactive and old volcano is a perfect option for a first acclimatization ascent.  The hike is through a beautiful natural reserve up to 4,200 meters high. Back to Quito. Afternoon free. (B,L,)

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Day 4: RUCO PICHINCHA TREK

The easy access to the volcano Ruco Pichincha (4.698m) from Quito makes it a favorite for acclimatization. We’ll take the cable car up to 3.966 mts high, from where we’ll get delighted with a wonderful view of the highest peaks of Ecuador: Antizana, Cayambe and Cotopaxi. Start the 3 hours ascent to the top of this extinct volcano. Night in Quito. Afternoon free. (B,L,)

5

Day 5: CONDOR TREK

Ground transfer to the Cordillera Real. In the little town El Tambo, located near Papallacta at 3.400 mts, the mules will be waiting for us to carry our equipment. Today we will walk approximately 4 hours until we reach the Volcano Lagoon, where ends an old lava tongue which came from the north side of the Antisana, one of the most beautiful volcanoes of the country, with more of 5.700 mts. Night in tents at the lake shore. (B.L,D)

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Day 6: ANTIZANA BASE CAMP

After breakfast we will depart to highlands for a 5-6 hours walk, before reach the Antisama 4,600 m. high, where with some luck we can find wild fauna as horses, condor, deer, fox and others. (B.L,D)

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Day 7: ANTIZANA BASE CAMP

We’ll spend the day in the Antisana Glacier, checking and practicing the different techniques we will be using for the ascent. Also, practice for self-arrest techniques during a fall, as well as rescue. Afternoon return to the camp. (B.L,D)

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Day 8: COTOPAXI

Early transfer to Cotopaxi National Park. This comfortable acclimatization center is located on the slopes of the extinct volcano at 3,720 m Rumiñahui at 3.720m. From here the view of the north face of the Cotopaxi volcano is amazing and inspiring. Preparation for practice in the glacier the following day. (B.L,D)

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Day 9: TAMBOPAXI – COTOPAXI REFUGE.

In the morning we prepare our team to climb the Cotopaxi. After lunch in Tambopaxi our vehicle will take us to the Parqueadero (4.500m). We will walk about 45 minutes, carrying our personal equipment to reach the José Rivas Refuge (4.800m), where we will spend the night. (B.L,D)

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Day 10: COTOPAXI – TAMBOPAXI PEAKS

The name of this active volcano: Cotopaxi (5.897m), means Moon Neck in Quechua language. Is the most popular mountain in South America due to its particular beauty and its perfect conical shape. Wake up at midnight and leave the shelter after equipping and a small breakfast. Ascend is through glaciers generally between 30 and 45 degrees, through cracks, exposed edges and snowfields of unique beauty. We reach the peak after 6-7 hours climbing if conditions are favorable. From the peak we will be able to enjoy the great view of the crater that has a diameter of 800m, and the Antisana, Cayambe and Chimborazo Mountains. The descent to the shelter will take approximately 3 hours. We will rest for a few moments at the shelter before heading to the parking lot and return to Tambopaxi. (B.L,D)

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Day 11: EXTRA DAY (FOR ANOTHER ATTEMPT ON THE COTOPAXI) – RETURN TO QUITO. NIGHT IN QUITO.

Extra day for a second attempt to reach the Cotopaxi peak (in case of bad weather the day before). If we have reached the summit the day before we can make a small walk around Tambopaxi. Afternoon journey back to Quito. Farewell dinner. (B.L,D)

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Day 12: GO HOME

Transfer to airport heading to Quito. End of services. (B)

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