Ecuador Volcanic Trails

Code: ECTP001
12 DAYS - 11 NIGHTS
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Description

This hiking trip is in a place of exceptional beauty and its designed to enjoy the most beautiful day-climbs of the Central Andes of Ecuador. You will explore the native forest of Pasochoa Volcano, the vast highland paramos of Rumiñahui, while learning about the geology, natural and cultural history of the area. Enjoy Hacienda el Porvenir on the slopes of Rumiñahui Volcano, in a truly privileged position to 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 excursions described in the itinerary
Lodging described in double occupancy Mules support during trekking 
Mountaineering and Camping equipment All meals described
Permits and park fees
NOT INCLUDED
Alcoholic drinks Dinner at el Porvenir
Tips to guides and drivers Sleeping bag

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Quito. Visit the historic center, enjoy the traditional cafes, and beautiful mountain views from everywhere
  • Enjoy hiking the most beautiful volcanic mountains around Quito.
  • Feel the warm hospitality of the Andean people.
  • Summit Cotopaxi Volcano.

TRIP DETAILS

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

Itinerary

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Day 1: QUITO

Fly to Quito, our transport vehicle will be waiting for the group at the airport Mariscal Sucre and transfer the group to Hotel Quito where you can rest and start your process of acclimatization. (-/-/-)

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Day 2: QUITO

Buffet breakfast will be served at Hotel in Quito and then will head to visit Quito old town which is considered the best conserved in south America, the visit will include the historical places of colonial Quito. Lunch in a local restaurant will be served. Once the visit has finished the group wil lgo back to Hotel Quito to rest and have dinner in one of the great local restaurants in the area. (B/L/-)

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Day 3: HACIENDA EL PORVENIR

Trekking in Pichincha Buffet breakfast will be served in Hotel Quito, then wil lgo to Pichincha using the cable car, we will go from 2.850 m as high as 4.000m / 13,200ft in a few minutes, our trek here is excellent to work on acclimatization. The hike will take 4 to 5 hours (round trip). A box lunch will be provided. After the trekking the group will travel to Hacienda el Porvenir and a short trekk in the Hacienda trails can be done. (B/L/-).
Starting at: 2.850 m Highest Point: 4.000 m

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Day 4: HACIENDA EL PORVENIR

Climbing Pasochoa. We will transfer from Hacienda el Porvenir to the Hacienda Santa Rita Ecological Reserve (30 MIN) at 3.200 m. From there we will start our climb to the Pasochoa Volcano Summit. We begin our hike through trails of High Andean Forest which are under conservation at Santa Rita. After 5 hours climbing and passing by different ecosystems, were achthe summit of the Volcano with analtitude of 4200m / 13.776 ft. Packed lunch is included. We reach our vehicle which will transfer us to Hacienda El Porvenir. (B/L/-)
Starting at: 3.200 m Highest Point: 4.200 m

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Day 5: COTOPAXI NATIONAL PARK

After a delicious breakfast, we start out on our walk towards Cotopaxi National Park, the entrance of which is just 4 kilometers from the farm house. Today’s walk is quite flat, which helps with our acclimatization process. We visit the Pucará del Salitre, an old Inca fortress. Following the Inca ñán(Incapath) eastwards, we reach our camp, where we get a fabulous view of Cotopaxi Volcano. The walk takes about 6 hours on flat terrain and we go on an altitude from 3,000m to 3,700m. During the walk we will enjoy a packed lunch. We will have covered 19.2km. (12 miles) by the end of the day. Sleep in tents (B/L/d)
Starting at: 3.000 m Highest Point: 3.700 m

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Day 6: HACIENDA EL TAMBO

Today’s walk takes us to Hacienda El Tambo, on the eastern flanks of the Andes. We cross hills and valleys, guarded over by Quilindaña, a peak hard to see from the Central Andean Valley and which looks very much like the Matterhorn seen from the Italian side. We will go from 3,700 m as high as 4,200m.. We reach the farm house, an old mountain refuge, built on Inca stones. Packed lunch during the walk. Today our walk lasts approximately 7 hours. The terrain is mainly flat but there are a few steep hills. By the end of this day, we will have covered 32km. (20 miles). Dinner and overnight Hacienda El Tambo (Machai twin beds). (B/L/d) Starting at: 3.700 m Highest Point: 4.200 m

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Day 7: CHIRIMACHAI

Today our walk will take us on a circuit around Hacienda El Tambo, crossing the Chirimachai Canyon to reach the camp. At Chirimachai the climate from the eastern jungle rises to meet that of the Central Andean Valley. There is a great supply of natural water, straight from the glaciers of Cotopaxi. The scenery is truly unbeatable. On the walk, we will be accompanied by local chagras on their horses since we pass land where there are fighting bulls. Packed lunch included. This stretch takes about 6 or 7 hours, and we will go from 4,200 m to 4,000m.In the course of the day, we walk a total of 22.4km.(14miles). Camping (camp tents). (B/L/D).
Starting at: 4.200 m Ending at: 4.000 m

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Day 8: HACIENDA EL PORVENIR

We start out early in the morning, heading westward. We reach a very accessible, flat path, from where we look over glacial valleys and get some wonderful panoramic views. After a7-hour walk, were achour camp at 3,800m. The average altitude of the walk is 3,850m. assuring us that we are now acclimatized for our final challenge, getting up to Cotopaxi Refuge at 4,800m (15,744 ft). This day we will have walked 26.4 km (16.5 miles). Overnight at Tambopaxi Hotel or Hacienda El Porvenir. (B/L/-).
Starting at: 4.000 m Ending at: 3.600 m

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Day 9: REFUGIO JOSE RIBAS.

After breakfast we will try our mountain climbing gear. Early lunch at Hacienda El Porvenir and transfer on our vehicle to the carpark of the Refugio Jose Ribas. From there we will climb to the hut (4800m/15.744ft). During the afternoon we will practice safety and mountain climbing techniques with our specialized climbing guide, and we will get acquainted with the gear. Dinner and rest. 2300 we prepare ourselves for the climb that will lead us to Cotopaxi Summit (5897 m / 19.342 ft.) Calorie rich snack before departing. (B/L/D)
Starting at: 3.600 m Highest Point: 4.800 m

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Day 10: COTOPAXI SUMMIT

Cotopaxi is considered the highest active volcano in the plane tand with its 5.897 m / 19.342 ft. of altitude is the second highest peak in Ecuador and one of the most beautiful volcanoes to climb in South America. We star the climb to the Summit at midnight and takes form 6-8 hours approx to reach the summit. We start on volcanic sands and the glaciers with 30 and 45 degrees of steepness and 3-4 hours to go down to the refugio. Our vehicle will be waiting for us at the car park and will transfer us to Hacienda El Porvenir. Lunch and hot shower at El Porvenir. In the afternoon you will have time to enjoy our Apu Mountain Spa. if we spend extra night at el Refugio.
Starting at: 4.800 m Highest Point: 5.897 m

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Day 11: HACIENDA EL PORVENIR

Extra Day (For Another Attempt On The Cotopaxi) 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 enjoy one of the many activities Hacienda El Porvenir has to offer, like Horseback riding, hike, mountain biking, cooking classes and more. At night we will have our gala dinner to celebrate the incredible journey that we have lived. (B/L/D).

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Day 12: GO HOME

Transfer to Quito airport. End of services (B/-/-)

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