• Ecuador
  • 6 Days

A Special Ecuadorian Volcano Trek

  • Multi Destination Journey
  • Active Adventure
  • 6 days; 5 nights
  • 2 to 10 travelers
  • Begins & ends in Quito
This trek has been recommended by Travel + Leisure, as “12 of South America’s Most Epic Hikes You’ve Never Heard of”. It’s a super combination of trekking and comfort on Cotopaxi Volcano area staying in comfortable Haciendas and camping around the region. This itinerary will take us through valleys and Andean communities, private conservation areas, Cotopaxi National Park and archaeological sites through exclusive trails.

At a Glance

Creature comforts

basic


Physical activity

significant


Ground support

fully guided

Terrain

  • Mountains
  • Forest

Practicalities

  • For ages 12+
  • Limited english

Activities

  • Trekking
  • Camping
  • Wildlife
  • Digital detox

Your Local Expert

Tierra del Volcan Ecuador

Since 1999, our philosophy is based on offering a friendly, safe, passionate, professional and efficient service to our clients. This service leads to a harmonious growth of our organization, and the well-being and satisfaction or our guests, patrons and employees. We support sustainable development, caring for the protection and management of the environment. This development also includes social and educational projects in the surrounding communities. At Tierra del Volcán we uphold a philosophy of the utmost standards, where the protection of nature is present in every one of our products and services. We are a creative and enthusiastic group committed to Ecuador, the world, and the beauty of nature, who wish to share our knowledge and experience of this natural place with our travelers. We hope you will join us in embracing the natural adventures that await you.read more

The Journey

Day 1

Pasochoa Volcano trek

A private transportation and bilingual guide will pick you up early in the morning from your Hotel in Quito, we will do a quick stop at El Porvenir for a hot canelazo and then we will drive you from El Porvenir to the Pasochoa Reserve, crossing the páramo plains. Our hike will begin in Hacienda Santa Rita Private Reserve, at an altitude of 3,300 meters, (10,826 ft), from which we will begin climbing Pasochoa Volcano. The route crosses patches of native Andean forest and open “páramos”. We will trek through fields covered with high straw and will enjoy the magnificent view of the neighboring mountains covered with snow such as Antisana, Cayambe, Cotopaxi and Sincholagua watch over us during this climb. We will have a box lunch in the middle of the day. Hiking time is about seven hours total round-trip. Hiking difficulty is low. Overnight stay at Hacienda El Porvenir.read more

Day 2

Cotopaxi National Park trek and Camping

After a delicious breakfast, we start our walk towards Cotopaxi National Park, the entrance which is just four kilometers from the farmhouse. Today’s walk is quite flat, which helps with our acclimatization process. We visit the Pucará del Salitre, an old Inca fortress. Following the Incañán (Inca path) eastwards, we reach our camp, where we get a fabulous view of Cotopaxi Volcano. The walk takes about 6 hours on flat terrain in an average altitude of 3,700m (12,139 ft.). We will have covered 19.2 km (12 miles) by the end of the day. Overnight Camping (camp tents). Breakfast / Packed Lunch / Dinner.read more

Day 3

Treking to Hacienda El Tambo (El Condor Bio-reserve)

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. The average altitude that we walk at today is 3,800m (12467 ft). Although we get as high as 4,200m (13779 ft) on one of the mountain passes. We reach the farmhouse, an old mountain refuge, built on Inca stones. Our walk lasts approximately seven 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). Overnight Hacienda El Tambo (Machai Double Room – twin beds). Breakfast / Packed Lunch / Dinner.read more

Day 4

Wild Bulls and Chagras trek to 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. This stretch takes about 6 or 7 hours, and is at an average altitude of 3,850m. The camp is located at 4,000m (11482 ft). In the course of the day, we walk a total of 22.4km (14 miles). Overnight Camping (camp tents). Breakfast/Packed Lunch/Dinner.read more

Day 5

Cotopaxi National Park

We start out early in the morning, heading westward. We reach a very accessible, flat path, overlooking glacial valleys and getting some wonderful panoramic views. After a seven-hour walk, we reach our camp at 3,800m (12,467 ft). The average altitude of the walk this day 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 Tambopaxi. Breakfast / Packed Lunch / Dinner.read more

Day 6

We get ready early for the final assault: reaching 4,800m (15,744 ft) after five days of physical preparation. The walk takes us five or six hours today, culminating at the climbing hut (Refugio José Ribas), where we can feel the sheer power of the immense volcano at close quarters. A vehicle will be waiting to take us back to Hacienda El Porvenir, where we will be served a well-deserved tasty lunch to round off this great trek before starting our journey to Quito. Today’s walk is basically a long steep climb. The average altitude is 4,200m (13,779 ft), with an ascent of 1,067m from the camp to the refuge. The walk covers 8.48 km (5.3 miles). Breakfast / Lunch.read more

Included

  • Lodging

    Accommodation (based on double occupancy, at haciendas and camping tents)

  • Meals

    Described meals One soft drink per meal

  • Transportation

    Transport from and to Quito

  • Equipment

    Tents and camping mats

  • Guides (English speaking and native guide)

  • Safety vehicle support

  • Entrance Fees

    Entrance fee to Santa Rita Ecological Reserve and to El Tambo conservation area

  • Entrance to APU Mountain SPA we area

Not Included

  • Dinner on the first night at El Porvenir

  • Sleeping Bag

  • Drinks

  • Tips

  • Taxes

Private Departures

Private departures, for just you and your friends or family

Flexible dates

  • 2 travelers$1519 per person
  • 4 travelers$1319 per person
  • 6 travelers$1319 per person
  • 7 travelers$1319 per person
  • 10 travelers$1319 per person
Pricing depends on group size and host availability

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