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.2 DAY TOUR

2 DAY TOUR

Cotopaxi (5.897m) /2 days

Cotopaxi

Day 1: We will meet in Quito early and the morning and take the South Panamerican Highway all the way down to Machachi where we will change directions towards the east until we reach the village of Pedregal and further to the parking lot at (4,500m) where our driver will leave us. Getting to this point normally takes about 3 hours in total. Here we will start hiking up carrying our entire luggage until we reach the José Rivas Refugee at 4,800 meters above sea level. Here we will enjoy lunch and rest for a while. In the afternoon we’ll head to the glaciers to practice for the following day and back to the refugee before 6pm. Dinner will be served and we will rest until midnight.

Cotopaxi

Day 2: The team will wake you up at midnight and serve you a substantial breakfast, good enough to give you all the energy that you will need. At 1am we will start ascending the Cotopaxi, we are expected to reach the summit in 6 to 8 hours depending of the physical shape of the group. We will take small paths at a time between 30 and 40 degrees of inclination; some might even have an inclination of 50º. At the top of the Volcano you will be able to enjoy of an unforgettable sight and we will give you enough time to take all the pictures you want and delight on the beauty. It will take us approximately 2 hours to descent back to the refugee where we will pack our things and head back to Quito.

Price:
1 person $ 360
2 people $ 225
3 or more $199

The price includes:

  • All meals included in the tour
  • Private transportation back and forth
  • Professional Mountain Guide
  • Cotopaxi National Park Entrance Fee
  • Accommodations at the José Rivas refugee
  • Technical equipment: crampons, ice ax, harness, rope, stake.

Does not include:

  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal gear such as gloves, sleeping bag, waterproof clothing, sunglasses, etc.
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not specified above

 

Acclimatization at Cotopaxi (5.897m) /3 days

Cotopaxi

Day 1: Our journey begins very early in the morning in the city of Quito, we will drive south through the Panamerican Highway until we reach the Chasqui, here we will take a new route east that will lead us to the cabins of “Paja Blanca” or “white straw”. This ride will take us about 2 hours…here we will leave all our belongings and start an acclimatization hike that will start at the Limpiopungo Lake towards the Rumiñahui Volcano. We will enjoy the high plateaus and the amazing Andean landscape with stunning volcanoes such as the Antisana, Chimborazo and Sincholagua. We will hike up to the summit for about 5 hours and head back another 2. Back at “Paja Blanca” we will enjoy of a delicious dinner and a good night rest.

Cotopaxi

Day 2: Breakfast will be served at 9am; We will then head to the Cotopaxi museum and back to “Paja Blanca” to pack and get ready for the two days to come. In less than one hour ride we will arrive to the Cotopaxi parking lot and hike for another hour until reaching the José Rivas Refugee at 4,800 meters above sea level. We will have enough time to rest and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon we will head to one of the glaciers to practice at 5.000 meters above sea level and back to the refugee before 6pm where we’ll serve you dinner and let you rest until midnight

Cotopaxi

Day 3: The team will wake you up at midnight and serve you a substantial breakfast, good enough to give you all the energy that you will need. At 1am we will start ascending the Cotopaxi, we are expected to reach the summit in 6 to 8 hours depending on the physical shape of the group. We will take small paths at a time between 30 and 40 degrees of inclination; some might even have an inclination of 50º. At the top of the Volcano you will be able to enjoy of an unforgettable sight and we will give you enough time to take all the pictures you want and delight on the beauty. It will take us approximately 2 hours to descent back to the refugee where we will pack our things and head back to Quito.

Price:
1 person $ 495
2 people $ 330
3 or more $299

The price includes:

  • All meals included in the tour
  • Private transportation back and forth
  • Professional Mountain Guide
  • Cotopaxi National Park Entrance Fee
  • Accommodations at the José Rivas refugee
  • Accommodations at the “Paja Blanca” cabins
  • Technical equipment: crampons, ice ax, harness, rope, stake.

Does not include:

  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal gear such as gloves, sleeping bag, waterproof clothing, sunglasses, etc.
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not specified above

 

Iliniza North (5.126m) /2 days

Illiniza Norte

Day 1:Our meeting point will be in Quito quite early in the morning; our driver will take us south through the Panamerican highway until we reach the parking lot called “La Virgen”, this is a 2 hour ride and the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. Here we will start our 3 hour hike to the New Horizons Refugee at 4,750 meters above sea level. Lunch will be served and we’ll have the rest of the afternoon to rest and unwind.

 

 

Illiniza Norte

Day 2:Our day will start at 5am that morning with a substantial and nutritional breakfast. It normally takes 3 hours to reach the summit and there will be segments of the path that have a 50º inclination. After gathering our strength back, admiring the scenery and taking all the pictures you can take, we will head back to collect our backpacks and drive back to Quito.

 

 

Price:
1 person $ 340
2 people $ 210
3 or more $ 190

The price includes:

  • All meals included in the tour
  • Private transportation back and forth
  • Professional Mountain Guide
  • Iliniza Ecological Reserve Entrance Fee
  • Accommodations at the New Horizons Refugee
  • Technical equipment: crampons, ice ax, harness, rope, stake.

Does not include:

  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal gear such as gloves, sleeping bag, waterproof clothing, sunglasses, etc.
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not specified above

 

Chimborazo (6.310m) / 2 days

Chimborazo

Day 1: Our team will meet you in Quito, early in the morning; our private transportation will be waiting to take us on a 4 hour ride south of the country to the Chimborazo Fauna Production Reserve. Here you will be able to admire the Vicuña, an Andean endemic specie. The car will take us up to the first refugee, the Hermanos Carrel, at 4,800 meters above sea level. Lunch will be served and in the afternoon we will ascend up to the Whimper Refugee at 5.000 meters. Dinner will be served and everyone will rest until 10pm. A light breakfast is served before leaving the refugee with all our equipment.

Chimborazo

Day 2: At 11pm we’ll already be on our way… it will take us around 8 hours to get to the first summit “Veintimilla” at 6,270m and one more hour to the Whymper summit at 6,310m, a perfect place to admire the Andes and take spectacular photographs. We will need another 3 hours to head back to the Whymper camp where we will pack our things and head down to Hermanos Carrel and from there , it’s back to Quito. 

 

Price:
1 person $ 420
2 people $ 270
3 or more $ 240

The price includes:

  • All meals included in the tour
  • Private transportation back and forth
  • Professional Mountain Guide
  • Chimborazo Fauna Reserve Entrance Fee
  • Accommodations at the Whymper refugee
  • Technical equipment: crampons, ice ax, harness, rope, stake.

Does not include:

  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal gear such as gloves, sleeping bag, waterproof clothing, sunglasses, etc.
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not specified above

 

South Iliniza (5.263m) /2 days

Illiniza Sur

Day 1: The meeting point will be in Quito very early in the morning; we will head south through the Avenue of Volcanoes along the Panamerican Highway passed Machachi, an hour later we will be arriving at the parking lot called “La Virgen” at 3,900 meters above sea level. This is where our ascending journey will begin… it normally takes about 3 hours to make it to the “New Horizons” Refugee that’s 4,750 meters high. We will enjoy a well deserved lunch and relax a bit for the rest of the afternoon until our staff calls us for dinner.

 

Illiniza Sur

Day 2: Our day will start very early, at 3am with a substantial breakfast that will be served by our kind staff and then we will head to the base where our technical climbing will begin. The estimate climbing time from the base to the summit of this magnificent volcano is about 3 hours, once at the top, you will be given enough time to rest, enjoy the view and take memorable pictures of the scenery. Our way down should not take more than 2 hours, then back to the refugee and drive back to Quito.

 

Price:
1 person $ 399
2 people $ 250
3 or more $ 230

The price includes:

  • All meals included in the tour
  • Private transportation back and forth
  • Professional Mountain Guide
  • Iliniza Ecological Reserve Entrance Fee
  • Accommodations at the New Horizons refugee
  • Technical equipment: crampons, ice ax, harness, rope, stake.

Does not include:

  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal gear such as gloves, sleeping bag, waterproof clothing, sunglasses, etc.
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not specified above

 

Cayambe (5.790m) / 2 days

Cayambe

Day 1: We leave early in the morning; our ride will take us past the village of Machachi to Cayambe and then to a dirt road where you will be able to appreciate the stunning beauty of the highlands and the small communities that have settled along the road. Our destination will be the refugee that’s built over 4,600 meters above sea level.  After lunch we will head to the glaciers to practice for the following day, making sure to be back at the refugee before 6pm. Dinner will be served and we will rest until midnight.

Cayambe

Day 2: The team will wake you up at midnight and serve you a nutritional and substantial breakfast that will give you enough energy during our journey. The ascension to the summit will take us around 5 to 7 hours depending on your physical shape and degree of expertise. Once at the summit you will be given enough time to rest, unwind and admire all the beauty these amazing landscapes have to offer. For the following two hours we will make our way back to the shelter where will gather our things and drive back to Quito.

Price:
1 person $ 420
2 people $ 270
3 or more $ 240

The price includes:

  • All meals included in the tour
  • Private transportation back and forth
  • Professional Mountain Guide
  • Cayambe – Coca Reserve Entrance Fee
  • Accommodations at the Ruales Oleas Berge refugee
  • Technical equipment: crampons, ice ax, harness, rope, stake.

Does not include:

  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal gear such as gloves, sleeping bag, waterproof clothing, sunglasses, etc.
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not specified above

 

Antisana (5.758m) / 2 days

Antisana

Day 1: After meeting in Quito rather early in the morning, our driver will take us east to a small village named Pintag where you will be able to take photographs of the admirable scenery before you. After a two hour ride we will arrive to the base of the mountain at 4,550 meters above sea level. Here we will collect our luggage and walk for another hour until reaching our camp in one of the glaciers… the standard altitude of the camping site is 4,750 meters above sea level. Lunch and dinner will be served by our team and you will have chance to rest until 11pm

 

Antisana

Day 2:At 11 pm our team will serve you a nutritional and substantial breakfast and will help you get ready to start your journey to the top of this majestic mountain. Reaching the summit normally takes 7 hours and it’s a true challenge due to the altitude, the breaches and almost vertical paths …but it’s all worth it. Making our way down will take another two hours; our team will be waiting for you with lunch and a warm seat on your ride back to Quito.  

 

Price:
1 person $ 420
2 people $ 270
3 or more $ 240

The price includes:

  • All meals included in the tour
  • Private transportation back and forth
  • Professional Mountain Guide
  • Antisana Ecological Reserve Entrance Fee
  • Camping
  • Technical equipment: crampons, ice ax, harness, rope, stake.

Does not include:

  • Insurance of any kind
  • Personal gear such as gloves, sleeping bag, waterproof clothing, sunglasses, etc.
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not specified above

 

Acclimatization at Cotopaxi Volcano / 7 days

Ascension al Pasochoa (4.200m)

Day 1: Pasochoa (4,200m)
Our 7 day acclimatization adventure is an experience of a lifetime. Slowly but surely we will conquer the most spectacular summits of Ecuador and make our way to the grand finale at the Cotopaxi Volcano at 5,897 meters above sea level.

At 7am our driver and private transportation will be waiting for us in a pre-scheduled meeting point in Quito to take us to the Pasochoa volcano. Our hike will take us through primary Andean forest where we will have the opportunity to observer diverse species of birds like the humming bird… and if luck is on our side, we might even be able to se the Andean Condor. Making it to the summit normally take us around 4 hours and from there it is likely you will se the Cotopaxi, Antisana, Ilinizas and the amazing Andean beauty. Descending back to the parking lot will take us about an hour; our driver will be expecting us there to take us further south to the small town of Machachi where we will spend the night surrounded by mountains and volcanoes.  

Ascension al Volcan Corazon (4.788 m)

Day 2: Corazon Volcano (4,788m)  

Our driver will take us from Machachi to the base of the Corazón Volcano; a short drive that should not take longer than 20 minutes. Our 5 hour hike will be composed of amazing landscapes, scrublands and even trails of unstable rock formations. On our way up you will be able to admire the Cotopaxi, Ilinizas and the Ecuadorian Pacific coast, it’s truly an amazing journey filled with visual stimulation and deep contact with nature. Our descent will take 2 hours and once back to the parking lot; our driver will take us to Machachi where we will spend the night.

 

Refugio Nuevos Horizontes

Day 3: Machachi – New Horizons Refugee    
Our team and driver will take us further south through the Pan-American Highway, a one hour ride to be exact. Our hike will start at the parking lot of “La Virgen” at 3,900 meters above sea level up to the “New Horizons” refugee at 4,750 meters above sea level. This ascension normally takes 3 hours… give or take a few minutes depending on the group’s physical condition. Lunch will be served at the refugee and we will rest for what is left of the day.

 

 

Iliniza Norte (5.126m)

Day 4: North Ilinizas  (5,126m)  

This day we’ll have an early start; at 5am our team will give you a wake up call followed by a substantial breakfast, after that is off to the summit of the North Iliniza. It normally takes us 5 hours to reach the summit and some segments of the trail might be very steep… 50º inclination. On the summit you will have enough time to regain your strength, admire the region’s beauty and take amazing photographs. Our driver will be waiting for us at “La Virgen” to take us back to Machachi where we will spend the night.

 

 

Laguna Quilotoa

Day 5: Quilotoa Lake  

After a physically challenging day, it is advisable to relax and rest; therefore, we have scheduled a sightseeing program to the Quilotoa Lake. Our driver will take us south passed the city of Latacunga where we will take a detour west and admire little villages like Pujili, Sumbahua and Tigua, very famous for its indigenous paintings. It normally takes us 4 hours to arrive to the Quilotoa Volcano where you will admire unique landscapes that came together by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago.

Making our way down to the base of the crater will take us a bit more than 1 hour; here you will have the opportunity to go on a boat ride and admire the volcanic bubbles that emerge to the surface due to volcanic activity. On the way up, you will have to options; either you hike up or you ride a mule… either way, you will enjoy the experience. Lunch will be served in one of the local restaurants and our driver will take us back north to Machachi where we will spend the night.

Refugio Jose Rivas

Day 6: Cotopaxi National Park – José Rivas Refugee

Our driver will take us through a rural road past the village of Pedregal up to 4,500 meters above sea level. Here, in the parking lot, we will start hiking our way up carrying along our entire luggage. In about one hour we will have reached the José Rivas Refugee at 4,800meters. In the afternoon we will head to one of the glaciers to practice for the following day. We will make sure to be back to the refugee before 6pm; dinner will be served and we will rest until midnight.


cumbre del Cotopaxi

Day 7: Cotopaxi
At midnight a substantial breakfast will be served and we will start our ascension to the summit of this majestic volcano. Reaching the summit may take anywhere from 6 to 8 hours depending on the group’s physical conditions. Some of the segments will have an inclination of 30º, 40º and even 50º. Once at the top you will admire the entire Avenue of Volcanoes in all its glory; you will have enough time to rest, take all the pictures you want and head back to the refugee. After packing all our belongings we will hike back to the parking lot where our driver will be expecting us and taking us back to Quito.

Price:
1 person: $ 1250
2 people: $ 750
3 or more: $ 690

The price includes:

  • Meals included in the program
  • Private transportation
  • Trekking /Climbing guide
  • Accommodation at Tourist Class hotels and Refugees
  • National Park and Reserves Entrance Fees
  • American Breakfast at the hotels detailed in the program
  • Technical equipment:  ice ax, harness, boots, stakes, ropes  

Does not include:

  • Any type of insurance
  • Meals such as lunch and dinner at the hotels
  • Persona equipment: sleeping bag, gloves or mittens, can, rainproof clothing, etc
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not specified