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Trekking Tours in Ecuador

Cotopaxi National Park

This high plateau embellished with volcanic scenery is the home of the Andean Condor, deers and many other endemic animals that hide in its mountains, valleys and lakes above 3,500 meters above sea level. For experienced and adrenaline driven hikers that enjoy challenging the heights and the cold weather, this is the ideal place to choose.

 

Trekking the Cotopaxi (3,500 m – 5,000m) / 3 days

Trekking del Cotopaxi

Day 1: Our meeting point will be a location previously selected in Quito; we will then head south through the Pan-American’ Highway until the small town of Machachi where we will detour on a dirt road for about 2 hours until reaching the “Pedregal” at 3,500 meters above sea level. This is where our adventure begins… during the trip you will be able to see magnificent volcanoes and mountains such as the Cotopaxi, the Pasochoa , the Rumiñahui all in a context of nature, pure cold air, local indigenous communities and Andean flora and fauna. The entire journey to our camping spot in the north entrance of the Cotopaxi National park should take us about 4 hours.

Trekking del Cotopaxi

Day 2: After having breakfast we will start to hike from the heart of the National Park up to Limpiopungo Lake. In the way you will admire magical volcanoes, typical endemic flora and fauna, the Pre- Incan fortress of “El Pucará del Salitre” that served as a viewing point and strategic military spot, springs and small hills. It normally takes us 6 hours to reach Limpiopungo Lake, and the terrain is fairly flat.

 

Trekking del Cotopaxi

Day 3: Our driver will take us all the way up to the parking lot at about 4,500 meters above sea level; here we will start our hike up to the José Rivas Refugee located at 4,800 meters. This hike takes about an hour and our team will be waiting for us with a hot cup of cocoa. We will take some time to rest to then continue to one of the volcano’s glacier at 5,000 mts; you will have enough time to rest and take amazing photographs. Then, it’s back to the parking lot and on to Quito.

 

Price:
1 person: $ 550
2 people: $ 295
3 or more: $ 260

The price includes:

  • Meals included in the program
  • Private transportation
  • Trekking guide
  • Accommodation /Camping on tents for two people each
  • National Park Entrance Fee Cotopaxi
  • Camping equipment: tents, pans, forks, etc .

Does not include:

  • Any type of insurance
  • Persona equipment: sleeping bag, gloves or mittens, can, rainproof clothing, etc.
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not specified

Trekking El Condor (3,400 m – 4,500m) / 4 days

Day 1: We will meet in Quito and immediately head east to the small village of “El Tambo” (3,400m) and there, along with our mules, luggage and skinners, our adventure will begin. We will travel through a muddy and somewhat slippery path, for this reason, we recommend you to use rubber boots. It will take us about 5 hours to reach our first campsite at the shores of the volcanic lake at 3,800 meters above sea level.

Day 2: After having a good and complete breakfast we will take off on a hike along a steep and muddy trail to reach a dryer path where you will be able to admire the Antisana Volcano, the Santa Lucía Lake and the high plateaus.  It will take us 6 hours to reach our second camping site that will be at 4,300 meters above sea level. This will be our home for the night.

Day 3: Our morning will start at 8am; right after breakfast we will hike to the base of the Antisana volcano where we will be likely to see the Ecuadorian emblematic bird, the Condor among many other bird species in the area. After passing through a steep trail and completing the 7 hour hike scheduled for that day, we will arrive to our third camping spot where we will spend our last night.

Day 4: Our hike will start very early in the morning, again, there will be some steep paths before we reach the highest trekking point at 4,500 meters above sea level. We will then descent along the ladders of the Sincholagua volcano until we reach the Pita River inside the Cotopaxi National Park; here our driver will be waiting for us to take us back to Quito.

Price:
1 person: $ 990
2 people: $ 550
3 or more: $ 490

The price includes:

  • Meals included in the program
  • Private transportation
  • Trekking guide
  • Accommodation /Camping on tents for two people each
  • National Park Entrance Fee Cotopaxi
  • Camping equipment: tents, pans, forks, etc .

Does not include:

  • Any type of insurance
  • Persona equipment: sleeping bag, gloves or mittens, can, rainproof clothing, etc.
  • Tips
  • Other expenses not specified