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6-Day Cotopaxi Volcano Trek

6-Day Cotopaxi Volcano Trek

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6-Day Cotopaxi Volcano Trek
from $1595 USD

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This trek has been recommended by Travel + Leisure, as "12 of South America's Most Epic Hikes You've Never Heard of" and is a super combination of trekking and comfort in the Cotopaxi Volcano area staying on comfortable Haciendas and camping around the region. This itinerary will take us through valleys and Andean communities, private conservation areas, Cotopaxi National Park, archaeological sites through exclusive trails and properties.


Day 1: Pasochoa volcano trek (LD)

A private transportation and bilingual guide will pick you up early in the morning from your Hotel in Quito, and will make a quick stop at El Porvenir for a hot canelazo. Then we will drive you from El Porvenir to Pasochoa Reserve, crossing the paramo plains. Our hike will begin in Hacienda Santa Rita Private Reserve, at an altitude of 3,300 meters, (10826 ft), from which we will begin climbing Pasochoa Volcano. The route crosses patches of native Andean forest and open "páramos" , a type of moorland. 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. Dinner and overnight stay at Hacienda El Porvenir. Hiking time is about 7 hours total round trip. Hiking difficulty is low.

Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hacienda El Porvenir

Day 2: Cotopaxi National Park trek (BLD)

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 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 and has an average altitude of 3,700m. We will have covered 19.2 km. (12 miles) by the end of the day

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Tented Camping

Day 3: Hacienda El Tambo trek (BLD)

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. Although we get as high as 4,200m. on one mountain pass. We reach the farmhouse, an old mountain refuge, built on Inca stones. 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)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hacienda El Tambo

Day 4: Chirimachai trek (BLD)

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. In the course of the day, we walk a total of 22.4km. (14 miles).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Tented Camping

Day 5: Cotopaxi National Park trek (BLD)

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 a 7-hour walk, we reached our 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).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Tambopaxi Lodge

Day 6: Refugio José Ribas (Climbing Hut) trek, Back to Quito (BL)

We get ready early in the morning for the final assault: reaching 4,800m. after 5 days of physical preparation. The walk takes us 5 or 6 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-earned tasty lunch to round off this great trek before setting off back to Quito. Today's walk is basically a long steep climb. The average altitude is 4,200m, with an ascent of 1,067m. from the camp to the refuge. The walk covers 8.48 km (5.3 miles).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch


6-Day Cotopaxi Volcano Trek
from $1595 USD
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NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

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  • Tents and mats
  • Licensed English speaking guide
  • Transport from and to Quito and safety vehicle support on daily hikes
  • Entrance to APU Mountain SPA wet area at El Porvenir
  • Entrance fee to Santa Rita Ecological Reserve and El Tambo conservation area
  • International and domestic flights
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  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
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