Just 1 hour from the city of Riobamba, in the central region of Ecuador, is the trail to El Altar, one of the most impressive mountain adventures due to its unreal landscape. Visit the Cordillera Oriental de los Andes and its beautiful green spaces and crown the adventure with a wonderful panoramic view of the Yellow Lagoon at 4300 meters high. Check out our top hiking trips in El Altar volcano and hire your next mountain guide from Explore-Share.com!
Trekking to the Altar Volcano with a guide
3-day Altar trek guided tour
What should I know about Hiking Ecuador?
The route to El Altar’s main attraction, the Yellow Lagoon, is at a height ranging from 3500 to 4300 meters. For this reason, you should acclimatize for at least one or two days in the city of Riobamba.
Why should I choose Ecuador for my Hiking adventure?
Capac Urcu Hut
After about 6 and 8 hours of hiking you will find this mountain hut, with good infrastructure and comfort. It is recommended that you check availability beforehand. The refuge offers several services such as mules, cooking and meals.
Legend has it that El Altar was higher than Chimborazo and that after its last eruption in 1490, its crater became a yellow lagoon. This lagoon is at 4300 meters and is one of the biggest rewards after a hard ascent.
Sangay National Park
The volcano is protected by this national park that is a World Heritage Site. It has more than 300 lagoons, two volcanoes in addition to El Altar and many forests where a great diversity of species survives without threats.
How can I get to Ecuador?
First, you must reach the city of Riobamba and from there, take a bus to the "La Candelaria". It is the only public transport that makes the journey to the beginning of the trail, which lasts 1:30 hours.
When is the best time to travel to Ecuador for Hiking?
The best months are those that correspond to the dry season, which runs from June to November.
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