3-day Trail running adventure close to Altar Volcano, Ecuador


Join Jaime, a certified mountain guide, on this 3-day trail running adventure in Ecuador! Discover amazing Andes sites and feel your heart skip a beat as you delve into the unique Ecuadorian wilderness.



3 Days

Jan, Feb, Jun, Jul, Aug, Nov, Dec




  • See the spectacular Altar Volcano!
  • Sweeping views of the mountains in the Ecuadorian Andes
  • Optional trail running on secluded trails


Have you ever wanted to run and trek in the Ecuadorian mountains? Then come join me on this 3-day trail run and trek to the Altar Volcano!

The Altar Volcano is one of many incredible natural sites in Ecuador. The volcano is located in the center of the country, close to the idyllic town of Baños, and over the course of 3 days, we will be able to trek there and explore the region.

After meeting everyone in Baños, we will begin our trek to Hacienda Releche – surrounded by beautiful landscapes in the mountainside – and then trek up to Capac Urcu Refuge, at a 900-meter elevation gain, which will serve as our main camp. The following day, we will go on an exhilarating run up to the Laguna Amarilla (Yellow Lake), at a 400-meter elevation gain, and enjoy the rich and diverse flora and fauna. On our final day, we head back to Hacienda Releche, then to Baños.

Some of the ascents on this trip are quite steep, so please keep this in mind when signing up. We encourage runners and trekkers to be in great physical shape to enjoy this trip!

Willing to discover el Altar in a different way? Then book your trip with me today!


Day 1: Refuge Capac Urcu

We will take a private shuttle from Baños to Hacienda Releche, to start our trek. We will ascend approximately 11 kilometers to refuges Capac Urcu, which will be our base camp for the rest of the trek. This should take around 5 – 7 hours.

Day 2: Laguna Amarilla (Yellow Lagoon)

We will ascend from our camp in Capac Urcu to Laguna Amarilla. This path is very steep, so the ascent will take around 2 hours. We will spend some time at the lagoon, then descend back down to the camp.

Day 3: Hacienda Releche

We will descend to Hacienda Releche and then take a private shuttle back to Baños.



About the guide

Certified IFMGA - ASEGUIM Mountain Guide, National guide, Rescue Team Member GRA & Lawyer.

As passionate mountaineer and with almost 20 years of guiding experience, I worked with clients from all over the world. Each tour is a unique experience and I will pleased to guide you to the marvellous summits of Ecuador and South America. My journeys have allowed me to guide and summit several mountains in Peru, like Alpamayo, Chopicalqui & Tocllaraju amongst others and to experience some mountain climbing in the Alps of Austria and Italy.

I’m based in Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador’s famous piece of heaven, where we run together with my Austrian girlfriend a small tour operator and a consulting office.

Continuous improvement and keeping up with the State of the Art is our mission:in 2017, I completed the IFMGA certification and, recently, in 2018, I received the National guide certification from the ministry of Tourism.

President of Baños Trail Running Club, I run every week with my team. My achievement of 2018 : Finishing 1st of my category for the 100km Ruco Ultra Trail.

I’m looking forward to exploring our beautiful mountains together with you.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 1289 Each

Group of 2

USD 722 Each

Group of 3

USD 537 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

Pick up on the first day and drop off on the last day can be arranged according to your accommodation.


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