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Climb day to 4.790-meter Corazon Summit

A whole day climbing up to one of the best volcanoes of the northern Ecuadorian Andes: Corazon. Seven hours of moderate hike up to its summit at 4.790 meters.

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Andes

1 Day

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec


Description

The magnificent strato-volcano called Corazon is located just in the middle of The Ecuadorian Andes no more than 40 kilometers far for Quito, the capital of Ecuador. What Corazon Volcano has to offer are beautiful green lands and a moderate hike across Paramos with such past landscapes that you won’t believe it.

Because of that, today we are inviting you to this 1 day climb adventure up to the heart of the north face of Ecuadorian Range, more specifically to Corazon Summit at 4.790 meters. Are you going to miss it?

The starting point of this exciting trip will be in El Chaupi Village, a small town famous because of its agricultural industry. We will be taken to Illinizas Ecological Reserve from where we will start the hike up to the volcano.

During our walk we can admire the green fields and the nature around us. Although some hours later the trail starts to get steeper, its landscapes are unbelievably great. The whole climb will take us about 7 hours, so that we always recommend some previous mountaineering experience.

Once in Corazon Summit, the viewpoint will talk by itself. We can enjoy a panoramic sight of the famous Avenue of The Volcanoes and other Ecuadorian peaks of the region. After a deserved lunch we will come back to El Chaupi by car and celebrate with a delicious coffee in Andes Alpes Cafe, we did such a exciting expedition together.

I will be waiting for your contact. I am sure you want to live this climb experience and I am the indicated guide for it. Get in touch with me and plan this trip together.

Extra details
TRAINING LEVEL

Although it is an easy trail, you will need some previous experience in altitude and a basic level of training. We can suggest an acclimatization place that will help you to get ready before the ascent to Corazon Volcano. It is called Andes Alpes Cafe y Hostal, at 3300 meters.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

Personal belongings, clothes, mountain equipment and travel policy.

THE PRICE INCLUDES

Transfers during all the trip, bilingual mountain guide, meals and medical emergency kit.

Spots of interest
STARTING POINT

Once we leave El Chaupi Village we will start a fantastic hike across green lands and paramo’s areas like these…

CLIMB TO CORAZON VOLCANO

After seven hours of climbing, we will reach to Corazon Summit, at 4790 meters!


About the guide

ASEGUIM Guide from Ecuador.

I was born and raised in Cotopaxi Province – Ecuador and know the country’s peaks intimately. I have great mountaineering experience of more than 12 years of climbing in all Ecuador, and I also climbed in South America, Switzerland, and France.

I manage a guiding company, so sometimes I'm the one guiding the trips, but sometimes I'm focused on company management, and one of the certified guides of my team will be guiding you. All the guides with whom I work are professional and certified guides.

I worked for the Nuevos Horizontes refuge on Ilinizas Volcano from a young age and have professional Guide Training, and I am officially Licensed as a Nature guide organized by the Ministry of tourism.

Some of the guiding courses I attended are:

* Mountain Guides Course by ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides),
* Mountain Guides Evaluation by ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme) in October 2006. An event organized by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador and ENSA of France
* Pre-Course UIAGM an event organized by ASEGUIM and ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme)
* First Aids course, Ecuadorian Red Cross

I live and manage a hostel and lodge in El Chaupi, a beautiful mountain village an hour south of Quito, just in between Illinizas Ecological Reserve and Cotopaxi National Park. It looks like a typical Swiss town in the Alps, and has everything to become a great mountaineering center, the ‘Chamonix or Zermatt of South America’!

I speak fluent Spanish, English, and little German, French, Hebrew, and Quichua.

The guiding team I lead is committed and experienced. Contact me to help you organize an unforgettable adventure.

Languages

German | French | English

Certificates

ASEGUIM

Residence

El Chaupi


What people are saying about Fernando Iza

Daniel McNamara

5.00

October, 2022

Thank you for putting this trip together for me at the last minute after my group canceled on me. Fernando was a great guide who knows the route up Cotopaxi very well. The meals and lodging were also great and well worth the price, in my opinion.

Lauren Kuklenski

5.00

August, 2022

Great experience. We did Rumiñawi, corázon, and Illiniza Norte as acclimatization hikes. All of them were beautiful. We attempted Cotopaxi but had a snow storm and heavy winds during the night of the summit and we were forced to turn around. The 3 initial climbs prepared us well for Cotopaxi and the altitude. There were some technical scrambling portions on corazon and Illiniza which were very cool. Overall would highly recommend!

Benjamin Stewart

5.00

June, 2022

Fernando was a fantastic guide who got me to the summit despite extremely difficult weather conditions! I would highly recommend him to anyone hoping to climb Ecuador's big peaks.

Kirsten Yehl

5.00

September, 2021

Fernando was an outstanding guide. We (my 16 yo son and I) spent a week with Fernando and did 3 acclimatization hikes and a successful Cotopaxi climb. All were amazing. On the last two, Illiniza Norte and Cotopaxi, Fernando was very attentive to safety. He also read and understood our strengths and weaknesses after the first few hikes and used that insight to guide us up the mountain. We stayed most nights at Fernando’s hostel, it was very comfortable, a great experience. His family is lovely and the meals were delicious. Was an unforgettable experience and we truly appreciate Fernando, both his guidance and hospitality.

Jan Zehnder

2.00

July, 2021

Even though Fernando is a fun and an experienced guide, I can't give him more than two stars. I was quite sick for the first three days so I could not keep up my normal pace. On my first hike I even had really bad balance disorders. This did not bother Fernando at all. Most of the time he was walking very far ahead. While descending he suddenly started walking so fast that I even lost him out of sight. I found him 2km later lying in the grass on his phone. I passed him and he just kept on being on his phone without even bothering about my medical situation. Beside his impatience the second thing is, that Fernando is always on his phone. I felt a lot better on my last day so we went on climbing Cotopaxi. He promised us a glacier school (since I've never used these tools before) but then at the refugee he just said that it's learning by doing. So when I tried to put on the crampons in the middle of the freezing night it of course took me a while. He didn't even bother to help, so my friend had to put on my crampons for me. Instead he just kept on walking. This repeated itself at our descent. I found him 20 minutes later sitting in the hut already. The only reason I decided not to give one star is his lovely wife. She is an excellent cook and kept the house clean and tidy.

Pavel Janecek

4.00

June, 2021

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Adam Burrage

5.00

December, 2019

Great experience climbing with Fernando: Well organised and we made the summit with him on Chimborazo. I'd recommend him for guiding in Ecuador.

Dick Fields

5.00

December, 2019

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Barbara Matter

5.00

July, 2019

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The Reality Twister

5.00

March, 2019

Fernando is an excellent and knowledgeable guide, and the itinerary is a nice balance of climbs and recovery time, including time to explore a couple of cities. He also made sure we were well-equipped for the climbs. The guides are geared more toward getting you up and down than toward building any technique. It's not billed as an instructional course, so that's not a complaint -- just pointing it out for those who like to use one experience to build to another rather than just reach the summit.

Chase Taylor

4.00

March, 2019

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Bryan McBride

5.00

July, 2018

Fernando was a wonderful guide. Even though we didn't make it to the top we had a great experience. We plan to return in the future and make it to the top! We hope to have Fernando guide us again.

Mike Burkus

5.00

July, 2018

Fernando is a wonderful guide who understands the Cotopaxi route well. I recommend the climb for anyone looking for a tough mental and physical challenge.

Gareth Treharne

5.00

June, 2018

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Lara Pedrini

5.00

May, 2018

Fernando is an incredible guide. He is very experienced and has extensive knowledge of the area. He will always make sure you are safe and comfortable. I highly recommend Fernando to anyone wishing to explore/hike/live/breathe the area. What an incredible experience!

Luis E Valdes

5.00

February, 2018

It was a great experience. Everything was very well arranged and taken care of. The guide (Fernando Iza) was extremely professional, safe, and friendly. I was very happy about everything, and would recommend booking with Fernando Iza for any hiking trip on Ecuador.

Marcela Hronesova

5.00

January, 2018

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