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Climb day to 4.790-meter Corazon Summit

Climb day to 4.790-meter Corazon Summit
Climb day to 4.790-meter Corazon Summit
Climb day to 4.790-meter Corazon Summit
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.


+1 Day

Jan - Mar, Nov, Dec


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

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.


Personal belongings, clothes, mountain equipment and travel policy.


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

Spots of interest

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


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

Price includes


What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Vieja Cuba
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Ecuador Hotel Victoria
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Ecuador Hotel Oro Verde Cuenca
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About the guide

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Mountain Leader

ASEGUIM Guide from Ecuador

Fernando Iza was born and raised in the Cotopaxi Province of Ecuador and knows the country’s peaks intimately. He is an official ASEGUIM mountain guide with more than 18 years of mountaineering experience climbing in all of Ecuador, as well as in South America, Switzerland, France, and the United States.

Fernando has worked for mountaineering companies in Ecuador, Europe and the United States from a young age. Now, he has set up his own basecamp at Ilinizas Mountain Lodge, right next to Iliniza Volcano, Rumiñahui Volcano, and the famous Cotopaxi Volcano. He has summited Cotopaxi more than 637 times and has summitted Chimborazo Volcano close to 200 times.

Fernando got his degree in Tourism Technology at Cenestur Institute, and in 2021 started studying Business administration with Cuosera.  

He has completed important courses such as:

  • 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. This event was 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)
  • Wilderness first aid courses
  • Ecuadorian Red Cross courses
  • He speaks fluent Spanish and English, as well as a little German, French, Hebrew and Kichua


The most spectacular guided tours that Fernando has done.

  • Antisana South Peak Open new rout
  • Alpamayo
  • Matterhorn
  • Denali


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What people are saying about Fernando



There were no briefings about the upcoming itineraries, I’d mostly find along the way, what’s the plan. He would make changes to his moods. He didn’t inform me in adavance about the specifics of each refugio/ lodge/ camp concerning the distance from car, electricity and would make fun/made snide comments “your choice” of the things I packed at the aftermath, but offered no guidance. I have read from others that he is very knowledgeable and explained a lot- that hasn’t been my experience, he surely is an apt mountaineer, but he wasn’t actively explaining or showing things, he was just always on his cellphone. He could be very short, abrasive and inpatient. At one time even another climber intervened “to save me”



Our guide Fernando was great to adapt the trip for our two little girls. A great experience it was fir us all. Thank you.



Fernando and Sergio are very good guides, not only very safe and motivating in the mountains, but very nice between the climbs. And i have learned a lot too about the culture in the country. Their hotel near Illniza is perfectly located, safe and you are received as if your were at home with Fernando's family. And they will take care of everything, so you just have to concentrate yourself on the climbs. Thank you!



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.



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!

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