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Type of Trip
The complete Condor Trek is a 5-day, 4-night hike that National Geographic Adventure listed in its 2014 Adventure Bucket List. I invite you to join me on a shortened version of this trek. My 3-day Condor Trek starts at the Cayambe-Coca National Park and finishes at the beautiful Antisana Ecological Reserve. Along the way, you will have the chance to see several of Ecuador’s natural destinations.
The Condor Trek is named for Ecuador’s prized Andean Condor. The huge bird has a wingspan of up to 3 meters. During our Condor Trek, you will probably have the chance to see this incredible bird in the wild. The trek is in a biodiversity hotspot. So, the Andean Condor is just one example of the unique flora and fauna that we will see on the route.
The 3-day trek also takes us to several special natural areas. On the first night we will camp near a nice lake called “Laguna del Volcán.” The next day, we will hike from the wet area, passing through rivers and small forests, to higher and drier plateaus.
Subsequently, we will arrive at a spot where we can view the magnificent Antisana Glacier. The Antisana Volcano is completely covered in snow and glaciers, which makes it one of Ecuador’s most beautiful yet most dangerous mountains.
On the last day, the trek goes through the base of Antisana. We will hike to reach the Mica Lagoon, which has a great view and beautiful scenery. From here we will be able to observe deer, llamas, and condor and other birds.
The 3-day Condor Trek is an incredible hiking opportunity. We get to experience many of Ecuador’s national treasures and in the most natural way- hiking surrounded by nature. You won’t want to miss this trek. If this trip description inspires you, contact me today. I also lead a 2-day climb of Antisana.
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Permit and entrance fees
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Quito to Laguna del Volcan Camp (3800 m)
We will leave Quito in the morning and drive east to El Tambo Village (3400 m). There we will meet our packhorses. We will load our equipment onto the horses and start hiking on the trail. Most of the time we will be hiking it will be very muddy. We will also be crossing streams and rivers. Because of this, rubber boots are necessary equipment. After 4-5 hours, we will arrive at our first campsite. The campsite is located next to the “Laguna del Volcan” lake. We will spent the night in tents.
Laguna del Volcan Camp to Santa Lucia Camp (4300 m)
After eating breakfast, we will continue hiking for about 3 hours through wet areas and small forests until we reach plateaus higher above. We will start to be able to see the huge Antisana glacier and Santa Lucia Lake. We will hike for another 3 hours until we arrive at our second camp in a sheltered valley. We will sleep in tents.
Santa Lucia Camp to Quito (2800 m)
The third day starts early. We will hike through the base of Antisana and then take a moderate climb to the Mica Lagoon. This part of the trek will take us between 6 and 7 hours, and is the best chance on the trek to see deer, llamas, and condor. That evening, after enjoying all the views and beautiful scenery, the car will be ready to take us back to Quito.
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 a great mountaineering experience of more than 12 years of climbing in all Ecuador, and I also climbed in South America, Switzerland and France.
I worked for the Nuevos Horizontes refuge on Ilinizas Volcano from a young age and have a professional Guide Training, and I am officially Licensed as Natural guide organized by 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 hostal and lodge in El Chaupi, a beautiful mountain village an hour south from 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 kichua.
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