A 4-day hiking tour around the most outstanding places of the Condor Trek in the company of a local ASEGUIM Certified Mountain Guide from Ecuadorian Alpine Insititute
During this Condor trek you will visit the villages of Papallacta and Macachi as well as the natural reserves of Antisana and Sincholagua. A big trekking expedition in only 4 days.
The Condor Trek is a demanding walk that has its starting point in the Cayambe-Coca Reserve. Afterwards, we will move to the Antisana Reserve until we reach the Cotopaxi National Park. The highest altitude of the program is at the base of the Volcano Sincholagua, 4,500 meters above sea level.
The program ends in the amazing village of Tambopaxi. However, if you prefer to go back Quito it is another option as well. Please keep in mind all participants must have a good fitness level since we must walk between 4 and 7 hours per day.
The round trip will take 4 days. If you are looking for a longer expedition, I can offer you my 8-day trip in the Sangay National Park.
So, are you joining me on the famous Condor Trek? If you have more questions or want to start with the booking process contact me now. Fill out the form and let’s hike through the Ecuadorian green lands together!
Depart from Quito at 9 AM. In a private car we will drive in direction to the Jungle, to discover the Amazon river on the Colonial time. Meeting with the team in El Tambo, near Papallacta, where we’ll start the trek with the help of mules and porters. We’ll then hike across a Paramo grass and the Andean flora with an amazing view. Then we will have lunch, take a short rest and continue hiking. Arrival at a volcano lake around 4 or 5 PM, where we’ll set up our camp, rest and dinner (BL/D)
Breakfast at 8 AM and departure from the lake at 9 AM towards the Santa Lucia River. This day we’ll walk across the high Paramo which is an excellent place to see Andean Eagles and Condors. After having lunch in Machay we will find an excellent natural cabin for rest and protect if it rains. Then, we will continue our hike and cross the beautiful landscape near the Antisana mountain. We will continue the hike through a flat part of the trek until we arrive at the Santa Lucia River, where we will set up our camp for the night (B/BL/D)
Breakfast at 8 AM and departure from Santa Lucia river at 9 AM. Along the way we will cross an extensive flat area with a wonderful view of the Andean hills. Lunch on the way and continue a short hike uphill to the Carmen River campsite (7-hour hike today)(B/BL/D)
After breakfast we will leave El Carmen River at 9 AM. This is a nice hike through barley fields where it is common to see more Andean Eagles and Condors as well as Lamas and other native animals. We will pass by the base of the Sincholagua mountain with amazing colors as a result of its natural minerals. Lunch on the way, short rest and descent to the Cotopaxi National Park and the Pita river. Through here we will pass directly to the Tambopaxi Hosteling were we will have a good relaxing and delicious meal. End of the program in Tambopaxi or back to Quito if you prefer (B/BL)
ASEGUIM Mountain Guides from Ecuador
We are a group of ASEGUIM certified guides (Association of Mountain Guides in Ecuador) with 20 years of experience in climbing adventures, trekking, rock climbing, cycling, rafting and kayaking in outstanding destinations of Ecuador, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia.
Our tours combine physical challenges with cultural experiences in the most scenic and wild places of South America. We aim to take you off the beaten tracks, exploring the best locations in a comfortable and safe experience.
We believe acclimatization is an essential factor when approaching high mountains like the Ecuadorian volcanoes. Because of that, we carefully design our programs to provide a good acclimatization through a series of gradual climbs and some training sessions between attempting big objectives.
Had an amazing time with my guide Ramiro. He selected the perfect mix of mountains in order to properly acclimatize so I could achieve the summit of Cayambe. With his vast experience of more than three decades he was able to teach me a lot of skills and know-how along the way so I’d always feel safe on the mountains. I can only recommend a trip with Ramiro. You’re definitely in good hands and going to make wonderful experiences.
This was a fantastic mountaineering trip to Ecuador. The altitude was a bit of a challenge, but Ramiro did a great job with the acclimatization schedule leading up to the taller mountains. Overall, this was a challenging experience given the altitude of the climbs as well as the back-to-back climbing of four mountains. I would highly recommend this excursion for anyone who wants to experience a fantastic country/culture as well as someone who wants to gain some nice experience mountaineering!
Group of 1
|USD 4042 each|
Group of 2
|USD 2021 each|
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- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner