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Cotacachi, Ecuador, 2 Day Guided Ascent

Come and spend 2 days climbing the wonderful Cotacachi peak in the Andes of Ecuador with Marcelo, an ASEGUIM certified guide.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration2 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Less than 70 kilometers away from the Ecuadorian capital city of Quito, Cotacachi (4,944m) is a fabulous peak. The eleventh highest peak in the country, climbing Cotacachi is a great opportunity for beginner level climbers to experience the feeling of scaling a majestic mountain.

From the summit of Cotacachi peak, you will get to enjoy outstanding views of the countries other great peaks, including Cotopaxi (5,897m) and Cayambe (5,790m). You will also get to see the Imbabura crater. And when you gaze straight down, you will get to stare into the beautiful blue water of the Cuicocha lake.

This 2 day excursion will begin in Quito. From there we will take a short drive to the Cotacachi reserve. Once there, we will take a scenic five hour hike around the Cuicocha lake. Afterwards, we will have some lunch and head to our base camp. At the base camp we will have dinner and sleep for the night.

On the following day, we will wake up early, have breakfast and begin our climb of Cotacachi. Our ascent of this great mountain will take approximately 4 hours. Once we reach the peak’s apex, you will get to enjoy the views from the summit before we descend back to the base camp and make our way back to Quito. The descent should take approximately 3 hours.

Climbing Cotacachi is a great start for anybody who wishes to scale more peaks in Ecuador’s famed volcano avenue. So if you want to enjoy this wonderful 2 day adventure, just send me a request.

Would you like to learn more about mountaineering, while climbing another great Ecuadorian volcano? Then come and join me on this 5 day expedition on Cayambe.


Base Camp at the mountain.

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The itinerary is subject to change as a result of weather, snow and road conditions, as well as the health of the participants.

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About the guide

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I was literally born into hiking boots. At the age of 10, I was already racing up and down the mountains and was allowed to accompany my father on his adventures.

Since then, I have climbed all the peaks in the Ecuadorian Andean countless times. In 1999, I moved to Germany for five years and, apart from learning German, I also found time to climb and hike in the Alps. I climbed Grossglockner and Mont Blanc, among many other peaks.

I am a member of the Ecuadorian Mountain Guides Association (ASEGUIM) and a loyal member of the German Alpine Club Section Cologne (DAV).

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