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Cotacachi Volcano 2-day climb for beginners

Join Pablo, an IFMGA certified guide, and climb up to the Cotacachi Volcano in this 2-day program, near Quito, in the northern Andes in Ecuador.

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

Description

Join me in this 2-day program and let’s climb up to the majestic Cotacachi Volcano! It is located in the northern Andes in Ecuador, 65 kilometres of Quito.

Centuries of glacial action sculpted the Cotacachi Volcano and formed almost vertical slopes. Also, from its summit, we will have spectacular views. We will see the snow-capped peaks of Cotopaxi, Cayambe and the Imbabura peak.

Besides, we will visit the beautiful Cuicocha Lake. The Cotacachi Volcano erupted violently 2000 years ago, originating a big land depression that later became the Cuicocha Lake.

Also, we will be able to see the Andean flora around the lake. We will observe highland birds, native orchids and other animals. And, if we are lucky enough, we will get to see the Andean condor!

I think this is a perfect acclimatization hike if you want to warm up for a more challenging climb. And it is perfect for beginners! Besides, we will enjoy amazing views!

So contact me if you have any questions about this climb to the Cotacachi Volcano! I will be happy to guide you up there. Also, I offer a great 2-day ascent to Cayambe Volcano (5790 m)! You can check it out!

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We will camp

Disclaimer

We do our best to adhere to the itinerary, but unforeseen circumstances may require last minute changes. weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of climbers can all contribute to schedule alterations. Please be prepared to be flexible when necessary.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Quito - Lake Cuicocha - Base Camp

We will leave Quito in the morning and drive to the Cotacachi Reserve, near Lake Cuicocha. Then we will hike for about five hours around the lake and enjoy our lunch. We will then head up to our basecamp, have dinner and settle in for the night.

Day 2: Cotacachi Volcano summit (4420 m)

After an early breakfast we will start our hike to Cotacachi, with the beautiful light of the sunrise. It will take us approximately four hours to reach the summit (4,420 m). Then, we will hike down for about three hours to the trailhead. After our descent we will drive back to Quito.


About the guide

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UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide from Ecuador.

I fell in love with the mountains at a young age while climbing Ecuador’s volcanoes with my father. I guided in the Andes for 8 years and have been guiding for the past four years in the Northwest United States. In 1997 I expanded his adventure skills by taking on rock climbing. I represented Chimborazo province three times as the Ecuadorian National Rock Climbing Champion.

I completed his UIAGM certification with the Bolivian Mountain & Trekking Guide Association, accredited by the National School of Ski and Alpinism of Chamonix (ENSA), and completed Advanced Alpine and Rock Guides Courses with American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA).

I usually spend some months every year in Ecuador (from October to January, but it varies every year). The rest of the year I am based and guide in Europe.


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