Cotopaxi and Cayambe 11-day mountaineering tour

Come with Jaime Vargas, a certified ASEGUIM mountain guide, on this 11-day mountaineering tour and climb the Cotopaxi and Cayambe peaks.




Trip Duration

11 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

2 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Join me on this 11-day mountaineering tour and reach the top of the second and third highest mountains of Ecuador: Cotopaxi and Cayambe.

    I invite you to challenge yourself with the ascent of the essentials summits from Ecuador. Meanwhile, you will be able to enjoy an amazing and relaxing view. I will be happy to guide you through beautiful peaks, lakes and mountains on this 11-day mountaineering tour.

    Cayambe is an active stratovolcano located in the north of Ecuador. With its 5790 meters, it is the third highest volcano in the country. The second highest one is Cotopaxi with 5897 meters above sea level. Cotopaxi is located in the south of Quito and it is one of the most important volcanoes in the world. Since last October Cotopaxi has been reopened for climbers.

    Our meeting point will be in Quito. On the following days, we will reach the summit of Fuya Fuya (4263 meters), Imbabura (4609 meters), Cayambe (5790 meters) and Cotopaxi (5.897 meters). As you can see, during the tour we will be getting a bit higher on each challenge. Furthermore, we will visit the park called ‘Mitad del Mundo’, the Cuicocha Lagoon and different local markets.

    Please find a more detailed itinerary below and keep in mind that it is important to have previous experience in mountaineering and a good fitness level.

    So if you are ready to explore these fantastic mountains from the Ecuadorian Andes do not hesitate and contact me! It will be a pleasure to guide you through this incredible experience!

    If you are interested in a different mountaineering tour in Ecuador, you can join me on this 13-day mountaineering trip from Quito to Chimborazo.

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    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
     Pick up on the first day and drop off on the last day can be arranged according to your accommodation.


    • Day 1Quito

      Arrival in Quito and transfer to the hotel. In the evening we’ll meet up to introduce each other.

    • Day 2Middle of the World

      We leave Quito and visit the park “Mitad del Mundo” in the north of Quito. Further we’ll go to the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve and afterwards we’ll continue to Otavalo, where we’ll spend the night.

    • Day 3Laguna Cuicocha

      On this day, we’ll drive to Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve and walk around the Cuicocha Lagoon (3450 m). This activity takes about 4 hours.

    • Day 4Fuya Fuya

      We’ll have breakfast and go up to the Laguna de Mojanda. Fuya Fuya (4263 m) is the next peak on our itinerary. The hike to the summit takes approximately 2 hours.

    • Day 5Otavalo

      We’ll spend a market day shopping and walking around Otavalo’s famous market.

    • Day 6Imbabura

      We’ll get higher on our last acclimatization peak: Imbabura (4609 m). We’ll reach the summit in about 6 to 7 hours.

    • Day 7Refuge Ruales Oleas Berge

      We’ll drive to Cayambe, up to the Ruales Oleas Berge Hut. We’ll hike up to the glacier for some glacier training in the afternoon. Early dinner and rest.

    • Day 8Cayambe Summit

      Early wake up and breakfast. We will ascend to Cayambe (5790 m) in about 6 to 7 hours. Descent to the hut and drive to our hotel.

    • Day 9Local markets Pujili or Saquisili

      Depending on the day, we can visit the local markets of Saquisili or Pujili.

    • Day 10Refuge José Ribas

      We’ll drive to the Cotopaxi National Park and hike up to the José Ribas Hut, which takes approximately 50 minutes. Early dinner and rest.

    • Day 11Cotopaxi Summit

      Early wake up and breakfast. Ascent to Cotopaxi (5897 m), which takes about 6 to 7 hours. Descent and return to Quito where the program ends.


    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point




    Refuge Ruales Oleas Berge

    Refuge José Ribas

    More info

    Climbing equipment upon request.


    About the Guide


    Certified IFMGA - ASEGUIM Mountain Guide, National guide, Rescue Team Member GRA & Lawyer.

    As passionate mountaineer and with almost 20 years of guiding experience, I worked with clients from all over the world. Each tour is a unique experience and I will pleased to guide you to the marvellous summits of Ecuador and South America. My journeys have allowed me to guide and summit several mountains in Peru, like Alpamayo, Chopicalqui & Tocllaraju amongst others and to experience some mountain climbing in the Alps of Austria and Italy.

    I’m based in Baños de Agua Santa, Ecuador’s famous piece of heaven, where we run together with my Austrian girlfriend a small tour operator and a consulting office.

    Continuous improvement and keeping up with the State of the Art is our mission:in 2017, I completed the IFMGA certification and, recently, in 2018, I received the National guide certification from the ministry of Tourism.

    President of Baños Trail Running Club, I run every week with my team. My achievement of 2018 : Finishing 1st of my category for the 100km Ruco Ultra Trail.

    I’m looking forward to exploring our beautiful mountains together with you.



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    What People are Saying about Jaime Vargas


    I found it pretty expensive to have a private guide. The climb was only 8 hours in total and costs me €570,-. Well, that’s the only complain i have. The service all over was great. Jaime was not my guide so i can rate him, it was Juan of course. He was an ok guide, sometimes a bit hurry up. And next time it would be good to get some more explanations about the dangers of the glacier. I’ve spoken to some real mountaineers and found out there were far more dangers then i realized when climbing the cotopaxi. Maybe something for you guys to consider next time. Best regards, philippe coopmans
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    Nora Hertig
    Amazing experience. Wonderful guide Diego. Can’t wait to get back and summit another volcano.
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    we had a great time with the guide,  knows his buissnis , he took wonderfull shots from us at tungurahua during the climb. im sure he would have made great pics aswell during the cotopaxi climb,  very experienced guide indeed, and a friendly man with nice girlfriend elisabeth who went with us to tungurahua refugio,   and he can cook
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    jw and sharlene

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