El Corazon Volcano 1-day hiking ascent in Ecuador

Join Pablo, an IFMGA certified guide, in this hike to El Corazon Volcano, in the western slopes of the Andes in Ecuador.




Trip Duration

1 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified


I want to invite you to hike up to El Corazon Volcano (4,788 m), in the western slopes of the Andes in Ecuador. Join me and let’s climb up together to this extinct volcano, 40 kilometres southwest of Quito.

The name of the mountain, El Corazon, means “heart” in Spanish. Many think that the volcano got its name because of the heart-like peak. However, others claim it is because of the two gullies with a heart shape.

I think this program is a perfect acclimatization climb for travelers that have just arrived to Ecuador. Also, its ascent only requires an easy scrambling and climbing towards the summit. It’s a beginner level program.

We will meet in Quito and drive to the base of El Corazon Volcano. Then, we will begin our climb. I will guide you in this hike through the beautiful paramo tall grass vegetation. It will take us from 3 to 4 hours.

Once at the top, we will have lunch and enjoy the amazing views. We will see peaks like Rumiñahui, Cotopaxi and the South and North peaks of Iliniza. Then we will hike down for 3 hours. You can check the detailed program below this text.

If you want to extend this program, you can do it in 2 days. There is an optional extension that will take you to the Iliniza basecamp. Then, we will climb up to the Iliniza peaks.

So contact me and let’s start planning our climb to El Corazon Volcano! I will be happy to help you! I also offer another program for beginners: a 2-day climb to Cotacachi Volcano. Check it out!

Price includes

  • Guiding fee


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.



  • Day 1: Quito-El Corazon

    We will leave Quito early in the morning, and drive southwest to the base of the mountain. We will start our climb here. It will take us 3 to 4 hours. Once at the top, we will enjoy lunch and the stunning views of the Ecuador landscape. Then we will begin a 3 hour descent, and then drive back to Quito.

  • Day 2: Iliniza Extension

    We will hike along the ridge between El Corazon and Iliniza. Then, we will climb up to La Virgen (3900 m). We will camp at the base camp of Iliniza.

  • Day 3: Iliniza-Ascent

    We will start the five hour ascent at 6:00 am. We will hike up to the saddle where we will meet the trail that follows the ridge up to the summit. From there, we will enjoy spectacular views.We will then begin our 3 hour descent. Then, we will drive back to Quito.


Other details

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Contact me for information about the price and equipment.

I always do my 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.

About the Guide


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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