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Hike to the top of the Rumiñahui Volcano in a day, near Quito

Hike to the top of the Rumiñahui Volcano in a day, near Quito

Edgar, an IFMGA certified guide, would love to take you to the summit of the Rumiñahui Volcano. Drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes, and explore the Cotopaxi National Park.


1 Day

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




  • Reach the summit of the Rumiñahui Volcano on this day hike.
  • Enjoy mesmerizing sceneries at the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
  • Explore the fantastic Cotopaxi National Park.


Rumiñahui (4,706 m) is a majestic volcano very close to the capital city of Quito in Ecuador. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to stand at the top of this magnificent place!

Our adventure begins early in the morning. We will meet in Quito, from where we will drive south across the Avenida de los Volcanes, or Avenue of the Volcanoes, towards the entrance to the Cotopaxi National Park. This drive alone, is a one in a lifetime experience, as you’ll be able to see incredible volcanoes including Cotopaxi, Chimborazo and Tungurahua.

Upon arrival at the Cotopaxi National Park, it will take us about 30 minutes to reach Limpiopungo (3,700 m). This dazzling lake offers breathtaking views of all the surrounding peaks, including of course, Cotopaxi.

Thereon, our hiking adventure begins, with the first section crossing a small Andean grass area. After that, we’ll reach a sandy section, which leads to the final part. This last section involves short, technical walls, scrambling and some loose rocks. Finally, after around 4 hours of hiking we’ll reach the summit of Rumiñahui Sur.

After taking in the views from the top of Rumiñahui, we’ll start our descent, which will include a couple of rappels. Then, the rest of the trail we’ll hike until we reach our vehicle, that will take u to the Tambopaxi Lodge, where we’ll stay for the night and recover our energies.

Please note participants must be 14 years and older. Also, this is a private trip. So you won’t have to share the experience with any unknown guests.

If you wish to join me on this incredible trip, just request to book this trip today.

I also guide this Colombia and Ecuador climbing adventure (21 days), if you have more time and wish to explore the whole area.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

Price details

On top of the guide fee the price includes: private transportation, all meals during the hike, entrance fees to national parks. The price does not include: any hiking gear (boots, hat, waterproof clothes, sunglasses), accommodation in Quito, flights, personal insurance, tips, and any other expenses not specified in this section.

About the guide

UIAGM/IFMGA-ASEGUIM Mountain Guide from Ecuador.

I am a mountain guide, but also a passionate traveler, climber in rock and ice, and photographer. I spend my free time and holidays exploring new destinations, discovering new mountains and cultures.

I have more than 17 years of experience climbing mountains and volcanoes not only in Ecuador, but also in other South American countries such as Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, and in the Alps in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. I also summited KhanTengri peak in the Himalayas, and Mt. McKinley in Alaska. This experiences prepared me to lead expeditions in challenging routes all around the world.

I studied 6 years of Tourism in the University, and followed ASEGUIM courses to become a mountain guide. I’ve also been evaluated by ENSA, and completed first aid courses in the Ecuadorian Red Cross.

I like guiding people from all around the world, and help them discover and enjoy the mountains, while reaching their objectives. I speak Spanish, English, German, Italian, and a bit of Russian.


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What people are saying about -Edgar Parra

Sarah ONeill


March, 2023

The only reason I give 4 to trip rating is that the first hike at Quilotoa was disappointing. The lake was definitely worth seeing but only going down and back up was not great. We would’ve much preferred hiking at least part way along the crater edge. Even if we only had enough time for there and back.

Manuel Perez


January, 2023

I highly recommend Edgar and Segundo Parra as your guides in Ecuador. Experienced and goal oriented service coupled with a safety first approach that will adapt to all levels of mountaineering.

Oded Guttman


January, 2023

The organization of the tour was flawless and every detail was taken care of. We engaged with Edgar through out previous months and he was very responsive and professional. Edgar had a minor injury prior to our trip so his brother, Segundo, was our guide. Segundo did a terrific job, he is very experienced and led us through the climbs with a lot of professionalism and knowledge. We really benefited from his abundant experience and we had a lot of fun.

Carolien Vreeken


September, 2022

Edgar did not host this trip but Ivan (at least this is what i understood) did. The reason I am not adding more starts is mostly because the guide did not speak English very well what made it a long and rather silent day. The weather did not cooperate which pf course is something out.of the guides control. But rain made it harder to descend and the guide did not pay enough attention to me. Therefore I ended up in the mud above my ankles and the last part of the hike he was more then a 100 meters ahead of me and did not look back once. He tried to make it work, especially with the driving but overall it definitely could be better

Mark Oveson


January, 2022

This review is a bit misleading, because we didn't climb Antisana and we didn't climb with Edgar. We had originally intended to climb this peak, but we changed to Cotopaxi after a few discussions. Also, Edgar got sick a few days before our climb, so we climbed with a different guide (Franklin). But we were extremely happy with both the mountain and the guide.

Justin Johns


January, 2022

Highly recommend!

Matthew Fleischman


December, 2021

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Tatsiana Shakhmuts


November, 2021

Great trip

Johannes Nothdurft


September, 2021

Edgar was great. I could talk with him over all questions (equipment, acclimatization, ...) before the tour easy via WhatsApp. I always feel good and save with him in the mountains. His motto „lonely summits“ was completely fulfilled.

Umesh Katdare


December, 2020

Outstanding job done by Edgar and Ivan who were professional and patient Recommend to all without a doubt

Benoit Feyen


February, 2020

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Michelle Lostracco


February, 2020

End-to-end this was very well organized with good communication. The guide was very knowledgeable and took the climb seriously. He was also easy to talk to, spoke good English and went out of his way to tell me about climbing in the region, the volcanoes and anything else I was I interested in.

Adam Behmer


January, 2020

Edgar Parra's guiding service was excellent. His guide understood the mountain, made sure I understood the approach, and did a good job of communicating. While Edgar can't control the weather, his guide did a great job of controlling the situations he could control. Highly recommended and would climb with him again.



December, 2019

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Rachel La Fein


July, 2019

Edgar was a fantastic guide! We could not hope for better. Kind, courteous, interesting, interested in us and CLEARLY AN EXPERT with safety always at the forefront. We would choose to do any expedition with Edgar. The acclimatizing process was a bit unclear. I think we would have chosen to spend more days in preparation had that been suggested. We recommend asking very directly how many days are suggested for acclimatizing. That being said, there was NO DOUBT Edgar had our best interest at heart and as already stated, we would love to do more mountaineering with him again. He is the consummate guide and a wonderful human being. Lonely Summits provided any gear we needed and it was all comfortable and in good condition. If you’re looking for a well-structured trip with a highly skilled and knowledgeable guide, look no further!


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