Hiking to Cotopaxi volcano area, 3 days

Discover some breathtaking panoramas in Ecuador. In this 3-day hiking trip, Fredy, IFMGA certified mountain guide, will take you around Cotopaxi volcano.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

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

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    Come to this 3-day hike in the heart of the Andes in Ecuador. It will take us through trails where we will enjoy beautiful landscapes. In addition, we will see some of the most famous volcanoes of the country, like the breathtaking Cotopaxi.

    During the day we will discover a great variety of local flora and fauna, and we will spend the night in two different lodges.

    Does this hiking program sound interesting? Then please contact me so we can start planning the trip together. 

    If you also want to ascend the mythical Cotopaxi, I can take you up there!

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    550 USD

    Group of 2
    430 USD

    Group of 3
    365 USD

    Group of 4
    335 USD

    Group of 5
    310 USD

    Group of 6
    295 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Quito - Chilcapamba Lodge (3487 m)

      We start in the morning from Quito and drive until our starting point (3000 m). We will enjoy a moderate uphill walk through Haciendas and past by typical Andean houses. The hike continues through the valley between Sicncholagua and Pasochoa Peaks, where we can admire some waterfalls and Andean Forest along the Pita River. Then we continue on a road to Chilcapamba Lodge (3487 m). Overnight here at lodge.

    • Day 2Chilcabamba Lodge - Tambopaxi Lodge (3700 m)

      We start early in the morning and drive towards the east to Pita River Canyon for about 20 min, where we will start our hike for 5 to 6 hours. The first section is a nice Andean Forest and then on the border of Pita River, where we can appreciate the ancient lava flows from Cotopaxi last eruptions. We will get to Tambopaxi Lodge by late afternoon. Overnight here.

    • Day 3Tambopaxi - Rumiñahui Base (4000 m) – Quito

      Our 4-5 h hike starts in the morning. We will walk on the base of both mountains Cotopaxi and Rumiñahui. We can observe the native flora of the highlands, and we will pass Limpiopungo Lake where we can see some of the representative Andean fauna, especially birds. Return to Quito by late afternoon.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Meeting point

    Quito

    Accommodation

    Chilcabamba Lodge

    Tambopaxi Lodge

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    Breakfast and lunch are included.

     

    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.

     
     


     

     

    What People are Saying about Edgar Parra

     

    Edgar was an excellent guide. I have little climbing experience and Edgar was very knowledgeable and instructive. He is a life long climber and he has tons of experience and passion climbing through out the world. He was pleasant and a very nice guy. Unfortunately, the weather was very bad while I was in Ecuador so Edgar came up with a great alternative climb to Cayambe, which was not in good condition due to storms. He knows the mountains like the back of his hand and can relay tons of information, which makes the trip that much more enjoyable. His 4x4 transport and climbing equipment were all top notch. He understood safety and made sure to avoid unnecessary risks. I will climb with Edgar again.
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    Steven MISHOE
    Edgar is an amazing guide. He is incredibly knowledgeable and encouraging. The combination makes you feel confident in the things that he teaches you and in your ability to reach the summit.
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    John Stansfield
    Edgar Parra is a great guide: thoroughly professional, safety conscious, always on time and with an engaging personality. He came highly recommended and I can only heap additional praise. He guided my son and I up Cotopaxi to a successful summit and made it a trip of a lifetime. In so far as putting my money where my mouth is, I plan to hire him in the future (2020) with my entire family for a trip to Machu Picchu. No better praise than a repeat customer.
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    John Stansfield
    I did not guide with Fredy, I was passed off to another guide (who was IFMGA certified and great), just fyi, if this is something that is important to you. Accommodations are basic but good. I would add only that Chimborazo is a VERY difficult mountain with a ~10% success rate, so you really need to know what you are getting into. Do NOT rush acclimatization. You may consider doing Cotopaxi and then after choosing either Cayambe (same level as Cotopaxi) or Chimborazo, depending on how you feel.
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    Daniel Davidson
     

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