Piñan 4-day guided trek, Ecuador

Piñan offers an amazing trekking trail and IFMGA certified guide Edgar is eager to accompany you. Enjoy a guided tour among the incredible Andean Forest during 4 days.




Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

1 person

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified



    The Piñan Trek is a beautiful hiking trail located in the Andean village of Piñan, just in the middle of the Cotacachi Cayapas Eco Reserve. It is 3.100 meters high and is characterized by the diversity of landscapes.

    Today I invite you to a guided trek of 4 days through the Piñan trail. It will be an incredible adventure with its starting point in Quito. For more details about the full itinerary, please keep reading:


    Very early in the morning we will leave Quito by car towards the village of Iruguinchu. Here we will meet our porters that will help us to carry our luggage during the entire trip.

    And here starts our hike in direction to Churoloma Mountain at 3.600 meters of height. From there, we’ll have a perfect view of the cities of Otavalo and Ibarra and of many incredible volcanoes such as the famous Cayambe.

    Our camp is a little higher, in Pukara, at 3.450 meters. Once in there, we set up the camp and spend the night in tents. Total walking time of this day: about 5 hours.


    After breakfast, we will pack all the things and start a new hiking day. The path turns into a narrower one leading to an Andean Forest, from where we can admire variety of plants. After an intense hike up we will gain an altitude of 4.000 meters. From there, we will get a privileged viewpoint of the Chota Valley.

    We will continue walking up to 100 more meters so that we can finally descent to our base camp, in the Yanacocha Lagoon (3.900m). Dinner and overnight. Total walking time: about 7-8 hours.


    Another day which starts very early because a new challenge is waiting for us: climbing to the Yanahurco del Piñan at 4.535 meters. The way up to its summit is sustained and we’ll have to walk on a rocky edge. But once we overcome that section, we will get an incredible panoramic view of all the Ecuadorian snow-capped peaks!

    After that, we will descent to Piedra Blanca at 3.900 meters and we will rest here. Total waking time for today: 8 to 9 hours.


    After breakfast, we’ll disarm our camp and walk back among the dense forest. This time we can admire wild animals such as deer, Andean rabbits and hawks. The Piñan Trek finishes in the village of Pichanchi, where we will enjoy a deserved thermal bath before returning to Quito.

    As you can see, it is an incredible trekking trip across one of the wildest forest of the region. The altitude reached will give us unforgettable views. For further information and prices, please get in touch with me. It will be a honor for me to be your guide in the Piñan adventure!

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    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Other details


    Accommodations in double tents


    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


    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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