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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.

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4 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec


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!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner



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.


Russian | Italian | German | English



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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