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Piñan 5-day hiking traverse with a guide

Come to the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve and discover the Piñan trek. A great 5-day hiking adventure led by a local ASEGUIM Certified Mountain Guide from Ecuadorian Alpine Insititute

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration5 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Type of tripNot specified


The way to Piñan is like traveling through time. Come with me and discover this incredible place!

The small Andean village of Piñan is at 3112 meters of altitude. It’s located in the middle of the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve. It is one of the most diverse natural areas in Ecuador.

Besides that, this region offers the warmest hospitality of its people and a lodging service in the best mountain hut of Ecuador.

During this 5-day Piñan trek we will visit the Otavalo market and the village of Ibarra. Our starting point will be in San Francisco. You will find more information about the day-by-day itinerary at the end of this description.

And if you are in search of a shorter hike, please check out this 3-day program in the Altar Volcano! An unforgettable experience.

Feel free to contact me if you have some doubts or if you want to make a reservation. Once you fill out the form, I will be in touch with you so we can organize the Piñan trek together!


Meeting point

San Francisco




Day 1: Your hotel - San Francisco

Meeting with the staff at the Inn Hotel and drive to Urcuquí. Then continue to the village of Pablo Arenas where we’ll start the walk to the town of San Francisco (3,000 m). Once in San Francisco we will set up our first camp. Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours.

Included: box lunch, dinner and accommodation in tents.


Day 2: San Francisco – Yanacocha

Breakfast and hike to the Laguna Yanacocha (3,900).  Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours.

Included: box lunch, dinner and overnight in tents.


Day 3: Yanacocha – Parkacocha - Burrococha

Breakfast and walk towards the 2 lakes of Parkacocha. In the afternoon, we will continue the hike to the Burrococha Lagoon (4100 m), where we will set up the camp for the night. Approximate walking time: 6 to 7 hours.

Included: box lunch, dinner and overnight in tents.


Day 4: Burrocoha – Yanahurco – Albují Lagoon

After breakfast, there is an optional climb to the top of Yahanurco (4.535 m). Those who do not want it can descend from the Burrococha to the Albují Lagoon (3,900 m), where will set up the next camp. Approximate walking time for the day: 5 to 6 hours

Included: box lunch, dinner and overnight in tents.


Day 5: Albují Lagoon – San Blas – Ibarra or Otavalo hotel

Breakfast and descent into the town of San Blas (2,500 m), where our bus will be waiting to drive back to the Otavalo or Ibarra Hotel. Approximate walking time: 6 hours.

Included: breakfast and box lunch.

About the guide

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ASEGUIM Mountain Guides from Ecuador

We are a group of ASEGUIM certified guides (Association of Mountain Guides in Ecuador) with 20 years of experience in climbing adventures, trekking, rock climbing, cycling, rafting and kayaking in outstanding destinations of Ecuador, Argentina, Peru and Bolivia.

Our tours combine physical challenges with cultural experiences in the most scenic and wild places of South America. We aim to take you off the beaten tracks, exploring the best locations in a comfortable and safe experience.

We believe acclimatization is an essential factor when approaching high mountains like the Ecuadorian volcanoes. Because of that, we carefully design our programs to provide a good acclimatization through a series of gradual climbs and some training sessions between attempting big objectives.

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