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




Trip Duration

5 days

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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!

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip


What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.



  • 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.


Other details

Meeting point
San Francisco

About the Guide


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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