Rucu Pichincha 1-day hike in Ecuador

Join Edgar, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, in this 1-day trek to Rucu Pichincha, one of the Pichincha Volcano peaks, in Quito.




Trip Duration

1/2 day

Mountain Range


People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

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

Type of Trip



  • Reach the summit of Rucu Pichincha in Ecuador.

  • Acclimatize in a great peak in the Andes.

  • Admire fantastic views.


I invite you to join me in this 1-day trek to Rucu Pichincha in Quito! It’s one of the two peaks of the active Pichincha Volcano, located near the capital of Ecuador.

The hike to Rucu Pichincha is very popular for acclimatization purposes. The volcano and its peaks are visible from the city of Quito. Wawa Pichincha, the other peak, is the active caldera.

I will guide you in this walk that will take us 5 hours in total. First, we will head to the western side of the city. Once we are there we will ride a cable car for about 15 minutes up to the trail starting point (4100 m). This is one of the highest cable cars in the world!

From this point, a long ridge will take us to the base of the summit of Rucu Pichincha (4698 m). We will also stop at some point to have lunch. Then, we will continue our hike walking on sandy terrain, and after a while we’ll get to the top! We will return to Quito in the afternoon.

So contact me if you are interested in this 1-day hike to Rucu Pichincha! I’ll be happy to answer your questions. And if you are looking for another adventure, you should check my 3-day Condor Trek program!

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Price per person

Group of 1
190 USD

Group of 2
125 USD

Group of 3
115 USD

Group of 4
115 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
  • Permit and entrance fees

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point


More info

Contact me for information about the price.

The price also includes a lunch box.


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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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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