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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.



1/2 Day

Jan - Mar, May - Jul, Sep - Dec




* 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!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation start and back

- Permit and entrance fees


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Contact me for information about the price.

The price also includes a lunch box.

Meeting point



What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Dann Carlton Quito Quito Ecuador
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Swissôtel Quito Quito Ecuador
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Wyndham Garden Quito Quito Ecuador
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About the guide

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-Edgar & Guides' team



Mountain 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 27 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, Germany and Nepal. I also summited KhanTengri peak in the Himalayas, Aconcagua in los Andes 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



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What people are saying about -Edgar & Guides' team



Great service and guide! Highly recommend!



Unable to complete this trip so review is not relevant



Unfortunately we were unable to complete any of the climbs due to political unrest in Ecuador. However the guide service took very good care of us make sure we were safe drove us everywhere and make sure we got to the airport safely. If we were to repeat a trip to Ecuador we would definitely use these guides again



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.



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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