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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.

Mountain RangeAndes
Duration1/2 day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • 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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Contact me for information about the price. The price also includes a lunch box.

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About the guide

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 230 each

Group of 2

USD 155 each

Group of 3

USD 145 each

Group of 4

USD 145 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Permit and entrance fees

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