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Sumaco Volcano 7-day trek and climb program

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E-S Latam Adventure Guides will take you on this trek to the Sumaco Volcano summit, through the amazing Sumaco Galeras National Park in Ecuador.


7 Days

Jan, Oct - Dec


Join me in this great trek to the Sumaco Volcano (3826 m) in Ecuador and let's hike through a beautiful rainforest! We will see lots of animals and groups of monkeys along the trail.

And on the last day of our program, we will relax in amazing hot springs, after a challenging climb to the Sumaco summit!

I will guide you in this tough 4-day hiking program that requires a very good physical condition! Also, a positive attitude, as we may find rainy conditions.

The Sumaco is a volcano that rises out of the Amazon rainforest. It's located in the Sumaco Galeras National Park, 50 kilometres east of the Andes mountain range. This park represents an 8% of the Ecuadorian Amazon (200.000 hectares).

The volcano lies 100 kilometres at the south-east of the capital Quito and it last erupted between 1865 and 1925. It is surrounded by pristine primary forest. In this area we find from tropical amazon plains, to páramo grasslands and Andean cloud forest.

Besides, the area between the Amazon and the Andes has the richest biodiversity in the world! Most important, this Park holds the highest number of bird species in the world! About 831 species live here.

Along this fantastic trail we might be able to see jaguars, spectacled bears, pumas, mountain and lowland tapirs. Also, several species of monkeys, reptiles and bats amphibians live together in the same area.

Most important, the UNESCO acknowledged the inmense natural and cultural value of the park by declaring it a World Biosphere Reserve.

We will also visit the community of Pacto Sumaco, the only point to access the volcano. In 1998, its residents started an ecotourism enterprise. Their goals are to diversify the sources of income and to promote the sustainable use of the local cultural and natural resources. Besides, they look to protect the biodiversity of the area.

One of the many highlights of this trek will be climbing to the summit of the Sumaco Volcano! We will have the opportunity to look down into the extinct crater. Also, from the top, we will have amazing views of the snow covered peaks of Antisana, Cayambe and Cotopaxi.

Besides, to the south and east, we will get to see the Amazon basin! And we will also be able to see from he distance the activity of the Reventador Volcano.

Then, after our trek, it will be time to relax! We will spend a day at the Termas de Papallacta Spa and Resort. It will be the best reward after the climb! We will even have the opportunity to get a massage!

So contact me and let's start planning this amazing 7-day trek! We will have a great time! I also offer full moon climbs to the summit. You can check as well my Sangay National Park 6-day trek! It's another great program!

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Day 1: Quito-Pacto Sumaco-El Mirador hut

At 8.00 am we will drive 4.30 hours from Quito to the community of Pacto Sumaco. We will start our hike, over a well maintained log trail for the first hour, then the final 3 hours we will walk through the primary forest over gently rolling hills along a winding trail to the hut at El Mirador (1700 m) near a small river.

Day 2: Monkeys Forest-Guagua Sumaco hut

Today we will start hiking through the Monkeys Forest, loaded with wildlife. After a 4 hours trek, we will get to our destination, Guagua Sumaco Hut (2500 m), located near a lagoon with the same name. We will enjoy great views of Gran Sumaco from here.

Day 3: Pava Yacu Hut

Today we will hike 4 hours to the Pava Yacu Hut (2800 m) through bamboo forests. The hut is located at the base of Sumaco. We will prepare for tomorrow’s climb and turn in for the night.

Day 4: Sumaco Summit

Today we will reach the Sumaco summit. We will hike for an hour through forests, crossing the last creeks to arrive at the end of the tree line. Then, after another 2 to 3 hours we will reach the summit. We will have lunch here and enjoy the amazing view overlooking the Amazon basin. Then hike back to the hut.

Day 5: El Mirador-Guagua Sumaco Lake

We will hike to El Mirador. We will stop for lunch at the Guagua Sumaco Lake. It will take us 5 hours

Day 6: Pacto Sumaco-Papallacta Spa and Resort

Today we will trek for 4 hours to Pacto Sumaco to meet our transportation. We will load our equipment and drive to the Papallacta Spa and Resort to treat ourselves to hot showers and a soak in their thermal pools.

Day 7: Papallacta Spa-Quito

Today we will be able to treat ourserlves to a therapeutic massage in the morning and take a last dip in the thermal pools. Then we will drive back to Quito in the evening.



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E-S Latam Adventure Guides



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Tomás and his team of IFMGA/UIMLA-certified mountain guides, leaders and rock climbing instructors (Alvaro, Juliana, Merlin, Rodrigo, Armin, Alfredo, and Camila) are some of the top outdoor adventure professionals in Latin America.

Whether you wish to climb some of the most stunning mountains in the Andes or discover the vibrant peaks of Central America, among other amazing options, you will find yourself in good hands with this lively team of professional local guides that will not only show you the top spots in Latin America for outdoor adventures but also, bring you closer to the colorful local cultures of the places that you visit with them.

Tomás will be your main point of contact during the booking process and will help you with all the questions you have in order to make sure you receive the best possible guiding service.

Pick one of the E-S Latam Adventure Guides' programs and start planning an unforgettable experience in the beautiful mountains of Latin America!


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What people are saying about E-S Latam Adventure Guides



We wish we could have Simon as our guide on every trek we do. His mountaineering experience and extensive knowledge of the area was impressive and definitely enhanced the trek for us. On top of this, we got along great with Simon and appreciate his easy going personality and sense of humor. We will definitely request Simon as our guide for the next hike we do from El Chalten!



Thoroughly recommended. Daniel is an excellent guide and we had a great day out.



This was a fantastic mountaineering trip to Ecuador. The altitude was a bit of a challenge, but Ramiro did a great job with the acclimatization schedule leading up to the taller mountains. Overall, this was a challenging experience given the altitude of the climbs as well as the back-to-back climbing of four mountains. I would highly recommend this excursion for anyone who wants to experience a fantastic country/culture as well as someone who wants to gain some nice experience mountaineering!



Fredy Tipan is like a superhero of the outdoor world. He knows absolutely everyone, has climbed and guided in the most epic of locations all around the world, knows the mountains like old friends, and really loves what he does and who he does it for. Our trip was completely messed up after an issue with our airline tickets. We weren't going to be able to leave until a week after our planned departure which jeopardized our entire trek with Fredy. We didn't expect him to take any sort of responsibility in replanning as it was our mistake that caused the airline issue but he absolutely did. Within days he rearranged the entire trek so that we would be able to summit all our desired peaks without cutting the days down and without changing the cost. He is a class act and an incredible guide and I'd say my husband and I both consider him a friend as well. We will definitely be booking another trip with Fredy Tipan and recommend him to anyone looking for the real deal in outdoor Guides. Thank you, Fredy!


Amazing short but exciting climb to a summit with outstanding views. Perfect acclimatization peak for the bigger Ecuadorian volcanoes, with a cozy hut and a nice approach walk. Fredy was fantastic, thank you so much for this unforgettable experience!

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