The Condor Trek in 3 unforgettable days

The Condor is a hiking trail that will challenge you to walk up across Ecuadorian peaks, rivers and muddy lands. Join IFMGA certified guide Edgar in this adventure.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

3 days

Mountain Range

Andes

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
     

    You don’t need a privileged training condition to trekking up to The Condor Trek. The only two things you will need are courage and an adventurous spirit. The Condor 3-day Trek is a hard but exciting hike located between Papallacta Village and Laguna La Mica, in the east of Ecuador. Its highest top reaches the 4.500 meters… And there we go!

    The landscapes The Condor Trek offers during its route are so varied that you cannot imagine. You will see wild horses, deers, llamas and any kind of birds (condors included, obviously) while you are walking in muddy lands. And you don’t have to be surprised if a mixture of fog and winds starts to blow suddenly, because this is what makes this trip unique!

    On our first day we will start the trail accompanied by packhorses which will make the journey easier. After 5 hours of hiking we will spend the night in Laguna del Volcán.

    The second day of the trip consists in a 6-hour trekking across paramo areas surrounded by forest until we get to the fantastic Antisana Glacier by the end of the day, where you won’t believe such a viewpoint.

    And by the last day we will get to Laguna La Mica after other 6 hours of trekking. Here finishes The Condor Trail, with a unforgettable sight of its best fauna and what’s more, the incomparable feeling of having fulfill the goal.

    If you are interested in this adventure, get in touch with me. I am sure you won’t regret.

    Extra details

    LEVEL

    Although you don’t need to have previous trekking experience you will need a basic training and technical skills to overcome the muddy moments.

    BEST PERIOD OF THE YEAR

    The ideal season for The Condor Trek is during the summer, from June to August

    Spots of interest

    DAY 1: HIKING TO LAGUNA DEL VOLCAN

    Our first day will start with a 5-hour hiking from Papallacta to this fantastic Lagoon.

    DAY 2: PARAMOS AND FOREST EVERYWHERE

    We will hike accross paramo zones and green lands in order to get to Antisana. During this route we will admire posts like these.

    DAY 3: THE END OF THE TRAIL

    And here we finish this 3-kilometer trail along The Ecuadorian Range.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    1650 USD

    Group of 4
    529 USD

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Transport during the trip
    • Permit and entrance fees
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     

    Next departures

    For private groups contact the guide
     
    Next datesInfo
    18/03/2020 to 20/03/2020
     
     

    Other details

     
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    Does not include:

    International flight tickets

    Meals in Hotels (lunch, dinner)

    Personal equipment (Boots, sleeping bags, gloves, waterproof jackets and pants, etc.)

    Insurance of any kind

    Other non-specified expenses

    Mules and porters (Ask for price including)

     

    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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    Steven MISHOE
    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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