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Trekking in Cotopaxi National Park and nearby ecological reserves (7 days)

Trekking in Cotopaxi National Park and nearby ecological reserves (7 days)

Camilo, an ASEGUIM Aspirant Guide from Ecuador, would love to show you some of the most astounding spots in the Cotopaxi National Park, and the ecological reserves around.



7 Days

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Oct




  • Unveil some of the most amazing sceneries in Ecuador.
  • Hike through a great variety of ecosystems.
  • Enjoy beautiful and relaxing hot springs.


The Cotopaxi National Park is one of the most incredible places on Earth! This natural park in Ecuador and all the nearby ecological reserves, offer mesmerizing sceneries you cannot miss.

Our journey begins in Quito, where a private vehicle will take us to El Boliche Recreational Area. Then, we’ll trek towards the the Cotopaxi National Park. Meanwhile the vehicle will transport our belongings to the Tambopaxi Hotel, where we’ll have an amazing dinner and a good night sleep.

Next day, we’ll take our equipment and start trekking to the Sincholagua camping place (4,300 m). Due to the altitude we’ll reach, it will be a demanding day. Then, the day after we’ll head east, to the Antisana Ecological Reserve, beginning with an easy downhill path. Our day’s goal will be to reach the slopes of Antisana, the 4th highest peak in Ecuador.

On day 4, we’ll hike to our next camp, crossing a dazzling lake that was formed during an eruption in the 1700’s. Then, the vegetation will change into a dense forest. So, it will be the best place to spot condors, mountain tapirs, deer, bears and other curious creatures that inhabit this area. The day after, a vehicle will take us to Termas de Papallacta, a wonderful hotspring where we’ll rest and spend the night.

Day 6 will be when we hike through the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve. And we’ll return to the Termas for another night there. Finally, on our last day we’ll explore some more the area, to later return to Quito, after lunch.

So, if you are up for this expedition, don’t hesitate and send me a request. It would be my pleasure to guide you across this marvellous place.

I also guide this 8-Day Ecuador volcanic rock climbing trip, if you are looking for another type of trip.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation included

- Transportation start and back

- Breakfast

- Dinner

Price details

On top of the guide fee the price includes: assistant guide (2+ hikers); private transportation (not available during the hike); meals in the hotels; accomodation in Cotopaxi and Papallacta; climbing gear; tents. The price does not include: food during the hike; sleeping bag; sleeping mat; mules; group gear (stoves, crockery).


Day 1: Quito - Tambopaxi Hotel

Day 2: Sincholagua camping place

Day 3: Antisana Ecological Reserve

Day 4: Trekking

Day 5: Termas de Papallacta

Day 6: Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve




Hotels and camping.

More info

We can organize a basic guided trip, using public transportation and without the termas. Also, we can hire mules for an extra fee. Please bring the following equipment: warm clothes, rain poncho, rubber boots, dry sack. Vehicle access on everyday except 4th. We will walk approximately 8 to 10 hours everyday. And the altitude will be around 4,000 meters, including two 4,500 m mountain passes. The weather can be unpredictable. So it varies from sunny and warm, to rainy and cold, even during the same day.

Meeting point


About the guide

ASEGUIM Aspirant Guide from Ecuador

I`m a passionate of adventure, nature sports and culture. As a kid, I used to go with my family to hiking, climbing and camping trips. My love for the mountains and nature comes from my dad!

I`ve been in the mountains all my life and I found a way to work in what I love. I`m an Eco-tourism graduate and after that I started my international mountain guide career in Ecuador.

I have been guiding since 2009 and almost every year I go to Peru or Bolivia. I lived for 2 years in Huaraz, Peru in the beautiful Cordillera Blanca area climbing and guiding.

My goal is to offer an experience in the mountains that will keep with you for a long time; during the climbing trips, I will explain the history, culture and biology of the environment we are in.

I you are interested in this different aspect of mountaineering and climbing, contact me!


German | English

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