After being picked up from the Quito airport, you will be transferred to your hotel, where we will have a welcome briefing.
Today we you will get to enjoy a tour of the city of Quito, including a visit to the Mitad del Mundo site before returning to your hotel for the night.
At approximately 8:00 am, we will depart Quito and drive through the gorgeous Avenida de los Volcanes until we reach the village of Isinlivi, where we will spend the night.
After breakfast, at approximately 7:30 am, we will hike for approximately 4-5 hours until we reach Chugchilan, where we will spend the night in the Cloud Forest Hostal.
Today we will climb from Chugchilan to Huayama, where you can see the Toachi River Canyon. Afterwards, we will continue on to Quilotoa Lagoon, where we will stay at the village of El Chaupi for the night. The hike will take approximately 4-5 hours.
Early in the morning, after breakfast, at approximately 7:30 am, we will leave El Chaupi and make our way to the La Virgen parking lot. After that, we will hike for approximately 3 hours to Nuevos Horizontes Refuge. After that, we will trek for another 2-3 hours to the summit of Illiniza Norte, before returning to the parking lot and driving back to El Chaupi, where we will spend the night.
We will depart El Chapui and drive to the entrance of the Cotopaxi National Park. From there, we will make our way to the Jose Rivas Refuge, where we will spend the night.
At midnight, we will wake up and make our way to the summit of Cotopaxi. The climb will take approximately 6-8 hours. We will then return to the refuge and drive to the city of Banos.
Today will be a rest day in Banos city, where you will get to relax and explore the city. There are a number of great activities to enjoy from rock climbing to bungee jumping.
Today we will make our way to the Hermanos Carrel Refuge, where we will get some rest before the climb to come.
At midnight, we will start our ascent to the summit of Chimborazo. The climb will take approximately 8 hours. From the summit, we will return to the refuge, pack up and go to Alausi, where we will spend the night.
From Alausi, we will either visit the Incan ruins of Ingapirca, or take the train to the Nariz del Diablo, before reaching Cuenca, where we will spend the night.
From Cuenca, we will make our way to the Parque Nacional Cajas, where you will get to enjoy the abundance of beauty before spending the night in a hotel in Cuenca.
Today we will drive for approximately 8 hours back to Quito, where we will spend the night.
Approximately 2 hours north of Quito we will visit the city of Otavalo, where you will get to explore and enjoy the sites before returning to Quito for the night.
4 nights in a hotel in Quito, 2 nights in lodging at Chuquiragua, 1 night in lodging at Llullo Llama, 1 night at Cloud Forest hostal, 1 night in Chimborazo refuge, 1 night in Jose Rivas Cotopaxi refuge, 1 night in Banos hotel, 1 night in town of Alausi and 2 nights in Cuenca city.
ASEGUIM Guide from Ecuador.
I was born and raised in Cotopaxi Province – Ecuador and know the country’s peaks intimately. I have a great mountaineering experience of more than 12 years of climbing in all Ecuador, and I also climbed in South America, Switzerland and France.
I worked for the Nuevos Horizontes refuge on Ilinizas Volcano from a young age and have a professional Guide Training, and I am officially Licensed as Natural guide organized by Ministry of tourism.
Some of the guiding courses I attended are:
* Mountain Guides Course by ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides),
* Mountain Guides Evaluation by ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme) in October 2006. An event organized by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador and ENSA of France
* Pre-Course UIAGM an event organized by ASEGUIM and ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme)
* First Aids course, Ecuadorian Red Cross
I live and manage a hostal and lodge in El Chaupi, a beautiful mountain village an hour south from Quito, just in between Illinizas Ecological Reserve and Cotopaxi National Park. It looks like a typical swiss town in the Alps, and has everything to become a great mountaineering center, the ‘Chamonix or Zermatt of South America’!
I speak fluent Spanish, English, and little German, French, Hebrew and kichua.
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