From Peak to Peak to the Cotopaxi Volcano (5.897 m / 19.347 ft)– 10 Days
This program is intended to climb Cotopaxi but is carefully designed to allow you time to acclimate, while discovering the marvelous of Ecuador. While you are acclimating you will travel to downtown Quito, visit the famed Otavalo Market, rest in thermal waters of Papallacta and have some multi-activities options. Together, we will climb some smaller peaks such as Rucu Pichincha, Pasochoa, and North Iliniza as practice for our final goal: Cotopaxi Volcano.
The Cotopaxi Volcano is one of the most incredible mountains in Ecuador and also, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. At an incredible 19.347 feet (5.897 m) it rises from the Oriental Andes Mountain Range in a perfectly symmetric conic form that is entirely covered in snow. The conic form of this amazing volcano has led to its international fame, and has made the Cotopaxi Volcano one of the most photographed sites in South America. This program is perfect for those wanting a vacation where they can incorporate their love of adventure activities with their love of nature.
Arrive in Ecuador, transfer to selected hotel.
Depending on your decision, we will explore both the Quito Colonial and Middle of the World, or the amazing handicraft market in Otavalo (select one activity). - Quito is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America and declared as Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. If you choose to explore Quito Colonial you will experience the most important churches, theaters, convents and palaces of this great city, while walking along its quaint antique streets. The afternoon will be spent at the Middle of the World monument. This monument is well known due to its unique location at parallel 0 and meridian 0, 0´ 0". However, if you choose to visit the amazing Otavalo Market, we will take you to one of the most important artisan markets in South America. Here you will get to interact with the vendors and learn about their crafts and our country. Items available at the market include handmade textiles as well as pottery, jewelry and more.
Climbing the Rucu Pichincha (4.698 m / 15.413 ft) : This peak is an excellent start to the process of acclimation. From this mountain, weather permitting it may be possible, to observe the city of Quito and other volcanoes of the Mountain Range such as the Antisana, Cotopaxi, Pasochoa and Iinizas.
You will have time to relax and enjoy the thermal waters of Papallacta, while remaining at altitude to assist with the acclimation process.
Climbing the Pasochoa volcano (4.200 m / 13.779 ft) : With 13.779 feet of altitude, this trek begins in the forest where we will find indigenous wildflowers including bromeliads & orchids as well as a variety of tropical birds. Together we will climb until we reach the highlands and finally the rock and the top. This evening's accommodation will be at a nice lodge near Cotopaxi National Park.
Climbing the North Iliniza Volcano (5.126 m / 16.817 ft) : This Volcano will be the highest peak we climb before the Cotopaxi. With its 5,126 meters of altitude, it is a rocky and occasionally snow covered climb. The red sands and the vegetation of the highlands will surprise you; and if weather allows, we will have and incredible view of the avenue of the volcanoes. This evening's accommodation will also be at the lodge.
Free day at a beautiful lodge near Cotopaxi National Park. This comfortable hacienda is located near Cotopaxi Volcano. Here you can relax in a hot tub or taking a hot chocolate next to the fireplace, take amazing Cotopaxi´s pictures or go on a unforgettable horseback riding experience.
Day 8 & 9:
Climbing the Cotopaxi Volcano (5.897 m /19.347 feet) : Day 8 & 9 are the most important days of our adventure. By now you are accustom to the weather and ready for the climb to the top of the Cotopaxi. This evening accommodation will be in the Refuge of the volcano and from here we will start with an early morning walk. It is a surprising experience for anyone with a love of mountains, nature, sports and adventure! You will take along a special sensation and emotions never before experienced! In the evening you will return to Quito for accommodation at the pre selected hotel.
Transfer to the international airport.
Included / not Included
- All Transfers
- Meals during the climbing and trekking
- Private 4WD Transportation
- Certified mountain guides
- Entrance fees at the national parks
- Lunch & dinner in Quit
- Personal Climbing gear and Specialized clothes
- Travel Insurance
- Drinks and Tips
- Items not mentioned in the package are not included
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST:
- Backpack of 60 liters or more
- A daypack
- Pants Easy to dry (jeans are not recommended)
- First layer pants (Thermal underwear long)
- Waterproof pants
- T-Shirts easy to dry (Cotton should be avoided- it is slow to dry and can make you very cold)
- Polar Tec
- Waterproof jacket
- Warm gloves and waterproof gloves
- Wooly hat
- Buff or scarf
- Mountain boots
- Waterproof Hiking shoes
- Socks for each day (for high mountain and trekking)
- Sun hat *
- Sunglasses and an extra pair of sunglasses
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Knife *
- Camera *
- Personal hygiene kit
- Sun block (at least 50)
- Water bottle
- Sleeping Bag
- Insulating or mat
- Ice axe
- Personal medical supplies
- Trekking Poles *
* Optional equipment
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