Ecuador Easier mountains

Ecuador Easier mountains

Cotopaxi-day-out

The Adventure: Visit Cotopaxi the highest active volcano in the world.

 

Physical rating: 3-5

 

Adventure rating: 3-6 Trekking skills not required.

 

Adventure Highlights: Spotting a Condor. Amazing views. Fresh Andean air. Summiting to the base camp of the volcano if you are feeling up to it. Breathtaking views.

 

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At 5897 meters above sea level, and rising majestically above the Andean mountains, Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world. With an almost perfectly symmetrical cone shape it makes Cotopaxi a picture book image of Ecuador.

 

Being high in the Andes is a really special feeling that has be to experienced. Ecuador is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to reach 5000m without years of climbing experience. Join us for the thrill of being high in the Andes with breathtaking views of surrounding andean mountains.

 

Rough itinerary:

 

A full day spent visiting the volcano. There is the possibility of hiking up to the snow line, visiting laguna Limpiopungo, a lake high in the andes at the foot of Cotopaxi or a possible horse ride in the afternoon in full chagra outfit (name commonly used for the cowboys of this region). A magnificent photographic panorama of peaks such as Cotopaxi , Sincholagua and Ruminahui. Along the route leading to the lake it’s possible to observe flocks of llamas and other species of mammals, especially rabbits and deer. It’s also possible to observe flora at altitude, which notably changes in ascendancy.

 

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If you have future plans to climb Ecuador’s high volcanoes. In just one day it is possible to summit mountains such as: Guagua Pichincha, Pasochoa, El Corazon, Illinizas Norte, Atacazo. These serve as great acclimatization hikes if you are interested in attempting to summit mountains like Cotopaxi.

 

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Mode of Transport: . The vehicle will be driven by a trained and licensed coach driver with many years of experience. We will have on board a fully qualified mountain guide.

 

What’s included?

 

  • Transport in a safe, comfortable and modern people transporter.
  • Trained and experienced bilingual mountain guide will lead all of the treks and climbs

 

 

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3 day Laguna Quiloto

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UPCOMING TRIP: Email for dates, limited spaces. Book now!

Type of Adventure: High Andean adventure, off the beaten track with lots of local colour and culture. Beginner to extreme trekking and horse riding. A must-see area of Ecuador.

Physical rating: 3-6 Always above 3000m. Extreme trekking to sedate sight-seeing.

Adventure rating: 6-8 Off the main tourist trail on dirt roads.

Adventure Highlights: High Andean culture. Amazing views of Laguna Quilotoa. Horse riding in the fresh Andean air. Note: ratings are on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the lowest.

Number of travelersPrice per person
2$345
3$270
4$230

This is an all inclusive 3-day trip which includes a bilingual guide, transport, accommodation, all meals and guided trekking.

Or you have the option of staying at the world famous Black Sheep Inn. Join us for the spectacular Laguna Quilotoa adventure, one of Ecuador’s most exhilarating destinations. (see photos)

The crater lake of Laguna Quilotoa is nestled 3,800m high in an active Andean volcano. Located about 100km south of Quito, the ‘Laguna,’ or lake, sparkles a beautiful emerald colour due to high mineral content in the icy water. The surrounding area offers stunning vistas with high mountain peaks and rugged Andean landscapes. Here, you''ll find some of the best trekking and horseback riding in Ecuador. The remoteness of Laguna Quilotoa transports you back in time through unforgettable indigenous Andean villages along rustic dirt roads. This is one adventure in Ecuador you do not want to miss.

Day 1

  • 8:00 - Leave from Quito.
  • 8:00 - 10:30 - Drive through the world famous Avenue of the Volcanoes for great photo opportunities and spectacular views.
  • Shift into expedition mode for the dirt roads of the Quilotoa Loop. Enjoy the mind altering scenery as we traverse through lost Andean villages forgotten by time.
  • 12:30 - Along the way, we''ll stop for a traditional Andean lunch.
  • Late afternoon - Arrive at our cozy high-Andean lodge where you can enjoy guided treks featuring stunning views, deep ravines and snowcapped Andean peaks.
  • 19.00 - Dinner at the lodge. Afterwards, curl up by the fire with a good book or challenge your travel mates to a game of chess.

Day2

  • 8:00 - Depart the lodge for a short, adventurous drive down the bumpy dirt roads to the rim of the Laguna Quilotoa crater.
  • 9:30 - 12:30 - Explore Laguna Quilotoa. The initial views of this amazing volcano will take your breath away. From the car park, enjoy an easy but exhilarating trek down to Quilotoa lake where you can hire a kayak for only $1.50/hour or lounge on the water''s edge, soaking in the sun.
  • 12:30 - Embark on the journey back up to the crater''s edge. Mules are available to ride for a small fee.
  • 13:30 - Dine on the crater''s rim in a typical Andean restaurant for lunch.
  • 16:00- Arrive back at the lodge for a beer, relaxation, and then a leisurely stroll around the local village.
  • 19:00 - Dinner and socialising.

Day 3

  • 8:00AM - 12:30 - Spend the morning relaxing and taking in the high Andean atmosphere. For those interested in exploring the countryside, mountain biking and horseback riding are available. For the die-hard athletes, a morning run at this altitude will certainly give you a productive workout.
  • 12:30 - Lunch at the lodge.
  • 13:30 - 19:00 - Continue our Quilotoa Loop adventure along one of the most scenic roads in Ecuador, stopping as frequently as you want, to soak in the sun and take photos guaranteed to impress your friends back home.
  • 19:00 - Arrive back in Quito after three days of high Andean adventure.

Q. How difficult is the Trekking? A. The area around Chugchilan and Quilotoa is set high (3800m) in the beautiful Andes. You will need to have a basic level of fitness but are not expected to be an extreme climber or mountaineer. The longest walk will be around 4hrs and at a slow pace. If you feel the need it is possible to hire mules to either take your day bag or even you! It all adds to the adventure!

Q. What vehicle will we travel in? A. We will be travelling in a fully expedition equipped 4x4. The 4x4 is both safe and comfortable and at the same time strong and has legendary off road capabilities. On board we carry a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, maps & tools. The vehicle will be driven by fully licensed driver with many years of experience driving expeditions throughout Latin America.

Q. What’s included?

  • Transport in a safe and comfortable 4x4, with plenty of space for you and your bags; no more than 7 people.
  • Trained and experienced Mountain Guide will lead all of the treks.
  • Lunch, breakfast and dinner in local Andean restaurants while on the trip.
  • Clean and comfortable accommodation in a beautiful Andean hostel; hot water, restaurant, bar, open fire, hammocks

Q. What''s not included?

  • Hire of a mule for the trek back up from the lake (~$4).
  • Mountain bikes (~$10/day).
  • Horseback riding (~$15 for 3-4 hours).

Q. What to pack?

  • Walking boots or strong trekking type shoes.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Warm hat and gloves (if you have them - or you can buy them for few dollars).
  • Day pack and larger over night pack.
  • Sun glasses.
  • Sun cream.
  • Clothes for day trekking prepare for chilly nights and warm days.
  • Change of clothes for the evening.
  • Sense of adventure!

Need more information…?

  • Would you like to reserve a space?
  • Still not sure yet - Photos?
  • Have more detailed questions check out FAQ?
  • Want a fully inclusive itinerary?
  • Please do not hesitate to call or email…. English Spoken

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Guagua pichincha new

 

  • Type of Adventure: Day trek to Volcano Guagua Pichincha situated above Quito
  • Physical rating: 6-8 Trek to the summit of Guagua Pichincha with maximum elevation of 4800m Basic level of fitness needed - Sense of adventure more important.
  • Adventure rating: 5-7 This can be an easy 45 minute minute trek or a full day of extreme Andean exploring - you decide.
  • Adventure Highlights: Views of Quito. High Andean views of the surrounding volcanoes. Summiting Guagua Pichincha (4800m). Looking down into an active volcano.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Guagua Pichincha is an active volcano (meaning baby in Quechua) situated over 4800m above Quito. This volcano makes a great day trek for those wishing to alcimitise and is a wonderful way to escape the city for a day of high Andean adventure.
  • Approximate itinerary. We are flexible to your needs…
  • 06:00 - Leave Quito heading for south past the Virgin de Quito.
  • 07:00 - 08:00 Start the 4800m climb by 4x4 high into the Andes, lots of time to stop and get great photos of Quito and the surrounding volcanoes
  • 08:00 - 11:00 Arrive at the high climbers refuge, time to start our trek or climb to the summit...
  • 11:00 - 12:00 Packed lunch high on the Volcano 12:00 - 14:00 Return to Quito for a late afternoon snack and to toast our sucsseful ascent.

 

 

 

 

Mode of Transport. We will be traveling in a fully expedition equipped Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4. The Land Cruiser is both safe and comfortable and has legendary off road capabilities. On board we carry a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, maps, tools, GPS. The vehicle will be driven by a UK trained and licensed truck/coach driver with many years of experience driving expeditions throughout Latin America.

 

Your guide. This adventure we be guided and driven by a qualified mountain guide with many years of expedition experienced in Ecuador an Latin America. We always provide off the beaten track type adventure with a high European standard of safety. What’s included?

 

  • Transport in a safe and comfortable 4×4, with plenty of space for you and your bags.
  • Trained and experienced Mountain Guide will lead all of the treks.
  • Entrance on to the hot springs.

Extras

  • Personal snacks and drinks
  • Lunch ($5 -$10)

What to bring?

  • Walking boots or strong trekking type shoes.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Sun glasses.
  • Sun cream.
  • Sense of adventure…!

Cost… Only $55 per person! Need more information…?

  • Would you like to reserve a space?
  • Still not sure yet?
  • Have more detailed questions check out FAQ?
  • Please do not hesitate to call or email…. English Spoken

 

Contact us now for you Ecuador Adventure

 

 

 

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