Trekking

TREKKING

Trekking and hiking in Ecuador is an enjoyable experience. Our tours will take you along spectacular landscapes of great beauty. The country offers several trekking alternatives ranging from easy, soft adventures; to hard, more demanding trips. For our tours we provide first class camping equipment, professional mountain guides, private transportation, and meals.

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Lago crater QuilotoaAAET01 Quilotoa Volcano & Lake (3800m) 2D/1N

Day 1: We drive from Quito south following the Pan-American Highway. On the way enjoy nice views of Cotopaxi and Illinizas volcanoes. Stop for lunch in a lovely hacienda. Then we continue our drive towards the town of Pujili and then up to the beautiful highlands of Zumbagua to finally reach the small indigenous settlement of Quilotoa. Overnight in very simple local indigenous houses located at the rim of the Quilotoa crater.


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Cotopaxi-VolcanoAAET02 Trekking Cotopaxi Volcano (5897m)   2D/1N

Day 1: Morning drive from Quito towards the Cotopaxi National Park, to the Limpiopungo valley at 3800m. Upon arrival set up camp tents and start hiking west, up to the foothills of the Rumiñahui Volcano. If weather permits we can enjoy great views of the Cotopaxi volcano and Mount Sincholagua.



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IngapircaAAET03   Inca Trail to Ingapirca    4D/3N

Starting at the little village of Achupallas and ending at the Inca ruins of Ingapirca, this trek goes along colorful landscapes and offers beautiful views of the countryside.  This trail is part of the impressive system of roads built by the Incas which connected Quito, the northern part of their empire, with the south of Chile.  


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PinanAAET04   Trekking Yanahurco de Piñan    4D/3N

Yanahurco means Black Mountain and it is an interesting, steep, old volcano located in the Western Cordillera of the north of Ecuador. This soft adventure will take us through a beautiful landscape of lakes, streams and high paramos. With luck we will have a glimpse of the impressive flight of the Condor bird, the “King of the Andes”. 


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AAET05   Trekking Antisana Volcano (5705m)    3D/2N

The Andean region of the Antisana Volcano gives the trekker a wonderful view of the beautiful Ecuadorian Andes. During this trek we will have the opportunity to observe several species of Andean birds: caracaras, hummingbirds, mountain gals and the impressive Condor, one of biggest flying bird on the world. The tiny colorful flowers as the chuquiraguas, the lancentilla de paramo or the several species of gentians give the area an amazing look. 

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AntisanaAAET06-A   Trekking Antisana Volcano (5705m)    4D/3N

Day 1: From Quito transport by car to El Tambo on the highlands of Papallacta. From here equipment and luggage is carried by mules and the trek (4 hours) head south-west to the lower plains around the volcano lake. Camp I at 3800m. (LB, D). 



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CONDOR-TREK-2AAET06-B   Condor Trek    5D/4N

This exciting trek will take you up to the highlands of the Antisana Volcano, one of the most beautiful mountains of Ecuador. Later on we will trek to the base of the Sincholagua, an extinct rocky volcano which offers great views of the Ecuadorian Andes.Finally we will arrive to the plateau known as Limpiopungo, a flat valley located at the base of the impressive Cotopaxi Volcano, known as one of the highest active volcanos in the world.  


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anti-climbingAAET07    Trekking & Climbing Antisana   7D/6N

This combination is intended for climbers with very good climbing skills and good basic knowledge of the climbing techniques. This climb has no pre-designed route; the climbers (with the guide) must find the best and most suitable way to reach the summit. Definitely this is a very exciting adventure. 



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Mount-ChimborazoAAET08  Trekking Mount Chimborazo (6310m)   5D/4N

Mount Chimborazo is the highest and largest mountain in Ecuador and for a long time it was considered the highest mountain in the world (measured from the centre of the terrestrial globe, its summit is in fact the highest point on earth!). It has three major summits that can be seen during this trek. Vast areas with paramos and breathtaking views over the country and herds of vicuñas are the main highlights of this adventure.


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Camp-ChimborazoAAET09    Trekking & Climbing Chimborazo   6D/5N

This program features the same activities as the 5 day trekking tour but with an extra day to climb to the summit of Chimborazo.


Day 1: Early drive from Quito to Urbina train station. Our first 3 hours trek will take us to our first campsite at the foothills of Nicolas Martinez Peak in the vicinity of the impressive Abraspungo gorge. Camp at 3900m. (LB, D).


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Mount-CarihuairazoAAET10   Trekking Carihuairazo & Chimborazo   7D/6N

This is an exclusive and spectacular Andes Adventures trip that will take us along impressive mountain ranges of the Carihuairazo (5020m) and Chimborazo (6310m) volcanoes. Our trek will end at the famous Chimborazo Whimper hut at 5000m. 



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sangay volcanoAAET11  Trekking Sangay Volcano (5230m)     9D/8N

This trek leads us through some of the most unexplored and beautiful places in Ecuador, the Sangay National Park which contains an incredible biodiversity on the eastern side of the Ecuadorian Andes. The highlight of this trek is the climbing of the impressive Sangay Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world.   


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Hiking

HIKING IN ECUADOR

These programs are also designed as acclimatization trips before a serious climb. These acclimatizing programs give the climber a better chance in their attempt to reach a high summit.

All these trips start from Quito.

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papallactaAAEH01  Papallacta Highlands Hike   1D

This hike combines a beautiful hike on the Papallacta highlands with the fun and relaxing enjoyment of the hot water springs at Papallacta Thermal springs.
The tour starts with a drive eastwards towards the Amazon region. The road climbs up to its highest point (4100m), from where the trek starts on the highlands of the upper Papallacta Paramos.  

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PasochoaAAEH02   Pasochoa Volcano Hike (4200m)   1D

After a short drive southwards from Quito, we reach the Pasochoa Forest Reserve. Pasochoa is a dormant volcano, which has formed an open crater where many hiking trails can be found to enjoy the magnificent and unique flora and fauna of this nice area. Through dense bushes the gentle uphill trek rises to the top of Pasochoa. (LB)

 

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Guagua PichinAAEH03  Guagua Pichincha Volcano (4794m) Hike   1D

Drive west over the Pichincha range until the proximities of the hut located beneath the rim of this active volcano. Hike up to the hut and then continue towards a viewpoint located at the volcano rim. Enjoy the magnificent view over the west side of the volcano.

 

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Rucu-Pichin-AAEH04   Ruco Pichincha Volcano (4794m) Hike      1D

Morning transfer to the “Teleferico”, and from here using the cable car we will be transported up to the top of the hill known as Cruz Loma (3900m). From here we will start our 2 hours hike to the base of the extinct volcano Ruco Pichincha (4974m). The hike is easy with nice views of Quito and of the surrounding volcanoes. With good weather we will be able to see Cotopaxi, Antisana, Cayambe and other volcanoes.   

 

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mojandaAAEH05    Mojanda Lakes Hike   1D

This very attractive lake system lying at 3800m is located in the province of Imbabura, close to the Indian market of Otavalo.  Here a nice walk can be combined with a short (3 hours) easy climb to the summit of a rocky peak known as Fuya Fuya Volcano (4200m). (LB)

 

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Corazon-VolAAEH06     Corazon Volcano Hike (4786m)   1D

The tour begins with a drive to the south of Quito towards the little town of Machachi at the foothills of the Corazon Volcano. The trek goes over the foothills reaching a high ridge from where a trail leads to the summit of the mountain. Enjoy great views of Cotopaxi, Rumiñahui and Illiniza Volcanoes. (LB).

 

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Cotopaxi-volAAEH07    Cotopaxi Volcano Hike (5897m)    1D

The Cotopaxi National Park is located a 2-hours drive southwards from Quito. It offers impressive views on one of the highest active volcanoes in the world. The hike starts at the Limpiopungo valley (3800m) and heads out across the vast plains of the highlands to reach the Rivas Hut at 4800m. 

 

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Cayambe-volAAEH08    Cayambe Volcano Hike (5790m)     1D

Early in the morning we drive from Quito north towards the city of Cayambe, from where we continue our drive along the hacienda road close to the hut. 1 hour trek will take us to the snow line of the Cayambe Volcano. We hike to the glaciers approx. 400m above the hut from where we can expect a beautiful view over the western side of the Mountain.


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antisanaAAEH09  Antizana Volcano Hike (5705m)       1D

We start from Quito early in the morning heading east towards the small town of Pintag. Two hours later we are in one of the most beautiful paramos of the eastern part of Ecuador. The landscapes are magnificent, and here we will enjoy a great hike and the glimpse of many different native highland birds and giant herds of sheep together with a wonderful view of the impressive Antisana Volcano.


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