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ECUADOR VOLCANO TREKS

Moderate Ecuador

Ecuador Volcano Treks

TREKKING FROM THE GLACIERS OF ACTIVE VOLCANOES TO THE DEEP LUSH AMAZON RAINFOREST.

Trek to the base camp of Chimborazo, the furthest point on Earth. Straddle the crater rim of an active volcano. Touch the glaciers of Cotopaxi before descending deep into the Amazon rainforest. Experiencing all of this and more is exactly what our trekking adventure in Ecuador is all about. Live the rich history, vibrant culture, beautiful guest houses and insane landscapes through these wild trails that’ll raise the bar for epic experiences to another level.

Trekking

TRIP TYPE

Trekking, Cultural Experience

Trip duration

DURATION

8 Days

Trip Destination

DESTINATION

Ecuador

1

Trek to the base camp of the Chimborazo, the furthest point on Earth.

2

Experience active volcanoes and incredible waterfalls.

3

Live the culture of the Quechuan Andes and experience the vibrance of beautiful Ecuador.

Itinerary

For those of us who want to experience the incredible trails of Ecuador. This adventure includes walks to the glaciers of the furthest point on Earth, to the lakes and rivers of the deep Amazon, and to everything inbetween!

DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO QUITO

We’ll be received at Quito Airport and transferred to our hotel in the vibrant and colorful capital of Ecuador. Early arrivals will be able to explore the city center, a UNESCO world heritage site. Our first major event of the trip will be a dinner reception and team briefing in the evening after everyone has arrived.

DAY 2: TREKKING BETWEEN VOLCANOES AND LAKES

Our first full adventure day begins with a drive south on the pan American highway. The views from the road are spectacular with the possibility of seeing the volcanoes of Cayambe, Antisana, Pichincha, Illinizas, Pasochoa, and Corazon. This day is all about spectacular views and the hiking trail we picked is the cherry on top. We’ll be heading to the Limpiopungo lagoon 3,800m on the foothills of the Rumiñahui volcano. From here, we have the best views of Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. There is also the possibility to see wild horses, wild bulls, and a variety of native bird species. If the weather conditions permit, we will attempt to trek to the basecamp at 4,876m. The day will end with a drive to Isinlivi where we’ll be spending the night.

DAY 3: TOACHI CANYON TO CHUGCHILAN

It’s all about Andean landscapes on our second day of trekking. After breakfast, we’ll head out on our first long trek of the trip starting in the Toachi Canyon. The trail passes by small villages and indigenous people working in the fields before descending to the Toachi River. From there we begin our ascent to Chugchilán, a small town located in the middle of the Quilotoa Loop. Our home for the evening will be an Eco-house accommodation located in the town. Arriving early means we get to explore the village with great opportunities to learn more about local customs and traditions.

DAY 4: QUILOTOA

Our day kicks off with an early start as we make our way across tiny mountain trails still used by locals to move goods around between villages. We may even see some bartering going on between local villagers. The trail leads down into dramatic canyons followed by winding climbs leading all the way up to the crater rim. Reaching the top, we’ll be met by a spectacular reward in the form of the Quilotoa lake. Lunch will be served on the lakeside with the backdrop of one of the most spectacular volcanos in Ecuador. From here, we’ll be heading to a magical hacienda at the foot of the Chimborazo volcano for the night.

DAY 5: CHIMBORAZO, THE FURTHEST POINT ON EARTH

We’ll get another early start on this day as we head to the base camp of the furthest point on Earth. Chimborazo stands at an impressive 6,310 meters of altitude and is the highest volcano in Ecuador. The hike to the base camp will lead us to above 5000 meters where we’ll get to see the glaciers up close. The trek itself includes opportunities to see animals that don’t exist anywhere else in the country including the wild Vicuñas and the Andean condor. Lunch will be at the base camp itself before we descend back down the mountain.

DAY 6: LLANGANATES NATIONAL PARK

Legend has it that the Inca General Rumiñahui hid a large sum of gold somewhere in the Tungurahua mountain range. Today’s the day we’re going to find it! But if not, we’ll still get to see some of the most diverse vegetation of all our treks in the Llangantes National Park because of the border we’ll be straddling between the higher altitude environment and the deep forest of the lower elevations. After this beautiful trek, we’ll return to the vibrant holiday town of Baños where we’ll be spending our last night trail night before returning to Quito. There are loads to do in town from visiting the hot springs to bungee jumping and even booking yourself into a spa for a well-earned massage.

DAY 7: THE WATERFALL WAY

Waterfalls are what our last trekking day is all about and our first stop will be the Bride´s Veil waterfall, where we’ll take the Tarabita (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. From there, we’ll connect with the trailhead and hike down to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. The day ends with a scenic ride back to Quito where our farewell dinner awaits.

DAY 8: Departure Day

Our last day together will be dedicated to airport transfers. Breakfast is included on this day.

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters & Permits
  • Indicated Adventure Equipment

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Flights
  • Entry Visas
  • Tips & Gratuities for Local Team
  • Personal Gear & Rentals
  • Personal Medical
  • Insurance Personal
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Additional Nights Outside the Itinerary
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Mar 11 2023 - Mar 18 2023

€2,200
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€2,200
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Jul 15 2023 - Jul 22 2023

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Oct 7 2023 - Oct 14 2023

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Top Questions

Is altitude an issue on this trip?

Ecuador is a country that exists on a different scale. Quito, the capital is already at close to 3000 meters of altitude. Our itinerary accounts for steady acclimatization so that those of us coming from sea level can quickly get used to this environment.

Ecuador is a country that exists on a different scale. Quito, the capital is already at close to 3000 meters of altitude. Our itinerary accounts for steady acclimatization so that those of us coming from sea level can quickly get used to this environment.

How fit do I need to be?

This adventure is a moderate challenge. A basic level of physical fitness is recommended. A good benchmark would be to attend any kind of workout session 2 times a week in the lead up to this trip. It's also a great opportunity to use this trip as a springboard to kick start your own fitness journey.

This adventure is a moderate challenge. A basic level of physical fitness is recommended. A good benchmark would be to attend any kind of workout session 2 times a week in the lead up to this trip. It's also a great opportunity to use this trip as a springboard to kick start your own fitness journey.

Is Ecuador a safe country?

Ecuador is safe. Like all countries visited by tourists, it's important to always be vigilant and stay with the group. Your LHO Team Leader will be with you throughout your entire itinerary.

Ecuador is safe. Like all countries visited by tourists, it's important to always be vigilant and stay with the group. Your LHO Team Leader will be with you throughout your entire itinerary.

Where do we sleep?

Most nights are spent in hotels or Haciendas which are guesthouses.

Most nights are spent in hotels or Haciendas which are guesthouses.

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  • LHO Original Photography
  • Pre-Adventure Guide
  • Airport Pick-Up & Drop-Off
  • All Internal Transfers/Flights
  • Fitness & Nutrition Guides
  • Gear Shopping Assistance
  • Meals in the Itinerary
  • Accommodations in the Itinerary
  • Dedicated LHO Team Leader
  • Guides, Porters & Permits
  • Indicated Adventure Equipment

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An adventure holiday for anyone with a pulse. No fitness requirements or prerequisites. Come as you are. Great for those who already train 1-2 times per week or would like to use this upcoming adventure as an opportunity to kickstart a fitness journey. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure. Need we explain further? No prior experience is required. Basic skills may be taught during this adventure. The skills necessary to safely complete this adventure will be taught as a part of this experience. This adventure requires prior experience, pre-requisite skills or certifications. See below for details. We aim to strike a balance between unique local experiences and international standards of comfort and hygiene. Hostels are dorm-style accommodation used during certain legs of our trips and expeditions. They can be quite trendy with common areas, restaurants and cafes. Expect rooms to include a bed and a mattress as well as a common dining area with chairs and tables. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and an optional pillow. When the experience includes camping we provide the tents, sleeping mats, common dining tents, camping chairs and camping tables. The only thing you’ll need to get is a sleeping bag and an optional camping pillow. Please refer to the LHO gear list for more information specific to the trip you’re on. Mountain Lodges are usually well equipped, providing beds with duvets and pillows. They also include a common restaurant area. Some lodges require a sleeping liner.