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6-Day Hiking Ecuadorian Andes

From $1,206 p.p.

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1 July 2024

Tour Summary

This tour invites you on an authentic hiking adventure through the Andean terrain. Embark on an expedition in a location like no other, trekking off the beaten path along narrow trails surrounded by picturesque farms, crater lakes, and snow-capped volcanoes. Immerse yourself in the local way of life while exploring the region and its breathtaking sights. Learn from our knowledgeable guides about geography, history, ecology, and culture. Let us guide you on a one-of-a-kind journey through a land that feels close to heaven. Experience the wonders of our 6-Day Hiking Andes tour!

Highlights

  • checkChimborazo VolcanoThe highest volcano in Ecuador where you can spot the Andean condor, hummingbirds, and the timid wild Vicuñas.
  • checkQuilotoa LagoonExplore the turquoise waters of one of the most beautiful lagoons in South America.
  • checkCotopaxi VolcanoOne of the highest active volcanoes in the world, covered with ice on its peak.
  • checkEl Pailon del DiabloHike up to one of the most powerful waterfalls of Ecuador.
  • checkSwing at the End of the WorldDangle your feet over ‘the edge of the world’ at this popular place in Baños.
  • checkChugchilanA small town filled with culture, located in the middle of the Quilotoa loop.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 SIGCHOS HIKE
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Pasochoa

    Commence your adventure by driving southeast of Quito (beginning at 8:00 AM) to the captivating region of Sigchos, located in the southern part of Latacunga city. Your journey will lead you from Sigchos to Isinlivi, guiding you through the scenic Toachi Canyon (approximately 3-4 hours). This canton is rich in traditions, culture, and natural landscapes. Following an immersive experience of learning and exploration, enjoy a delicious lunch before proceeding to the lodge for further relaxation.

    *Maximum altitude: 2 934 m. (9 262 ft.) *Use a comma for larger numbers: 2,934 and 9,262

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Hiking.
    • TransportTransport:Bus, Car.
    • mealMeal:Lunch, Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Llullu Llama Mountain Lodge or similar.
  • DAY 2 TREK ISINLIVI – CHUGCHILAN
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Chugchilan

    Following breakfast, your day kicks off with a hike (activities begin at 8:00 AM) along dirt trails and narrow secondary roads. En route, relish the pleasure of immersing yourself in some of the most breathtaking and privileged views of the Andes in Ecuador. You’ll traverse through charming villages such as Isinlivi and Chugchilan. These quaint towns rely on agriculture and cattle farming, producing quinoa, potatoes, and corn, and raising horses, mules, chickens, and guinea pigs. Upon reaching the Toachi Canyon, indulge in a picnic before ascending to Chugchilan.

    *Distance: 11.9 Km. (7.39 mi) 

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Hiking. Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransport:Bus. Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Hostal Mama Hilda or similar.
  • DAY 3 TREK CHUGCHILAN – QUILOTOA – CHIMBORAZO
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Quilotoa Lagoon

    Today marks one of the most significant challenges of the expedition (activities commence at 8:00 AM), but it is also poised to be one of the most rewarding days! Following a strenuous hike and considerable effort, your perseverance will be rewarded with panoramic 360-degree views from the summit of the Quilotoa Crater Lake, a mesmerizing turquoise gem nestled in the Andes. This volcano holds sacred significance for the indigenous people, not only due to its awe-inspiring power but also serving as inspiration for local artists in many of their art pieces. After lunch, you will embark on a drive to Riobamba, where you will spend the night.

    *Distance: 11.2 Km. (6.95 mi.)

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Hiking. Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransport:Bus. Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Andaluza Hacienda or similar.
  • DAY 4 TREK CHIMBORAZO
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Chimborazo Volcano

    In the morning, savor a delightful breakfast before setting out for the Chimborazo reserve (activities commence at 8:00 AM). This unique location is the habitat of thousands of vicuñas, smaller relatives of llamas easily identifiable by their red coats as they roam the slopes of the volcano. Chimborazo’s summit holds the distinction of being considered the highest point on Earth when measured from the planet’s core. Its proximity to the Equator places it closer to space than Everest! While the hike will be brief, it will be challenging, reaching an elevation of almost seventeen thousand feet. Following lunch, your journey continues to Baños, an ideal spot for drinks and salsa dancing.

    *Distance: 2.77 Km. (1.72 mi.)

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Hiking. Wildlife-watching.
    • TransportTransport:Bus. Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast. Lunch.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Alisamay Hotel or similar.
  • DAY 5 BAÑOS AND THE ROUTE OF THE WATERFALLS
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Baños

    Today’s adventure begins with a journey to the border of the lush Amazon Basin (activities commence at 8:00 AM). Immerse yourself in a captivating hike through a beautiful forest leading to the Pailon del Diablo, a powerful cascade. This waterfall creates a picturesque gorge with an overhanging bridge, providing a unique opportunity to experience its magnificence not only beside the falls but also from above. In the afternoon, a visit to La Casa del Árbol awaits, renowned for its swing offering breathtaking views of the valley in Baños and the Tungurahua volcano. Optional activities like zip-lining or shopping will also be available during this time.

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Hiking. Sightseeing.
    • TransportTransport:Bus. Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast.
    • AccommodationsAccommodation:Alisamay Hotel or similar.
  • DAY 6 TREK COTOPAXI
    Rebecca Adventure Travel Cotopaxi National Park

    On the final day of this thrilling adventure, you’ll journey back north to Cotopaxi National Park (activities commence at 8:00 AM). The Cotopaxi Volcano, one of the highest active volcanoes on Earth, awaits. Its perfectly conical shape, set against the backdrop of other volcanoes, is a mesmerizing sight. The park is also a habitat for horses and bulls, occasionally seen trotting about. Upon reaching the National Park, a trek upwards to the base of the glacier awaits, reaching an elevation of nearly 17,000 feet! In the afternoon, your journey concludes as you drive back to the meeting point in Quito, bringing an end to your Hiking Ecuadorian Andes Tour.

    *Distance: 3.15 Km. (1.95 mi.)

    • ActivityActivity:Exploring. Hiking.
    • TransportTransport:Bus. Car.
    • mealMeal:Breakfast.

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6 Day Hiking Ecuadorian Andes Map

6 Day Hiking Ecuadorian Andes Map

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Price Based on Number of Guests:
2 - 3 guests$ 1,304 p.p.
4 or more guests$ 1,206 p.p.
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Inclusions

  • Accommodation Accommodation in a double or triple room.
  • Meals Meals as described in the itinerary.
  • Meals Water and snacks at all times.
  • Bus Transport Transportation from and to Quito’s meeting point at Dann Carlton Hotel located at República de El Salvador and Irlanda streets at 7:00 AM.
  • Tour Guide Top experienced certified English speaking guide.
  • Activities All fees to reserves and museums.
  • Gear Equipment Hiking gear: Black diamond hiking poles.
  • assistance 24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.
  • Exclusion Exclusions

    + International or domestic flights.
    + Airport transfers.
    + Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary.
    + Mules at Quilotoa on the way back to the top of the crater (optional).
    + Tips for guides and drivers.
    + Travel insurance (mandatory).
    + Optional activities.

Additional information

  • Prices for 2025 are subject to change.
  • The minimum age for this tour is 12 years old.
  • You can start this tour every Monday. Subject to availability.
  • You can quote this tour privately or take the shared options in a fixed group.
  • This tour operates with a minimum of 2 guests. If you are a solo traveler, please contact us to check availability and additional details.
  • Even though we have a detailed itinerary, changes can be made by your guides, due to weather or safety reasons. Please also note that none of the wildlife sightings mentioned on the itinerary are guaranteed.
  • Driving time can take more than expected in Ecuador, as it is a small country with roads meandering through the Andes mountains. We assure your comfort during transit no matter the size of the group.
  • Level of Activity: This trip is considered a 3 out of 5. Experience is not a prerequisite but please keep in mind that trekking lasts four to six hours a day covering between seven to nine miles every segment. The average daily elevation change will be 1500 feet. There will always be transport support in case someone wants to take a break or just wants to avoid the uphill. Our drivers will be happy to show you the landscapes of the car.
  • Gear: We will provide hiking poles, which are especially helpful in steep uphill and downhill segments.
  • Guides: All our guides have a professional background from the Tourism University; this means they have a degree in guiding, so their knowledge and skills when leading a group are top-notch.
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precautions to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel cannot take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness.
  • It is important to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions, availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications, and unforeseeable circumstances.
  • Important things to bring: Warm, windproof, and waterproof clothing, appropriate shoes or boots, water, sunblock, sunglasses, pocket money, and passport.

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