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Trekking - Cotopaxi & Illinizas - 5 Days

Most of the highest peaks of the famous Avenue of the Volcanoes will be viewed within the next five days. This is a relatively easy going and scenery trek; it helps as training and acclimatization for all of the classic climbs such as Cayambe, Cotopaxi, and Chimborazo among others.

Trekking - Cotopaxi & Illinizas- Ecuador Trekking
Day 01: Quito - Pasochoa
Day 02: Pasochoa – Limpiopungo
Day 03: Climbing Rumiñahui
Day 04: Cotopaxi National Park – Illiniza Ecological Reserve
Day 05: Climbing Illiniza North or Corazón - return to Quito

Detailed Itinerary:

You depart from Quito in the direction of the Volcano Pasochoa, where your trekking begins. As you walk up hill towards it summit (4.200m) you will enjoy the views of the neighbours peaks such as Antisana, Rumiñahui and Cotopaxi. You will head south on a easy going trail along the crater edge of this extinct volcano, Condors and other birds of pray are often seen before you descend in a green valley. From there you will drive to a typical hacienda near the Cotopaxi National park where you will have dinner and overnight. –/L/D

Today you will explore the Paramo of the Cotopaxi National Park. Here you will visit the Pre-Inca ruins of El Salitre while enjoying magnificent views of Cotopaxi Glaciers. Afterwards you will continue to Limpiopungo valley and lake. A short time later you will arrive at the refugee in the middle of Cotopaxi and Rumiñahui volcanoes. Dinner and overnight. B/L/D

Today is the longest day of your trekking tour. You will walk along a trail, up and down following the flanks of Rumiñahui peak observing birds of prey and in the horizon the mighty Chimborazo, and Illinizas until you return to the refuge. Dinner and overnight. B/L/D

After breakfast you will leave the Cotopaxi Park near the old Rail Road Station. Following to the west you will traverse some crops and farms as well as forests, observing the locals at their farm duties, until you reach a nice old Hacienda. Overnight at the Hacienda. B/L/D

Today you can either drive to the parking place of the Illiniza and walk up hill to the settle of Illinizas and summit the north peak which is rather easy and recommended as training for those who will attempt Cotopaxi, or continue your trek up hills in west direction along the slopes of Corazón peak. Somewhere in highlands, your vehicle will be waiting to transfer you back to Quito. B/L

B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner

USD 690.- per person
Minimum 2 People

In the price included:
Private transportation from Quito to Quito, accommodation in double or triple rooms with private bath, camp on the other nights, meals as mentioned above, entrance fees, English-speaking guide, sleeping bag.

Not included in the price:
personal equipment, travel insurance and tips, international flight airport tax (USD 41.- per person), personal expenses, beverages.

What to bring with you:
ainwear, torch, sun cream, sunglasses, hat with brim, warm clothing, small pack, canteen, camera (film 100 ASA)

Although this is a moderate trek, it could be very hard if you are not in good shape. Be ready to walk on trails as well as on cross-country terrain, marsh and forests. Do not expect to find well-marked trails like in the Alps or in the National Parks of USA.

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