by PROJECT CORDILLERA
Cordillera Central, Ecuador
If you want to experience all of the biodiversity that Ecuador has to offer, then the Condorpaxi trek is the trip for you.
During your time on the trek, you will journey along the 'Avenue of Volcanoes'. This truly spectacular landscape is home to snow-capped volcanoes and pristine forest.
This relatively easy trek showcases the beauty and diversity of Ecuador’s landscape. In particular, the world famous volcanoes.
Ecuador boasts some of the most visually stunning volcanoes in South America. The majority are easily accessible from the capital city of Quito.
The Condorpaxi Trek is the perfect way for hikers to experience this volcano-packed country.
After starting out in Quito, you'll head to Pasochoa where you will pass through luscious grasslands and forest. The juxtaposed landscape becomes apparent after you circle the crater of the first extinct volcano.
The volcano exploration does not stop there, it has only just begun. An ancient trail brings you to the Rumiñahui Volcano where you’ll come face-to-face with the world-famous Cotopaxi and Corazón Volcanoes - both of which you’ll be climbing!
The summit of the Cotopaxi awaits you. Although the glacier is slightly challenging, you’ll be in good hands and the view from the top makes all of it worth it.
However, It’s not over yet! The hike of Corazón is followed up by an easy, celebration hike of Illiniza North. The steady pace of Illiniza gives you the chance to take any final photos and bask in the glory of Ecuador's uniquely biodiverse, volcanic landscape one last time.
Pasochoa volcano 4,200 m.
Depart from Quito to the Pasochoa Volcano, where your trekking begins. Head south on a easy going trail along the crater edge of this extinct volcanoand descend into the Pedregal Valley where your hacienda is located.
Rumiñahui volcano (4,200m)
Hike to the top of the northern summit of Rumiñahui volcano, which is rather a gentle altitude hike. Pass by the Indian community of Pedregal following an ancient trail. Back to the hacienda for dinner.
Cotopaxi hut and glacier 5,000 m
After breakfast, head up on the trail to the Rivas Hut and get to the edge of the Glacier at 5,000 m. Leave the National Park and head to the hacienda at the base of Corazón Volcano.
Corazón Volcano 4,670 m.
The ascent to this summit is relative easy and a great training for iIlniza North the next day. Head back to the Hacienda for dinner.
Iliniza North 5,125 m
Walk up hill to the summit north Ilinizas 5,125 m. This is a rather easy and recommended training if you want to attempt higher peaks. Head back to hacienda and Quito.
This is a 5 day trek from Quito. It includes Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Cotopaxi, Corazón, and Iliniza North Volcanoes. Team size: 3 people minimum. Price: $827.