ADVENTURES TOGETHER

by PROJECT CORDILLERA

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Cordillera de los Andes, Ecuador

Humboldt’s Footsteps

When: JAN-DEC

Where: Ecuador

Length: 9 days

Level: Intermediate

From: $1,399

Overview

A historic and adventurous trek through the cordilleras in Ecuador

Explore the many beautiful volcanoes and trails Humboldt walked, when he visited Ecuador

Alexander von Humboldt a.k.a “the greatest scientific traveller who ever lived” was a German polymath, geographer, naturalist and explorer, who first travelled the Americas from 1799 to 1804.

He visited the beautiful country of Ecuador in 1802 and crossed the epic Cordillera Real, all the way to Quito.

He spent 6 months exploring the mountains and flora of Ecuador and made multiple expeditions to mountains like Antisana and Pichincha, and tried to reach the summit of Chimborazo and Cotopaxi.

On Chimborazo, he made it to a height of 5,878m; and even though this was 500m shy of the summit, it was a world record at the time. An impressive feat--especially as he was attempting this technical climb of considerable height, with no equipment and more than 100 years ago.

His visit to Ecuador left a large impression on the country and his writings and maps have since shaped and influenced many explorers, thinkers and leaders in the world.

Immerse yourself in the history of this region and enjoy a boost of adrenaline and adventure following his footsteps on this trek.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 -

Arrival in Quito
We will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2 -

Cuicocha Crater Lake (3,400m)
Depart from Quito to Cayambe, Otavalo and Cotacachi. Follow a trail around Cuicocha lake. Late afternoon you'll be transferred to the hacienda to spend the night.

Day 3 -

Otavalo Indigenous Market
After breakfast head to Otavalo and visit the famous market. Drive towards the Mojanda Lakes for a short hike.

Day 4 -

Climbing Pasochoa (4,200m)
Depart form Quito to the valley of Los Chillos and the slopes of Pasochoa volcano. Walk through the páramo all the way to the summit of Pasochoa.

Day 5 -

Climbing Corazón (4,788m)
After an early breakfast you'll head to the village of Aloasi and hike to the summit of Corazón Volcano. You'll get great views of mountains like Cotopaxi, Ilinizas and Rumiñahui.

Day 6 -

Climbing Iliniza North (5,125m)
After breakfast you'll drive to “La Virgen” (4,000m) and walk on a trail while enjoying the sunrise, with amazing views of Cotopaxi. It's an easy and fun climb to the summit.

Day 7 -

Cotopaxi National Park
Head to the Cotopaxi National Park and stop in the local market in the Machachi village. At the park, you'll walk to the hut at 4,800m and learn basic ice techniques for your climbing adventure the next day.

Day 8 -

Cotopaxi Summit (5,897m)
Wake up before midnight and after a light meal get ready for the climb. You'll pass some crevasses and snow passages and finally reach the summit. After enjoying the unique view, head back to the hut and to Quito.

Day 9 -

Papallacta Hot Springs
Today, you'll relax. After breakfast head to Papallacta and enjoy the hot springs. In the evening you'll be back in Quito.

What's Included

Can be included

  • All in-country transport during trip
  • Hotel accommodations for specified time
  • Professional, certified English-speaking guides
  • Professional outdoor cook, 3 healthy meals a day plus snacks during the wilderness components of the trip
  • All technical equipment
  • All national park entrance fees

Not usually included:

  • International flights and applicable airport taxes
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Incidental personal expenditures, including emergency evacuations and medical expenditures
  • Insurance: personal travel, high mountain and/or medical insurance

Scheduled Trips

22nd Nov 2018 - 30th Nov 2018

This is a 9 day trek starting in Quito. It includes Cuicocha, Pasochoa, Corazón, Iliniza North and Cotopaxi Volcanoes. Dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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6th Dec 2018 - 14th Dec 2018

This is a 9 day trek starting in Quito. It includes Cuicocha, Pasochoa, Corazón, Iliniza North and Cotopaxi Volcanoes. Dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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20th Dec 2018 - 28th Dec 2018

This is a 9 day trek starting in Quito. It includes Cuicocha, Pasochoa, Corazón, Iliniza North and Cotopaxi Volcanoes. Dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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17th Jan 2019 - 25th Jan 2019

This is a 9 day trek starting in Quito. It includes Cuicocha, Pasochoa, Corazón, Iliniza North and Cotopaxi Volcanoes. Dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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14th Feb 2019 - 22nd Feb 2019

This is a 9 day trek starting in Quito. It includes Cuicocha, Pasochoa, Corazón, Iliniza North and Cotopaxi Volcanoes. Dates will be confirmed during booking process.

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