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Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes

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Tour details
Destinations: Quito, Cayambe, Antisana
Type of adventure: icon-16.png Trekking + walking
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2959
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  • At a glance
  • Itinerary
  • What's included
  • Accom.details
  • Dates & prices
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Climb with a 2 to 1 guide ratio on Cayambe
At a glance
All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners included
Trek in Ecuador's volcanic backbone
Ecuador is liberally sprinkled with some of the world's highest peaks. Our acclimatisation starts with the Pinan trek in the highlands of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve before we head south to discover Otavalo Indian market and relax in the hot springs, ready for our first climb of Imbabura Volcano. Ice skills practice on Antisana's glaciers will prepare us for the tough (but optional) ascent of Cayambe, Ecuadors third highest volcano. On Cayambe we climb with a ratio of one guide to every two trekkers to maximise our chance of summiting.
Walk profile
Daily distance in km/miles:
Day 314.0km/8.7miles
Day 412.0km/7.5miles
Day 515.0km/9.3miles
Day 610.0km/6.2miles
Day 720.0km/12.4miles
Day 915.0km/9.3miles
Day 104.0km/2.5miles
Day 115.0km/3.1miles
Day 133.0km/1.9miles
Day 144.0km/2.5miles

Number of days walking:
Challenging: 5-6km/3-4miles an hour
High altitude; including steep, rocky terrain, snow and ice
Day 1
Start Quito.

Day 2
Quito city tour and equipment check.

Day 3
Acclimatisation hike at Cuicocha Crater Lake.

Day 4
Start Pinan trek; walk to a small Indian village.

Day 5
Camp beside Yanacocha Lake.

Day 6
Climb the extinct volcano of Yanaurco (4530m).

Day 7
End Pinan trek; relax in hot springs.

Day 8
Visit the Otavalo Indian Market.

Day 9
Summit Imbabura Volcano (4600m).

Day 10
To Antisana National Park; ice skills class on glacier (approx 4700m).

Day 11
Ice skills training; to Quito.

Day 12
Free day in Quito to relax.

Day 13
To Cayambe N.P.; hike to mountain hut (4700m).

Day 14
Climb Cayambe (non climbers hike in N.P); to Quito.

Day 15
End Quito.

Guided Group
This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
Activity level
You have a good level of fitness and are looking for a physically challenging holiday. Previous experience is essential for activity based trips.
What's included
All breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
What's not included
Travel insurance
Accommodation details
This trip uses a variety of accommodation, including 9 nights hotels with en suite facilities, 4 nights full-service camping and 1 night in a mountain hut with shared facilities. In Quito we stay in a charming hotel well located for restaurants and sightseeing. We also spend two nights in a beautiful hacienda before and after the Pinan Trek, and another two nights in a hacienda close to Otavalo. Both properties are tastefully decorated and are set in delightful gardens and have a bar and dining room. While on the Pinan Trek and in Antisana we camp using spacious two person tents. There is also a separate kitchen and dining room tent as well as toilet tents. Whilst camping all tents will be erected and taken down for you and you will be woken with a hot drink and personal washing water every morning. We stay in a communal mountain refugee for a night on Cayambe, this was substantially renovated in 2015 and is clean, modern and spacious.
These are ‘land only’ prices which require you to book your own flights and join the rest of the group on Day 1 of the trip. For more information please see Trip Notes
DatePrice excl. flights (pp) from
Sat 19 Nov 16 - Sat 03 Dec 16

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,405
Sat 03 Jun 17 - Sat 17 Jun 17

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,625
Sat 18 Nov 17 - Sat 02 Dec 17

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,625
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Exodus
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