6-Day Hiking in the Ecuadorian Andes

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Hotel in Quito to Hotel in Quito

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This 6 day hiking tour shows you the magical Andes and its inhabitants.Activity Level: Challenging Trip Length: 6 days Season: Year round Activities: Hiking, Trekking, Wildlife Minimum Age: 12 years Group Size: Max 12 – Avg. 10
Day 1: Trekking in Isinlivi (L,D) Today we'll have very nice car ride from Quito to the avenue of volcanoes; including the Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Illinizas and others. After arriving in Isinlivi, we'll enjoy our lunch and go for our first trekking exploration. Trekking time: 3hour Accommodation: Hostal Llullu Llama Day 2: Trekking through the Toachi Canyon & Chugchilan (B,L,D) The magic Andean mountain landscapes inspire us today on a trek along the Toachi canyon. We'll hike down to the canyon of the Toachi River and then back up to the main road that will take us to Chugchilan, a small town located on the middle of the Quiltoa loop. In the afternoon we can explore the village. Trekking time: 4hour Accommodation: Hostal Mama Hilda Day 3: Chugchilan to Quilotoa (B,L,D) After breakfast, we'll begin our hiking adventure for 11km (6,9 miles) on small trails blazed by the mountain people and still used by locals to transport products and to travel across canyons to reach neighboring communities. We'll hike down across impressive canyons to later climb back up to the top of the crater rim, where you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Quilotoa Lake. Trekking time: 4.5-hours Accommodation: Hosteria Shalala Day 4: Trekking to the Quilotoa Crater Lake (B) After breakfast, we'll take a hike down to the base of the Quilotoa crater. Following this path, you will have an awesome view of the lake and many chances to take pictures of the turquoise water-filled caldera. In the afternoon we get a transfer to the area of Riobamba, located in the central part of the Ecuadorian highlands. Trekking time: 2.5-hours Accommodation: Chimborazo lodge Day 5: Chimborazo Highest Volcano and Ba ños Hot Springs (B,L) Early in the morning, we'll drive through valleys and farming villages towards the Chimborazo Volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador with an elevation of 6310 meters above sea level, whose summit is the world farthest point from the center of the earth. On the hike to the glacier, we can spot animals such as the Andean condor, cara-cara, hummingbirds, and the timid wild Vicuñas. In the evening we will soak in the famous hot springs of Baños and experience the thriving night life of this town. Trekking time: 2.5-hour Accommodation: La Floresta Hotel Day 6: Hike to the Road of Waterfalls (B) Baños is very well known for its spectacular location right on the foothills of the Tungurahua active volcano. This morning we'll hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride's Veil waterfall where we'll take the Tarabita (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then we'll hike down for 1-hour to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. In the afternoon drive back to Quito.

What’s included

  • Transportation: Private and comfortable land transportation
  • Accommodation based on double occupancy: 3 or 4-stars eco-hotel in Isinlivi, hostel in Chugchilan, hostel in Quilotoa, 5-star Andean lodge in Chimborazo, 3 or 4-star hotel in Baños.
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Activities: Trekking in Isinlivi, 3-day trekking to Chugchilan and Quilotoa, hiking to the Quilotoa crater lake, hiking to the glaciers of Chimborazo highest volcano in Ecuador, watch vicuñas (camel similar to llama or alpaca), hiking the road of waterfall in Baños, soak in volcanic hot springs, cable-car ride in Baños, hike to Pailon del Diablo waterfall, salsa lesson, cultural experience with the local people, Pujili indigenous authentic market
  • Gear: Hiking sticks
  • Trip Leader: Certified English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides

What’s not included

  • Meals not specified above
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Your own room supplement (for single occupancy)

Highlights

  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Itinerary

Day 1: Trekking in Isinlivi (L,D) Today we'll have very nice car ride from Quito to the avenue of volcanoes; including the Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Illinizas and others. After arriving in Isinlivi, we'll enjoy our lunch and go for our first trekking exploration. Trekking time: 3hour Accommodation: Hostal Llullu Llama
Day 2: Trekking through the Toachi Canyon & Chugchilan (B,L,D) The magic Andean mountain landscapes inspire us today on a trek along the Toachi canyon. We'll hike down to the canyon of the Toachi River and then back up to the main road that will take us to Chugchilan, a small town located on the middle of the Quiltoa loop. In the afternoon we can explore the village. Trekking time: 4hour Accommodation: Hostal Mama Hilda
Day 3: Chugchilan to Quilotoa (B,L,D) After breakfast, we'll begin our hiking adventure for 11km (6,9 miles) on small trails blazed by the mountain people and still used by locals to transport products and to travel across canyons to reach neighboring communities. We'll hike down across impressive canyons to later climb back up to the top of the crater rim, where you will be rewarded with beautiful views of the Quilotoa Lake. Trekking time: 4.5-hours Accommodation: Hosteria Shalala
Day 4: Trekking to the Quilotoa Crater Lake (B) After breakfast, we'll take a hike down to the base of the Quilotoa crater. Following this path, you will have an awesome view of the lake and many chances to take pictures of the turquoise water-filled caldera. In the afternoon we get a transfer to the area of Riobamba, located in the central part of the Ecuadorian highlands. Trekking time: 2.5-hours Accommodation: Chimborazo lodge
Day 5: Chimborazo Highest Volcano and Ba ños Hot Springs (B,L) Early in the morning, we'll drive through valleys and farming villages towards the Chimborazo Volcano, the highest mountain in Ecuador with an elevation of 6310 meters above sea level, whose summit is the world farthest point from the center of the earth. On the hike to the glacier, we can spot animals such as the Andean condor, cara-cara, hummingbirds, and the timid wild Vicuñas. In the evening we will soak in the famous hot springs of Baños and experience the thriving night life of this town. Trekking time: 2.5-hour Accommodation: La Floresta Hotel
Day 6: Hike to the Road of Waterfalls (B) Baños is very well known for its spectacular location right on the foothills of the Tungurahua active volcano. This morning we'll hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride's Veil waterfall where we'll take the Tarabita (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then we'll hike down for 1-hour to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. In the afternoon drive back to Quito.
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