08 Jun 2023

Ecuador – Trekking the Avenue of the volcanoes

Ecuador’s Best Treks Adventure Tour

Embark on a 15-day expedition through Ecuador, exploring its most iconic treks and encountering diverse landscapes, wildlife, and cultural highlights along the way.

Condor Trek from Cotopaxi to Antisana:

Embark on the legendary Condor Trek, a multi-day journey spanning from the majestic Cotopaxi volcano to the rugged Antisana volcano. This trek traverses through high-altitude páramo ecosystems, characterized by expansive plains dotted with vibrant wildflowers and cushion plants. As you ascend, marvel at the snow-capped peaks of the Andes and the dramatic vistas that unfold before you. Keep an eye out for the Andean condor, Ecuador’s national bird, soaring gracefully overhead. Experience the raw beauty of the Andean landscape as you camp under the starlit sky, surrounded by pristine wilderness.

Vicuña Trek in Chimborazo and Carihuairazo:

Continue your adventure with the Vicuña Trek, exploring the slopes of Chimborazo, the highest peak in Ecuador, and the neighboring Carihuairazo volcano. Trek through alpine terrain adorned with tufts of golden grasses and patches of vibrant moss. Encounter herds of wild vicuñas, grazing peacefully in their natural habitat. Ascend to breathtaking viewpoints offering panoramic vistas of the rugged Andean highlands, with Chimborazo’s imposing peak dominating the skyline. Experience the solitude and tranquility of these remote mountain landscapes, where the air is crisp and the silence is profound.

Inca Trail in Sangay National Park and Ingapirka:

Follow the ancient Inca Trail through Sangay National Park, trekking through the paramo ecosystems adorned with colorful vegetation. Pass by lakes like Culebrillas, reflecting the towering peaks of the Andes. Discover hidden Inca ruins nestled amidst the mist-shrouded landscape, offering glimpses into Ecuador’s rich history. Arrive at the archaeological site of Ingapirka, where ancient stone structures stand as a testament to the ingenuity of Inca civilization. Explore intricately carved stone walls and ceremonial plazas, marveling at the architectural prowess of these ancient civilizations.

Additional Destinations:

Quito: Explore Quito, Ecuador’s vibrant capital, renowned for its well-preserved colonial architecture and bustling markets. Visit historical landmarks such as the Basilica del Voto Nacional and Plaza de la Independencia, and soak in the lively atmosphere of this cultural hub.

Baños de Agua Santa: Rest and rejuvenate in Baños de Agua Santa, a picturesque town nestled in the Andes Mountains. Known for its thermal baths fed by nearby hot springs, Baños offers the perfect opportunity to relax amidst stunning natural scenery. Explore the surrounding waterfalls, lush forests, and adventure activities such as hiking and zip-lining.

Riobamba:  known as the “Sultan of the Andes.” Explore its colonial architecture, vibrant markets, and bustling streets lined with colorful houses. Immerse yourself in the local culture, savoring traditional Ecuadorian cuisine and interacting with friendly locals.

Ingapirca: Visit Ingapirca, the largest and best-preserved Inca ruins in Ecuador. Explore the site’s intricately carved stone walls, ceremonial plazas, and sun temple, which offer insight into the advanced engineering and architectural skills of the Inca civilization. Learn about the site’s historical significance as a strategic trading and religious center, and admire the stunning views of the surrounding Andean landscape

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty and rich cultural heritage of Ecuador as you embark on this unforgettable trekking adventure. Each destination offers a unique experience, from bustling cities to tranquil mountain towns, creating memories that will last a lifetime

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Adventure Camping Trip


Day 1 - Quito

Upon arrival at the airport, our team will warmly welcome you. You'll be escorted to your designated hotel in Quito, enjoying scenic views along the way. Our knowledgeable guide will provide insights into Quito's history and attractions. Relax and settle into your accommodation, ready to start your adventure in Ecuador's vibrant capital. Welcome to Quito!


Day 2 - Quito

Start your day with a journey through Quito's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover colonial architecture, vibrant plazas, and historical landmarks that tell the story of Ecuador's rich heritage.

Next, visit Mitad del Mundo, where you can stand on the Equator line and explore the Intiñan Museum, learning about the indigenous cultures and scientific phenomena of the region.

After a morning of exploration, take some time to relax and unwind at your leisure, soaking in the charm of Quito's atmosphere.

In the evening, attend a briefing session where our team will provide you with essential information and tips for the upcoming adventures

Day 3 - Rucu Pichincha

Today's journey takes you on a pivotal acclimatization trek up Rucu Pichincha, commencing from the cable car base. As you ascend, be enchanted by panoramic vistas of Quito and the surrounding Andean panorama. Our guides will stress the significance of adjusting to high altitudes, ensuring your safety and comfort for the upcoming adventures. After the trek, return to your Quito hotel for a restful evening, revitalizing yourself for the thrilling experiences ahead.

Day 4 -Condor Trek

Early in the morning, we will set off on our adventure, starting with a challenging ascent that will take us to the pinnacle of our journey, reaching an impressive altitude of 4,500m (14,673 ft). This ascent will lead us through breathtaking landscapes, offering unparalleled views of the surrounding terrain as we traverse the Sincholagua pass, a gateway into the majestic Cotopaxi National Park.

Continuing our expedition, we will gradually descend towards our final campsite, nestled along the banks of the River Pita. Situated at an elevation of 3,800m (12,467 ft), this tranquil spot serves as the perfect resting place for our weary adventurers. The terrain will transition to solid and dry ground, providing a stable path for our descent. This final leg of the trek is estimated to take approximately 5 hours, allowing us ample time to soak in the natural beauty of our surroundings and reflect on the unforgettable journey we've embarked upon.

Day 5 - Antisana

After breakfast, we depart from Cotopaxi National Park, crossing into Antisana National Park. Our 5-6 hour trek takes us through diverse ecosystems, offering glimpses of Andean condors, carunculated caracaras, and Andean gulls soaring above. Keep an eye out for Andean foxes, rabbits, and vicuñas roaming the foothills.

Surrounded by lush vegetation including Andean lupines and puya plants, we'll reach Antisana Basecamp at 4000m. Here, nestled in the foothills of majestic volcanoes, we'll set up camp for the night, ready for the next leg of our Andean adventure.


Day 6 - La Mica Lake

Today, we embark on a picturesque trek from Antisana Basecamp to La Mica Lake, traversing through the enchanting landscapes of the Andean highlands. Our journey takes us past traditional chagra haciendas, where local Andean cowboys practice their age-old farming techniques.

The trek is expected to last 4-5 hours, offering ample opportunities to immerse ourselves in the natural beauty of the region. Along the way, we'll be treated to stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, with glimpses of wildlife such as Andean condors soaring overhead.

As we arrive at La Mica Lake, nestled amidst the pristine wilderness of the Andes, we'll have the chance to rest and rejuvenate, taking in the tranquility of this remote alpine oasis. Prepare to be mesmerized by the crystal-clear waters of the lake and the majestic peaks that tower above, creating a truly unforgettable backdrop for our adventure.

Afterwards, we'll drive to Baños de Agua Santa, a charming town nestled in the Andean foothills. Known for its thermal baths and stunning natural scenery, Baños offers the perfect opportunity to relax and unwind after our trekking expedition.

Day 7 - Baños

Today is yours to enjoy at your leisure in the charming town of Baños de Agua Santa. Take the opportunity to explore the town's delightful attractions, relax, and recuperate from our adventurous journey.

Stroll through the quaint streets of Baños, soaking in its vibrant atmosphere and picturesque surroundings. Visit the iconic Basilica of the Virgin of the Holy Water, known for its stunning architecture and panoramic views of the town.

For those seeking adventure, Baños offers a wide range of outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and zip-lining. Thrill-seekers can also try their hand at waterfall rappelling or bungee jumping, taking advantage of the town's natural beauty and adrenaline-inducing attractions.

Alternatively, unwind and pamper yourself at one of Baños' many thermal baths, where you can soak in the rejuvenating waters and indulge in spa treatments amidst breathtaking scenery.

In the evening, reconvene for a briefing over dinner, where our team will provide insights and tips for the upcoming leg of our journey. Please note that lunch is not included today, allowing you the flexibility to explore Baños and its culinary delights at your own pace.

Day 8 - Vicuña trek

Our day begins with a scenic drive from Baños to the Chimborazo Reserve, where our Vicuña Trek awaits. Starting from 4 Esquinas, our journey leads us through breathtaking highlands and paramos, offering panoramic views of the majestic Chimborazo volcano.

Traversing this ancient path, we'll immerse ourselves in the rugged beauty of the Andean landscape, encountering diverse flora and fauna along the way. Keep an eye out for the elusive vicuñas, graceful inhabitants of these high-altitude regions.

The trek is expected to last 4-5 hours, culminating at Chimborazo Basecamp Lodge at 3900 meters. Here, nestled amidst the foothills of the towering volcano, we'll find respite for the night. Relax and rejuvenate in the cozy comforts of the lodge, surrounded by the awe-inspiring grandeur of Chimborazo.

Day 9 - Acclimatization Trek to Templo Machay

Today, we embark on an acclimatization trek to Templo Machay, a sacred site nestled amidst the high-altitude landscape of Chimborazo Reserve. This short trek, lasting approximately 3 hours, will take us to an elevation of 4600 meters.

As we ascend, take in the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys, allowing your body to adjust to the altitude and prepare for the challenges ahead. Keep an eye out for unique flora and fauna adapted to these extreme conditions, adding to the mystique of the Andean highlands.

After our trek, we'll return to the comfort of Chimborazo Basecamp Lodge, where we'll have the opportunity to rest and recuperate. Take this time to prepare for the exciting ascent of Carihuairazo summit the following morning, ensuring you're ready to conquer the heights of the Andes.

Day 10 - Carihuairazo Summit

Rise and shine! Today marks the thrilling ascent of Carihuairazo, a non-technical summit that promises awe-inspiring views and exhilarating challenges. Departing from Chimborazo Basecamp at 4 am, we'll begin our trek towards the glaciers of Carihuairazo, a habitat known for its wild vicuñas and pristine beauty.

As we ascend, the landscape unfolds before us, revealing towering peaks and expansive vistas that stretch to the horizon. Our journey culminates at the Josefina summit, a non-technical climb reaching an impressive altitude of 4990 meters. This momentous achievement marks the highest point of our journey, offering unparalleled perspectives of the Andean highlands below.

Take a moment to savor the triumph of reaching such lofty heights, surrounded by the raw beauty of the Andes. With memories to last a lifetime, we'll begin our descent, returning to Chimborazo Basecamp for a well-deserved breakfast.

After breakfast, we'll embark on a scenic drive to Riobamba, where we'll have the remainder of the day to rest and recuperate. Nestled in the heart of the Andes, Riobamba offers the perfect opportunity to unwind and reflect on the day's adventures, preparing for the experiences that lie ahead.

Day 11 - Riobamba

Today, enjoy a leisurely day exploring the vibrant town of Riobamba at your own pace. Our accommodation awaits at the charming Abras Pungo Hotel Hacienda, offering a blend of rustic charm and modern comforts amidst the Andean landscape.

As you venture into Riobamba, take note of its distinct Republican architecture, reflecting a rich cultural heritage that sets it apart from colonial towns. Wander through bustling markets and lively plazas, soaking in the local atmosphere and engaging with friendly locals.

Explore highlights such as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a striking landmark that dominates the city skyline with its imposing neo-gothic façade. Visit the Museum of Religious Art to delve into the region's spiritual history, or wander along the scenic banks of the Chambo River for a tranquil retreat.

In the evening, reconvene for a briefing where our team will provide insights and preparations for the next leg of our journey. Reflect on the day's discoveries and anticipate the adventures that await as we continue our exploration of Ecuador's enchanting landscapes.

Day 12 - Inca Trail begins

After a hearty breakfast, our journey continues as we embark on a 2.5-hour scenic drive to Acchupallas. Here, amidst the stunning Andean scenery, we begin our adventure on the legendary Inca Trail.

Upon arrival, we'll be greeted by our experienced porters and guides who will accompany us on this historic trek. Stepping onto the ancient path, we'll traverse through remnants of an old town and follow in the footsteps of those who walked this trail over 500 years ago.

Our trek spans 3-4 hours, leading us deeper into the heart of Sangay National Park. Along the way, we'll be treated to panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys, immersing ourselves in the natural beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

As we reach Tres Cruces Lake, nestled amidst the pristine wilderness of the Andes, we'll set up camp for the night. Here, surrounded by the tranquility of nature, we'll rest and rejuvenate, ready to continue our journey along the ancient paths of the Inca.

Day 13 - Trek to Paredones

Fueling up with a satisfying breakfast, we commence our day's adventure by embarking on the continuation of the Inca Trail towards Laguna Totorillas. This segment of the trail unveils remnants of an ancient rock mine utilized by the Incas for their constructions, adding a historical dimension to our trek.

The journey spans approximately 4-5 hours, guiding us through the rugged terrain of the Andean landscape. Along the way, we'll traverse diverse ecosystems, encountering unique flora and fauna that thrive in this remote wilderness.

As we approach Laguna Totorillas, the shimmering waters of the lake beckon, offering a serene oasis amidst the rugged beauty of the mountains. Here, amidst the tranquility of nature, we'll pause to admire the ancient landscapes and reflect on the rich history of the Inca civilization.

Our camp for the night awaits at Paredones, nestled alongside the picturesque Culebrillas, where we'll rest under the starlit sky, surrounded by the enchanting beauty of the Andean wilderness.

Day 14 - Inga pirca

Our day begins with a captivating trek from Paredones, where we'll spend approximately 4 hours traversing the rugged terrain, passing through the San Jose community en route to the ancient ruins of Ingapirca.

As we approach the archaeological site, the landscape unfolds to reveal the awe-inspiring remains of the Inca civilization. Ingapirca, meaning "Inca Wall" in Quechua, boasts an array of fascinating structures, including the Temple of the Sun, an elliptical plaza, and intricate stone terraces. Marvel at the ingenuity of Inca engineering and immerse yourself in the rich history of this cultural landmark.

After our tour of the ruins, we'll embark on a scenic drive to our bonus city, Cuenca. Situated amidst the rolling hills of the Andes, Cuenca is renowned for its well-preserved colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and vibrant arts scene. Explore the charming plazas, visit local markets showcasing indigenous crafts, and indulge in culinary delights at quaint cafes and restaurants.

As the day draws to a close, soak in the cultural richness of Cuenca, where every corner reveals a piece of Ecuador's diverse heritage. Prepare for an evening of relaxation and exploration in this enchanting city nestled in the heart of the Andes.


Day 15 - Cuenca

Today marks the culmination of our adventure as we enjoy a leisurely day exploring the beautiful city of Cuenca at our own pace. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of the historic center, admiring the colonial architecture and vibrant street art that adorn every corner.

Visit the impressive Cuenca Cathedral, with its iconic blue domes, or wander through the bustling flower market at Plaza de las Flores. Explore the nearby El Barranco neighborhood, known for its picturesque riverfront and artisan workshops.

For those seeking cultural experiences, consider visiting one of Cuenca's many museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art or the Pumapungo Museum and Archaeological Park, where you can learn about Ecuador's rich indigenous heritage.

As the day unfolds, take the time to savor the flavors of Cuenca's renowned cuisine, from traditional Ecuadorian dishes to international fare served in charming cafes and restaurants.

In the evening, gather with fellow travelers to reminisce about the unforgettable experiences shared throughout our journey. Exchange stories and reflections, cherishing the memories made along the way.

As our adventure comes to an end, we bid farewell to Cuenca, filled with gratitude for the moments of discovery, connection, and adventure that have enriched our lives. Until we meet again on the next journey, may the spirit of exploration continue to inspire us all.

Tour includes:

  • Certified mountain guides
  • Camping Tents and set up
  • Tour leader and Support
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation
  • National park permits
  • Adventure and Rescue Insurance
  • All Meals (Except some dinners)
  • Snacks for Climb
  • All logistics

Not included:

  • Tips
  • Additional meals and snacks
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Medical or personal insurance
  • Additional request and expenses
  • Additional meals (free days)
  • Camping and trekking gear

Confirmed Dates:

10th of July 

15th November

10th of December 


$2950 per person

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