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Trek the Unknown Andean Trail Altar Volcano 7 days

Price per Person
1386
Service Level
Comfort / Camping
Travel Style
Unique Expedition
Activity Level
Level 4 Altar 1
Group Size
Max 8, Avr 8
Minimum Age
18 years
Start / Finish
Quito - Quito
Season
Year Around
Activities
Wildlife Trekking Hiking Cultural
Joining this expedition, you will be of the bitten path exploring the most remote mountains and crater lakes of the Andes of Ecuador. Enjoy trekking the hidden trails used by multiple Indian groups including the Incas to reach the most sacred volcano in the region Altar, amazed yourself looking at magical nights full of stars while learning the ancient tales of the Andes. Dare yourself to reach to the horizon and beyond with the company of passionate and experimented guides. 


"Unique Experiences:"


·         Trek hidden trails only known by experienced local guides and discover the real adventure of a life time exploring the most remote and unexplored volcano in the Andes “ Altar Volcano”
ico1 TREK OFF THE BITTEN PATH

ico1 VISIT THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CRATER LAKES

ico1 HIGH ALTITUD EXPLORATION

ico1 CAMP IN REMOTE AREAS

ico1 LEAD BY THE BEST ADVENTURE GUIDES

ico1 HIGHEST VOLCANO OF THE WORLD

Day 1: Quito

Day 1: Quito
Arrival day

Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.

Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the town of Quito and the surrounding area. ECUADOR PURE LIFE can help you to organize a day trip.

In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.

Accommodation.- Mercure Hotel

Day 2: Cotopaxi

Day 2: Cotopaxi
FIRST TREK

Today we have an scenery drive through the Avenue of Volcanoes, on the way depending on the weather you may be able to see Cotopaxi, Rumiñahui, Ilinizas, and Tungurahua volcanoes, driving down the Panamerican highway will make you enjoy the views of the colorful fields on the mountains, as the main activity is the agriculture we will easily recognize the plantations of corn, potatos and the grain of gods quinua.

About noon we will trek for about 5 hours to reach our campsite.

Accommodation: Camping at 3843 meters.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Mandur Lagoon

Day 3: Mandur Lagoon
TREKKING TO MANDUR LAGOON

Today is the longest and most fantastic trek of this expedition, we will be gone for several hours trekking along this unique trails in the Paramo ecosystem, known for being so high in elevation as well as the thin oxygen that here exists. We will learn from our guides about the flora and the fauna of this area. The Mandur lagoon (4420 meters) is so amazing and we will spend some time admiring its beauty. In the afternoon we will return to the campsite where our chef will be waiting with a fantastic dinner.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Altar Volcano

Day 4: Altar Volcano
TREKKING TO THE YELLOW CRATER LAKE OF THE ALTAR VOLCANO

Today after a very healthy breakfast we will continue our adventure with a trek as amazing as the one yesterday but shorter in distance. We will head to the most impressive crater lake (4250 meters) , which is yellow because of the high concentration of sulfur.

In the afternoon we go back to the campsite.

Accommodation: Camping
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hacienda Releche

Day 5: Hacienda Releche
RELAX DAY ON COLONIAL HACIENDA

Today we will return to the Hacienda Releche and drive to Cotopaxi Province and spend the night in a Colonial Hacienda.


Accommodation.- Colonial Hacienda
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Quilotoa

Day 6: Quilotoa
QUILOTOA CRATER LAKE

After breakfast we will take a car ride to The Ilinizas Ecological Reserve. After 2 hours we will have a quick stop at the Toachi canyon to enjoy the amazing view of this place, later we continue 10 minutes to the Quilotoa Volcano and get hiking into its crater. This lake is considered as one of the most beautiful crater lakes on earth, it is optional to kayak here, later we will hike or ride a mule back up and then drive back to Quito

Accommodation.- Mercure Hotel
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
DEPARTURE DAY

Today our trip will end. 
Meals : Breakfast
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Accommodation based in double occupancy: 2 nights in first class hotel in Quito, 3 nights in comfortable camping in the Andes, 1 night in a Colonial Hacienda.
  • Transportation: Comfortable land transportation
  • Meals Included: 6 Breakfast, 5 Lunches and 3 Dinners
  • Out-door gear: Trekking stick, Dry bags, Eureka tents, air mattresses, bathroom tent, portable toilet, social kitchen
  • Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides

      NOT INCLUDED

  • My Own Room & Tent supplement $340
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers to/from Quito airport
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Meals not described in the itinerary
  •  Personal expenses & Tips
  • Passport,
  • Travel insurance,
  • Airline tickets,
  • Credit or debit card (see personal spending money),
  • Pocket knife,
  • Fleece top,
  • 4 shirts/t-shirts,
  • 1 pair of short,
  • 2 pairs of long trousers,
  • 1 pair hiking pants/track pants,
  • Winter gloves
  • Winter hat
  • Sport sandals,
  • Toiletries (biodegradable),
  • Watch or alarm clock,
  • Quick dry clothing,
  • Rain coat,
  • Rain pants,
  • Waterproof binoculars,
  • Bug spray,
  • Sun cream,
  • Flashlight,
  • Sun Hat,
  • Waterproof camera if possible,
  • Swimming suit,
  • Waterproof back pack,
  • Water bottle,
  • Tennis shoes,
  • Hiking shoes,
  • Money belt,
  • Sunglasses,
  • First-aid kit(should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • Dry bag for all your belongings
ITINERARY DISCLAIMER

It is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described; however, due to our travel style, on occasions it may be necessary or desirable to make small changes. Weather conditions and unpredictable local circumstances may lead us to make alterations to the route and/or travel times. Hotels and flight schedules might change according to availability. Any mention to specific wildlife in the itinerary or trip details is not a guarantee that it will be seen during the trip.




 DRIVING TIME

4 hours driving each way from Quito to the reserve.




SEASON

All year




PROVINCE

Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua.




TERRITORY

Sangay National Park, Ilinizas Ecological Reserve




ALTITUDE

Campsite 3843m (13000 ft)

Maximum 4556m (15000 ft)




AVG. TEMP.

Day 10-20ºC  - Night 2-10ºC




DIFFICULTY LEVEL

Moderate to Challenging. This program is located in very remote areas of the Andes, the trekking is long and the terrain can be muddy and wet depending on the weather conditions. The altitude is also a challenge, the elevation gain will be around 1000 ft for each trek.




ADVENTURE GEAR

Dry bags, tents (EUREKA & HANNAN) air mattresses, portable bathroom and social kitchen tent.




ACCOMODATION

All prices are based on double-occupancy. If you are travelling solo, you will be matched with another participant of your same sex. If you prefer to have a single tent or room, please contact EPL prior to your departure to arrange your accommodation at an extra cost.




MEALS

We bring the majority of our food, including drinking water, from the city of Quito. Our staff freshly prepares gourmet meals for you. Breakfast includes pancakes, eggs, yogurt, granola, fresh fruits, cereal, bread, marmalade, butter and fresh coffee or tea. Picnic includes ham and chesses sandwiches, tuna sandwiches, fresh and fruits and vegetables, fresh fruits, soda and juices. Dinner includes fresh salads and soups, pop-corn, pasta, beef, chicken, fish, rice, potatoes, yucca, beans, vegetables, to drink soda, soda, juice, beer, water, and wine.




YOUR TRIP LEADERS AND GUIDES

All EPL guides and trip leaders are highly experienced, licensed to operate in Ecuador and certified as Wilderness Adventure First Aid responders. We always carry a complete first aid kit in our trips.

In some location and for some activities, local guides join the trip leaders to provide an added service. In the Galapagos Islands, minimum 4 participants for the EPL trip leader service are required.




SUSTAINABLE ECO AND CULTURAL TOURISM

Clients receive interpretation and education about the ecology and conservation of the Andes, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands, and learn about the factors that threaten it. We aim to promote long-term conservation of both local people cultural identity and the environment. We transport out and recycle all non-organic garbage and we prefer to work with local suppliers. Your visit will encourage the local communities to support responsible eco-tourism as a sustainable alternative for their living.




HEALTH INFORMATION

Please inform EPL of any existing medical conditions ( i.e pregnancy, diabetes etc.). Yellow fever Hepatitis B vaccination and Malaria Medication are mandatory for this trip. We strongly recommend to ensure that routine immunizations such as tetanus and diphtheria are up to date and to consider Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations. Please ask your doctor for advice.
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      Juan León Mera y Roca Ed Stephanie, Oficina 304 
      Quito
      Pichincha
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      Ecuador 

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