Hike through Andes in Ecuador on an adventurous 6-day trip that explores rugged volcanoes, canyons, a high-mountain caldera, steaming hot springs, the glaciers of Chimborazo, and more.
B = Breakfast included
L = Lunch included
D = Dinner include
DAY 1 (L, D):
TREKKING IN ISINLIVI
You will start your tour with a 3 hours car ride from Quito through the Volcano Avenue; including the Pasochoa, Rumiñahui, Illinizas where you can perfectly enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Andes. After arriving in Isinlivi, you will have lunch and go for your first trekking exploration.
Trekking time: 3 hours.
Accommodation: Hostal Llullu Llama
DAY 2 (B, L, D):
TREKKING THROUGH THE TOACHI CANYON & CHUGCHILAN
Today, the magic Andean mountain atmosphere will inspire you on a trek along the Toachi canyon. You will hike down to the canyon of the Toachi River and then back up to the main road that will take you to Chugchilan, a small town located in the middle of the Quilotoa loop. In the afternoon, you can explore the village by yourself and enjoy the rest of the day.
Trekking time: 4 hours.
Accommodation: Hostal Mama Hilda
DAY 3 (B, L, D):
CHUGCHILAN TO QUILOTOA.
After breakfast, you will begin your hiking adventure of 11 km (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. You will 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 in Hosteria Shalala
DAY 4 (B):
TREKKING TO THE QUILOTOA’S LAGOON
After having a large breakfast, you will take a hike down to the base of the Quilotoa crater. Following this path, you will enjoy an awesome view of the lake and be able to take pictures of the turquoise water-filled caldera. In the afternoon, you’ll have a transfer to Riobamba city, located in the central part of the Ecuadorian highlands.
Trekking time: 2.5 hours.
Accommodation in Chimborazo lodge
DAY 5 (B, L):
CHIMBORAZO VOLCANO & BAÑOS HOT SPRINGS
Early in the morning, you will drive through valleys and farming villages towards the Chimborazo Volcano, the highest in Ecuador, with an elevation of 6310 meters above the sea level, whose summit is the world farthest point from the center of the earth. On the hike to the glacier, you can also spot several animals face-to-face, such as the Andean condor, hummingbirds, and the timid wild Vicuñas. In the evening, you will soak in the famous hot springs of Baños and experience the thriving nightlife of this town. Trekking time: 2.5 hours.
Accommodation in La Floresta Hotel
DAY 6 (B):
HIKE TO THROUGH THE “WATERFALLS ROAD”
Baños is very well known for its spectacular location right on the foothills of the Tungurahua active volcano. This morning you will hit the road of the waterfalls. The first stop will be at the Bride’s Veil waterfall, where you will take the “Tarabita” (cable car) to get across the Pastaza River. Then you will hike down for one hour to the Pailon del Diablo waterfall, the second highest in Ecuador. In the afternoon drive back to Quito.
Trekking time: 2 hours.