This full day experience is part of the acclimatization tours that will prepare you to climb the highest volcanoes such as the Cotopaxi and the Chimborazo.
The Corazon volcano is located about 40km (24 miles) southwest of Quito in the “Illinizas Ecological Reserve”. The ascent is an easy hiking tour through the Paramo vegetation and perfect for acclimatization, as well as for people who simply want to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Cotopaxi and its nearby volcanoes with the valley below. The hiking route is straight forward and requires no rock equipment or experience. Climbing Corazon is perfect for a first approach to altitude. Pre-conquest ruins have been reported on the northeast slopes but they are very overgrown and have yet to be investigated.
The weather in the area is very unpredictable and you must be prepared with warm clothing. The hike takes approx. 3-5 hours reaching a height of 4199m (15984, 25 ft.). It is important that you are prepared for this kind of altitude, we recommend acclimatizing at least one day around 3000m (9842ft).
This hike offers spectacular views of the Cotopaxi volcano, fertile farmlands, cloud forest and surrounding volcanoes.
Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that organizes Ecuador Tours to travelers that like to experience a mix of adventures such as Climbing Ecuador Volcanoes, Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding as well as traveling along the deepest landscapes in the Ecuador Amazon Rainforest to the stunning sceneries of the Galapagos Islands.