The Corazon volcano is located about 40km (24 miles) southwest of Quito in the “Illinizas Ecological Reserve”. The ascent is a relatively easy hiking tour through the Paramo vegetation. It is perfect for acclimatization, and 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 full day climbing experience is also part of the acclimatization tours that will prepare you to climb the highest volcanoes such as the Cotopaxi and the Chimborazo.
This hike offers spectacular views of the Cotopaxi volcano, fertile farmlands, cloud forest and surrounding volcanoes.