Hike up to the crater of Pasochoa and experience a great full-day activity. The Pasochoa volcano is a beautiful, 4,199 meter (13,776 ft) high volcano. The highlight of the Pasochoa hike is its humid cloud forest, that lies inside an extinct volcanic crater near Quito. We find over one hundred species of birds and fifty species of original Andean trees.
The hike is relatively easy, going through amazing paramo grasslands and cloud forests. During the hike you will have the opportunity to see the stunning Andean wildlife, including bulls, horses, hummingbirds, the Viridian Metaltail, the Mountain Tanager, the Red-crested Cotinga, and the occasional Andean Condor.
Located in a steep gorge heading up the Pasochoa volcano, this lovely area escaped cultivation and thus is one of the few patches of highland forest remaining in its original state. Inside the crater you can see the last remnants of the primary Andean forest. This original forest and other vegetation, including an enormous variety of flowers, once covered the entire Quito basin.
The extinct volcano of Pasochoa is one of the best places to see the famous Andean Condor. The climb offers wonderful views of the mighty Cotopaxi and the surrounding volcanoes. This is a perfect first hike for those who are new to altitude or those who are beginning an acclimatization program.
The hike takes approx. 3-5 hours, reaching an altitude of 4,199m (13,776ft) and then hiking back. It is important that you are prepared for this kind of altitude, we recommend acclimatizing at least one day around 3,000m (9,842ft).
Please note: In case of problems or difficulties during the hike, we can provide help through cars, bikes or horses.
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Gulliver Expeditions is a tour operator that offers unique Ecuador and Peru tours. Specialized in adventure travel such as climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding. We offer both pre-planned packages as well as tailor-made tours that can include the Amazon rainforest, once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos cruises and expeditions to Machu Picchu.
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