This fantastic trekking tour starts on the feet of the Corazon volcano and goes to the feet of the impressive Ilinizas twin peaks volcano. Then it crosses path of the Cotopaxi volcano, the Rumiñahui volcano and in these routes can be seen a wide range of native plants, various species of birds and mammals that live in the area and don’t forget, the wide valley of Machachi. Tourists will have the opportunity to see spectacular scenery at impressive viewpoints from a good height to the valley. Finally this trek end with the challenging Cotopaxi summit ascent.
In the morning, we start our first walk from Hosteria Papagayo (3,200m) to reach the “Virgen” in the Ilinizas (3,900m). This trek will take us to the typical village of El Chaupi and then to the Andean paramo and primary forest of the Ilinizas reserve. At the end of the day, we will settle in our camp.
Trek distance: 14 km – Elevation difference : + 800 meters
In the morning, we start our second trek, going at a lower altitude this time. After breakfast, we will walk in direction of the Boliche area that is located next to the Cotopaxi national park. This trek will mix be a mix between no man’s land and crossing through little Indian villages which you will enjoy with the local people. We will also cross the Panamarican Highway this day.
Trek distance: 15 km – Elevation difference : – 400 meters
After rising, we will appreciate the beautiful sunrise, prepare breakfast and collect the camping equipment. Then we will continue along the path into Cotopaxi National Park: through water channel, on the slopes of Rumiñahui and continue our way the to Laguna Limpiopungo (3800m). At the Lake of Limpiopungo we will then continue toward the Rinconada camping site. After a rest, at night you can take a walk around the lake where you can observe birds such as gulls, ducks and other species.
Trek distance: 15 km – Elevation difference : + 650 meters
After breakfast, we collect the camping equipment. From here, we will continue our last (but not the least!) trek. This last day, the most challenging will take us to the gigantic Cotopaxi volcano. Starting from the Rinconada camping site, we will ascent until the refuge where our adventure ends. From there, a car will pick you up and drive you back to Hosteria Papagayo.
Trek distance: 10 km – Elevation difference : + 900 meters
Please note: In case of problems or difficulties during the days of trekking, we can provide help through cars, bikes or horses.
Necessary Equipment not included
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