The volcanoes of Ecuador are well known among climbers.
Chimborazo is the furthest point from the center of the earth (due to our planet’s equatorial ‘bulge’). Our expedition to the highest mountain in Ecuador during the 16-day itinerary includes a thorough acclimatization program and glacier skills training, as well as climbing activity with a variety of technical equipment in a natural mountaineering environment.
This 16 day trip also enables us to experience the landscape, culture and people of the smallest Andean country. During the expedition we climb 5 volcanoes. The first 2 objectives provide good acclimatization, before we move on to Cayambe for a two-day glacier training program, culminating in an ascent of this popular peak. Cayambe provides the team members with the skills, fitness and degree of acclimatization necessary for success on the two higher peaks of Cotopaxi and Chimborazo. The expedition’s 5 objectives, in order of ascents, are: Guagua Pichincha 4,794m (15,724ft) or Rucu Pichincha 4,627m (15,176ft), and the three following mountains to begin the “real” adventure: Cayambe 5,790m (18,991ft), the third highest mountain, Cotopaxi volcano 5,897m (19,342ft), the world’s highest active volcano, and Chimborazo, at 6,310m (20,696ft).
Ecuador is perhaps the easiest and most pleasant of South American countries to travel in. Its capital city, Quito, has a beautifully preserved colonial character architecture. At an altitude of 2,800m (9,186ft), it has an invigorating, spring-like climate. During the expedition, we will have time to explore Quito and its enchanting Indian markets.
After arrival and pick-up for the first night in the hotel, we will spend 16 days in Ecuador including a day visiting the Indian market of Otavalo (one of the most famous in South America). Other resting days will include Baños, a quiet and relaxing city, to store up our energy after reaching the highest peaks.
The tour will begin in Ecuador with a climbing acclimatization at Guagua Pichincha, 4,794m (15,724ft) or Rucu Pichincha, 4,627m (15,176ft). We propose the three following mountains to begin the “real” adventure: Cayambe, 5,790m (18,991ft), is the third highest mountain, Cotopaxi volcano, 5,897m (19,342ft), is the world’s highest active volcano, and Chimborazo, 6,310m (20,696ft).
Transfer In to hotel. We suggest you arrive in Quito on Friday. The EAI team will meet you at the airport on arrival and give you an initial program orientation.
The first full day in Ecuador we drive north to Otavalo, the market town. During this day, you will get a good idea of the indigenous population and the products they sell at the market. Our visit is timed for a shopping day. You need to be very discreet while taking pictures, because this population doesn’t like being photographed. The Otavaleño Indians come down from their small villages in the surrounding mountains to sell their agricultural products and handicrafts. After a morning exploring, taking pictures and shopping, we hike one hill above the town of Otavalo and San Pablo lake, the biggest lake in Ecuador. After an hour and a half, we stop for our lunch at a restaurant, enjoying a typical Otavaleño and Ecuadorian meal. We’ll take an afternoon drive back to Quito, stopping at the Equatorial Monument or Equatorial line to take pictures in the latitude 00,00. B/L/-
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