OVERVIEW

The Condor Trek is one of Ecuador’s most beautiful and famous hikes in the Andes mountains (it’s also called Ecuador’s Ruta del Condor). It takes 5 days, walking about 6 to 8 hours per day.  Spend the nights camping under the stars. Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery and breathtaking views as the trek ascents in the impressive Andean paramo.

Nights are spent in cozy tents and food is prepared for you by a cook who will also accompany you. You will see beautiful mountain lakes, one of the highest volcanoes in Ecuador, named Antisana (18,714 ft) and maybe, with a bit of luck, the biggest bird of the Andes, the condor.

With our professional mountain guide you will have an unforgettable experience on this hiking tour. The highest altitude of the trek is 14,763ft (the base of Volcano Sincholagua) in Ecuador’s stunning paramo as it passes the Antisana and Cotopaxi mountains.

Great on its own, this trip gets even better when paired with a Galapagos cruise or any other Ecuador-based adventure.,

TOUR FACTORS

Difficulty 75%
Adventure 85%
Comfort 30%
Family friendly 25%

ITINERARY:

Click to see every day in detail

On the first day we depart Quito in the morning to drive to El Tambo, a small village, a nearly 1:30-hour journey,  at an altitude of 11,200 feet, and close to Papallacta. After loading the pack-horses, the journey begins.

On this day, you will mainly hike on muddy paths and cross small streams where rubber boots are essential. The first camp site will be at the shore of a small lake, “Laguna del Volcán.” The hiking time is about 4-5 hours depending on the weather and your physical condition.

  Overnight in tent

  Meals included: Lunch | Dinner

After an early, energizing breakfast, we resume our  ascent to the second camp site, at the foot of the Antisana at 13,500 ft. The first two hours lead through muddy terrain and small forests to the Páramo, where there are no more trees, but the typical Páramo vegetation. From here on the ground is much drier. After hiking for about four more hours you will have a magnificent view of the Antisana mountain.

You go on past the Santa Lucía lagoon, located just between the lava´s peaks of Antisanilla and the Antizana volcano and reach the second camp site, sheltered in a valley, which is crossed by a small stream.

 Overnight in tent

 Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner,

Wake up in the lovely highland, with a stunning  view of the  mountains and a good breakfast. The inclination today is moderate. While you hike up, you can enjoy the beauty of the Ecuadorian Paramo. Look out for condors, caracaras and the Andean fox.

This part of the trek is considered the best place to spot Condor. Then you leave the Paramo and continue the ascent through the moraine of the old glacier, with a wonderful view of the Antisana’s south and central peak, and far away the Cotopaxi, Sincholagua, Rumiñahui and Cayambe. Today’s camping is at the foot of the Sincholagua. Hiking time today is approximately 7-8 hours and it is the most exhausting day.

 Overnight in tent 

 Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Another early morning start! Our hike leads us through different regions of the high Paramo, passing cows, rabbits, deer and different species of birds. We continue the steep trek upwards to the highest point of our tour at 14,800 ft., but from where  we have  a stunning, panoramic view of the surrounding valleys, rivers and mountains, all the way to the majestic Cotopaxi. From here, we descent  to our last camp, close to the Río Pita. This last stretch of the trek will be on solid and dry ground and will take all together roughly 5 hour.

 Overnight in tent

 Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

On our last day we  hike at the base of volcano Cotopaxi (19,347 ft.), which is the highest active volcano of the world. On our way we visit the Laguna Limpiopungo, where you have a beautiful view of the surrounding volcanoes Cotopaxi, Sincholagua und Rumiñahui. You reach the parking site and can start a hike to the refuge José Ribas at 15,750 feet, where you can warm yourself up with a cup of coffee or tea. After the hike, transfer by private vehicle back to Quito for the night and for some well-deserved rest and a hot shower.

 Hotel: Vieja Cuba (or similar)

 Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch

In time for your flight, we will take you to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  • Four (4) nights in 2-person tents, one (1) night in hotel in Quito
  • Professional bilingual, certified mountain guide
  • Transfers: Quito – El Tambo – Cotopaxi National Park – Quito
  • Meals: Full board
  • Tent for kitchen and toilet, camping equipment, boiled water, dishes and cutlery
  • Rubber boots
  • Pack Horse

starting from

$ 1145,- p.p.

in US DOLLAR

*Please contact us for special offers and child discounts. Prices are subject to change.

*Price based on double occupancy.

Consider as you reserve:

My own room: 

Single supplement fee: USD $35,-p.p (only in hotel possible)

Not Included:

> International airfare to and from destination
> Sleeping bag and personal hiking equipment
> Meals not described
> Alcoholic beverages or soft drinks
> Cost of medical immunizations as needed
> Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
> Cost of optional activities
> Excess baggage charges; airport taxes (if any);
> Optional gratuities to your guides
> Items of personal nature > Medical, hospitalization and evacuation costs (by any means)

Travel Insurance:

To protect your travel investment, we highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance. Travel insurance is intended to cover medical expenses, trip interruption and cancellation, theft and other losses incurred while traveling domestically or internationally.

Visa and Entry Requirements

Ecuador requires a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements.