Condor Trek – Hiking Ecuador’s Ruta del Condor
The Condor Trek is one of Ecuador’s most beautiful treks for hiking in Ecuador (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 in Ecuador.
Great on its own, this trip gets even better when paired with a Galapagos cruise or any other Ecuador-based adventure.
Highlights: Camp in the beautiful Ecuadorian Andes, see snow-covered volcanos up close
Number of days: 6
Interests: Hiking & Trekking, Nature & Wildlife
Total CO2 emission, in lb (per day for cruises): 140
Day 1: Begin of the Condor TrekYou leave Quito at around 7:00 am to drive to El Tambo, a small village, a nearly 1:30-hour journey, at an altitude of 11,200 feet. After loading the pack-horses the journey begins. On this day, you will mainly hike on muddy paths and cross small streams, so you will need rubber boots. The first camp site will be at the shore of a small lake, “Laguna del Volcán.” The hiking time is about 6 hours depending on the weather and your physical condition. Overnight in tent Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 2: Antisana VolcanoAfter an early energizing breakfast, we resume the hike to 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 views 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, in a valley which is crossed by a small stream. Overnight in tent Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 3: Volcano SincholaguaWake 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 is approximately 7-8 hours. Overnight in tent Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 4: Camp Río PitaToday, you start early in the morning again. The hike leads you through different regions of the high Paramo, passing cows, rabbits, deer and different species of birds. Continue the trek upwards in the alpine wilderness to make your way to the pass at 14,800 ft., from where you have a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys, rivers and mountains, all the way to the majestic Cotopaxi. From here, you follow a long descent. You spend the night at the camp by the Río Pita. Overnight in tent Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Day 5: Cotopaxi VolcanoOn your last day you will do a hike at the volcano Cotopaxi (19,347 ft.), which is the highest active volcano of the world. On your way you will visit the Laguna de Limpiopungo. From there 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
Day 6: QuitoDepart at any time. Meals included: Breakfast
Price per person: US$ 1,190.00
(based on 2 people traveling)
- 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
- International or domestic flights
- Personal expenses
- Personal trekking equipment (sleeping bag)
- Optional excursions and activities
- Personal travel insurance
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