Ecuador IDEAL 5 Days / 4 Nights

This program is an excellent option for trekking in the Northern Andes in beautiful mountains and lakes and ending with Cayambe5790m summit. We focus on a good acclimatization while enjoying amazing sceneries and culture. While Cotopaxi was the most climbed mountain in Ecuador and now being active, Cayambe is now the highlight for mountaineers.

Cayambe5 Days/4Nights

Per day

Altitude in m

Day

Itinerary

Accommodation

Drive

Hiking

Max

Accommodation

1

FuyaFuya

Hotel in Otavalo

2,5 hrs

5 hrs

4696

2500

2

Imbabura

Hotel in Otavalo

1 hrs

6 hrs

4600

2500

3

Cuicocha/Otavalo

Hotel in Otavalo

2 hrs

6 hrs

3200

2500

4

Cayambe

Mountain refuge

2 hrs

1 hrs

4600

4600

5

Cayambe Summit

2 hrs

10 hrs

5790

2800

Ecuador-Ideal

Itinerary

Itinerary5 days/4 nights

Day 1: FuyaFuya 4200 m –Otavalo
Pickup at your hotel in Quito and then we travel north; in a 2 hour trip through the mountains of the Andes we reach one of the most popular tourist destinations, Otavalo. There we will take a small road, which will take us to the Mojanda lagoon, where our first trek to the FuyaFuya will start. After the trekking we descend to Otavalo and enjoy the beautiful hacienda where we will have dinner and spend the night.
Accommodation: Hotel in Otavalo
Meals: box lunch, dinner

Day 2: Imbabura 4600m
We start at the foothill of Imbabura. This imposing mountain has the perfect positive slope to train in altitude, from 3400m to 4600m. A very nice hike with great views to the valley. Then we return to the hotel in Otavalo to rest.
Accommodation: Hotel in Otavalo
Meals: breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Day 3: Cuicocha trekking – Otavalo Market
Our trekking around the CuicochaCrater Lake will take us 5 hours. After that we will visit the major city known for their Ecuadorian leatherCotacachi and continue to descend to Otavalo where we will visit the market. The Otavaleños are the most traditional indigenous in Ecuador and differ by their clothing from other indigenous in Ecuador. Here we will have the time to buy crafts and enjoy the colorful market. In the late afternoon we will head back to our lodge.
Accommodation: Hotel in Otavalo
Meals: breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Day 4: Cayambe refuge 4600 m
Today we head to the Cayambe volcano, the third highest mountain in Ecuador after the Chimborazo and the Cotopaxi. We will drive to the Oleas refuge (4600 m). Here we will get accommodation and enjoy the spectacular view over the Ecuadorian highlands. Food will be served at the refuge and we will spend the night here.
Accommodation: Hotel in Otavalo
Meals: breakfast, box lunch, dinner

Day 5: Cayambe 5790 m
Our ascension will begin at midnight. The Cayambe is similar to the Cotopaxi, the ascension is not of a technical type, it consists in crossingsome crevasses and being in a good health condition. We reach the peak early in the morning where a spectacular view will be presented in front of us. For the ascension and back we will need around 9 hours.
Meals: box lunch breakfast (ascent), lunch

Included:

  • Local certified English/Spanisg-speaking mountain guide
  • Accommodation mentioned above
  • Private transportation
  • Meals mentioned in program above
  • Transportation, Accommodations, meals for all guides and driver

Not included:

  • Airfare
  • Soft and alcoholic beverages
  • Extras and services not mentioned above
  • Insurance
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Glacier, climbing and extra trekking gear (we can assist with the rental)
  • Taxes

 

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