This trek travels around the eastern Andes, from the Papallacta highlands, around the foothills of the mystic Antisana, through Sincholagua, ending in the admirable Cotopaxi. A route that leaves great memories and unique views.
Total Distance: 63km
Day 1: El Tambo Town – Laguna del Volcán Lake
Starting the adventure in Quito, we will leave at 8:00 am in private transportation traveling for about two hours to a small town called El Tambo, located at 3,400m. From this point the hike will begin towards the backcountry. Our first campsite located in Laguna del Volcán Lake at 3,900m was formed by an eruption from Antisana that left a massive hardened lava flow crossing a river, creating a natural dam.
Day 2: Laguna del Volcán – Santa Lucía
As we start early to ascend the foothills of Antisana, we will reach the highest point on the route at 4,350m having a privileged view of the massive peak. This day we will walk through a variety of ecosystems, seeing abrupt changes in vegetation and weather. Our campsite for this night is located in the area called Santa Lucia at 4,100m.
Day 3: Santa Lucía – Sincholagua
After a healthy breakfast from our guides, we will pack everything and leave behind the green flat meadows of Antisana and start ascending towards Sincholagua to camp at 4,000m. If we are lucky we might see some condors around this area.
Day 4: Sincholagua – Cotopaxi
During the last day our journey will lead us towards the gigantic rock walls from Sincholagua, before taking the ridge that descends to Cotopaxi National Park at 3,800m, where our vehicles will be waiting for us to travel back to Quito in the afternoon.
During the total duration of the trekking there will be horses and horse keepers caring all the equipment (food, tents, equipment, etc) except from the pack with personal gear for the day. In average we will walk around four to five hours each day.