Day 1: Arrival. Pick up at the airport, transfer to you hotel available.
Day 2: City Tour of Quito. We offer a scenic tour of Quito, a city of contrast between the Spanish colonial displays, pre-Colombian art and Inca culture. We also visit the national ethnological museum, which provides a good introduction to the history of Ecuador, several of the city's most interesting colonial churches, and the busy and traditional central market. Full day around Quito (take this day just for relaxation and the first day for acclimatization too).
Day 3: Pasochoa (4199m/13,772feet). We depart at 8.30 a.m. towards the 30 km south of Quito located Cerro Pasochoa at 4199m (13773ft). It is an ancient and highly eroded volcano which has been inactive since the last ice age. We drive until the car park from where we follow the track as it contours the east side of the mountain heading towards the rocky peak. This easy ascent will take us 3-4 hours to reach the summit. Rest for one hour, lunch in this time, and coming down to the parking car for 2 hours hiking down, bay our car back to Quito in the afternoon.
Day 4: Pichincha (4794m /15,724ft). We take our first acclimatization ascent on the 4794m (15,724ft) peak of the active volcano Guagua Pichincha. Quito is nestled on the slopes of this active volcano. Our primary goal here is to help each team member begin testing his or her response to higher elevation and to give our bodies a chance to get used to altitude, while enjoying the many photographic opportunities. Afternoon drive back to Quito.
Day 5: Refugio Ilinizas (4.600m/15,088feet). After breakfast a mid-morning departure from Quito to Ilinizas and to the parking lot. We travel for the Panamericana highway, we pass through very nice and agriculture areas and very grin areas and many Volcanoes in front of us you can see nice views and good time for pictures too. We will be arriving at an area called la Virgén. From here it is a 3 hour hike up to the refuge with our full back packing on us, the refuge is situated at 4,600m. Dinner and sleep in the refuge.
Day 6: Iliniza Norte (5.125m/16,810feet). Wake-up early in the morning at 5:00am breakfast, and departure for our 5,125m summit day attempt on Iliniza North. This peak is normally a fairly straight forward climb that sometimes requires acclimatization days. The trail on this mountain is send and Rock almost difficult for fine the way, if the water condition is bad with cloud for sure is very ease for last the way and last the person too. On one part of the way we will be use a fixed rope for pass or negotiate "Death Pass". After this pass we have the summit. Three hours average to reach the summit. Pictures time, Lunch. Descent for one 1,1/2 to refuge, resting before to going down to the parking lot at our private car 4x4 transportation will take us to hotel near to Cotopaxi National Park for one hour driving and put on our hotel resting night. Hotels, La Estacón, La Ciénega o Volcano Land.
Day 7: Cotopaxi. Cotopaxi Refugio (4800m/15,744ft) we live from the hotel after breakfast where our driving destination ends at the Cotopaxi car park, situated at (4550m/14,924ft) From here we have a forty-five minute hike with full packs up to the Jose Rivas Refuge on the Cotopaxi flank north West at 4800m (15,744ft) After arrival at the hut, we will enjoy a hot tea and a short rest before a training to the climbing rope nuts, Pruxiks and good driving for safety climbing in the mountains, rest, delicious dinner relax evening.
Day 8: Cotopaxi climbing School. Cotopaxi Glaciers School day. Wake up at 7am for breakfast. We continue adjusting to altitude acclimatization. We go on the glacier at 8:30am. And engage in the moderate glacier section a good activity. Where well be familiarize ourselves with the various climbing techniques, equipment work for climbing. Our guide get to you on a glacier skills all of techniques necessary for climbing the high peaks like Cayambe, Cotopaxi, Chimborazo and others mountains, too. We'll be learning and practicing rope-handling, glacier travel, snow climbing and basic crevasse rescue skills and safety techniques. The general procedures for high peak mountains. After 5 hours training we are back to refuge for delicious lunch and resting afternoon, Of course we Prepare our mountain gear for a midnight departure for Cotopaxi day summit. Early dinner and early to bed, usually by 6:30pm.
Day 9: Cotopaxi-summit (5897m/19,427feet). Wake up at midnight. Breakfast and equipment check-up. We leave the refuge at 1:00am. We will pass a group of uniform slopes and ice ramps of 30 and 35 degrees before reaching a glacier platform. We enjoy one of the most spectacular color displays in the Andes. From this point we see the valley below us where the morning sunrise welcomes us with incredible colors. Our route will pass under a base of rock 400 feet wide called Yanasacha. The quichua name says it all, its a black wall of impressive size. The Indians called it the route of the moon. Here we start climbing glacier slopes of 35 and 45 degrees, at the top of which we will only have 15 more minutes climb to emerge onto Ecuador's second highest summit: Volcano Cotopaxi at 5897m/19,427ft) Our approximate climbing time will have been 7 hours. Return to the refuge around 9 or 10:00am. Rest and hike back down to the 4 x 4 where we'll return to la Ciénega for a restful night.
Day 10: Resting Day or visit the Quilotoa crater like at 3900m/11,890feet).
Day 11: Chimborazo. Depart from La Cienega at 10:00am. Drive south of Cotopaxi where we will pass the agricultural towns of Latacunga and Ambato. Five hours drive crossing agricultural and indigenous areas where a picture or two may attract you. We will arrive at the lower refuge. We begin the day with a forty-minute walk with full packs up to the Whimper hut on the Chimborazo flank situated at 5000m/16,400ft.) Later we will take a short 2 or 3 hour hike around the ridge and then return to the refuge where we will rest and prepare ourselves for the early morning departure. Early dinner and once again we will go to bed early, at 6:30pm.
Day 12: Chimborazo 6310m/20697feet). With 5 summits, it is Ecuador's highest mountain and one massive volcano! We rise at midnight for breakfast and an equipment check-up. Leave the hut at 1:00am. We move immediately to the huge glacier on Chimborazo's southwest face where we first traverse moderately angled ice slopes, climb through a series of ice falls and up the steep ice ramps. Climbing simultaneously in moderate grounds belaying up the steep pitches. Our team will rope together in order to cross crevasses and finally make it to the summit. This is the highest point of the Andes and from here we have a magnificent view of the emerging volcanoes that form the eastern and western Cordillera. The said volcanoes seem to emerge from the clouds below our feet. Our approximate climbing time is 8 to 9 hours. Return to the refuge around noon. Lunch and return to Quito, arriving in the hotel in Quito at 8:00 pm.
Day 13: Departure out to international fly to home.
Extension trip: The way down the exotic adventure Amazon road.
Day 13: After Chimborazo we drive to Baños, Hotel.
Day 14: Rest day. Visit the nicer waterfalls around Baños.
Day 15: Baños Puyo. This day we leave from Baños by bike, we have a beautiful trip, the temperature is warm every minutes we go down hill to the Jungle. The road is over the Pastaza Canine River, in our descending road we have a look at a lot of forests as well, the nature changes on the way down. After long drive we have a swim in the River, nice refresh for our body good relax and continue to Puyo. We arrive in Puyo at 4 or 5pm. Hotel.
Day 16: Rafting day. In the morning we move from the Puyo City and head down to Misahuali. On the way we arrive at River Jatunyacu, Quichua name, (means big river) our guide will explain to you all you will need to know about rafting and beginning to raft for 25 km. Beautiful day, we pass nice rapids in our raft, this adventure will be nice for beginners and experts class III, in the afternoon we drive to cabañas, our hotel night in the Jungle. Near Misahuali.
Day 17: Misahualli - Napo River- Río Bueno camp. After breakfast, we’ll take a motorized canoe down the Napo River for 20 minutes. After landing at our destination, we’ll walk for approximately two hours through the rainforest before reaching our first campsite. The area through which we’ll walk is especially rich in micro fauna, such as butterflies and frogs. In the afternoon, upon arrival at our first campsite, we’ll have the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in the Río Bueno. Camp in the community Rio Bueno.
Day 18: Río Bueno-to Dumbiqui Community Camp. In the morning we’ll walk out from our camp for one hour along the forest after this short hike we meet us the Napo River here we taking a nicer day adventure on a native raft on the Napo River. We’ll have in the raft a lunch, after short rest we continue paddling down river in our raft. Arrival in our next camp around 5pm. Dumbiqui Camp. (Dumbiqui means toucan).
Day 19: After breakfast we walk in the forest and visit a nice natural waterfall from the Jungle, on the way we have the chance to see a lot of fauna, the local guide will tell us about the medicine plants that are used for the local people, after shower in the waterfall we head back to our camp for lunch and continue to our destination Coca City. After lunch, we’ll continue down river to Santa Rosa where we’ll visit an indigenous family very skilled in crafting traditional ceramics. Arriving in Coca around 6pm. Hotel La Mission.
Day 20: Flight Coca Quito. Free afternoon.
Day 21: Flight to Home, Transfer Out.
Note: If you would like to come and take this trip you will help a lot the Amazon. You don’t help this company only, you help the Andeans people of the Amazon too, the populations that live here, in this remotes areas with out all necessary. We firstly help through tourists, because we sleep in the houses of that families. Secondly we give some presents to the schools in each community we sleep; like notebooks, pencils, pens, play soccer ball etc. Also if you have same clothes like t-shirts and others light clothes, be nice and bring them with you! This presents help a lot on this road of the river for the Andean children. I am very lucky in all our trip here in this part of the adventure river and Amazon trip.
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