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Ascent to the Cotacachi volcano (4932 meters of altitude)

Private tour

Full Day

This is a high altitude ascent to the highest volcano in the region. The Cotacachi volcano called by the indigenous natives as Mama Cotacachi, in reference to the protective woman for the people of Otavalo and Cotacachi, is a dormant volcano. Its elevation is rocky with different crags in addition to presenting forests typical of the Andean zones of Ecuador. Ancient stories tell that the crater lake Cuicocha is full of the tears of the Cotacachi Mom for the sadness of not having her son by her side, the well known volcano Guagua Pichincha located in the city of Quito.
We leave before dawn and drive up to 4000 meters altitude. From here, we hike through meadows for 3 or 4 hours until we reach the snow line at about 4750 meters altitude. We rest for a while and enjoy the views of the Andes mountain range. Then we descend again and return by car to the starting point.
For safety reasons, we do not climb to the summit (4939 meters): there are times when there is erosion or strong winds at the top.
Difficulty: moderate-high
Duration: 8-10 hours
Includes: English-speaking local guide, private transportation, snack, park entrance fee.
Required: good walking shoes, sun protection, fleece or sweater, water (min. 1 liter), raincoat, reasonable physical condition at altitude.
Recommended: camera, walking sticks
Note: You can also do this trek in two days with one night camping on the mountain.