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3-Day Altar Volcano Trekking Tour to Laguna Amarilla from Riobamba

• Take a 3-day trek in the heart of the Andes, to the extinct Altar Volcano in the Sangay National Park
• One of the most impressive mountain adventures in a dream-like landscape.
• Visit the Eastern Andean Mountain Chain and its beautiful green spaces.
• Delight your senses with the panoramic view of Laguna Amarilla at 4300 m.a.s.l.
• This trek includes professional guidance, sleepover at the refugee and meals
• Trekking level: Moderate to Strenuous

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3 days


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  • What's included :
    • 2x Breakfast
    • 2x Dinner
    • 3x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 2 nights
    • Transportation from Riobamba to Sangay National Park and back
    • Bilingual Treking Guide
    • 2 nights accommodation and Collanes Refugee
    • Filtered water, coffee, and tea.
    • Basic treking equipment and waterproof bags for on the mules.
    What's excluded :
    • Meals/ activities not mentioned on the itinerary
    • Gratuities

  • Day 1: Departure from Riobamba City - Hike to Altar Refuge

    Stop At: Sangay National Park, Miles From Banos 43, Riobamba 060150 Ecuador
    Start the day in the beautiful city of Riobamba, our guides will pick you up at your accommodation hotel around 9:00 AM. After an hour ride by private transportation, arrive at a large hacienda located in the Sangay National Park (height of 3070 m.a.s.l.).

    Here, with the help of your guide, you will get ready and mount all the necessary equipment on the horses and begin the adventure. Depending on the weather, you may catch sight of Altar Volcano in the distance next to the Collanes River valley.

    The hike is approximately 6 hours until you reach the Refuge of “El Altar” which is located at an altitude of 3830 m.a.s.l.

    Dinner and overnight at Collanes Refuge.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Collanes Refuge.

    Day 2: Collanes Valley - Laguna Amarilla Hike

    Stop At: Altar Mountain, Riobamba Ecuador
    We start the day with a delicious breakfast, followed later by a walk through the Valley of Collanes to the Laguna Amarilla which is the crater of the volcano. We are gonna reach a platform at a height of 4300 m.a.s.l. (the highest point of this trekking tour in Ecuador). From this point we will have a panoramic view of the lagoon formed by the melting of its snowy peaks. We will return to the Refuge.
    Duration: 6 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Collanes Refuge.

    Day 3: Return to Riobamba

    Pass By: Catedral de Riobamba, Streets June 5 between Veloz and Orozco, Riobamba 060150 Ecuador
    In the morning, after breakfast, hike down to the hacienda and starting point of this trip, to then ride to Riobamba at be back at 2:00 PM approx.


    You will hike between four and six hours over the Andean Trails every day. The trek starts at an altitude of 3,830 m (12,566 ft), you will reach the highest point of the trek at 4,300 m (14,108 ft) on the second day. The trek goes up and down over muddy trails and steep hills. Be mentally prepared to be hiking through the deep mud for several hours.

    What to Bring:

    Warm, and also light comfortable waterproof clothing, hiking boots, several pairs of socks, they will get wet and muddy every day. You should also bring a full set of clean clothes so you can get changed when you reach the hut. Water bottle, sunblock, sunglasses, pocket money and passport.

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Your hotel of stay at Riobamba CityAddress: Your hotel of stay at Riobamba City.Directions: Your hotel of stay at Riobamba CityDates: THURSDAY & SUNDAYReturn point: Your hotel of stay at Riobamba CityIMPORTANT NOTE: A voucher will be sent with the exact place and time to start the tour
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • What to bring: Warm clothes, waterproof jacket, gloves, sunscreen, hat, hiking shoes, extra pair of socks, extra pants
    • Clothing Suggestions: Comfortable and warm clothes (appropriate for location). Comfortable hiking shoes, walking stick
    • Note: The tour is not private. Travelers will share services with a group. Maximum people per tour is 12
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Organised by Nature Galapagos & Ecuador

Activity ID: V-19569P37

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