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Trek the Unknown Andean Trail Altar Volcano

Joining this expedition, you will be of the bitten path exploring the most remote mountains and crater lakes of the Andes of Ecuador. Enjoy trekking the hidden trails used by multiple Indian groups including the Incas to reach the most sacred volcano in the region Altar, amazed yourself looking at magical nights full of stars while learning the ancient tales of the Andes. Dare yourself to reach to the horizon and beyond with the company of passionate and experimented guides.
Unique Experiences:

Trek hidden trails only known by experienced local guides and discover the real adventure of a lifetime exploring the most remote and unexplored volcano in the Andes “ Altar Volcano”.

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7 days


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  • What's included :
    • 6x Breakfast
    • 3x Dinner
    • 5x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 6 nights
    • Transportation: Comfortable land transportation.
    • Accommodation:5* hotel Quito,3 nights comfortable camping in the Andes,1 night in Colonial Hacienda
    • Activities: Trekking.
    • Out-door gear: Trekking stick, Dry bags, Eureka tents, air mattresses, bathroom tent
    • Staff: Certified AJ expert English-speaking adventure trip leader and local guides.
    • Entry/Admission - Altar Mountain
    • Entry/Admission - Laguna Quilotoa
    What's excluded :
    • My Own Room & Tent supplement
    • International flights
    • Airport transfers to/from Quito airport
    • Travel insurance (mandatory).
    • Meals not described in the itinerary
    • Personal expenses & Tips


    Stop At: Quito, Quito, Pichincha Province
    Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire.
    Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the town of Quito and the surrounding area. Adventure Journeys can help you to organize a day trip.
    In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day.
    Duration: 8 hours

    No meals included on this day.
    Accommodation included: Swissôtel Quito or similar.


    Stop At: Cotopaxi Province, Cotopaxi Province
    Today we have a scenery drive through the Avenue of Volcanoes, on the way depending on the weather you may be able to see Cotopaxi, Rumiñahui, Ilinizas, and Tungurahua volcanoes, driving down the Panamerican highway will make you enjoy the views of the colorful fields on the mountains, as the main activity is the agriculture we will easily recognize the plantations of corn, potatoes and the grain of gods quinua.
    About noon we will trek for about 5 hours to reach our campsite.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping


    Stop At: Altar Mountain, Riobamba Ecuador
    Today is the longest and most fantastic trek of this expedition, we will be gone for several hours trekking along this unique trails in the Paramo ecosystem, known for being so high in elevation as well as the thin oxygen that here exists. We will learn from our guides about the flora and the fauna of this area. The Mandur lagoon (4420 meters) is so amazing and we will spend some time admiring its beauty. In the afternoon we will return to the campsite where our chef will be waiting for a fantastic dinner.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping


    Stop At: Altar Mountain, Riobamba Ecuador
    Today after a very healthy breakfast we will continue our adventure with a trek as amazing as the one yesterday but shorter in distance. We will head to the most impressive crater lake (4250 meters), which is yellow because of the high concentration of sulfur.
    In the afternoon we go back to the campsite.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Camping


    Stop At: Cotopaxi Province, Cotopaxi Province
    Today we will return to the Hacienda Releche and drive to Cotopaxi Province and spend the night in a Colonial Hacienda.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Colonial Hacienda


    Stop At: Laguna Quilotoa, Laguna de Quilotoa, 070701 Ecuador
    After breakfast, we will take a car ride to The Ilinizas Ecological Reserve. After 2 hours we will have a quick stop at the Toachi canyon to enjoy the amazing view of this place, later we continue 10 minutes to the Quilotoa Volcano and get hiking into its crater. This lake is considered as one of the most beautiful crater lakes on earth, it is optional to kayak here, later we will hike or ride a mule back up and then drive back to Quito.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    Accommodation included: Swissôtel Quito or similar.

    Day 7: DEPARTURE

    Stop At: Quito, Quito, Pichincha Province
    Today our trip will end and you will have your International departures. Take with you your memories and photos and leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a "Buen Viaje"!
    Duration: 1 hour

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
  • Departure Point :
    Swissôtel Quito, Avenue 12 De Octubre 1820, Quito 170143, Ecuador
    Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
    • Mariscal Sucre Airport, Quito Ecuador
    Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 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
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Activity ID: V-59685P53

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