Ruminahui is an extinct volcano in the Cotopaxi National Park about 45Km southwest of Quito only 13 km northwest of Cotopaxi with a wide high plain between the two volcanoes. The Volcano is named after a famous general of the last Inka Atahualpa Ruminahui what means “face of stone” and seeing the huge rocky summit of this volcano it is easy to understand why. Located quite in the middle of the central valley of the northern Ecuadorian Andes you have great views from its top. But also the hike up through the national park is very interesting as you get a really good insight in the flora and with a little bit of luck also fauna of the Andes. Watch out for the Andean Colibri and the Condor and get to know about the healing powers of plants like the Chuquirahua or the Valeriana.
Day 01: Quito– Cotopaxi National Park
In the morning you depart from Quito on the Pan-American Highway south passing the little Andean town Machachi to the Cotopaxi National Park. You will make a short stop at the small Museum to learn about the flora and fauna of the region before you continue to the high plateau to the lagoon Limpiopungo on a height of 3.800 at the foothills of 4.712m high extinct volcano peak Rumiñahui. Here you will have a spectacular view on the giant volcano cone Cotopaxi and start the hike up to the summit. You walk up the long slopes of the volcano to the northwest, passing a plain and following a grassy ridge you reach the base of the main summit from where you have to do some easy rock climbing to the top. If the weather is good enjoy Lunch in 4712m altitude with great views on Cotopaxi just on the other side of the high plain! In the afternoon you hike back to the car at lagoon Limpiopungo and from there return to Quito which you reach in the evening. -/L/-
B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner
USD 150, - per person with minimum 2 people
USD 270,- with one person
Included in the Price:
Private transportation, qualified English speaking mountain guide, meals according to the itinerary, first aid kit, national park entrance fee.
Not Included in the Price:
Personal equipment, tips, travel insurance, mountain equipment: warm and waterproof clothes, sunglasses, gloves etc.
What to bring with you:
Personal equipment, travel insurance, mountain equipment: warm and waterproof clothes (Fleece and Gore-Tex), sunglasses, gloves, sun block, hat, trekking shoes, canteen, and camera.
Please note Though the climb of Ruminahui is not technical the high altitude and the easy rock climbing at the summit complicate the ascent. Therefore a good physical condition is necessary for this hike. Ideally you have already been some days in the altitude e.g. Quito before climbing Ruminahui as a good acclimatization is essential for a successful ascent.