The Pichinchas are two volcanoes in the west of Quito. The inactive volcano Rucu Pichincha is closer to Quito and with an altitude of ca. 4680m the lower one. It has become a very popular hike since a cable car goes from Quito up its slopes to over 4000m thus making it much easier to reach its summit. Nevertheless due to the high altitude this is not a hike for your first day in Quito. Take your time to acclimatize yourself to the height so you can enjoy this beautiful trek through the highlands and the great views over the northern Ecuadorian Andes from the summit.
1.Day: Summit of Volcano Rucu Pichincha
From your hotel in Quito you drive to the western side of the city to take a ride on the city’s new Teleferico, which gives us a spectacular view over the city and its surroundings. The cable car whisks us from an altitude of 2950 m to a lookout over 4050m within 15 minutes. As the Teleferico is located on the eastern side of Pichincha Volcano you will be able to enjoy fantastic and inspiring views of Quito and more than 14 peaks of the Andes. From here you start your hike up the slopes to the summit of Rucu Pichincha Volcano. This ca. 2-3 hours hike up and 1.5 hours down will take you through the typical Paramo (Andean highland) vegetation of the Andes up to the rocky summit of Rucu Pichincha. From the 4.680m (15450 ft) high summit you have great sights on a clear day, with Quito down in the valley below you and the surrounding snow capped volcanoes Cayambe, Antisana and Cotopaxi in the horizon. After having lunch you descend back to the Teleferico and return to Quito. -/L/-
B: Breakfast / L: Lunch / D: Dinner
USD 120, - per person with minimum 2 people
USD 220,- with one person
Included in the Price:
Private transportation, cable car ticket, qualified English speaking mountain guide, meals according to the itinerary, first aid kit.
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 Rucu Pichincha is not technical the high altitude and some 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 Rucu Pichincha as a good acclimatization is essential for a successful ascent.