Ecuador Volcanoes Cayambe (18,990'), Cotopaxi (19,347'), Chimborazo (20,561')

IMG Ecuador Volcanoes Itinerary

Day Trip 1 Trip 2 Cotopaxi & Cayambe Itinerary
Day 015-Nov-227-Jan-23Depart home for flights to Quito. Most flights arrive to Quito around midnight.
Day 026-Nov-228-Jan-23Morning tour of Old Town Quito. Depart Quito for the town of Otavalo. Lunch will be at a local restaurant on the way, where we will have a chance to sample the hardy potato soup this region is known for. In the afternoon, we will visit a local weaver in the town of Peguche. Night will be spent in Otavalo.
Day 037-Nov-229-Jan-23Early morning visit to the famous Otavalo Indigenous Market. We will hike to the top of Fuya Fuya (13,986') after our market visit. We will return to Hotel Otavalo for a second night there.
Day 048-Nov-2210-Jan-23Acclimatization hike to the summit of Imbabura (15,109'). Transfer that afternoon to Hacienda Guachala near the town of Cayambe where we will begin to prep our climbing equipment in the evening/afternoon.
Day 059-Nov-2211-Jan-23Drive to the Oleas-Ruales-Berge Hut (15,902') on Cayambe. The group will spend the afternoon relaxing at the hut and discuss topics including high altitude and expedition climbing.
Day 0610-Nov-2212-Jan-23Training day on the lower slopes of Cayambe. Review to include basic cramponing, proper use of the ice axe and roped travel. Second night spent at the hut.
Day 0711-Nov-2213-Jan-23Summit attempt of Cayambe (18,996'). Return to the hut, pack gear and transfer to Papallacta for the night at the famed hot springs and hotel.
Day 0812-Nov-2214-Jan-23Drive to Hacienda El Porvenir at the base of Cotopaxi; this hacienda is a great staging spot for our climb and is very close to Cotopaxi itself.
Day 0913-Nov-2215-Jan-23The team will head to the José F. Ribas Refuge located near the glacial tongue of Cotopaxi. This refuge is quite new and sits at 15,970'.
Day 1014-Nov-2216-Jan-23Summit attempt on Cotopaxi (19,347'). Return to refuge, pack up all our gear and drive onward to the Hotel Cienega, outside the city of Latacunga.
Day 1115-Nov-2217-Jan-23Visit with Jorge Anhalzer, famed Ecuadorian explorer, climber, photographer, journalist, ultra-light pilot and old friend. Lunch of Ecuadorian dishes prepared by Romulo's wife, Patricia, at their home. Return to Quito for the night.
Day 1216-Nov-2218-Jan-23Free day in Quito. A fun option for the group is to take the Teleferico (gondola) up to hike around Pichincha, a mountain just on the outskirts of Quito with great views of the city. Other folks may choose to visit the museum and residence of famous Ecuadorean artist Guayasamin. The team will then have a final dinner at a beautiful restaurant in town, finish up packing and transfer to the airport for flights home.
Day 1317-Nov-2219-Jan-23Most flights to the United States depart Quito just after midnight. That's the night of Day 12/morning of Day 13. Catch connecting flights to your home and arrive home on Day 13.

**Day 11 or 12 can be made available as a contingent day, if needed, to wait out bad weather on either climb.

Chimborazo Extension
Day 1318-Nov-2220-Jan-23Drive from Quito south to the Whymper Hut (15,744') on Chimborazo. Night spent there.
Day 1419-Nov-2221-Jan-23First possible summit attempt from the hut.
Day 1520-Nov-2222-Jan-23Summit bid of Chimborazo (20,564 feet) or weather contingency day. Late evening return to Quito. Hotel night in Quito.
Day 1621-Nov-2223-Jan-23Early morning departure (just after midnight) from Quito to the U.S. and catch connecting flights for home.

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