Day 1: We will meet in Quito early and the morning and take the South Panamerican Highway all the way down to Machachi where we will change directions towards the east until we reach the village of Pedregal and further to the parking lot at (4,500m) where our driver will leave us. Getting to this point normally takes about 3 hours in total. Here we will start hiking up carrying our entire luggage until we reach the José Rivas Refugee at 4,800 meters above sea level. Here we will enjoy lunch and rest for a while. In the afternoon we’ll head to the glaciers to practice for the following day and back to the refugee before 6pm. Dinner will be served and we will rest until midnight.
Day 2: The team will wake you up at midnight and serve you a substantial breakfast, good enough to give you all the energy that you will need. At 1am we will start ascending the Cotopaxi, we are expected to reach the summit in 6 to 8 hours depending of the physical shape of the group. We will take small paths at a time between 30 and 40 degrees of inclination; some might even have an inclination of 50º. At the top of the Volcano you will be able to enjoy of an unforgettable sight and we will give you enough time to take all the pictures you want and delight on the beauty. It will take us approximately 2 hours to descent back to the refugee where we will pack our things and head back to Quito.
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