Day 1: Our journey begins very early in the morning in the city of Quito, we will drive south through the Panamerican Highway until we reach the Chasqui, here we will take a new route east that will lead us to the cabins of “Paja Blanca” or “white straw”. This ride will take us about 2 hours…here we will leave all our belongings and start an acclimatization hike that will start at the Limpiopungo Lake towards the Rumiñahui Volcano. We will enjoy the high plateaus and the amazing Andean landscape with stunning volcanoes such as the Antisana, Chimborazo and Sincholagua. We will hike up to the summit for about 5 hours and head back another 2. Back at “Paja Blanca” we will enjoy of a delicious dinner and a good night rest.
Day 2: Breakfast will be served at 9am; We will then head to the Cotopaxi museum and back to “Paja Blanca” to pack and get ready for the two days to come. In less than one hour ride we will arrive to the Cotopaxi parking lot and hike for another hour until reaching the José Rivas Refugee at 4,800 meters above sea level. We will have enough time to rest and enjoy lunch. In the afternoon we will head to one of the glaciers to practice at 5.000 meters above sea level and back to the refugee before 6pm where we’ll serve you dinner and let you rest until midnight
Day 3: 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 on 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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