Pichincha`s Peaks

Quito, the Capital of Ecuador lays at the foothills of Pichincha volcano. This iconic mountain is composed by several summits, the three main ones are Rucu Pichincha, meaning Old Pichincha, is the most ancient of the craters; Padre Encantado, meaning Enchanted Father and Guagua Pichincha, meaning Baby Pichincha, which is the youngest and still active crater, but ironically the highest summit with 15.700 ft / 4.790 m.

This route passes by all this peaks and is a great alternative to be hiking in highlands with a spectacular view of Quito and its surroundings. The hike begins with an ascent to the ridge of Guagua Pichincha from where you will be able to observe its crater and geysers, and continues descending alongside of the Padre Encantado to end with the Ruco Pichincha summit before descend to Cruz Loma and take a ride down to Quito by cable car.
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Hiking Distance 9.3 mi / 15 km
Hiking Time 9 hours
Fitness Level Moderate
Technical Level Easy
Maximum Elevation 15.700 ft / 4.790 m
Minimum Elevation 13.120 ft / 4.000 m

INFORMATION YOU SHOULD KNOW!

  • Guagua Pichincha volcano’s crater
  • Panoramic view of Quito and the surrounding volcanoes
  • Andean moor
  • Flora and fauna of the moor
  • Quito’s Teleférico (cable car)
  • Transportation
  • Bilingual certified guide
  • Box Lunch
  • Supply of fresh, clean water
  • Permits and park fees
  • Quito’s Teleférico entrance fee
  • Climbing helmet
  • Extra meals
  • Extra sports and alcoholic drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

REQUIRED

  • Day backpack (20 L)
  • Comfortable, warm clothing
  • Thermal gloves and hat
  • Comfortable hiking boots
  • Rain jacket
  • Cap, sunglasses and sun screen
  • Bottles or Camelbak to refill water for the hike

RECOMMENDED

  • Camera
  • Rain pants
  • Personal first aid kit and medicines
  • Dry bag to protect electronic devices and personal stuff
  • Trekking poles
  • Change of clothes and shoes
DAY HIKES
5P or more 4P 3P 2P 1P
$110 $125 $155 $195 $345

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