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Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes - Exodus Travels
Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes - Exodus Travels
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10 reviews
Starts
Quito
+8 Destinations
Andes Mountains
Ends
Quito
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Highlights

Start and end in Quito! With the hiking & trekking tour Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Quito, Ecuador and 6 other destinations in Ecuador. Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Physical Rating
Extreme

10 Reviews

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  • Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes reviewer 1
    Written on September 6, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    An excellent experience but serious thought needs to be given to the difficulty of Cotopaxi.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Should have been reaching the summit  of cotopaxi, but this didn't happen.What did you think of your group leader?Diago was very  friendly, organised and comunnicated well with the groupl. He was very approachable and spoke very good English.Unfortunately he was the only guide and the group of 12 divided into 2 different abilities on the ascents of the earlier volcanoes.I was in the slower group and we lost contact with Diago and the front group on several occaions.I have never been on a trek where there is not a back marker.   Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The climb to summit Cotopaxi is extremely challanging and must be achieved in a set time. I have summited several peaks in Nepal, at a slow pace and with help from the guides. The climbing guides for Cotopaxi only guided and did not help.Given time and help I feel I could have acheived more on Cotopaxi, so slightly dissapointed.   My advice is - Do not under-estimate the difficulty of this climb. Is there anything else you would like to add?Although the above sounds a bit negative this was a fantastic trek. The acclimatisatin process works well and the trekking was fabulous. Helped by a jovial  group and very good weather.  The organisation was excellent and the hotel in Quito and the 2 Haciendas were way above my expectations for comfort and lovely places to stay. The food was plentiful and varied. Even 3 course dinners when camping! We had an enjoyable day refreshing and learning new glacial  skills on Cayambe. The  following early morning walk was challanging and a taster of what was to come on Cotopaxi. 

  • Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes reviewer 2
    Written on September 6, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    An excellent experience but serious thought needs to be given to the difficulty of Cotopaxi.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Should have been reaching the summit  of cotopaxi, but this didn't happen.What did you think of your group leader?Diago was very  friendly, organised and comunnicated well with the groupl. He was very approachable and spoke very good English.Unfortunately he was the only guide and the group of 12 divided into 2 different abilities on the ascents of the earlier volcanoes.I was in the slower group and we lost contact with Diago and the front group on several occaions.I have never been on a trek where there is not a back marker.   Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The climb to summit Cotopaxi is extremely challanging and must be achieved in a set time. I have summited several peaks in Nepal, at a slow pace and with help from the guides. The climbing guides for Cotopaxi only guided and did not help.Given time and help I feel I could have acheived more on Cotopaxi, so slightly dissapointed.   My advice is - Do not under-estimate the difficulty of this climb. Is there anything else you would like to add?Although the above sounds a bit negative this was a fantastic trek. The acclimatisatin process works well and the trekking was fabulous. Helped by a jovial  group and very good weather.  The organisation was excellent and the hotel in Quito and the 2 Haciendas were way above my expectations for comfort and lovely places to stay. The food was plentiful and varied. Even 3 course dinners when camping! We had an enjoyable day refreshing and learning new glacial  skills on Cayambe. The  following early morning walk was challanging and a taster of what was to come on Cotopaxi. 

  • Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes reviewer 3
    Written on March 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Programme slightly altered to take into consideration some very wet weather.Great group, great leader, great locationsWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Lots.What did you think of your group leader?Very knowledgeable. Top priority our safety and enjoyment. Soon became a friend.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Can't be gauranteed but try to choose the dry season.Is there anything else you would like to add?A fantastic experience.

  • Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes reviewer 4
    Written on March 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Programme slightly altered to take into consideration some very wet weather.Great group, great leader, great locationsWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Lots.What did you think of your group leader?Very knowledgeable. Top priority our safety and enjoyment. Soon became a friend.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Can't be gauranteed but try to choose the dry season.Is there anything else you would like to add?A fantastic experience.

  • Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes reviewer 5
    Written on March 3, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    My first time with Exodus-very well organised and a great itinerary but first week enjoyment marred by some fairly attrocious weather and conditions. However the second week more than made up for that  and the weather peaked at the right time such that when we summitted Cotapaxi we had the clearest possible sky and hence some great viewsWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Clealry reaching the Summit of Cotapaxi was the highlight-it was not an easy summit but we were fortunate to enjoy some great weather that morning and hence superb views to go with the satisfaction of reaching the goal.What did you think of your group leader?Ed was the local guide-great energy, sense of humour and kept our spirtis up in the first week when the weather was against usDo you have any advice for potential travellers?This is not an easy trek and do not attempt it unless you are fit, agile and plenty of energyIs there anything else you would like to add?This trek had a bit of everythig and not a simple start at A and walk to B-Great variety, a great country and as it says Cotapaxi is a tough final challenge

  • Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes reviewer 6
    Written on March 3, 2012
    3.0 - Average

    My first time with Exodus-very well organised and a great itinerary but first week enjoyment marred by some fairly attrocious weather and conditions. However the second week more than made up for that  and the weather peaked at the right time such that when we summitted Cotapaxi we had the clearest possible sky and hence some great viewsWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Clealry reaching the Summit of Cotapaxi was the highlight-it was not an easy summit but we were fortunate to enjoy some great weather that morning and hence superb views to go with the satisfaction of reaching the goal.What did you think of your group leader?Ed was the local guide-great energy, sense of humour and kept our spirtis up in the first week when the weather was against usDo you have any advice for potential travellers?This is not an easy trek and do not attempt it unless you are fit, agile and plenty of energyIs there anything else you would like to add?This trek had a bit of everythig and not a simple start at A and walk to B-Great variety, a great country and as it says Cotapaxi is a tough final challenge

  • Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes reviewer 7
    Written on March 17, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Overall it was a great trip, it delivered everything promised in the trip notes and more. Everyone in the group got along very well and we gelled as a team very quickly.  I think the trip is an ideal stepping stone if you are planning to climb higher or more technical peaks in the future. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Summiting Cotopaxi would be the most inspiring moment, especially after climbing through the night. The trip provides great training and acclimatisation throughout but its fair to say that the Cotopaxi climb is very challenging. All of the climbers from our group summited successfully and we were fortunate enough to have good weather on our side during the climb.Other inspirational moments during the trip would include seeing a condor soaring above the Yanaurco volcano and climbing the Imbabura volcano in bad weather.What did you think of your group leader?Diego was a good group leader and he was friendly, helpful , professional and very knowledgeable.  The other members of staff and the mountain guides on Cotopaxi were also excellent and they all deserve a mention here as well. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?To get the most out of this trip you need to be in good physical shape before you arrive in Ecuador. If you are tall with big feet , like me, it would be wise to bring your own boots and crampons rather than renting locally in Ecuador. Also, bring a climbing helmet if you have one.  It can get a bit wet at times in Ecuador so remember your goretex jacket and over trousers.

  • Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes reviewer 8
    Written on March 17, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Overall it was a great trip, it delivered everything promised in the trip notes and more. Everyone in the group got along very well and we gelled as a team very quickly.  I think the trip is an ideal stepping stone if you are planning to climb higher or more technical peaks in the future. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Summiting Cotopaxi would be the most inspiring moment, especially after climbing through the night. The trip provides great training and acclimatisation throughout but its fair to say that the Cotopaxi climb is very challenging. All of the climbers from our group summited successfully and we were fortunate enough to have good weather on our side during the climb.Other inspirational moments during the trip would include seeing a condor soaring above the Yanaurco volcano and climbing the Imbabura volcano in bad weather.What did you think of your group leader?Diego was a good group leader and he was friendly, helpful , professional and very knowledgeable.  The other members of staff and the mountain guides on Cotopaxi were also excellent and they all deserve a mention here as well. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?To get the most out of this trip you need to be in good physical shape before you arrive in Ecuador. If you are tall with big feet , like me, it would be wise to bring your own boots and crampons rather than renting locally in Ecuador. Also, bring a climbing helmet if you have one.  It can get a bit wet at times in Ecuador so remember your goretex jacket and over trousers. Is there anything else you would like to add?Take a trip to the Equator line momument, mitad del mundo,  its a great photo opportunity for everyone in the group. Try Fin McCools Irish bar in the Mariscal Sucre 'Gringolandia' district of Quito. I'm Irish and it qualifies as the most bizarre Irish bar I have seen anywhere in the world. Quiz night is Tuesday and it was a lot of fun. Our group came second, winning a jug of beer.   

  • Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes reviewer 9
    Written on October 4, 2007
    4.0 - Good

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing Chimborazo - perfect weather; we got all the way to the Whymper needles. The views were spectacular and there was a real sense of achievement at reaching 5400 metres in one piece!What did you think of your group leader?Really good - patient, knowledgeable; made sure that we were all ok. Really good fun.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take aspirin for the altitude. Being vegetarian isn't easy in Ecuador, but we were lucky to have a cook who understood! Elsewhere, you'll end up eating a lot of pasta.Is there anything else you would like to add?Really worth the effort of getting there; Ecuador is a beautiful, fertile country and the people are incredibly accommodating and helpful. The holiday is very varied, so there's something for everyone.

  • Ecuador: Avenue of the Volcanoes reviewer 10
    Written on October 4, 2007
    4.0 - Good

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing Chimborazo - perfect weather; we got all the way to the Whymper needles. The views were spectacular and there was a real sense of achievement at reaching 5400 metres in one piece!What did you think of your group leader?Really good - patient, knowledgeable; made sure that we were all ok. Really good fun.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take aspirin for the altitude. Being vegetarian isn't easy in Ecuador, but we were lucky to have a cook who understood! Elsewhere, you'll end up eating a lot of pasta.Is there anything else you would like to add?Really worth the effort of getting there; Ecuador is a beautiful, fertile country and the people are incredibly accommodating and helpful. The holiday is very varied, so there's something for everyone.

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Quito.
  2. Day 2: City tour and equipment check.
  3. Day 3: Acclimatisation hike at Cuicocha Crater Lake.
  4. Day 4: Start Pinan trek; walk to a small Indian village.
  5. Day 5: Camp beside Yanacocha Lake.
  6. Day 6: Climb the extinct volcano of Yanaurco (4530m).
  7. Day 7: End trek; relax in hot springs.
  8. Day 8: Visit the Otavalo Indian market.
  9. Day 9: Summit Imbabura Volcano (4600m).
  10. Day 10: To Antisana National Park; ice skills class on glacier (approx 4700m).
  11. Day 11: Ice skills training; to Quito.
  12. Day 12: Free day in Quito to relax.
  13. Day 13: To Cayambe N.P.; hike to refuge (4700m).
  14. Day 14: Climb Cayambe (non climbers hike in N.P); to Quito.
  15. Day 15: End Quito.

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Start and end in Quito.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 348 km.
  • Quito (Ecuador)
  • 56 km
  • Cuicocha (Ecuador)
  • 14 km
  • Otavalo (Ecuador)
  • 12 km
  • Imbabura (Ecuador)
  • 12 km
  • Otavalo (Ecuador)
  • 88 km
  • Antisana Ecological Reserve (Ecuador)
  • 54 km
  • Quito (Ecuador)
  • 43 km
  • Cayambe (Ecuador)
  • 19 km
  • Lago San Pablo (Ecuador)
  • 51 km
  • Quito (Ecuador)

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