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Hiking Ecuador

Best time to travel
Dec – Mar
Ideal length
12 nights
Perfect for
Hikers

At a glance

  • Return flights from Dublin to Quito.
  • All private transfers and guiding requirements.
  • 12 nights’ accommodation in Quito and Ibarra as well as full-board mountain lodging in the Cotopaxi area.
  • Experience an unforgettable six day guided all-inclusive hiking adventure through the Andean mountains and mighty Cotopaxi Volcano.
  • Enjoy a host of bespoke activities like horse-riding through the Andes, and explorations of the cloud forests and high open grasslands of Ecuador.
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Introduction

On a spectacular journey through the Ecuadorian Andes, experience unforgettable memories as you reach the top of the world’s highest active volcano. On this suggested itinerary, we will take you on a guided exploration of lesser explored Ecuador, through its cultural villages, crater rims and towering mountainscapes. An incredible adventure, we’ll be by your side to ensure a seamless hiking holiday that is filled with wonderful memories and achievements.

Trip Overview

Depart from Dublin to Quito.

Your private driver will be waiting to transfer you to your luxury hotel in Quito. Spend two nights in the city and allow us to reserve tables at some of our favourite restaurants. We can also arrange a guided tour of Quito’s historical landmarks.

Your off the beaten track adventure begins.

Start with an experiential two night stay in the Valley of the Volcanoes, where you can set out on horse riding adventures through the spectacular landscapes of the Andean Mountains.

Hiking Ecuador
Set out on your guided Cotopaxi hiking expedition.

Witness the breathtaking landscapes of Ecuador, visit indigenous villages and admire the incredible volcanic crater of Quilotoa Caldera. Each night during your seven night hike, we’ll arrange accommodation in renowned mountain lodges.

Hiking Ecuador
Climb the Pasochoa Peak towards Cotopaxi.

As you trek higher up the mountain, admire the remote surroundings and unforgettable views of the Pasochoa Crater and mountain crests. Continue along the Pita River Canyon, keeping an eye out for soaring Andean condors.

Condor
Reach the top of the Cotopaxi Volcano.

Give yourselves a round of applause as you reach the top of the world’s highest active volcano. Reaching 5,100 metres above sea level, look down at how far you’ve climbed and the wonderful panoramic views that surround you.

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Transfer to Otavalo, an ancient town in the Andean highlands.

Spend two nights in a historic property and venture to the world famous Otavalo Market to admire the colourful stalls. In the afternoons, recharge your batteries in the sunny courtyard and take a dip in the garden pool.

Otavalo Market
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Arrive in Dublin.

Tailoring your holiday

OROKO Itineraries are created with you in mind and no two are the same. These can be used to help plan your trip - or we can design a completely different itinerary to suit you.

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Accommodation

Where to rest your head

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Hacienda la Alegria

Hacienda La Alegria

Hacienda La Alegria is a traditional lodge in Ecuador’s Valley of the Volcanoes. The beautiful estancia features 11 rooms and interiors are decorated in a classic hacienda style. The family-run property is an experiential accommodation, where guests are encouraged to experience authentic equestrian life in the beauty of the Andes. The ranch caters to all levels, whether you are a complete beginner or experienced rider. Accompanying expert guides, embark on a variety of day trips including trips through the Andes, cloud forests and high open grasslands.

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Hosteria Mama Hilda

Hosteria Mama Hilda

Situated in the quaint village of Chugchilan, Mama Hilda is perfectly situated along the Quilatoa Loop. The hosteria is a family-run property and evokes a homely, inviting vibe from the moment you enter. Interiors are authentically Andean, with colourful rugs, wooden furnishings and high beams.

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Chilcamba Lodge

Chilcabamba Lodge

Set within the Cotopaxi National Park, Chilcabamba Lodge offers inviting accommodation after a long day of hiking through the beautiful landscape. The thatched property features rustic décor with traditional furnishings and wooden high beamed roofs. In the afternoon, guests are invited to mingle by the bonfire, play games in the games room or relax in the reading lounge.

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Tambopaxi Lodge

Tambopaxi Lodge

Tambopaxi is a rustic mountain lodge that is situated just a short walk from Cotopaxi National Park. It is the only ecolodge and acclimatisation centre that is situated 3,750 metres above sea level in Cotopaxi. The lodge features a small selection of ensuite cabins and facilities include a small restaurant which offers spectacular vistas of the volcano.

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Hacienda Piman

Hacienda Piman

A historic property in Otavalo, Hacienda Piman dates back to the 1680s. One of the oldest haciendas in Ecuador, interiors are decorated in an authentic colonial style and reminiscent of a historic grand mansion. The property is surrounded by colourful and fragrant gardens which house an inviting swimming pool and ancient chapel.

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What people are saying

In summary, it was a first class trip which we truly enjoyed. We have not one single complaint and in fact we tip our hats to OROKO, you exceeded our expectations. It is a great feeling when you just know everything is organised.

Rose & John – Sorrento, May 2019

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