Hiking Guagua Pichincha Volcano 4.784mts 1Day
We have many one-day excursions as well as longer programs, or expedition routes. This is one of our daily programs. Guagua Pichincha is the most active volcano in the western Ecuadorian range; it has had innumerable past eruptions and some in historic times. Currently swarms regularly presents, fumaroles and sporadic ash emissions and near the craters has hot springs. The Guagua Pichincha has two large craters, one inside the other, which is the result of its eruptions.
The Guagua Pichincha Last erupted in 1662, when the city was covered by 30 centimeters of ash. Nearly two centuries had elapsed without any lava flows and earthquakes, and some geologists believed it was already a dormant volcano. However, the March 22, 1859 erupted again. The city of Quito was then almost destroyed. In addition, in October 1999 a major eruption of the volcano left the capital covered in ash.
Guagua Pichincha has become a popular place to acclimatize before attempting any of Ecuador's high snow-capped peaks due to its height and altitude 4.784mts.
After breakfast, we depart for a short car drive from the hotel to the slopes of Guagua Pichincha. The summit is reached in approximately 4 hours on a steady hill climb. The views of Quito from the summit are spectacular. On the way, you can enjoy the typical paramo vegetation. We will have lunch in the refuge and return to Quito in the afternoon.
Private transportation, box lunch, bilingual guide.
Extra expenses, tips, travel insurance, nothing not specified under "includes".
We suggest bringing
Rain jacket, warm clothing, sunglasses, sun block, shorts, swimming gear, river sandals, and insect repellant.