(Condor Trek) Papallacta - Cotopaxi 5D
In this trek we will start in Papallacta's area the gateway to the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle. We will hike paths surrounded by mountains and vast vegetation enjoying beautiful surroundings.On the way we may see wolves, wild horses, condors and llamas. Hike will start at 3600mts – 4200mts. The trails will take us through pristine Polylepis forests, lava fields, lake beds, and rivers. We will cover great extensions of highland heading towards the Antisana volcano admiring its wonderful glacier while crossing Mount Sincholagua until we reach the base of the active Cotopaxi volcano. On our way, we will pass wild cattle and horses as well as llama herds. Each night we will camp in areas of astounding natural beauty.
Day 1.- After breakfast transfer to El Tambo. On the way, we cross the high Andean pass of Papallacta (4050m). From El Tambo we start hikking 4hours approx. while the horses load our gear. We hike through a huge Polylepis forest a unique little ecosystem within the Andes that hosts its own endemic flora and fauna. Campsite by a volcano lake at 3600mts.
Day 2.- We will trek uphill in order to reach the high plateau of Antisana 6hours(+-), a wild and rugged area, steeped in millennia of geological history. We will admire the varied flora of the Andes. Camping at 4.250mts.
Day 3.- Walk 4-5 hours along the huge plateau, with luck we will catch glimpses of the the Andean condor, as well as other scavengers. The Andean fox may also be lurking, hunting small game. Campsite by the Cullurima River 3900mts, tents overnight.
Day 4.- Today we will head toward the Sincholagua volcano (4-5 hours walk). The trail will take us through Andean paramo grass, and have us ford cold, pristine glacial rivers. Campsite at Sincholagua base 4000m, overnight
Day 5.- We make an early start and walk toward Sincholagua 4380m and Cerro Chico then we will descend to the shores of Pita River enjoying the impressive snow capped Cotopaxi volcano. We start our descent toward the Cotopaxi plateau at around 3900m. We will have lunch before driving back to Quito for a well-earned rest.
Private transportation Quito - Quito, Campsite equipment (2-person tents, mules or horses, cook, support personnel, first-aid kit, Bilingual speaking guides (English and French), Mountain meals as described in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, BL=Box Lunch, D=Dinner), Park entrance.
Travel and health insurance, personal expenses, beverages, Personal equipment (hiking/trekking clothing, plastic boots), Not specified meals, tips.
We suggest bringing
Rain wear, torch, sun cream, sunglasses, hat with brim, warm clothing, small pack, canteen, camera (film 100 ASA)
Next departures: Dic.12-16–2018 / Mar.03–07–2019 / May.07–11–2019