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Cotopaxi Adventure Trails - Lodge to Lodge Trek
This incredible lodge to lodge trek offers walkers the chance to explore the breathtaking Cotopaxi National Park. Offering spectacular views of four volcanoes, mountain peaks and volcanic glaciers, hike through verdant grasslands and impressive valleys.
Day 1: Pasochoa Peak
Start your adventure by climbing the Pasochoa peak, at 4,200 meters. Although at altitude, the hike is not too strenuous, taking approximately 3 hours over grassland trails. From here you will have an view of the mountains that surround Quito and of the start of the Avenue of Volcanoes. Look out for the peaks of Antisana, Sincholagua, Quilindaña, Cotopaxi, Rumiñahui, Corazón and the twin Iliniza peaks.
After this initial peak, you will then descend around 3 hours through grasslands and low forests to the Pita river canyon, all the while with Cotopaxi Volcano visible in the distance.
Day 2: The Pedregal Trail
On the second day, you will explore the vast beauty of Cotopaxi National Park. Your hike will begin at the Pita River, which provides water to huge populations in Quito, which source is the glacial meltwater majestic Cotopaxi Volcano. Upon entering the park, you will head towards the archaeological site of “Pucara de Salitre”. Along the way you’ll be able to spot the native and migrant bird-life of the park as well as wild-horses, deer and llama that the park is home to. After enjoying a packed lunch surrounded by incredible views, you will make your way to the next cosy mountain lodge where you will spend the night.
Day 3: On the Snow Line
On your final day, you will head from the lodge in a private vehicle to the parking area of the refuge found on Cotopaxi Volcano. You will then hike approximately 1 hour to the mountaineers’ lodge, before continuing another 2 hours to the edge of the glacier. From here you will have a spectacular panoramic view of the National Park as well as being able to retrace your steps from the last two days, from Pasachoa. You will descend the same way, approximately two hours, back to the parking area before heading to a local restaurant for lunch, and finally back to Quito.
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