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Condor Trek

Highlighted as one of the most representative walks within Latin America in Ecuador to travel several places with great geographic importance such as Cotopaxi National Park at 5897m, the volcano Sincholagua to 4783m where you are expected to camp for a short time. Then continue to the Andean Paramo in the Ecologic Reserve at 5758m, and finish in the Cayambe Coca National Park with a visit to the thermal waters of volcanic origin in Papallacta, during the journey in certain areas you can appreciate Andean condors, spectacled bears, white-tailed deer, Caracarás and guandurias, we highlight the existence of a flora and fauna of the Andes. Making this hiking a unique experience with direct contact with nature.


Condor Trek

4 days, 3 nights

Altitude: 5897 m

Difficulty: Moderate

Day 1

Cotopaxi National Park 3860m - Sincholagua Volcano
Hiking towards the Sincholagua volcano. On this day we will accompany a unique view of the volcano Cotopaxi during most of the journey the formations of lava and canyons where under the volcanic material of the last eruption of Colossus, the continuous path at the foot of the volcano Sincholagua, you can see Flora and fauna of the Andes at this point of the hike there will be time for picnic, after reaching the maximum level of the journey begins the approach the camp next to the Laguna de Quillo Toro. When you arrive at the place we will have the time to enjoy the sunset, proceed to assemble our camp and rest until the time we enjoy the dinner in the company of your guide. End of program.
Walking time: 4 to 5 hours / Type of terrain: trails of land and marches / Height: 500 meters

Day 2

Sincholagua Volcano - La Mica Lagoon "Antisana"
After enjoying a breakfast between landscape and mountain begins our hike towards Laguna La Mica (Ecological reserve Antizana), there is located the old house of Humboldt (here the scientist lived during the time of studies to the Antisana and the base of the Sincholagua Volcano 4500m). This is the longest and most beautiful day of all for its natural scenic beauty, as for its ecosystem very rich in species typical of the area during the tour can see condors in flight, white-tailed deer, face, Andean gull among others, to reach he foot of the Lag a Cocha Mica will be waiting for us to move to Laguna Seca where we spend the next two nights in an accommodation (mountain hostel) Here we have dinner and breakfast the next day.
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours / Type of terrain: trails of land and marshes / Height: 400 meters

Day 3

Seca Lagoon - Santa Lucia Lagoon - "Antisana Volcano"
In the morning after our breakfast we will be able to enjoy the condor viewpoint a few meters from our hostel before the condors leave for their daily flight, a magical event, also the possibility to look at spectacled bears on the edge of the dry lagoon. We will retake the route towards the volcano Antisana, on the way we will enjoy the diversity of flora and fauna until reaching the starting point (old mine) to continue our journey to the base of the volcano Antisana, this part of journey is strong by the Conditions of the terrain and the currents of winds that above the Ecuadorian Amazon, that when entering by the canyon of the river Quijos changes the climate and becomes a very humid climate. The base camp (no shelter) is veryclose to the glacier of the volcano at 4500 Masl High, with a privileged view of Cotopaxi, Sincholagua, Pasochoa and Rumiñahui of the weather permits and it is clear. There we will make an introduction to the high mountain also known as school of glacial with suitable materials for a certain time for the participants on this day, the return is carried out by the same route to the starting point where the Transportation and transfer to the Mountain Lodge. It is expected to arrive in the evening where we will have dinner and the next day the breakfast.
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours / Type of terrain: wetlands and with mud trails

Day 4

Antisana Volcano - El Tambo Reserve at 3300m - Papallacta Hot Springs
After enjoying breakfast we will start the journey towards the population of Tambo Papallacta located in the easterncordillera of the Andes, the journey ends at the entrance of the Cayambe Coca Reserve at 4,075 Masl from there we will begin our hiking to reach The highest point called the antennas of the Virgin, from there we will have a descent path next to a spot of lagoons with vegetation typical of the Moors (wetlands) a good place to observe spectacled bears and white-tailed deer and condors in freedom, during the trip we will have unique spots of different sizes until arriving to the checkpoint (Baños station) within the Cayambe Coca Ecological Reserve Thus arriving at the end of our journey. At the end of the hike we have asfinal destination to enter the thermalwater pools of volcanic origin (Termas de Papallacta), time to enjoy the pools and then taste the lunch and startthe returntrip to the city of Quito, so we finish our journey.
Walking time: 4 to 5 hours / Type of terrain: wetlands and dirt and mud trails / Height: 600 meters