All posts tagged Highlands

by on October 16, 2018
A good hike can be one of the most satisfying ways to really get close to nature. The feeling of accomplishment along with a few amazing views make for a totally memorable vacation. Ecuador does not disappoint when it comes to awesome hikes! Especially in the mountains, there are absolutely breathtaking routes for all levels of hikers. Here are my top 5 places.
by on September 14, 2018
If you’re a climber that’s visiting Ecuador, the Chimborazo Volcano is one that you can’t miss! The Chimborazo’s claim to fame is that it’s peak is the world’s furthest point from the earth’s center. I know what you’re thinking. Everest is the highest mountain, everyone knows that. That’s partly true – measured from sea level, Everest is the highest mountain… but it’s not the closest to the sun. This is because the shape of the earth isn’t a perfect sphere. It actually bulges towards the middle (like many of us do). This means that the top of the Chimborazo is well over a mile further away from the earth’s center than Mount Everest! You literally will not find a point higher than the peak of the Chimborazo volcano.

Chimborazo Summit Tour: Reaching New Heights. Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Join us on our Chimborazo summit tour and prepare to reach the farthest and highest point on Earth’s surface. Standing at a staggering 6,263 meters (20,548 feet) above sea level, summiting Chimborazo is a challenging yet incredibly rewarding experience. In this article, we’ll take you through the details of this remarkable journey, from the technicalities to the breathtaking landscapes you’ll encounter along the way.

Climbing Chimborazo is an endeavor that can be undertaken throughout the year, similar to summiting Cotopaxi. However, the ascent begins before midnight, ensuring that climbers return early in the morning the following day. Proper acclimatization is essential to avoid altitude sickness and gradually adapt to this demanding ascent. To guarantee your safety and success, our Chimborazo summit tour adheres to all the requirements set by a certified mountain guide with ASEGUIM certification.

Day 1: The Journey Begins

Our journey commences with a 9:00 am departure from Quito in private transportation, heading towards Chimborazo Refuge. Upon arrival, we embark on a hike towards Whymper Refuge, located at 4,800 meters above sea level. Here, we take a well-deserved break and enjoy a nourishing box lunch. To prepare for the challenging hike ahead, we rest until 11:00 pm. This period of rest is crucial for acclimatization, ensuring that your body is ready for the altitude and rigors of the climb. As evening descends, we gather for dinner at 6:00 pm, where our guides will brief you on the technical equipment you’ll be using.

Day 2: Conquering Chimborazo Summit

The highlight of the tour is undoubtedly the ascent to Chimborazo Summit, which stands at an impressive 6,310 meters above sea level. Early in the morning, we depart from Whymper Refuge, equipped with our mountain gear. The journey to the summit promises not only a physical challenge but also awe-inspiring vistas of the Andes mountain range that will leave you breathless.

After reaching the summit, take a moment to savor the breathtaking landscapes that unfold before your eyes. The sense of accomplishment and the panoramic views are unparalleled. However, the adventure doesn’t end here. On the way back to the refuge, we’ll need approximately 3 to 4 hours to gather our equipment. This marks the end of the Chimborazo tour, and we’ll begin our descent to our transportation.

Chimborazo Summit: A Geological Marvel

The summit of Chimborazo holds a unique distinction – it is widely reported to be the farthest point on the Earth’s surface from its center. This phenomenon is due to the oblate spheroid shape of our planet. With its towering elevation of 6,263 meters (20,548 feet), Chimborazo is not only the highest mountain in Ecuador but also the loftiest in the Andes north of Peru. It surpasses all more northerly summits in the entire Americas.

In conclusion, the Chimborazo summit tour offers a unique opportunity to challenge yourself physically and mentally while experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the Andes. Standing atop this geological marvel, you’ll not only achieve a remarkable feat but also gain a newfound appreciation for the natural wonders of our planet. So, gear up and get ready to reach new heights with us on this unforgettable adventure.

by on June 30, 2018
When most people from North America think of South America, they think of hot, balmy weather. And, for the most part, this is true! South America is home to the Amazon, some genuinely amazing beaches, and even some hot, arid savannas. But what can you expect in Machu Picchu, Peru? It's located in the Andean mountain range, where the weather is notoriously brisk! Actually, Machu Picchu is located in an area where weather can be hard to predict - at around 8,000 feet above sea level, it's between the steamy Amazon and the chilly city of Cusco. Some say that within a single day, you can get all four seasons - complete with cold rain, warm sunshine, chilly wind, and even snow!
by on June 1, 2018
There are 21 volcanoes in the Galapagos Islands that emerge from the ocean and form the Archipelago. Of these, 13 volcanoes are active! Ever since Charles Darwin showed up here in 1835, there have been over 60 recorded eruptions on 6 of the volcanoes. Many people are fascinated by how such a delicate ecosystem - complete with its own micro climate - exists in such a volatile place! Historically, the critically endangered wildlife of the Galapagos has always been on the brink of destruction. 

Cotopaxi Summit is arguably the most popular tour for an active volcano in Ecuador, attracting climbers of all walks; all hoping to summit. Although not considered difficult among avid climbers, it is on the technical side of things, where crevasse rescue gear, ice axe, crampons and other gear are required for its ascent. Known as the world’s third highest active volcano, with a nearly perfect conical shape & only 2 hours away from the main capital acknowledges its popularity. An accredited mountain guide is required for those attempting to summit, climbs can be attempted year round, there is no precipitous change in weather where attempting to submit would be discouraged. Climbers reaching the summit are greeted with a 480 crater meters in width, a stunning surrounding landscape, the presence of fumaroles and a faint smell of sulfur and success.

Our Cotopaxi day tour is the perfect way of experiencing the highlands with easy access from the main capital. Cotopaxi has become an iconic stop when visiting Ecuador, clearly visible as a landmark from Quito. Its majestic snowy peaks that can be seen from afar make it an inviting experience from start to finish. Your Cotopaxi day tour starts roughly 50 km south of Quito, it will get you as near as the refuge. For those looking for that extra bit of adventure, an additional 30 minutes will get you to the glaciers. Cotopaxi is among the highest active volcanoes in the world,  with an elevation of 5,897m (19,347 ft) – a quite popular summit many avid climbers try to peak. The Cotopaxi national park is a protected area that provides guest with a glimpse of the volcano and its natural surroundings. Your tour includes viewpoints along the way, a beautiful lagoon and a mild hike to the refuge, all part of your Cotopaxi day tour adventure!

by on October 21, 2015
Ever since Cotopaxi volcano became active this past august, Ecuador has being tirelessly working to inform and educate citizens in the event of a potential eruption and its possible repercussions. But how does this translate for tourists and travelers passing by? What precautions should they take? What places are to be avoided? How long will it last? We got you covered, first and foremost let’s get started with your safety! Check out the infographic below on the effects of volcanic ash to your health and how you can avoid them: