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Cayambe Volcano Day Tour from Quito

Cayambe Volcano Day Tour from Quito


The Cayambe Volcano day tour from Quito takes you on a journey to visit the most spectacular glacier in Ecuador. Even the drive up to Cayambe Volcano can be special with incredible views of the volcano over green farmlands and grazing alpacas. One could be forgiven for thinking you are in a scene from “Lord of the Ring”. This once in a lifetime experience gives you the opportunity to hike near an incredible glacier and visit an green lagoon (Laguna Verde) at 4800 metre in altitude. If you prefer not to be so active, you can hang around the refuge, take pictures and just enjoy the incredible scenery.


Hike up to nearly 5000 m in altitude 

See an incredible glacier on the Equator!

Visit a small alpine lake at 4800m 

Spot wildlife (rabbits, bears, condors, deer)

Enjoy a three course picnic lunch

06h30 – The Cayambe Volcano day tour from Quito tour departs from our designated meeting point outside Honey Coffee & Tea (get directions) in Plaza Foch. 

(Your tour guide and private transport will already be waiting for you outside the coffee shop.)

Please note that the below times are approximate:
08h30 – Arrive in Cayambe
08h40 – Continental breakfast at local coffee shop 
09h30 – Begin the drive to the Cayambe refugio 
11h00 – Arrive at the refugio (4700m) on the mountain
11h15 – Begin the hike up to Laguna Verde (4900m)
12h30 – Arrive at Laguna Verde and hike to interesting points in the vicinity
13h30 – Picnic lunch (either at Laguna Verde or back at the refugio – weather dependent) 
14h30 – Return hike to the refugio
15h45 – Drive back to Cayambe
16h15 – Arrive in Cayambe
18h00 -18h30 – Arrive in Quito

18h30 – Tour ends at Honey Coffee & Tea in Plaza Foch.

Professional English speaking guide

Private transport

Continental breakfast

Picnic lunch

All park entrance fees (if required)

Tips for guides (optional)

Personal hydration

Please bring warm clothing (i.e. fleece) and waterproof jacket

Wear comfortable walking shoes 

Please bring suntan lotion, cap and sun glasses

Ensure you have personal medical aid and current travel insurance 

Please inform us of any current medical issues you may have

Acclimatization  – You will be travelling to an altitude above 4500 m in the Andes mountain range. Please ensure you have spent at least 3 days in Quito before joining this day tour.


  • 95 pp if booking for 3 or more people
  • 105 pp if booking for 2 people
  • 115 pp if booking for 1 person
  • This tour is limited to a maximum of 8 persons.

Please note: To make a booking, a 50% deposit will be required. 

Bookings for this tour will open in

Cayambe Volcano Photo Gallery

Cayambe Volcano Day Tour from Quito
High altitude lagoon - Laguna Verde
Cayambe Volcano Day Tour from Quito
The majestic Cayambe glacier
Cayambe Volcano Day Tour from Quito
Alpacas grazing - On the way up to Cayambe.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about our tours.