Cayambe Volcano Day Tour



Experience a rare opportunity and stand near a glacier on the Equator! The Cayambe Volcano Day Tour from Quito departs at 7am for the town of Cayambe. Here we have breakfast before traveling by four wheel drive to the Cayambe refuge (4600m). The drive is enjoyable and you can see the surrounding mountains over green farmlands and grazing alpacas. After arriving at the refuge, we take a short hike to the Glaciar Hermoso (or Beautiful Glacier). Here you will see the incredible shapes and ice towers formed by the glacier as it flows down the volcano. Enjoy hot coca tea and lunch at the refuge before returning to the Quito. Maximum hiking altitude is 4650m.


  • Visit the only glacier in the world on the equator
  • View incredible glacier ice and tower formations
  • Enjoy a three course lunch at the refuge
  • Possible sightings of condors and deer
  • Private Tour
  • Day: Any day
  • Start Time: 07h30
  • Hotel pick up
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Effort level: Moderate-to-hard due to altitude
  • Tour limit: 7 guests

Private Tour cost

  • From $70 per person depending on your group size
  • $100 deposit required to make booking
  • Balance to be paid in cash at start of tour

Please contact us for a quote and personalized schedule.  

Guide – certified & bilingual (Spanish & English) 

Private transport 

Four wheel drive transport to refugio


Entrance fees (if applicable)

Gratuities (optional)

Personal hydration (bring 1-2 liters of water/energy drinks)

Departure point: Your hotel in Quito

Time of departure: 07h30

Return point: Your hotel in Quito

Approximate return time: 18h30

Each guest must please bring their passport.

It is compulsory for guests to have personal medical aid & travel insurance. 

Please inform us of any current medical issues.

This tour is NOT recommended for travelers with heart, lung or back problems.

Travelers should have moderate physical fitness.

We regret no children under the age of 12 years.

Acclimatization: You will be hiking at 4600 m in the Andes. Ensure you have spent at least 4 days in Quito before joining this day tour. If you have any doubts or concerns, please contact us.

Please bring: Your passport, small backpack, sun protection cream, cap, sunglasses, camera and 1-2 liters of water/energy drinks

Wear: Warm clothing (i.e. long trousers, fleece, gloves, beanie), waterproof jacket and comfortable walking shoes

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about this tour or wish to book a private tour.

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