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Cayambe Volcano Day Tour

CAYAMBE VOLCANO DAY TOUR

The Cayambe Volcano day tour gives guests the rare opportunity of standing near a glacier on the Equator! Your private tour departs at Quito at 7 am for the town of Cayambe. From here we transfer to four wheel for the drive to the Oleas Berge refuge at 4 600 m. The drive is enjoyable and you may be able to see Cayambe Volcano over green farmlands and grazing alpacas. After arriving at the refuge, you can 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 4 650 m.

Highlights

  • Visit a glacier on the Equator
  • View incredible ice tower formations
  • Possible sightings of deer and condors
  • Includes lunch at the refuge

Quick Details

  • Private Tour
  • Day: Any day of the week
  • Start Time: 07h30
  • Hotel pick up
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Effort: Moderate-to-hard due to altitude
  • Maximum altitude: 4 600 m
  • Tour limit: 3 guests
  • Private transport vehicle

Price per person

  • From $95/pax for a group size of up to 3 people
  • $100 deposit required to make booking
  • Balance to be paid in cash at start of tour

Inclusions:

Bilingual guide

Private vehicle transport

Four wheel drive transport to refuge

National Park entrance fees 

Exclusions:

Gratuities (optional)

Lunch (Lunch at refuge costs around $8)

Snacks

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

 

 

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 3 days in Quito before joining this day tour. If you have any doubts or concerns, please contact us.

Departure point: Your hotel in Quito

Time of departure: 07h30

Return point: Your hotel in Quito

Approximate return time: 18h30

Please wear: 

Long trousers and long sleeve shirt or base layer top (we do not recommend shorts or denim trousers)

Comfortable walking or hiking shoes

Bring with you:

Waterproof jacket

Thick fleece or down jacket 

Hat or cap 

Buff or scarf

Gloves and beanie

Additional items to bring:

Copy of your passport

Sunglasses

Sun protection cream

Camera 

1-2 liters of water/energy drinks

Small day backpack (15 liters)

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about the Cayambe Volcano day tour.

Cayambe Volcano Day Tour
Standing in front of the Oleas Berge refuge. The summit of Cayambe in the background.
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One of our stops is to this point to see the glacier up close.
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Standing above the Hermoso Glacier. The summit of Cayambe is hidden in the clouds.
Alpacas grazing in the fields below Cayambe
Alpacas grazing in the fields below Cayambe Volcano
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