Quito Volcano Summit Hike


Climbing Rucu Pichincha in Quito


Enjoy a day hike to the summit of Rucu Pichincha. This volcano can be seen from the center of Quito and is great peak for beginners. You will meet your guide at the teleférico at 08h30. Together you will take a spectacular 20 minute gondola ride on one of the highest aerial lifts in the world. After exiting the teleférico at Cruz Loma (4000m), you will set out for the summit of Rucu Pichincha on the normal route. You will hike through some interesting alpine vegetation called páramo. Along the way your guide can point out some interesting flora and its medicinal uses. After about 4 hours of walking/hiking you will arrive at the summit (4784m). On a clear day you will be able to see Quito and the surrounding volcanoes. Enjoy your box lunch before making your way back to the teleferico. Total hiking time is around 6 hours. 


  • Summit a 4700m volcano
  • Enjoy views over the city of Quito
  • Ride on the teleferico
  • Enjoy walking amongst wild flora and fauna

Quick details

  • Day: Any day
  • Start Time: 08h30
  • Duration = 8 hours
  • Meet spot: Quito teleferico ticket office
  • Effort level: Hard due to high altitude
  • Tour limit = 4 guests

Tour price

  • From $50/pax (USD)

Please contact us for a quote and personalized schedule.  

Meeting time: 08h30

Location: Entrance to the teleferico ticket office. Your guide will be waiting with a sign “Latin American Alpine”.

Click here for directions.

Getting a taxi here is easy and should cost around $5-8 (USD)

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.

Naturalist Guide (English and Spanish speaking) 



Gratuities (optional)

Teleferico day pass

Transport from your hotel to the teleferico

Food and drinks

Please bring: High factor sun protection cream, cap/hat, sunglasses, camera, snacks and 2 liters of water/energy drinks

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

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