Cayambe: Avenue of the Volcanoes





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Like to Hike? Visit Cayambe: Avenue of the Volcanoes

The magnificent, snow-capped peaks of The Andes don’t immediately spring to mind when you imagine Ecuador but along with its jungle and awe-inspiring cathedrals, the country is unexpectedly sprinkled with some of the world's highest peaks. That’s what happens when your backbone is made from volcanoes!

Life of Riley is offering you the chance to grow a backbone and gain balls of steel by trekking Ecuador's mountains, learning ice-skills and climbing Cayambe, Ecuador’s third highest volcano…

Itinerary, Please!

Flying in and out of Quito, you’ll acclimatise to the high altitude with challenging treks in the Pinan Highlands of the Cotacachi-Cayapas Reserve before heading south to barter the well known Otavalo Indian market, relaxing in the geothermal hot springs and a day to explore Quito before climbing the inactive stratovolcano named Imbabura. 

Exciting and character-building as it is, all this is only practice! The main event begins as you climb to Cayambe's glacier to learn the ice-skills you’ll need to for the tough ascent to the summit!

After 9 nights in hotels, 4 nights full-service camping and 1 night in mountain hut (with all breakfasts, 11 lunches and 9 dinners included) plus five full days hiking up glaciers, encircling crater lakes and climbing volcanoes up to a maximum of 5790m - you’ll have earned the right to call yourself a real adventurer - you could even call yourself Indiana Jones! 

Indy would definitely click the link for more info! 

In Short:

  • Fly in and out of Quito to acclimatise
  • 9 nights in hotels, 4 nights full-service camping
  • 1 night in mountain hut!
  • Learn ice-skills as you climb Cayambe
  • Climb Imbabura - inactive stratovolcano
  • Challenging treks in the Pinan Highlands
Will Howell Cornes
Will Howell Cornes Author & Events Manager