Day 4: Easy access from Quito using the brand new cable car makes Ruco Pichincha (4,698 m / 15, 413 ft) a great acclimatization hike. The gondola will take us up to an altitude of 3,966 m / 13,012 ft from where we will have a first glance of three of the highest snow-capped Ecuadorian mountains. Cotopaxi, Antizana, and Cayambe. From there we will start our hike, which will take us to the top of this ancient volcano in three hours. Two hours later we will be back in Quito and drive to the beautifully restored Hacienda Guachala (2,800 m / 9,186 ft), the oldest one in Ecuador where we will spend the night.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Ruco Pichincha, Ecuador
From the Alpine Ascents itinerary: