Volcano Hiking Expedition

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Volcano Hiking Expedition

Experience our most explosively entertaining Learning Tour yet as you witness the Volcanoes of Ecuador!

Worldaway Learning Tours presents a learning experience unlike any other: the 8 Day Volcano Hiking Expedition!

Your arrival day will be a great chance to settle into your accommodations and get to know your Professional Tour Guides and your fellow travelers!

Find adventure like you’ve never seen before as the 8 Day Volcano Expedition takes you to new heights (over 5800 meters to be exact) and gives you the chance to discover rare scenic views and unique wildlife, and even learn a thing or two about high altitude glacier climbing!

You’ll find challenge and excitement out on the slopes of Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Adrenaline junkies and natural-wonder lovers alike will delight in the journeys that await on the 8 Day Volcano Hiking Expedition.

Monday starts off the week with a bang! Full of excitement and wonder, the Pichincha Volcano offers the best of both worlds: A Ride in a Cable Car up to 4000 meters and then a 600 meter hike to the top of the Volcano for a scenic lunch and time to explore!

Wildlife lovers delight on Tuesday as the 8 Day Volcano Hiking Expedition heads to the Antisana Reserve for a hike around the base of the Volcano to explore the petrified lava and do some Birdwatching! As you walk around the Reserve, you’ll see all kinds of rare wildlife and birds as this Reserve is home to 80% of the giant Condor Population of Ecuador!

The Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve and the Illinizas Reserve highlight Wednesday and Thursday as hikes around these breathtaking volcano craters serve as great opportunities to climatize yourself for the treks in the days to follow!

Your last two days are truly a grand-finale.  The Cotopaxi National Park is home to the second highest active volcano in the entire world! After some training on day 1 to the glaciers around 5000 meters above sea level, the group will rest up for the evening’s trek. Our ascent to the top takes us to 5800 meters above sea level, reaching the top around 6 AM, just in time to witness a sunrise like you’ve never seen! You’ll then enjoy a well-earned breakfast at the hotel in the clouds before descending for the return to Quito.

Spots will fill up fast for this one, and the best part is, No Previous knowledge is necessary for the trip: anything you need to know, you’ll learn along the way from our Professional Guides! Make friends with fellow hikers, stay in high quality accommodations, and experience the journey of a lifetime! Sign up today!

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: Sunday - arrival


    Collection from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.

    Transport to your accommodation.

    Welcome meeting to get to know your guide/s and the other travelers in your group.

  • DAY 2: Monday - Pichincha Volcano

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    At 7am, you will be picked up from your hotel.

    Then we make our way to Pichincha Volcano.  We will travel by cable car 4000 meters above sea level, then hike the rest of the way to the top of the volcano at 4600 meters.

    Time for some lunch and to enjoy the scenery.

    Return to the hotel around 4pm.

  • DAY 3: Tuesday - Antisana Reserve & Birdwatching

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    At 7am, you will be picked up from your hotel.

    Depart to Antisana Reserve – Hike around the reserve to acclimatize, and do some bird watching.  This reserve is home to 80% of the Condor population in Ecuador so there is a high possibility that you will observe condors flying.

    You will also see petrified lava and if your lucky, the volcano.

    Return to the hotel around 6pm.

  • DAY 4: Wednesday - Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    At 7am, you will be picked up from your hotel.

    Depart to Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve for some hiking around the Cuicocha lake (crater).

    Time for some lunch on the volcano.

    Return to the hotel around 6pm.

  • DAY 5: Thursday - Illinizas Reserve

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    At 7am, you will be picked up from your hotel.

    Depart to Illinizas Reserve, located near Cotopaxi area – we will do some hiking to prepare and climatize for the next day.

    Box lunch.

    Return to Quito around 5pm.

  • DAY 6: Friday - Cotopaxi National Park

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Pick up from hotel (hour to confirm), then we travel to the Cotopaxi National Park, home of the second highest active volcano in the world.  We will have some training to the glaciers 5000 meters above sea level at 6pm.

    Time for dinner and some well earned rest before we start our ascent to the top at 5800 meters above sea level.

  • DAY 7: Saturday - Cotopaxi National Park

    We will reach the top around 6am.  Right on time to see the sunrise up there in the middle of the clouds.  Yay!

    Breakfast at your hotel in the clouds!

    Time to make our way down then return to Quito.

  • DAY 8: Sunday - Departure Day

    Breakfast at your hotel.

    Return transfers to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.

Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!

Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:

Free Time

*Breakdown provided for informational purposes only. Individual experiences may differ. 


Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.

No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.

*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.

Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.

We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!

It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.

Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.

On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.

In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!

As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:

  • Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
  • Additional food, drinks and snacks
  • Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
  • Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)

The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.

In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.

Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.

Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!

Great! Simply follow the prompts on the ‘Book Now’ tab to secure your spot on this truly unique adventure. As soon as we receive your booking, we’ll get to work making sure everything is organized for you. It’s that easy!

Once you have completed the booking form you can secure your spot by paying a deposit of US$500. This is part of the total tour price and will be deducted from your final invoice. The balance needs to be paid 6 weeks prior to your tour start date. Don’t worry – we will send you a reminder when that time comes and an invoice which you can simply click and pay.

*If you wish to join a tour that is starting in less than 30 days, you will be prompted to pay the entire tour fee at the time of booking.

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Volcano Hiking Expedition (8 Days)

The Ultimate Climbing Experience for the adventurous traveler!
US$ 1550
  • 3+ Star Hotels w/Daily Breakfast
  • Twin Share Room w/Bathroom (single & double rooms available)
  • Climb Antisana, Cotopaxi, Pichincha, Ilinizas and Cotacachi Volcanoes!
  • Witness Majestic Condors while hiking in the Antisana Reserve
  • Behold the awesome power of an active volcano!
  • 2 x Airport Transfers
  • 2 Day Ascent of Cotopaxi Volcano @ 5800m!
  • Tour includes:
  • Accommodation w/Meals, Bilingual Guide, Daily Transportation and Listed Excursions
  • Certificate of Completion

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