This tour can be organised from either The Secret Garden Cotopaxi or The Secret Garden Quito. However, we recommend staying at The Secret Garden Cotopaxi, as it’s a much better location for acclimatisation! The hostel is located at 3,500 metres, 700 metres higher than Quito, which means you sleep high up and better prepare your body for high altitude. There are also many hiking options, perfect for training for the higher peaks!
Day 1: Machachi – Antisana Base Camp (15,092ft/4,600m)
We will leave from Machachi early in the morning and drive east for about 3 hours through the Andean highlands until we get to Laguna Santa Lucia (14,118ft/4,300m). Depending on the road conditions, we will drive up for another 30 minutes or more, to the end of the road until the base camp (15,092ft/4,600m). We will use the rest of the day for relaxation and hang out until dinner, which will be served by late afternoon. (-/-/D)
Day 2: Antisana Summit (18,891ft/5,758m) – Machachi
We will wake up at midnight and depart to the top (18,891ft/5,758m) around 1am after a light breakfast. The climb will take us about 6 to 8 hours. The first part is about an hour hike to the glacier, where we put the crampons on and start the glacier ascent. Once at the summit, we will take our time for pictures of the crater and surroundings, and then we will head back to the base camp in 2 to 3 hours. At the base camp we will rest, pack our belongings, have something to eat, drink and go down to the car, from where we return to Machachi. (B/-/-)
(Times are approximate)
9.30am Depart from The Secret Garden Cotopaxi
10.30am Arrive in Machachi. Equipment check.
11am Depart from Machachi to Laguna Santa Lucia
2pm Arrive in Laguna Santa Lucia. Continue to drive or hike to base camp.
2.45pm Arrive at the base camp
5pm Light dinner and rest
11.30pm Wake up, light breakfast and get ready
12.30am Start ascent
6.30am Arrive at the summit
6.45am Start descent
9.30am Arrive at the base camp
10am Depart to Machachi
1.30pm Arrive in Machachi
Price per person:
1 pax: $725,00
2 paxs: $435,00
3 paxs: $450,00