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 close to the Illinizas and also 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 – Nuevos Horizontes Hut (15,583ft/4,750m)
We will leave from Machachi in the morning and drive through the Avenue of the Volcanoes until we get to the village of “El Chaupi”. We will continue driving until we get to “La Virgen parking lot” (12,795ft/3,900m). Once there, we will start a 3-hour hike up to the “Nuevos Horizontes Hut” (15,583ft/4,750m). We will relax for the rest of the afternoon. Dinner will be served by late afternoon. (-/-/D)
Day 2: Illiniza Sur Summit (17,267ft/5,263m) – Machachi
Our climbing day starts at 2am. We will have a light breakfast, pack our climbing equipment and leave the refuge an hour later. We will continue hiking up towards the saddle formed between both peaks and then to the Illiniza Sur summit (17,267ft/5,263m). It will take us between 4 to 5 hours to get to the top. The way back to the refuge will take about 2 hours. Once there, we will have something to eat and drink. We will pack our stuff and go down to the La Virgen parking lot and drive back 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 “La Virgen parking lot”
12.30pm Arrive at “La Virgen parking lot”. Start hike to the “Nuevos Horizontes Hut”.
3.30pm Arrive at “Nuevos Horizontes Hut”
6pm Light dinner and rest
1.30am Wake up, light breakfast and get ready
2.30am Start ascent
7am Arrive at the summit
7.15am Start descent
9.15am Arrive at “Nuevos Horizontes Hut”. Have breakfast.
10am Depart to “La Virgen parking lot”
11.30am Arrive at “La Virgen parking lot” and depart to Machachi
1pm Arrive in Machachi
Price per person:
1 pax: $ 460,00
2 paxs: $ 295,00
3 paxs: $ 330,00