Altar Trek

Altar Trek Ecuador

 

El Altar is an extinct volcano in Sangay National Park surrounded by multicoloured lagoons, giant waterfalls and glacial lakes.

It was once one of the tallest mountains on the planet until a giant eruption destroyed its summit over 500 years ago and created its famous cathedral altar shape of 9 peaks around a crater lake.

There are two treks you can do to El Altar – an overnight trek to the “yellow lagoon” crater lake in the middle of the extinct volcano, or the other spectacular 3 day hike that climbs the green valleys carved by glaciers into the mountainous terrain full of waterfalls and multi-coloured glacial lagoons inside Sangay National Park.

The highest point in the trek reaches the 4,800-meter snowline below El Altars glacial peaks where we will see silver, orange, and blue lagoons as well as spectacular views of Chimborazo and Sangay in clear weather.

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Ingapirca Inca Trail

Ingapirca Inca Trail

The Ingapirca Inca Trail is over 1000 years old and takes you over Ecuador’s beautiful paramo region surrounded by lagoons and lakes to the Incan ruins of Ingapirca

The Ingapirca Inca Trail Ecuador is over 1,000 years old and was used by messengers to communicate between outposts in the Incan Empire. This trek follows the ancient trail for 3 days past many lakes and lagoons through the beautiful Andean Paramo until we arrive at the Incan Ruins of Inga Pirca. This is a challenging trek with the highest point being 4,800 meters (15,748 ft) on the peak of a mountain overlooking three lagoons.

While the Ingapirka Inca Trail in Ecuador is not as famous as its southern cousin, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it was actually more important when it was constructed 1,000 years ago.

The Ecuadorian Inca Trail once connected the Incan empire’s northern capital Quito with the city at its heart, Cuzco in Peru. It was used to move trade and messengers as well as large marching armies during the civil war that broke out between the two Incan princes, Huáscar in Quito and Atahualpa in Cuzco.

Later, the Spanish called it the Camino Real (Royal Road) during their conquest of the Incan empire in the years after the Incan civil war. Centuries later still, Commander Sucre, the Ecuadorian independence leader, led his troops over this Incan highway to fight the Spanish royalists, and the giant mounds of stones on the mountain pass mark the cemetery where hundreds of Commander Sucre’s troops were buried.

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Mountain Climbing Ecuador – 3 Summits

Mountain Climbing Ecuador

This package “Mountain Climbing Ecuador” is a three summits challenge, for those who want to climb the three highest mountains in Ecuador – Mount Cayambe, Mount Cotopaxi, and Mount Chimborazo.

Three Summits Ecuador – Climb Cayambe – Climb Cotopaxi – Climb Chimborazo

Ecuador is a country crossed by the Andes Mountains. This mountain chain, has some of the highest volcanoes, and mountains in the American continent, therefore making it, a true playground for the outdoor enthusiast, and people that love challenges. This expedition, allows you to see the avenue of volcanoes; from the highest peaks in the country.

1. The first ascent we attempt is Mount Cayambe. This is the third highest mountain in the country, and the only mountain on planet earth that is located on the Equator line and covered in snow.

2. The next mountain expedition is the stunning active cone Volcano Cotopaxi. At 5,900 meters this is a very challenging mountain; the views of the surrounding snow-covered peaks are phenomenal as well as the volcano crater on the peak.

3. finally, we attempt Mount Chimborazo. At 6310 Mts, this is not only the highest mountain in Ecuador; but also the highest mountain on Earth when measured from the Earths center and not sea level like Everest.

The company has over 12 years of experience in Andean Expeditions and Trekking tours in Ecuador, therefore, we are one of the best and most experienced tour operators of the country. Legally authorized by both, the Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Environment, we guarantee a reliable and amazing experience each time.

Certified ASEGUIM, mountain climbing guides, guarantee a professional and safe adventure and climb to our clients.

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Pyramid of Puñay

Pyramid Puñay Ecuador

Pyramid Puñay Ecuador; Was discovered in 2003, on the peak of a 3300m (10,826 feet) mountain in the Ecuadorian Andes. The temple is 450m (1,476 feet) long and 40m (131 feet) tall, and constructed in the shape of the sacred Guacamaya; or Macaw.

The archeological site has been carbon dated to 2,400BC. Making it the oldest and largest temple of its kind in the Americas.

Camping tour

This is a two-day camping trip; where we take travelers from Riobamba to the ancient temple ruin, and camp on the peak of the mountain.

This camping tour, takes you to an ancient astrologic center, from here Yachacs, and shamans used to watch the sun and the stars, in order to calculate calendar, furthermore, it was used, for astrological research and wisdom.

Even though most of the structure of the pyramid have eroded over time this two-day trek where we camp on the peak of the mountain is worth it for the view alone and, if weather permits, one of the most spectacular sunsets in the Andes.

Because the pyramid was rediscovered only very recently and is not yet listed in any guidebook we normally have the archeological site all to ourselves to explore.

From the summit, you can appreciate, the Andes Cordillera and have a great view of Chimborazo and altar mountains, as well as see as far as the coastal city of Guayaquil at night, definitely one of the best places in Ecuador for sightseeing and landscape observation.

Ecuador Eco Adventure is actively involved in cleaning and maintaining the pyramid and protecting it from grave robbers and private collectors.

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Vicuña Trek

Vicuña Trek

We trek through the Carihuarazo and Chimborazo regions and sleep in mountain refuges, to visit the small volcano glacier, this is all within the Chimborazo National Park

We start the Vicuña Trek Chimborazo in the Carihuarazo refuge, to visit the small volcano glacier, this is all within the Chimborazo National Park, the trek is called Vicuña Trek for its wildlife especially of course wild vicuñas that live around the park, on the second day we trek to the refuge of Chimborazo, including the highest refuge whimper at 5000 m. sea level. on the third day we trek down on the Machay temple and lonesome tree in the paramo, the group sleeps in a mountain refuge hotel, finally to end on the 4th day the group treks to the polylepis forest, a unique forest above 4000 m. above sea level

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