The Carihuayrazo Mountain (located just north of its more famous brother, Chimborazo Mountain) rises out of the Abraspungo Valley. Carihuayrazo’s tongue-twisting name means “man of ice and wind” or “mountain with great wind” in the indigenous language of Kichwa. Trekking to this mountain means passing through the quintessential Andean landscape, spotted with llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas, as well as making contacts with local people tending their flocks. All of this will give you an authentic taste of the mountain cultures of Ecuador. The climb to Carihuayrazo’s summit is relatively easy and can be undertaken by those with no previous mountaineering experience. While this is your chance to climb a mountain that's more than 5,000-meters high (over 16,000 feet), you should be in at least average physical condition.


US$ 836


Ecuadorian Andes, Avenue of the Volcanoes, Abraspungo Valley, Tungurahua Volcano

Itinerary Details

Quito – Avenue of the Volcanoes – Posada La Estación Acclimatization Center

AM: You will leave Quito in private transportation, traveling southwards along the famous Pan-American Highway. This will give you a chance to pass through typical Andean towns such as Latacunga and Ambato until reaching the Posada La Estación acclimatization center, located at 12,073 feet (3,680 m) above sea level. This journey takes around four hours and will include a few rest stops and lunch. During this drive time, you will have some superb views of the famed "Avenue of the Volcanoes." Once you arrive at the acclimatization center in the afternoon, it will be possible to take a walk around the grounds before having dinner, relaxing and then going to bed.


AM: After breakfast, we will start trekking in the direction of the Abraspungo Valley, hiking for 5 to 6 hours uphill until reaching our camp on the Plaza Pamba Plateau. During the walk, your naturalist guide will teach you about the diverse high-altitude fauna and flora of the area. If the weather is good, you should have excellent views of the Altar and Tungurahua volcanoes. The Tungurahua Volcano is usually active, and with a bit of luck, you'll see one of its eruptions.


AM: Today we will hike for approximately 6 hours through Abraspungo Valley, with a picnic lunch served en route. In the afternoon we will set up camp at an altitude of 15,748 feet (4,800 m) at the base of Carihuayrazo Mountain and close to Laguna Negra ("Black Lake"). Here you should have good views of the Chimborazo and Carihuayrazo mountains, which both provide excellent photo opportunities!


AM: You will have an early breakfast before ascending Carihuayrazo Mountain to the summit, where we'll have lunch. Afterwards, we will make the descent and hike from the mountain to the village of Río Blanco. On the nearby Guaranda-Ambato Road, our transportation will be waiting to take us to Ambato and then northwards back to Quito along the Pan-American Highway, a journey of around 4 hours.




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star rating  Enriquecedora!  - Hace 5 años hicimos Galápagos y fue un espectáculo! Ahora en diciembre Repetimos con Surtrek. Hemos visitado Quito y Amazonia, solo tengo palabras de agradecimiento a todos y cada uno de los chicos que nos han acompañado en esta Aventura porque no son unas vacaciones es una aventura de las que te llevas para siempre y la comodidad de ir siempre asesorado por los mejores no tiene precio.
No solo por el trato la paciencia y el cariño con el que te tratan sino por la capacidad de organización y experiencia que tienen la verdad que repetiría 1 y 1000 veces. Gracias y nos veremos pronto para mas Aventuras juntos!

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March 10, 2023

star rating  Amabilidad y experiencia - Hice el viaje desde BS AS a Quito, y luego a Galápagos.
Todo resultó impecable
La organización, los guías, los hoteles y todos los servicios contratados
Destaco la amabilidad, y predisposición de Rachel, nuestra guía de gran parte de la estadía en Quito. Y los guías en las islas, Peter, Carlos Lopez y otros cuyo nombre no recuerdo
También al chofer, Darwin, ayudándo para que obtengamos buenas fotos
Recomiendo la agencia por la cordialidad y profesionalismo.

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August 7, 2023

star rating  Desde el primer contacto respondieron con solvencia y responsabilidad. A la hora de prestar el servicio se añadio puntualidad y cordialidad... Siempre acompañando de muy buena manera. Muchas gracias, en especial Gabriela y Luis. Saludos cordiales

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