Rucu Pichincha, a majestic active volcano approximately 4,698 meters high, stands as a natural icon in the Andes Mountains, near the city of Quito, Ecuador. With its Quechua name meaning “Old Pichincha”, this mountain attracts hikers and climbers in search of challenges and spectacular panoramic views from its summit. Its accessibility from the Ecuadorian capital makes it a popular destination for those seeking to experience the thrill of altitude and explore the scenic beauty of the Andes. Rucu Pichincha’s volcanic history and cultural importance in the region make it a point of interest for adventurers as well as lovers of geology and local history.


Day 1
Pick-up & Hiking
  • Departure from Quito 08:00 am
  • Transportation to the cable car and up to the station at Cruz Loma 4000 mtrs.
  • Hike up the ridge to the base of the mountain
  • Hike to the summit at 4696 mtrs.
  • Return to Quito.

Average hiking

Average time 4 to 5 hours


  • Certified guide (English)
  • Private transportation
  • Food


  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Expenses not specified in the itinerary


  • Important Documents: Don’t forget to bring your passport or identification card. Keep them in a safe place, such as a zippered travel bag.
  • Warm clothing: insulated jacket, sweatshirt, long-sleeved shirts. Comfortable and durable hiking pants. Trekking socks (preferably merino wool or moisture wicking material). Hat or cap to protect from the sun. Lightweight gloves and hat to keep warm at high altitudes.
  • Suitable footwear: Waterproof and waterproof trekking boots with good ankle support.
  • Backpack: Small, sturdy backpack to carry your essential belongings during the hike.
  • Camera and Binoculars: If you are a photography lover, don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars.
  • Food and water: Don’t forget to bring water to keep you hydrated during the trek. Food for trekking: energy and nutritious food such as energy bars, nuts, dried fruits, dried fruits, instant soups, etc.
  • Sun Block and Sunglasses: Broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from the strong high mountain sun. Sunglasses with UV protection to protect your eyes from sun glare in the snow.


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