School Trek - Volcanoes of Ecuador
Ecuador, School Expeditions, 14 days - from £1,395 (land only) - from €1,745 (land only) - from $2,440 (land only)
- A great challenge, to the top of three c.4000 metre volcanoes
- A community project-day at a rural school
- An active adventure for school groups in the land of the Equator
- Historic Quito and the Avenue of the Volcanoes
- Visit the high refuges of Iliniza, Chimborazo and Cotopaxi
This tremendously varied school adventure showcases the best of Ecuador's breathtaking natural environment, as we explore amongst the country's towering volcanoes. After sightseeing in Quito, including a visit to the Mitad del Mundo where we can stand astride the equator, we travel north to the area around Otavalo. Here we enjoy a unique experience, staying as guests of the San Clemente indiginous community, participating in their daily routine and even milking the cows if we wish!. We also complete a series of day-hikes, to the beautiful crater lake of Cuicocha and climb the accessible viewpoint peaks, Cubilche (3826m) and Fuya Fuya (4263m). A cultural highlight of this part of the holiday is the famous and colourful craft market of Otavalo. Heading south, we trek to the top of the active Gagua Pichincha (4794m) and visit the refuge Iliniza stunningly located between the twin peaks of Iliniza Norte and liniza Sur. Another trip highlight is a ride on the amazing 'Devil's Nose' train which uses a Victorian marvel of engineering to drop 1000 metres from Riobamba on the Andean Plateau. We also hike up to the refuges on Chimborazo and Cotopaxi which offer stunning views over the Avenue of Volcanoes and there is time for some relaxation and/or play in the utterly charming spa town of Banos. Here we can make use of the thermal pools or choose to include a range of activities. At the end of the trip schools can choose to take part in a community project in a rural school or enjoy a day of hiking amongst the lagoons and glaciers of Antizana. Finally, we return to Quito for a last night in the capital before flying home after a memorable adventure in the land of the Equator. This tried and tested KE Schools itinerary can be adjusted to better fit the needs of your group - please call and speak to a KE School Groups Coordinator or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this holiday for you?
During this school adventure we will make ascents of a number of Ecuador's volcanoes up to and beyond 4000 metres. For the most part this involves trekking on a mixture of terrain from local village tracks, along forest roads, through open grassland and the occasional more rugged slope of scree or loose volcanic material. The average walking time on each of these hikes is between 5 and 7 hours. These hikes are not strenuous but it should be borne in mind that walking at even moderately high altitudes does make extra demands, and you should aim to have a reasonable level of fitness before embarking on the trip. In order to see as much as possible of Andean Ecuador, there are several transfers involved in this trip. However, Ecuador is the smallest of the Andean countries and these transfers are generally both short (1 - 3 hours) and highly scenic. Mostly the roads we use are very good highways but there is some travel on smaller roads and the refuges on Chimborazo and Cotopaxi are accessed by dirt tracks in 4x4 vehicles.