Altar Trek

El Altar, Ecuador

JV
Julio Verne Travel
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4 reviews
Duration: 3 days
Group size: 2 - 6
Altar Trek
El Altar, Ecuador

Julio Verne Travel
  • Facebook verified
4 reviews

$NaN
Duration: 3 days
Group size: 2 - 6

About this trip

 The Altar (5319 m. / 17.451 ft.) is one the most spectacular mountains  of Ecuador. The Incas called it Capac Urcu - sublime mountain. A long  time ago, El Altar was the highest volcano of Ecuador, and some studies  even say that it was the highest of the world. A huge eruption almost  completely destroyed the cone, leaving 9 snow-capped summits in a  horseshoe shape around an enormous crater lake. El Altar is part of the  Sangay National Park, that is home to spectacled bears,  condors, Andean  gulls, white-tailed deers and foxes. 

What’s included

  • Guide
    English speaking trekking guide
  • Transportation
    Private transfers from and to Riobamba
  • Accommodation
    2 nights in Collanes Refuge (dormitory style, shared bath)
  • Meals
    3 x box lunch, 2 x dinner, 2 x breakfast, purified water, tea and coffee
  • Pack animals
    Mules and muleteer to carry heavy equipment
  • Equipment use
  • Entrance Permit
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional services
    Additional night in Hacienda Releche

Itinerary

Day 1
Hike to Collanes Refuge

 We leave Riobamba at 9.00. After a 1-hour drive we reach a hacienda near  the entrance of Sangay National Park, at 3070 m. / 10.072 ft. altitude.  We put our equipment on pack horses and start the hike. If the weather  is clear, after some time we will enjoy the first views of the volcano  and the valley of Collanes river. We hike for about 6 hours until we  reach the Collanes shelter at 3830 m. / 12.566 ft., where we will spend  the night. 

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JV
Julio Verne Travel
4 reviews
Julio Verne Travel is an Ecuadorian tour operator with Dutch management, founded in 1995. Specialized in nature expeditions and adventure trips throughout Ecuador and the Galapagos, we are direct operators for both individual travellers and groups.

Reviews

Really nice trip and great experience. The guides are excellents . Special mention to Angel and Martial for the perfect service. This agency is so perfect. Everything was organize perfect timing. The quality of the hotels are wonderful . Always been drive in a clean and recent car with kindness . We recommend definitly this agency , they offer fast response, amability and make your trip incretible. Thank you so much.
By Chantal R for Andes and Pacific Tailormade on 15 May, 2022
We had a great time. Julio Verne is a superb agency, very helpful staff, suggested itinerary and accommodation suited us perfectly. Well recommended!
By Theodor F for Carihuairazo and Chimborazo climb on 07 May, 2022
Had a great time. Pokjke, who helped plan our trip, was always responsive and patient in answering my questions. Loved that we were able to design our custom trip. Thank you Popkje!
By Victor Y for Andes Classical on 03 Jan, 2022
We had a great time!! The trip was well organized and we visited areas that were so interesting! Dimitri was a perfect driver and guide. :)
By Debbie G for Heart of the Andes on 06 Dec, 2021

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