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Connie G
1 contribution
Amazing trip to Ecuador
Nov. 2019 • Friends
A group of 16 people from different countries join AJ adventures. We trekked to Cotopaxi, Quilotoa, Chimborazo. Swing and ride a cable car in Bano. Also went to the Pailon Del Diablo waterfall in Bano. Thank you Paul Aguilar who was our guide. He was fun and knowledge of Ecuador history and culture. He also let us stop by local free market and shop....Thanks our driver/cook Carlos who cooked lunch for us. We couldn’t have such a good time and safety trekking without two of you. Highly recommended.
Written 7 December 2019
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Triskell92
London, UK15 contributions
Nice 1st hike when arriving in Ecuador
Oct. 2018 • Solo
I was a solo hiker and met many other hikers on the way up.
Went on a cloudy day which in the end wasn't so bad as I didn't suffer from the heat. Having said that the visibility was great for most of the part but got very cloudy near the top, difficult to see the trail. Once back to the teleferico the clouds down there had dispersed and offered a good view on Quito and Cotopaxi.
I'm the average fit person and needed 4h30 up and 2h down. I had altitute sickness symptoms so I took my time.
Good shoes ankle high advisable, some scrambling involved near the top and a sandy path, walking poles also useful.
Could see my progression on maps.me so it kept me going.
They advise to start before 11am, but the sooner the better, as the weather tends to be cloudier/colder in the afternoon.
Enjoy!!
Written 3 November 2018
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Ruben v
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Pichincha in 2018 - Hike is other people
Sep. 2018 • Solo
So first of all, let me just get this out of the way first: I'm not one of those snobby hikers covered from head to toe in North Face who act like everyone is beneath them because they're not as experienced. I've been hiking for a few years now all over the world and enjoy it very much. I have simple gear and tend to be pretty easy going on holiday.

So, why am I telling you this? Well, although I enjoyed my hike up pichincha very much I have a few problems with the current situation on the volcano that people should be aware of.

Having an amazing hike this accessible is awesome. Hitting almost 5K while being back in your hotel in time for dinner is great and a unique experience. However, this accessibility has a another side to it as well. Many people who attempt the trek are less experienced than you might find on a similar trek that's harder to get to. There is nothing wrong with this, I want everyone to experience the joy of hiking. However, it does mean that they might not be so well versed in hiking etiquette and more importantly: safety.

Getting the first out of the way, the biggest problem I had was people listening to music on their smartphone speakers. This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine, but really detracts from the experience if the people behind you are blasting their favorite tunes. I tried to explain to some of them why I thought it was a bit rude, but they did not seem to care. It's not that big of a deal, but if you're like me and this annoys you make sure to bring some headphones to block it out.

Much more importantly, people with less experience tend to undervalue the risks while hiking. Going up a 5000 meter volcano should never be taken lightly, even if you are used to the altitude. This is obviously a problem because people might be putting themselves at risk, but also others around them. I've seen a woman almost literally dragged up by some other people while crying. I tried to explain to them they were putting her in danger, but they didn't care. A lot of other people seemed to lack the skills or fitness to do the hike but got up by sheer willpower. There's a lot of group mentality here: if everybody else is doing it, it's probably fine.

Finally, the path and the volcano are in bad shape. A lot of vegetation has disappeared because of the increasing crowds, which is causing a lot of corrosion. As people try to find new paths in order to avoid the loose sand this is bound to get worse. As conditions deteriorate it will become more dangerous to make the climb. The path in it's current state is simply not able to support the amount of people.

So, pichincha is still a great experience. If you're in quito for a few days and you like though hikes you should definitely attempt to make the summit. Just go as early as possible (the teleferico opens at 8 or 9) to try and beat the crowds and be extra careful for yourself and the people around you. If however you are looking for the best hiking experience in the area there are plenty of other options close by.
Written 1 September 2018
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D P
Wellington, New Zealand6,434 contributions
Stunning views
Aug. 2018 • Couples
The views are worth the lack of oxygen up here! With lots of walks to chose from to suit your fitness level even if you only get off the gondola and walk to the cafe overlook you’ll be reward with stunning views over Quito with all its volcanos surrounding it! On a clear day their snowy peaks will shine out against the blue skies!
Written 9 August 2018
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hscaletta
Chicago, IL37 contributions
The views are worth it!
Jul. 2018 • Friends
Pichincha was a great hike! We’re a highly active group of hikers and it took us about 3 hours to summit and about 2 hours down. We started later than we wanted— around 10am and made it to the top just before 1pm where the views were incredible! The clouds started rolling in about 145ish and so did a handful of other hikers. If you only have a few days in Quito— I highly recommend Pichincha! The first part of the hike is rolling hills and then you reach the bouldering and then sand. Be careful on your way down, it’s easy to slip on a patch of lose rock but you should be totally fine! I would bring some gloves. A guide isn’t needed. There’s always a ton of people out so if you lose your way you can follow the crowd. But the trail is marked by red and white strips painted on the rocks. Be sure to watch the weather, once you hit the summit the winds pick up and it’s a lot cooler. Layer your clothes and pack a Rain jacket or wind breaker. Take as many breaks as needed due to the altitude and bring water and snacks! Even if you don’t make it to the top the views along the way are worth it!
Written 29 July 2018
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David H
Prague, Czech Republic75 contributions
An awesome 1 day hike
Mar. 2018 • Solo
An awesome 1 day adventure. But make sure you choose the right time. I was there in March 2018 and clouds revealed the beautiful city view only every now and then. If you have a little more time, you can hike up the volcano Pichincha. The altitude makes the ascent a bit more difficult than the similar ascent in lowlands and in combination with a bad weather can be tricky. Once you get closer to the top, the terrain changes - instead of relatively solid ground you walk on the volcano-ash - one step up, two steps back. This was physically quite taxing part, that continues by the final steep rock part - here it got cloudy and started snowing, which in combination with the altitude and slippery rocks doesn't need to fit to everyone. On the other hand, if you make it through, your have almost conquered this beautiful place and can get some rest at the top. I didn't have any view as it was very cloudy that day, but it didn't refrain me from enjoying the moments on the top.

One recommendation at the end - take rather more clothes than less. From the city it might look like a beatiful day, but the conditions up there change quite fast. I myself underestimated this part (having only t-shirt and light won-jacket, gym pants and running shoes) and experienced what it feels like to get hypothermia...

If you go, enjoy!
Written 1 July 2018
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JulienMordret
Villecresnes, France11 contributions
Climbing Rucu Pichincha is Safe!
Apr. 2017
I climbed the Rucu Pichincha volcano from Quito's cable car in April 2017. I was alone and like many, I had read some reviews about climbing this volcano being dangerous with a risk of robbery. I can say here that the danger is now gone, the path is perfectly safe. The hike seems to be more and more popular and I shared the trail with other people.
The trail is very clear for the first 2/3 of the hike, then it gets more confusing near the top, as you have to directly climb on the rocks in some parts. On the large sandy slope very close to the summit, you can only find footprints to follow, no real path. But as you are not alone, you can ask other hikers which way you are supposed to go and they all gladly help you.
The trek is very challenging due to the high altitude, and I personally suffered a lot! But it was well worth it, it's a great experience.
Written 5 January 2018
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rapha_y_nici
Zurich, Switzerland5,970 contributions
Great individual day hike!
Sep. 2017 • Friends
Took a taxi from Plaza San Blas for usd 4 to the cable car station. Ticket for a roundtrip costs usd 8.5, the ride uphill to approx 4'050masl takes almost 20mins and then you're ready to start your hike at this impressive altitude..
Try to go in the morning since view is better then. Their page says that cable car opens at 8am..
The hike to Rucu Pichincha is demanding but also a good exercise at this altitude. Always when doing a break watch back to enjoy the views over Quito. The clouds appear and move quite fast around so views change quickly.
Bring water and warm clothes, good shoes and sunscreen. The last part of the trail is sandy and has many loose rocks and you have to climb a bit.
The top is at almost 4'700m and it's great that it can be done independently and without a tour and without taking long bus rides from Quito, very convenient to have a hike like this.
On the top cable car station it's possible to buy water or some snacks as well but it seems to be a bit more expensive.

Overall, highly recommended, especially with good weather conditions and doable as well on a budget. Great experience!
Written 26 September 2017
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Skip D
Charlotte, NC65 contributions
I climbed Pichincha solo in whiteout snow conditions, and had a blast. Take all right forks to the trail.
Jan. 2017
I went with a group of 6. Half went left, half right. Two of the guys with me got altitude sickness. I continued and solo climbed the cliff to the top in snow whiteout conditions. Easy climbing. Had a blast.
Written 10 August 2017
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Fa-HEE-tahs
Bronx, NY59 contributions
Definitely worth the experience
May 2017 • Friends
If you've got the stamina to walk a little over an hour uphill, the climb to Rich Pichincha is definitely worth it. A few tips: go in the morning, the TeleferiQo opens at 9 and usually the clouds haven't descended on the path. The weather changes frequently at that altitude(15,600 ft), so dress accordingly. My advice is to layer and then dress down if need be. Wear sturdy shoes, if it has rained and the path is muddy you will slip a lot. There's a free bus at the bottom of the road to get you to the gondolas, don't be fooled by taxi drivers saying they'll take you. Bring water, candy, and chocolate to eat along the way up, it'll help if you're not used to high altitudes.
Written 3 May 2017
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