Tour to Guagua Pichincha Volcano

Join us on this visit to the closest active volcano in Quito. We will pass by the picturesque town of Lloa, in the middle of green fields with pastures and crops, and then go up with our transport to the Guagua Pichincha Refuge. This will probably be the best opportunity you might have to contemplate the volcano magnificence, with its crater and fumaroles expelling water vapor most of time.


  • Mirador del Cinto Viewpoint
  • Brief stop at the Plaza de Lloa square
  • Magnificent fertile fields at the volcano foot
  • Unparalleled views of the volcanic caldera
  • Hike up to the Guagua Pichincha main summit
  • Hike down to the secundary crater to get a closer look at the main crater


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    1 day

    Hiking per day

    5 hours




    We left Quito at 7:00am from the Universidad Católica, 12 de Octubre and Veintimilla. We will go along Simón Bolívar Av. towards the south of Quito, where we’ll have magnificent views of the Andean mountain range, and then head towards the Lloa Valley to the Southwest of the capital.

    “Virgen del Cinto” Sanctuary

    We will pass by the Virgen del Cinto Sanctuary, where popular tradition tells that a lady, an inhabitant of Lloa, discovered the painting of the Virgin on the Stone, and from that moment people began to make the pilgrimage from Quito and Lloa to the Sanctuary. We can contemplate the beautiful view of the Lloa Valley and the Guagua Pichincha Volcano.

    Village of Lloa

    Lloa is a small farming and ranching town and community, nestled in a verdant valley 40 minutes southwest of Quito. The visitor’s attention is drawn to its old adobe houses, its attractive central square and its beautiful church. We’ll make a brief stop at the square to be able to take some pictures with the volcano as a backdrop. For more information, you can consult: Attractions of Lloa

    Guagua Pichincha Volcano (4790 meters)

    The active volcano and neighbor of the capital city has, on some occasions, given its inhabitants great frights, with its loud explosions and its large ash mushrooms that have ended up terribly tarnishing the environment, fortunately without major complications. At present, volcanic activity is low and tourist access is completely safe. We will arrive with our transport to the highest possible elevation, on the vicinity of the Guagua Pichincha Refuge, and will follow a hiking route that goes up to the crater edge and later to the main summit. Then we will hike down to the secondary crater bottom to be able to observe closely the fumaroles and volcanic domes with an almost lunar landscape.

    For more information, visit our page about the volcano: Guagua Pichincha Volcano


    • Backpack from 15L to 30 L
    • Mid-mountain shoes
    • Quick-drying trousers and t-shirt
    • Fleece jacket
    • Waterproof sweater or water poncho
    • Warm hat and gloves
    • Sun hat (buff), sunscreen
    • Glasses with UV protection
    • Toilet paper
    • Daytime meals
    • 1, 5 to 2 liters of water or hydrating drink
    • Hiking poles (optional)
    • Leggings (optional)
    • Clothes to change (shoes included)


    • Transport
    • Mountain guide

    Doesn't Include

    • Food and drinks (those not specified in the itinerary)
    • Personal equipment
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips


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