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Pasochoa Volcano is a beautiful extinct volcano less than an hour outside of Quito. On this trip, we will hike to the mountain's peak and observe scenic views and a great variety of flora and fauna. Want to explore Ecuador's nature outside of Quito but don't have time for a multi-day trip? This trip is for you.

Pasochoa Volcano has been extinct for a long time- since the last ice age. Over the years, a unique ecosystem has formed without human intervention. For example, this area is one of the last places where we can find the Polilepsis trees typical of the Ecuadorian highlands. If we're lucky, we might even see a few majestic condors flying above.

The highlight of the Pasochoa Volcano hike is the humid cloud forest inside the extinct volcanic crater. Here we can observe more than 50 species of native trees and more than 100 kinds of native birds. We will reach the top of the volcano after a relatively short and gentle hike. On the way up and down, we will pass through amazing paramo grasslands and forests. Some wildlife we might see on this trip includes bulls, horses, hummingbirds, the viridian metal tail, mountain tanagers, and the red crested cotinga.

The day hike to Pasochoa Volcano is a lovely experience for a variety of skill levels. It is not a very common hike for tourists, so we won't have to worry about crowds. We can just spend a relaxing day together enjoying the views and nature.

We will depart at 8:30 am and drive 30 km south of Quito to the Pasochoa Volcano at 4200 m. After parking, we will follow the trail east up the mountain heading towards the rocky peak. This is an easy ascent and it will take us about 2-3 hours to reach the summit. We will rest at the summit and have lunch. Then we will hike for an hour or two down to where the car is parked. We will be back in Quito by the afternoon.

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We kindly refer to our Terms and Conditions page which can be found in the footer of our website.

In Ecuador you can hike all year, but these are the seasons:
- High Season: June to August / December to January
- Low season: February to May / September to November

You should be in moderate physical condition.

We recommend you bring:
- A comfortable backpack
- Warm and comfortable clothing
- Waterproof jacket or poncho
- Trekking poles
- Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
- Water bottle or Camelbak hydration system