Corazon is another eroded and extinct volcano located about 40 km south west of Quito. The name Corazon means “heart” in Spanish and is said to refer to two gullies on the north west slopes which, when seen from the distance, appear to join together in the shape of a heart.
The first recorded ascent was in 1738 by La Condamine and Boiguer. It is a good second acclimatization hike after Pasochoa and before the Ilinizas.


View of Ilinizas from CorazonWe drive up to 4.000 m / 13,120 ft to a small valley from where we start the hike to the summit.
It is quite an arduous walk and normally takes four hours up and one and a half hour down.
On a clear day you have a beautiful view of the so-called "Avenue of the Volcanoes", including Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Cayambe, Ilinizas and Antisana.




Day 1Almost at the Top

  • Pick up at Quito at around 7:30
  • Travel for 2 hours to the slopes of Corazon
  • Four hours hike to the summit
  • Box lunch
  • Two hours down to the vehicle
  • Back at Quito by 18:00

Important Note: This schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen difficulties.


Also see our Interactive Map.



Corazon - Highlights

The Corazon Trekking Excursion offers you the following highlights:

      • Volcano near Quito.
      • A good second acclimatization hike.  
      • A non-frequently visited trekking peak.
      • Excellent views of Cotopaxi, Antisana, and the Ilinizas.
      • All year round climbing.

Corazon - Logistics

Duration: 1 day

Access: Drive in and drive out

Seasons: All year round

Pre-requisites: Acceptable physical condition

Equipment: Trekking Excursions Gear List
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Corazon - Suggested Combinations

We suggest the following two hikes and relax tour to complete your trip in Ecuador.
1. Pasochoa
4.200 m / 13,800 ft
2. Papallacta
Hot Springs
3.220 m / 10,562 ft
3. North Iliniza
5.125 m / 16,810 ft
We can arrange a two day climb to this beautiful rocky peak.

Trekking Excursions

Andeanface can develop a tailor made itinerary that will give you the opportunity of making the most out of your time, budget and specific interests. We offer the following Trekking Excursions; please contact us ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for more information, suggestions, and prices about hiking in Ecuador: 
Guagua Pichincha