Corazon 4.788 m / 15,704 ft
A long trek on a mountain with a “heart”
DURATION 1 day
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.
We 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 to two hours 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.
Trek to the Summit of Corazon
- 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
Activity: 4 hours climbing up / 2 hours descending
Transportation: 2-hour private van/jeep transfer
Meals: Box Lunch
Important: Please note that this itinerary is a guideline only. We will do every effort to follow it, but in case of unforeseen circumstances we may have to make changes.
WHY TAKE THIS TRIP WITH US?
We have designed these hikes after being exploring and trekking in Ecuador for over 20 years. We don’t just offer the classic trekking routes; we have a comprehensive range of hiking excursions that take you to explore the hidden corners of the northern Andes of Ecuador, offering you off-the-beaten-path experiences, hikes that discover forgotten trails, and stunning natural sights. Each single excursion can be part of a multiple day tailor made program.
Hiking and a bit of scrambling
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