Cotacachi Paramo to Intag Cloud Forest Trek 2017-12-01T02:30:48+00:00

Cotacachi Paramo to Intag Cloud Forest Trek


  • 2 transfer in or out
  • 1 nights in double accommodation in Quito + CB
  • La Luna Mountain Lodge + CB in Otavalo
  • 4 days trekking
  • City and Middle of the world
  • English speaking guide
  • Private transportation
  •  Meals according itinerary


  • All kind of drinks.
  • Personal expenses
  • Entrance fee to the churches and museum in middle of the world
  • Tips

Day 1- Arrive Quito airport, Dinner and Saty at Hosteria San Carlos

Day 2- Travel to the world famous artesan market of Otavalo, stopping by the Quisatu equator monument, lunch, enjoy market and stay at la Luna Mountain Lodge outside Otavalo.

Day 3- Departing Otavalo at 07:00 we drive in trucks to 2800 meters on the south flank of Volcán Cotacachi. From this departure point we spend the morning traversing the volcano’s southeastern face along a rough track, entering the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve and
descending into the páramo, or high alpine grasslands. We lunch on the shore of Lago Cristococha, a beautiful alpine lake at 3762 meters mirroring the Cotacachi Volcano and make camp on the shore of an alpine stream. We trek for 4-6 hours today. It is the shortest hiking
day, but also the steepest! Moderately difficult. Horse supported.

Day 4- We spend the morning crossing the western cordillera of the Andes under the watchful eye of the Cotacachi volcano, and passing through the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve one of the world´s most biodiverse protected areas. We trek for 6-8 hours today and this is the longest hiking day.Horse supported.

Day 5- Today we descend into the loud forest losing more than 1000 meters of altitude. The ecological changes are incredible! We follow a river valley to the isolated cloud forest farming town of Irubí. We camp in tents in Irubí at 2150m. The trek today takes 6-8 hours and is of
moderate difficulty. Horse supported.

Day 6- From Irubí we continue to descend through cloud forest and small farms along the Apuela River, enjoying commanding views of the Íntag region, and eventually arriving at the town of Apuela. From Apuela we travel by truck several kilometers down the valley to the
town of Nangulví at 1400 meters and its famous volcanic hot springs where we stay in on the shore of the Íntag River and soak our tired legs. Today’s trek is moderate, and we walk for 6-8 hours. Truck supported.

Day 7- After breakfast we take a tour of the Rio Intag coffee cooperative project before traveling by bus to Lago Cuicocha where we enjoy lunch overlooking this beautiful crater lake. Back to Quito hotel or airport by 6PM.

(7 days-6 nights) minimum 6 paying participants. Horse supported so participants hike only with day packs. (includes 2 guides, tents, reserve fees, horses, food/lodging/pool entrance at Nangulví hot springs, all transport, groups provide their own gear and food during hike: food preparation and gear rental is extra).

The net prices per person, based in double accommodation
Cotacachi Paramo to Intag
Cloud Forest Trek
2-3 pax $ 733
4-6 pax $ 598
7-10 pax $ 537
11-16 pax $500

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* We reserve the right to alter or omit any part of an itinerary, and reverse the order of places to be visited or change any space reservation without prior notice due to readjustment of National park policies, seasonal changes, safety reasons weather conditions or force majored which may dictate these changes. These decisions are oriented in terms of passenger safety and in the interest of the islands conservation.