Climbing Cotopaxi (5 897 m) in 2 days

Activity type: Mountaineering
Activity level: Easy/ Moderate

24 Nov 2019 - 23 Nov 2020

Duration: 2 Day(s) / Tour with flexible start dates
Price: from $320

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Climbing the famous Cotopaxi that just have been opened with the best guide of Ecuador!

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Price includes

  • Superior service
  • A registered and fully licensed tour operator
  • Technical mountain equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet)
  • Transportation and transfers
  • Professional IFMGA or ASEGUIM mountain guide (two climbers to one guide)
  • Accommodation in "Jose Ribas Refuge"
  • All meals during the climb (shown above with B: breakfast, BL: box lunch, D: dinner)
  • National park fees and permits

Not included in price

  • Personal mountain gear (warm clothes, sleeping bag, sun glasses, head lamp, etc.)
  • International flights
  • Single supplement
  • Meals and beverages at the hotels (lunch, dinner)
  • Personal insurance
  • Tips
  • Other non-specified expenses


Edgar Parra

 Edgar Parra 

40 years, Ecuador



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Edgar has a great experience of more than 17 years of mountain climbing in Ecuador, and around the world, like Colombian, Bolivian, Peruvian and Argentinean Andes; in the Italian, Swiss, German and Austrian Alps, in northern Himalayas the KhanTengri peak, and recently successfully Mount McKinley in Alaska, such experience allowed him to lead challenge routes and expeditions with much success.

He is passionate traveler, photographer, rock and ice climber and more.., He spends most of his free time and vacation “discovering” new mountains, new destinations, new cultures.

As a complement of his 6 years of University studies in Tourism, He has attended important courses, such as:

* Mountain Guide and updates courses by ASEGUIM (Ecuadorian Association of Mountain Guides), in April 2000, in April 2009, in September 2014.

* Mountain Guides Evaluation by ENSA (Ecole Nationale de Ski et d'Alpinisme) in October 2006. An event organized by the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador and ENSA of France.

* Wilderness First Responder, updated in April 2016.

He is charismatic, friendly, smart and very patient. His desire of personal growth and professional excellence has led him to be part of " as “CEO”, Chief Executive Organizer, and one of the coo-owners. He speaks fluent Spanish, English, German, Italian, and some Russian.

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Ecuador, Pichincha, Latacunga



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