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Cayambe Volcano Day Tour - Equator line glacier - Latin American Alpine

Cayambe Volcano Day Tour


The Cayambe Volcano day tour gives guests the rare opportunity of standing near a glacier on the Equator! Your private tour departs at Quito at 7 am for the town of Cayambe. From here we transfer to four wheel for the drive to the Oleas Berge refuge at 4 600 m. The drive is enjoyable and you may be able to see Cayambe Volcano over green farmlands and grazing alpacas. After arriving at the refuge, you can take a short hike to the Glaciar Hermoso (or Beautiful Glacier). Here you will see the incredible shapes and ice towers formed by the glacier as it flows down the volcano. Enjoy hot coca tea and lunch at the refuge before returning to the Quito. Maximum hiking altitude is 4 650 m.


Quick Details

Price per person

Please send us an email to make a booking. Include the size of your group and expected date of travel in your email.


Bilingual guide

Private vehicle transport

Four wheel drive transport to refuge

National Park entrance fees 


Gratuities (optional)

Lunch (Lunch at refuge costs around $8)


Personal hydration (bring 1-2 liters of water/energy drinks)



Each guest must please bring their passport.

It is compulsory for guests to have personal medical aid & travel insurance. 

Please inform us of any current medical issues.

This tour is NOT recommended for travelers with heart, lung or back problems.

Travelers should have moderate physical fitness.

We regret no children under the age of 12 years.

Acclimatization: You will be hiking at 4600 m in the Andes. Ensure you have spent at least 3 days in Quito before joining this day tour. If you have any doubts or concerns, please contact us.

Departure point: Your hotel in Quito

Time of departure: 07h30

Return point: Your hotel in Quito

Approximate return time: 18h30

Please wear: 

Long trousers and long sleeve shirt or base layer top (we do not recommend shorts or denim trousers)

Comfortable walking or hiking shoes

Bring with you:

Waterproof jacket

Thick fleece or down jacket 

Hat or cap 

Buff or scarf

Gloves and beanie

Additional items to bring:

Copy of your passport


Sun protection cream


1-2 liters of water/energy drinks

Small day backpack (15 liters)

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about the Cayambe Volcano day tour.

Cayambe Volcano Day Tour
Standing in front of the Oleas Berge refuge. The summit of Cayambe in the background.
Cayambe climbing
One of our stops is to this point to see the glacier up close.
Chimborazo 14 Day Expedition
See these amazing shapes and and ice tower formations
Cayambe Volcano Day Tour
Standing above the Hermoso Glacier. The summit of Cayambe is hidden in the clouds.
Alpacas grazing in the fields below Cayambe
Alpacas grazing in the fields below Cayambe Volcano