Dates: November 15 – 24, 2019
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Price: €2,852 per person
You will first pay a deposit to Go! Running Tours. The remaining amount will be paid when your tour operator contacts you.
Starting point: Quito, Ecuador
Terrain: Trail run
Average daily running distance: 10 km (6 miles)
Longest distance in a day: 12 km (7.5 miles)
Group size: up to 10 participants
TABLE OF CONTENT
See Additional Information for more details on Payment Procedure and Cancellation Policy.
The rooms in our beautiful eco-lodges are double or triple rooms, depending on availability. You will share a room with someone of the same sex.
What Level of Running is this Trip Suitable For?
DAY 1 | QUITO – ARRIVAL
Arrival and acclimatization day (Quito is at 2800 m (9186 ft))
Organized airport pick-up and hotel check-in throughout the day. There will be served welcome dinner in the evening.
DAY 2 | QUITO – SIGCHOS – ISINLIVÌ
After breakfast, we drive to the town of Sigchos, which will mark the start of a 3-day running journey to “El Quilotoa”. The trail goes through the Andean mountains, valleys, epic landscapes, towns, over rivers and past genuine Quechua communities to ultimately end up at an epic sapphire-blue crater lake. We start running in the town of Sigchos towards Isinliví, where our bags will be waiting for us. It is a perfect route to acclimatize ourselves for the highs of the Andes, giving us the opportunity to get gently used to the altitude.
The route: 10 Km, 450+ 430-m
Afternoon relax – sauna, hot tub and the possibility for yoga
Highest point: 2900 meters/9514 feet
DAY 3 | ISINLIVÌ – CHUGCHILÁN
The day’s run is from Isinliví to the town of Chugchilán. From Isinliví the trail follows the Toachi canyon, offering amazing landscapes along the river, then climbs up to the plateaus and pass through small highland villages before arriving to Chugchilán.The eco-lodge is located just outside Chugchilán at an altitude over 3200 meters, with views of the Toachi Canyon, fantastic food and spectacular mountain views.
The route: 12 Km, 740+ 480-m
Highest point: 3220 meters/10,564 feet
Afternoon relax – sauna, hot tub and the possibility for yoga
Want more kilometers? The option is available
DAY 4 | CHUGCHILÁN – QUILOTOA CRATER – PARQUE NACIONAL COTOPAXI
Following a wholesome breakfast at the eco-lodge, we will descend down the valley below us to cross a river before we can begin our climb up to 3900 meters, and the goal of this first adventure: El Quilotoa Lagoon. As we have had some previous acclimatization this should not be a problem, but be prepared to work for the reward. Just imagine an azure-colored crater lake surrounded by steep shadowy mountains and (most likely) deep blue skies overhead – this is Lake Quilotoa. The landscape along the route and the views from the crater rim will make everything worth it! Following our arrival to the crater, we will jump into our support vehicle and drive over to El Cotopaxi National Park, which is centered around one of the world’s highest active volcanos and is considered one of the most beautiful places of Ecuador!
The route: 11 Km, 1000+ 350-m
Highest point: 3900 meters/12,795 feet
Transfer to “El Cotopaxi” (3h00)
DAY 5 | COTOPAXI AREA
Enjoy some early morning coffee with a fantastic view of El Cotopaxi, one of the world’s highest volcanoes (5897 meters). Since 1738, Cotopaxi has erupted more than 50 times resulting in the creation of numerous valleys formed by mudflows around the volcano, making the surroundings of El Cotopaxi, just amazing. A variety of animals live in the park such as wolves, pumas, bears, rabbits, condors, horses, and foxes. After breakfast, an exciting horseback riding adventure awaits us. Before the ride, our guide will offer some tips and quick lessons in riding but don’t worry, the horses are gentle and the trails easy. This is an opportunity to rest our legs and the perfect way to explore the unique Andean landscape of the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”.
The route: 3 hours horseback riding in Cotopaxi National Park
Alternative: run to refuge 1.72 Km, 240+ 240-m
Highest point: 4880 meters/16,000 feet
DAY 6 | COTOPAXI – RUMIÑAHUI VOLCANO – PAPALLACTA
After having spent some days at altitude, we are ready to run/hike el Rumiñahui. This is an extinct volcano named after the general of the last Inca Emperor, Atahualpa. After the Spaniards murdered the Emperor, Rumiñahui hid the famous treasure of gold that was to be paid for Atahualpa’s freedom and led the fight against the Spanish conquerors. In the local language Quichua, the name means “stone face”. We start the hike from Limpiopungo lake located at 3850 meters. Technically, it is a hike with some easy scrambling at the end. The mountain offers epic views of El Corazón, Los Ilinizas, Sincholagua, and Cotopaxi. After the hike, we will have a well-deserved lunch and continue our journey to Papallacta, where hot-springs awaits us!!
The route: climb to el Rumiñahui 11 Km, 770+ 750-m
Highest point: 4620 meters/15,157 feet
Transfer to Papallacta (3h30)
DAY 7 | PAPALLACTA – TENA
Papallacta is a land of beautiful landscapes, cold and foggy weather. After breakfast, we will run the “Bear Path”. If we are lucky enough, we will see spectacled bears and condors! But be prepared, because even if it is not raining you may get wet! The route is part of the Cayambe-Coca Ecological Reserve and it is surrounded by imposing mountains, beautiful small lagoons, and landscapes. Following some amazing days in the Andes, it’s time for our adventure to our next lodge in the Amazon jungle.
The route: 12 Km – 200+ 700-
Highest point at 4300 meters
DAY 8 | TENA – CANDO – RAFTING
This day is one for resting our legs but not our sense of adventure as we will be rafting the Jatunyacu river, which is a friendly, fun, warm and pristine river. This is a once in a lifetime adventure and for sure one of the highlights of our journey. Before starting, our experienced guides will give us a safety briefing, train the team in paddling techniques and fit you with a life jacket and helmet. Here is where the adrenaline begins, and you will be submerged in this magical experience. During the trip, we’ll stop on a beach by the side of the river for a delicious picnic lunch provided by our guides, to later continue our journey on the river back to Tena, arriving around 5 PM. The rest of the late afternoon will be free so you can just enjoy and relax. After dinner, we will go for a night walk which is an extraordinary experience! What can be observed in the daytime compared to night totally changes. We will be able to see tarantulas, insects, frogs, caimans, and other amphibians. The night walk allows us to get in touch with the most virgin and uninhabited sides of the jungle ever.
Transfer to Cando (1h00)
Rafting all day 25 Km
Highest point at 550 meters
DAY 9 | TENA – JUNGLE WALK – QUITO
The last morning at Tena will be spent on a 2-3 hours excursion in the jungle. We will hopefully see animals in their wild state, large trees and beautiful landscapes that allow us to feel the vastness of the Amazon. Later we will return to the lodge and have a delicious lunch. Having spent some memorable days in the jungle we head back to the Andes, to finish our adventure close to Quito (Puembo).
Trekking around the jungle
Transfer to Puembo (5h00)
Lunch / Lunch
DAY 10 | DEPARTURE
At the end of our adventure, we enjoy our last breakfast together in one of the valleys next to Quito and then it is time to say our goodbyes.
What’s Included in the Price?
- Pick up and drop off at Quito airport
- Breakfast, lunch & dinner for all days, starting with a welcome dinner the first day and the last breakfast in Quito
- Lots of Snacks and water during and after the run
- All National Park Entry Fees
- Running guides
- Water rafting
- Horseback riding
- Unforgettable memories!
What’s NOT Included in the Price?
- Your flights (we can provide guidance on getting cost-effective flights)
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
What to Bring Along?
Items marked * are mandatory safety equipment.
FOR THE DAILY RUNS:
- Emergency blanket*
- Trail running shoes*
- Running vest/backpack*
- Rain jacket*
- Wind jacket
- Running tights/shorts
- Long sleeved t-shirt
- Buff or warm hat*
- Sun hat*
- Head torch
- Water bottles or bladder* (minimum 2L)
- First aid kit*
- Sunscreen – SPF 50 or above*
- Poles (recommended, but not essential)
- Toilet paper – you never know…
- Medication (ensure you carry any medication that you need)
GENERAL PACKING LIST (Note that this is in addition to what you would normally bring for a trip):
- Down jacket and warm hat (nights can be cold in the Andes)*
- Warm sweater*
- Comfortable lodge clothes – lightweight clothes for evening use
- Small travel towel
- Swimming suit
- Trekking trousers (lightweight and quick to dry)
- Head torch (with spare batteries, we will use it) *
- Insect repellent
- Small plastic bag/dry sac (to keep travel documents safe & dry)
- Travel documents
- Insurance – You can’t really pack the insurance, but having insurance is very important if you’re unlucky! All participants are required to have their own insurance appropriate for running, such as mountain rescue (including helicopter), medical, repatriation, travel, cancellation, etc. * Please note that travel insurance is mandatory to enter Ecuador and this may be checked at the airport so bring a copy of the insurance document or card.
- Cash in USD – for snacks and beverages (not all lodges accept cards!)