Duration: 4 days- 3 nights*
Walking distance: 51 Km
Rating: Moderately Difficult**
Altitude: This is a high altitude trek which permanently stands above 3.600 msnm. The starting point is Tambopaxi located at 3.700msnm and the arrival point is El Tambo at 3.644msnm. The highest points are the Sincholagua pass at 4.429msnm and the valley at the base of Antisana at about 4.400msnm.
Best time to visit: From June to January.
Observations: This is a very challenging and physically demanding trek. If raining, mud slogging and cold may add some extra difficulties to the trek. Even under the more ideal conditions water streams keep parts of the route muddy al year around. Weather in the sierra may be very changing regardless of the season. Raining boots are a must.
TREK DESCRIPTION: The Condor Trek is said to be the most beautiful trek in Ecuador. Even though physically demanding the aid of packhorses along the entire route make it accessible to almost everyone. The Condor Trek runs across three ecological reserves and protected areas: the Cotopaxi National Park, the Antizana and the Cayambe Coca Reserve. This treks will lead us along the highlands of the Cotopaxi, Sincholagua and Antizana mountains to finally reach el Tambo which is one of the gates to the Amazonia. On clear days trekkers will enjoy the magnificent view of the Cotopaxi and Antizana- perhaps the two most beautiful snow-capped volcanoes of Ecuador- as well of breathtaking views of the Ecuadorian Andes. This trek will consistently lead us through the paramo thus offering to trekkers a complete glance of its very particular vegetation and fauna. If lucky, we may be even able to admire the flight of the condor, the spectacular bird this trek is named after. On our way we will cross rivers, water streams and will camp aside lagoons. For a gently ending, this trek proposes a warm bath in the spring terms of Papallacta, a nearby town from our arrival point.