Volcano Hiking Expedition

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Adrenaline junkies and natural-wonder lovers will find challenge and excitement out on the slopes of Ecuador’s Volcanoes on this once in a lifetime expedition!
No Previous knowledge or experience is necessary for the trip: Make friends with fellow hikers, stay in high quality accommodations, and experience the journey of a lifetime!
So much more than just a vacation, this amazing trip takes adventure to all new heights! Experience the views and exploration opportunities atop volcanoes anywhere from 4000-5800 Meters high!
Each hiking excursion is led by Professional Guides that will teach you all you need to be safe, have fun, and climb higher than you could ever imagine!
Spots will fill up fast for this one, so don’t wait! Sign up today for a vacation that is equal parts scenic and exhilarating, unlike any other trip that you’ve taken before!
Reach for the sky on this truly unique, fully guided, hiking adventure – including a summit of the infamous Cotopaxi Volcano @ 5800m! This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+

Experience our most explosively entertaining EduTour yet as you witness the Volcanoes of Ecuador!

Global EduTours presents a learning experience unlike any other: the 8 Day Volcano Hiking Expedition!

Your arrival day will be a great chance to settle into your accommodations and get to know your Professional Tour Guides and your fellow travelers!

Find adventure like you’ve never seen before as the 8 Day Volcano Expedition takes you to new heights (over 5800 meters to be exact) and gives you the chance to discover rare scenic views and unique wildlife, and even learn a thing or two about high altitude glacier climbing!

You’ll find challenge and excitement out on the slopes of Ecuador’s Volcanoes: Adrenaline junkies and natural-wonder lovers alike will delight in the journeys that await on the 8 Day Volcano Hiking Expedition.

Monday starts off the week with a bang! Full of excitement and wonder, the Pichincha Volcano offers the best of both worlds: A Ride in a Cable Car up to 4000 meters and then a 600 meter hike to the top of the Volcano for a scenic lunch and time to explore!

Wildlife lovers delight on Tuesday as the 8 Day Volcano Hiking Expedition heads to the Antisana Reserve for a hike around the base of the Volcano to explore the petrified lava and do some Birdwatching! As you walk around the Reserve, you’ll see all kinds of rare wildlife and birds as this Reserve is home to 80% of the giant Condor Population of Ecuador!

The Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve and the Illinizas Reserve highlight Wednesday and Thursday as hikes around these breathtaking volcano craters serve as great opportunities to climatize yourself for the treks in the days to follow!

Your last two days are truly a grand-finale.  The Cotopaxi National Park is home to the second highest active volcano in the entire world! After some training on day 1 to the glaciers around 5000 meters above sea level, the group will rest up for the evening’s trek. Our ascent to the top takes us to 5800 meters above sea level, reaching the top around 6 AM, just in time to witness a sunrise like you’ve never seen! You’ll then enjoy a well-earned breakfast at the hotel in the clouds before descending for the return to Quito.

Spots will fill up fast for this one, and the best part is, No Previous knowledge is necessary for the trip: anything you need to know, you’ll learn along the way from our Professional Guides! Make friends with fellow hikers, stay in high quality accommodations, and experience the journey of a lifetime! Sign up today!

Typical day

Day 1: Sunday - Arrival
  • Collection from Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.
  • Transport to your accommodation.
  • Welcome meeting to get to know your guide/s and the other travelers in your group.
DAY 2: Monday - Pichincha Volcano
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • At 7am, you will be picked up from your hotel.
  • Then we make our way to Pichincha Volcano. We will travel by cable car 4000 meters above sea level, then hike the rest of the way to the top of the volcano at 4600 meters.
  • Time for some lunch and to enjoy the scenery.
  • Return to the hotel around 4pm.
DAY 3: Tuesday - Antisana Reserve & Birdwatching
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • At 7am, you will be picked up from your hotel.
  • Depart to Antisana Reserve - Hike around the reserve to acclimatize, and do some bird watching. This reserve is home to 80% of the Condor population in Ecuador so there is a high possibility that you will observe condors flying.
  • You will also see petrified lava and if your lucky, the volcano.
  • Return to the hotel around 6pm.
DAY 4: Wednesday - Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • At 7am, you will be picked up from your hotel.
  • Depart to Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve for some hiking around the Cuicocha lake (crater).
  • Time for some lunch on the volcano.
  • Return to the hotel around 6pm.
DAY 5: Thursday - Illinizas Reserve
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • At 7am, you will be picked up from your hotel.
  • Depart to Illinizas Reserve, located near Cotopaxi area - we will do some hiking to prepare and climatize for the next day.
  • Box lunch.
  • Return to Quito around 5pm.
DAY 6: Friday - Cotopaxi National Park
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Pick up from hotel (hour to confirm), then we travel to the Cotopaxi National Park, home of the second highest active volcano in the world.
  • We will have some training to the glaciers 5000 meters above sea level at 6pm.
  • Time for dinner and some well earned rest before we start our ascent to the top at 5800 meters above sea level.
DAY 7: Saturday - Cotopaxi National Park
  • We will reach the top around 6am. Right on time to see the sunrise up there in the middle of the clouds. Yay!
  • Breakfast at your hotel in the clouds!
  • Time to make our way down then return to Quito.
DAY 8: Sunday - Departure Day
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Return transfers to Mariscal Sucre International Airport, Quito.

Free-time activities

Cotopaxi National Park 
Cotacachi Cayapas Reserve


In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
No skills neccessary
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Global EduTours

  • Pre-Departure Support
  • Meals (as detailed)
  • Site Entry Fees
  • Quality Accommodation
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Airport Transfers

Airport Pickup at Mariscal Sucre International Airport
Mariscal Sucre Int. Airport, Quito (CODE: UIO)
Twin Share (single supplement available)
Food & Beverages
Breakfast Included
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito. We assist you to find cheap flights to Ecuador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Ecuador provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Ecuador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Ecuador.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Tour dates are flexible to suit the needs of your group. 
Full guidebook and tour itineraries, including arrival information, is provided prior to departure. 
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 2 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
8 days (min. stay)
8 days (max. stay)
Average fees
$1,698 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Global EduTours will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global EduTours during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Volcano Hiking Expedition

Reach for the sky on this truly unique, fully guided, hiking adventure – including a summit of the infamous Cotopaxi Volcano @ 5800m!


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