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Rumiñahui is named after the legendary king of the Incas.  The mountain is also sometimes called stone face of Rumiñahui who was one of the most Important warriors of Ecuador and the entire Inca empire.

This old volcano last erupted about 9 million years ago and it´s mostly made up of Andesite and basaltic rock. This eroded broken Volcano is dormant because of the collapse of magma inside chamber of the crater on the East face of the caldera wall. The walls of the peaks rise an impressive 800 + meters vertical above the high base of Tiopullo, this broken Volcano consist of three peaks above 4,000 m / 15,000 ft. in Altitude.

What to bring: comfortable hiking shoes or boots, medium size back pack, fast drying outdoor clothing, thermal fleece and a water and wind resistant jacket, Insect repellent, sun screen, head lamp (extra batteries) and of course good digital camera.

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Day 1

Rumiñahui volcano trek

We leave Quito at 9:00 a.m. but will stop to buy snacks and drinks. Once we arrive to the Cotopaxi National Park entrance we register everyone with their passports and include the entry fee. Will visit the museum inside the park and and then take a small walk on the edge of Limpiopungo lake. We then go to lower camp ground and then begin trekking towards Boliche camping area at the base of the volcano. The trek takes 6 hours more or less, then we make camp and have dinner.

Day 2

Rumiñahui volcano trek

Early breakfast at 6:00 a.m. and start walking at 7:00 a.m. until we reach the top of Central Rumiñahui around 10:00 a.m. then return to camp for lunch and then later we leave the park and then return back to Quito in the late afternoon.