Southern Illiniza

Southern Illiniza


  • Southern and Northern Illiniza
  • Panoramic view of Cotopaxi and the surrounding volcanoes
  • Illinizas Lake

Trip Description:

The Illinizas are two volcanic peaks located inside the Illinizas Ecological Reserve. The southern Illiniza differs from its northern neighbor because it is a mix of rock and ice which requires previous technical experience. During the ascent, one will have to negotiate sections of rock climbing until reaching the glacier, then continuing on by climbing on rock and ice to reach the summit at 5.266 m / 17.276 ft.

Technical Data:

  • Estimated Time of Route: 8 hours
  • Physical Level: average-high
  • Technical Level: high
  • Maximum Elevation: 3.900 m / 12.795 ft
  • Minimum Elevation: 5.266 m / 17.276 ft
  • Terrain: Field, sand, rock, snow, ice, mixed

Main Attractions:

  • Southern and Northern Illiniza
  • Panoramic view of Cotopaxi and the surrounding volcanoes
  • Illinizas Lake
  • Andean moor
  • Typical flora and fauna of the moor


Day 1
09:00 Departure from Quito
11:30 Arrival to the Virgin of the Illinizas
12:00 Begin hike to the Nuevos Horizontes (New Horizons) Refuge
Stops to enjoy the attractions of the route
Frequent stops to hydrate and eat a box lunch
15:30 Arrival to Nuevos Horizontes Refuge
Settle into accommodations and time to rest
18:00 Dinner in the refuge
19:00 Sleep time
Day 2
02:15 Wake-up, eat breakfast and prepare equipment
03:00 Begin ascent hike
Frequent stops to eat and hydrate
07:00 Estimated time of arrival to the summit and begin descent hike
11:00 Estimated time of arrival to the refuge and begin descent to the Virgin
13:00 Estimated time of arrival to the Virgin and begin descent to El Chaupil
14:00 Lunch in a restaurant of the area
15:00 Begin return trip to Quito
17:00 Estimated time of arrival to Quito


  • Private and safe round-trip transportation
  • Specialized bilingual guides with ASEGUIM certification and trained in First Aid
  • Healthy and nutritious food (1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 box lunch, 1 dinner)
  • Lodging in the Nuevos Horizontes Refuge
  • The Illinizas Ecological Reserve entrance fee
  • Technical equipment: climbing helmet, harness, ice axe, crampons, rope, mountaineering boots and carabineers

Does not include:

  • Extra sports drinks
  • Personal spending money
  • Tips

What to bring:

  • Comfortable bag (30 – 40 lts)
  • Comfortable, warm clothes (1st and 2nd layers)
  • Rain jacket and rain pants (3rd layer)
  • Thermal hat and facemask
  • Thermal and waterproof gloves
  • Socks (1st and 2nd layers)
  • Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
  • Headlamp
  • Gaiters
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Change of clothes and shoes
  • Extra sports drinks
  • Camera


1 passenger 2 passengers 3 passengers 4 or more
$480 $320 $299 $299

*For groups of 6 or more ask us for our group prices.

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