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Climbing Rucu Pichincha - Climbing Quito - Ecuador

Rucu Pichincha is a volcano located just east of Quito. It is one of the most popular day hikes near the city. Access is via the TelefériQo ($8). It is important to spend a few days in Quito before attempting this peak due to the risk of altitude sickness. From the top of the Teleferico, walk along the beaten path along the grassy ridge for approximately 1.5 hours. At the base of the rock, you can continue for another 1.5 hours to the top, although you need to be prepared for some scrambling. From the top, on a clear day, you will see breathtaking views of many volcanoes like Cayambe, Antisana, Cotopaxi, the llinizas and Chimborazo. You can also rent horses at the top if you want to take it easy as you explore the surrounding area. In recent years, there have been muggings near the hiking trail of Rucu Pichincha so it would be best to check with the TelefériQo staff to advise you of the latest news regarding security on the mountain.


Calle Arnulfo Araujo S/N y Av. Occidental

Quito, Ecuador


Getting There

The best option is to take a taxi from Quito.� Fare from the Mariscal district will cost approximately three dollars.

Travel Tips:

Get there early.� Line ups can be up to an hour long, especially on weekends.

Price Description:

Cost for the Teleferico is four dollars for locals.� Foreigners pay eight dollars.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:8:15 am

Days Closed:None

Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.

Amusement park

Currencies accepted
US dollar

Contact Information:
Phone: 02-222-2996

Here are other activities in and around Quito that may be of interest: Rocódromo and Indoor climbing.

07 Nov 2013

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