Quito, Ecuador (PRWEB) October 22, 2012
Gulliver Expeditions, tour operator in Quito, Ecuador, now offers climbing and hiking tour packages optimized for a fast acclimatization to the high altitudes of the Andean highlands.
Discovering South Americas Andean Jewels
South of Quito runs the Avenue of the Volcanoes between the two main Andes range, the Western and Eastern, for 325 kilometers, including 59 volcanoes, what makes it one of the most important tourist attractions of Ecuador. The free-standing, massive, snow covered volcanoes provide a stark contrast to the tropical greenery in the valleys on the way there. The landscape is dotted with a mix of indigenous and colonial settlements with cottage industries and small-scale agriculture. Among the most important volcanoes and perfect for climbing and hiking tours are the Chimborazo, 6526 meters high, and the Cotopaxi with an elevation of 5897 meters. More climbing can be done at Cayambe and also Antisana, the third and fourth highest peaks in Ecuador.
Acclimatization is Important
Most of the travelers intending to climb one of these giants are coming from parts of the world closer to the sea level. This makes it necessary to give the body time to adapt to the high altitudes and the lower oxygen levels. Gulliver Expeditions’ special trained and certified local guides developed unique programs after many years of leading travelers from all over the world up to Ecuador’s highest peaks. Their specially-designed climbing tour packages help potential volcano conquerors, even if they have little or no experience in climbing, to acclimatize quickly and effective and to come home and tell their friends about the unbelievable things they have seen. “Gulliver made my time in Ecuador fun and trouble free.” Adell D., England
Pasochoa, Illinizas North and Cotopaxi in 5 Days
This five-day acclimatization program is designed to educate and instruct people in high altitude mountain climbing between 4000 and 6000 meters (13123-19685ft). Starting at the Hostería PapaGayo, a colonial Lodge at 3200 meters (10498 ft.), a qualified and bilingual guide leads the travelers to their first volcano peak. The climb up to the Pasochoa, 4199 meters (13700 ft.), only takes about two hours, so the climbers have enough energy to crest the Illinizas North, 5126 meters (16800 ft.), after a night in the Hostería. This five-hour-climb is followed up by a one day of relaxing and recharging the batteries for the two-day-trip to the famous Cotopaxi. Because of the aspired altitude of 5897 meters there is a stopover at the “Jose Rivas” refuge at an altitude of 4800 meters. And it is not until a refreshing nap, as well as a carful instruction for glacier climbing, that the journey to the top comes to its final stage. Reaching the peak the new volcano conquerors can savor the charm of a sensational sunrise at almost 6000 meters.
Defeating 4 Giants in 7 Days
When people arrive in Ecuador and wish to start climbing high altitudes immediately, Gulliver’s seven-day acclimatization program is a perfect fit for them. Different from the five-day adventure tour the travelers will, depending on the weather conditions, climb up to either the Corazon, 4788 meters (15,700 ft.) or the Rumiñahui, 4722 meters (15,490 ft.). For inexperienced adventurers and climbers who don’t have the necessary equipment to climb up mountains like that, the advantage of these tours clearly lies in the included provision of all the climbing gear and the quick, professional instructions. “We found the guides and driver to be both friendly and informative.” Gary M. from Australia shares.
Breaking the 6000 meter mark
To gather the ultimate mountaineering experience in Ecuador adventurers can climb three of the tallest volcanoes in the Avenue over a period of five days: the Iliniza Norte, the Cotopaxi and finally the mighty Chimborazo - giving them a chance to break 6000 meters (19685 ft.). Special about a tour like this are the included preparations for climbing glaciers with the ice-climbing program. Ascents at an altitude of more than 5000 meters offer spectacular and unsurpassed views of Ecuador and the Avenue of Volcanoes below. Due to the demanding and physical nature of this program, the mountaineers must be in good physical condition and acclimatized prior to commencement.
Amending Skills with a Climbing and Glacier Course
Climbers who want to take their mountaineering skills to the next level in South America, a personalized adventure climbing tour is the perfect solution. It involves training in ice walls and glacier climbing on the Cotopaxi with a licensed teacher and under the highest safety conditions. “Gulliver's was able to create an itinerary that was unique to what we wanted to experience and wasn't just a package deal.” says Nancy T. from Canada. This tour is ideal for those who want to add a bit of spice to their climbing, gain more experience, and learn high altitude strategic climbing.
About Gulliver Expeditions
Gulliver Expeditions, Quito based tour operator and agency, specializes in adventure travel Ecuador, including climbing and hiking tours in the Avenue of the Volcanoes and the highlands. They also offer cultural sightseeing, biking tours, horseback riding, jungle trips and once-in-a-lifetime cruises to the Galapagos Islands, as well as tailor-made itineraries for trips across the whole country.
Every one of Gulliver's Ecuador tours intergrates high-quality, personalized service, competitive prices, high standards in safety procedures as well as professional, qualified guides.
For more information contact Gulliver on http://www.gulliver.com.ec or mail to info(at)gulliver.com(dot)ec