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Quito Paochoa Tour

Quito Pasochoa Tour

On this tour you can have an impressive view of the Avenue of Volcanoes. Pasochoa is an extinct volcano located in the Guayllabamba river basin in the Ecuadorean Andes. The current mountain form is a collapsed crater with a semicircular shape. This structure emerged approximately 100 thousand years ago due to an eruption which destroyed the crater and occidental slope of the previous volcanic cone. Lava and ash increased the fertility of the ground in the Pasochoa region, encouraging the growth of a vibrant forest ecosystem.

The diversity of this ecosystem is such that Pasochoa is recorded to have 125 species of birds and 232 of plants. 

We will go through the General Rumiñahui Highway to the town of El Ejido in Amaguaña. There we will take a detour through hacienda Medrano to the community of Pilopata de Monjas; then we will advance until the refugee camp (for about 6 km).


There our tour can take two paths: 1) a 30 minute easy walk called “The Hummingbird Path” where we can see hummingbirds, plants and volcanic rocks or 2) for the more adventurous we can reach the summit after a 3 to 4 hour trek (the descend will take around 1.5 hours) where you will be rewarded by a magnificent view, pure air and new energy.

This is one of the best trekking expeditions in Ecuador for acclimatization of 5000 + summits.


Bilingual guide English/Spanish (we also offer German and French speaking guides)


All entrances: Pasochoa National Park entrance fee



  • Lunch
  • Tips


asochoa Flora & Fauna: In the Pasochoa there are different kind of species and it is impressive, there are 125 species of birds, 232 of flora and 10 species of mammals, all of that in just 500 hectares.

Among the trees of the Pasochoa some of the ones that stand out are the pumamaqui, that has leaves in the shape of a hand, (pumanaqui = puma paw), the aliso, that grows very fast and the cedrillo, that is very abundant in the area.

Also there are other species as the caballo chupa, yerba mora and culantrillo del pozo, which are some of the most important medicinal plants. Other plants and trees are the huavcundos, laurel, Andean cedar, podocarpus, helecho and orchids complete the diversity that exists in the area.

Among the poultry you can find the huirac-churos with its peculiar singing and hummingbirds that are of great ecological importance. Also there are blackbirds, nursery birds, nuns, tangaras, plateros, turtledoves and wild turkey hens.

In the Pasochoa we can also find some mammals such as wild goats, rabbits, bats, pumas and different kind of rodents. Through out its paths you can watch colorful butterflies, ladybugs, frogs, and other small wild animals.



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