3 Days

Altar Trek – Laguna Amarilla | Trekking Tour.

  • The adventure begins only 1 hour from Riobamba city.
  • One of the most impressive mountain adventures due to its unreal landscape.
  • Visit the Eastern Andean Mountain Chain and its beautiful green spaces.
  • Delight your senses with the panoramic view of Laguna Amarilla at 4300 m.a.s.l.

Private Departures Everyday
Departure Location Your Hotel in Riobamba.
Return Location Your Hotel in Riobamba.
Departure Time 09:00
Duration 3 Days
Clothes Thermal clothing, walking shoes, hat, windbreaker
Included Bilingual naturalist guide.
Private Transportation to / from Riobamba
Accommodation in Altar Refuge.
Food, coffee, tea and purified water.
Cargo animals for equipment transportation.
Equipment and waterproof bags.
Entry to Sangay National Park.
Not Included Activities not specified in the itinerary.
Personal expenses.
 Tips & Gratitudes.


Day 1

Departure from Riobamba - Hike to Altar Refuge

We will start the day in the beautiful city of Riobamba, our guides will pass by your accomodation hotel around 9:00 AM, after an hour of travel by private transportation we will arrive at an extensive hacienda located in the Sangay National Park (it has a height of 3070 m.a.s.l.) where we will mount our equipment on the horses and begin the adventure. Depending on the weather we can see the Altar Volcano in the distance next to the Collanes River valley.
The hike is approximately 6 hours until you reach the Refuge of “El Altar” which is located at an altitude of 3830 m.a.s.l.

Day 2

Collanes Valley - Laguna Amarilla

We start the day with a delicious breakfast, followed later by a walk through the Valley of Collanes to the Laguna Amarilla which is the crater of the volcano. We are gonna reach a platform at a height of 4300 m.a.s.l. (the highest point of this trekking tour in Ecuador). From this point we will have a panoramic view of the lagoon formed by the melting of its snowy peaks. We will return to the Refuge.

Day 3


In the morning we’ll go down to the hacienda where we started this trip, we will return to Riobamba approximately at 2:00 PM.

The Altar or Capac Urcu (meaning almighty mountain or majestic hill) is an extinct volcano located in the center of Ecuador. It is inside the Sangay National Park, in the province of Chimborazo. It receives its name thanks to the numbers peaks that adorn its beautiful panoramic view.
In the caldera of the volcano, there are numerous lagoons of different colors, among which are Yellow, Silver, Black, Starry, Green, Mandur, Painted and is full of caves, receives a small flow of water from these lakes. It is estimated that the last eruption took place in 1490.

Altar Trek - Laguna Amarilla
Altar Trek
Altar Trek
Altar Trek
Altar Trek

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