Trekking Oyacachi - El Chaco

This trek of between two and three days, takes us from the small Andean village of Oyacachi, located to the south of the Nevado Cayambe, at 3,200 meters above sea level, along the Oyacachi River, to the jungle village of The Chaco, at 1,600 meters of altitude. In Oyacachi there are hot springs with good infrastructure that are usually frequented mostly by visitors from Cayambe and Quito on weekends.

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  • Duration: 13 hrs
  • Available Days: Every day
  • Schedule: 7:00 AM
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  • Mobile Ticket Included
  • Offered in English, Spanish

Experience Highlights

Nature Walk

Trek Oyacachi - El Chaco.

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1. Departure from Quito to Cayambe and Oyacachi. Pick up at 07:00 a.m. Arrival in Oyacachi at 09:30 a.m. approximately. Start of the trek to the Chalpi river. Camp.

Day 2. Hike along the Oyacachi river until reaching the Santa María river. Undoubtedly the most difficult but the most beautiful day of trekking. Moving through dense vegetation and on a muddy and slippery road, we will find ourselves in the heart of a primary forest. While the trail continues repeatedly through lush hills, we will enjoy breathtaking views of the river and some small waterfalls. We will install our camp on a river beach.

Day 3. We continue along the Oyacachi River to El Chaco. Early in the morning we will go to El Chaco. As the terrain becomes flat, we approach the bridge of the Santa María River. Crossing this old and dilapidated bridge is an experience in itself, since we will have to climb the platform (lack a ramp for accessing) and then cross rotting wooden sleepers. From here, an easy road will take us through the farmland to another bridge over the Oyacachi River. Here our transport will be waiting for us to take us to El Chaco. Those who prefer to continue walking can enjoy another three-hour walk on a very easy and dusty road to the city. After a well-deserved lunch, we will return to Quito where we will arrive around 8pm. End of the trek and our services.

What to Bring

Bathing suit, Small towel, Cold jacket, Rain boots, Waterproof jacket, waterproof pants, long-sleeved and easy to dry shirts, trekking poles, cold gloves, sun cap (for sun protection) and hat (for protection against the cold), mountain boots or hiking shoes, Socks for each day (for trekking), sunglasses, flashlight with extra batteries, pocket knife *, camera *, personal hygiene kit, sunscreen, Water bottle, mattres, leggings, Personal medical supplies.

What's included

Muleteer, mules, camping equipment, sleeping bag, meals from the first lunch to lunch on the last day and ground transportation on the first and last day. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE: Personal equipment, rubber boots, water ponchos, travel insurance, tips, etc.


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