Cerro Pasochoa

  • © Flickr User - Emma
  • © Flickr User - Emma
  • Pasochoa from Ruminahui flank - © William Mackesy
  • Pasochoa from Ruminahui flank - © William Mackesy
  • © Flickr User - Emma
  • © Flickr User - Emma
  • Pasochoa from Ruminahui flank - © William Mackesy
  • Pasochoa countryside - © Flickr User - Jo Simon

Key information: Cerro Pasochoa

    • The heavily eroded extinct volcano Pasochoa has superb views of the Avenue of Volcanoes.
      • It is a day walk but would be demanding if you are fairly recently arrived.
        • There are several approaches, which you can combine into a fine traverse.
          • You can also choose from a selection of trails in the protected forest (and paramo above) of its slopes.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest5
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating87

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 12-24 km
  • 4-12 hours
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,199 m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

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Pasochoa from Ruminahui flank - © William Mackesy

WALK SUMMARY

The heavily eroded extinct volcano Pasochoa tops out at 4,199m, with superb views of the Avenue of the Volcanoes.

There are several approaches on bare, harsh slopes, or through chaparro forest and grassland from the River Pita Canyon, the highest start. You can combine these into a fine traverse.

You can also choose from a selection of trails in the protected forest (and paramo above) of its slopes.

30km south of Quito, it is a day walk but would be demanding if you are fairly recently arrived,

in remote mountains with uncertain weather, where altitude can cause problems. Come prepared.

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Pasochoa from Ruminahui flank - © William Mackesy

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