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  • 8

    Ecuador - Avenue of the Volcanoes, June 2015

    Ecuadorean people are welcoming and there are relatively few tourists so that on the trekking you are quite likely to see no other tourists on the trail. Learn a little basic Spanish before you go. In Quito you can communicate in English in a limited way, and people aren't snotty about it as in some countries. But a little Spanish goes a long way. I enjoyed the trip hugely. I achieved my objectives of seeing another South American country, seeing the interesting city of Quito and climbing four Andean peaks averaging 15,000+ ft . Yes, there was the disappointment of Cayambe and Cotopaxi being closed to further ascent (by bad weather and bad weather plus eruption respectively) so we never got a realistic crack at those. But you can't plan for this. Big mountains make their own rules and I feel I made the most of the alternative climbs and possibilities we were offered.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The point when I could feel my body properly acclimatised, well hydrated and having had wonderful food and I knew then I felt confident of climbing anything. On the question of food, it was a high of this trip for me. I'm vegetarian and had some delightful dishes throughout, none more so than, amazingly, prepared by cook Paco high in the mountains camping during the Pinan trek.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group was just four males, all of whom had booked singly and we got along very well right from the start. Though we were of different ages, spanning 35 years, we were of comparable experience and ability and this really helped. Tour leader Diego, a freelance professional guide from Quito, accompanied us throughout and was outstanding in every way - knowledgeable, sympathetic, adaptable to the unexpected and very good company. I must also mention the manager of Campus, the Ecuador company which Exodus uses on the ground, Marjolein. Though she didn't accompany us we met her twice and she too was helpful and thoroughly likeable. She particularly came into her own when, the night before Cotopaxi, we had to decide as a group whether we were going to try and ascend it with gas masks she provided (the fumaroles were creating an environment high in sulphur dioxide near the summit) or whether we were going to change tack and tackle a different mountain.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Exodus graded my trip as Tough/Tough+, the latter relating to the ascent of Cotopaxi. Pay heed to this. Quite apart from Cayambe and Cotopaxi the acclimatisation trekking and three prior mountain ascents were hard work but very satisfying and highly effective at enabling acclimatisation. By 7-10 days I was thoroughly acclimatised and so the ascent of Ruminahui ,4740m on the last day (in lieu of erupting Cotopaxi which was, in any event, too windy and dangerous to summit) and was no more challenging in terms of breathless etc than Dales or Peak District walking in the UK. I felt as if I could have climbed anything. So, this is not a trip for causal, occasional or flat-ground walkers. The walk-in is far more demanding than, say, the walk-in to Kilimanjaro which is simple trekking moving gradually up the mountain.You should be a regular hill walker, capable of sustaining day-long trekking up and down without sore knees, then getting up and going off again the next day. You should do gym work to build your cardiovascular fitness and thigh strength. Imbabura and Ruminahui involve scrambling towards the tops and so familiarity and profiency at Grade 1 scrambing with long drops below would be a decided advantage. Take two sets of boots - a stiffish soled B1 or, better, a B2 for all but Cayambe and Cotopaxi as well as an insulated boot (double plastics are ideal) for these two cold mountains.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Consider going in November-February. The guides told me that the high winds on Cayambe and Cotopaxi - because of which we had to turn back - are lighter in our UK winter. To aid you vital acclimatisation progress, consider, in consultation with your doctor, taking acetazolamide (Diamox) 125mg twice daily right from the word go (you fly into Quito, itself quite high) and continuing throughout.

  • 6

    ecuador:avenue of the volcanoes

    unfortunately we were not told at time of sale of the holiday that Cotopaxi was closed even though Exodus must have known this. this changed the whole dynamics of the holiday, more time sitting in a minivan, more time camping, less chance of reaching a high peak. its like looking through a car magazine. you see a ford fiesta, I would like a fiesta. phone showroom, have you a fiesta? here is deposit for fiesta. tell your friends I have bought a fiesta. go showroom for your fiesta. they say, here is a Renault clio, we think it's the same thing. enjoy!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    glacier training on Antisana

    What did you think of your group leader?

    very good

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I didn't think the risk of crime was as high as warned

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    no

  • 8

    ECUADOR: AVENUE OF THE VOLCANOES

    An excellent experience but serious thought needs to be given to the difficulty of Cotopaxi.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Should have been reaching the summit  of cotopaxi, but this didn't happen.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Diago was very  friendly, organised and comunnicated well with the groupl. He was very approachable and spoke very good English. Unfortunately he was the only guide and the group of 12 divided into 2 different abilities on the ascents of the earlier volcanoes. I was in the slower group and we lost contact with Diago and the front group on several occaions. I have never been on a trek where there is not a back marker.    

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The climb to summit Cotopaxi is extremely challanging and must be achieved in a set time. I have summited several peaks in Nepal, at a slow pace and with help from the guides. The climbing guides for Cotopaxi only guided and did not help. Given time and help I feel I could have acheived more on Cotopaxi, so slightly dissapointed.    My advice is - Do not under-estimate the difficulty of this climb. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Although the above sounds a bit negative this was a fantastic trek.  The acclimatisatin process works well and the trekking was fabulous. Helped by a jovial  group and very good weather.   The organisation was excellent and the hotel in Quito and the 2 Haciendas were way above my expectations for comfort and lovely places to stay.  The food was plentiful and varied. Even 3 course dinners when camping!  We had an enjoyable day refreshing and learning new glacial  skills on Cayambe. The  following early morning walk was challanging and a taster of what was to come on Cotopaxi.  

  • 10

    ECUADOR: AVENUE OF THE VOLCANOES

    Programme slightly altered to take into consideration some very wet weather.Great group, great leader, great locations

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lots.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very knowledgeable. Top priority our safety and enjoyment. Soon became a friend.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Can't be gauranteed but try to choose the dry season.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A fantastic experience.

  • 6

    AVENUE OF THE VOLCANOES

    My first time with Exodus-very well organised and a great itinerary but first week enjoyment marred by some fairly attrocious weather and conditions. However the second week more than made up for that  and the weather peaked at the right time such that when we summitted Cotapaxi we had the clearest possible sky and hence some great views

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Clealry reaching the Summit of Cotapaxi was the highlight-it was not an easy summit but we were fortunate to enjoy some great weather that morning and hence superb views to go with the satisfaction of reaching the goal.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ed was the local guide-great energy, sense of humour and kept our spirtis up in the first week when the weather was against us

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is not an easy trek and do not attempt it unless you are fit, agile and plenty of energy

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This trek had a bit of everythig and not a simple start at A and walk to B-Great variety, a great country and as it says Cotapaxi is a tough final challenge

  • 10

    AVENUE OF THE VOLCANOES

    Overall it was a great trip, it delivered everything promised in the trip notes and more. Everyone in the group got along very well and we gelled as a team very quickly.  I think the trip is an ideal stepping stone if you are planning to climb higher or more technical peaks in the future.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summiting Cotopaxi would be the most inspiring moment, especially after climbing through the night. The trip provides great training and acclimatisation throughout but its fair to say that the Cotopaxi climb is very challenging. All of the climbers from our group summited successfully and we were fortunate enough to have good weather on our side during the climb. Other inspirational moments during the trip would include seeing a condor soaring above the Yanaurco volcano and climbing the Imbabura volcano in bad weather.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Diego was a good group leader and he was friendly, helpful , professional and very knowledgeable.  The other members of staff and the mountain guides on Cotopaxi were also excellent and they all deserve a mention here as well. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    To get the most out of this trip you need to be in good physical shape before you arrive in Ecuador. If you are tall with big feet , like me, it would be wise to bring your own boots and crampons rather than renting locally in Ecuador. Also, bring a climbing helmet if you have one.  It can get a bit wet at times in Ecuador so remember your goretex jacket and over trousers.  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Take a trip to the Equator line momument, mitad del mundo,  its a great photo opportunity for everyone in the group. Try Fin McCools Irish bar in the Mariscal Sucre 'Gringolandia' district of Quito. I'm Irish and it qualifies as the most bizarre Irish bar I have seen anywhere in the world. Quiz night is Tuesday and it was a lot of fun. Our group came second, winning a jug of beer.   

  • 2

    AVENUE OF THE VOLCANOES

    I went on the Avenue of the Volcanoes trip, in Ecuador, in January 2009. This trip was my first and only Exodus experience - and it was a major disappointment. My reason for signing up for this trip was that I had little time to plan a trekking holiday for myself, so I opted for a package. I perhaps naively assumed that in so doing, I would buy into expert knowledge from Exodus, and have a well researched and put together trip. I don't feel that was the case. My disappointment stems from a set of issues:1. January is the rainy season in Ecuador. I assumed that as this trip does not run continuously year round,  Exodus had selected departure dates that were appropriate for weather conditions. Unfortunately, this wasn't so. It rained every day. This made trekking and camping unpleasant at times. Riding the Devil's Nose train in the freezing cold and pouring rain was arduous. Cotapaxi was not in a suitable condition to climb because of deep, loose snow. It snowed and rained so much on my summit day that my clothes and equipment froze solid. I turned round 100m from the summit because conditions were too dangerous. I wouldn't have seen anything from the summit anyway as there was a white-out. I never saw any of the summits in the Avenue of Volcanoes because of the constant low cloud, and never saw much of a view from any of the summits I went up.2. The itinerary spent too much time north of Quito and too little time south of Quito. El Cajas National park is stunning and very pristine, but we spent only two days there. Instead we trekked in the Pinan area, which was a very degraded ecosystem of little comparative interest. Also, we camped at night in natural bogs, which were very saturated in the rainy season ! I felt that much of the trekking route was not world class - i.e. not worth flying half way round the world for. Yet Ecuador has beautiful, natural environments.  3. Exodus doesn't seem to vet their clients in any way. Some of the people on my trip were simply not prepared for the levels of exertion and 'hardships' that were involved in an activity holiday. I realise that any holiday can be made or broken by the group, and this is largely a matter of chance - but Exodus can play a role in improving the chances of group success by vetting clients based on experience, fitness, expectations, etc.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Discovering that not all of my money had been stolen from my hotel room while I was at breakfast!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader, Fabian, was excellent. He really made an extra special effort in what were trying times with one or two trying clients. Hats off to Fabian. He took the time to work out what interested each of us, and made sure that those interests were met as often as possible. He also did his utmost to manage group tensions and a widely diverging approach to trekking.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Think carefully before signing up.  Take your time to look into itineraries of a variety of companies to get a good appreciation of what is on offer. Get information, if possible, on the group composition before you book. Think about your own kit list, as those who relied on the one supplied by Exodus on my trip were not happy with some kit they had left behind.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I am sad at how negative this review reads. It should have been a wonderful experience. I signed up and paid my money with high hopes. I don't feel like I had value for money on this trip, and I feel that Exodus was at fault for much of that. The departure date and the itinerary were poorly chosen by somebody at Exodus. I am very disappointed by the whole experience. I couldn't score the trip more than 3/10 and wouldn't recommend Exodus to friends.

  • 8

    Trip of a lifetime

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing Chimborazo - perfect weather; we got all the way to the Whymper needles. The views were spectacular and there was a real sense of achievement at reaching 5400 metres in one piece!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Really good - patient, knowledgeable; made sure that we were all ok. Really good fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take aspirin for the altitude. Being vegetarian isn't easy in Ecuador, but we were lucky to have a cook who understood! Elsewhere, you'll end up eating a lot of pasta.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Really worth the effort of getting there; Ecuador is a beautiful, fertile country and the people are incredibly accommodating and helpful. The holiday is very varied, so there's something for everyone.

  • 10

    The Avenue of Volcanos

    The trip has a very well planned aclimatisation period with gradual ascend to higher and higher altitudes but with days of descend and days of rest in between. The group leader created a very relaxed atmosphere accommodating the whole group and people's different abilities to walk in altitude. It was all well timed towards the ultimate climax - the Cayambe ascend.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cayambe ascend but also all the other smaller hills.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip requires thought and preparation (in terms of equipment needed) for walking in different altitudes (from 3500 to 5500 metres) and different environment (rain/cloud forest, dry higher altitudes, glacier).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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