Ecuador trip, July 2022 Alpine/jungle trip

Here are some updates from “the Andes” (the jungle today).

The team is complete and happy to start gaining some elevation, day by day we are getting there.

A day in town, walking around the old city and trying new food.

Picture 1:

The next couple of days have been nice and humid, basically Ecuador weather (unpredictable).

Mud and altitude, a little cold and lots of laughter these days.

Enjoying the hot springs of Papallacta for a couple of afternoons, getting ready for the alpine/glacier terrain ahead.

Juliana Garcia

Esguim Instructor
AIARE Instructor

IFMGA Board member


Hello everyone! After their successful Cotopaxi climb, the team traveled south to attempt Chimborazo, the highest mountain in Ecuador. They rested and recovered for one more night at beautiful Hacienda Abraspungo and then two people moved to the foot of the mountain to try to climb. They started their climb at midnight from the Castle Camp (17,000 feet). The weather was nice and the snow conditions were very good. The team was going strong – a great performance at that altitude. But then, they checked the snow pack again and decided to turn around due to avalanche concern. Safety first as always. They are all in a good mood and happy to have had the opportunity to climb in the Ecuadorian Andes.

Ecuador: Cotopaxi Photos

Cotopaxi climb

Ecuador: The Team Tackles Cotopaxi

Hi everyone! The weather cooperated during the climb and when we arrived to the summit we had stormy weather. The entire Alpine Ascents team reached the summit of Cotopaxi (19,347 feet) yesterday. The group are very happy by their achievement. Because 100% of the group made the summit, It took them 6hours to get to the summit and 3 hours to come back down. A great performance at that altitude. Cotopaxi is the second highest mountain in Ecuador. Chimborazo is next and we are ready in Riobamba!

Ecuador: The Nasty Cuy Attempts Cotopaxi

Hello everyone

In Cayambe the weather was not good windy cold and snow the last days, was not possible to climb
Now we are in the national park of Cotopaxi and we will try to climb to night I hope the weather will better
Tomorrow will have news of the summit

Well organized with a strong focus on taking care of the client while on climbs as well as ensuring the client has everything they need when not on a climb. This was our first time climbing with AAI and this climb, and it was pretty luxurious!


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