Trek & Mountain Magazine’ Highlights Mountain Madness in Ecuador
The February 2014 issue of ‘Trek & Mountain Magazine’ features a wonderful article about mountain climbing in Ecuador with photos from previous Mountain Madness trips as well as top billing in the “Who to go with” section. British author and mountain guide Alun Richardson takes readers on a trip he led to Ecuador’s Avenue of Volcanoes at the end of last year.
While the article highlights three mountains in particular, which we offer in our climbing school and Volcanoes Expedition, and include Chimborazo (6268m), Cotopaxi (5897m), Cayambe (5790m), Mountain Madness offers trips to these peaks as well as Antisana (5758m), Illiniza Sur (5263m) and El Altar/Obispo (5318m). One of our most popular international destinations, our Ecuador trips offer clients an incredible adventure and fabulous, uniquely Ecuadorian food and lodging.
Last steps on Cotopaxi. Oswaldo Freire photo
As part of our 30th Anniversary celebration and our continued drive for travel excellence, we are also proud to announce our exclusive partnership with Hacienda Rumiloma, located in the Ecuador city of Quito. Rumiloma, a 5‑star hotel nestled in the hills of Quito, has been widely regarded as one of the best hotels in South America.
Summit day on Chimborazo. Esteban Mena photo
The owners of Hacienda Rumiloma, Amber Freire and Mountain Madness guide and Ecuador Program Director, Oswaldo Freire, pride themselves on exceptional service and personalized attention for all their guests. Amber, an American born interior designer and amateur chef was living in Ireland where she ran a children’s charity, which brought her to Ecuador. Here, while climbing Cotopaxi, she met and fell in love with her husband Oswaldo, a hotelier and one ofEcuador’s most accomplished mountain climbers. Since they met they have managed to make a reality of their dream to create a cozy, luxury adventure lodge on the hacienda that has been in Oswaldo’s family for over 60 years.
Rumiloma photo collection
With gourmet meals, top of the line accommodations and breathtaking views, our clients experience luxury and adventure all in one amazing trip. As is true with most of our international trips, our clients travel to these far off lands for more than just the experience of climbing a mountain. Add to this stays at historic haciendas, dining at uniquely Ecuadorian restaurants and finely-tuned adventure itineraries, it is clear why Mountain Madness is quickly becoming the top mountain climbing guide service in Ecuador.
Rumiloma photo collection
Each casita, or little house you’ll be staying in, boasts a minimum of 600 sq. feet. All are filled with a unique mix of antiques, art and collectables from the far corners of Ecuador. The guest rooms are the epitome of rustic luxury- potbellied stoves, colonial art fluffy down covers, & spectacular bath rooms all housed within hand crafted walls of adobe and stone made and/or mined here on the property. All have cozy sitting rooms, spacious bedrooms and terraces or indoor gardens, and of course, the best views anywhere in Quito.