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The extraordinary biodiversity of the Sangay National Park in the Andes mountains of Ecuador led to it being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park also has the natural beauty of three volcanoes, El Altar, Tungurahua and Sangay, the last two of which are active. In fact, the park is named after the Sangay volcano, which in the Quechua language means “to frighten.”

Sangay National Park has a range in altitude, from 3,280 to 17,158 feet (1,000 to 5,230 meters), creating a variety of ecosystems that vary from tropical rainforests to glaciers, with perpetual snow on mountaintops.

The park boasts over 324 lakes, including the immense 3.1-mile-long (5-km-long) Pintada Lake. Vegetation varies from lichens and bryophytes in the high páramo zones to Royal Palms in the subtropical rainforest and includes such tropical plants as guayacum, bromeliads, chontaduro and orchids.

This is also the place for animal lovers — puma, Andean fox, spectacled bear, ocelot, mountain tapir and giant otter are all found here. The park also delights birdwatchers with species such as condor, giant hummingbird and Andean cock-of-the-rock.

It’s possible to get around the park by hiking, biking or horseback riding.

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3-Day Altar Volcano Trekking Tour to Laguna Amarilla from Riobamba

3-Day Altar Volcano Trekking Tour to Laguna Amarilla from Riobamba

Nature lovers can trek through Sangay National Park with a guide who knows the terrain. This moderate-to-strenuous 3-day route follows the east Andes to Laguna Amarilla. The high-altitude hike covers 4 to 6 hours per day over muddy trails and steep hills, but you’re rewarded with views of the crater lake and majestic El Altar. Meals and lodging at the Collanes Refuge are provided along with transport from Riobamba.
  • 3 days
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Should I book Sangay National Park tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Sangay National Park can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 1 Sangay National Park tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Sangay National Park 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Sangay National Park costs USD 467.00. Guided Sangay National Park tours start around USD 467.00 per person. See all 1 Sangay National Park tickets and tours on Viator.
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