Cerro Sincholagua (Pululagua Crater)

Cerro Sincholagua (Pululagua Crater)

Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 0.03481°N / 78.46538°W
Additional Information County: San Antonio De Pichincha
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Summer, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 11017 ft / 3358 m
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The Cerro Sincholagua (3,358 m / 11,014 ft) is the highest elevation of the active Volcan Pululagua crater rim located 15 minutes north of Ecuador's capital city Quito, and only five minutes northwest of the Mitad Del Mundo Monument. It is one of the easiest low elevation peaks within the Pululagua crater rim complex due to its proximity to the Monumento Mitad Del Mundo and its trails which are Class III.

The views from its summit of the inner crater and the nearby elevations of the Eastern Andean Cordillera and the volcanoes of Fuya Fuya and Cotacachi to the north are stunning. Not to be confused with Volcan Sincholagua  which its located at the northern border of Cotopaxi National Park.

Cerro Sincholagua (3,358 m / 11,014 ft : LEFT) and Cerro La Marca (3,083 m / 10,112 ft : RIGHT) as seen from Monumento Mitad del Mundo.
Cerro Sincholagua (3,358 m / 11,014 ft : LEFT) and Cerro La Marca (3,083 m / 10,112 ft : RIGHT) as seen from Monumento Mitad del Mundo.


Getting There

The Trail head starts at Urbanizacion La Marca neighborhood, which is located 5 minutes away from Monumento Mitad del Mundo at the Middle of the World in Quito. To get to the Monumento Mitad del Mundo you need to drive about 25 minutes north of Quito, then follow the road up to the town of Calacali, on the way to the cost. Stop at the Urbanizacion La Marca entrance, located 500 meters before the Mirador del Pululagua entrance. The entrance its located at your right side. You'll need to let the guard at the black door now that you're heading to climb Cerro Sincholagua and La Marca in order to gain access to the neighborhood.

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Cerro Sincholagua's skyline forms the crater rim of volcán Pululagua.


This is the safest, easiest and fastest routes to the summits of Sincholagua and La Marca mountains. 

Once in the neighborhood head straight on Calle A all the way to the parking lot where the TH is located. The route continues all the way up to the saddle between Sincholagua (left) and La Marca (right) . From the saddle you'll be reaching any of the summits in 15 to 30 minutes depending on the trail conditions and your physical shape.

Sandy trail
Sandy trail
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Cerro Sincholagua and the Eastern Cordillera in the background.
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Cerro Sincholagua from Cerro La Marca

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* You'll need to as for entry permission to the guard at Urbanizacion La Marca entrance in order to gain access.

* Starting the climb by the town of San Antonio De Pichincha which is located east of Pululagua is doable but not recommended due to robberies reported in the past in the nearby neighborhoods.

When to Climb

All year round, preferably before noon to avoid afternoon clouds and enjoy of the views.

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View from Cerro Sincholagua. Mitad del Mundo and San Antonio De Pichincha.


Camping is allowed at the summits and at the saddle, but I would recommend doing it inside Pululagua crater for safety.

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