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Although visitors to Peru often only pass through the airport en route to Cusco and the rest of Peru, we think that Lima’s chaotic yet fascinating capital city offers numerous sights and surprises that are well worth discovering!
The highlands or the sierra, formed by the Andes mountain range is one of Ecuador’s many wonders. It contributes to the striking beauty you will experience while driving through highways surrounded by mountains, ravines, and hills filled with patches of vegetation that seem as if they were part of a painting.
Cotopaxi is one of Ecuador’s best known snowy mountains. It’s also the highest still active volcano in the world, with a perfect conic shape that makes it recognizable as soon as you see it. Home to several species including foxes, small moor wolfs, and the national bird: the condor; this is a perfect place to camp near the Limpiopungo lagoon, where you will wake up with the most provileged view of the volcano. Truly a sight you cannot miss.
Volcanoes of the Andes
Chimborazo is also one of the most iconic mountains in Ecuador and in the world. It’s the highest extinct volcano in Ecuador and the closer spot to the sun from Earth. It’s even present in Ecuador’s shield of arm and its flag. Hike to the first encampment and you will already feel on top of the world. If you measure it from the center of the Earth, Chimborazo is even higher than Mount Everest!
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Cotopaxi National Park
The Cotopaxi is an active volcano and its last eruption was in October 2015 (mainly ashes). on a clear day, it can be seen from several provinces of Ecuador. The majestic snow-covered peak will always be a lasting image for tourists, reminding them of Ecuador and its beautiful landscapes. The park is home to wild horses, llamas, foxes, deer, Andean condors, and bespectacled bears. Around the National Park a lot of haciendas can be found in which you can enjoy horseback riding and hiking. It’s a good idea to take a loop around Limpiopungo Lagoon to get aclimated to the altitude before going further to the volcano.
Chimborazo National Park
This reserve is famous for the vicuñas (family of the llamas) that live here; since they are in a protected area, their population has thrived and you will find many of them just happily roaming around. The extinct volcano that gives the park (and the province) its name overlooks the whole park… You might say it also watches over the whole world, as Chimborazo mountain is the furthest point to the middle of the Earth and the closer you can get to the sun with your feet stiil on the ground.
Yellow Lagoon of El Altar
|Quito, Ecuador||The country’s capital is an old Andean city. Although it doesn’t maintain much of its Inca origins, it’s still a testimony to Ecuador’s history and the merging of the Spanish and native cultures. Its historic downtown is the largest and best conserved in all of Latin America. Read more…|
|Islas Galápagos, Ecuador||The Galapagos Islands are one of the most biologically diverse places on earth. This archipelago of islands is located 972k,m off the coast of Ecuador and perhaps most famous for being the place where Charles Darwin first formulated his revolutionary theory of evolution. Read more…|
|Otavalo, Ecuador||Otavalo is probably the most traditional town in Ecuador. Indigenous people showcase their textile production and colorful designs, and on Saturdays it grows exponentially to engulf the streets that surround it with local merchants, musicians and street food vendors. Read more…|
Chimborazo is also one of the most iconic mountains in Ecuador, it’s the highest extinct volcano in Ecuador and the closest point to the sun from Earth. Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world, with a perfect conic shape that is recognizable from afar…
Cuenca, with its narrow streets, beautiful plazas and picturesque cathedrals is a real competitor to the colonial part of Quito. Three rivers cross Cuenca in different parts of town, filling it with magical little spots where bridges take you from the newest part of town, to the colonial side of it.Read more…
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The Ecuadorian Amazon basin is one of the most biodiverse places in the world, and one of the most beautiful. The Napo River is the Amazon River’s main tributary, home to several un-contacted tribes living nomadic life between the borders of Ecuador, Perú, and Brazil. Read more…
Cloud Forests of Baños and Mindo
Baños & Mindo are natural wonders nestled into the Andes, offering a wide array of activities that go from adventure rafting in the river to relaxing spa days soaking in natural hot springs that get their temperature and medicinal features from the depths of Tungurahua volcano. Read more…
|Playa La Bellaca,, Bahía de Caráquez, Ecuador|
The coastal region of Ecuador offers a wide variety of options for you to enjoy. From secluded and secret beaches where you’ll be alone to wonder in their beauty, to cities where life is fast, you’ll find fresh seafood and picturesque villages, rich in culture and people proud of their identity. Read more…
Depending on your client’s preferences, we can help you determine the best experiences tailored for your clients. From where to visit, when to go, what to do and how to get there safely, our travel experts will help you create an experience your clients will love.
Best times to
visit The andes
Travelling throughout Ecuador you will find that the Andes offer a wide range of climates. Most of this do not depend on the time of the year, as much as they depend on the area they´re located. For example You might find that close to Pululahua, the weather is dry and warm, while if you move a bit south towards Cotopaxi, the climate becomes cold and you will find yourself surrounded by the beautiful and moist moors. There are also tropical cloudforests along the mountain range, so really, it depends on what you’re looking for; but trust us, you will most likely want to experience them all!
HOW TO GET THERE
Leaving from Quito there is public transportation that will take you to anywhere of this destinations. All of them depart from one of the two main stations in the outskirts of the city. There are also options of hiring private transportation to get you to any of this majestic mointanous wonders. Don’t forget to ask us about them.
Getting around in this areas is simple. They can be hikes in a variety of difficulty ranges or a relaxing horseback ride. The important thing to remember is that inside the national parks you might not find any stores. So make sure to bring ebough water and some snacks along. A good cold weather jacket is a good idea too!
WHERE TO STAY
There is a wide range of places to stay for every type of traveler in the cities and towns surrounding this national parlks. Also, most of them can be planned as a daily activity on your way to another destination. If you’re feeling adventurous, we suggest camping; there´s nothing like a five million stars stay!
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