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Hiking the Andes of Ecuador

Let us help you to organize splendid treks through the world famous Avenue of the Volcanoes. In 1802, the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt called the Central Andes Valley the "Avenida de los Volcanes" or Volcano Avenue referring to volcanoes of the central and northern Ecuadorian highlands that flank the central valley.


Dear visitor, our website gives you info about our National Parks Tours, our Galapagos programs, the Cuyabeno Loop, as well as our Cuyabeno  and Cofan Lodges in the Amazon.   For those who want to combine the Exuberant Nature of Ecuador with the Famous culture of Peru, we even have a 7 days Highlights of Peru extension! Our website gives you the best information on the internet, because we are the only tour operator run by professional biologists. Take a look:



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Indians take you in their agile dug-out canoes along winding rivers.


Start your Cuyabeno journey on Ecuador's most scenic wide Amazon tributary, the Aguarico River. Spend 3 nights in the Cofan Lodge, exploring the lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers.



Price: $ 499

 4 days

Children learning about the rainforest.


The Cuyabeno Loop explores the breathtaking scenery of lower Cuyabeno and Zábalo Rivers and the Cuyabeno Lake. Watch the amazing birds and wildlife. Pass 2 nights with the amazing Cofan Indians in the Cofan Lodge and enjoy 2 nights of comfort in the famous Cuyabeno Lodge.

Price: $ 799

5 days


Birdwatching by visitors of the Amazon in Ecuador


The Lagarto Cocha Expedition on hidden creeks and lakes is the best Amazon journey in Ecuador! Discover Indian tribes in Ecuador, Monkeys, Sloths, Dolphins. No other Amazon rainforest in any of the Amazon-Andean countries can match the wildlife viewing of Cuyabeno and it is far better than Yasuní!


Price: $ 1099

7 days

excursion on Lake Cuyabeno


The Cuyabeno Lake Program explores all the wild places surrounding the Cuyabeno Lake. Bonsai-shaped Macrolobia trees with the whispering of the mysterious prehistoric Hoatzin birds and the noisy Blue and Yellow Macaws. Our Cuyabeno Lodge is on the best location, because we were the first and chose the best location on a seasonal island in the Cuyabeno Lake itself.

Price: from $ 410

4 - 5 days


Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.


Our Northern Andes Tour lets you get a taste of some of the best Andean National Parks, visiting the highest groves in the world: the Polylepis trees, the highest mountain in the world calculated from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo with Vecuñas and Lamas, the highest active volcano in the world, the Cotopaxi.



Price: from $1149

5 days

San Rafael Falls


Our National Parks Tours take you on a fantastic journey along the best possible sample of Andean and coastal parks. They have been designed to complement Galapagos and/or Amazon cruises. They can start from different places, particularly Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. While the full program lasts 9 days, it is possible to make a limited selection of parks, like the 6 days' "Andes and Coast" module.

Price: $ 1999

9 days


Bartelome Island at Galapagos National Park


We have a fabulous selection of Galapagos programs, including cruises, island hopping, scuba diving or relaxing on one of the many different hotels varying from modest inns to deluxe resorts.



Price: from $ 550

from 3 days

Inca wall in Cusco.


A fabulous program for visiting the most famous cultural highlights Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. At the same time it serves as the Lima hub for the Peru National Parks Tour. This module is an extension to our National Parks Tour Ecuador and/or Galapagos National Park and/or Amazon Cruises.

Price: $ 1199

7 days

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BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Life music Andean music at a restaurant in Otavalo.BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Traditional Indians of the Andes, Ecuador

Fabulous Andean music and culture.



On an Andes Treks in Ecuador: a hike through Cajas National Park.BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES:  Many Andes parks in Ecuador are very suitable for hiking.


Almost 20% of Ecuador is protected as national park or other protected areas. Particularly national parks are suitable for hiking in the Andes of Ecuador Your best option to hike them are during our National Parks Tours.


BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Hercules Cluibs are commonly seen on Ecuador Andes treks.BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Andes Trek of Ecuador: Andes forest in Ecuador.

BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Creeks seen on Ecuador Andes Treks in Ecuador are crystal clear.


For getting to know the paramo, Cajas National Park is a very good choice, although other great parks include, El Angel Ecological Reserve, Cotopaxi National Park, Chimborazo wildlife Reserve, Sangay National Park, Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve, Cayambe Coca Reserve, etc.


BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Red Angel's Trumpet is commonly seen on Ecuador Andes treks.BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Lady Slipper encountered on Ecuador Andes Treks.BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Paramo lake seen during Andes treks in Ecuador.


Ecuador's Andes hikes through the paramos, enjoying the gorgeous mountain lakes, the gorgeous flowers, the fresh air above 3500 m, a life changing experience.


BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: admiring a Paramo Tulip.Andes treks Ecuador: Paramo Tulip Gentianella hircules found on an Ecuador Andes trek.

As tiny as they are, the Andes Tulips, as the locals call them - in reality they are gentians - are our favorite Andes flower.


BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: 6000+ Vecuñas roam freely at the chiborazo paramo. BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.

6000+ Vecuñas roam freely at the chiborazo paramo.

Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicuñas.


BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: The Andean Fox is Ecuador's largest canine predator. BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Andean Condors are the largest birds of South America.

The Andean Fox is Ecuador's largest canine predator.

Andean Condors are the largest birds of South America.



BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Peguche Water Fall seen on Ecuador Andes Treks.BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Andes treks Ecuador: San Rafael Water Falls is part of an Ecuador Andes Trek in Ecuador.

BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Ecuador Andes Treks include the San Pablo Lake.


Ecuador is a nation of great quantities of water, with splendid lakes, like Lake San Pablo, and fascinating waterfalls, such as San Rafael and Peguche Waterfalls.



BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Alpacas at the Chimboraza, ecuador, are commonly seen on Ecuador Andes treks.

BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Ecuador Tunguragua seen at Andes Treks in Ecuador.BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: peak Altar Volcano.

BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Cotopaxi, seen on and Andes trek in Ecuador.BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Chimborazo, seen on Andes treks in Ecuador.

Snow-capped volcanoes.


Many of the Snow-capped volcanoes are very active, such as the Cotopaxi, the world's highest active volcano, the 5,230 m high Sangay, the Antisana and the Cayambe,  the latter located right on the equator. From left to right, top to bottoms: Chimborazo, Cayambe seen from the Papallacta hot springs, Tunguragua, Antisana, Cotopaxi and the Sangay.


Other extremely active non-snowcapped volcanoes are the Chacana, Guagua, Pichincha, Reventador, Sumaco, and Tungurahua, most of which are located in national parks.


BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Tunguragua Andes treks EcuadorBEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Reventator erupting.BEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Tuguragua, is Ecuador's most active volcano on the mainland

Andes treks Ecuador: Tunguragua lava flowBEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Ecuador, Andes, TunguraguaBEST HIKING ECUADOR ANDES: Tunguragua eruption

Tunguragua Volcano.


The Tunguragua Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes on continental Ecuador. Other extremely active volcanoes include the Reventador and the Sangay.


Join us on our Ecuador Andes Hikes

Some people like to make a trip switch backing from one destination in the Central Valley to another, while others like to do their hiking in the Andes of Ecuador from a few centers of operation, like Quito, Otavalo and Cuenca. Whatever your prefer, we can help you plan it and arrange the logistics and accommodation. We can even arrange for bicycles if you like.


PARKS & TRIBES and the COFAN LODGE have their sales office inside:

Hotel Balmoral, Address: Calle Moreno Bellido E6-57 & Avenida Amazonas, Quito

Telephone: (++593)(02) 2 50 5310, Cell phone: (++593) (0) 96 29 35 271

Email: [email protected]

Skype: ecotravelworldwide

Parks Man Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil is author of this website and founder of Parks and Tribes. He dedicated his life to the conservation of nature. https://www.facebook.com/DrDaanVreugdenhil, https://www.linkedin.com/in/drdaanvreugdenhil/. He was part of the team that selected the first 39 protected areas of Ecuador, including. Yasuní and Cuyabeno, the latter of which he he later recommended to be expanded from originally 150,000ha to 600,000ha, together with then Cuyabeno director Prof. Dr. Flavio Coello and Parks and Tribes partner. Daan is also the founding father of the Cuyabeno Lodge and co-manager of the Cofan Lodge. This website and its programs have been created by the renowned conservation biologist "Parks Man" Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil

This website and its programs have been created by the renowned conservation biologist "Parks Man" Dr. Daan Vreugdenhil