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BEST HIKING IN ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS 2020

 

Hiking the Andes Mountains 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:

 

OUR PARKS AND TRIBES ECO TOURS

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

STANDARD COFAN LODGE TOUR

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.

CUYABENO LOOP

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

LAGARTO COCHA EXPEDITION

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

CUYABENO LAKE PROGRAM

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.

NORTHERN ANDES TOUR

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

NATIONAL PARKS TOUR

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

GALAPAGOS LAST MINUTE

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.

PERU HIGHLIGHTS

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

Fabulous Andean music and culture.

 

ANDES MOUNTAINS HIKES THROUGH ECUADOR's NATIONAL PARKS

On an Andes Treks in Ecuador: a hike through Cajas National Park.BEST ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: BEST ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR:  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 Mountains of Ecuador Your best option to hike them are during our National Parks Tours.

 

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

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

 

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

 

BEST ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: 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 ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: 6000+ Vecuñas roam freely at the chiborazo paramo. BEST ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: 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 ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: The Andean Fox is Ecuador's largest canine predator. BEST ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: 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.

 

GORGEOUS WATERFALLS OF ECUADOR

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

BEST ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: 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.

 

SNOW-CAPPED VOLCANOES IN ECUADOR

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

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

BEST ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: Cotopaxi, seen on and Andes trek in Ecuador.BEST ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: 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 ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: Tunguragua Andes treks EcuadorBEST ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: Reventator erupting.BEST ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: Tuguragua, is Ecuador's most active volcano on the mainland

Andes treks Ecuador: Tunguragua lava flowBEST ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: Ecuador, Andes, TunguraguaBEST ANDES MOUNTAINS ECUADOR: 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 Mountains 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]

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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