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THE PERFECT GUIDE TO THE ANDES MOUNTAINS

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS

Let us help you to organize splendid hiking and trekking along Ecuador's Andes Mountain trails of Ecuador's highlands along the Avenue of the Volcanoes of Ecuador, so dubbed by the famous German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. In 1802 he dubbed the Central Andes Valley the "Avenida de los Volcanes" or Volcano Avenue referring to volcanoes of the central and northern Andes Highlands of Ecuador, that flank the central valley.

 

If fact we organize a 4 days mini tour along the Andes highlands:

 

Day 1 Quito - Cotopaxi

Visit the Cotopaxi National Park;

Rise to the highest point near the Rivas Mountain Shelter;

Explore the high paramo and look out for Andes foxes;

Visit Lake Limpiopungo;

Spend the night at Quilitoa.

 

Day 2 Cotopaxi - Quilitoa Crater Lake

Visit the Quilitoa Crater Lake in the morning;

Spend the night in the Hostal Aleman in Riobamba.

 

Day 3 Mount Chimborazo - Banos

In the morning visit Mount Chimborazo to as high as almost 5000 m;

Watch the wild vecunhas and alpacas;

In the afternoon travel to Banos;

Engage in activities of choice in Banos;

Spend the night in a cosy inn in Banos.

 

Day 4 Banos - Quito

Engage in activities of choice in Banos;

In the late afternoon return to Quito.

 

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Andes Mountains of Ecuador

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Life music Andean music at a restaurant in Otavalo.TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Traditional Indians of the Andes, Ecuador

Fabulous Andean music and culture.

 

ANDES HIGHLANDS EXPEDITIONS TO ECUADOR's LANDMARKS

On an Andes Treks in Ecuador: a hike through Cajas National Park.TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Many Andes parks in Ecuador are very suitable for hiking.

 

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS:  Map of the Andes South AmericaTREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Map of the protected areas in the Andes.

Andes Mountains Map

The Andes Mountain Range Map: Ecuador is divided in 3 zones: The Andes highlands or the Avenue of the volcanoes in the middle, with the Pacific coast and the Amazon region at each side. Ecuador is positioned in the northern humid central Andes, as opposed to the Andes South of Ecuador, which are notoriously dry to deserts until the middle of Chile, where temperate and gradual polar conditions are again accompanied with abundant rain and snow.

Andes Highlands Ecuador Map

The map of the Andes of Ecuador highlight a great variety of world-class protected areas.

 

ECUADOR TOURISM MAP.VEGETATION MAP ECUADOR.

Tourism map of Ecuador for trekking & hiking

Click on it to get the most detailed trekking and hiking tourism map of Ecuador.

Vegetation map of the Andes of Ecuador

Most detailed vegetation map of the Andes highlands of Ecuador.

 

Almost 20% of Ecuador is protected as national park or other protected areas. In fact, Ecuador's Andes mountain highlands is great for hiking and trekking. Your best option to hike them are during our National Parks Tours.

 

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Hercules Cluibs are commonly seen on Ecuador Andes treks.TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Andes Trek of Ecuador: Andes forest in Ecuador.

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: 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.

 

CORDILLERA DE LOS ANDES QUE ATRAVIESA ECUADOR, MAPA Y TOURS: Flores amarillas del p?amo CORDILLERA DE LOS ANDES QUE ATRAVIESA ECUADOR, MAPA Y TOURS: Trompetero de ?gel
CORDILLERA DE LOS ANDES QUE ATRAVIESA ECUADOR, MAPA Y TOURS: Tulipanes del P?amo, Cajas, EcuadorCORDILLERA DE LOS ANDES QUE ATRAVIESA ECUADOR, MAPA Y TOURS: Tulipanes de los Andes, Cajas, Ecuador

Andes Tulips

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

 

Fauna of the Andes Highlands of Ecuador

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: 6000+ Vecu?s roam freely at the chiborazo paramo. TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Alpacas in Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve are the domesticated form of the vicu?s.

6000+ Vicuna roam freely on the paramo of the Chiborazo Wildlife Reserve.

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

 

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: The Andean Fox is Ecuador's largest canine predator. TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: 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.

 

WATERFALLS PROVIDE TOP NATURAL SCENERIES TO ECUADOR

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Peguche Water Fall seen on Ecuador Andes Treks.TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: San Rafael Water Falls is part of an Ecuador Andes Trek in Ecuador.

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: 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 CAPS ECUADOR HIGHEST MOUNTAINS, THE HIGHLIGHTS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAIN RANGE

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Alpacas at the Chimboraza, ecuador, are commonly seen on Ecuador Andes treks.

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Ecuador Tunguragua seen at Andes Treks in Ecuador.TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: peak Altar Volcano.

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Cotopaxi, seen on and Andes trek in Ecuador.TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Chimborazo, seen on Andes treks in Ecuador.

Ecuador's Snow-capped highest mountains.

 

Many of the Snow-capped mountains along the Avenue of the Volcanoes of Ecuador 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, the world's highest volcano and highest point from the center of the earth. The Cayambe, the world's only snow-capped mountain on the equator as seen from the Papallacta hot springs, the Tunguragua rising over the thermal bath town of Banos, the Antisana, the 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.

 

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Tunguragua Andes treks EcuadorTREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Reventator erupting.TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Tuguragua, is Ecuador's most active volcano on the mainland

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Tunguragua lava flowTREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Ecuador, Andes, TunguraguaTREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS: Tunguragua eruption

Tunguragua Volcano.

 

The Tunguragua Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in South America. Other extremely active volcanoes include the Reventador and the Sangay.

 

Join us on our Ecuador Andes Expeditions

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 & biking 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.

TREKKING & HIKING: HIGHLANDS OF ECUADOR's ANDES MOUNTAINS TRAILS

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