challenge the giants
In the Ecuadorian Andes there is so much to see. You will get the chance to see colonial cities such as Quito or Cuenca. Also there are numerous volcanoes in Ecuador. The highest ones are the Chimborazo, Cotopaxi and the Cayambe. They are between 5.000 and 6.300 meters high. Close to the Andes you can find a unique ecosystem. A good way to explore the biodiversity of the wildlife in Ecuador.
SOLEQ.travel offers you several tours in the Ecuadorian Andes.
the Colonial cities
The Spanish conquistadors moved to the Andes with the hope to find a friendly environment. During the 15th century the cities of Quito and Cuenca were built. Thereby they are one of the first build cities in Ecuador. The historic centers are well preserved and offer a lot of ancient architecture. Did you know, for example, that Cuenca’s architecture was inspired by Florence, in Italy? The mix of Andean and Renaissance elements results in a unique urban landscape. Likewise, with a simple walk in Quito you will discover numerous churches decorated in gold. In fact, they are part of the Baroque tradition. Several museums are telling the story of these cities and the inhabitants.
Just to mention some highlights of one of the tours. A visit to Quito and Cuenca. As well as an Volcano Trail and the Devil’s Nose Trail.
amidst hummingBirds and orchids
The Ecuadorian Andes offer an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Nature lovers will surely enjoy our nature tour. You will explore the eastern and western rainforest. Moreover, you will get to see the different species. We have prepared a special tour for Birdwatchers. The Birdwatcher’s Paradise Tour offers a visit to the rainforest to observe its many species of hummingbirds. We are happy to create an individual tour offer based on your interests. Maye you are interested in some specific birds. Feel free to let us know.
Trekking and Climbing
The volcanoes of the Ecuadorian Andes are perfect for climbing and offer beautiful scenery for long hikes. The Condor Trek, for example, takes you in five days from the flanked of the snow-capped Mount Antisana to the Cotopaxi which, with its characteristic snow-covered cone, is a perfect spot for breathtaking photos. Climbing the mountains of Ecuador is an exciting challenge, which requires the necessary preparation and acclimatization.
Our eight-days adaptation tour prepares you to climb the Cotopaxi and includes some of the smaller mountains. For a more comfortable option, ask us about the Quilotoa Trek. During this tour you will sleep in colourful tiny hostels and enjoy the wonderful scenery of the western Andes and the magnificent lake of the Quilotoa crater.
Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding Tours
We have prepared a series of tours for adventure lovers who want to discover the Andes with a little more adrenaline.
Experience the beauty and grandeur of the Ecuadorean Andes on horseback. Read more about the Horseback Riding in Pululahua. Each morning will bring new experiences and a chance to contemplate the beauty of the mountains and valleys. Stay in beautiful haciendas in remote areas, and meet the friendly people in the small communities.
Another idea could be to explore Ecuador by mountain bike, cycling on the crest of the Andes. You will have the opportunity to ride in a unique context for its extraordinary diversity: colorful fields, rural settlements, local markets, tropical mountain vegetation and, of course, the majestic volcanoes will be your companions during the trip. For example you can hike around the Cuicocha Crater Lake (read our Ecuador Travel Blog).
With those alternative tours, we help to encourage low impact, positive tourism across these often overlooked regions!