challenge the giants
In the Ecuadorian Andes there is so much to see. In addition to colonial cities located at more than 2,000 meters above the sea level, such as Quito or Cuenca, the true protagonists are the numerous volcanoes pullulating Ecuador. The highest are the Chimborazo (6,310 meters), the Cotopaxi (5,897 meters) and the Cayambe (5,790 meters). On the eastern and western slopes of the Andes, at a lower altitude, thrive tropical rainforests, a unique ecosystem with a very high rate of biodiversity where to experience firsthand the wildlife of Ecuador. The highlands have a moderate climate with spring temperatures all year round (except the mountain peaks, of course!). SOLEQ.travel offers several tours that will guide through these Andean beauties in a way you’ve never experienced before.
the Colonial cities
The Spanish conquistadors moved to the Andes looking for a climate with a less hostile environment than the warm and humid plains of the coast. The cities of Quito and Cuenca, founded respectively in 1534 and 1557, were among the first to be built in present-days Ecuador. The well preserved historic centers reveal unique architectural jems. Did you know, for example, that Cuenca’s architecture was inspired by Florence, in Italy? This 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, a legacy of its Baroque tradition. Several museums narrate the story of these cities and the people who inhabit them. Highlights of the tour include both Quito and Cuenca, as well as the Volcano Trail and a train journey along the Devil’s Nose, a mountain with almost perpendicular walls.
amidst hummingBirds and orchids
The Ecuadorian Andes offer an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Nature lovers will surely enjoy our nature tour, including exploring the eastern and western rainforests, both habitats of many different species. For birdwatchers we have prepared a special tour that includes a visit to the rainforest to observe its many species of hummingbirds. Obviously we are happy to create an individual tour offer based on your interests or the list of the birds that intrigue you the most, send us a message!
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 flankds 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. 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.
With those alternative tours, we help to encourage low impact, positive tourism across these often overlooked regions!