In the Ecuadorian Andes, you have different beauties to explore. Besides the colonial cities as Quito and Cuenca, the most stunning places to visit are the numerous volcanoes. Some still active, some not anymore, these Andean giants invite to be climbed or just photographed and let you have a real adventure. They cross the country from North to South. The Andes are characterized by the amazing landscape of volcanoes, lagoons and glaciers in the highlands and in its surrounding fertile valleys. The highest volcanoes are the Chimborazo (6,310 m), the Cotopaxi (5,897 m) and the Cayambe (5,790 m).
On the eastern and western Andean slopes, at a lower altitude, you can find the tropical cloud forest, a unique zone with a very high biodiversity where you can experience the great wildlife of Ecuador.
The highlands have a moderate climate with year-round spring weather (except the mountain tops, of course).
Ecuadorian andes tours
The Spanish conquistadors found the Ecuadorian Andes to offer a pleasant climate with a way less hostile environment than the hot and humid coastal flat lands. The cities of Quito and Cuenca, founded in 1534 and 1557 respectively, were one of the earliest cities founded in what is today Ecuador. The well-preserved historic city centers offer many architectural treasures. During a city tour of Quito you can discover the many churches, decorated with an abundance of gold and displaying the master pieces of the baroque Quito school. Several world-class museums tell the story of the cities, their history and people. Our Ecuador Andean Treasures Highlights Tour includes both Quito and Cuenca, as well as the Avenue of the Volcanoes and a train ride down the Devil’s Nose.
Birds and orchids
The Ecuadorian Andes offer an incredible variety of flora and fauna. Nature lovers will enjoy, for example, our Nature Tour, which includes the eastern and western cloud forest, both incredible hotspots for many different species. Avid bird watchers will for sure enjoy our bird watching tour which also visits the cloud forest with its many different species of hummingbirds. Of course we are happy to create an individual tour offer according to your interests or bird list, just drop us a line.
Trekking and Climbing
The volcanoes of the Ecuadorian Andes are perfect for climbing and offer a beautiful scenery for long trekking tours. The Condor Trek, for example, takes you in five days from the flanks of snow-capped Mount Antisana through the high paramo to Mount Cotopaxi with its picture-perfect snow-covered cone. Climbing Ecuador’s mountains is an exciting challenge, which requires the necessary preparation and acclimatization. Our 8-day-long Cotopaxi Acclimatization Tour prepares you for climbing the Cotopaxi and includes some of the smaller mountains. For a less strenuous option, check out the Quilotoa Trek. During this tour you sleep in nice hostels (no tents) and can enjoy the marvelous scenery of the western Andes and the magnificent Quilotoa Crater Lake.
Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding Tours
If you want to have some adventurous experiences in the Ecuadorian Andes, we have different tours in offer which will give you right these feelings:
Experience the beauty and grandeur of the Ecuadorean Andes on horseback. Each morning brings 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 exciting vacation is to explore Ecaudor with a mountain biking tour. Staying high in the Andes on those tours, it’s a showcase for Ecuador’s remarkable mountain diversity; patchwork fields in its rural settlements, the colorful markets, its quiet and ethereal páramo, and of course, the majestic volcanic backdrop for which Ecuador is known.
With those alternative tours, we help to encourage low impact, positive tourism across these often overlooked regions!