The Best Hikes in Ecuador

Cindy Baker at El Cajas National Park
El Cajas National Park, Azuay, EcuadorEl Cajas National ParkAzuay, EcuadorAlthough the air is a little thin at a maximum altitude of just over 4000 metres, the hiking in this national park was amazing. Breathtaking hiking...El Cajas National Park, Azuay, EcuadorEl Cajas National ParkAzuay, EcuadorAmazing place for hiking. This is the view near the peak at (4200 metres), where the landscape gets a little lunar. #hikingCotopaxi National Park, Latacunga, EcuadorCotopaxi National ParkLatacunga, EcuadorThere are fantastic trails here for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. The park is surrounded by four volcanos, with Cotopaxi being the most...El Cajas National Park, Azuay, EcuadorEl Cajas National ParkAzuay, EcuadorAt a peak altitude of 4400 metres, both the scenery and the altitude in El Cajas National Park will leave you breathless. #blueRabida Island, EcuadorRabida IslandEcuadorTwo sea lion pups with their momma were playing on the red sand beaches of Isla Rabida of the Galapagos Islands, when we landed on the beach after...El Cajas National Park, Azuay, EcuadorEl Cajas National ParkAzuay, EcuadorA UNESCO National Heritage Site, Cajas is so unbelievably beautiful. I definitely recommend starting your hike at Camino de Garcia Moreno.Quilotoa, Cotopaxi, EcuadorQuilotoaCotopaxi, EcuadorThis 3 km wide caldera was formed by a collapsed volcano. The water inside the crater changes color like a mood ring, from hues to deep blue to...Cascada de San Rafael, Ecuador, Sucumbios, EcuadorCascada de San Rafael, EcuadorSucumbios, EcuadorHere in Ecuador's cloud forest you can see an impressive waterfall. At 150 meters, it's the tallest in the whole country. A 30 minute hike from the...El Altar, Chimborazo, EcuadorEl AltarChimborazo, EcuadorWhen trekking to El Altar, we hiked through a valley surrounded by massive peaks. Here Amanda is walking past Cerro Negro. #hiking #outdoorsEl Altar, Chimborazo, EcuadorEl AltarChimborazo, EcuadorThe Yellow Lagoon of the extinct Altar Volcano took us 2 days to reach. #hiking #outdoorsEl Altar, Chimborazo, EcuadorEl AltarChimborazo, EcuadorOn the second day of hiking we reacted our destination, El Altar and it's Yellow Lagoon. As the clouds move across the sky, allowing rays of light...El Altar, Chimborazo, EcuadorEl AltarChimborazo, EcuadorHigh in the Andes of Ecuador we passed these snowcapped peaks on our way to El Altar volcano. The snow melt creates waterfalls that pour off the...Hacienda Santa Ana, Latacunga, EcuadorHacienda Santa AnaLatacunga, EcuadorThe Hacienda here was originally a Jesuit sanctuary, and when the clouds descend in the evening, the view is heavenly. A peaceful spot to stay, the...El Altar, Chimborazo, EcuadorEl AltarChimborazo, EcuadorOn the second day of hiking we left the hut to follow the river up to the laguna of El Altar, an ancient extinct volcano in Ecuador's Andes region....Cotopaxi National Park, Latacunga, EcuadorCotopaxi National ParkLatacunga, EcuadorCotopaxi is Ecuador's highest active volcano, shooting up over 5,800 meters. Cotopaxi is an active stratovolcano with an almost perfectly...El Altar, Chimborazo, EcuadorEl AltarChimborazo, EcuadorAntonio soaking in the views of the valley from above. This was a great place to stop and have lunch. #hikingEl Altar, Chimborazo, EcuadorEl AltarChimborazo, EcuadorFrom the 5,000+ meter peaks of El Altar, snow melts and makes it's way down the valley forming this stream. #hiking #mountains #trekking #outdoors...Sierra Negra Volcano, Galapagos, Galapagos, EcuadorSierra Negra Volcano, GalapagosGalapagos, EcuadorThe Galapagos islands have spectacular landscapes. Here, a lonely cactus on the lava fields of the Sierra Negra volcano, on Isabela Island. If you...Galapagos National Park, Galapagos, EcuadorGalapagos National ParkGalapagos, EcuadorWe spent an unbelievable week on a boat, tooling around the Galápagos Islands. We took a day trip to this sweet spot. We hiked, we snorkeled, and...El Altar, Chimborazo, EcuadorEl AltarChimborazo, EcuadorSometimes you have to take a difficult path to reach the end of the rainbow. After 6 hours of trekking in calf deep mud we we caught sight of El...
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