The Best Hikes near Quito

Cindy Baker at Cotopaxi National Park
Cotopaxi 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...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...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...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...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...Geotours, Baños, EcuadorGeotoursBaños, EcuadorAddicted to adventure travel? Get thyself to Baños, Ecuador! As South America's capital of budget adrenaline activities, you'll find everything...Pailon del Diablo, Baños, EcuadorPailon del DiabloBaños, Ecuador#TroveOn After hiking to the top of the falls for an awesome view of the stone staircase, the downhill walk to the bridge is a breeze. This spot...Cotopaxi National Park, Latacunga, EcuadorCotopaxi National ParkLatacunga, EcuadorAntonio takes in the view of Cotopaxi, Ecuador's highest volcano (5,800m). There are many hiking trails in the national park. This one is one of...Mt. Fuya Fuya, Imbabura, EcuadorMt. Fuya FuyaImbabura, EcuadorClimbing up this 4,200+ meter volcano provides stunning vistas of the surrounding area. Given the altitude this is a tough hike but highly rewarding.Laguna Quilotoa, Cotopaxi, EcuadorLaguna QuilotoaCotopaxi, EcuadorI think a visit to Laguna Quilotoa is a must-do in Ecuador. You can do the trip in one day-take a bus to Quilotoa early in the morning. When you...Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito, EcuadorBasilica del Voto NacionalQuito, EcuadorThe view of Old Quito and the Panecillo from atop the Bell Towers of the Basilica. Quito is gorgeous, has the biggest colonial centre in the...Cotopaxi, Latacunga, EcuadorCotopaxiLatacunga, EcuadorAfter hiking up part of Cotopaxi volcano, we biked down. Views are great. Only negative is that you have to basically clutch the brake handles the...Quilotoa, Cotopaxi, EcuadorQuilotoaCotopaxi, EcuadorWe descended into the emerald blue waters of this active volcano at 4000m. It's so quiet that you can hear the bubbles coming up from the bottom of...Otavalo, EcuadorOtavaloEcuadorPassion Fruit Flower in Peguche Village, Ecuador, where we visited the home of a local craftsman who makes musical instruments and they played us a...Teleferico, Pichincha, EcuadorTelefericoPichincha, EcuadorAwesome view of Quito.Cotopaxi National Park, Latacunga, EcuadorCotopaxi National ParkLatacunga, EcuadorAfter days of fog, Cotopaxi finally revealed itself. Taking in this view was such a great way to start the day. #hiking #volcanoMindo, EcuadorMindoEcuadorWe called this the flying shopping cart. It's how you cross the ravine to hike to the 7 different Mindo waterfalls. The hike is beautiful and you...Cuicocha, Imbabura, EcuadorCuicochaImbabura, EcuadorHiked around this caldera lake in the Andes north of Quito. Careful though, trails sorta leads to an obscure direction, had to hitch to the bus...Cotopaxi National Park, Ecuador, Cotopaxi, EcuadorCotopaxi National Park, EcuadorCotopaxi, EcuadorIf you reach the summit of Cotopaxi you are the closest to the sun that an Earth dweller can be. Much smaller than Everest but it's on the equator!...Cotopaxi volcano, Cotopaxi, EcuadorCotopaxi volcanoCotopaxi, EcuadorIf you're planning on doing a day-hike to the Cotopaxi Volcano, be prepared for a freezing and a steep volcanic rock hike. Wear lots of layers...
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