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Hiking in Ecuador

Find out what makes the equator such a remarkable place and hike through the highs and lows of the Andes!

With the Galapagos Islands just off the coast and the high-profile Andean volcanoes as a main attraction, it is impossible to imagine a better wilderness to discover. The megadiversity of the flora and fauna make Ecuador a must-see destination for every trekker.
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Carolien Vreeken

4.00

September, 2022

Pasochoa Hiking tour in Ecuador

Edgar did not host this trip but Ivan (at least this is what i understood) did. The reason I am not adding more starts is mostly because the guide did not speak English very well what made it a long and rather silent day. The weather did not cooperate which pf course is something out.of the guides control. But rain made it harder to descend and the guide did not pay enough attention to me. Therefore I ended up in the mud above my ankles and the last part of the hike he was more then a 100 meters ahead of me and did not look back once. He tried to make it work, especially with the driving but overall it definitely could be better

John Trewin

5.00

August, 2022

The haciendas of Ecuador, 11-day Trek in the Cotopaxi National Park, Quilotoa & Chimborazo

Hi. I cannot say enough that this trekking trip was really well run and organised . Great walking and accommodation in the Haciendas perfect. Our guide Pablo went out of his way to help with any problems and changes we made.. Information on Ecuador and nature there was nothing he did not know. When there was altitude problems he adapted the trek. A great and amazing guide!!!!!! The volcano walks nothing short of amazing., Big thankyou to Javier.. A great company...

Gabriel Mardale

5.00

March, 2022

7-day Cotopaxi “Trek & Climb” expedition near Quito, Ecuador

The trip was simply great in all aspects! I will return for more

Eliotte Wong

5.00

January, 2022

7-day Cotopaxi “Trek & Climb” expedition near Quito, Ecuador

Great trip. Summiting Cotopaxi was intense but gave us the most stunning sunrise I've ever seen in my life. The acclimation program was well thought out and the hikes were beautiful. Our guide was very knowledgeable and organized. I had a wonderful time. Bring heavy sunscreen (at least SPF 50 or better yet, 70). Also, train. I'm relatively fit--I run and climb regularly--but I wish I had done more specific training for this trip.

John Cicero

5.00

December, 2021

7-day Cotopaxi “Trek & Climb” expedition near Quito, Ecuador

This was a fantastic trip from beginning to end. Javier, I especially appreciate how well Javier took care of my daughter's (gluten free) dietary restriction, and that he arranged to take my daughter and I for the covid tests required for our return to the U.S. at the end of our trip. The entire team of guides were all knowledgeable, professional, personable and highly attentive to the group's needs. I appreciate how well thought out the itinerary was planned. The daily hikes along the Avenue of the Volcanoes increased in elevation every day in order to acclimate to the higher altitude, giving the best chance of success in reaching the summit of Cotopaxi-the main event-at the end of the week. Cotopaxi is a VERY tough hike, unlike anything that I've ever done before and certainly outside my comfort zone Again, simply a fantastic trip from beginning to end.

Baara Washishi

5.00

November, 2021

7-day Cotopaxi “Trek & Climb” expedition near Quito, Ecuador

Absolutely Incredible trip!! Couldn't recommend enough. Amazing terrains, hikes, food, people and guides! Such good value for money also. Cotopaxi summit day was the most challenging but worth it!

Gerald Tien Pan Loo

5.00

December, 2020

7-day Cotopaxi “Trek & Climb” expedition near Quito, Ecuador

Javier delivered an outstanding expedition from end to end. Everything was seamlessly organised - from transfers between haciendas/campsites to equipment hiring. Pace of the acclimatisation programme was just right, with rest days in between the summit attempts on Pasochoa, Ruminahui and Cotopaxi spent in beautiful accommodation with great food throughout. The other guides Pablo and Marco were exceptional: personable and professional - we felt very safe in their hands.

Dsheard

5.00

September, 2018

Pasochoa Hiking tour in Ecuador

The hole day was a great experience. The drive up was beautiful and fun. The walk and views were amazing it was one of the best things I've ever done. My guide Segundo was brilliant very knowledgeable and very caring making sure I was ok every step of the way. I would highly recommend this to anyone coming to Quito

Lara Pedrini

5.00

May, 2018

Full day trek in Cotopaxi National Park

Fernando is an incredible guide. He is very experienced and has extensive knowledge of the area. He will always make sure you are safe and comfortable. I highly recommend Fernando to anyone wishing to explore/hike/live/breathe the area. What an incredible experience!


 

There are many reasons for choosing Hiking in Ecuador

It would be difficult to argue about the world-class stature of Ecuador’s volcanoes. Seven of its peaks exceed 5,180 meters - one of them the furthest point on Earth’s surface away from its center - and the associated parks and refuges make it a geological gem you have to experience.

 

Good to know:

Country Code

+593

Language

Spanish

Currency

US dollar

Best time to visit

The best season to explore Ecuador is from October through March, though there are programs offered year round depending on the trip. Be aware of the dry and wet seasons as volatile weather can get in the way of a productive trip

What’s the weather like?

The elevation of Ecuador greatly influences its climate. The dry season lasts from June to September, while the wet season takes place from October to May. The equatorial location makes the temperature typically warm, with hot and rainy months along the coast from January to April

How long should I stay?

Ecuador is loaded with compelling flora, fauna, and geology, so multiple lifetimes may not be enough time to explore it all. Depending on your adventure, you can spend months in the Avenue of the Volcanoes, ship out to the Galapagos Islands, or just hike around the coastal provinces. Either way, you can feasibly spend a season or two dedicated to the discovery of the amazing worlds within Ecuador

More info about Hiking in Ecuador:

Ecuador was designed for epic treks and hikes. Weather can be particularly volatile for high-altitude adventures, so planning a few extra days to accommodate possible disruptions to a program is a good idea. Some national parks and refuges require fees and/or permits, so plan accordingly when preparing for a trip. Acclimatization is also a crucial part of hiking in Ecuador. The Inca Trail is an added bonus for any history buffs interested in pre-Columbian culture in South America

 

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