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Hiking in the Ecuadorian Andes

Trek through the Avenue of the Volcanoes and beyond for a true Ecuadorian mountain experience on a hiking program in the Ecuadorian Andes!

Home to some of the world’s most infamous volcanoes, including the point on Earth furthest away from its center (Chimborazo), the Andes region of Ecuador is a bastion of intrigue. The wealth of flora, fauna, and geological masterpieces make it the best way to explore the country and rock formations that have made it an iconic destination. If you wanted to take the trek of a lifetime, the Ecuadorian Andes are waiting for you! “Compare and book a certified guide for your Hiking trip with Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our Hiking selection. The mountains are calling!
 
 
 
 
 

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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

The equator is the country's namesake, but who knew that you could find glaciers on these peaks? The wildlife and plant life that exists as you travel up and around the Andes of Ecuador is staggering and astounding - a monumental reward for such epic peaks. The vast levels of diversity that surround life at the equator are a major perk for treks through the Ecuadorian Andes.

 

Good to know:

Country Code

+593

Language

Spanish

Currency

United States dollar (USD)

Best Time to Visit

You can trek through the Ecuadorian Andes all year long, though the most idyllic trips occur during the dry season (June through September)

Weather

The dry season from June to September is a warm and pleasant hiking atmosphere. The rainy season has stable warm temperatures, though the rain can become cold and uncomfortable during storms. Adverse weather systems occur more frequently at higher altitudes

How to Get There

Quito is smack dab in the middle of the fun, so flying straight to the capital is the best way to reach the Ecuadorian Andes. It connects directly to most major South American cities, including Bogota and Lima, and connects domestically to the airport in Guayaquil. Buses are also an option within the country, though their efficacy can at times come into question

More info about Hiking in Ecuadorian Andes:

The Ecuadorian Andes have been a popular climbing and hiking destination for centuries. Chimborazo was long thought to be the highest mountain on Earth, leading to many early expeditions to its summit. While it may not be the tallest peak when measuring from sea level, it is still recognized as the furthest point away from the center of the Earth. Ecuador’s incredible biodiversity is an additional perk to hikes and treks on its mountains. The Andes are home to a wide variety of endemic species, and the country does a great job of ensuring these plants and animals have a safe place to thrive. Many of the high-altitude points of interest remain relatively undeveloped, so you can enjoy some great remote hikes across the Andes

 

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