Home to mountains, valleys, rainforest and volcanoes, the northwestern Ecuadorian province of Orellana is a hiker’s paradise. Get off the grid for a week and trek to the summit of a volcano or follow various ridgelines with the occasional dip into the rainforest. Be one with nature.
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Located on the remote eastern side of the Andes Mountains, Orellana is home to a wealth of hiking tours. Part of its beauty is the difficulty of getting here.
You will need to fly into Quito first before transferring to the local airport in the province’s capital. Take some time to explore the historic city of Quito before you come.
Once you make it over the mountains, there are a few options awaiting you. Among the most popular are heading to Sumaco Volcano. The trip takes about a week and requires hiking through various types of forest – among them cloud and bamboo – as well as ridgelines, before ascending to the top of the 3.826-meter high summit.
The famed Condor Trek, which takes three or four days, is also easily accessed from the province. After leaving from the city of Papallacta, which sits on the border with the Napo Province, hikes will pass by fields, through forests, up mountain ridges and to 4.000 meter summits, taking in the immense biodiversity and amazing views as they go. It’s a difficult trek, but well worth the effort.
In Orellana, temperatures remain constant throughout the year, averaging about 25 ºC. While rain is frequent throughout the year, August to March tends to be a bit drier, with August receiving the least amount of rainfall.
Any trip to Orellana will begin with a flight into the international airport in Quito (UIO). From here, you can transfer to the local airport in Puerto Francisco de Orellana (OCC). Some guides will opt to meet you in Quito and provide transport to the start of the trip.
August to March
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