Whether you head out to Cayambe for some epic glacier climbing or anywhere else in the Ecuadorian Andes for all sorts of ice climbing, you’re in for a scenic and rewarding treat!
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Situated on South America’s western coast, sandwiched in between Colombia and Peru, Ecuador is a picturesque little country with well-preserved historical cities and a whole lot of natural wonders.
The Andes Mountain chain, the longest one in the world, runs along the eastern border of the country and towers above the landscape below. The tops of the tallest of these mountains are perennially covered in snow, in spite of the little country’s location on the equator.
Due to the Andes and the currents in the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador doesn’t have four season, just two: a rainy season and a dry season.
While most guides offer trips year-round, coming during the dry season is ideal for ice climbing. The temperature will be about the same, but there will be more clear and sunny days and fewer inclement weather delays.
June to September is the dry season in Ecuador. There is very little precipitation at this time of year, but plenty of snow left over from the rainy season. During the dry season, the lowlands are warm and springlike, with average temperatures in the 20s. These drop to below freezing once you get higher up into the andes where all ice climbing is done.
Any trip to Ecuador begins with a flight into the international airport at Quito (UIO). From here, Cayambe is located right nearby and easily reached by bus. Other parts of the Andes can be reached by bus or transfers to other mountain city airports.
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June to September, but many guides offer trips year round.
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