The “Avenue of Volcanoes” lie south of Quito.
Named for the two ranges of snow-capped volcanoes and mountains by the German naturalist Humboldt (who visited the area in the early 19th century).
In the north of the country we can show you Cuicocha, a crater lake filled with turquoise melt waters, making a beautiful place to hike. For those who want quiet country retreats we recommend a stay in a traditional hacienda.
Ecuador’s first National Park was created encompassing a vast area surrounding Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. Rugged treeless landscapes of the Andean moorland or parámo are particular attractive to the nature lover. Bird life including the Andean gull, lapwing, ducks, several hummingbirds and with some luck, the majestic condor can all be seen.
We can arrange to have a picnic in the breathtaking surroundings, looking directly up 6,005 metres to the peak of the volcano and at least three other summits.
The southern city of Cuenca is the most unspoilt city in Ecuador, with its colonial centre and tranquil charm. The pace is unhurried, and the many churches and squares are lovingly preserved. It is a hub for exploring the only notable Inca ruin, Ingapirca and the Cajas National Park.
Futher south lies Podocarpus National Park where only recently a new bird species was discovered. In the far south is Vilcabamba, a city with an agreeable climate and virtual “fountain of youth” like environment which allows for some allegedly long-lived inhabitants.
Nature at its finest
When to go: All year round