Trekking & Climbing

Ecuador’s special appeal to trekkers, day-trippers, and nature lovers can be summed up in one word: accessibility. The country’s unique combination of small size, exceptional geographic and biological diversity, good certified professionals to accomplish great standards of service, transportation infrastructure places an outstanding variety of splendid natural experiences within easy reach of the adventurous visitor.

Although Ecuador has wet and dry seasons, they are not the same in all parts of the country and may even vary from one valley to the next. Hence, conditions are suitable for trekking somewhere in the country throughout the year.

Ecuador boasts forty-eight protected natural areas, including national parks and private reserves, almost all of which offer trekking and day-hiking possibilities. There are also innumerable opportunities for excellent day trips close to cities and towns. Many longer treks span several natural regions, from the highlands down toward the Amazon jungle or coastal plain.

The options are as diverse as the country’s natural areas. With altitudes ranging in both sides of the Andean Mountain Range, from sea level to more than 6000 meters (20,000 feet), there are tropical rainforests, cloud forests, high moorlands known as paramos, and rocky ridges right up to the snowline. The highlands offer the greatest number of trekking opportunities, and the Andes provide the perfect backdrop with magnificent scenery and an incomparable top-of-the-world feeling. Trekkers often find themselves literally above the clouds!

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Ecuador’s special appeal to trekkers, day-trippers, and nature lovers can be summed up in one word: accessibility. The country’s unique combination of small size, exceptional geographic and biological diversity, good certified professionals to accomplish great standards of service, transportation infrastructure places an outstanding variety of splendid natural experiences within easy reach of the adventurous visitor.

Although Ecuador has wet and dry seasons, they are not the same in all parts of the country and may even vary from one valley to the next. Hence, conditions are suitable for trekking somewhere in the country throughout the year.

Ecuador boasts forty-eight protected natural areas, including national parks and private reserves, almost all of which offer trekking and day-hiking possibilities. There are also innumerable opportunities for excellent day trips close to cities and towns. Many longer treks span several natural regions, from the highlands down toward the Amazon jungle or coastal plain.

The options are as diverse as the country’s natural areas. With altitudes ranging in both sides of the Andean Mountain Range, from sea level to more than 6000 meters (20,000 feet), there are tropical rainforests, cloud forests, high moorlands known as paramos, and rocky ridges right up to the snowline. The highlands offer the greatest number of trekking opportunities, and the Andes provide the perfect backdrop with magnificent scenery and an incomparable top-of-the-world feeling. Trekkers often find themselves literally above the clouds!

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