Hiking in Ecuador can be a crash course in nature and even culture — hiking through the villages and smaller cities of Ecuador’s countryside, the warmth of the indigenous, traditional people is as striking as the landscapes. Travelers can challenge themselves by hiking up the numerous volcanoes or take a more figuratively breathtaking route through the Amazon Basin. Knowledgeable guides accompany the tours and keep the hiking fun, safe, and educational.
8 Things to Do
The Sierra Negra volcano is one of five volcanos on the island of Isabela, and boasts the second largest volcanic caldera in the world- On the Sierra Negra Volcano Tour you hike to the rim of the six mile wide crater and then trek across an alien landscape of lava fields and fumaroles. The Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos, with the last eruption in 2005. Though you probably won't see any lava flowing, you will have the opportunity to explore thermal vents and other fascinating geologic features before stopping for a snack near Volcan Chico. The vistas from this spot are among the most breathtaking in Isabela.
5 hrsFrom $69
This trek of between two and three days, takes us from the small Andean village of Oyacachi, located to the south of the Nevado Cayambe, at 3,200 meters above sea level, along the Oyacachi River, to the jungle village of The Chaco, at 1,600 meters of altitude. In Oyacachi there are hot springs with good infrastructure that are usually frequented mostly by visitors from Cayambe and Quito on weekends.
13 hrsFrom $535
Within Machalilla National Park, you can set sail for Plata Island. This island has many of the same characteristics and endangered species as the Galápagos Islands. Observe some of them on this fun, full-day tour.
11 hrsFrom $115
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