Highlights of Ecuador

The Andes

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Running the length of the country and rising to over 6000m (20,000 feet), the Andes dominate the geography and climate of Ecuador, creating a landscape of snow-capped volcanoes, open plateaus and verdant valleys. With an altitude of 2,850m and a pleasant spring-like climate, Quito is the world’s second highest capital city. It has a beautifully renovated Spanish colonial heart with a 16th Century cathedral, central plaza and many museums, galleries and restaurants. To the north lies the town of Otavalo with its vibrant market, farming terraces and exquisite colonial haciendas. Heading south from Quito, the valley of the Avenue of Volcanoes extends 325kms, flanked by farmland and spectacular snow-capped mountains. Cotopaxi Volcano (5,897m) boasts a perfect cone capped with glaciers and snow fields, while the surrounding national park holds a number of high altitude species of birds (including condors), plants and llamas. Hot springs, good walking and rafting can be found at the towns of Papallacta and Banos and in the far south are the beautiful colonial city of Cuenca and the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Accommodation in this region is mainly in working haciendas and colonial houses.

Accommodation Near

The Andes

La Floresta Hotel

Quiet and cosy hotel situated close to the centre of the delightful town of Banos in central Ecuador

Hacienda Zuleta

A historic working farm situated high amongst magnificent Andean landscapes

Bellavista Cloud Forest Lodge

Borders one of the most diverse terrestrial environments in the world and is surrounded by its own cloud forest

Cabanas San Isidro Lodge

Sits in the picturesque Quijos Valley, one of the westernmost headwaters of the Amazon basin

Casa Gangotena

Stunning former colonial mansion on the beautiful San Francisco plaza in Quito’s old town

Wildsumaco Lodge

Located in Ecuador’s upper tropical zone on a ridge in the eastern foothills of the Andes

Hacienda La Cienega

A grand colonial-style hotel located close to the Cotopaxi volcano and National Park

Guango Lodge

This lodge is set amongst humid temperate forest on the Interoceania Highway

San Jose De Puembo

Built around a restored 18th century hacienda and set amongst 10 acres of beautiful gardens

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