When planning a Trekking Hiking Tours Ecuador Andes Highlands, it is wise to pay attention to the wet and dry seasons. The Andean Highlands region of Ecuador is mostly sunny from June to September, and partially sunny in December and January, but climate is changing and we could say that if you are lucky you can do a trek or a hike in Ecuador all the year long. Ecuador has exceptional geographic and biological diversity, with 45 designated natural areas to help preserve their rich natural heritage all of which are open for trekking explorations.
Ecuador’s region of the Andes consists of over 30 volcanic cones, many over 5’000 meters and almost a third still active. Ecuador’s top trekking experiences include hiking around Laguna Quilotoa, hiking around the Chimborazo Volcano or seeing the sky reflect in the crater of Cuicocha (near Otavalo). Between 3’500 and 4’500 mts above sea level are situated interesting plant formations and landscapes called the paramo. What looks like a desert is actually full of water and is a habitat ideal for condors, caracaras, deer, llamas, vicuñas, multi colored flowers and hummingbirds.
There are a number of excellent trips through the Andean paramo (a sub-alpine zone) which features spectacular views of Ecuador’s volcanic peaks. The most popular treks are the El Altar Trek, El Altar is a truly spectacular extinct volcano located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Andes with a beautiful green Lagoon and the Ingapirca Trek which takes you along an old Incan trail to Ecuador’s most important Incan ruins, Ingapirca. See all our Trekking Hiking Tours Ecuador Andes Highlands
We are specialised in Ecotourism and when we say ECO is not in a commercial way, but we try to have the less impact possible on the environment and work only with local guides (let us know if you need an English speaking guide), usually they only speak Spanish and some Quichua (the original language of Ecuador).