For active travelers, we offer a number of trekking trips. We hike through the mountain valleys and countryside on foot with the support of a porter crew. This was the form of travel used by the first pioneer explorers, and is still today one of the best ways to explore the highland village communities. 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.
Our trekking packages offer the perfect balance of wilderness and cultural explorations; combining hikes through the beautiful highlands and nature preserves interspersed with visits to local cultural and historical sites. An experienced guide leads the way, explaining sights as well as the traditions and natural history of the area, and a local staff handles the camp chores. Trekkers typically walk with a daypack containing their camera, water bottle and smaller personal items while pack animals or porters carry camping gear, food and guests' luggage.
These trips are perfect for those that want to experience the landscape and culture of the Ecuadorian Andes first hand, as you travel along ancient Incan trails and enjoy the inspiring, ever changing mountain scenery.
- Enjoy the silent passageways of the highlands, nestled beneath the icy summits of the country's highest snow capped peaks,
- Hike through hidden mountain valleys along meandering brooks and glowing azure blue mountain lakes,
- Find yourself literally above the clouds while hiking in the highlands páramo grasslands, watching the sun rise and set over the distant mountain passes,
- Observe local wildlife, perhaps spotting a glimpse of the Andean condor flying high above the clouds or the reclusive spectacled bear ambling through the countryside,
- Explore deep into the misty cloudforests, ending the day with a soak in one of the many natural hot springs found throughout the sierras,
- Travel through rural indigenous villages, where you can explore artisan markets, purchase fresh fruit and refresh for the night with a stay in a hacienda, a historic countryside estate that has been converted into a resort.