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Active Ecuador: Andean hikes and Cotopaxi volcano

9 days from £3,890pp

(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands

  • Cotopaxi

Overview & Highlights

High-altitude Andean hikes suitable for keen walkers. Views of both wilderness and farmsteads and traditional settlements are stunning throughout. Arrive at a welcoming country lodge at the end of the day.

Ecuador is an ideal destination for hikers. This lodge to lodge trek will appeal to those who wish to avoid camping, and to meet local people. The walks are always picturesque, with views over snow-dappled mountain landscapes, plains of rough wind-battered grass and icy lagoons. The thrill of arriving at the rim of a volcanic crater cannot be exaggerated, nor can the feeling of achievement when you arrive at the snow-line of Cotopaxi, one of the highest Andean volcanoes.

There are simple but warm and cosy rural farms and inns to stay in, where you will receive a warm welcome and be able to relax after the day’s exertions.

The tiny republic sits at the crossroads of the equator and the high Andes and encompasses an extraordinary diversity of geography and climate. It's easy to get around, so journeys tend to be short and scenic, leaving you plenty of time for your hikes.

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  • Climb to snow line of Cotopaxi volcano

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Our Expert's Opinion

The breathtaking scenery of the Ecuadorian Andes is perfect for hiking, and that's why I've designed this holiday specifically for enthusiastic walkers seeking an exciting and active trip. One of the highlights is reaching the snowline of Cotopaxi volcano, one of the highest in the Andes. If camping isn't your preference, you'll find the rustic mountain lodges we've chosen for this trip to be ideal. They offer a cosy and comfortable retreat, providing a warm welcome after a day spent exploring the mountains.

Hannah
Hannah Donaldson Travel Expert Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

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