Ecuador’s sway over travellers is legendary as first impressions lead to startling and astonishing discoveries. The culture here warmly welcomes international visitors and the Ecuadorian people are more than happy to show you their country.
Falling in love with Ecuador is easily deceptive-once you see the country you seldom shake the urge to return. Keep reading for where to go to discover the adventure, spirit, and beauty of Ecuador.
The cloud forest lodges of Ecuador sit in the midst of a symphony of nature. Within the lush hills and valleys of the region lie rivers and waterfalls, stunning green forests, and reserves that boast a lively array of birds, butterflies, and fauna.
Ecuador boasts more than 70 volcanoes running from the top to the bottom of the country alongside the Andes mountain range, and reaching 500 miles off the coast to the Galapagos Islands. The Avenue of Volcanoes has eight of the highest peaks in the country, including active volcanoes that are still erupting to this day.
Each year, thousands of climbers descend on the small nation to climb the peaks in search of reaching new heights. Others come to find solace in the peaceful lookouts overlooking the majestic giants. custom-made trips in Ecuador to the volcanoes and peaks can be arranged through Happy Gringo Travel.
The culture of the country is seemingly defined by its volcanoes; folklore tells of creation myths of the high mountains with tales of suitors fighting over a mate. When the dust settled, the resulting couple gave birth to another volcano in the succession that criss-crosses the country.
While far from a complete list, and not a technical guide to be used for summiting Ecuador’s peaks, here are four volcanoes that draw people from far and wide to visit during their time in Ecuador.