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Ecuador’s Wild Side

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We’ve partnered with the Adventure Travel Trade Association, which serves to network, educate, professionalize, and promote the adventure travel industry to share some amazing things to do in Ecuador. See the jewel-like hummingbirds, traditional haciendas, and soaring volcanoes that lie beyond the city. If that’s not enough to convince you, thermal springs and one of the world’s most luxurious eco-lodges await at the end of your treks through the Andes.
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Quito, Ecuador
One translation of the Quichua word guango into English is a mouthful: "a place of great mountains that crisscross, whose waters concur to form mighty rivers in deep valleys covered by the cloud forest of the Andean slopes, under an ever-changing...
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Rio Jatunyacu, Ecuador
Jatun Yacu (or Jatunyacu) means "big river" in the Quechua language. This wide, flat river is a main tributary of the Amazon, which has its origin in a glacier and springs fed by the active Cotopaxi Volcano. White water rafting for beginners and...
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Ahuano, Ecuador
Ahuano is small Amazonian Quechua village on the banks of the Napo River. The town has been a magnet for trekkers since the 1980s when expat Beny Ammeter settled here with this family, opened a general store and a small lodge that inevitably...
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Papallacta, Ecuador
Papallacta, a small village at the imposing and breath-taking altitude of 3,300 meters (roughly 10,800 feet), is known for its volcanic hot springs and both low-key hostels and a thermal resort, the Termas Papallacta, that offer pools of the...
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Cajabamba, Ecuador
The village of Cajabamba, in a valley famous for the conflicts between the Inca and the Spanish conquistadors that took place here, is now a peaceful market town between coastal plantations and the cloud forest. The town is also known as a trekker...
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A 4k Ingreso Norte Parque Nacional Cotopaxi, Machachi 171110, Ecuador
Managed along with two other Cotopaxi area haciendas by the Tierra del Volcán group, the Hacienda El Porvenir is a working traditional farm of thatched roofs and daubed red stone walls built in the unique Andean water-rich eco-system called the...
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Quito, Ecuador
While a lot of peak experiences in Ecuador could be classed as "roughing it," Mashpi Lodge is definitely not one of these. Calling itself a "luxury cocoon in the cloud forest" the lodge is a eco-conscious but sensually decadent refuge of...
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Volcán Cotopaxi, Latacunga, Cotopaxi, Ecuador
One of the world's highest active volcanoes (with an altitude of 4000 meters, or over 13,000 feet), Cotopaxi is also one of Ecuador's most photographed landmarks. Its snowcapped peak is beautiful but deadly: as an active volcano where mud and rock...