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The Best Hikes in Ecuador

Whether you’re ascending the world’s tallest volcano, Cotopaxi, or scrambling down into a vast crater, you'll learn why Ecuador’s trails have gained legendary status. Acclimatize to the altitude with gentle walks. Then explore the grassland páramos and fairy-tale cloud forests. The reward for such strenuous hikes? A dip into one of the Andes' steaming, natural volcanic baths.
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While many of Ecuador’s volcanoes allow hikers to their craters, a few invite you into their mysterious interior too. At Quilotoa, 3 hours from Quito, you start at the summit. Enter into a small village, perching above one side of the 1.8...
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Lagunas de Mojanda supplies the ideal one-with-nature retreat from the craziness of Otavalo's Saturday Market. Three turquoise lakes are nestled in the Andes Highlands amongst once-active volcanos. Look closely to discover a small world of...
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The Quilotoa Loop is a 200km circuit through the carpet of patchwork farms covering the area's mountainous landscape of peaks, canyons and valleys. Travelers can get a glimpse of the beautiful yet arduous local life by trekking, horseback riding,...
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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...