Andean landscape in Quito

7 places you should visit if you travel to the Ecuadorian Andes

For many, Ecuador is the country of the four worlds due to the climatic, gastronomic and cultural diversity found in its natural regions. The country is traversed from north to south by the majestic Andes mountain range that has a large number of volcanoes and mountains that surround the colonial cities where their architecture remains intact. That is why in this guide, we want to let you know the best places you should know if you are going to organize an expedition to the Ecuadorian Andes.

Quito’s Historic center

Surrounded by the Andes mountain range, the capital of Ecuador, was nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site because it has the best preserved historic center in South America where you can find churches, squares and museums dating from the time of the English colony where you will find many baroque works of art in very good condition, you can also learn more about the history of Ecuador in its museums or enjoy the sunset from the balcony of the colonial house.

Basílica -Quito
Basílica -Quito

Otavalo

Otavalo is a city that is located in the province of Imbabura in the north of Ecuador. It is known for having the best artisans in Ecuador who have managed to capture their art in an exceptional way. You can also get to know the culture of the Otavalo people and get to know the lakes nearby of the area.

Otavalo market
Otavalo market (Handcrafted products)

Cotopaxi

It is one of the highest mountains of Ecuador with 5897 meters if you have a prior preparation to make the ascent to the summit in the company of a specialized mountain guide. But if the mountaineering is not your thing, you can perform other types of tours such as hiking within the national park to which it belongs or take a train trip from Quito.

Cotopaxi
Cotopaxi

Quilotoa

It is considered the westernmost volcano of the Andes and has the peculiarity that in the middle of its field has a lagoon with a deep turquoise blue due to minerals, which is found in the lagoon, you can descend to the lagoon or take walks around to know more about flora and fauna of the area.

Quilotoa
Quilotoa

Learn the tips to organize your trip to Quilotoa

Mindo
Located to the northwest of the province of Pichincha, very close to Quito, there is a small town that is located in the cloud forest, where you can see a large number of animals and unique plants such as hummingbirds and butterflies of very varied colors. The perfect place to relax.

Hummingbird
Hummingbird

Cuenca 

Located in the center of Ecuador as Quito has a historic colonial center that is very well preserved full of contrasts and beautiful architecture. You can also find the ruins of Incapirca that are the vestiges of the presence of the Incas in Ecuador and are constituted by a series of elements such as astronomical observatories, ceremonial centers, etc.

Cuenca
Cuenca

Flowering of the Guayacanes

Located in the southern tip of Ecuador, there is a forest of Guayacanes, which bloom only once in the year, which produces a surprising refuge, the treetops go back to the clouds and a unique landscape is formed to the other side of the earth. formed by thousands of trees.

Flowering of the guayacanes
Flowering of the guayacanes
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