Surrounding Quito lies a myriad of fascinating places from mysterious cloud forests and invigorating natural thermal baths to a spectacular train ride through the Andes and the world’s highest volcano. Discover the amazing beauty of Ecuador’s mountains and forests.
GOOD TIME TO TRAVEL ECUADOR: May to September
A short trip from Quito is the unique cloud forest around the town of Mindo. Here you can explore the diverse flora and fauna of one of the world’s finest bird sanctuaries located at the foothills of the Andes. Meanwhile, to the north, lies the town of Otavalo, where you can visit its superb, colourful marketplace and take home wonderful souvenirs of your holiday in Ecuador. After a busy day haggling at the market, take a trip to one of the old romantic haciendas nearby. To the east, you can have a truly relaxing experience at the Papallacta Thermal Baths. As you venture south along the spine of the Andes you encounter Cotopaxi, the highest active volcano in the world. Here you can admire this majestic sight in this beautiful part of the country that harbours llamas, Andean condors and spectacled bears. Said to be the Ecuador’s most seductive city, Cuenca is also one of the architectural jewels of the country. Using it as a base, enjoy one of Ecuador’s most beautiful attractions, the Inca ruins of Ingaprica, said to be the best preserved Inca ruins outside of Peru.
Travel in Ecuador’s beautiful Andes, where you can enjoy excellent guided tours and first class accommodation