Ecuador

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Ecuador

Ecuador is a small country in the northwest of South America, right on the Equator. There are great hiking opportunities in the high mountains of the Ecuadorean Andes Range, which runs right across the country from north to south to create a central highland region locally referred to as La Sierra. Towards the east lies the sparsely populated Amazonia region covered in rainforest. Toward the west is the low lying coastal region, and about 1000 km into the Pacific Ocean are the Galapagos Islands, also part of Ecuador.

Ecuador is home to the highest active volcano on earth, the Cotopaxi (recently only fuming), which reaches up almost 5900 m. No surprise it is covered in eternal snow, as are several surrounding peaks of 4500 m and more. All are part of the Parque National Cotopaxi, a great area for trekking and hiking, be it up, or around, the Cotopaxi volcano. Most famous is the Condor Trail or Trek de Condor.

Further south you can walk remnants of the ancient Qhapaq Ñan Inca trails connecting Cuzco to Quito, and visit the ruins of the Inca fortress of Ingapirca.

Another wonderful place to explore on foot is Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, a caldera with exceptionally rich flora and fauna, and covered in dense forests. Although modern roads now offer acces to the area, you can still walk the old trails used by local people for centuries.

The remote southern Podocarpus National Park is good hiking option, covering both Amazonian rainforest and Andean highlands with glacial lakes. Other parks that offer good hiking opportunities are El Cajas, Chimborazo, Sangay, El Angel and Ilinizas.

Last but not least there are the Galapagos Islands, a National Park in their own right. Hiking and trekking with guide is possible here, for instance along the trails up the Sierra Negra and Alcedo volcanoes on the largest island of Santa Cruz, or on the islands of San Cristobal and Isabela.

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Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2014
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
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Netherlands
  • Trekking in Ecuador
  • Describes the history, customs, traditions, geology, climate, national parks and conservation areas, religion, and wildlife of this South American country. Read more
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Belgium
  • Trekking in Ecuador
  • Describes the history, customs, traditions, geology, climate, national parks and conservation areas, religion, and wildlife of this South American country. Read more
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Kompass
Germany
  • Lonely Planet Reiseführer Ecuador & Galápagosinseln
  • Mit dem Lonely Planet Ecuador & Galápagosinseln auf eigene Faust durch das kleine Land mit erstaunlichen Natur- und Kulturattraktionen! Etliche Monate Recherche stecken im Kultreiseführer für Individualreisende. Auf mehr als 400 Seiten geben die Autoren sachkundige Hintergrundinfos zum Reiseland, liefern Tipps und Infos für die Planung der... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Ecuador & Galápagos | Reise Know-How Verlag
  • Reisgids Ecuador & Galápagos van uitgeverij Reise Know-How is een duitstalige praktische reisgids voor alle leeftijden, boordevol informatie over accommodatie van budget tot luxe, vervoer en plaatsbeschrijvingen kenmerk : brede cultuur en achtergrondinformatie, bondig geschreven. Ecuador – das ist Südamerika im Kleinen: Das Land am Äquator... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • DuMont Reise-Handbuch Reiseführer Ecuador, Galápagos-Inseln
  • Für die 4. Auflage des DuMont Reise-Handbuchs war Autor Peter Korneffel wieder intensiv vor Ort unterwegs. Er hat mehrere Jahre in Ecuador gelebt und kennt das Land wie kaum ein Zweiter. Ecuador, das ist Vielfalt – landschaftlich, ethnisch, kulturell: die Bergwelt der Anden mit ihren Vulkanen, schneebedeckten Gipfeln, Páramo-Landschaften und... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2009
  • Wandelgids Ecuador | Panico Alpin Verlag
  • Grandiose Berge und katastophale Informationen. Schon bei seinem ersten langen Aufenthalt in Ecuador träumte Günter Schmudlach ein ums andere mal von einem informativen und genauen Bergführer für das Land am Äquator. Einige Besuche später nahm er die Sache dann einfach selbst in die Hand und ließ seinen Traum mit Schweizer Gründlichkeit und... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Footprint Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Handbook
  • Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador is a route for thrill-seekers! Footprint's 3rd edition Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Handbook will take travellers off the usual 'Gringo Trail' to truly discover what this exhilarating region has to offer. The Amazon, the Andes and adventure, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador has it all by the bucket load. Whether travellers fancy... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Footprint Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Handbook
  • Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador is a route for thrill-seekers! Footprint's 3rd edition Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador Handbook will take travellers off the usual 'Gringo Trail' to truly discover what this exhilarating region has to offer. The Amazon, the Andes and adventure, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador has it all by the bucket load. Whether travellers fancy... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Handbook Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador | Footprint
  • Zo mogelijk nog betere gids dan de Lonely Planet. Vol met de praktische informatie over reizen, slapen etc. Goede verwijzingen naar websites en veel mailadressen. Zelfde soort informatie als de Lonely Planet, diepgaander met vooral meer tips in de minder bekende gebieden. Linked by the sinuous spine of the Andes, Peru, Bolivia & Ecuador are... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Tagebuch Einer Ecuador Reise
  • Ecuador ist der kleinste unter den Andenstaaten und verdankt seinen Namen der Aquatorlinie, die etwas nordlich der Hauptstadt Quito verlauft. Das Land wird im Norden von Kolumbien und im Suden und Osten von Peru begrenzt. Eine Reise durch dieses Land hinterlasst beim Reisenden tiefe Eindrucke aufgrund der zahlreichen Extreme die dieses Land... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Tagebuch Einer Ecuador Reise
  • Ecuador ist der kleinste unter den Andenstaaten und verdankt seinen Namen der Aquatorlinie, die etwas nordlich der Hauptstadt Quito verlauft. Das Land wird im Norden von Kolumbien und im Suden und Osten von Peru begrenzt. Eine Reise durch dieses Land hinterlasst beim Reisenden tiefe Eindrucke aufgrund der zahlreichen Extreme die dieses Land... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Culture Smart! Ecuador - | Kuperard
  • Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Words to Thrive by for World Travelers
  • The journey through life is about more than just finding answers....it's about finding perspective. In this latest addition to the "Words To Thrive By" book series, professional speaking coach, cancer survivor and world traveler Mary Anne Dorward continues her path of self-discovery and growth. More than just a typical travel book, Mary Anne's... Read more
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Belgium
  • Words to Thrive by for World Travelers
  • The journey through life is about more than just finding answers....it's about finding perspective. In this latest addition to the "Words To Thrive By" book series, professional speaking coach, cancer survivor and world traveler Mary Anne Dorward continues her path of self-discovery and growth. More than just a typical travel book, Mary Anne's... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Vogelgids Birds of Ecuador | Christopher Helm
  • This up-to-date and comprehensive guide to the birds of mainland Ecuador is a valuable resource for anyone exploring the mountains, forests and wetlands of this incredibly bird-rich country. With thousands of beautiful and detailed paintings, accompanied by concise descriptions and accurate maps, this is an indispensible guide to bird... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Why Travel Solo ?
  • <b>WHY TRAVEL SOLO?</b></p><em><b>The twelve ways traveling solo changes your personality and transforms your life</b></em></p>Do you want to have new experiences, meet new friends, gain confidence? Do it safely, comfortably, uniquely? Then this is the book for you.</p><h2>UNLOCK YOUR... Read more
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Belgium
  • Why Travel Solo ?
  • <b>WHY TRAVEL SOLO?</b></p><em><b>The twelve ways traveling solo changes your personality and transforms your life</b></em></p>Do you want to have new experiences, meet new friends, gain confidence? Do it safely, comfortably, uniquely? Then this is the book for you.</p><h2>UNLOCK YOUR... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Ecuador | Insight Guides
  • Dé gids als het gaat om achtergrondinformatie en prachtige foto’s. Kwalitatief van een hoog niveau! Nederlandstalig. Ecuador dankt haar naam aan de evenaar die dwars door het land loopt. Dat dit bijzondere geografische feit niet de enige bezienswaardigheid is, laten de auteurs en fotografen u op de bekende, onovertroffen en veelvuldig bekroonde... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Birding Northwest Ecuador
  • Birding Northwest Ecuador is more than just a travel guide; it is an insight into the most biodiverse region of the world. Written for the independent birder, it describes the best locations to observe birds within its area of focus. It relates not only the birding regions but provides detailed maps on how to best reach these location at an... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Birding Northwest Ecuador
  • Birding Northwest Ecuador is more than just a travel guide; it is an insight into the most biodiverse region of the world. Written for the independent birder, it describes the best locations to observe birds within its area of focus. It relates not only the birding regions but provides detailed maps on how to best reach these location at an... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Peru - Ecuador IGN
  • Un grand nombre d?informations touristiques et routières, pour une carte que vous trouverez très vite indispensable lors de votre voyage. Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Ecuador Borch
  • Ecuador at 1:1,000,000 on a laminated and waterproof tourist map from Borch with plans of central Quito, Guayaquil, and Cuenca, an enlargement for the Quito conurbation and a map of the Galapagos Islands.The main map covers the bulk of the country at 1:1,000,000, with the eastern part on the reverse at 1:2,000,000. Topography is shown by relief... Read more
Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Kontinentalkarte Peru, Kolumbien, Venezuela 1:4 000 000
  • Entdecken Sie mit dieser MARCO POLO Karte das Land der Extreme . . . Die Karten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare, neue Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit Highlightsternen gekennzeichnet und... Read more
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Ecuador - Vogelreis
  • Er is geen land ter wereld met op zo'n klein oppervlak zo'n enorme afwisseling in natuur, landschap en cultuur als Ecuador. Amper zeven keer Nederland en daarmee een dwerg vergeleken met de buurlanden Peru en Colombia, biedt het tropisch regenwoud, nevelwouden, droog loofbos, mangroves, elfenbossen en páramo dat boven de 4000 meter ligt. Door... Read more
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