In the Avenue of the Volcanoes

A 2-week walking holiday in Ecuador`s Avenue of the Volcanoes




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Holiday Overview


  • Crater Lakes, Active Volcanoes and Andean Villages
  • The charming towns of Otovalo and Banos
  • Visit the Wymper hut on Chimborazo and option to climb Cotopaxi
  • The breathtaking Devil`s Nose Train Ride

This tremendously varied trekking holiday showcases the best of Ecuador's breathtaking natural environment, as we explore amongst the country's towering volcanoes. After sightseeing in Quito we travel north to the area around Otavalo, where we enjoy a series of day walks and have a unique experience as guests of the San Clemente indiginous community participating in their daily routine. Our day-hikes during this period will include Zuleta to San Pablo, a circuit of the beautiful crater lake of Cuicocha and a climb of the accessible viewpoint peaks of Cubilche (3826m) and Fuya Fuya (4263m). A cultural highlight of this part of the holiday is the famous and colourful craft market of Otavalo. Heading south, we trek to the top of the active Gagua Pichincha (4794m) and visit the refuge Iliniza stunningly located between the twin peaks of Iliniza Norte and liniza Sur. Another holiday highlight is a ride on the amazing 'Devil's Nose' train which uses a Victorian marvel of engineering to drop 1000 metres from Riobamba on the Andean Plateau. We also hike up to the refuge on Chimborazo before heading for the utterly charming spa town of Banos in the shadow of the active volcano, Tungurahua. After a free day in this delightful town, we end this superb Ecuadorean holiday with a visit to the Cotopaxi National Park where we make a non-technical ascent of the central summit of Ruminahui (4631m), which rises above the lake of Limpiopungo and offers a superb viewpoint for Cotopaxi. For those with previous mountaineering experience there is also the option (at extra cost) to make a guided ascent of Cotopaxi peak. This classic, moderately paced walking holiday is a superb tour of the highlights of Andean Ecuador.

Is this holiday for you?

This is principally a walking holiday for regular hill walkers. At the same time we will get to know the 'real' Ecuador with a stay at the San Clemente rural community and through visits to its principal towns and sights. During the holiday we will make ascents of a number of Ecuador's non-technical volcanoes up to and beyond 4000 metres. For the most part this involves trekking on a mixture of terrain from local village tracks, along forest roads, through open grassland, and the occasional more rugged slope of scree or loose volcanic material. The average walking time on each day's hike is between 5 and 7 hours. These hikes are not particularly strenuous but it should be borne in mind that walking at even moderately high altitudes does make extra demands, and you should aim to have a reasonable level of fitness before embarking on the holiday.  We also have time for relaxation around Otovalo and in the spa town of Banos. In order to see as much as possible of Andean Ecuador, there are several transfers involved in this holiday. However, Ecuador is the smallest of the Andean countries and these transfers are generally both short (1 - 3 hours) and highly scenic.


Optional Climb of Cotopaxi

The optional ascent of Cotopaxi involves climbing moderately angled snow slopes (30 - 40 degrees) and requires the use of crampons and ice axe. You should only attempt this climb if you have previous winter walking experience using crampons and are familiar with the techniques of self arrest with an ice axe. For anybody wishing to make this ascent there will normally be an opportunity to brush up on these skills on the afternoon prior to the ascent. 

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Quito. A single timed transfer from Quito Airport is provided.
  • Visit the Mitad del Mundo and Quito City Tour.
  • Drive to Zuleta. Walk to San Pablo Lake. Transfer to Otavalo.
  • Morning visit to San Clemente Community. Afternoon in Otavalo.
  • Drive to Cuicocha (3246m), trek around the crater lake.
  • Climb Fuya Fuya (4250m). Return to Quito.
  • Ascent of Pichincha (4784m) and transfer to Machachi.
  • Walk to Refuge of Iliniza (4750m), transfer to Riobamba.
  • The Devil's Nose Train Ride.
  • Visit the refuge on Chimborazo (500m) and transfer to Baños.
  • Free day in Banos.
  • Drive to Cotopaxi and ascent of Ruminahui.
  • Visit Cotopaxi refuge and glacier, return to Quito.
  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Quito Airport is provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Quito. A single timed transfer from Quito Airport is provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Quito. A timed airport transfer from Quito Airport is provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal which we will take at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals d

  • Visit the Mitad del Mundo and Quito City Tour.

    During breakfast we meet our guide who will brief us on the week ahead. We have a full day of sighseeing today which will include a visit to the Mitad del Mundo, literally the 'middle of the world'. Situated approximately 15 miles north of Quito, the Mitad del Mundo is a park dedicted to all things equatorial, which has as its centre-piece a 30-metre high monument topped with a globe. This imposing monument, constructed in the early nineteen eighties, replaced a smaller similar monument built in 1936 to commemorate the the first French Geodesic Mission which establised the position of the equatorial line. More modern surveys have discovered the actual position of the line to be a few hundred metres to the north. We will also have time today for a walking tour of the Old City of Quito which contains many imposing government buildings and elaborately decorated chuches dating from the Spanish colonial period. We spend a second evening in Quito. There is a wide variety of dining options available in Quito. Note that breakfast only is included on this day.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Drive to Zuleta. Walk to San Pablo Lake. Transfer to Otavalo.

    We drive north along the Pan American Highway to the village of Zuleta, where we enjoy a beautiful walk of 3 - 4 hours through a patchwork quilt of cultivated fields and forests of eucalyptus with superb views towards the volcano Imbabura which gives the region its name. Reaching the lake of San Pablo we rejoin our tour vehicle and make the to the town of Otavalo where we check into our hotel before enjoying a short hike out through the town to visit the small, gnarled tree that is known locally as 'El Lechero’ and is reckoned to have magical healing powers.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 380m

    • Distance 11km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 480m

    • Time 3

  • Morning visit to San Clemente Community. Afternoon in Otavalo.

    This morning we will visit the village of San Clemente where we have a unique experience spending time with local families and participate in community activities. In the afternoon we drive back to Otavalo where we have some free time to look around the many craft shops at 'Poncho Plaza'. Otavalo is particularly famed for its colourful textiles and there are blankets, ponchos, jumpers, tapestries, hats, and hand bags in bewildering profusion and styles. This is also a very good place to buy locally made musical instruments such as charangos and zampona (pan pipes), or to buy ceramics and pottery. We stay overnight in Otavalo.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Cuicocha (3246m), trek around the crater lake.

    After breakfast, we have a short (30 minute) transfer to Cuicocha crater lake (3246m), a dormant volcano with water filled caldera. The lake, which is a stunning azure blue, has two islands in the centre – lava domes from its last major eruption. Now better acclimatised from time at this altitude, we will make a complete circuit of the lake, From here we drive to Peguche and walk on a winding cobblestone path through eucalyptus forest to the 60 foot waterfall fed by the Lago San Pablo. Afterwards we return to the hotel in Otovalo for a second night.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 580m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 580m

    • Time 4

  • Climb Fuya Fuya (4250m). Return to Quito.

    Today we climb the volcano, Fuya Fuya (4250m). From Otavalo we drive for about an hour to Laguna Mojanda, from where our objective is clearly visible. We skirt the lake on a steep and rocky trail to reach the open "paramo" grassland which form the slopes of this long-dead volcano. It will take 2 – 3 hours to reach the summit from where we have views of the volcanoes Cayambe, Cerro Cotacachi and Imbabura. Afterwards we descend to our tour bus and make the return drive to Quito where we check back into the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 550m

    • Meals bl

    • Descent 550m

    • Time 2

  • Ascent of Pichincha (4784m) and transfer to Machachi.

    Quito is built on the slopes of the active Volcan Pichincha, which provides an excellent hike with magnificent views over the city. We make an early start to enjoy the clear morning weather. We first drive on a dirt road to around 4000m. This is not a long way but its slow going on rough roads and will take us around 2 hours from leaving the hotel. We then continue on foot to the refuge at 4600m. From here it is a straightforward ascent to reach the rim of Pichincha’s smouldering crater. We continue around the rim and up to the summit of Guagua Pichincha (4784m), which offers spectacular views along the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ and across the city. Descending the peak, we make the 1hr journey back to Quito and another hour on to Machachi, where we check into our hostal accommodation. Drive time: 4hrs.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

  • Walk to Refuge of Iliniza (4750m), transfer to Riobamba.

    We have little under an hour’s drive to the roadhead where the trek begins at Virgen (4020m). From here we ascend to the refuge at 4750m. This 4 hour walk rewards us with splendid views of the ‘Avenue of the Volcaones’. The refuge is situated on the former volcanic crater and is the base for both Iliniza summits, the South (5260m) with its impressive glaciers and the rocky North summit (5116m). We walk through Polylepis forest, also known as the ‘tree of paper’ for its feather like leaves and multi-layered papery bark. It is one of the trees that grow at the highest altitudes in the Andes. After our walk we transfer to the town of Riobamba where we check into our hotel. Drive time: 4hrs.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 750m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 750m

  • The Devil's Nose Train Ride.

    Today we travel the recently reopened 'Devil's Nose' train line, an amazing piece of railway engineering which takes us through some stunning scenery as it descends 1,000 metres down a steep slope on a series of switchbacks. First opened in 1901 and still considered one of the great railway engineering feats of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the line initially ran from Guayaquil on the coast to Quito. Currently only the track between Riobamba and Sibambe is operational but this includes the most incredible Devil's Nose section from Alausi. After our excursion we return to the hotel in Riobamba.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Visit the refuge on Chimborazo (500m) and transfer to Baños.

    At 6310 metres, Chimborazo is the highest mountain in Ecuador and, due to the equatorial bulge, its summit has the distinction of being the furthest point from the centre of the Earth. Until the last century it was thought to be the tallest mountain on earth and Edward Whymper made the first recorded ascent under that mistaken belief. Today there is a mountaineers’ refuge named after this great alpinist, located high on the mountain at close to 5000m. We drive for 1.5 hours on a switch-back dirt road up to a parking area below the hut from where we make the short hike of around 45 minutes to the Whymper Refuge. If the weather is good it is also possible to make a return hike of around 2 hours to reach ‘Whymper Point’ for breathtaking views. Returning to our vehicle we descend the mountain and join the Panamerican Highway, travelling north-east for 2 – 3 hours to reach the charming spa town of Baños. We check into our comfortable hotel and enjoy the evening ambiance of this resort town with its mix of pavement cafes, restaurants, craft and book shops.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 660m

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 660m

  • Free day in Banos.

    We have a full day to enjoy the amenities of this picturesque and laid-back town. Situated in the shadow of smoking Tungurahua, the town is famous for its thermal pools and is also known as ‘the Gateway to the Amazon’ due to its position, perched on the edge of the Andean plateau. Baños is a very relaxing place just to stroll around or it is possible to hire bikes to explore the surrounding area. There are also various excursions which can be arranged by your hotel (at extra cost). In the evening we can enjoy some typical Ecuadorian cuisine at a local restaurant.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Cotopaxi and ascent of Ruminahui.

    This morning we drive (2 hour 30 minute) to the Cotopaxi National Park. Reaching the lakes at Limpiopungo, we split into two groups. Those opting to climb Cotopaxi will continue on a steep switch-back road up to the Jose Rivas refuge at 4800m where they will have some skills training before settling in for an early night in preparation for a midnight start. The remainder of the group will set off to climb nearby Ruminahui. Rising above Limpiopungo lake beneath Cotopaxi this attractive triple-summited peak provides a sensational viewpoint for Cotopaxi and over the surrounding countryside. Our objective today is the non-technical central summit (4631m). The northern and southern summits involve some basic rock scrambling but the climb up to the central summit and back is a relatively straightforward hike taking around 5 - 6 hours in total. The view from the top as well as giving us a sensational high level perspective on Cotopaxi also includes the peaks of El Corazón, Los Ilinizas and Sincholagua. After the hike we drive to our overnight accommodation in nearby Pedregal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Visit Cotopaxi refuge and glacier, return to Quito.

    Returning to Limpiopungo, we climb another switch-back road up the side of Cotopaxi, the second highest mountain in Ecuador, and the World’s highest active volcano. The dirt track leads to a car park below the Jose Rivas refuge at 4800m. This alpine hut which is situated just below the level of the glaciated part of the mountain is the starting point for climbers wishing to scale the peak. We take a slow walk up to the hut which at this altitude takes around 45 minutes (it takes about 10 or 15 minutes to return). There are breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside. Depending on the weather, we will take an excursion of an hour or so on a good path to reach a point where the glacier descends quite low on the mountain. Having had an experience of standing on eqatorial ice, we return to the refuge where we meet up with any group members who have opted to make an ascent of Cotoppaxi. We now drive back down the mountain and along the highway for approximately 1½ hours back to Quito where we check into our comfortable hotel close to the heart of the new city. We should arrive in time to do a little shopping or to relax at our accommodation before heading out for our final evening meal in Ecuador.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. A single timed transfer to Quito Airport is provided.

    Depending on flight times, we have some free time for further independent sight-seeing or last-minute shopping this morning. KE Land Only Package services send after breakfast at the hotel. A single timed transfer to the airport is provided.

Holiday Information

  • English speaking local leader
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Single timed airport transfers
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan

  • Travel Insurance
  • Tips for local staff
  • Airport transfers other than group transfers
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The group will rendezvous at the group hotel in Quito on the evening of day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. A single timed transfer to the group hotel is provided on day 1. This transfer is timed to the arrival of Iberia Airlines' evening flight from Madrid . Clients using the group transfer will be met at the airport by a KE representative. A return group transfer from the hotel to the airport timed to the check-in for the Iberia Airlines' flight to Madrid is also provided on the last day of the holiday. Anyone may use this transfer but LAND ONLY clients must let us know if they will be joining the group transfer. For clients making their own arrangements to get to the group hotel, taxis are available 24 hours a day from outside the arrivals hall. It is approximately 20 miles to the city from the airport and this journey will take around 1 hour due to the heavy taffic. Fares are in the range of $30 - 40. The guide will meet the group during breakfast at the hotel on day 2 of the Land Only itinerary. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

Hotel accommodation for this trip is in a variety of comfortable, tourist class hotels and hostals. For those opting to climb Cotopaxi there will be 1 night in a mountain hut where the accommodation is in dormitories. All accommodation except the hut is on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. For the trip, single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Quito are also available. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Ecuadorian cuisine is varied across different regions and includes excellent seafood, potatoes, toasted corn, and pastries stuffed with spiced meats. For those wishing to fully immerse themselves in the local culture, you can try roasted cuy (guinea pig), but this is strictly optional. Ecuador is famous for its exotic fruits and these will be served with most meals. Breakfasts generally consist of fruit, yoghurt, eggs and toast. Depending on the day’s itinerary lunches may be taken in a restaurant or café, or they may be provided as a packed lunch of sandwiches, fruit and biscuits. Dinner will normally be a set meal taken either in the hotel or in a nearby restaurant. The tour leader will order this meal taking into account what is the best food in the region and also individual members' dietary requirements.

All breakfasts plus 11 lunches and 11 dinners are included in the holiday price. There is a very wide range of dining options in Quito and it makes sense while staying here to leave the choice of what to eat and how much to spend to you. Other than the 'Welcome' and 'Farewell' dinners on the first and last evenings of the holiday, we have not included lunches or dinners while staying in Quito in your holiday price. This amounts to a total of 2 lunches and 2 dinners you will have to pay for directly. We suggest you make an allowance of £30 - 50 to cover these non-included meals.

We suggest you allow approximately US$300 for miscellaneous expenses. This amount should be sufficient to cover tips to local staff, beer, wine, soft drinks, etc.. It is possible to use credit and bank cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in Quito, Banos and other major towns. If you intend to bring your spending money in the form of cash, you should bring US dollars in small denominations (tens and twenties). Credit cards can also be used in in Quito and Banos and are particularly useful for more expensive souvenirs. Please note that if you intend to take the Cotopaxi climbing option you will need an additional amount, and you must have this available in cash US dollars in Baos on Day 10.

This trip will be led by an experienced English-speaking local trekking guide. In addition we use various support staff such as minibus drivers.

You may wish to tip your guide, driver and other local staff if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We recommend that you give any tips from the group as a whole rather than from individual group members. Tipping is entirely voluntary and the exact amount that is appropriate will depend on the group size. We suggest that the group discusses this together and determines a level of tipping that everyone is comfortable with. As a rough guide we suggest that each group member contributing $80 – 130 to a tipping 'pool' will provide for an adequate level of tips.

There is no weight limit on this trip other than that set by your international carrier but we do ask you to limit your luggage to one bag plus a small day pack.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. If you choose the option to climb Cotopaxi you will spend a night at approximately 5000 metres and climb to 5895 metres. Unless you have previous mountaineering experience you should consult one of our trekking experts before choosing this option.

For entry into Ecuador, you must have a full passport that has at least 6 months remaining validity. Citizens of European Union countries, USA, Australia and Canada do not require a visa if the intended stay in Ecuador is less than 90 days. A tourist card will be issued on arrival at Quito. Nationals of other countries should check the prevailing situation with the Ecuadorian consulate.

Passengers intending to travel via the USA, please note the following:

Your passport must have a machine readable bar code if you are transiting through the US. You must complete an online application form to travel to, or transit through the USA.

Under the new Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), all travellers, including children, from the 27 countries under the US visa waiver programme will have to fill out an electronic travel authorization form online ( prior to boarding any US-bound aircraft or ship. You can also use this site to check whether your country is part of the visa waiver scheme.

You will be required to answer questions about criminal records, communicable diseases, past history of visa revocation or deportation, and basic biographical data such as name, birth date and passport information. Changes in address and itinerary can be made online after the ESTA form has been first submitted.

You will not be allowed to board any US bound aircraft without completing the online ESTA form.

If you have a criminal record (including criminal driving offences), you will be required to obtain a visa in advance of entering or transiting the USA.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts
  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x2
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Daypack 25 - 30 litres
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment,and insect repellent.

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles
  • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar
  • Shorts
  • Gaiters
  • Scarf or buff
  • Swimwear and towel (for thermal pools)
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera, memory cards, batteries

Equipment required for the Cotopaxi Climb option only

  • Mountaineering boots (see note below)*
  • Crampons (10 or 12 point, preferably with ‘step-in’ bindings)*
  • Climbing harness with 1 screwgate karabiner*
  • Ice axe *
  • Insulated over-gloves or mittens
  • Balaclava
  • Ski goggles
  • 4 season sleeping bag*


  • Mountaineering boots: For those opting for the climb of Cotopaxi we recommend either double mountaineering boots or insulated mountain boots designed for Alpine conditions. Recommended boots of this type are - Sportiva Nepal (Extreme / EVO GTX models), Scarpa Cumbre, Salomon Prothermic, Millet Alpinist GTX.
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  • Equipment hire:Items marked * can be hired locally and reserved in advance through KE Adventure Travel. Please let the guide know on your arrival in Quito, which items of equipment you would like to hire. The equipment will be issued in Banos on Day 10, where you will pay for the hire equipment directly.
  • Carrying your mountaineering equipment. Clients opting to attempt an ascent of Cotopaxi should be aware that it is necessary to carry their climbing equipment and sleeping bag from the car park below the refuge. This is a short distance (30 – 40 minutes uphill and 10 – 20 minutes down) but you should give some consideration as to how you will carry these items.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. Our treks can be physically demanding, but more as a result of altitude and terrain than distances walked. Regular back-country or hill walking is the best preparation for a holiday of this nature but if this is not possible a weekly exercise regime (e.g. jogging, squash and swimming) will develop aerobic fitness and better stamina. You should gradually increase your exercise leading up to departure, and in the month before setting off, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

With the Pacific Ocean to the west and the great basin of the Amazon to the east, Ecuador has a complex pattern of weather. In general the eastern highland region receives the most precipitation. In the Central Highlands it is drier though cloud and rain can and do occur at any time during the year. In general the days are warm with temperatures between 12 and 22°C. Evenings can be chilly in the higher towns with the possibility of night-time temperatures dipping below freezing point once above 3500 metres.

Ecuador. Lonely Planet guidebook. Ecuador. Rough Guides The Andes – A guide for Climbers. John Biggar Trekking in the Central Andes – Lonely Planet

Ecuador. ITMB 1 ; 700,000

Double-sided map dividing the country north/south with a generous overlap. Relief is depicted by altitude tinting and spot heights for peaks and volcanoes. Glaciers, swamp areas, national parks and reserves are marked. Intermediate driving distances are indicated and further symbols depict places of interest, archaeological sites, thermal baths, beaches, etc. Latitude and longitude lines are drawn at 1° intervals. There is an index of place names and the legend is in English and Spanish.

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