Equateur Voyages Passion

Tour Operador in Ecuador, Quito

Home >> Ecuador >> Andes

Andes ...

 


Ecuador is crossed from north to south by the majestic mountain ranges of the Andes.
6 provinces are located in a quarter of the territory: Imbabura, Pichincha, Cotopaxi, Tungurahua, Chimborazo and Azuay.
45% of the population is distributed in main cities: Quito, Cuenca, Riobamba and the surrounding small communities.
 
The Andes offer splendid landscapes, as large areas of high barren plain dotted with volcanoes that rise up to 6310 meters above sea level (the volcano Chimborazo).
 
This region is a perfect playground for many activities such as trekking or horseback riding, mountain climbing, mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting ...
 
Here are settled cities marked by its colonial past and you can visit Quito and its historic center where monuments and buildings are erected with Spanish influence, so the charming city of Cuenca, which is known for its cultural and artistic activities, or the famous traditional market of Otavalo.

Transport:
 
To travel the Panamerican Highway (also known as the Avenue of the Volcanoes) crosses the region from north to south between the eastern and western mountain ranges.
Airlines flying over the Andes where there are located two airports (Quito and Cuenca).


 
 
 
    
 
Quito, the administrative capital of Ecuador is located on the high Andean Cordillera, at 2850 meters altitude.
 

Video about this great city: Quito

Despite the pollution, the city is surrounded by large green spaces (Carolina Park, Metropolitan Park, San Juan Hills, Panecillo and Itchimbia)
 
This city was able to save the remnants of its history.
It has two tourist areas (colonial Quito and modern Quito).
 
The colonial Quito or historic center, was declared World Heritage by UNESCO, is full of monuments and colonial buildings, plazas and museums.
 
The modern Quito is a business center with its great buildings and shopping centers. In this part of the capital is the Mariscal, a very dynamic and touristic, that gathers numerous restaurants, bars, hotels and shops.
 
To See / To Do
 
- The Independence Square: in colonial Quito, is a nice place where you will find the Government Palace and Archbishop's Palace
- The Cathedral of Quito and the Tabernacle (former chapel of the Cathedral)
- The square and the church of Santo Domingo
The Baroque churches:
- The monastery of San Francisco
- The chapel of Cantuña
- The monastery of San Diego
- Iglesia La Merced
- The Society of Jesus
- The Church of St. Augustine
- The Virgin of El Panecillo, statue that stands on a hill overlooking colonial Quito
- St. John the Evangelist Church
 


Museums
 
- Archaeological Museum of the Central Bank (exhibits prehistoric to colonial times)
- Museum of San Francisco / Fray Pedro Gocial (religious art)
- National Museum of Colonial Art (paintings and sculptures of the XVII and XVIII century)
- Metropolitan Cultural Center and Museum Alberto Mena Caamaño (wax museum)
- City Museum (life of the inhabitants of Quito)
- The Chapel of Man Museum (history lived by the people of Latin America)
- Museum Jijón and Camano (pre-Columbian and colonial pieces)
- Guayasamín Foundation (Ecuadorian art)
- Vivarium
- Amazon Museum (traces the lives of different Amazonian communities)
- Museo Camilo Egas (modern art)
- The house of Sucre (former home of Mariscal Sucre)
 

Places near Quito:
 
- The Center of the World, a place where the equatorial line crosses
- The hot springs of Papallacta, located in the middle of a magnificent natural setting.
- The cable car that takes you up to volcano Pichincha.

- The National Park of Cotopaxi
 

Video about the National Park of Cotopaxi


 
Some Touristic Sites:
 
Located 10 hours by bus from Quito, Cuenca was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
 
This colonial city has a rich cultural heritage and is thus a good place to pause while in Ecuador.
 
It's very nice to walk along the river Tomebamba and its cobblestone streets where you will discover numerous chapels painted white, the vast cathedral endowed with large blue domes that stand opposite the park, its parks and historic facades ...
 
A large covered food market is located next to the Plaza San Francisco and a craft market along the Rio Tomebamba.
 
For stays of several days, we recommend a small hike in Cajas National Park located 30 km from Cuenca, or a tour to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca.
 


 
To see / To do:
 
- Immaculate Conception Cathedral (splendid cathedral beside the imposing central square)
- Old Cathedral or The Tabernacle Church
- Santo Domingo Cathedral ....
- Court House and yard
- Lookout El Turi
- Inca Ruins of Ingapirca
 
Museums:
 
- Museum of Aboriginal Cultures (archeological pieces from all periods until the XVI century)
- Central Bank Museum (ethnology, XIX century art, religious art, archeology, and numismatics collection)
- Museum of Religious Art
- Museum Esqueletología (skeletons of many species of Ecuador´s fauna)
- Municipal Museum Remigio Crespo Toral (regional crafts)
- Museum of Modern Art
- CIDAP - Museum of American Folk Art (crafts of indigenous communities of the Highlands and the Amazon)
 

 
Baños:

Video about Baños


 
This friendly city is located next to the impressive volcano Tungurahua. With the abundance of hotels and restaurants, its numerous hot springs,
colorful graphics adorning the facades and lush vegetation surrounding Baños has charmed many visitors.
 
To see:
 
- Basilica of Our Lady of Holy Water
- Statue of the Virgin of the Holy Water (at the top of the steps overlooking the city)
- Bellavista (view point, 45 minutes from Baños)
- Luna Runtun (spa-hotel where you can enjoy a drink with a wonderful view of the city and the valley)
 
For a 2 hour hike, you can continue these three viewpoints of Baños.
 
Up to the statue of the Virgin, continue to Luna Runtun following a path down to Bellavista and then return to Baños.
 
- San Francisco Bridge
- Inés María Waterfall (walk 4 km from Bath)
- Market of sugar cane
 


Activities:
 
- Hot Springs: The city has four municipal baths rich in minerals.
- Massage: massage centers in the city are developed. They have something for everyone: (Swedish massages, Californians, hot stone, reflexology ...)
- The Route of the waterfalls (for downhill mountain biking from Baños to Puyo):
This route, which extends over 60 kilometers into the deep valley of the Rio Pastaza, lets you see different levels of vegetation.
Passes numerous waterfalls beside the best known and impressive The Pailón del Diablo.
 
Bicycles must be left to walk the path that leads to the waterfall itself.
Several agencies offer bicycle rental from $ 5 per day.
 
Several excursions are possible directly from Baños: 12 km south of Baños, many trails start from the Manto de la Novia, after crossing over the river with the cable car (funicular).
 
For the more adventurous, the Sangay National Park is located near Baños and has great potential for trekking.
 
- Rafting: tours from 2 hours to several days are possible and for all levels.
- Canyoning
- Horseback riding
 
 
 
Otavalo:
 
Located just two hours from Quito, Otavalo market is the best known of the country. Gathers Ecuadorian crafts, jewelry, hats, textiles, bags, musical instruments, hammocks ...
 
It is divided into several parts:
 
- A touristic where it gather Ecuadorian artisanal production.
- One for the locals with clothes and other things of common use.
- And finally, a food market with fruits, vegetables, meats, spices, dyes ...
 
 


 
Riobamba:

 
Located at 2794 meters above sea level, this city is near the highest peak in the country: Chimborazo.
 
Many buildings were destroyed several times due to earthquakes, which explains the lack of colonial-era monuments.
 
The city is the starting point for the ascent of Chimborazo volcano or Altar, also for several walks or hiking
 
To See / To Do:
 
- The train of the Andes
- The Cathedral and its Baroque façade
- Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
- Maldonado Park
- La Libertad Park
- Railroad Museum